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Countryside Retreat With Stunning Views

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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.

More Details

Sophie layard
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Sophie layard

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.


Sophie layard purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Sophie layard chose Chard

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.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Chard in Buckland Saint Mary

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • 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
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • 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
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 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 and climbing frame. 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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average rating of 4.96 based on 29 reviews

Lovely house beautifully decorated and furnished.

  • 5 of 5

Andrew and Sophie were lovely hosts. Would recommend to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
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Very lovely

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed staying at Butterlaw Barn, which has been fitted to a very high standard. The comfortable and relaxed layout makes the most of the fabulous views. Plenty of walks without getting in the car. Would recommend and hope to return. Many thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
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Truly exceptional!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful time we've had staying at Butterlaw. As a venue it is faultless and the hospitality was wonderful. We did not want to leave and will be back! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
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Lovely property. Beautifull scenery.

  • 5 of 5

The house was lovely it had every thing you needed, just like being at home! The scenery was lovely. The only downside was the weather, we had rain every day and it was very windy. We still managed to go to different places eg West Somerset railway and to Wooky hole. We also loved the pet pigs and the friendly dogs that belonged to the owners of the property. It is right in the countryside and very quiet and miles from any shops! The owners were very nice and friendly.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your kind comments - we are really pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay. So sorry the weather wasn't great... For any future enquirers, please note there is a village shop in Churchinford, a couple of miles away, which selling daily essentials and some local produce. Chard and Taunton can both be reached in 20/25 minutes depending on traffic and have a wide range of shops and supermarkets. Plus.. Sainsburys, Tesco and Ocado have all delivered to the cottage in the past without any problems.
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Beautiful spacious barn conversion cottage in the middle of the countryside

  • 5 of 5

A lovely spacious property set in beautiful countryside overlooking a valley.

The cottage is s barn conversion so is extremely roomy and the lovely owner Sophie has gone out of her way to decorate it with quality furnishings, some of which are unique and quirky.

The patio area and garden are beautifully maintained and spacious enough for our large group of 7 adults not to be tripping over one another.

The peace and quiet here is wonderful, whilst having charming beaches only 30 minutes drive away.

We will be returning for many years to come.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely Fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

The location was absolutely beautiful! The house itself immaculate, welcoming, and had everything you could possibly need; really spacious for a large group of us; furnishings and facilities lovely; stunning views ... what more can I say? We had a superb weekend and would highly recommend it. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
exeter airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Taunton Pickeridge
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Chard, West Country

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring half term
25 May 2018 - 4 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer holidays
6 Jul 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn half term
26 Oct 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Festive period
21 Dec 2018 - 7 Jan 2019
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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