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The Cowshed is in a delightfully secluded part of the Brendon Hills in Somerset, on a family run farm close to Watchet. The owners have taken an unassuming farm building and transformed it into a romantic escape where couples can relax and unwind in luxury. The cottage is dog-friendly with easy access to beautiful footpaths and cycling routes, as well as only a mile from the friendly Raleghs Cross Inn for nights when you want to eat out but don't want to go far.
Not only do guests have the Brendon Hills to explore, but the rest of Exmoor National Park and the neighbouring Quantock Hills AONB are also nearby with miles of footpaths and mountain bike trails taking explorers to breathtaking views of the coast and countryside. The long-distance Coleridge Way is also nearby, and if you want to give your feet a rest then there is a choice of local riding schools and stables where you can arrange a horse ride through the landscape. Two excellent routes on a clear day are to Wheddon Cross, which is famous for its annual display of snowdrops, or Dunkery Beacon, which is the highest point on Exmoor.
Only a mile from the cottage, Clatworthy Reservoir is perfect for fishing, while Wimbleball Lake offers sailing, canoeing, windsurfing and stand-up paddle-boarding as well as footpaths, bike routes and areas for playing and picnics.
You will certainly want to visit the welcoming town of Watchet, where there is always something going on. Sit by the marina and watch the boats as they come and go, or browse the shops and boutiques before enjoying a restorative pot of tea or pint of Somerset cider. As well as having a stop on the historic West Somerset Railway, Watchet has two museums showcasing a history that dates back well over a millennium. Other places to shop and explore include Wiveliscombe and Taunton.
A self-catering cottage holiday in Somerset is the perfect way to reconnect with your partner and the owners of The Cowshed have created a wonderful environment with great attention to the little details that elevate it to something really special.
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Chris joined Independent Cottages in December 2013
The Cowshed is a period building with original stone walls and exposed beams. Accommodation is over two levels.
Outside: A secure drying room is next to the cottage, where guests can hose off muddy boots (and paws) and leave coats to dry. The private garden has a bistro table and chairs and a kettle barbecue. Allocated parking is on the drive next to the cottage. Guests have use of the owner's outdoor tennis court. DIY livery is available for guests who wish to bring their horse on holiday.
Additional information: All utilities, sheets and towels are included with hire. Up to two well-behaved dogs are welcome with prior agreement and for a weekly surcharge. The property is unsuitable for children. Short breaks available (two-night minimum) throughout the year apart from the peak summer school holidays when only available at short notice.
This property is managed by a local agency who may charge commission/booking fees. However, Independent Cottages does not apply any additional booking fees to prices quoted by the agency.
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