Self-Catering Minehead

Shells Cottage Minehead, Somerset

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From: €1,395 weekly Guests 12 Rooms 6 Bathroom 3

Key Features

  • Pet Friendly
  • Garden
  • Jacuzzi
  • Parking

Property Description

Holiday home
Shells Cottage is a wonderful detached cottage set within walking distance of the village of Washford in Somerset. This thatched cottage sleeps twelve people and has six bedrooms consisting of four doubles, a twin and one adult bunks as well as two bathrooms and ground floor basin and WC. This cottage also has a fitted kitchen, dining room and sitting room with woodburning stove. Outside, this cottage has off road parking for four cars and a private garden with pond, furniture and hot tub. Shells Cottage is a perfect holiday home for families and friends at any time of year. Please note - charging for electric cars is not permitted. Charging available in Minehead (10 mins away).

Accomodation Details
Six bedrooms: 2 x king-size double (one with Jack-and-Jill en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC), 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x ground floor double, 1 x twin (can be pushed together) with Jack-and-Jill en-suite bath, shower over, basin and WC, 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Ground floor basin and WC. Kitchen. Dining room (seats 12). Sitting room with woodburner.

The rural village of Washford in Somerset is situated on the A39 between Minehead and Bridgwater. Two miles away is the pretty coastal port of Watchet, plus the stunning Exmoor National Park and The Quantock Hills are close by. There are many coastal and inland villages to explore in the area and the busy resort of Minehead offers a sandy beach, golf course and traditional seaside attractions.

Somerset offers 3 areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Quantock, Mendip and Blackdown Hills. Lose yourself in the glory of nature, take a ride on a steam train, visit a traditional farmers' market or explore your mystical side at Glastonbury.

Gas central heating with woodburner. Range cooker with electric oven and gas hobs, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, Smart TV with Freeview, Netflix (please bring your own login details).WiFi, selection of books and DVDs. Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburner inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Travel Cot and highchair on request (Cot bedding not provided). Off road parking for 8 cars. Private garden with pond and fountain, furniture, BBQ and hot tub. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 1 mile. Note: There is an Unfenced pond and fountain in the garden, children and pets must be supervised at all times . Please note - charging for electric cars is not permitted.Charging available in Minehead (10 mins away) Owner is only contactable by email only until the 25th Jan Please note: The property does not accept short breaks over the Christmas and New Year period.

Holiday Rental Amenities

  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Baby Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Ground floor
  • High chair
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
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Key Features
  • Pet Friendly
  • Garden
  • Jacuzzi
  • Parking

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Self-Catering Reviews

Mr Painter
August 2020
The cottage was everything and more.. Lloyd has a lovely set up and I would recommend it to anyone. It was such a lovely break and we didn’t want to come home. Thank you Lloyd we will be definitely be in touch.
Mr Whitehead
July 2020
Beautiful house with lovely gardens.. Owner attentive and on hand to resolve any problems, would highly recommend this house.
February 2020
We stayed here as part of a large family group. Nine adults and three children plus a dog. The property is plenty big enough and very comfortably furnished. The owners are nearby and ready to deal with any problems. Would recommend.
Mr Whitehead, July 2020
February 2020
Excellent host and facilities that are in a very welcoming area.. Especially impressed with the cottages facilities and cleanliness.
Mr Wilton, December 2019
November 2019
The Hot tub is a real highlight as is the open fire place.. Already planning to come back.
Mrs Dunning, November 2019
November 2019
I found having to pay for wood and kindling irritating.. It required cash which I seldom have and soured my experience on arriving. Surely this should be included in the fee - which is not cheap!
Mr Wilsher, November 2019
October 2019
Really fantastic accommodation.. ...perfect for family get togethers or a break with friends.
August 2019
I can honestly say this was a perfect place to stay. We were the first to stay in one of the new cabins and it’s finished fantastically. High standard with a very welcoming reception. Very well positioned for days out to various locations with a peaceful and safe environment for the family. The privacy is well thought out between the lodges and it is all well maintained. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay here again if we visit the area as rarely do you manage to stay in this country in such a wonderful location for such fantastic value.
Mr Talbot
May 2019
The cottage was excellent and the facilities first rate; however, more effort could be made to recycle rubbish and more rubbish bags provided..
Mrs Lockett
March 2019
Beautiful location, surprised to see other holiday let's on site, thought shell's cottage was on its own, don't kniw whether that is mentioned in write up, if not should be.. As it happened other properties not occupied but wouldnt like it in peak of summer months with loads of kids running wild round by shell's when you are relaxing in tub!! Shell's cottage perfect for our requirements
Mrs Lynch
December 2018
A perfect place to spend Christmas.. The kitchen was well-equipped for a gathering of 9 adults and there was plenty of seating in the lounge. The description sort of gives the impression that there is a separate dining room - this is not the case, it is open plan with the lounge which did mean 9 adults couldn’t get away from each other anywhere! However, the hot tub is huge and a perfect place for everyone to relax. Lloyd cleans and checks it every morning so it was always lovely. I would stay here again.
Mrs Shaw
October 2018
Beautiful house, lovely garden and hot tub in very nice surroundings.. Plenty of space for the whole family. We even managed to arrange the weather so a lovely family holiday. The house was very cosy so would make a good winter venue as well.
Mr Partington
August 2018
The owner was very helpful.. We had a great holiday.
Mrs Osborn
August 2018
We all had a wonderful time at Shell's Cottage.. Every effort was made to make us feel comfortable, so that there was space for all our needs. You made a great effort to cater for everyone. Our 7 year old had great fun on the keyboard, the kitchen was extremely well appointed and easy to use. The attention to detail was excellent and the hot tub was a welcome luxury at the end of the day.
Mrs White
August 2018
Everything as advertised.. Ample space for our family of 10. Lovely towels and bedding. Well equipped throughout. Only one drawback, the wardrobe in one of the double bedrooms (extreme left next to Shower room) could not be used as it smelt extremely mouldy and had to be kept tight shut. Could have caused an asthma problem if a vulnerable person used that room. Needs a new wardrobe.
Mr Chamberlain
June 2018
On arrival and during our stay, we were greeted by Gemma, who made sure that we knew how to contact her for any reason.. Lloyd also met with us several times and was also extremely helpful and informative, creating a friendly and laid-back atmosphere. We were not troubled by any other guests on site as the cottage is in a very private location. Facilities are excelent and ideal for family gatherings. This was our second stay at Shells cottage and will, hopefully, not be the last.
May 2018
Came here with 9 friends to celebrate a couple of them turning 50! Wow, what an amazing place to stay. More than enough room, lovely warm & welcoming cottage. Everything you could possibly need is here. The gardens are lovely complete with hot tub & sun loungers. Gemma met us and told us all we needed to know and good places to visit in the area. Would really like to visit for new year but its already book!
Mrs Stevenson
May 2018
Beautiful cottage; very clean with everything you could need.. