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Aldrich Cottage

(Ref. 947449)

Radstock, Somerset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 4 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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29 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely cottage, plenty big enough for the 7 of us."

    Well heated and all dishes, pans, tea towels we needed. Really clean. Easy with key safe access to 2 keys. Grand and spooky (in the dark!) drive to the manor house (and so to the cottage) was fun. Nice walks from cottage up to the monument etc. The Talbot Inn 10 mins away by car was great.

    Reviewed by Suzie5.0Dec 2023

  • "Had everything we needed."

    Visiting family so the cottage was a great location for the local area. Will definitely come again.

    Reviewed by Emma4.1Sep 2023

  • "I always try to give an honest opinion, unfortunately this property was not what I had come to expect from Sykes cottages."

    On arrival there was no Key to get in with, then one bedroom had a dirty bath towel, where as two were short of bath towels. The photographs gave the impression of the cottage being a good size for 8 people but we were pushed to fit 6 in the lounge area, The kitchen was fitted into a very small space, each time you went to get crockery out of the cupboard the door hit the cooker extractor fan canopy, the glasses were tiny, there were no instructions on how to use anything, we had to buy tea towels and dishwasher tablets as none were provided. We were lucky that two of our group were children otherwise we would had to pull the dining table nearly up to the sink to fit everyone round it. We also found several dead beetles on the floor. We were invaded with wasps (on the last day we had 9 in the top bathroom).There was also a salt cellar left for guests to use but it had clogged salt in it that had started to go brown. The chest of drawers that was in the foyer (which we thought was for the use of the downstairs bedroom) was broken and couldn't be used, So I'm afraid this cottage was a big disappointment and in my opinion not what I've come to expect from Sykes.

    Reviewed by Jennie1.9Aug 2023

  • "There was a leak in one of the bathrooms."

    They should at least offer an honorary discount or a small compensation on our payment as it was an inconvenience on our part. Nevertheless, it was still a good place to stay, clean and quiet. I love the welcome wine and chocolate though! Small personal touch. :)

    Reviewed by Virgiedith2.8Jun 2023

  • "A great cottage in very peaceful surroundings."

    It had everything we needed for our stay and centrally placed for exploring the Somerset area including Bath and Bristol. Highly recommended!

    Reviewed by Philip5.0Jul 2022

  • "Cottage was to our liking, used as a base for a 3 day break, was not disappointed."

    Thank you Adrian Packham

    Reviewed by Adrian3.8May 2022

  • "The property was a pleasure to stay at."

    Extremely clean and versatile. The instructions on how to access etc were very clea and it was also a very nice touch to provide us with a welcome pack of red wine, chocolates, milk and a few basics, this was appreciated as a nice guesture! We would certainly look to stay here again in the future.

    Reviewed by Mandy4.7Nov 2021

  • "We would have liked a folder of how things work (cooker, microwave, etc) and where things are (bins, etc) would have been useful."

    This could also include details of local attractions and places to go. A map/plan if the park showing where we could go and where was private. The upstairs could do with a good clean and updating. The power showers in some of the bathrooms were too powerful for the drains and the water backed up in the shower tray. Some of the bedrooms had cigarette smoke impregnated in the furnishings which made the rooms smell. Refurbishing and making the rooms non-smoking would help. Seating in the lounge area was not practical or comfortable and would certainly not have accommodated 8 people should the cottage be full. Some warning about bin collections at 6.45am would be useful, especially when it is the recycling with bottles crashing!

    Reviewed by Jane3.1Sep 2021

  • "We stayed at Aldrich Cottage the first week of September and found most the problems mentioned previously had been resolved."

    The cottage sleeps 8 with 4 en-suite bathrooms (and also an additional bathroom off the hall), but we do agree that there is just enough room for 8 adults in the communal areas, 4 in each, though this can be seen from the photos. Also, there is no cupboard space for your own groceries. However, we didn’t stay in for lunch or dinner so that wasn’t a problem for us. The furry vinyl was - we guess - Flotex and was perfectly fine. We found the staff very helpful and willing to help you straight away if there are any issues with your stay. A lovely, quiet setting ideally situated for the tourist attractions of Wells, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury, Street, Bath, Bristol and more.

    Reviewed by Desmond4.4Sep 2021

  • "Aldrich cottage is lovely."

    Set in beautiful settings and a pleasure to stay in. We had a very enjoyable and comfortable stay.

    Reviewed by Victoria4.1Aug 2021

  • "The lounge was too small for 8 people to sit and also to eat at dining table ."

    The toilet seat fell off on first day . Not correct toilet seats on toilets. The cottage felt damp and we think there was mice in the loft. We could here them and could the odd droppings in bedroom. The settee had a big stain on . Not up to our usual standards and have booked sykescottages several times and it was a lot of money . Not really a place for children. We came home a day early.

    Reviewed by Jan1.9Aug 2021

  • "This is the most soulless holiday let I have ever had the misfortune to step into."

