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Old Rectory Cottage

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Oake, near Taunton, Somerset
Grade 2 Star rating
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This excellent base for touring is set just 20 miles from the coast and located in a lovely rural area.

Rural location

Wing of a charming 17th-century former rectory, in a lovely rural area. It is an excellent holiday base for touring the Quantocks, Brendon Hills and Exmoor. The coast at Dunster is 20 miles away, with Wellington and Taunton approximately 6 miles away. Close to Somerset County Cricket ground at Taunton where international matches are played. There is a golf course with restaurant within 1 mile. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Cloakroom with toilet. Narrow steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Convector heaters, NSH and electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen and towel hire (£4 for single bedding per week, £6 for double). Cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer.Telephone. Patio. Parking (1 car).

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  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Telephone
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Pets – not allowed
    Pets – not allowed
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 10

    Confirmed guest, 26/08/2017
    Lovely place, full of old charm. Friendly and genuine owners nearby. A great stay, a lovely spot!!!!

  • 2

    Confirmed guest, 29/07/2017
    On arrival we were greeted by a nice couple. They opened the door and we were met by a fusty smell. The cottage was clean on the surface, but on closer inspection needed a thorough clean. We could not use the roasting tin as it was rusty, the kettle needs replacing and the freezer was not clean. The bath was not ideal as we cannot get in or out of one so would recommend a shower be installed.On the web site it did not state that electricity and heating are extra, which came as a surprise as it is normally included. Also the owners had access to the property while we were out as they went in and left an invoice for sheets and towels which had also seen better days.Overall very disappointing. It is the first time I have wanted to go home on arrival.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the Owner; The guests arrived while we were still preparing the property, at short notice nearly an hour and a half before the specified time, to drop off food items before going off to have lunch. The guest came in and placed items in the fridge. My wife gave him a quick tour of the cottage and from an upstairs window pointed out the local pub where she suggested they might like to have lunch. At this point there was no mention whatsoever of a ‘fusty smell’ (which neither my wife nor I can smell). For their convenience my wife gave them the keys to the cottage at this point, and we continued getting the cottage ready for them. I put the bill for their bed linen and towels on the table in the dining area before we finished off and closed the door. I regret to say that where the ‘fusty smell’ came from during the time between the guest dropping off their food and them returning from lunch quite beggars explanation! A few minutes after their return I went round to the cottage to introduce myself to them. Both seemed rather po-faced, but said nothing about their concerns or intentions. No more than ten minutes later I received a phone call from the Agency saying that they were moving out. Naturally I was not only shocked, but more than a little annoyed at the lack of common decency or good manners to tell me face to face what they were doing and why. To suggest that the cottage was anything other than spotless is ridiculous if not outrageous and disingenuous. My wife has over 30 years’ experience of preparing the cottage for holidaymakers and has the highest of standards. However, I apologise for the fingernail size piece if discoloured ice in the freezer; I had spotted it, but was momentarily distracted, and forgot to remove it. Provided a kettle is electrically safe, is otherwise undamaged, unmarked and produces boiling water, I am at a total loss to understand why it should need replacing. There is a second kettle in the pantry. The ‘roasting tin’ mentioned is not; it’s a drip tray, placed in the bottom of the main oven to catch drips. There is a perfectly serviceable set of baking and roasting tins in the drawer next to the cooker. In my letter to all prospective holidaymakers, I specifically ask that they let us know if anyone in their party suffers from a chronic ailment. This is so that we can be prepared in the unlikely event of an illness related incident. We were not told that any of the guests were either ill or disabled. Due to the room layout and physical shape of the bathroom in this 350-year old cottage, installation of a shower is not practicable. The property description clearly states that there are narrow, steep stairs to the first floor and that electricity is payable via a £1 coin meter. The cottage coin-meter is set to just below what our suppliers charge us. Holidaymakers only pay a contribution toward the cost of the power they consume. To imply that we had access to the cottage in their absence to plant a linen bill is untrue. The bill for their bed linen and towels was left on the table in the dining area before we finished the cleaning on arrival day. Opinions on the state of bedding are, of course, highly subjective. I can assure you that all the bed linen and towels provided in the cottage are in very good condition, and always freshly laundered. In fact, some of the pillowcases were fitted brand new on the day of arrival.

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