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Bower Coach House

(Ref. 953406)

Bower Hinton near Martock, Somerset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 3 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a very pleasant few days stay at Bower Coach House."

    Our hosts were very congenial.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2024

  • "The coach house was in general lovely and well equipped."

    The cleanliness of the property however let it down. There was dog hair on the rug, dust in numerous places that in my opinion should have been dusted. The sofa bed is not really fit for sleeping on anymore and when we opened it the cobwebs underneath just put us off and all 3 of us slept in the bed upstairs. The property is complete overlooked by the owners next door which isn’t idea as not very private so we felt we had to keep the blinds shut to achieve privacy.

    Reviewed by Emily2.8Jun 2024

  • "Clean. Very comfortable bed."

    Shower excellent. Central to many National Trust properties. Lovely area to stay in

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jun 2023

  • "We had a very pleasant week at Bower Coach House."

    Thank you.

    Reviewed by Polly3.4Feb 2023

  • "We stayed in Bower Coach House while our own house was being worked on."

    It was a lovely, cosy place to stay. Once inside you feel completely hidden and private. There are great places to eat locally, especially the Old Dairy Cafe, just a few minutes walk. We would stay again!

    Reviewed by Katharine5.0Nov 2022

  • "Upon arrival we were greeted by a lovely cake and tea all laid out which didn't last 2 minutes."

    The owners were very welcoming and gave great ideas for things to do. There was also a very large folder with info on local interests According to my Granddaughter the WiFi was very flaky. But to me and my wife it meant we actually had the attention of the Granddaughter as her head wasn't stuck in her phone hahaha. The bed was one of the best I've ever slept on. Back door to garden could probably do with a bit of adjustment as isn't the easiest to open. The shower was super powerful and what was just needed after a day spent on the beach. My only negative (that has absolutely nothing to do with the accommodation) would be the local eateries. One was "fully booked and would not accommodate us even if we sat outside. The other didn't even bother switching on they're cooking appliances! So just be warned either ring ahead or plan something else. All in all, a fantastic little getaway in a very peaceful location.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Aug 2022

  • "Wonderful owner, couldn't do enough to help us with."

    Lovely holiday stay in a beautiful part of Somerset.

    Reviewed by Georgina5.0Aug 2022

  • "Everything was perfect and we have had a amazing time at the cottage!"

    I hope my english is well enough, sorry for any mistakes in advance. If we must point out things then only a tiny suggestion would be a sharp knife for cutting vegetables. We brought one, so it was fine. Thoughtful detail was the cake, felt very much like home entering the house. Best bed we’ve slept in on our holidays, shower and kitchen have also everything you need. So much to see and do in the surroundings, we made every minute count. Beautiful Bath and Wells, quirky Glastonbury, the Jurrasic coast, amazing national trust manors, and so one. Loved walking with Luther, great views over the fields during the walk. You have a very special place, thanks for everything!

    Reviewed by Valentine5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely accommodation and super host"

    Reviewed by Aden5.0Aug 2022

  • "Bower Coach House is a quirky modern conversion of a 500 year old building attached to the owners home."

    Ideal central south Somerset location. We found it to be clean and tidy, with a very comfortable bed, and plenty of safe street parking, there was a BBQ provided for our use in the owners garden. The log burner adds a very nice touch - although during the hottest period on record in the UK we didn’t get chance to use it! Bower Hinton is a peaceful quiet location. Local Co-op, plus near to Waitrose & Tesco for shopping. Easy access to the A303 means under an hour driving for visiting Lyme Regis, Exmouth, Sidmouth,Topsham, on the Jurassic coast . There are several National Trust properties close by, Montacute and Barrington are excellent. We also recommend a visit to Wells Abbey. Guided by the owner we enjoyed finding lots of beautiful pubs in the nearby villages, ( Cat Head, Phelips Arms Prince of Wales) Bower Hinton has a lovely pub ( the Hollies) plus it’s a 10 min walk for great breakfasts farm shop the dairy (opens 10am) also Yandles (opens 9am) Recommend for day out East Sussex steam train at Cranmore with good Sunday lunch pub Strode arms South Somerset is a great location for a holiday and Bower Coach house a good base

    Reviewed by Jean5.0Jul 2022

  • "We were greeted nicely by our hosts."

    Unfortunately there were several issues which we felt were not good. They are: 1. We had no control over the heating. 2. Parking is described as ample but what it was was parking outside on the road very close to a stone wall which made parking hazardous. 3. Staircase up to bedroom was both narrow and steep and certainly no good for anyone who had some disability in walking. 4. The upstairs bathroom was small and the washbasin was not only tiny but the flow of water from its taps was low. 5. The floor of the bedroom was far from level and again not suitable for anyone who had some disability with their legs. It is not worth Sykes rating of 4 ticks. 2 ticks only. Previous cottages we have booked through Sykes have been excellent but this cottage fell well short of the good standard we are use to. A big disappointment and certainly not worth the money we paid to stay there. We now wonder if Sykes cottages, if we were to book again, would be worth our while in the future.

    Thank you for your review Ronald. However there are certain omissions and additions relating to the property that you may have mis represented. Bower coach house is s grade II listed 17th century coach house forming what was part of a pub for over 200 years. HEATING and hotwater is operated by a timer located in the main house. There is a log burner with logs in the coach house. We did check if you were warm enough. PARKING, yes, it is on the main road with no double yellow lines present and a smal garage available to all guests, perhaps this may be down to individual driving capability as we have not heard people suggest any difficulty in the past. STAIRCASE yes, narrow and steep as described and shown on the website rental photographs, that you must have seen prior to your booking, to comply with Grade II listing conditions. ENSUITE recently completely refitted. Water pressure from wash hand basin is fine, not something that has been mentioned in the last 6 years of us operating. UNEVEN FLOOR, again, apologies but it is a grade II listed building. Thank you again for your comments and we are sorry if your stay at Bower Coach House did not match your expectations. Best wishes, the owners of Bower Coach House. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ronald2.8May 2022

  • "This property is well situated for exploring this area of Somerset and there is lots to see, do and visit on the doorstep."

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2021

  • "The Bower House was a perfect base and location for discovering this beautiful and often understated county -and region."

    Ideally situated in a most interesting attractive village with superb amenities. Close to several NT properties, wonderful coastline and an array of old atmospheric towns in close proximity. We were most comfortable in the Bower House and lacked for nothing. Our friendly hostess was throughout fully attentive to needs and generous with help and advice both about the village and the area especially with recommendations for visits to places of interest. A great stay -most enjoyable.

    Reviewed by Joyce5.0Sep 2021

  • "Fantastic location, helpful hosts, very comfortable bed."

    Reviewed by Caroline5.0Jul 2021

  • "Great accommodation, location and host's."

    Lovely cottage in and great location. Very friendly and accommodating host. Great to sit in the Lovely back garden having chats about our day and to get recommendations where to go. Thanks for a great holiday Scott & Jan

    Reviewed by Christopher5.0Jul 2021

  • "Lovely place to stay, ideally located for sea and countryside!"

    Plenty to do nearby - National Trust houses and gardens within 15-20 minutes, sea 30- 45 minutes, craft centre in next village and delicious food at a farm 5 minutes walk!

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage had everything that I needed for a very comfortable stay - it was so good I extended for an extra week!"

    The owners were incredibly welcoming and me feel like it was a real home from home. Cleverly laid out, space and light was really maximised. The location is great for exploring the local area, with a great little farm shop and Deli (The Old Dairy) just around the corner and Martock also in walking distance if you want a longer stroll.

    Reviewed by Elise5.0Nov 2020

  • "Due to Covid lockdown in Wales we had to find a last minute break!"

    The Coach House fitted the bill perfectly. The host greeted us when we first arrived and had laid out a very welcome tea and cake. The cottage had everything we needed for a very comfortable, self catering week. Plenty of information about the local area was available. Off the road parking was disappointing. The garage entrance is narrow and a car without a high chassis frame will scrape along the ground when driving onto the stones. However there was parking available in the main street.

    Reviewed by Julie4.7Oct 2020

  • "Very comfortable, clean and compact cottage, the woodburner was a bonus."

    Excellent location for visiting National Trust properties nearby. Lovely lemon cake provided on arrival.

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Sep 2020

  • "Bathroom was a bit tight."

    Kitchen equipment could have been better. Overall the accommodation was very good, well placed to visit the west countryside.

    Reviewed by Steve4.4Sep 2020

  • "Very comfortable place to stay, no problems at all, we will stay there again."

    Reviewed by Bob5.0Sep 2020

  • "We’ve had a great time there."

    The rooms were a little bit on a small side but very cozy. Their bed was fantastically comfortable.

    Reviewed by Noriko5.0Aug 2020

  • "Very nice property."

    We did very little cooking in the apartment but found it was a bit lacking in kitchen utensils

    Reviewed by Roy3.4Aug 2020

  • "Clean and comfortable good location to visit beaches and places of interest ..."

    Clean and comfortable good location to visit beaches and places of interest Great information pack however with COVID may be better if laminated Overall great place to stay

    Reviewed by Paula5.0Jul 2020

  • "Beautiful cottage that was perfect for the two adults and a 7 year old."

    Great owners who gave great recommendations of the local area. A quiet location that is close to a lot of places, all within a 30-45 min drive. We would definitely come back to this cottage if in the area.

    Reviewed by Carl5.0Aug 2019

  • "The Coach House is ideally situated for many attractions and the coast."

    Reviewed by Maureen5.0May 2019

  • "Perfect destination for the coast and National Trust properties."

    The cottage was very comfortable and excellent taste and quality throughout. The weather was so good we were able to also enjoy the garden.

    Reviewed by Ronald A4.4May 2018

  • "The accommodation was superb, my partner and I couldn’t have been happier."

    Our hosts even left us mince pies and a bottle of Prosecco to celebrate the New Year. The photographs didn’t do it justice, a lovely warm, intimate space, extremely comfortable and well appointed. Loved the log burner, spent New Years Eve curled up in front of it watching TV. Just so nice to get away into the peace and quiet of the English countryside. The weather was truly awful, but it didn't detract from the quality of the accommodation or our enjoyment. We'll have to go back and explore the surrounding countryside when its a little warmer and drier. It really was a luxurious and relaxing couple of days away.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Dec 2017

  • "This was a very comfortable apartment and suited our needs"

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2017

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  • One king-size double bedroom with new luxury ensuite shower room with basin and WC
  • Open plan living area with kitchen with dining area and sitting area with Double sofa bed and wood burner.
  • Gas central heating with woodburner
  • Gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD with the selection of DVDs, WiFi
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot (all cot linen provided)
  • Ample adjacent parking
  • Lawned garden with furniture and BBQ
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Pub 5 mins walk and Shop 15 minute walk
  • Note: The owner has a dog and cat
  • Note: Max 3 adults plus 1 infant at this property
  • Note: Please ensure your party size and ages of children are correct as the owner uses this information to set up the property for your stay
  • Please note: This property accepts one well-behaved dog
  • Please keep dogs under control at all times and please note dogs are not allowed in bedrooms.Note: There is a charge of £10 per dog per night

The property

Martock 1.5 miles.

Bower Coach House is a beautiful cottage set on two floors.

It is attached to the owner’s house and formerly the building was a coaching inn called the Red Lion, dating back to the 1600s and it retains some original features.

There is one bedroom with a king-size sleigh bed and an en-suite shower room.

Downstairs is an open plan kitchen, lounge, dining space with a woodburner and access to an enclosed shared garden.

Bower Coach House is accessed via the original coach house arched entrance, through wooden doors into a secure garage area, large enough for one car.

At the rear of the garage are steps that take you into the downstairs of the property.

There is no wheelchair access to the cottage.

There is also a narrow, steep staircase from the ground floor to the first floor.

Whether you’re driving, cycling or walking, Bower Hinton provides an ideal base for a holiday, with a variety of interesting and fun days out: Forde Abbey Gardens, Barrington Court, Montacute House, Tintinhull Gardens, Lytes Cary and East Lambrook should provide ample opportunity for gardeners and those who enjoy National Trust properties.

The Haynes Motor Museum and the fleet air Arm Museum are in easy distance.

Take a look at Somerset Cider making at Perry’s Cider Barn in Dowlish Wake, or visit Somerset Cider Brandy.

Muchelney Pottery is close by as well as the Willows and Wetlands.

A lovely historical cottage with 21st century facilities, in an ideal location to explore some of the best of the West Country.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £200.

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About the location


Martock 1.2 miles; Yeovil 8.4 miles.

Bower Hinton is a picturesque Hamstone village near Martock in South Somerset. If you're looking for a charming and historic English village to explore, this lovely village is home to several National Trust properties, including Montacute House, Tintinhull Garden, Stoke-sub-Hamdon Priory, and Treasurer's House. There's also plenty of quaint shops and pubs to explore in the village centre. It is on the edge of the Somerset Levels, 7 miles Northwest of Yeovil, less than a mile from the A303 and within easy reach of the Blackdown Hills, the Mendips, the Quantocks, Exmoor and the Dorset coast. West Bay, the location for the TV series Broadchurch, is only 16 miles away on the Jurassic Coast and the gorgeous cities of Bath, Bristol and Wells are all within reach by car.

Note: Max 3 adults plus 1 infant at this property.
Note: If the party size is incorrect, the owner does not accept responsibility for incorrect amount of linen and towels.
Note: There is a charge of £10 per dog per night

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas