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Minehead, on Somerset's coast
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Self Catering Holiday Cottages in Minehead

Somerset’s most magical town, Minehead can make even the most harried adult feel like a carefree child on holiday at the seaside for the first time. This family-friendly coastal resort has been a favourite for generations, with the fashionable Victorians leaving their mark in the form of elegant buildings and public gardens. There are two beaches, plenty of places to eat, drink and shop, and a wealth of Minehead cottages to rent. Not only is Minehead a fantastic holiday destination in its own right, but it is also close to other popular Somerset attractions. There are lots of things to do both indoors and outside to make Minehead the perfect year-round holiday destination. Read more

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51.215113, -3.477265

With room for up to seven people to sleep in four bedrooms and a seafront location, Seagulls Rest is ideal for families and friends on holiday to Minehead. Everything is within easy reach so you can park the car and forget it for the week, walk, cycle or take a vintage steam train to explore the coast, countryside and Exmoor National Park. Minehead has been a favourite seaside resort for generations, and this Victorian cottage offers guests the chance to stay in a quiet spot that is still within walking distance of beaches, pubs and shops.

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1320

7  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.202890, -3.489440

Your family will love the chance to stay at Dunkery, which enjoys fantastic views towards North Hill and Minehead Old Town. Dunkery is a spacious bungalow that has been extended and modernised throughout to provide a high standard of accommodation. It has three lovely bedrooms, an enclosed garden and an open-plan layout that works well for families, couples and friends. Minehead's beach, harbour, esplanade and the start of South West Coast Path are a 20 minute walk (or 5 minute drive), as is the border of Exmoor National Park. One well-behaved dog is welcome. 

Weekly guide price:
£539 to £1250
Short breaks from £77 per night

6  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.213445, -3.475044

Minehead is a fantastic seaside resort with something to offer everyone at any time of the year. Located at the quiet end of the beach, close to the Old Ship Aground Pub, Harbour Cottage was built 300 years ago to house the Harbour Master and his family and has fantastic waterfront views. There is lots of space for up to six people to stay in three bedrooms, and the holiday home retains its original warmth and features like an inglenook fireplace and exposed beams. All of Minehead's beach and other attractions are within walking distance, and you can easily reach Exmoor, Porlock Weir, Watchet Harbour and many other Somerset attractions.

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £975

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday

51.182478, -3.446602

Located in the medieval village of Dunster on the Somerset coast, this lovely holiday cottage is positioned in a quiet road standing at the foot of Dunster Castle and ancient church - ideal for an activity packed holiday exploring Exmoor or relaxing break by the sea.

Weekly guide price:
£285 to £550

4+1  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.166320, -3.377395

The Coach House is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday in West Somerset, being surrounded by gorgeous countryside and around a mile from the beach at Blue Anchor. It is next to Exmoor National Park, and favourite attractions such as Minehead, Glastonbury, Lynton, Lynmouth and Dunster Castle are all within easy reach. The two-bedroom period property sleeps four people and has a flexible layout that makes it as comfortable for couples and friends as it is for families. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £800

4  |   2  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

51.166320, -3.377395

The Bramleys offers self-catering for four guests in two bedrooms and sits on the edge of the Somerset village of Old Cleeve, close to the popular seaside resort of Minehead on the coast. Perfect for families or friends looking for a seaside holiday and base for exploring the many attractions of the area, including Exmoor National Park close by and the West Somerset Steam Railway. Relax, walk, cycle or explore - the area offers something for everyone. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £700

4  |   2  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star

51.138512, -3.572418

Offering a lovely blend of cosiness and old-world charm, The Old Inn is perfectly placed in the very heart of Exmoor's National Park close to Wheddon Cross and Snowdrop Valley. Guests can enjoy wonderful walks from the doorstep of the holiday cottage and plenty of attractions within easy reach including the beaches of Devon and Somerset.

Weekly guide price:
£350 to £650

5  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.118448, -3.784288

Emmetts on Exmoor is an elegant Georgian house built in around 1840 and boasting huge rooms with high ceilings and fantastic views from its elevated position. It comfortably sleeps up to 13 people in six beautifully decorated bedrooms - four of which are ensuite - with multiple reception rooms and a layout that is ideal for a holiday with your family and friends. The house is at the end of a private drive two miles from Simonsbath, and sits amongst 900 private acres of farmland and countryside, giving all the peace and privacy you need. Walking and cycling are on the doorstep, and attractions like Exmoor Zoo, Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, and the Lynton to Lynmouth cliff railway are all nearby.

Weekly guide price:
£1400 to £4400

6-13  |   6  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.118448, -3.784288

Hangley Cottage is a welcoming holiday home sleeping six people in three bedrooms. Sitting in 900 acres of private estate and boosting spectacular views across Exmoor National Park, it is the perfect self-catering escape to get away from it all. Located just two miles from the pretty village of Simonsbath and surrounded by stunning countryside and moorland, it is a haven for walkers and cyclists. If you venture a little further afield you will find attractions such as Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park, Exmoor Zoo and the Lynton to Lynmouth cliff railway.

Weekly guide price:
£910 to £1200
Short breaks from £120 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.167681, -3.530552

Sitting in the east wing of a pretty thatched farmhouse, this cosy holiday cottage is a good base for exploring Exmoor National Park and is just a short drive from the coast and areas many attractions including Dunster and Minehead. Surrounded by rolling farmland, Burrow Farm offers a taste of country life.

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £550

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

51.166320, -3.377395

The Pippins is nicely presented throughout and provides the perfect self-catering retreat for couples looking to enjoy everything the Exmoor National Park and Somerset coastline has to offer. Nestling in the grounds of Cedar House on the edge of the Somerset village of Old Cleeve close to Minehead, the cottage has been awarded 4 Star Gold status by EnjoyEngland and provides a home from home and base for exploring the surrounding stunning countryside. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£460 to £650

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible | 4 Star Gold

51.178253, -3.521623

Pretty as a picture, this lovely self catering cottage used to be part of the old village forge and today provides romantic holiday accommodation in the tranquil rural village of Wootton Courtenay. A walkers paradise with direct access onto Exmoor's stunning National Park.

Weekly guide price:
£250 to £410
Short breaks from £75 per night

3  |   1  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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Holidays in Minehead

Minehead Beaches and the West Somerset Coastal Path - Minehead has not one but two gorgeous beaches to lay your towel down on. The main beach is The Strand. It is mostly sand with a little bit of shingle for stone skimming and rock pools to investigate. Minehead is a favourite choice for holidaymakers as well as day-trippers. However, there’s always enough space to set up your deck chair and settle in for the day, conveniently close to cafes, shops and the traditional sort of entertainment you would expect from the British seaside. Minehead’s second beach is the Terminus. Its name comes from its proximity to the West Somerset Railway. Terminus beach is north facing and, being breezier than its neighbour, is a popular sport for surfing, windsurfing and kiteboarding.

The West Somerset Coastal Path starts at Terminus beach and hugs the coastline past Dunster, Watchet and Blue Anchor beaches along its 58-mile route to the Steart Peninsula. It is a beautiful long-distance footpath with fantastic views, so whether you walk a small piece of it or the entire distance, make sure you schedule some holiday time to blow the cobwebs away.

Minehead Attractions and Activities - Minehead is a family-friendly seaside resort with plenty to keep people occupied regardless of the weather. If it’s sunny, walk up North Hill for far-reaching views over the town and surrounding Exmoor National Park. Wander through the town and browse the shops and boutiques, stopping for a restorative pub lunch or tea and cake in a friendly cafe. Minehead’s excellent golf course is a draw for many visitors, as is the heritage West Somerset Railway with its steam engines and vintage carriages that draw sightseers through glorious countryside. Minehead has an indoor skate park, a Butlins holiday park which offers day passes for non-residents, a market every Friday morning, and lovely parkland.

Nearby attractions include the Exmoor Owl and Hawk Centre, Haynes Motor Museum, the Torre Cider Farm in Watchet, Rich’s Farmhouse Cider in Highbridge, and fun activities for the whole family at the Somerset Adventures and Wimbleball Lake. Within an hour are Arlington Court and the National Carriage Museum, Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park and the colourful market town of Barnstaple with its historic pannier market.

Day Trips from Minehead - If all that is not enough, here are some more suggested day trips from Minehead:

  • Take the West Somerset Railway as far as Blue Anchor, possibly the only English village to be named after its local pub. Unfortunately, the Blue Anchor closed in 2018 as the eroding cliff on which it sat made it too unsafe for guests, but visitors can get a taste of history at The Smuggler’s Inn. The beach is a good spot for fossicking for fossils, with reptile and fish bones being the most common finds.
  • Spend a pleasant few hours in Dunster which has a medieval castle, working water mill, and an ancient yarn market in the centre of town. There is an excellent variety of shops, a museum and a handy stop on the West Somerset Railway for those who choose not to drive.
  • With the Exmoor National Park on the doorstep, there is no shortage of mountain bike trails, footpaths and bridleways. Alternatively, take a Red Stag Safari and see a side to this landscape that few people know exists.
  • Porlock and Porlock Weir are only a few miles from Minehead and packed with charm. The now-peaceful harbour was once a busy port for boats transporting cargo and people around the coast, and the shingle beach is dog-friendly and an excellent choice for a “blowing away the cobwebs” walk.
  • The funicular railway that connects Lynton and Lynmouth is only half an hour’s drive from Minehead, offering sensational views and an unforgettable experience.
Excellent road links make it possible for you to leave your desk on a summer evening and be sitting on the beach before the summer sun sets over the Bristol Channel. It is known as a family-friendly resort town, but there is something here for visitors of all ages and interests.