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6 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Washford, Watchet, Somerset, England

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daisydora...
Wiltshire
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Fantastic relaxing holiday”
Reviewed July 26, 2016 for a stay in July 2016

I had originally booked such a large cottage as I'm a foster carer and didn't know for certain how many rooms I would need. We only used four of the six bedrooms in the end, but we were glad of the extra space. The cottage is big enough for 12 people and would represent great value for such a large party.

It is a beautiful old thatched cottage set in a lovely garden with a BBQ and seating area, pond, ornamental fountain and another seating area outside the kitchen door. As you approach the cottage you pass some modern, wooden chalet type cottages which seem a bit close. But don't be put off as they can't be seen from Shells cottage and we didn't hear any noise from the neighbour's despite the fact most evenings meant BBQs and hot tubs.
The cottage is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need and more. They supplied tea towels, washing up liquid and dishcloths (all the things I usually forget to pack). The lounge had a lovely reading area around the corner next to huge book shelves covered in books and games. All the bedrooms were made up to a high standard and came complete with white fluffy towels.
There was a washing machine and washing line (pegs included) which meant I didn't end up taking cases of dirty clothes home.
I had preordered an online grocery order to arrive a few hours after we did which was great as it meant we didn't have to bring lots of food etc. The local takeaway also delivered pizzas, kebabs, burgers etc.
The highlight for the two girls was the hot tub. Although we were lucky enough to stay during what may be the only hot week of the summer, they still felt the need to spend as much time as they could in there. Gemma arrived soon after we did to show us how to use it and let us know she was around if we needed anything. She arrived each morning to check the hot tub, but wasn't intrusive at at.
As I mentioned, we stayed during the very warm week in July and whilst everyone else seemed to be complaining that it was too warm at night to sleep, we were fine. The thatched roof keep the cottage lovely and cool and offered respite to our poor big dog with her thick coat.
One of the bedrooms is in the ground floor. Although the cottage doesn't have level access for a wheel chair, once inside it is fairly suitable for people who can't manage stairs very well. However, there is only a toilet with hand basin downstairs so no access to a bathroom.
I would definitely recommend this cottage and we are considering a return trip with friends next year.

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Liked best: Hard to choose, the location, the garden, the space
Liked least: Going home!
Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
Jul 29, 2016
Thank you for taking the time to share this thoroughly lovely review, we are absolutely over the moon that you all had a great holiday at Shells Cottage. Guests need not worry if they forget to bring something, it sounds like the owners have thought of absolutely everything! How lovely to just be able to get on with enjoying your stay, and it sounds like you certainly did! We certainly hope you return for another holiday in the very near future.
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Mrsheathe...
Bath, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
347 reviews
140 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
“Another great weekend away.”
Reviewed November 16, 2015 for a stay in November 2015

A year has gone by and the same group of friends enjoyed a great weekend away in this lovely property. Gemma looked after our minor needs very well and we were comfortable and warm with plenty of room for all of us. Our only small gripe is the taps in the kitchen turn on the wrong way and we all had an unexpected shower on a regular basis. Also please note there is no wi-fi at this property.

Traveling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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jaxglouce...
Gloucester
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Perfect family get together”
Reviewed October 2, 2015 for a stay in September 2015

Shells cottage is lovely and clean and very well equipped. Local takeaway delivers and so do tesco. Not overlooked and lovely garden for the dogs. We were left alone but owners at the end of the phone if needed. A very relaxing place that is perfect for family celebrations or friends get together. I will definitely return.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
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zilWestYo...
West Yoykshire
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Plenty of room for twelve people with a super garden and hot tub”
Reviewed August 10, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Do not be put off by the holiday lodges as you arrive. Once you get down the hill to Shells cottage it is lovely and private. The garden is large and interesting and includes a little building with a toilet and sun loungers stored in it plus a pond and water feature fountain. At the bottom of the garden is a pergola with two large picnic benches and a barbecue. There is another table outside the back door next to the hot tub. Inside the house the dining / living area is spacious with a lovely wooden floor a big dining table and comfortable sofas books and games. Great kitchen with small old fashioned table. Bedrooms: Upstairs Three double one twin and one bunk. Furnishings a little dated in some rooms but all had good quality white bed linen. All the bedrooms lacked a chair and decent mirrors. The downstairs double bedroom is small with the bed against the wall possibly better suited to one person. There are two bathrooms upstairs one with bath with shower over and another with just a shower. These are better than the picture and the shower room is not really en suite as advertised. Despite minor criticisms this house is great for a family holiday as there is lots to do in the area and the house and garden are really spacious.

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Liked best: Hot tub and garden
Liked least: lack of high chair and cot
Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 50-64
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Mrsheathe...
Bath, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
347 reviews
140 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 284 helpful votes
“Perfect property for 12 persons.”
Reviewed November 17, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

We have been going away as a group of 12 adults for 12 years now, always to the same place, which was sadly unavailable due to a landslip. I found this cottage and we were all delighted with what we found. Shells Cottage is very spacious with plenty of room for all. The beds are very comfortable as are the sofas. The kitchen has everything you might need (apart from some large serving spoons) and is a pleasure to cook in. Everywhere was very clean and Lloyd and his wife were very helpful with minor problems. The first step off the decking could do with a luminous strip as 3 of us fell off as it was not well lit. Hot-tub was well used. Thanks very much for a lovely break in great surroundings...the Howler Monkeys calling in the morning was a surreal sound until we realised they were living nearby ! The photos on the web-site do not do the property justice and for info we had a disabled person in our group and he managed very well although the property is not wheelchair friendly.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Johnny704
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Relaxed in a friendly environment”
Reviewed November 7, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

This place is fabulous the pictures do not do it justice at all. The bedrooms are spacious clean and the place is well equipped. Hot tub was a luxury although do watch your step when getting out and into the kitchen can become a little dangerous. There was a BBQ outside although we didn't have the weather for it! Plenty to do around and if you want to relax this is the place to do it as it's very quiet and serene. Thank you to the owners for such a pleasant place to stay we hope to do it again x Williams family x

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Liked best: The feel of the place spacious kitchen
Liked least: The living room a little dark
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Large groups People with pets
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Andy P
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great Anniversary Celebration”
Reviewed October 10, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

We booked a week to celebrate our parents Golden Wedding Anniversary and we were over the moon. The cottage was spacious and well appointed and the location is ideal for a family ranging from 2 to 72.
We would all recommend the cottage to a group between 6 and 12.
The hot tub was a real treat!!

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