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Picturesque Thatched Cottage between Quantock Hills and Sea



Updated: 11-Oct-2016
Cottage in Kilve, Nr. Bridgwater, Somerset, England - Set in Secluded Grounds of Over an Acre

Situated up a country lane and with views to the Quantock Hills to the south and west Rowditch is a haven of peace and birdsong. The gardens are set to lawn with trees, shrubs and flowers with stunning views across the Bristol Channel to Wales. Mature oaks, ashes, hawthorns, hazel and maple surround all perimeters of the property. Three miles away lie the beautiful villages of Stogursey and Nether Stowey, the home of the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The Quantock Hills and the coast are each one mile away offering wonderful walks and views. Further afield, but within easy driving distance are Glastonbury, Bath and Wells, whilst to the west lie the wild heights of Exmoor. Closer to home are the market towns of Bridgwater and Taunton with theatres, cinemas and supermarkets, whilst the unspoilt mediaeval village of Dunster with its grand castle is 12 miles away. Two miles on is Minehead, home to the theme park attractions of Butlin's Minehead Resort and the Somerset Steam Railway.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Rowditch was the family home where our children grew up in a wonderful, natural setting which offers so many freedoms that many children today are denied. We all still love spending time here, walking the footpaths and bridleways and watching the wildlife and the seasons as they change. We still work the vegetable bed - it would be a waste not to - and very much enjoy harvesting the fruits of our labour, knowing our produce is totally organic and taking it straight from garden to kitchen. And of course we are delighted to share it. Here you can relax to the tune of the blackcap and the woodpecker's drumming and learn or re-familiarise yourself with the flora and fauna of South West England.

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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Danish

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us. It was a joy to stay here! Can't believe the week has come to an end already as we have had such a brilliant time, a great change from living in town. We look forward to booking up again next year." Mr and Mrs JC.

"We had a wonderful few days sharing a holiday experience with our children and grandchildren. We were very comfortable and happy in your lovely home. It was a great joy to be able to use the kitchen garden for fresh vegetables. Thank you for enabling us to experience the beautiful countryside in Somerset, the gardens and the steam railway." Mr and Mrs JW.

"Thank you for a lovely week's holiday at your beautiful home. We found everything we could wish for and enjoyed a very peaceful stay." Mr and Mrs RH.

"Found ourselves very refreshed and relaxed after the stay, enjoyed the local walks and some of your delicious apples in a pie. The peaceful cottage and surroundings were just what we needed." Mr and Mrs DK.
Apr 2010
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Couldn't have chosen a more ideal place.

  • 5 of 5

Rowditch was a fantastic place to stay in Somerset, and perfect for the our three generations. The house is huge and we could all fit in comfort in one of the rooms, or spread out into the many adjacent rooms. The gardens are massive, but organised so that we could keep an eye on the two year old from the large patio. Rowditch is located 5 minutes away from some fantastic beaches, and close to larger towns which made this a perfect holiday base. The bedrooms were perfect size for the group of four adults, a toddler and two teenagers and for once the kids did not complain regarding their allocated rooms (though there were some fights on who was to stay in the annex - my wife and I won that one). The kitchen was large and well equipped, and the three toilets and two bathrooms made life easy. The owners were fantastic before and during the holiday to ensure our stay was problem-free. I would recommend this place to anyone (even if it means it will be difficult for us to book again due to it's popularity).

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house with fantastic gardens

  • 5 of 5

This was our third two week stay over the summer and once again, Rowditch didn't disappoint. The owners are lovely and always leave great information for their guests.

Rowditch is comfortable and really well equipped. The gardens are a delight and the size of the grounds keeps our dog well and truly entertained.

There is, in the surrounding area, as much or as little as you want from a summer break, with Minehead and its quintessential beach and arcade front through to Exmoor and its ponies - not to mention fossil-hunting on Kilve beach!

We would highly recommend Rowditch and, needless-to-say, this will not be our final visit to this lovely house!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic time had by all

  • 5 of 5

What a truly delightful place Rowditch is. House and garden are so lovely you could spend all of your stay 'at home'. But don't do that or you will miss great walks, great pubs and lots of great people. If you are looking for a peaceful family holiday, with lots to do (if you want to) in a beautiful location you must try this lovely house. You will not be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Rowditch is a truly delightful place to stay. It is a lovely, comfortable thatched cottage set in a beautiful garden, a real home surrounded by wonderful countryside and within walking distance of the sea. We are a family of four adults and we had a fantastic week (June-July 2015), helped both by good weather and by the excellent information provided by the owners. If you fancy a thoroughly relaxing break in an English country cottage, with plenty to do and see within easy reach, including the option of some splendid walks, then this is the place for you. And if you time it right, you can enjoy some of the fresh garden produce – we sampled the salad leaves and courgettes, both delicious. Unreservedly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful stay at Rowditch

  • 5 of 5

Rowditch is a beautiful cottage in a wonderful and idyllic setting. The house is well equipped and was very clean and welcoming when we arrvied. The owners had given us a wealth of information about the local area both before we arrived and also on arrival which was invaluable and very much appreciated. There are some beautiful walks straight from the house, as well as amazing views and good local amenities. For a family with a realtively young family (we have a 9 and 6 year old) and a dog, this was a perfect location for a week over Easter, we were even blessed with good weather! The house slept 4 of us very comfortably and the kitchen was particulalry well equipped, it was refreshing to go to a rental property that was more like a family home than a sparsely furnished and equipped investment property. All in all we would throughly recommend Rowditch.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
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From the Owner

We love the remote, peaceful setting where we can escape from the rush of town life and yet be able to travel into town and have easy access to modern amenities.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bristol at 40 Miles Nearest Barpub : Hood Arms, Kilve at 1 Miles Nearest Ferry : Portsmouth at 95 Miles Nearest Golf : Cannington at 8 Miles Nearest Train : Bridgwater at 12 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 14 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Hood Arms, Kilve at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : Aviemore at 750 Miles Nearest Beach : Kilve at 1 Miles Car: necessary


The nearest beaches (1 mile) are Kilve and Lilstock. These are rocky, and are famous for fossils. From these you can pick up The Coastal Footpath, which extends all the way around the south west peninsula. For bathing go to St Audries, (4 miles), Blue Anchor Bay (8 miles), Dunster (12 miles) and Minehead (14 miles). The best beaches are on the south coast (one and half hours drive) and for surfing at Woolacombe to the west (2 hours scenic drive across Exmoor).


Bristol Airport is less than an hour's drive away. Cardiff and Exeter Airports are about an hour and a half. The M5 is half an hour's drive from Rowditch through Bridgwater, using either Junctions 23 or 24. A car is essential for a stay at Rowditch.


The nearest villages are Holford and Kilve. Rowditch is equidistant between these, one mile away from each. The larger villages of Stogursey and Nether Stowey are 3 miles away.

Further Details:

Kilve has a small but good village shop and post office. Local inns serving good food are at Kilve, Holford, Stogursey, Nether Stowey and Crowcombe (4 miles). The nearest supermarkets and banks (Nat West and Lloyds) are at Williton (5 miles).


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 3
30 Sep 2016 - 27 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1
28 Oct 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Xmas and New Year
21 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Jan 2017 - 2 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Mar 2017 - 30 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
31 Mar 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
22 Apr 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
1.A deposit of 20% will be required on reservation. Full payment will be expected by cheque or bank transfer 4 weeks before residence.
2.If Rowditch is available and a booking is made within 2 weeks of the holiday, there will be a 20% reduction in the rates.

Changeover Day:
Usually Fridays, but it is worth checking to see if there is any flexibility. Departure time 11.00am Arrival after 4.00pm please.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 11-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

There is a travel cot available and also a high chair. For a visiting musician there is also a Yamaha baby grand piano properly tuned and in mint condition. Beautiful views of the hills (Quantocks and Exmoor), Somerset countryside and from the garden views of Wales across the Bristol Channel and the sea.

Property Type

  • house


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Family bathroom with bath and power shower. Downstairs cloakroom. Bedroom 4 en-suite with power shower.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, Next to bathroom
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, Washbasin
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, Washbasin
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, Large room with extra mattresses and en-suite shower/WC
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed and washbasin. Bedroom 2 with double bed and washbasin. Bedroom 3 small with double bed. Bedroom 4 with twin beds and en-suite.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The cottage is available for weekly lets and not for individual weekends. We accept well behaved dogs, up to 2 dogs. There is a supplement of £20 per week for each dog. Outside: The kitchen/diner opens out onto a large terrace, a beautiful setting for alfresco dining. The grounds of garden, woodland and meadow are completely enclosed and are therefore safe for children to play and explore. There are small swings and slide, and the long meadow is a perfect site for ball games and frisbee. There is a small organic vegetable plot and guests are welcome to harvest the crops that are in season. The sheltered environment means Rowditch is a lovely place for outside living and barbecues. The drive at the front of the house provides ample parking for four vehicles. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen provided (not towels). Maid/cleaning service once a week or between lets. Other: Small conservatory overlooking the garden.

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