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Beautiful C17th Thatched Cottage: WIFI, Woodburner, Enclosed Garden & Parking



Updated: 24-Oct-2016
Cottage in Williton, Nr. Dunster, Somerset, England - Set 2 Miles From The Coast & A Short Stroll Away From Village Shops, Pubs And Restaurants

Our grade ii listed cottage has been sympathetically refurbished to provide the conveniences of modern day living whilst retaining the charm of period features: woodburner, inglenook fireplace and wooden beams as well as the wifi, flat screen hd tv and dvd player! The 3 first floor bedrooms and ground floor snug have been furnished to a high standard and will meet the needs of groups of friends as well as families with children. ‘Thatches’ has direct access to its fully enclosed private garden and off-street parking area and is a short stroll away from Williton's shops, pubs, restaurants and other amenities. Watchet's marina and beaches are just 2 miles away. This is an ideal year-round holiday or short break destination and a superb base from which to explore west somerset’s many places of interest. We have wonderful countryside on our doorstep, a beautiful coastline nearby and numerous fascinating historic buildings, museums and other tourist attractions in the area. Come and enjoy!

  • Sleeps 9
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We would like to introduce ourselves:

Bob and Liz Whimperley-Dixon. We currently live in London with our Daughter and two dogs but have family close by to 'Thatches' and it was the perfect holiday home. We fell in love with 'Thatches' after looking in the area for about 3 years... nothing ticked every box until this became available!

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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fantastic break in a beautiful cottage! Can recommend Tarr Steps & canoeing on Wimbleball Lake. (extracted from visitor book at Thatches)
Jul 2014
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely homely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at Thatches. There were four of us staying (all friends) and although it was cosy there was plenty of room. We spent most of our time sitting around the table playing games!

We had a lovely friendly reception when we arrived and it was lovely and clean. The kitchen had everything you could want so we had all we needed for the weekend-I was mostly impressed with the tuppawear! We could have easily had 5 of us staying and hopefully we will in the future.

Excellent location with a local well stocked shop within walking distance. Nice pub again within walking distance and excellent fossil beaches 15 minutes drive.

Thatches was cosy but spacious enough we weren't all on each other's toes.

Lovely cottage and we will be back!

Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful place to relax and unwind.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is very old with old world charm and warmth. We all had a wonderful time. Good local amenities with some lovely places to eat out. Within easy reach of good places to visit. I recommend Thatched highly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nice cottage in convenient location

  • 4 of 5

We recently stayed the weekend with 4 children under 7. The owners and their local representative were extremely helpful, both in the run-up to our stay and upon arrival. Information on local attractions were provided to help us plan our visit.

The cottage was well equipped for family use, with off-road parking and a small garden which the smallest ones couldn't wander from. The cocoa, tea, milk cartons etc made it easier to feel like we could settle from our journey before nipping out to the (extremely near) supermarket for further supplies.

Our boys loved the character of the cottage. Whilst we don't have pets ourselves, the layout of the cottage, secure (high) gates and stair-gates clearly make it suitable for people with dogs and I have already recommended the cottage to dog owners I know.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a great stay and many thanks for the recommendation! Yes we're very happy to welcome responsible pet owners and, unlike most cottages, welcome multiple 4 legged friends...but they're not compulsory! Our guests include groups of adults, families (of several generations sometimes!) as well as pet owners.
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Charming period thatched cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Charming cottage situated on main road in village but you were enclosed and privacy and noise was not a problem.

We were greeted by Mr Dixon (owners dad ) who was lovely. Made us feel very welcome and gave us all the info needed for cottage and local area. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, cottage was perfect for us everything we needed and more...... Bed so comfortable in main bedroom and en-suite was fab especially the roll top bath. Will definitely stay here again. Great location not to far to enjoy other area's, definitely recommend trip to Taunton (great shops). Local pub in village called The Wyndham food fab (recommended by Mr Dixon) portions huge and delicious ! Reluctant to leave throughly enjoyed our stay in this charming village and quaint cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An amazing lovely cosy cottage

  • 5 of 5

My family and long with a couple of friends stayed for 9 nights, we had my little girl and two dogs with us, at no point did we feel cramped. The cottage is huge with loads of room.

We had a lovely welcome on arrival, with a awesome explanation of all the cottages features. The property is well maintained and cared for like any family home.

I would recommend this cottage to any of my friends in a heart beat. We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So delighted you loved our cottage as much as we do! Looking forward to seeing you again!
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Just stunning!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for having us! We booked the cottage for 8 of us to stay and celebrate my boyfriends birthday - communication from Liz was brilliant from the start, answering all my questions and helping us choose places to eat (can highly recommend the Indian Bengal Spice! The local pubs were fully booked so definitely recommend booking in nice and early!) The cottage is just beautiful, I want to live there! Cleaned to the highest standard! Liz's Dad, Ken, was so helpful and prepared a wonderful welcome hamper! Beds are super comfy, I especially loved the bath in the ensuite! The cottage has a real romantic feel to it, so welcoming!

The weather was beautiful so we spent time in the garden and also had a couple of cosy nights round the fire - what more could you want with a good bottle of wine?! The games cupboard was just perfect for the little one with us, and kept the bigger kids entertained too!

Perfect location - walk to the local shop for essentials, great distance to Dunster, Minehead, Porlock Weir, Ilfracombe - everywhere we were exploring!

Cannot stop telling everyone about the beautiful, romantic, wonderful cottage we stayed in and we will definitely be back again!! Thank you again!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you enjoyed your stay & look forward to welcoming you back! We live it there and are so pleased our guests do too!
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From the Owner

There is so much to see and do in the area - really something for everyone for all seasons. We're a short stroll from great amenities, yet moments from wonderful countryside and a short drive from fantastic coastline.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bristol International at 43 Miles Nearest Barpub : Village pubs at 0.2 Miles Nearest Golf : Minehead & West Somerset Golf Course at 8 Miles Nearest Train : Williton at 0.5 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 15 Miles Nearest Restaurant : at 0.1 Miles Nearest Beach : Watchet at 2 Miles Car: recommended


The beaches in the area are within easy reach & are famous for their quality. There are no fewer than six stretches of sandy coastline within 7 miles of 'Thatches'. E.g. Dunster - sand & pebbles (large picnic area & natural sea water pools & bathing) & Blue Anchor Bay or Minehead for more beach resort facilities.

Some of the other local beaches and cliffs are great places for fossil hunting including Watchet's beaches (2 miles) and Kilve (4 miles), a Site of Special Scientific Interest.


Bristol Airport, the UK's 5th largest regional airport and the gateway to south west England is about 43 miles away (1 hr 15mins approx). Exeter (EXT) is about 45 miles away (1 hr 20mins approx).


'Thatches' is a short stroll from village shops, pubs, restaurants and other amenities in Williton. The Quantock Hills, Exmoor National Park and the West Somerset Steam Railway are on the doorstep and the Ancient Harbour town of Watchet is just 2 miles away. Dunster (Historic market town and National Trust castle) 6 miles. Seaside town of Minehead (8 miles). City of Taunton (14 miles) and town of Bridgwater (17 miles) with high street shops and 'out of town' retail and leisure parks.

Further Details:

Williton's amenities include a butcher, baker and greengrocer selling local produce as well as a post office, bank, cashpoint, petrol station, launderette, hairdresser, children’s play park and recreation ground and high street supermarkets plus pubs and restaurants.

Local attractions include: Bakelite museum and tea shop (UK's largest collection of vintage plastic). Williton Station, on the West Somerset Steam Railway route. Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

What's a bit further afield? Watchet (2 miles): Ancient harbour town with its marina, fossil-rich beaches, award winning pub and restaurants & Doniford Animal Park. Cleeve Abbey (2 miles) Dunster (6 miles): Historic market town and castle, Dunster Castle (National Trust). Seaside town of Minehead (8 miles). City of Taunton (14 miles) and town of Bridgwater (17 miles) with high street shops and 'out of town' retail and leisure parks. Exmoor National Park. The Coleridge Way. Tropiquaria (award winning animal and adventure park http://www.tropiquaria.co.uk/). Hestercombe Gardens (Taunton) designed by Luytens.

Local events include: North Devon and Exmoor Walking Festival (Spring and Autumn). Watchet Carnival (Summer). Watchet Music Festival (Summer). Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival (November). Dunster by Candlelight (November).

For more details on local attractions and services you might also be interested in:

http://www.wsra.org.uk/ for West Somerset Railway Association timetables & events

http://www.watchetadvertiser.com/ for advertised services and events in the Watchet and Williton area

http://www.willitonwindow.org.uk/ for Williton's church and community magazine


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Half term Autumn
22 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
31 Oct 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Xmas hols
16 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Feb half term
10 Feb 2017 - 19 Feb 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Easter hols
31 Mar 2017 - 18 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
May Day weekend
28 Apr 2017 - 1 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May half term
26 May 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
early summer hols
8 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer hols
22 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £80

Notes on prices:
If you are looking for a short break stay the Owners Direct website currently returns a somewhat crude "number of nights X weekly rate / 7" estimate. Please do bear in mind that our overheads are considerably higher for shorter stays and the estimate really is a very rough guide indeed. In calculating a short-stay rental price I will be considering the size of the group, number of pets and arrival date as well as the availability of regular changeover/cleaning staff. In order for the Owners Direct website to be able to offer a more accurate price they suggest owners break down the pricing by element & that we use the "additional guest fee" or other fee options. As we can accommodate up to 9 adults but we also appeal to couples or those with young children and/or pets, coming up with a pricing matrix that doesn't (in my view) calculate unrealistic/outrageous quotes is taxing me somewhat so please do bear with me while I work on something that fits with the new website!

'Last minute' discounted rates may be available - please enquire. Reasonable offers will be considered for late availability particularly with low occupancy for "off-peak" periods. That said, please remember we do have overheads to meet associated with the upkeep of our garden, spacious living accommodation and housekeeping. I won't always be making a song and dance about reduced rates by advertising them on the website..as there is an additional charge for "special offer" advertising. I'd rather give my guests any discount I can so please do ask!

Changeover Day:
Changeover is Saturday during UK school holidays but generally we are flexible otherwise. Check in by 17.00 (although often possible earliEr & guests are always welcome to arrive early to leave luggage etc. while we finish preparing the cottage for handover) & check out on departure is 10.30 although later checkouts may be possible (particularly off-peak) - we will be flexible on this where possible - please ask!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 24-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

Thatches has direct access to its own secluded garden and off street parking. We provide generous living space for a thatched cottage - as well as the main living room we have a snug (with a sofa bed), a dining room and a sun room, so even when all bedrooms are occupied guests won't feel on top of each other. Our kitchen is well equipped with quality appliances and useful cooking utensils - a real home from home..and if we don't yet have something we probably will soon - just ask!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • village


  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 126 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, Double ended roll top bath w/ period style shower attachment
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Ground floor shower room & toilet
  • En-suite family bathroom to bedroom 1 with roll top bath and shower attachment via mixer tap, WC and bidet. Downstairs shower room with WC.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Cot, King Size bed & room for a travel cot (which we can provide)
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, bed is 4ft wide and classed as a "small double"
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/9 (3 Bedrooms) 4th room with sofabed Notes on bedrooms: First floor: bed 1 sleeps 2 (+infant if required): king size bed. Bed 2 sleeps up to 3: double bed and single bed. Bed 3 sleeps up to 2: small double bed. Snug/bed 4 (ground floor) sleeps up to 2: leather double sofabed.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering

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


  • Notes on accommodation: 'Thatches' has plenty of old world charm and character but is bang up to date with quality fixtures, fittings and facilities including WIFI access. We're quite new to Facebook, but do look us up - we're keen to expand our Facebook photo library of Thatches and the surrounding area. Have you stayed at Thatches? Then please do pass on any photos to us that you are happy for us to use (credited of course!) Outside: 'Thatches' has its own fully enclosed secluded garden with parking area, lawn area, patio and flowerbeds. Outdoor furniture & BBQ provided. Utility Room: Washing machine & tumble dryer located in the kitchen and washing line in the garden. Clothes airer, laundry basket, steam iron and ironing board also provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh bed linen, bath and hand towels are provided at least weekly & with each change of let. The property is cleaned before & after occupation. Additional house keeping services & dog walking/sitting can be arranged locally for an additional charge. Other: Full GFCH + woodburner, bed linen, towels & a good selection of kitchen equipment. A selection of games, books and DVDs. Cot, highchair and stair gate are available on request. Payphone & free WIFI access. Garden table and chairs plus parasol and BBQ

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