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The Retreat

(Ref. 997547)

Lympsham, Somerset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Electric vehicle charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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75 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic property and location, great hosts highly recommend the place"

    Reviewed by Ricky5.0Dec 2023

  • "This is a beautiful house with the highest spec in a lovely location."

    We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and only wish we could have stayed longer.

    Reviewed by Deborah5.0Dec 2023

  • "Property was lovely, with all the facilities we could have wished for, and importantly very comfy beds."

    Thank you for being so welcoming, and we will hopefully be back again.

    Reviewed by Stacey5.0Nov 2023

  • "Great stay"

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Oct 2023

  • "An absolutely delightful stay with the family in beautiful, peaceful Lympsham."

    The house was extremely spacious, clean and comfortable. Lucy was always available to offer recommendations, and very kindly made us an apple cake for my mum's birthday! Can't recommend this stay enough, we look forward to going back.

    Reviewed by Kalisha5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely week at The retreat."

    There was plenty of space for all 7 adults and 2 kids who spent most of the time playing in the garden and picking fruit. While the adults enjoyed the views with peace and quite. Everything was provided by the host with an excellent fully equipped kitchen.. only issue we had was working out how to use the state of the art oven and hob but a file with all the info was on hand. The rooms are a good size and we had a put up bed for our daughter in our room. It was mentioned that there was too much light shining through early morning and would have liked curtains however this was the teenager. It’s worth mentioning that if you get a delivery of food they may get lost finding you do collect. We would love to stay here again and highly recommend The Retreat.

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Aug 2023

  • "An amazing property - clean, comfortable, spacious and in a perfect location for exploring the local countryside and coast."

    Great for a large family holiday.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Aug 2023

  • "We chose the Retreat for our family holiday, 6 adults and 2 children aged 5 and 9 years."

    We all loved this rural property: it was comfortable, very clean and gave us all the perfect chance to relax both indoors and in the beautiful garden. Lucy checked in on us several times to make sure we had all that we needed and made us very welcome with various treats. We found it to be the perfect base for exploring the area. Lympsham is a lovely village and the family enjoyed playing cricket on the green and the adventure playground. We would highly recommend this property and would really like to come back to stay again. Reviewed by Maralyn Button August 2023.

    Reviewed by Graham5.0Aug 2023

  • "Excellent and spotlessly clean accommodation which was perfect in every way for our 3-generation family holiday (6 adults, 3 children and one baby)."

    The facilities were superb and the provision of basic household and holiday starter items was well thought out and better than most we’ve come across- the inclusion of fresh chocolate milk for the children (as well as ordinary milk), bubbles for the adults and a wonderful home made sponge cake was a lovely touch and much appreciated! Can thoroughly recommend and hope to return ourselves sometime.

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Jul 2023

  • "Cannot recommend enough, fab location, lovely comfortable accommodation (a real home from home) and such wonderful hosts, couldn't do enough to help - thank you!"

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Jul 2023

  • "Absolutely stunning stay at The Retreat."

    Perfect for a weekend away with friends and our children. The property was beautiful and spotless! It had everything you could ever need, along with a lovely welcome gift! (the cake was delicious!) The little ones loved playing in the garden and hiding under the stairs (that was their favourite spot). The property felt safe and secure with plenty of floor space for them to play. The showers were amazing and we all found the beds really comfortable. Lucy and John were brilliant hosts, very friendly and accommodating. John took the time to show us photos of the Retreat before they started work on the property. It was fascinating to see what the old building looked like and find out about the amount of work that went into creating what it is today. What a wonderful weekend! Thank you both! We hope to be back soon!

    Reviewed by Hannah5.0May 2023

  • "This really is a lovely big, high quality finish house for our spread out family to spend much needed quality time together."

    Plenty of comfortable spaces to relax and not feel on top of each other. The open plan kitchen area is great and had everything we needed, Beds and bedrooms spacious and really comfortable for us. BBQ is really good! and the garden is lovely to sit in. Tasty home made cake left for by owner Lucy was welcome on arrival. We had a great week and there are plenty of places to visit locally if you want to get out and about. This was our second stay and we hope to be back again before too long - none of us wanted to leave!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2023

  • "We have just returned from the most wonderful weekend at Lucy and John's place and we are already having the blues!"

    The Retreat is certainly a treat and the most beautiful place to escape too. We loved looking out into the field next door to see the cows daily and spend time in the beautiful garden, watching the kids running around, playing football and having a bbq in the sun. It was a haven we wish we could stay in forever. There are not a lot of places we have visited where we instantly felt at home but that's exactly how you felt from the minute you walked in the door. The house is IMMACULATE, so thoroughly clean and with so much consideration for everyone. All the little details really go a long way including milk for drinks, chocomilk for the kids, fizz for the adults and a delicious home baked cake! Lucy and John were so welcoming and couldn't have done more for us. We can't recommend this place enough and will certainly be returning! Thank you again from Kerry and the rest of the family :-)

    Reviewed by Kerry5.0Apr 2023

  • "This property did not disappoint, we had a fantastic week."

    It is such a roomy property, all the bedrooms were big and clean, bathrooms were a good size, lounge was big, we never felt like we were on top of each other! The owners were amazing, great welcome and a tour from them, little welcoming touches were amazing and we felt very welcomed! Everything was super clean and all the appliances were easy to use and modern. Only very slight critique, it should say this is a 3.5 bathroom rather than 4 bathrooms. Great location, lovely little village and great walks! We can't wait to re book and go back again! We loved this property.

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Apr 2023

  • "A wonderful stay at The Retreat for our family of 10 aging from 3 to 66."

    We had great communication with Lucy in the lead up to our arrival who was super helpful, and were warmly welcomed! Special treats awaited us… the almond and honey cake was delicious and fresh milk from the local dairy! The Retreat has everything you could want for a holiday stay, they have thought of everything and it’s truly a home from home. The accommodation is so immaculately kept my father-in-law questioned more than once whether we were in fact, the first guests to stay. Waking up to views of the fields & countryside was a delight & stepping out the front door we were greeted by horse riders coming down the quiet residential road. The village of Lympsham is very pretty and well-kept, the cricket green is a short walk past the church and primary school & there is a local shop where you can pick up any necessities and the paper. We ate in both nights of our stay as we were so happy with our surroundings, nobody wanted to leave on the Sunday! Thanks for a fabulous stay.

    Reviewed by Ann-Marie5.0Mar 2023

  • "Such a beautiful and lovely cottage with many modern conveniences."

    Well thought out layout and very considerate little touches all around the house which made it such a pleasant experience to stay here. Immaculately clean!!

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Feb 2023

  • "We cannot begin to tell you how much we loved the home you allow others to share."

    Once a year we choose to go away somewhere with the family - there are 10 of us including my disabled sister with cerebral palsy. I am not exaggerating when I say we all entered 'the Retreat' and in unison said 'wow!'. Each room we entered was another lot of wows! The house is so beautifully and thoughtfully designed. There are comfortable spaces within the house to relax with others or, if you choose, have a quiet time by yourself. Having an ensuite room downstairs was convenient for my disable sister who is a wheelchair user. We were very touched by your generosity of a 'welcome pack'. We have packed a lot activities into our 4 days knowing we were heading back to a beautiful and cozy 'Retreat' every evening. Thank you John and Lucy for making us all feel so welcome and for being there at the end of the telephone/text/emails to answer any query that we had. You have thought about everything! We have enjoyed reading other guests comments and you so deserve all the wonderful praise. Absolutely spotless! Thank you and see you again hopefully soon!

    Reviewed by Suman5.0Feb 2023

  • "Nice, mostly well equipped property with plenty of space for 2 families of 4."

    I say mostly as the showers and hot water system are not suitable for 8 people, after 3 quick showers hot water runs dry and you need to wait 40 minutes for it to reheat for your next 3 showers. (The owner didn't see this was to much of a problem, its an eco system). Our new year's stay was ruined by the attitude of the owners, prior to our arrival we asked the owner in writing for permission to set off fireworks to see in the new year to which we received a prompt reply saying that yes we could, "no problem". However as soon as we started the fireworks at 6pm, not midnight to be considerate to the local residents, we were promptly stopped by the owner who didn't realise the fireworks would be loud. This spoilt our new years celebrations, the purpose of our visit and left 4 young children extremely upset and the adults annoyed, had the owner said no to the fireworks in the first instance we could of made other arrangements and saved our money. We spent £150 on fireworks that we cannot use, the owner refused any compensation. We would not recommend or stay at this property again.

    We have been welcoming guests to The Retreat for over 3 years and during this time we have enjoyed providing a superb standard of accommodation, paying particular attention to every detail making sure our guests have the best possible holiday. We believe this is reflected in the fact that all previous reviews are overwhelmingly positive and full of praise. We are sorry this group of guests felt their stay was not up to standard and would ask potential future guests, for their reassurance, to read through any of our other reviews. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Joseph3.8Dec 2022

  • "Such a wonderful cottage."

    Beautifully decorated, amazing space for a family of 10 people. Well equipped, amazing countryside side views and the owners are so welcoming. We cannot wait to hopefully stay in this beautiful accommodation again!

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Dec 2022

  • "Gorgeous house that was a perfect place to hold our annual family christmas get together."

    There's nothing I can think of to be negative about.

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Dec 2022

  • "Truly 5 star accommodation."

    We immediately felt comfortable and relaxed. Lucy made us feel very welcome and made sure everything met our expectations. We enjoyed the bottle of Cava and an apple cake left for us. We would highly recommend and look forward to a return visit.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2022

  • "A big thank you to Lucy and John for such a lovely weekend."

    It was the first time us girls managed to spend so much time together since COVID so it was great just to have the large space available for all of us to stay together and relax. Lucy and John were so accommodating to our requests and provided us with everything needed for a weekend getaway. Definitely would try to book again!

    Reviewed by Zaiba5.0Oct 2022

  • "Celebrated our Ruby wedding anniversary at The Retreat with all the family."

    it was perfect for all of us, four generations, including two small children, and my disabled mother. Ideal location, set in the lovely rural village of Lympsham, close to the coastal resorts of Weston Super Mare, and Burnham-On-Sea. We will definitely book again when next in Somerset.

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2022

  • "Amazing house in a perfect location."

    The house is even better than the photos and we had a fantastic stay. It is very peaceful and the house is furnished to a very high standard and we couldn’t fault the property.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Sep 2022

  • "First class accommodation and extremely welcoming hostess."

    House gave ample space for our party without us being on top of each other. Extremely good showers and bathrooms. Everything we needed was available at the holiday home. Lots of freezer and fridge space. Two tv rooms meant we were able to watch different programmes. Ie sport for the men and soaps for the ladies. The addition of the table tennis table in the garage was a welcome addition

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Sep 2022

  • "The retreat is a beautiful property, no, home."

    Beautifully decorated and with all the best quality fixtures and fittings. We loved the table tennis too. I would thoroughly recommend it. Thank you to the owners too for the welcome drink and home baked cake.

    Reviewed by Michelle5.0Sep 2022

  • "Perfect in every way!"

    Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this property and will hopefully return in the future

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely stay a a fab house."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Jodie5.0Aug 2022

  • "Welcomed by friendly owners,who live next door, they left home baked cake and bottle of chilled cava, which was much appreciated."

    House in quiet road had every facility you would need , lovely garden .

    Reviewed by Della5.0Jul 2022

  • "Fabulous property, everything we needed was there."

    Plenty of outside space for bbqs and for the children to run around. The daily visit from the cows was a real bonus.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jul 2022

  • "This was a holiday that had to be postponed twice due to travel restrictions between the UK and France, where half the group were coming from, and we are so glad that we kept the booking as it was a truly wonderful house and location."

    Everyone loved the table tennis and badminton, with many games played throughout the week. The children were delighted to have cows as our neighbours. And we all enjoyed the space and comfort offered by the house and garden, the only complaint was that the week passed too quickly.

    Reviewed by Collette5.0Jul 2022

  • "Fantastic property."

    Loads of space, facilities were great & a very peaceful location. Nice walk to the village area. Definitely recommend this place for families to stay & unwind!!

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2022

  • "What a wonderful property and fantastic owners."

    The cottage was immaculate when we arrived and the owners John and Lucy were helpful throughout our stay. Beautiful location and accommodation for a fantastic family getaway. We will definitely be back and will be recommending it to friends.

    Reviewed by Rishi5.0May 2022

  • "Lucy and John are truly lovely hosts and nothing is too much trouble for them."

    The retreat is a beautifully designed and very spacious property, with a delightfully light and airy feeling and a beautiful garden.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2022

  • "This was the perfect stay."

    Just as advertised but better! Excellent owners who were available next door but not intrusive in any way. The property was excellently clean on arrival and there was everything we needed and more available to us. The location was quiet and beautiful and although the village did not have much, there was a park for the children to play in within walking distance with a cricket club behind we could get a drink at before walking home. Highly recommend by all members of the family May 2022

    Reviewed by Nicola5.0May 2022

  • "This is a beautiful spacious property in a small village - it really is a ‘Retreat."

    ’ The owners have thought about every aspect and their care and attention to detail is obvious everywhere. It has a beautiful well tended but practical garden to sit and and relax in, with views across fields. The house was spotless with enough of everything for 10 people. The doors that open fully from the dining area to the garden is a lovely design feature which we used on a few occasions. It was a perfect location for our niece to leave from for her wedding at nearby Yarlington Barn. Owners Lucy and John are next door but not intrusive at all, just there when we had a couple of questions. The listing says max 3 cars but in fact you could easily fit four. This might be important for family groups coming from different locations. We enjoyed a very happy and stress free week at this wonderful property. Thanks Lucy for the welcome milk, bubbles and homemade cider apple cake. Yummy

    Reviewed by Janet4.7Apr 2022

  • "Great property and the photos don't even do it justice."

    The owners are next door so any issues can be resolved really quickly. Its also a perfect location to explore the area. We've already recommended it to friends !

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Apr 2022

  • "We have just got back from a fab week at the retreat, the house is amazing, it was plenty big enough for 10 of us to enjoy quality time together."

    Thank you Lucy and John, we will definitely be coming back.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2022

  • "Fabulous couple of days away."

    The only down side was it went too quickly. Thank you for making us welcome in your beautiful cottage.

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Mar 2022

  • "This property is wonderful, excellent facilities, spotless and fabulous Wi-Fi meaning 2 of us worked effortlessly for different companies."

    John and Lucy are next door and absolutely discreet unless you need something. Our second visit and we would return again for the peace and lovely home. Thank you

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Feb 2022

  • "Fantastic stay at the retreat, every inch of this place is amazing, from the ..."

    Fantastic stay at the retreat, every inch of this place is amazing, from the cleanliness to the very spacious room, kids loved looking out the window watching the sheep go by, Lucy and John on hand for help if needed and the apple cake waiting on arrival was a lovely touch, Really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back in the future Kelly and David feb 2022

    Reviewed by Kelly5.0Feb 2022

  • "We have just returned from a wonderful New Year's break with our family at this superb property."

    Such a special time for us all which was made even more special staying in the splendid "Retreat". Owners were on hand to welcome us and offer any advice and help we required. A weekend break that we will always remember with treasured memories. We have absolutely no doubts about recommending this getaway for a relaxing stay.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Dec 2021

  • "The Retreat is a fantastic house with absolutely everything you could wish for."

    Quiet and peaceful location, high quality equipment and furnishings, ample parking and even an electric vehicle charging point (which was an added bonus). Thank you for a restful break.

    Reviewed by Andrea5.0Nov 2021

  • "This is an extremely practical house, spacious and tastefully furnished."

    We spent a week there in the Winter and were toasty warm and very comfortable. There was nothing we needed and our large group ranged from 3 to 71 years. WONDERFUL. There were logs for the two log burners and a delicious cake and a bottle of wine waiting for us on arrival. Oh yes and milk and milk shakes from a local farm. The children were delighted and the grandchildren who only stayed over the weekend just settled in and it was time to leave. Such a shame. I spent the rest of the week with a friend walking and talking, eating and enjoying the peace. Brean Beach is a closeby must for a walk and a cuppa at the N T cafe. Wells Cathedral and Glastonbury (fabulous) and the Clarks Outlet for a little retail therapy. Then Exmouth for a real treat and lunch at Mickys Restaurant where we ate outside watching the water sports at sea on a glorious November day. All in all an unforgettable week. A celebration for my 70th last year when life was a little different. Almost back to normal.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2021

  • "House built and furnished to a very high standard."

    Very clean and always plenty of hot water. Plenty of crockery and cutlery. Generous space for parking and a lovely garden.Ideally situated for beaches and walks in a very pleasant village. Owner couldn't have been more helpful or attentive. A big thankyou.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2021

  • "Great venue, perfect for a family gathering."

    Hosts are next door and we’re very welcoming. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Ian5.0Oct 2021

  • "The retreat is well worth going to, I highly recommend it to everyone."

