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The Cottage

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Sykes rating

  • 8 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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41 Customer Reviews

  • "Had a lovely weekend as a group of 6."

    Clean, very well stocked with everything you need and perfect location. Would definitely book again for another totally chilled out weekend

    Reviewed by Claire5.0Mar 2024

  • "Excellent location in centre of Watchet and in quiet cul-de-sac."

    Spacious and mostly comfortable - beds more than the sitting room furniture!. Some problems - we were there in a very windy and cold moment in February and we found we had to block gaping gaps in distorted window frames with plastic bags. One of our party suffers from asthma and suffered! She found that the pillow (inside numerous slips) was dirty and had evidence of mould - not good. When the kettle burned out on the first evening there was an excellent and immediate response to replace it with a new one - great! Having said all that we would consider staying here again if we returned to Watchet.

    Reviewed by Peter4.1Feb 2024

  • "Brilliant place to stay, lovely cottage that housed our big family perfectly and a beautiful setting!"

    Reviewed by Sam5.0Feb 2024

  • "It’s a beautiful cottage in a lovely friendly village."

    This was our second time there and we love it. We will definitely book again.

    Reviewed by Vanessa5.0Dec 2023

  • "3rd time staying in this perfectly situated cottage."

    The facilities were exactly as described and clean, with a lovely welcome tray of tea, coffee and biscuits. Definitely a great cottage for a family with or without children.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Oct 2023

  • "We loved our week at 'The Cottage' for several reasons."

    The accommodation is as shown and all very clean and tidy. Perhaps one of the twin rooms is more suited to two youngsters and not adults due to it's size. The owner provided us with a generous welcome pack so no need to rush to the shop for supplies. Parking is for two small cars. What is not shown on the web page is the really pretty secluded garden and garden furniture, which we couldn't use due to the continual rain! Within no more than a very short walk are a local Co-Op and several pubs. The Esplanade Bar, a mere half minute walk from the accommodation sells some lovely Somerset cider as does Pebbles. You should try these! Can highly recommend 'The Star' but you need to book for Sunday lunch and choices are limited after the first sitting. The Food is reasonably priced too. The food at the Bell was average. Public transport runs hourly to Minehead or Taunton and all at £2 per trip and bus stop 2 minutes walk from our accommodation. If only we had had sunny weather we could have done a lot more. Overall an enjoyable stay. Would we return for a second visit - yes if someone else did the driving as it was a bit too far for us.

    Reviewed by Marion4.7Sep 2023

  • "The downstairs bedroom was damp,with a constant stench, when we arrived we had to put all the bed linen on the line to dry it( good job weather was sunny)."

    The flooring between dining room and sitting room was lifting,very dangerous. The verandah could have done with clearing all the ivy away and swept. Otherwise it was in a prime position for all amenities,pubs,shops etc

    Thank you for your feedback I am sorry that you feel that the bedding was damp but I did the changeover myself and know that this wasnt the case, and was made up an hour before your arrival. There is a sign of damp in one of the corners of the room, which we treat regularly. There is a shower in that room and most people do not use extractor fan which can cause a damp feeling We were unaware that the floor was lifting until you mentioned it but this has now been fixed Thank you again for your feedback Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sandra1.6Sep 2023

  • "A property with potential that was over promised and under maintained."

    The situation in the town was good although the parking was tight and difficult to enter due to a disabled parking bay opposite. The outside furniture was not well maintained and insufficient for the number of guests that the property could hold (8). The first floor balcony had a good view but was spoil due to a lack of maintenance and cleaning. It was covered with moss and there was no outside furniture provided for the area. From the lack of electric sockets and the positioning of the few that there were it suggested that the electrics could do with an upgrade.

    Thank you for your feedback. We've noted your comments. There is adequate seating for 8 guests outside, with 5 chairs and a bench that comfortably sits 3 people. We've also alerted our cleaners about the balcony issue. Apologies for the lack of sockets, this is due to the property age and we have not had previous issues regarding this. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Anthony2.5Aug 2023

  • "We had a wonderful stay at The Cottage."

    It was beautifully presented and really clean on our arrival. Jackie, the owner, was very helpful and friendly. The location was amazing - literally a 30 second walk to Watchet Harbour which had its festival week during the first week of our stay culminating in an impressive firework display. We would definitely recommend this property.

    Reviewed by Judith5.0Aug 2023

  • "Was a big surprise when we went in, plenty of room, There was everything you need, even a iron , dishwasher was a great help with being six of us."

    Garden is a lovely sun trap. Very clean, comfortable beds . Was a nice touch having milk,coffee,tea and biscuits when we got there after a long drive was able to. Have a cuppa, would definitely go there again .

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2023

  • "A really lovely, homely cottage with a great private garden to relax in but the garden was a little bit overgrown and in need of bit of an overhaul to open it up."

    The cottage is very large with plenty of room for the 8 people it can accomodate. The owner left a bottle of milk in the fridge, a pack of chocolate biscuits with some tea bags and coffee sachets so we were able to make a cuppa when we arrived...a lovely gesture. Would definitely consider going back.

    Reviewed by Alison4.4Jun 2023

  • "A charming cottage, well presented and very comfortable."

    Lovely little garden and we'll positioned for the harbour.

    Reviewed by John5.0Jun 2023

  • "Lovely property in a perfect location."

    Great facilities, only suggestion would be to provide larger towels if possible.

    Reviewed by Olivia4.7Dec 2022

  • "The Cottage is a lovely property in a great location - we didn't need to use the car for four days which was lovely."

    The upstairs bedroom balcony is a bonus - especially as you can see the steam train pass right by the cottage. Very good communication with Jackie beforehand, so the key collection was easy. The cottage was great for us as a mixed group of adults and children. Beds - very comfortable, + warm bedding, plenty of comfortable seating, well-equipped kitchen, excellent bath and showers (+ very clean) The only negatives were minor things - the lighting in the cottage was not great - it was not easy to read in the living room, and there were no bedside lights in the big bedroom upstairs. The kettle was a bit 'glitschy' - had to turn it to just the right spot on the base or it wouldn't come on.

    Reviewed by Mary4.7Oct 2022

  • "Just back from a lovely week at the cottage."

    It’s our second time staying and hopefully won’t be our last. Kitchen very well equipped, everywhere clean and tidy. Arrival and departure no issues and host easily contactable. Would definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Clare5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely location."

    So nice to wake up to the harbour on the doorstep. House was very comfortable and lived in. We had everything we needed at the cottage. We agree the windows could do with a clean but otherwise all was good. We used the safe garden a lot with the children for ball games. It was a lovely space for us.

    Reviewed by Christine4.7Jul 2022

  • "Definitley in need of some TLC."

    The windows need cleaning. The garden needs some attention & you would certainly not eat of the rusty table outside. The heating was supposed to come on twice a day it never happened, & the first week was cold for july, the property owner was informed & we were told it had been sorted ,but it hadnt & there is no possibility of accessing the heating yourself as &when you might need it even though you are paying for it! luckily the weather got warmer the second week. There is a terrible, terrible smell in the down stairs en suite & no window you can open to let fresh air in. Although it says harbour view, this is only the case if you want to stand upstairs & look through the top of the window. The upstairs bedroom balcony would be a lovely space if it was cleaned up ,the bedroom itself is lovely, as are the twin rooms. the cottage is very spacious & with some time spent on these issues it would be a lovely place to stay.

    Reviewed by Denise3.4Jul 2022

  • "Had a fantastic time at The Cottage Watchet."

    The location was perfect for us, right next to the marina and easily accessible to the shops and railway station. The property was accessible for my disabled grandmother which meant we all had a thoroughly enjoyable stay. The Cottage could do with being looked after a little better/ closer attention to detail by the cleaners etc - windows needed a clean, there was some damage to flooring, garden was overgrown. But overall a wonderful stay and I would book again.

    Reviewed by Claire3.8May 2022

  • "Stunning property and location , extremely helpful hosts who have gone above and ..."

    Stunning property and location , extremely helpful hosts who have gone above and beyond in providing a great place for family , highly recommend and will return

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Apr 2022

  • "We found the accommodation was as per spec."

    Very roomy and ideal for us with a downstairs bedroom and on suite. Owner had problem with washing machine flooding earlier in the week which knocked out gas/electric oven and hob. When owner was informed she was polite and apologetic and the problem was quickly resolved by a family member and friend. Would recommend this cottage to all and would happily stay there again.

    Reviewed by William5.0Mar 2022

  • "Great location"

    Reviewed by Kelvin5.0Dec 2021

  • "Fabulous property, great communication."

