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The Dairy

(Ref. 915883)

Bicknoller, Somerset Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • lovely (14)
  • farm (12)
  • friendly (10)
  • location (10)
  • chickens (9)

32 Customer Reviews

  • "Think I’ve been here before (the survey) but I would recommend the company - very helpful in changing the property after booking."

    Thank you owners. A great range of other properties to choose from as well.

    Reviewed by Rod4.7Sep 2023

  • "The property is not actually detached - its the end of the hosts home."

    There were many maintenance issues at the property that need attention to bring it up to modern standards. The internal floors were dirty and needed a steam mop. The lamp shades were so old they are brittle and breaking into pieces. The curtains were difficult to pull together and would benefit from polishing and the curtain pole above the door is broken and falls off when pulled on. We did not use the cooker as the fixing in the wall does not look safe to use with exposed wires . There is a plug socket in the dining room that needs finishing off as it has exposed wires. This could be dangerous for a child.There are holes in the bathroom that need filing and are currently filled with kitchen roll. The other side of the bed in the main bedroom does not have a lamp so its hard for the person at the right hand side to get up in night. The kitchen is tired and dated and knobs come off when the doors are opened. The wardrobes would benefit from some new coathangers but this is usually the case in most accommodation. The bath would benefit from an actual mixer tap rather than a plastic hose. There is a strong smell of damp in the living room which would benefit from air fresheners or scented diffusers which are great at combating the damp smells that are usual in properties of this age. Unfortunately we found that this property was not up to the modern standards we are used to but we did find the hosts friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Heidi1.9Sep 2023

  • "Had a great stay at the dairy, close to somerset railway, lovely walks, farm animals Very quiet and relaxing"

    Reviewed by Ian4.4Jul 2023

  • "Charming Thatched cottage in beautiful surrounding with green landscapes, The owners are very pleasant, very informative and give you information on the surrounding land borders, walks and animals."

    Engaging pets very friendly and have funny antics to watch. We very much enjoyed our time hear and will revisit again very soon.

    Reviewed by Malcom5.0Jun 2023

  • "We were given a warm welcome when we arrived, fantastic cottage and such a ..."

    We were given a warm welcome when we arrived, fantastic cottage and such a scenic place, would love to return soon, honestly could not fault the place and even got a warm welcome from the chickens every morning, thanks for the stay and hope to visit soon

    Reviewed by Michae5.0Feb 2023

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our 4 night stay at the dairy cottage."

    We are only sorry we were not able to stay longer. A lovely quiet location surrounded by lovely scenery. The facilities at the cottage were perfect for us. The cottage proved to be good staging point for visiting Exmoor and Dunster. It was also great to meet all of the animals roaming around the yard. Thank you for looking after us and being so helpful when we needed it.

    Reviewed by Gavin5.0Oct 2022

  • "We had a lovely stay at the dairy."

    We felt very welcome and we're very comfortable in the cottage. There was plenty of things to do in the area.

    Reviewed by Lauren4.7Oct 2022

  • "The Dairy is in an idyllic location but its appearance is spoilt by the apparent casual dumping of old vehicles, white goods, etc."

    within the farmyard. A degree of refurbishment is required within the dairy, particularly the double mattress and the antiquated cooker. Very pleasant and helpful owners.

    Reviewed by Paul3.4Oct 2021

  • "The property wasn't cleaned to a good enough standard especially when covid is still around !"


    Reviewed by Suzanne3.4Oct 2021

  • "Only problem we had was no enclosed garden to let the dog into when we went outside."

    Had to put him on his lead.

    Reviewed by Trevor4.1Aug 2021

  • "A lovely area, with hosts who were friendly and welcoming."

    Amazing free range chickens! Facilities adequate. A wonderful time was had by all.

    Reviewed by Tina3.4Aug 2021

  • "The cottage was dirty with very old appliances."

    There was toothpaste all over the sink backsplash. There was dust everywhere. The cooker was something from the 1970s and the bedding and towels were very old and worn.

    We give every owner the opportunity to rectify any issues during a guest's stay and the comments that you have made could easily have been rectified, if the owner had been notified. Unfortunately, you did not contact the owner or Sykes during your stay and left the property without notifying anybody until you got home. I can confirm that the towels were new for the start of the season and there have been no previous complaints regarding the bedding. The owner wants all of her guests to have a great stay but if there is anything that a guest is unhappy with they only need to contact the owner for assistance, which she is more than happy to do. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sarah1.3Jul 2021

  • "This cottage has sloping floors downstairs, is fairly dim with small windows, and has a treacherous step between kitchen/diner and sitting areas."

    Not unreasonable in a characterful conversion of an old building, but not suitable for anyone unsteady on their feet or with poor eyesight. The cottage is reasonably private (there are 4 units) inside but not outside. Sitting area is frequented by very friendly (pushy) chickens and cockerel. The bath would not accommodate anyone very tall or broad. We found the mattresses and pillows a bit uncomfortable. On the plus side the ambience is charming and traditional, and visitors are free to explore the little farm.

    Reviewed by Gill3.1Jun 2021

  • "Very enjoyable stay in The Dairy which is full of character and original features."

    The furnishings and decor are simple but within keeping with the style and period of the cottage. Beautiful setting and walks from the cottage. Loved the free roaming chickens, cats and lambs.

    Reviewed by John4.4Jun 2021

  • "Good location, easy to get out and about."

    Quiet and picturesque farm. Loved the farm chickens and the friendly cats. Accommodation as described, missed a shower though and cooker is slow to warm up. Would recommend this holiday.

    Reviewed by Dominic4.7Oct 2020

  • "Such a charming, cosy and warm cottage in a very pretty rural setting."

    We quickly made friends with the yard chickens and farm cats and had an altogether lovely holiday. Perfect for those wishing to escape city/town life.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Feb 2020

  • "It would have been good to have been informed about the narrow lane with no passing places leading to the farm beforehand in the write up information."

    Plus not streetlights anywhere in the surrounding area. Fortunately we had torches with us that came in very handy. There was no DVD player in the property even though this was in the information write up but it did not course a problem for us but maybe for other people. We really enjoyed the unique old world charm of this rustic cottage. It was like going back to a more simple way of living away from the hustle and bustle of modern times.

    Reviewed by Heather3.8Sep 2019

  • "A lovely cottage for a week away with the kids and dog."

    The kids had a great time playing with other children on the farm and there was dog walking from the front door. The cottage itself was full of charm but some of the facilities were a bit basic but did not impact on our enjoyment. Set in a lovely location and close to near by activities and places to go. Would definitely visit again.

    Reviewed by Richard4.1Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was quaint and situate with easy access."

    There were many places to visit and the cottage was most comfortable to return to after a hot day. Everything lived up to expectation and we particularly liked the daily visit from the rooster and his chickens. They were both friendly and entertaining. Good access on the farm for dog walking.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey4.7Jul 2019

  • "A rustic, rural retreat."


    Reviewed by Teresa3.8Apr 2019

  • "The location is so peaceful and the cottage is so full of character."

    A place to relax and unwind. It is located close to so many beautiful places to visit. I would definitely recommend a holiday here.

    Reviewed by Larraine5.0Apr 2019

  • "Good location for the area."

    Plenty of places to visit nearby. Very comfortable. lovely people. Will go again.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Feb 2019

  • "The cottage was a delightful conversion in a quiet location surrounded by superb walks and gorgeous countryside."

    The sky was un touched by light pollution, the owners were welcoming and friendly.

    Reviewed by Edward5.0Oct 2018

  • "There is no shower, which we found we really missed!"

    Otherwise we had a wonderful holiday in a part of the country that is often overlooked.

    Reviewed by Sharon4.7Oct 2018

  • "Lovely quiet setting."

    Warm welcome from hosts.

    Reviewed by M5.0Sep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage and owners."

    Fabulous setting. All round great holiday.

    Reviewed by Jennifer5.0May 2018

  • "The couple who rent out the cottage are lovely, we got snowed in and they were very helpful."

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.4Feb 2018

  • "The cottage is in a lovely quiet location, set on a small working farm, nestling between the Brendon and Quantock hills."

    Access to these hills is very quick and straight-forward, either by car, bike or walking. The farm has 30 acres of fields and woodland which we were able to use. Chickens provided plenty of eggs too! About 20 minutes drive north is the coast - Watchet or further to the west, Dunster beach.

    Reviewed by Steven4.8Feb 2018

  • "A wonderful place to stay."

    Loved the cottage, having a fantastic Christmas break (very special.) Jackie and Gary (hosts) are very friendly and helpful people and made us feel very much at home. The cottage interior and facilities are fabulous and there are plenty of walking areas on the farm too. I certainly recommend this cottage to all and we certainly (the family) would consider staying again.

    Reviewed by Linda5.0Dec 2017

  • "We really enjoyed our holiday at the Dairy in Bicknoller."

    Situated in a very tranquil location on a working farm, we found it very relaxing and an ideal place to explore Somerset from. The cottage was comfortable and quirky and the owners very friendly and we would definitely go back there again. Al in all a good experience.

    Reviewed by Michael4.8Sep 2017

  • "We rented The Dairy for one week, it was a lovely cottage on a farm, the kids loved the chickens and cats that roamed outside (and invaded the house)."

    The farmer's family were friendly and helpful. A very rural area, perfect for kids.

    Reviewed by Deborah4.8Aug 2017

  • "A truly fantastic location with lovely people living on the farm."

    Beautiful scenery. Idyllic buildings and great to visit local beauty spots.

    Reviewed by Ian5.0May 2017

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with freestanding bath, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Oil central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi (can not guarantee it will work 100% of time due to countryside), selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 1 car
  • Private garden with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Please note: There is a £300 Good Housekeeping Bond on this property.

The property

A quintessentially English country thatched cottage, attached to the 15th century farmhouse but completely separate.

With enormous character and olde-worlde charm and plenty of beams to admire plus a feature inglenook fireplace, this cottage will provide guests with a cosy welcoming farm stay.

Approached from an old cobbled pavement and up a few steps into the open plan living room, the cottage feels homely and inviting, with chickens running free around the garden and farm cats relaxing in the sun on the garden benches.

On the first floor there are two bedrooms and a shared bathroom complete with freestanding claw bath, ready for a good soak after a walk on the moor.

Note: This property is next to Refs. 915882, 915850 and 915884, together they sleep 21.

Meadowsweet Farm Cottages

Bicknoller 1 mile. Meadowsweet Farm Cottages are set adjacent to an attractive 15th century farmhouse, in a delightful peaceful rural position one mile from Bicknoller Village. The cottages are close to the beautiful Quantock Hills in North Somerset and only 5 miles from the spectacular coastline. These stunning converted farm buildings, close to the mill stream and set within 30 acres of working farmland, offer a unique farm stay for families and groups of friends, with views of the West Somerset steam trains, green meadows and lush woodland to wander into and chickens, lambs and ponies for children to admire. All four cottages have retained their interesting features such as exposed rustic oak beams, stone walls and wooden floors but have been well furnished to provide a comfy, cosy farm cottage with a friendly welcome from the owners who are only too happy to share their rural life with guests. They would be delighted to introduce you to the friendly farm cats, and encourage you to collect and buy fresh hen eggs and other items for a tasty farmhouse breakfast. The cottages are dog friendly and guests are free to wander the farm meadows and woodlands with their pets, or relax alongside the stream and listen to the plentiful birds, especially the arrival of the swallows in Spring. Within a mile is the pretty village of Bicknoller, nestling on the slopes of the Quantock Hills and having a useful village shop, a welcoming pub serving local food and ales, plus footpaths leading up into the hills with breathtaking views of the surrounding unspoilt countryside that inspired the famous poets Coleridge and Wordsworth. The Coleridge Way, a 36-mile footpath, follows in their footsteps all the way to Porlock on the coast and provides some stunning walks where you may possibly spot the native red deer that roam the hills. There are some fabulous beaches just 5 miles from the cottages, such as Blue Anchor which is dog friendly or Watchet which also has a pretty harbour and interesting shops. These Somerset cottages offer a chance to stay in a historic property with a choice of fine inland scenery and a dramatic coastline.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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About the location


Watchet 5 miles; Taunton 13 miles; Bridgwater 15 miles; Burnham-on-Sea 25 miles;

Whichever way you approach the village of Bicknoller you are met with one of the most charming and picturesque villages on the Quantock Hills.The village is full of beautiful thatched houses, a village shop and an old thatched Inn, which provides a warm welcome. The village lies on The Coleridge Way, a long distance path running along The Quantock Hills towards the North Somerset coast. The Quantock countryside is among the finest in England and was the first to be awarded the national status of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and Quantock Common is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The hills provide almost 50 square miles of open heathland, woodland, small villages and farmland, with some beautiful countryside for walking, horse riding and bird watching. Within a short drive of Bicknoller are Dunster Castle, West Somerset Railway, Hestercombe House and Gardens, Clarke's Retail Village, Glastonbury Abbey, Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge and Exmoor.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas