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The Old Byres

Washford near Watchet, Somerset (Ref. 968441)

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  • Sleeps 16

  • Bedrooms 8

  • Bathrooms 7

  • Pets Yes

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  • Sleeps 16

  • Bedrooms 8

  • Bathrooms 7

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Hot Tub Hot tub
  • Icon/Feature/Swimming Pool Swimming pool
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Sauna Sauna
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

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* Based on a combined average customer score over the last 3 months

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36 Customer Review(s)

  • “An exceptional holiday experience.”

    Highly recommended.

    Highly recommended.

    - Mr House, August 2020

The property

Watchet 2.5 miles.

Situated in the charming village of Washford in West Somerset is this lovely cottage, boasting a spacious interior and offering fabulous accommodation for a southern getaway.

The Old Byres provides the perfect spot to host a family celebration or special occasion with all the family surrounded by style and luxury.

Combining character features with modern décor, as well as underfloor heating and two woodburning stoves, this wonderful cottage feels welcoming and special.

The hub of the home is no doubt the large kitchen/diner with a handmade refectory table positioned close to the patio doors so that everyone can spill out onto the lawn for alfresco breakfasts and summery evening barbecues.

On cooler evenings, retreat back into this hub where a woodburning stove and sofas provide a snug spot for relaxing in front of the chef as they whip up some delicious food for all.

The delightful sitting room has a high vaulted ceiling with plenty of exposed oak beams, with a collection of deep sofas and a woodburning stove resting beneath them, creating the best place to toast your toes after a day of walking in the countryside.

Relax together here for a film night, or for a quieter moment there is a piano for the musical member of the family to entertain you.

The cottage boasts a mixture of ground-floor and first-floor bedrooms, most with en-suite bathroom, and some even enjoying private TVs, and with a combination of bed sizes that ensure the whole family has a superb sleeping spot.

The master bedroom hosts a marvellous super-king-size bed with an en-suite bathroom, with the added feature of an ethanol fire built between the bedroom and bathroom for a romantic and luxury touch.

To keep the whole family amused between meals and outings, there is a warm games room which has an electric stove-effect fire and sofas, perfect for the spectators of the pool game to perch on.

Why not further relax in the sauna, or have a dip in the swimming pool for some refreshing lengths, or wind down in the hot tub beneath stars.

For the little ones and your pets, the enclosed courtyard garden which has a Wendy house and lawned area is a fantastic space for them to run around, with some seats for the adults to sit peacefully.

The location affords easy access to the coast, being just around two-miles away, visit the ancient port of Watchet and Blue Anchor Beach for fun days in the sun and sand, the children can enjoy a paddle in the waves while the adults have an epic sandcastle competition.

Hop onto the West Somerset Railway to experience some of the lovely scenery found in these parts, or head to the Tropiquaria Wildlife Park to get up close to exotic reptiles, birds and tropical fish in the aquarium providing a great day out for all ages.

As well as plenty of walking and cycling routes and trails scattered around and historic houses and gardens waiting to be visited, The Old Byres makes for a wonderful choice for a family holiday to Somerset.


  • Eight bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size double with en-suite bath, shower, double basin and WC, 1 x super-king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor super-king-size double with TV and en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor super-king-size double with TV and en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor twin with TV and en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground-floor family room with 1 super-king-size double and 1 single, 1 x ground floor double, 1 x single
  • Ground-floor sauna with shower, basin and WC
  • Ground-floor bathroom with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area, sofa area and woodburner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburner
  • Snug with traditional board games
  • Games room with pool table and electric woodburner
  • Oil central heating with 2 x woodburning stoves and underfloor heating
  • Electric range oven and hob, double oven, ceramic hob, 2 x microwaves, large fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, 4 x TVs with Freeview, 2 x DVDs, Xbox, CD/radio, stereo music system, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stoves inc. in rent, sauna charged via coin meter
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, highchair and stairgate
  • Off road parking for 5 cars
  • Private patio and lawned garden with furniture and BBQ leading to shared lawned garden opening on to accessible field
  • Sole use of hot tub and outdoor swimming pool
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 5 mins walk
  • Note: There are outdoor steps and a stream in the grounds and care should be taken
  • Note: The drive at the property is only large enough to accommodate family-sized cars, up to people carriers
  • Note: There may be some road noise
  • Note: The swimming pool will only be heated from Jun-Aug inclusive
  • Note: The first floor bedrooms have some limited headroom, care to be taken
  • Note: If the booking is a hen/stag party or similar please make the owner aware prior to arrival

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £500.

About the location


Watchet 2 miles; Minehead 6 miles.

Washford is a West Somerset rural village, on the A39 between Minehead and Bridgwater. Located two miles from the pretty coastal port of Watchet, this is an ideal base from which to explore Exmoor National Park and The Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are many pretty coastal and inland villages to explore including Porlock with its steep hill and pretty winding streets, Dunster with dramatic castle perched above the historic village and the busy resort of Minehead with sandy beach, golf course and traditional seaside attractions. An excellent choice of holiday destination for rural beauty, dramatic coastline and splendid walking.

Region Information

Pets other than dogs may also be welcome, please enquire with the office if uncertain.
Note - If the booking is a hen/stag party or similar please make the owner aware prior to arrival.

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