    The private outdoor space is 4m x 4m yard which is accessible from the groundfloor bedroom. It has weeds growing between the cracks in the flags. No flowers and a basic, poorly maintained picnic table. Enclosed by three high walls, the fourth side is framed by railings. It's like a prison cell. No pictures of this space on the listing are there? Inside, stairs and upstairs carpets are grubby. Calling them carpets is doing carpet a disservice, as it is basically furry vinyl. All bedrooms are huge. Look closely at the photos of the bedrooms - Aldrich House was most likely not originally an independent holiday cottage. The photos show telephones and coffee trays on the desks. Most likely this place was part of the Ammerdown Retreat pre Covid. The telephones are still there, as were numbers on the bedroom doors. The indoor living accommodation is far too small to meet the needs of a family of five never mind the eight Sykes suggest it can accommodate. There was a horrible stain on the corner sofa. The TV is not much bigger than a computer monitor. The kitchen diner is probably just about big enough to serve four. There are conference type chairs dotted about the place. If the purpose of your stay is to use the facilities in the Retreat, then you'll most likely enjoy your stay as you will probably spend your days eating and socialising with other likeminded guests. If, on the other hand you think this is an ideal location to use as a base for a family holiday to explore the area, think again as you will be disappointed. We arrived at 5.30pm Friday, and had left by 2pm the next day luckily having found another holiday let. We'd have left sooner but had to go to Bath to charge the car

    Reviewed by Pete1.6Aug 2021

  • "I think the cottage had a very strong damp smell especially in the bedrooms ."

    At night I found it difficult to breath as I'm very sensitive to damp and have allergies. I would like to definitely return as it's a beautiful cottage/ place but think this would need addressing before I considered it. The staff at ammerdown were lovely and provided me with extra heaters to keep me warm. On the last day the key safe wouldn't work so I had to leave a note with the key on the table. Overall a wonderful stay and wanted to book the following week as there was availability but again the damp smell put me off.

    Reviewed by Phoenix3.8Dec 2020

  • "The cottage comes with access to the extensive manor gardens, which we were able to explore and enjoy for picnics."

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Aug 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay in the cottage."

    Two families of four. The second double bed wasn't very comfortable so we rearranged who was in which room which then worked out fine, As others have commented the living area is a little small for 8 people but we spent a lot of time outside. We coped with the fridge and dishwasher fine. The grounds are lovely and we had a really relaxing break. I would say it was ideal for two families.

    Reviewed by Debbie4.4Aug 2020

  • "This is a lovely house in extensive grounds and gardens belonging to the retreat centre on site."

    It provides high quality beds, bedding and bathrooms but living space was tight for our party of 5 and you simply could not get 8 people into the living room. I struggled to get food for our small party for a weekend into the small fridge and the tiny dishwasher is probably only suitable for a couple. There is no space for your own provisions on a shelf or cupboard. If you plan only to make breakfast in the kitchen it would be fine but this lovely cottage is not suitable for fully catering for a party of 8. There were niggles that I put down to the impact of COVID 19- the phone number given to contact with queries is an office number with no-one in the office at weekends. I guess if the retreat is open there would be someone there. We needed to ask about the WiFi code but could’nt reach anyone. As there is no or poor phone signal this would have been very helpful. Just as we were leaving we found another typed slip with the correct code - ours had been mistyped!

    Reviewed by Sue4.7Jul 2020

  • "Our stay in the cottage was lovely - it was very clean and comfortable in a beautiful setting."

    Bedrooms and bathrooms were very spacious but the kitchen and downstairs space is tight for 8 people, although we just about managed (and we had read this in other reviews). Also, the kitchen wasn't very well supplied and luckily we had bought some of our own baking tins to use to cook a meal for 8. Plus normally when you stay in a cottage like this, you would expect basics like T-bags, coffee, washing up liquid, kitchen roll etc to be in place. We had to go and buy everything before our other guests arrived. I found it a little odd that we did have milk and fruit left for us but no T-bags! I would recommend it for a relaxing stay but it's definitely not ideal for cooking for 8 people. We also thought there would be some information on the local area in the cottage and there was nothing to help you explore.

    Reviewed by Carol4.4Nov 2019

  • "Very spacious bedrooms."

    The Living Area and Kitchen could be limited if you had 8 adults staying. On a commercially managed Conference Centre so Staff very helpful and reacted to any monor problems. it would have been helpful to have had some ideas of eateries and other venues from previous guests but you may have stopped this custom.

    Reviewed by Diane4.4Sep 2019

  • "Having lived near London, what a peaceful and beautiful surroundings."

    Will consider re visiting

    Reviewed by Mahendra5.0Sep 2019

  • "We couldn’t arrive until after midnight so was great to be met by someone to let us in."

    . thankyou, we all had a lovely stay at the cottage

    Reviewed by Jenny4.1Aug 2019

  • "Unfortunately the pool was out of use and would have been nice to have been pre informed"

    Reviewed by Nicole3.8Aug 2019

  • "Aldrich Cottage is in a beautiful, peaceful setting."

    The bedrooms are very comfortable though a small point to make is that there was only one lamp bright enough to read by, all the others could only be classed as a dim 'night light'. We couldn't find the DVD's and books which were in the listing, but I only say that to point out an inaccuracy in the listing. The staff at Ammerdown are so friendly and welcoming and the housekeeper is obvously very particular. My daughters were disappointed in the state of the pool, not very inviting. We would definately book this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.1Aug 2019

  • "Listing did not make clear that pool is only open part of year."

    Not open when we visited. Facilities in cottages very basic and requires more plates etc . Advertised as 8 people which is correct for beds but space limited downstairs. A major plus point is location with the lovely grounds to walk around.

    Reviewed by David3.4May 2019

  • "Basic accomodation in beautiful grounds, easy travel to Bath, Frome, Bristol, Wells."

    Comfortable and warm. Small but adequate kitchen - could have done with more crockery and pans. Ensuite rooms were excellent. Good local pub. We would recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Veronica4.4Jan 2019

  • "Could have had more utilities in the kitchen and more seating, other than that we were very happy"

    Reviewed by Gary4.4Nov 2018

  • "You have wonderful whimsical grounds, which allowed our difficult time to end in happy new memories."

    We explored the grounds and my son experienced some foraging with his grandad. You made the booking so easy, and accommodated our little one with a cot, high chair and stairgates. The wine, milk, fruit and tea bags were such a wonderful touch and much needed. The beds were comfy, towels fluffy and kitchen had all the utensils we needed. It was a much needed family break. Thank you so much

    Reviewed by Jessica5.0Aug 2018

  • "Very clean; beautiful gardens & grounds; very quiet & peaceful."

    Reviewed by Neil1.3Jun 2018

  • "The cottage was really lovely, exactly what we'd hoped for."

    Very comfortable beds, all en-suites were good with good power-showers and it was great having milk, tea, coffee, biscuits, fruit bowl and wine left for our arrival- not expected but very much appreciated. Location was great for our needs too as we have family in Chilcompton. Will definitely return !!

    Reviewed by Stephanie4.8Feb 2018

  • "All we hoped for and more."

    .. the bowl of fruit and bottle of wine were much appreciated.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2017

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC, 2 x twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor twin with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Utility
  • Sitting room.
  • Electric heaters
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot, highchair and stairgate on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private patio with furniture
  • Shared use of estate grounds
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles

The property

Radstock 2.7 miles.

This well-appointed cottage is situated in the beautiful and peaceful grounds of Ammerdown Park, a short distance from the centre of Radstock.

The cottage offers ample family accommodation and makes an excellent base for exploring the surrounding area.

With a bedroom on the ground floor with an en-suite and separate shower room, the accommodation is suited for those with limited mobility.

There is a lovely kitchen with a dining area which leads through to a comfortable sitting area.

Completing this floor is the handy utility room which houses the laundry facilities.

Upstairs are the remaining three bedrooms, which also have en-suites and enjoy views out to the centre's amazing landscaped gardens and walled orchard.

The cottage has its own private patio area where you can dine alfresco with the accompaniment of bird song.

If you can tear yourself away from this beautiful setting you will find plenty of choices for days out in the area.

Just ten miles away lies the historic city of Bath, a world heritage site, with its Roman Baths, spa, stunning Georgian buildings, parks, gardens, museums, theatres and restaurants.

A short drive across the beautiful Mendip Hills will take you to the Bishop’s Palace and the uniquely scissor-vaulted cathedral in the city of Wells.

Bradford-on-Avon (sometimes called ‘miniature Bath’) and the Kennet and Avon Canal are within easy reach as too are a number of National Trust and English Heritage properties, including Stonehenge, Stourhead House and Gardens, Lacock and Avebury.

If you are looking for something closer to the cottage, there are heritage railways at Midsomer Norton, home of the Somerset & Dorset Heritage Railway Trust, and Cranmore, home of the East Mendip Railway, plus Radstock Museum, the nursery rhyme villages of Kilmersdon (Jack and Jill) and Mells (Little Jack Horner).

Closer still, you can simply wallow in the tranquillity of Ammerdown.

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About the location


Bath 9 miles; Bristol 16 miles.

The former coal-mining town of Radstock is a fantastic location filled with places of historic interest and surrounded by greenery. The Radstock Museum is an interesting day out with plenty of history about the area and the industrial past of the town. Two cycle routes run from the town and open up the surrounding wider countryside with routes running from Bath through to Frome. For walkers there are a number of options including the Miners and Black Mountain Trails where there is some stunning scenery on offer. The fantastic Georgian city of Bath is just 9 miles away and no matter the time of year you visit, you are likely to find events catering for all tastes, from the well-loved Christmas market to music, food and cultural festivals and world-class theatre productions on offer at the Theatre Royal. The streets are lined with every kind of restaurant and the wide range of quality bars and shops are sure to tempt. The stunning architecture of Georgian terraces are a joy to behold, whilst a visit to the celebrated Roman Baths and wonderful abbey are a must. This is a fantastic location for a varied holiday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas