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Heyden Cottage

(Ref. 975966)

Bratton, near Minehead, Somerset Show on map


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  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Cot available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage in a very peaceful location."

    We had a very relaxing, tranquil time. The walks from the door were great. The surrounding countryside is beautiful. The cottage is cosy and warm, a home form home. The garden was a lovely place to sit and read.

    Reviewed by Brenda5.0Oct 2023

  • "Overall this was a lovely venue; the house was warm, clean and generally very well equiped."

    The fires were fantastic as was the generous supply of logs. Thank you. In addition, the garden and the surrounding area was beautiful. Only a couple of areas for potential improvement. The broadband worked most of the time, although perhaps using a supplier whose main business is petro-chemicals (Shell), might need reviewing? Also, there were no shelves in the fridge door, which really limited the storage. Moan over and, to be honest, we've booked again four months after our first trip, so the positives (One of which was my wife spying a rabbit feeding just outside the bedroom window, which sent her giddy with delight!) far out-weigh the negatives! Kind regards Andrew

    Reviewed by Caroline4.4Sep 2023

  • "Despite it's proximity to a noisy stretch of the A39, the cottage feels incredibly isolated and deep in the forest!"

    Everything works well, it is warm and comfortable.WiFi fine for basic stuff. Keen walkers have a wealth of routes from the doorstep, but these involve the initial steep climb through the forest. Not a place for strolling after dark. Lots of places accessible within a short drive, lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Barbara4.1Aug 2023

  • "Exceeded expectations."

    Large secluded rustic house with plenty of space and atmosphere. Delightful substantial garden. An absolute gem for walkers. Freezer badly needs defrosting.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7Jun 2023

  • "Very good cottage"

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0May 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay at the cottage, the sofas and beds were really comfy, the kitchen was well stocked with cutlery, glasses, plates, bowls, cooking utensils etc and the setting is beautiful."

    I would of given it 5 stars, if it had a nice table and chairs to sit on outside as we had wonderful hot sunny weather, but we couldn't eat or drink outside as there was no where to sit.

    Reviewed by Phillip5.0May 2023

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Heyden cottage."

    Didn't miss tv or phone signal. Wifi was good. Loved the wildlife around the cottage. Only used the car once when we went to Lynton. Walked straight from the cottage everywhere else. Walked approx 70-80 miles in the week. Enjoyed steam train ride to Washford and Cleeve Abbey. Walked to Dunster Castle. Many more walks from the door. Walks in information folder helpful. We highly recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Apr 2023

  • "A truly lovely property, in a lovely location."

    We loved the isolation from the outside world - no TV & no cell service were exactly what we needed to decouple and decompress. We will return!

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Dec 2022

  • "Very nice cottage lots of space but if you want to walk in the woods you will need to be fit, very steep."

    Reviewed by Martin3.8Sep 2022

  • "Great location with walks from the cottage & close to so many beautiful places to visit."

    Lots of room in the cottage, the kitchen/diner is definitely the heart of the cottage. Note for dog owners, the secure space for dogs was all paved, ours needed to be on leads in the grassy areas as they could've escaped.

    Reviewed by Eleanor4.1Sep 2022

  • "Perfect holiday have stayed before, peaceful and tranquil spot."

    Everything you need in the cottage. We will be back again

    Reviewed by David4.7Mar 2022

  • "The farm house was everything we wanted; quiet, secluded, warm, cosy and well maintained."

    Lovely log burner, big kitchen, warm shower, lots to do in the local area, and lots of info at the cottage for walks and places to visit. We will be back next year for more firework avoidance for our aging Cockapoo.

    Reviewed by Geoff5.0Nov 2021

  • "The cottage and location were superb, we really enjoyed our stay and plan to return."

    It is perfect for couples with young children as it has a big garden and woods all around for them to explore, and is removed from the main road.

    Reviewed by Emily4.4Aug 2021

  • "A great place to stay with young adult daughters and dog."

    Beautiful woods to walk through on your doorstep and lots of wonderful places to discover on Exmoor and at the coast. We were last here six years ago and loved our holiday this time as much as we did then.

    Reviewed by Alice5.0Jul 2021

  • "Hayden Cottage met our expectations because we have stayed there many summers."

    We know what to expect and love this cottage its space and location. So peaceful.

    Reviewed by Robin4.7Jun 2021

  • "Really comfortable cottage with everything you need."

    No TV but what a joy didn't miss it at all! Loved the telephone box! Even though it's May still had a few fires in the evening and spent most of time we were at the cottage in the kitchen/dining room as so very cosy. The garden is really lovely and can imagine if you have children ot would be an absolute joy for them to play in.

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0May 2021

  • "A delightful little cottage to get away from it all whilst also being just a short drive from Dunster and everything the village has to offer; I've already recommended the cottage to friends and family."

    Having no TV or mobile phone reception is a massive benefit as is the enormous wood burning stove with gratis logs. A superb location and ideal for exploring Exmoor and its environs. Certainly I'll book the next trip via Helpful Holidays as there is an excellent choice of properties.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2021

  • "Superb location."

    Far enough away to feel isolated, close enough to all amenities Porlock / Minehead. Property was spacious , comfortable and very homely. Lots of outside space for dog to wander around in safely.

    Reviewed by Jill5.0May 2021

  • "The house was a beautiful location and we loved it."

    However on arrival there was a very strong smell of oil which made everything taste of oil and was very unpleasant for 2 days and probably not good for the health. We couldn't spend time relaxing downstairs and eating was not an option unless we wanted to taste anything other than oil. Ironically I had asked for the aroma sticks to be removed as we have an extremely sensitive sense of smell. Angie Brown was very helpful in getting out an engineer within the evening of the second day of our stay. The smell started to subside after that but it was a while before it disappeared although we could sometimes smell it when we returned after a day out. I appreciate that these things happen but I understand that this had been known about for 2 weeks and yet we still had to get an engineer out who spent at least an hour on it. For such a lovely place this didn't give us a good start. The surroundings were lovely and generally peaceful. We would come again if there was no repeat of the oil leak.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback and we are delighted to hear that you enjoyed Heyden Cottage and the location. The issue with the boiler had been addressed initially prior to your stay - unfortunately the engineer needed to be called back in and I am pleased the caretaker was able to assist so swiftly - apologies for any inconvenience. You'll be pleased to hear it is a permanent fix this time! We do hope you'll choose Heyden Cottage again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.1Apr 2021

  • "We had a excellent break at Heyden Cottage."

    If you're looking for a low tech holiday where there's no TV and limited internet then this is for you either for walking or just relaxing. There are woods on the doorstep and there is numerous walks to be had direct from the cottage no driving needed except for shopping. we walked into Minehead, Dunster etc no problem The orchard is ideal for the dogs to run around in and is fully enclosed and gated also the small courtyard is enclosed as well. The Log burner and supply of wood is a nice to have after long walk . We will certainly add this as one of our favourite holidays and will look to visit again.

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage very secluded but not far from main road to head off out and about."

    Noise minimal from the road Although had been a wi if problem this was working when we arrived.We needed to be in the lounge for wi if to work but as we were surrounded by trees it was expected.Angie very helpful and did not bother us during our visit.Wonderful for our dogs to go straight out from the cottage for walks in the woods.This is a requirement for us and not something we always get.This is a cottage we would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Lynda5.0Sep 2020

  • "The main issues were there was no internet service not much point advertising ..."

    The main issues were there was no internet service not much point advertising property having Wi-fi if you can’t get internet also the smallest box room had a cot in it made a very small room even smaller court yard was very slippery as covered in mould also problems with the showers which were fixed

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback, we have been notified by the owner that the Wi-Fi has now been fixed following a wiring issue. Apologies for the issue with the courtyard, this has also been resolved. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah1.9Sep 2020

  • "Wifi, although advertised as available, was non secured and would not connect anyway."

    Not really a problem for us, but might be for others who may need it. There is a very noisy main road just below the property, the noise from which is quite invasive by day when outside or if windows are open. However it dissipates at night. Having said that, the woodland location and seclusion is perfect for those who enjoy walking and wildlife (we saw deer rutting, a fox, rabbits, birds of prey and squirrels from the house, and were serenaded by an owl (Little Owl?) most nights. There are numerous walks from the door, or further afield. The cottage itself is very warm and cosy, with plenty of wood for the fire/woodburer and piping hot water. We were only contacted twice by the caretaker, once to make sure we had arrived and were happy, and once just before we left to give us leaving details. Other than that we were left to our own devices. Just as we like. There were not reams of rules and regulations as is sometime the case at holiday cottages, so we instantly felt at home. Just one or two niggles : the upstairs loo takes an age to refill and the upstair shower head is "lazy" and wont stay upright. Perhaps a mirror over the basin would be better for those who wet shave. As a cottage in which to recharge the batteries it is perfect and had the desired effect.

    Reviewed by A4.1Aug 2020

  • "Cottage was really lovely and exactly what we needed, but the absolute star was the location and beautiful garden area."

    Amazing secure dog field, outside campfire area and miles away from anyone! Within walking or short drive away from some outstanding dog walks. We had an amazing time and had so much fun exploring the wonderful scenery.

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Mar 2020

  • "If you like log fires with endless supply of logs woodland walks and seclusion in a cosy warm cottage with large garden for your dog Heyden cottage is the place to go!"

    ..we loved every minute of our stay there thank you

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2019

  • "Nice location a bit tight to get a vehicle in if drive anything a bit big but very quiet"

    Reviewed by Simon4.4Aug 2019

  • "We had a really good holiday."

    We knew that there was no television but if we had known that there was a DVD player we could have taken a few films for the children.

    Reviewed by Richard4.4Aug 2019

  • "An unusual but interesting and cosy cottage in a quiet location ."

    Ideal for getting away from the hussle and bustle. Straight out of the gate and into the woods for ideal walks , although very steep and rough under foot in places . Lots of pubs and take aways nearby with some quaint villages and towns on the doorstep . An ideal location for a quiet break . We will be back.

    Reviewed by David3.8Jul 2019

  • "Heyden Cottage is a really great location if you want to be a little bit away from things in the woods."

    It's super good for our dogs with beautiful walks just outside the door. I think this is the 5th year we have stayed at this cottage and will certainly return again next year. The cottage is well kept and is as fresh and clean now as the first year we stayed there. It's a home from home for us.

    Reviewed by Robin4.7Jun 2019

  • "We've been coming to Heyden Cottage for nearly 10 years now and it still holds the same charm for us as it did the first time we came."

    We had a couple of issues on the first day but a quick phone call and they were sorted out within 24 hours with a follow up call to make sure everything was ok. That's service! Looking forward to our next visit.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Jun 2019

  • "We visited the cottage on a cold week in early March."

    Central heating fine, masses of logs for fires, but upstairs bathroom was rather chilly, though downstairs shower room was snug. Otherwise all good.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Mar 2019

  • "The cottage is lovely, very peaceful and quiet."

    HH were just the booking agent and we had no contact with them in person so can't really comment on that aspect! Angie however is great, there were lovely welcoming & Christmassy touches left for us and she rang us to make sure we were happy in the cottage. It was a fabulous Christmas break in a great cottage - we'd all love to go back!

    Reviewed by Hils5.0Dec 2018

  • "Lovely location"

    Reviewed by rachel4.7Sep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage on edge of beautiful woodland with loads of tracks to explore."

    Reviewed by Dan4.4Aug 2018

  • "The cottage owner has it nailed."

    The property is lovely. A home from home and the midweek phone call to check everything is ok is great. It was so good I wanted to move in permanently

    Reviewed by Jim5.0Aug 2018

  • "The premises were very good - very comfortable and spacious and the location was excellent."

    The only drawbacks were no phone signal and no tv although we don't watch tv much so it didn't affect us. Definitely recommended.

    Reviewed by Claire3.8Aug 2018

  • "Amazing cottage, we had a great week."

    Everything we needed and more was supplied, really helpful caretaker Angie who was keen to ensure we had a comfortable stay. Kids loved the garden and surrounding woods which were great to explore. Really homely kitchen with big table and sofa where we spent most of the time when not in the garden. Lounge not so relaxing, not sure why just missing something, so didn't really use it. Loved the welcome info pack owner has a great sense of humour. Would thouroghly recommend especially with children, hardly noticed road, we knew the area well so knew it would be the perfect location for exploring exmoor both by car and from the front door.

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Jun 2018

  • "My granddaughter said “It was like walking into a dream” when we arrived at the cottage."

    We all loved it there. It was relaxing and peaceful. We would definitely go back. Wish it slept 8 so my son could come as well as my daughter.

    Reviewed by Rita5.0May 2018

  • "This cottage was one of the very best we have stayed in for the following reasons,the secluded setting in it's own grounds,the cleanliness and cosy atmosphere,it was also very well equipped with the bits and pieces that made it areal home from home."

    We would also note that Angie the housekeeper was on call to help if needed and obviously keeps the cottage up to a very high standard.We have plans to return!!!Thank you.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Apr 2018

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  • Over two floors with 3 bedrooms; 1 x king-size double, 1 x twin and 1 x single
  • Bathroom with separate shower
  • Downstairs shower room and separate WC
  • Large kitchen dining room with wood burning stove
  • Sitting room.
  • Central heating, open fire with wood burning stove
  • Microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot available on request Off road parking for five cars
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Pub less than 1 mile from property
  • Note: This property has a private water supply which is tested regularly
  • Note: This property has no outside lighting so torches are recommended
  • Note: Due to its rural setting the Wi-fi at this property is intermittent.

The property

On the edge of a large and beautiful wood, Heyden Cottage is a wonderful moorland Exmoor cottage found at the end of its own private uneven drive.

With fabulous walks and mountain bike trails from the door and views across moorland from most windows it sits in a magical spot, great for stargazing.

Inside there's a huge heart-of-the-house kitchen with dining table/chairs and a sofa plus wood burning stove to relax in front of after a hard day exploring the hills.

There is also a cosy sitting room with an open fire (please note there is no TV at this property) and also a ground floor WC and shower room.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, a double, twin and a single plus another bathroom with separate shower.

Outside a suntrap courtyard with table/chairs and beyond the woodland and orchard to discover.

From this unique base you can explore the very best of Exmoor; visit the hilltop castle of Dunster, take a trip to the idyllic National Trust village of Selworthy and explore the coastal village of Porlock.

The resort town of Minehead is just 1 and a half miles away and is also worth a visit if you can drag yourself away from such a tranquil base.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £100.

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About the location


Taunton 24 miles; Bridgwater 27 miles.

The popular seaside resort of Minehead occupies a wonderful sheltered spot beneath the dramatic North Hill, on the lovely West Somerset Coast. This welcoming town boasts a mile long esplanade, providing a wonderful backdrop to the golden beach, whilst the pretty harbour, visited in the summer by the famous paddle steamer Waverley, offers excellent fishing opportunities. Enjoy a nostalgic steam train journey from the seafront on the West Somerset Railway, or visit Blenheim Gardens, winner of many awards for its beautiful floral displays. Renowned for the largest herd of red deer in England, Exmoor National Park with its wooded valleys, pretty bridlepaths and heather clad moors, is well worth a visit, whilst the magnificent Norman Castle at nearby Dunster is a must.

Note: Sorry, no short breaks. Spring water.
Note: There are a few areas where thinning of trees will be undertaken to improve canopies for the future.