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Romantic cottages in the heart of English countryside - Honeysuckle Cottage



Updated: 18-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online


Honeysuckle Cottage

Honeysuckle Cottage is the larger of the two cottages. It has a separate sitting room and two bedrooms which share a fully equipped bathroom. There is a flat screen TV in the sitting room which offers multi-channel viewing. The kitchen/dining room has a small dishwasher and large free-standing fridge- freezer. Immediately outside is a wrought iron table and four chairs for eating in the sunshine and the cottage provides 2 deck chairs and a parasol for use while relaxing around the pool.

About the property

Higher House Cottages

Honeysuckle Cottage and The Mouse House are 2 cottages nestling in the lea of the Quantock Hills. They have fabulous views of the surrounding countryside, including the Vale of Taunton, Exmoor and the Black down hills. This is a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The swimming pool is shared by both cottages and is in a sheltered courtyard which is part of the Higher House Estate. Higher House was originally a 17th century farm, extended in the 1920s by Mary Ellis, daughter of motor car magnate, Evelyn Ellis. Mary was the first speed trial racing driver in the UK. The cottages have their own garden and sit in 8 acres of land which climb the Quantock Hills. You can picnic and enjoy stunning views and sunsets here.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Jenny Mulhall
Member since: 2009
Speaks French, Spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank goodness for pheasants, scrumpy and Honeysuckle Cottage. Most enjoyable stay!

John & Dorothy Australia, May 2009
May 2009
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank goodness for pheasants, scrumpy and Honeysuckle Cottage. Most enjoyable stay!

John & Dorothy Australia, May 2009
May 2009
  • 1 of 1

Available Rentals

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We take 1/3 of the rental on booking. The remaining 2/3 is due 6 weeks before the booked date. Any cancellation made before the second payment will be refunded, less a 10% handling charge. Any cancellation made less than 6 weeks before the holiday will only be refunded if the cottage can be re-let for the cancelled period.

6 Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


Lovely, cosy cottage with gorgeous gardens with great view

  • 4 of 5

Cosy cottage. Gardens are lovely with great views. Nice local pubs and walks.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Honeysuckle Cottage, West Bagborough

  • 4 of 5

Overall the cottage met the description on the HomeAway website. It is set in a wonderful quiet location with beautiful gardens and views of the open countryside. We were lucky with the weather so able to take advantage of the swimming pool too. Our host was lovely and a little basket of treats was provided for our arrival.

Fantastic walking to be enjoyed from the village without the need to use the car.

The use of the West Somerset Railway is a 'must do' as is a trip to Dunster Castle. The Rising Sun pub in the village serves excellent food.

All in all we had an excellent holiday.

The only negative comment we have is that the bathroom could do with some attention as the bath panel was rotten, the shower did not work and the bath stained (but clean).

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jamie & Linda were a really nice couple and we enjoyed having them here. I quite understand the comments about the bathroom. We did leave a note explaining about the panel (which is being replaced on Thursday of this week) and the shower is now working perfectly. I'm only sorry that they had this inconvenience.
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Cosy, well equipped cottages with a helpful owner

  • 5 of 5

Honeysuckle Cottage has a really cosy feel to it, with a well equipped kitchen and delightful bedrooms. My favourite room was the lounge with two comfortable sofas, lots of cushions and an effective coal-effect electric fire which added to the ambience. It was also immaculate. The location is superb (good views) with wonderful walks up into the Quantocks, also a shorter walk starting along the front of the property which was enjoyable to do at sunset and a great pub within 3 minutes walk.

What really made my time special there was also how reactive Jenny, the owner, was to any query.

I have already recommended Honeysuckle Cottage to friends, and family.

The Mouse Hole is also really pleasant, open plan downstairs with a great mezzanine bedroom. Linen in both cottages good quality and super soft so I slept well in both cottages. I stayed in Mouse Hole the month before as I stayed in the cottages for several weeks between December 2014 and March 2015 following a 1yr sabbatical in Australia and a relocation from Oxfordshire.

Bishops Lydeard is the nearest large village with a well-stocked Co-op, a cafe, two pubs, a butchers, paper shop and a very good community church (Kings).

As you can tell by my review, I loved my time at the cottages and made the most of the location!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Urlaub im gemütlichen Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Im gemütlich eingerichteten ottage fanden wir als erstes einen Willkommensgruß

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guests were such a delightful family. They got the most out of their stay with us and we're charming and very considerate. We would love to see them again!
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Herrlicher Urlaub im honeysuckle cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Wir verbrachten eine tolle Zeit in Somerset - das honeysuckle cottage war perfekt für uns 4 (2 Erwachsene, 2 Kinder). Es war alles vorhanden und der hauseigene Pool wurde viel genutzt! Ein wunderschönes Domizil, die Vermieter Jenny & David sind sehr, sehr nett und zuvorkommend!

Wir kommen wieder! Tanja & family

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Lehrte, Deutschland

Sehr empfehlenswert!

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben im Juli 2010 drei Wochen in diesem entzückenden Häuschen verbringen dürfen. Honeysuckle Cottage ist liebevoll eingerichtet, ausgezeichnet ausgestattet und ausgesprochen sauber. Wir haben uns von Anfang an willkommwn gefühlt und zur Begrüßung einen Korb mit Cidre, Käse, Keksen, Apfelchutney und frischen Erdbeeren vorgefunden. Die Vermieter, die das große Haupthaus bewohnen, sind sehr freundlich und bemüht, ihren Gästen einen angenehmen Aufenthalt zu bescheren. Die Umgebung ist ländlich ruhig, morgens wird man vom Blöken der Schafe geweckt. Die Quantock Hills laden zu ausgedehnten Spaziergängen ein, die man abends angenehm im einzigen Pub (mit guter, frischer Küche) des Ortes, The Rising Sun, beenden kann. Der direkt vor der Haustür befindliche Swimmingpool, den man sich mit den Gästen des Mouse House teilt, lädt genauso wie der zum Grundstück gehörende, idyllisch gelegene Tennisplatz zu sportlicher Betätigung ein. Den Gästen steht ein eigener Garten mit phantastischer Aussicht und hübschen Holzmöbeln zur Verfügung, in dem man lauschige Stunden verbringen kann. Einkaufsmöglichkeiten hat man im nahe gelegenen Bishops Lydeard, wo sich ein kleiner COOP befindet, bzw. im fünfzehn Autominuten entfernten Taunton. Wir haben uns ganz wunderbar erholt und das Honeysuckle Cottage bereits fürs nächste Jahr gebucht.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2010
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bristol International at 35 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Rising Sun at 100 Metres Nearest Golf : Cedar Falls at 1 Miles Nearest Train : Taunton at 7 Miles Nearest Motorway : Junction 25 M5 South West at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Rising Sun at 100 Metres Nearest Beach : Minehead/Kilve at 8 Miles

West Bagborough looks out onto Exmoor National Park. Its true location is the Quantock Hills which was the first ever area of Outstanding Natural Beauty created in 1957 in the UK. The area offers spectacular views and walking across the 12 miles of the Quantocks which eventually lead to the coast at East Quantoxhead. This area is famous for the time the poets Wordsworth and Coleridge lived here. Coleridge lived in a cottage only 4 miles away in the lovely village of Nether Stowey. You can follow the walk he took while writing many of his poems. There are many beautiful old houses and gardens to visit, as well as enjoying the coast with its site of scientific interest at Kilve.


Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Basic Soaps
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Outdoor Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • The shower is an electric power shower.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Both rooms have splendid views over the swimming pool and beyond over the valley. The single bedroom has 2 beds but 1 is normally kept under the other. However, when pulled out, it is the same height and width as a normal single bed. So 2 children can easily sleep in the room.


  • Deck Chairs
  • Garden
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only


  • PLEASE NOTE: Because of Health and Safety restrictions, we are unable to take children in Honeysuckle Cottage between the ages of 2 and 9 years old. This is because of the closeness of the swimming pool to the cottage doors. We do apologise if this causes any disappointment.