    Thank you

    Reviewed by Lucy5.0Nov 2021

  • "Just back from a week stay at the cottage, clean and tidy with plenty of space for 8 people."

    2 big walk in showers and a 3rd shower over bath in the main bathroom upstairs. Good garden space and enough room for 2 cars. The only suggestion we have is that the balcony would be lovely if there was a table and couple of chairs so that we could sit and enjoy the view of the marina. This hasn’t put us off though and we have already booked again to stay next year

    Reviewed by Clare4.4Aug 2021

  • "Nice cottage in a very good location about 50 meters from the marina wall."

    It suited our 2 family's very well as there is a nice ground floor bedroom with shower and w/c, and the upstairs with one double and 2 with twin beds plus 2 bathrooms. Watchet is a very friendly small town.

    Reviewed by Frank5.0Jul 2021

  • "This cottage is in a lovely position with a great hidden garden."

    It was very clean and the host was friendly and helpful.

    Reviewed by Stuart and Ceri4.1Jun 2021

  • "The Cottage was perfect for our needs, being a family of 6 with one dog for a 3 night break at half term."

    Enough space for us all to spread out as well as gather in the sitting room and dining room and with enclosed, safe garden. Watchet is a quaint historical harbour town with a good dog walking beach.

    Reviewed by Lea3.8Oct 2020

  • "The house is in a great location and is a good size."

    BUT the bathrooms need updating as reported in 2018 , also the downstairs bedroom and bathroom does not have an opening window, there is a door that can be opened but this is on to the car port which is not a secure area. This means that the area always smells damp , . This would be a brilliant house if it was updated

    Reviewed by Karen2.5Aug 2020

  • "There were a couple of issues with the facilities that as we were there for only a short time we worked around rather than be disturbed by potential maintenance."

    Both of the upstairs toilets did not flush properly but as there were two other toilets we made do. There were no lids on the recycling bins which meant we could not put out our cardboard recycling due to the weather, this is why we marked down the facilities. Also the cutlery could do with an upgrade as there is barely enough there for 6 people. And finally the standard and size of the towels could be improved, one small towel per person is inadequate. None of this particularly serious and due the relatively cheap cost of the cottage we would come back (providing the toilets had been sorted). Watchet as an area is a great place to visit with lots of nice places to eat and drink, in particular the Cats Whiskers - a tapas bar with some of the best food I have ever eaten and the lovely warmth of the host.

    Reviewed by Jacqueline3.4Nov 2019

  • "Excellent location, comfortable cottage."

    We were 5 adults and 5 children and found it to be comfortable, but not suitable for 10 adults as one sofa bed blocks access to two other bedrooms. However lovely cottage for the price and fully enclosed garden for our dog.

    Reviewed by Rebecca3.8Sep 2019

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

    Mrs Holt was very friendly and very helpful. The cottage itself was very nice and comfortable, the garden was properly secure and we were quite comfortable letting our dog run around in it because we could see it was safe for him. It was delightful to be able to go out on the balcony and look over the harbour and even see the trains coming into Watchet station, it would be nice if there was a small table and chairs on the balcony. The only bad points were the bathrooms which are in desperate need of updating, the small shower room is OK but the two bathrooms are very old and shabby. In spite of the bathrooms we would recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by Jackie4.4Sep 2019

  • "Ground floor bedroom smelled of damp, large cobwebs in corners."

    It wasn't suitable for a disabled person as it was a bath not a shower plus I tripped down the step into bedroom.I was unable to use the room and had to climb the stairs. Freyed carpets and no proper hand rail on stairs also all the 'distressed ' furniture spoilt our stay. The cottage position was spot on and Watchet is a lovely place. So sad to write this as Jackie was a lovely lady.

    Reviewed by Stuart2.2Aug 2019

  • "The house was excellently positioned and as such we enjoyed our holiday."

    The house was clean and presentable but is in dire need of maintenance throughout and new bathrooms, not a 4 tick standard at all, possibly 3. We had excellent weather so we were out of the house a lot of the time and with 7 adults, varying in age from 80's to 20's the space available was adequate. However, with our family group consisting of people from The Midlands, Scotland and Spain it was not the ideal introduction to UK holidaying. Maybe the owners need to spend a week there themselves? To name of few of the issues; the bedroom downstairs is down a step from the main level with the only shower over the bath, hardly a room for those who have issues with stairs. The towel rail comes away from the wall when used in the family bathroom upstairs and the bath has the iron showing through the enamel in places and needs to be replaced along with the toilet cistern which is cracked. The cistern in the communal toilet downstairs is a different colour to the toilet itself and has a hole in the inside of the door. The dishwasher tray falls out of its runner every time it is used, even after putting it back together.

    Reviewed by Quanda2.8Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was beautiful and in a fantastic setting."

    It was a brilliant holiday for a big family. The owner communicated well with us and was very welcoming. Will definatly be booking again!

    Reviewed by Maria5.0Jul 2019

  • "The cottage is in a fantastic location, a very short walk to the harbour, shops and pubs as well as the local steam railway!"

    The location and the downstairs bedroom with en suite make this an ideal place for someone with limited mobility, however unfortunately the downstairs en-suite has shower over bath rather than walk in shower which is less than ideal. Overall this is a really lovely property which could do with some updating, in particular the plumbing. As a party of 5 we found the property comfortable but I think as previous reviewers have noted if 10 people were staying it would be a struggle. As a group we would definitely return.

    Reviewed by Catherine3.1Jun 2019

  • "This cottage was perfect and fully met our expectations and requirements, the descriptions, amenities and photos were all up to date and accurate on the website."

    We found the bedrooms to be perfect for our needs and the central location within the village was great for just wandering around and enjoying.

    Reviewed by Sharon5.0Jun 2019

  • "We had a fantastic time at The Cottage, there were 7 of us and a dog staying here over the New year period."

    The Cottage had everything we needed and was comfortable and spacious with a lovely garden. The location was fab, tucked away in a little side street within the town centre and very close to the harbour. Coop supermarket, takeaways, pubs and cafes all within a 2 min walk. The Star Inn does great food and the small and cosy pebbles bar is worth a visit. Had a great time at The Cottage in Watchet would deffiinetly recommend

    Reviewed by Wendy5.0Dec 2018

  • "The Xottage is lovely but needs updating in places."

    Some of the cooking equipment needs replacing as it very old and I would have thrown it out years ago. The Cottage in places needs a bit more of a clean. The pull out sofa is on the landing and blocks the exit from the two bedrooms and we felt very uneasy using this bed in case of a fire, I'm unsure if this should be allowed because of the blocking of the exit. We took the mattress off and put it on the floor in the main bedroom and one of the children slept on the sofa downstairs. The cottage is in a lovely location and has 2 parking spaces which is a must in Watchet. We had a great family weekend and the dog was very safe in the enclosed garden.

    Reviewed by Sharon3.1Nov 2018

  • "The location, layout and garden of the house were perfect for 3 generations of our family (plus pet dog)."

    However for us, considering the rating and price paid for a weekend stay, it was let down by the interior. The bathrooms and carpets are in need of updating. Comparing this to other pet friendly cottages we have stayed in this year, I dont feel that the 4 tick rating is accurate. The owner was very friendly and helpful and the cottage was otherwise well equipped and comfortable.

    Reviewed by Ian3.1Aug 2018

  • "A really lovely cottage with a superb location just a few meters from the harbour and with a supermarket and numerous pubs and cafe's within a short walk."

    This is an ideal location for the less mobile like my parents and the enclosed garden was perfect for my springer who normally manages to find a way out of most enclosed gardens but this time he completely failed :)

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Jun 2018

  • "Whilst my family and I very much enjoyed our stay at The Cottage in Watchet and appreciated all the efforts Mrs Holt made to provide a comfortable and welcoming holiday stay, we do feel it necessary to register our disappointment and dissatisfaction with the way Sykes has marketed the cottage as being suitable for 10 adults."

    As we were all adults we needed 5 sleeping areas, so were pleased to see the second sitting room described as providing the 5th sleeping area we needed, it seemed perfect for our needs. "For extra space and convenience, there is a second sitting room upstairs with a double sofa bed and views out to sea" We were therefore very surprised and a little dismayed to find that, in order to access the twin bedrooms you had to go through this second sitting room which, when the sofa bed was deployed as a bed ,involved actually climbing over the bed and the person in it. We moved the bed to the side but ,whilst this gave some access, meant you could not use the wardrobe or shut the door. To fully inform possible guests you really should make clear in your details that this convenient second sitting room/ bedroom is actually the access route to where 4 other adults may be sleeping. It is not a discreet room . It may work for families with small children; however our youngest family member was a 31 year old woman who did not appreciate the idea of her 72 year old uncle having to climb over her bed to get to his morning coffee and he, unsurprisingly, was not comfortable with the idea either! If there had been a need to evacuate the property this would also have been an issue. Circumstance and compromise allowed us to get over the issue, we were determined not to let it spoil the break.We would, however, not have booked this cottage had we realised the situation. Also taking into account the fact the dining table is very tight for 10 and there is only comfortable seating for 8 in the living room, it would be fairer on the guests and owner to look again at how you market this property . I contacted you last January with this feedback, it is disappointing to see that the description remains unchanged and could lead to other groups experiencing this problem, hence this belated review.

    Reviewed by M2.2Dec 2017

  • "The location of The Cottage was brilliant, we were able to leave the cars for the weekend and walk everywhere."

    The lay out of Cottage was brilliant for our family of 3 generations and our dog. The enclosed garden was a real bonus with the children and dog able to play safely, without the worry of them escaping. The Cottage was located at the end of a lane which was a minute walk from the harbour at Watchet, the cafes, pubs, local shops and the supermarket were only a few minutes walk from the cottage, which was extremely useful. The children in our party loved being on the beach and found many fossils and the play park was only a short walk away. The cottage was furnished very comfortably and the children and adults were all able to relax in their own space without being in each others pockets, yet able to enjoy each others company when wanted. Jackie and Gary certainly made us welcome. We would definitely use this cottage again.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0Nov 2016

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  • Four bedrooms: 1 x king-size double, 1 x ground floor double with en-suite walk in shower, basin and WC, 2 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Ground floor basin and WC
  • Kitchen
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburner
  • Second sitting room.
  • Gas central heating with woodburner
  • Range cooker with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio, furniture and BBQ
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop, pub and harbour 2 mins walk
  • Please note: There is a £300 Good Housekeeping Bond on this property.

The property

This traditional, detached cottage is situated in the heart of Watchet, on the North Somerset coast.

It is set within a conservation area and, enjoying views over the harbour, this comfortable cottage is in a convenient and beautiful part of the village with easy access to shops and cafés, ideal for families seeking a relaxing holiday by the sea.

The sitting room and separate dining room have beautiful wooden floors, which are both practical and stylish.

The sitting room is ideal all year round, with its woodburner for cosy winter evenings and French doors which lead out into the garden.

The fitted kitchen is well equipped and there is a door leading to the back garden and parking area.

The ground floor double bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, and most of the first floor bedrooms have views over the marina, one with a balcony and outdoor furniture.

For extra space and convenience, there is a second sitting room upstairs with views out to sea.

Outside this lovely cottage, there is an enclosed garden with a barbecue where you can unwind with a cup of coffee whilst planning the next day’s activities, or dine alfresco.

Take a gentle stroll from this lovely cottage down to the harbour and quaint shops or, for the more energetic, there are plentiful walks along the coastline towards the seaside village of Blue Anchor and its long promenade lined with fishermen.

A short drive to the medieval village of Dunster is certainly worthwhile, with its cobbled streets abundant with cafes and gift shops.

The popular resort of Minehead, with golden sandy beaches and plenty of activities on the traditional sea front is, again, only a short drive away.

This spacious cottage by the marina offers a unique stay for families and friends.

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

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About the location


Minehead 9 miles.

Watchet is a delightful, small Somerset harbour town with a maritime history going back over two millennia, where visitors may enjoy the variety of quaint shops on offer and watch the boats in the marina. Watchet attracts railway enthusiasts from all around, as The West Somerset Railway, twenty miles of preserved steam railway, passes through Watchet and continues through stunning scenery to the coastal town of Minehead, approximately nine miles away. There are superb walks along the coast from Watchet, while towards St Audries in the east, the Quantock Hills rise to 1,000 feet above the sea and the Brendon Hills and Exmoor are to the west, within easy reach. Explore the many pretty coastal and inland villages including Porlock, with its steep hill and pretty winding streets, Dunster with its dramatic castle perched above the historic village and the busy resort of Minehead with its sandy beach, golf course and traditional seaside attractions. This is an excellent choice of holiday destination for rural beauty, dramatic coastline and splendid walking.

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