    Lucy and her family really made us feel really welcome and helped us when we needed them. The retreat is clean and tidy and great for disabled people to stay. Its very spacious so you can move around with no difficulties. A+ and 10/10.

    Reviewed by Christian5.0Oct 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay."

    Great house spacious and clean with good facilities. The owners were very approachable and helpful.

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Oct 2021

  • "A wonderful holiday home that is of a very high standard."

    The owners made us feel very welcome. Great attention to detail that makes the stay feel very special. Thanks for a brilliant week.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Aug 2021

  • "Host were wonderful."

    On hand to meet our every need.

    Reviewed by Jayne5.0Aug 2021

  • "The house was beautiful all we could have wished for."

    It really is a gem in your listings. Nothing was too much for Lucy & John who made us feel so welcome and special

    Reviewed by Robert5.0Aug 2021

  • "This was our second visit to The Retreat (6 adults and 2 children) it is an amazing house with everything you could possibly need."

    There is so much space for everyone, the utility room is brilliant and the bbq got used almost every night. The beds are very comfortable and showers are great. Lucy and John are great hosts and the cakes, bubbly, milkshakes and extras were very much appreciated. We all had a very enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Aug 2021

  • "Amazing property, great location and wonderful owners!"

    The welcome treats were very thoughtful too.

    Reviewed by Jemma5.0Jul 2021

  • "We had such a lovely holiday and was an absolute treat to stay at The Retreat which is just beautiful!"

    The views from the house are stunning and the location is perfect! The house is very spacious, there were 8 of us but there are plenty of room to do things together and/or have a quiet space for yourself. The owners, John & Lucy, have thought about every detail, it is clean and has all the mod cons you need for a worry-free stay. They even had a welcome bubbly and a homemade cake for us. Even before our arrival, Lucy has sent an email which contained useful information about the house selection of places to visit, and restaurant recommendations. Thank you John & Lucy for being such gracious hosts and for creating a beautiful house and renting it out so we were able to make so many wonderful memories with family.

    Reviewed by Marieden5.0Jul 2021

  • "The house was fantastic and Lucy and John were lovely."

    A great holiday in a lovely setting. The pictures of the house don't do it justice, it's actually better than the pictures. The setting is incredibly quiet with the only traffic being the occasional horse and tractor. We will be visiting again

    Reviewed by Alister5.0Jun 2021

  • "What a wonderful holiday home!"

    If like me you have high expectations when you go away, you will not be disappointed staying at The Retreat, the owners Lucy and John have thought about everything. Location is perfect, only 15 mins drive to Western Super Mare, Burnham On Sea and Brean Sands - we visited them all!! The Retreat is in a quiet countryside location, the horses go past every morning which the kids loved, Arlo was their favourite! Not to mention the cow’s as your neighbours! The kitchen has everything you need for home cooking, equally there are lots of local restaurants and takeaways to use - Chutney’s Indian, Papa’s Fish and chips and Hobbs boat Inn are those we chose and really enjoyed. Lucy and John have really great knowledge of the area so worth asking for recommendations. The house itself is very spacious, we loved opening the doors up in the kitchen having BBQ’s whilst watching the children playing in the garden. The games room came in handy too. We hope to return again one day, thanks Lucy and John

    Reviewed by Nichola5.0May 2021

  • "The owners were always on hand and went beyond to help if needed, especially when dealing with a slightly stressed person like me."

    Everything about the cottage/Lympsham and the welcome was perfect.

    Reviewed by Ann5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage was absolutely stunning, the hosts were wonderful and we really cannot fault a thing."

    We had a thoroughly enjoyable time, a gorgeous cottage situated in a delightful setting.

    Reviewed by Derek5.0Apr 2021

  • "We have just returned from a fabulous October half term holiday at The Retreat, and would highly recommend it."

    Having stayed in some pretty lovely holiday homes across the UK, we think this property is right up there with the best of them. Everything is very new and in great condition, and the house is both spacious and spotless. The lovely hosts Lucy and John live next door and are super friendly, and will do anything to help you out. The house is in a beautiful rural setting, with walks on the doorstep, and lots to do in the local area. Our kids loved playing on the beach at Brean, fun at the theme park, and lots of cycling and family walks. The log burners back at the house are wonderful to return to, as is Lucy's cake!! We hope to be back!

    Reviewed by Louisa5.0Oct 2020

  • "A lovely holiday home, perfect for large families/groups."

    Property is in a very peaceful location with facilities only a short drive away. It was a pleasure to meet the hosts and we truly felt at home. Couldn't recommend this place enough!

    Reviewed by Meesha5.0Sep 2020

  • "John and Lucy were the perfect hosts."

    They made us feel welcome on arrival with a bottle of Cava and a homemade cake waiting for us in the kitchen. The house exceeded our expectations and nothing was too much trouble for our hosts. We used all of the facilities available to us during our stay, the BBQ and patio area, table tennis in the garage, badminton in the lovely garden, even the bikes. A great holiday was had by all.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2020

  • "There was a very warm socially distanced welcome from Lucy and John."

    The house was immaculately clean and we felt very safe with regards to the virus. The location of the house is wonderful; quiet and peaceful yet close to the beach.

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Aug 2020

  • "The house was amazing and had everything we could possibly need."

    The amount of space was fantastic for us (6 adults and 2 children) and the garden was lovely. John and Lucy were friendly and helpful and we felt we could have gone to them if the need arose. We are hoping to return next year.

    Reviewed by Sheila5.0Aug 2020

  • "All i can say is staying at the cottage exceeded anything we could have hoped for, there were 10 of us altogether including small children and we had ample space."

    The house is simply outstanding with everything you could want during your stay. Lucy and John are on hand for anything you want to ask and are the best hosts, nothing is too much trouble for them. We were welcomed with a home made cake and fresh milk from the local farm, Lucy even left comforters for our 2 little grandchildren in their travel cots which was a very special touch and they loved them. We had my 90 year old mother with us too and the ground floor bedroom and ensuite suited brilliantly, also we had no problem moving her wheelchair and walker around in the house. Lots to do in the area most only a short drive away, make sure you visit Brent House Farm for your Milk :) There is a large gas bar b q which we used whilst relaxing in the gorgeous garden. We will certainly be back to stay again and wouldn't hesitate to recommend The Retreat 10/10

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Jul 2020

  • "An amazing and beautiful cottage."

    Built to the the very highest of standards. Perfect location. The owners John and Lucy made us feel very welcome, nothing was any trouble for them. We were greeted with a lovely bottle of bubbly, home made cake,sweets for the children and some fresh milk straight from a local farm. Just perfect. By far one of the most perfect holiday homes we have stayed in. We look forward to booking again in the future. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Marisa5.0Feb 2020

  • "We had an amazing stay at The Retreat lympsham to celebrate my 40th birthday."

    Absolutely gorgeous house, the pictures are lovely but really don’t reflect the size and layout of the house. We were a family of 6 adults and 3 children and there was so much space. Beautiful furnishings. The owners who live next door greated us and showed us around and left us with bubbly, fresh milk from the local farm, homemade cake and sweets. Would love to return in summer months to make the most of the huge bifold doors and patio area. Fabulous place.

    Reviewed by Leanne5.0Feb 2020

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at The Retreat with 3 generations of our family."

    ..6 adults and 4 children aged 18months to 9 years. It is a beautiful property, immaculately decorated and furnished with first rate appliances and contains everything you could need for a relaxing break. The pictures don't do the house justice, as it is far more spacious than it appears. Lucy and John were excellent hosts and welcomed us with delicious cake, bubbly, fresh farm milk and sweet treats for the children. Knowing that they were close by for any help or advice was very reassuring, especially when we ordered a delivery to the wrong post code! The Retreat is in a great location for exploring the area, as there is so much to see and do within a 10-15 mile radius, from the grandeur of Cheddar Gorge to the bustle of Weston Pier. There were also some lovely pub/restaurants in the area for a tasty lunch. Even Storm Dennis didn't dampen our spirits as the children were always keen to get back to our 'holiday home' and would have been quite happy to stay in all day if we let them! We would love to return one day...hopefully in better fully experience the outdoor activities that the locality has to offer.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Feb 2020

  • "What a fantastic property!"

    Beautifully and sympathetically renovated, with a very high level of amenities, finish and attention to detail. We were unlucky in having such a bad week of weather, but the space and comfort of The Retreat meant a day at home was a pleasure (even with 2 young children!). The owners Lucy and John gave a warm welcome and were always on hand if needed. Definitely worth a visit!

    Reviewed by David5.0Feb 2020

  • "This property is absolutely stunning, the pictures do not show how beautifully the house is finished."

    The owners met us there and couldn’t have been more helpful, there was a delicious homemade cake and fresh milk from the local farm waiting for us. Would very much recommend this stunning house!

    Reviewed by Ishbel5.0Jan 2020

  • "This is an exceptional cottage that well exceeded our expectations."

    We were a family of 10 (incl. 2 children) staying over Christmas and there was ample space, with lots of different areas to spread out into if you wanted a bit of quiet time! The kitchen/family area was the hub and just a really lovely large space. The cottage was decorated perfectly to ensure we enjoyed Christmas to the fullest; we also thoroughly enjoyed the Christmas Eve nativity at the local church, as well as some local walks. The cottage was kitted out with everything you could need, and all appliances were top spec (a dream kitchen!). The owners live next door and couldn’t be more helpful. Hopefully we will come back to stay again at some point!

    Thank you for your comments, we are really pleased you enjoyed your Christmas at The Retreat. Thank you also for raising (in separate correspondence) the slight discrepancy in our “Accuracy of Listing”. This has now been amended to state that three of the four bedrooms are equipped with king-size beds and not double.” Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sima4.7Dec 2019

  • "Fantastic accommodation for a large family holiday within driving distance of multiple family days out."

    Only downside was internet which kept disconnecting

    Thank you for your comments, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay besides the WiFi troubles. We have now had the property's WiFi upgraded with hardwired signal boosters following your comments. We hope to see you again in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Neil5.0Nov 2019

  • "Myself and my family enjoyed a fabulous weekend away at this property."

    The hosts are lovely and couldn't do enough to ensure we had everything we needed. The property was immaculate and is far bigger than we expected. We enjoyed a lovely family dinner and had a few glasses of wine whilst snuggled up in front of the log burner. I would highly recommend this property and would happily return at some point in the future. Fabulous through the winter and I am sure would be glorious during the summer.

    Reviewed by Lesley-anne5.0Nov 2019

  • "The retreat is amazing, very spacious and the owners are lovely, friendly people, can’t wait to return"

    Reviewed by Trevalee5.0Oct 2019

  • "The Retreat is a truly impressive, well thought out, newly renovated cottage which is beautifully finished to the highest standards."

    The photographs online really do not do the house justice - as a single example it is far more spacious than any of the images suggest. We take my parents ( 91 and 93) on holiday two or three times a year and it is not easy to find holiday homes with a good downstairs bedroom, 5 star hotel quality en-suite with a large low threshold shower and a sitting room with a decent ( 50+ inch 4K) TV with Netflix for them to enjoy at night. If you like to cook on holiday then the kitchen has top of the range Neff ovens and an induction hob while the adjacent dining area is light, comfortable and perfect for entertaining. Extensive off lane parking is a bonus and the setting is quiet while giving easy access to the coast and Wells, Glastonbury and Street etc. And a huge bonus was the welcome, kindness and generosity of spirit from Lucy and John - which in our many years of holiday rental experience is rare. For which, much thanks - it made our holiday. ( As well as the Cava and delicious Apple Cider cake!)

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Sep 2019

  • "Wow. The Retreat was just superb."

    Quality house where the owners,John and Lucy who live next door, have put so much thought and effort into making this a special place to stay. John and Lucy even offered to take us to the pub and pick us up again if we wanted to enjoy a drink and not have to worry about driving. Property is set in a lovely village and ideal for visiting all areas that Somerset has to offer. We were the first visitors to have the pleasure of staying at the retreat. We cannot recommend this property high enough. Fantastic.

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Sep 2019

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x ground-floor king-size with en-suite bathroom, 1 x king-size with en-suite shower room, 1 x king-size and 1 x twin both with original feature fireplace
  • Two single z-beds available
  • Bathroom with free-standing bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Sitting room
  • Utility room
  • Snug
  • Conservatory/Sun room
  • Outside shower and boot room
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Air source heating with under floor heating downstairs and woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer and TV
  • High chair available
  • WiFi
  • BBQ
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot
  • Off-road parking available for four cars
  • Sorry, no smoking and no pets
  • Shop 0.6 miles
  • Pub 1.8 miles
  • Note: This property does not allow stag/hen or similar
  • Note: Property is in a residential area, please keep all noise to a minimum after 11pm
  • There is a charging point for electric cars.

The property

Situated on the edge of the Mendip Hills, in a rural setting is this superb 300-year-old property, renovated to its now excellent condition, The Retreat is a hidden gem in lovely Somerset.

Suited perfectly to a large family or a group of couples looking for a quiet, peaceful break in the country, whilst still being not too far from the coast and the larger towns.

Coming into the front door you can hang up your coats and take off your shoes in the entry hallway where there is ample storage space, and continue through into the snug, a cosy space with a settee and complete with woodburning stove, for those chilly winter days when you'd prefer to lounge with a good book than venture outside.

For when you'd like to gather round and spend time together go into the sitting room, which features three windows allowing you to appreciate the scenic views of the natural beauty outside, while you enjoy each other's company in this beautiful stylish room.

Open plan living is what this renovated cottage does best, it has a modern fitted hand crafted kitchen, where you'll love preparing and making meals on the quartz worktop with integrated appliances.

A log burner and seating area immediately across from the kitchen island is ideal for those rainy, cold days.

The large oak dining table is situated in the conservatory area of this stunning room.

Beautiful painted wooden bi-folding doors open out onto the patio area accessing the garden where you can sit out on the garden furniture in summer while the children play on the lawn.

A large utility room also leads off the kitchen.

One of the bedrooms is located on the ground floor, a double room with a large en-suite bathroom containing a bath, separate double shower, basin and WC, making it possible for those needing ground floor living facilities to enjoy a Somerset break with the family as well.

The other three bedrooms are located on the first floor, with the master benefiting from an en-suite shower room, and the other two rooms still home to their original fireplaces, kept as an ornate feature that adds wonderful character to the rooms.

Take at least 30-minutes out of your day and run a hot bath in the stunning freestanding bath in the first floor family bathroom, lose yourself as you gaze out of the window at the rolling hills in the distance, and relax!

Lympsham has its own village shop and post office which is open daily where you can buy your essentials.

This is next to Lympsham Pavillion, which is licensed and open to the public where you can buy a drink while watching a game of cricket in the summer or cheering on the skittle team in the winter.

A 24-hour fresh milk store and farm shop can be found at Brent House Farm on the way to East Brent.

For a lovely day out and some seaside air, there are plenty of options.

Visit Uphill just 4.25 miles away, climb up to the old church of St Nicholas which dates back to 1080 or access the Brean Down Way cycle route for a safe and picturesque cycle ride for the whole family.

Enjoy the long stretches of sandy beaches at Brean Down just 5.3 miles and visit Brean Down Fort at the tip of Brean Down.

Weston-super-Mare with its Grand Pier and plenty of restaurants is just over 6 miles away.

Practically on your doorstep are the Mendip Hills, so make sure to pack your walking shoes and get outside, with a variety of popular activities available to try including horse riding, caving, climbing and fishing.

For the days when you don’t want to take the car out take a walk from the Retreat’s doorstep or a cycle ride along the quiet country lanes.

Two adult size bikes are available for your use.

The Retreat will astound you just as much as the stunning natural beauty surrounding you, with its quality decor and excellent layout, you and your loved ones will make memories you'll never forget!

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Brean 4 miles; Weston-super-Mare 6 miles; Glastonbury 18.5 miles; Wells 19.5 miles

A delightful, rural village on the fringe of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Lympsham is an ideal base for a peaceful break, it has all the essential amenities you could need for your getaway, including a village shop and even a cricket pavilion which is licensed and open to the public. The village has a manor house, manor hall and is home to a Grade I listed church dating back to the 15th century. Lympsham lies adjacent to East Brent and Brent Knoll and close to the River Axe, once used as a port as indicated by the name of the pub, The Hobbs Boat Inn. There are a wide variety of wonderful places to visit around Lympsham, close by there is the popular seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare, as well as Brean with its Animal Farm Adventure Park and Leisure Park. Cheddar and Cheddar Gorge are only 10 miles away, boasting beautiful views and lots of adventure to uncover. Further afield is the stunning city of Wells, where you can visit the Cathedral, The Bishop’s Palace and gardens, or shop at its twice weekly market. The historical town of Glastonbury also isn't too far, presenting beautiful architecture and being home to one of the biggest music festivals in the world, it's a vibrant area full of fun. Bath, Somerset’s largest city is only 33 miles away and with its Abbey, Roman Baths, Regency architecture, restaurants and shopping it is well worth a visit.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas