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Hope Cottage

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Winsford, near Minehead, Somerset
Grade 3 Star rating
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms2
Bathrooms1
Pets 2
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There are many walks from the doorstep of this cottage, set within the boundaries of Exmoor National Park.


Hope Cottage is the ideal rural haven that you would expect from a holiday on Exmoor. Located just outside the pretty village of Winsford, this detached cottage-style bungalow is surrounded by its own gardens and small wooded area. Winsford, which is a short drive or brisk walk from the cottage, has a village shop, popular pub and a tea room. With its thatched cottages and ford in the middle of the village, there is plenty to see. The cottage is set within the boundaries of Exmoor National Park, and there are some lovely walks from the cottage into the surrounding countryside and moorland. This stunning area offers great walking for all abilities and there are some great spots to visit including Withypool, Lanacre and Tarr Steps. There is also wide range of wildlife including deer and the famous Exmoor ponies. The town of Dulverton is worth a visit and has a good range of shops and restaurants. Looking towards the coast, there is the medieval town of Dunster with its castle (NT) and onto the coastal town of Minehead, which has a wide range of shops and amenities, as well as the West Somerset Railway and beach area. Other areas of interest close by are Porlock and Porlock Weir and further along the coast are Lynton and Lynmouth, the two towns being connected by the Victorian cliff railway. Shop and pub 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 7 steps in garden. 5ft drop behind cottage.

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Features

  • Bike Store
    Bike Store
  • Bungalow
    Bungalow
  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Romantic Getaways
    Romantic Getaways
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • Wifi
    Wifi
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 9

    09/05/2018
    Confirmed guest, 04/05/2018
    Hope cottage is a reasonable price for a getaway break situated in a quiet rural location. We loved the warm cosy cottage and area it is situated and would book another week there in the future.


  • 8

    07/03/2018
    Confirmed guest, 23/02/2018
    Very homely property, comfortable and clean. All equipment available that we needed. Lovely and warm which we were thankful for as night temperatures dropped below zero. Lovely views, easy access to open moor. Reasonably quiet road alongside cottage. Driveway quite steep and narrow with no turning area, care needs to be taken leaving drive as near to bend in the road. Winsford a lovely village although limited facilities. Great location for exploring Exmoor villages.


  • 10

    19/01/2018
    Confirmed guest, 08/01/2018
    Loved my stay there , so peaceful and so cozy . Would definitely stay there again ... Beautiful cottage in a beautiful location ...


  • 9

    23/11/2017
    Confirmed guest, 03/11/2017
    Lovely week in Somerset in a lovely warm well-equipped cottage.


  • 8

    08/11/2017
    Confirmed guest, 27/10/2017
    Lovely cosy cottage. Full of charm and well equipped. Nicely laid out. Great to have the porch/hall for drying dog paws and taking off muddy shoes. Lovely dining room. Cottage sofa not the most comfortable but lovely feel to the cottage. We were made to feel very welcome with the information in the welcome pack. Tea/ coffe, milk and biscuits were a lovely gesture on our arrival. Great location.


  • 8

    11/09/2017
    Confirmed guest, 08/09/2017
    comfortable, peaceful and well equipped thoroughly enjoyed our stay, cottage is in a lovely location and would certainly stay again.


  • 3

    31/08/2017
    Confirmed guest, 25/08/2017
    This is the first time we stayed at Hope Cottage, the reviews all seemed positive and it's an area we've rented similar property in before; we personally wouldn't choose to return again. Pro's It's private and without neighbours, you're not overlooked by anyone but trees The location is good as a base to explore the area - Dunster, Minehead, Porlock, Lymouth etc are all an easy drive. Loads of walks in the area and lots of wildlife such as deer and pheasant, frogs and butterflies. The power shower is effective with a great water flow and the bathroom also has an extractor Great for dogs Well stocked kitchen in terms of plates, glasses, pans etc. Good quality washer & tumbler Good quality dishwasher Very effective heating system, as the welcome pack promises the cottage becomes toasty warm in no time without lighting any of the wood burners (there's 2, one in the kitchen and one in the conservatory/sunroom) The bedding was clean and fresh, although thick for summer at 10.5 togs (synthetic filling) The bathroom suite/floor etc was clean There's a second toilet Milk, biscuits, tea were provided when we arrived (which arriving teatime Sunday with a failed shopping delivery were much appreciated) Random but we adored the antique pull style doorbell and some of the old style light switches. Fantastic collection of books, family games, colouring pens and so on Flatscreen tv and gift those who have a stack of VHS they haven't been able to watch since the nineties, bring them along as there's a video and DVD player too Good info about arrival, helpful and friendly on the call, good intro pack with all the necessary info, leaflets on the area, marked walks etc Cons It's basic, the best comparison I can make is a youth hostel. The entrance needs a thorough cleaning as it feels neglected and gives a poor first impression. In fact the whole place needs a really good clean and lots of small maintenance jobs doing, which leaves it feeling tired and run down. It seems like whoever cleans between people, changes the bedding, hoovers, mops - yet never looks up. There are huge cobwebs covering almost every light, door arch and so on. The windows are all dirty, the frames, glass etc have clearly not been touched for quite some time. Several windows have blown. The fires are all dusty and the glass needs cleaning too. Both bedroom door handles were, quite literally dropping off (something I note another reviewer had mentioned but which hasn't been addressed), they're now so loose we didn't dare shut a door fully in case we ended up trapped in or out. The bathroom was clean overall but the grouting on the shower is well overdue - the base seal is the same. The window similarly needs cleaning inside and out. The chairs in the living room need to hit the skip, people have called them nursing home chairs but I can guarantee they'd be 100 times comfier than these bony, very old offerings. It wouldn't matter how they looked if they were vaguely comfortable, and It's not as though sofas are a major expense yet make a huge difference to evenings; instead we had to sit on garden chairs in the sunroom. I should add they were perfectly nice wooden garden chairs with cushions, (presumably they were cheaper than dining chairs) however after a busy day and once the kids were in bed, we found ourselves sitting in the bedroom to read. The blinds in the conservatory are the cheap bamboo style, one was missing entirely and the others were so dirty on top we wouldn't have dropped them if we'd wanted to for fear of what might have landed on us. Light fixings are similarly cheap and dusty. The ceiling blinds had 3 missing, the strings still hung down (adorned by the obligatory cobwebs) You're set back but right next to a main road of 60mph - you can hear traffic from the bedrooms which are next to it and the local farmer herds his sheep past on a quad bike, honking his horns continuously the full length of the road (presumably to warn oncoming motorists of his flock). They do this quite early in the morning! The "large garden" is perhaps best suited to those with dogs. As it's more "land" than a garden in the sense of a family spac. There's an uphill slope halfway down the drive (not flat enough for chairs) that leads to a summer house, that isn't for customer use and again as such isn't tended. There was also an old dog turd and I do think if you're going to allow dogs this should be checked between guests. The summer house is a real wasted opportunity here as it would make a big difference. There's another track to slightly higher ground (don't try it without sturdy shoes or you will get nettled) which leads to another small summer house (again locked, containing a garden chair and two further broken chairs). There's then steps down from that side back to the house, but they're not really safe to come down as they're so overgrown and moss covered. There's a small triangle of "garden" which would fit a bench, but wouldn't fit 4 chairs for a family without you being VERY snug. The path to the front garden is so overgrown it isn't passable, and the front lawn isn't mowed so there's little point going there anyway. Apart from the Sun lounge and double bedroom, much of the house is dark and lacking natural light, due again to overgrown bushes and ferns that surround the property. The view out of the kitchen, bathroom and second bedroom is a small gap and then high bushes making it feel really quite closed in. From the front there's a field and then a further really high bank. The overgrown nature of the garden and the close proximity to the garden also means there are a lot of spiders, bugs, slugs etc, didn't bother us but worth noting if you're not keen - I opened a window in the sunroom to let a crane fly out and a spider, a wood louse and a millipede fell in! There's a huge tree type plant in the sunroom that needs to go outside, except I'm not sure it would fit through the door - we noticed on the first night it was covered in bugs and larvae however after discussion we decide any attempt to move it during our stay (should we have contacted the owners, and received a response) would likely result in said bugs ending up all over the floor and entrance hall; we decided just to keep a distance and hope the kids didn't notice. The window in the cupboard that holds cleaning supplies, is so thick with dust and doesn't look to have been touched for years. As other reviewers have commented, the communication from owners is non existent - there's no photo reception via any network at the cottage and many of the surrounding areas, so we sent texts as and when we got some signal out and about . We didn't receive an answer to any! Grateful there wasn't anything that needed urgent assistance. With a good clean, some maintenance and not much expenditure - it would be good as a base for those wanting basic and suitable for dogs, a no frills option that (based on our other rentals) is expensive for the standard.

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    Response on behalf of the owner: Firstly I’d like to say how sad I am that you found Hope Cottage unacceptable in so many ways. Your appreciative first paragraph made me think you might have given us at least a 5/10. But thank you anyway. I am learning that we can’t please everyone, and fortunately we get enough good reviews to feel very encouraged. I have to concede that there are maintenance jobs that need doing but they will have to wait until the Cottage is empty for long enough for us to do them! You’re right – the twin bedroom window needs replacing, it’s on my list. Although the bedroom door handles don’t fit snugly, they are checked regularly for safety. You were in no danger of being locked in. Cobwebs at this time of year are a bugbear. It’s amazing how quickly they return after they’ve been zipped! Other people have commented on the sitting room furniture. I find it very comfortable, but am planning to change it as I’ve said before on Revoo. Although it may be “old fashioned” it is only two years old and bought to enhance the space in a very small sitting room. I’m planning to replace it with two two-seater sofas. The blinds are on my list. I wanted to replace the ceiling blinds this year, but I found they no longer make this style. To replace them all, requires both time and money. Hopefully at the end of this very busy season it will be done. We are approaching the end of the season, so yes, the foliage around the house has reached its zenith. We shall be cutting it back in the winter months to make space for next year’s glorious growth. We have always responded immediately to any problems people have had. It is clearly stated in the welcome pack that there is no mobile signal at Hope Cottage and therefore we have provided free usage of the landline. (See page 4 of the welcome pack). Both the housekeeper’s and my landline numbers are on page 1 titled “Important Local Information. I’m so sorry you missed that. I received no texts from you on my mobile. How strange! Polly the housekeeper, has only from 10.am to 2.30pm to clean the house, and it does depend to some extent on how clean the cottage has been left, whether she is able to do everything each week. Most people are really good at leaving the Cottage as they find it. Some have been kind enough to praise it's cleanliness. Others, however leave it dirty and untidy. The Windows are cleaned regularly and on my visits to see how things are I have never found them “dirty”. I’m sorry in your view they were not up to scratch. The little summer house has no lock. Maybe it was a bit stiff? Although the road has two short flurries of traffic at the beginning and end of each day, I have always been amazed at how quiet the road is. The occasional (not even monthly) movement of sheep always gives me great delight. I’m sorry it wasn’t a pleasure for you. Hope Cottage is deep in beautiful countryside. Insects and spiders are happily in abundance, especially at this time of year. And I’m sorry for the dog fouling! Owners of dogs are requested to clean up their mess. Polly always scans the area round the house and picks up what she finds. We want people to enjoy Hope Cottage. We are delighted that in just two years we have already had people who have come back more than once because it suits them so well. I wish you’d had a better time – and thank you for your feed back. I take it very seriously.

  • 8

    04/07/2017
    Confirmed guest, 30/06/2017
    beds very comfortable, all the appliances worked, WiFi ok, some of the rooms are in need of some TLC looking a bit tired, good location for walks and riding, did find it difficult to contact owner


  • 9

    16/06/2017
    Confirmed guest, 09/06/2017
    Hope Cottage was a delight. Tucked away in the quiet of the West Somerset countryside, it was in a real get-away-from-it-all location with no neighbouring properties. Perfect peace and quiet, which is my number one consideration when choosing a holiday cottage. The centrepiece of the cottage was it's sunroom/conservatory which was a joy to sit in and relax over breakfast and dinner, especially when the rain was battering of the glass paned roof - very cosy! Wi-Fi was advertised but wasn't available during our visit, but that was the only fly-in-the-ointment. Would highly recommend and we hope to return ourselves.


  • 9

    17/06/2017
    Confirmed guest, 26/05/2017
    Great cottage, ideal location. We will definitely be going back again. Shouldn't really be saying nice things about it, as it may increase its popularity and decrease my chance of making a successful future booking !!


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