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Countryside Retreat With Stunning Views



Updated: 25-Oct-2016
Cottage near Taunton on the Somerset/Devon border. - Rural, but Just 3 miles to Village Shop and local pubs and just 30 minutes to Jurassic Coast.

Butterlaw is a spacious and well-appointed home that offers, even quite large parties of guests, space to unwind. From its rural location on the Devon/Somerset border, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Scientific Natural Interest, the cottage guarantees stunning views, gentle quiet and an escape from the orange glow of urbanisation! It is a place to ‘get away from it all’ and enjoy walking, bicycling and nature.

The cottage has a private garden and plenty of facilities inside and out including croquet, table tennis and a wide selection of toys, games, books and DVDs. There is a good WIFI connection and a land line for incoming calls.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Hello and thank you for looking at Butterlaw, our cottage situated in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on the Somerset/Devon border.

Butterlaw sits within our 25 acre small-holding.

My husband, Andrew and I live on-site with two lovely children and share our home with (far too many!) animals including horses, dogs, cats, guinea pigs and three pet Kune Kune pigs! All are very friendly and in our company, visitors are welcome to fuss all the animals! Our pigs in particular, are always up for a tummy-tickle!

We are NOT a working farm, so life is pretty relaxed and low-key.

Our aim is to offer high quality accommodation, the chance to enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside and to be as flexible as possible with visitors' requirements.


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Guestbook comments from the owner

I think the title sums it all up! The house occupies a wonderful location with stunning rural views. It is beautifully equipped and extremely comfortable . The owners are very welcoming and make you feel instantly relaxed - nothing is too much trouble. (The dogs, pigs and ponies are also very friendly!) Sadly we were only there for a weekend but we enjoyed beautiful walks (without having to get into our cars). I would definitely recommend this property.
Jun 2015
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13 Reviews

based on 13 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

Well maintained, well equipped, clean, comfortably furnished with a luxury touch through out, and quiet. Stunning sunset views from the garden room and plenty of space outside for our dog and children to play. Lovely, helpful owners and absolutely gorgeous visiting doggies Humbug and Pom and the kune kune pigs!

Beautiful area for walking and within 25 minutes drive to a beach with an abundance of dog friendly local pubs. Bliss!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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All we wanted and more.

  • 5 of 5

The ages of our party ranged from 2 - 90.Therefore we needed somewhere very special to stay for our week end.We found it.On arrival we were greeted by the owner. who could not todo enough for us.within moments we all felt at home.

Our grand daughter went to see the horses and extremely friendly pigs whilst the grown ups unpacked the welcome hamper with great delight. The accommodation was excellent.with all needs catered for.Luxury with practicality.Everywhere sparkled.

We received excellent directions, the description of the .

property was accurate.

I have already recommended this property to a friend.

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stylish, secluded, safe and splendidly sumptuous

  • 5 of 5

Our Easter beak brought family together from Devon and Warwickshire - 6 in all including 2 grandsons. Butterlaw exceeded all expectations and comments in the guest visitor book endorsed every imaginable superlative. The weather played its part too and with a few more warm days the magnificent views across the combe from the conservatory will be even more spectacular as the countryside dresses for summer.

We were spoilt with a choice of rooms - all with warm and very comfortable beds, and a welcome basket that Fortnum and Mason would be hard pressed to better, Inside and out the comprehensive equipment and furnishings were top quality,and the only downside was closing the door to leave.!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay at the cottage. Such beautiful surroundings. Luxury accommodation, loved the decor and loved the animals; particularly Pom Pom and Humbug. We really didn't want to leave and want to visit again. We also so appreciated the personal touches fresh scones and proseco: lovely. Thank you so much.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming accommodation on Blackdwown Hills

  • 5 of 5

Butterlaw Cottage is an ideal country get-away, set in wonderful countryside. The cottage is very well appointed and equipped with everything you could need for your stay. The owners are extremely helpful, and their extended family of horses, dogs, pigs (yes pigs!) - are an added attraction.

This is an great venue for either a quiet relaxing break or for a family celebration.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Blown away!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing place, beautiful house, beautiful countryside. We were made to feel so at home and will definitely be returning. The dogs and the pigs are a bonus!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
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From the Owner

The Blackdown Hills offer space, peace and beautiful scenery. Our home is set in 25 acres of unspoilt countryside and is the perfect place for a young family to experience wonderful natural surroundings.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : exeter airport at 25 Miles Nearest Barpub : Bishopswood at 3 Miles Nearest Golf : Taunton Pickeridge at 3 Miles Nearest Train : taunton at 8 Miles Nearest Motorway : M3 at 8 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Bishopswood at 3 Miles Nearest Beach : seaton at 19 Miles Car: necessary


Devon's Jurassic Coast can be reached in under 35 minutes. The seaside towns of Lyme Regis, Beer, Sidmouth & Branscombe are all within 20 miles.


The nearest train stations are Taunton (8 miles) and Honiton (12 miles).

Exeter airport is 26 miles away, Dunkerswell airfield is 11 miles and Bristol airport is 45 miles. The port of Weymouth is 1 hr and 15 mins away.


The nearest village shop is in the village of Churchinford (3 miles). It is a community run shop and tries to offer a range of local produce. The nearest farm shop is Barleymows on route to Chard and the latter and Ilminster have a wide range of shops and supermarkets (6-8 miles). The market towns of Taunton (6 miles), Honiton (12 miles) and Axminster are recommended for more interesting shopping, galleries and farmer's markets.

There are a number of excellent village pubs within a short drive.

Further Details:

The Blackdown Hills are popular with walkers, cyclists and nature-lovers. Entrance to the Neroche Herepath is one mile from the cottage and offers walking trails and bridleways covering a conservation area of 10,000 hectares. There are a range of country walks directly from the cottage and details will be provided for guests.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
autumn half term
21 Oct 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Dec 2016 - 28 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
new year
29 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
feb half term
10 Feb 2017 - 19 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
easter hols
31 Mar 2017 - 17 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
early may b hol
28 Apr 2017 - 1 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
spring h term
26 May 2017 - 5 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
summer hols
14 Jul 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The cottage is well-stocked with quality 'basics' and we provide a generous welcome hamper. No hidden extras. No charge for dogs and a basket of logs provided in winter (with additional supplies available at a supplement of £10 per basket).

Changeover Day:
Our preferred change-over day is Friday - please call us if you need some flexibility.
We prefer weekly rentals but will accept shorter stays outside the main holiday periods.

Notes on prices:
We are able to offer flexible rates out of peak times, depending upon the number of guests. Please call to discuss your requirements.

Please note that Weekend Breaks are from Friday afternoon to Monday morning.

We do not have any 'additional hidden' charges such as heating or for pets! Thank you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 25-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • 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 ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Toys


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor ensuite bathroom with pedestal basin, wc, bath tub with waterfall shower mixer tap and heated towel rail Downstairs Cloakroom with wc, wash bowl basin, radiator Bathroom on first floor with wc, basin, walk-in shower, radiator, towel rail


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Child Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 on ground floor. Ensuite with king-size double bed. Bedroom 2 with zip and link twin bed / superking plus a 3rd single bed. Bedroom 3 with superking bed and valley views. Bedroom 4 single bed or cot.


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


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Stair gates available but please note there is currently no fire guard in-front of the wood burner. We are a strictly NO smoking property. Outside: Butterlaw has a private gated driveway and garden on two levels. It is mainly laid to lawn. The lower level is suitable for a small game of croquet (provided) and a step up to a patio with a large oak table, chairs and a gas Billy-Ho BBQ. A path leads up to a larger lawn, 2 sun-loungers and an all-weather table tennis table. 3 sides of the garden are fenced but the 4th boundary is a bank giving access to the farm (ie. not entirely dog proof and our dogs use the bank to come and visit guests and to scrounge some fuss!). There are no busy roads nearby. A small gate gives access to 25 acres, which can be explored. On the farm there is a trampoline, climbing frame with swing and slide and a junior see-saw. Some areas of the farm are steep and all areas are wild! Utility Room: Belfast sink, washing machine, electric drying rack, ironing board & iron, freezer. Cleaning equipment, torch, hair dryer, basic 1st aid box, shoe-cleaning box and small sewing kit. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: 100% Cotton luxurious bed linen and towels provided and 4 cotton waffle bathrobes for adults. Cotton hand towels and bath mats in cloakroom/bathrooms. Two week rentals can include a Friday 'mini clean' service and linen change if booked in advance. Other: Entrance porch with wrought iron boot rack and pewter coat hooks. Double height garden room with wonderful views, long window seat, reading chair, bistro table & chairs. Wide selection of DVDs, games and some books. French doors to garden/patio. Dog bed

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