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Countryside Retreat With Stunning Views

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


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 April, 2017

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 South Somerset

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 Somerset

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
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 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)


Wonderful 2nd Stay

  • 5 of 5

Back to Butterlaw Cottage for our 2nd stay. Andrew and Sophie warm and welcoming like an old family member. The cottage as always is beautifully furnished and well equipped with views to die for. The hamper was great, a nice little treat on arrival after a tedious drive. Fully recommend anybody to visit, the problem is you will not want to leave.........

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely place to get away from it all

  • 5 of 5

Me and my family spent a lovely time in Butterlaw cottage. Plenty of living space for 6 adults and 2 small children. It was about 30 mins from most places to visit. Nicely furnished and great for children lots of toys books films. The weather was not great so didn't make the most of the outdoor space but nice to have a log burner to feel all cosy. would love to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A break from the norm

  • 5 of 5

A long weekend away from the rat race was certainly required and we got it just right when we found this place.

We were quite greedy having the whole place just for 2 of us but that was the idea.

Even with 2 families this would still be perfect. Lots of room, tastefully decorated and lots of fresh open spaces for walks.

Being out of the way from everyone but still 20 mins from a large town and 30-40mins from the coast.

Missing our 3 piggy friends already. :)

  • Review Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious, quiet cottage in beautiful countrysid

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 3 night stay at Andrew's cottage. The location was perfect for a peaceful getaway, so quiet with amazing views. The cottage itself was clean, comfortable and spacious with plenty of room for two families of four and really well equipped. It was a great location to do day trips to Charmouth (fossil hunting) and Knightshayes. We certainly plan to stay again some day.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Sublime Somerset Sojourn !

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely 6 day stay over the Xmas/New Year period. Everything in the house was of an excellent standard. Most importantly it was immediately welcoming and just so easy to live in. Clearly a lot of thought has gone into making this property more than just a holiday rental. In terms of location, definitely had the wow factor. Lots of great walks from the door, fab pubs en route, hidden little churches to discover. Further afield Exeter is worth a visit , though I am biased as I went to university there. Lyme Regis is a short drive, lovely little seaside resort. We had great fish and chips on the beach ( the best and only way to eat fish and chips in my opinion) Wellington near Taunton has a Waitrose and if you like a 5km run on a Saturday morning there is Park Run near Taunton. The kids of course were fascinated by the various animals on site. All friendly and lovely. I am not sure if it was Pom or Humbug who visited us , but very cute and clearly likes having tummy tickled! Definitely high recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Christmas Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at Butterlaw this year so it goes without saying that we love here! However, to stay over Christmas was particularly special. The festive decorations had Sophie and Andrew's usual sophisticated touch and the wonderful welcome basket was even more sumptuous than usual! This cottage has all the space and facilities we need: we comfortably cooked Christmas lunch for seven (albeit the two year old slept through it!) The fact that my two children talk about 'their' holiday cottage in Somerset throughout the year is perhaps the greatest tribute we can pay. It is, in the words of my six year old 'epic', and whilst the children's focus is the toys and the trampoline, there is plenty here to keep adults happy too, from the chic and quirky decor, to the beautiful setting. I'm sure we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
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
autumn half term
20 Oct 2017 - 30 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
festive period
21 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
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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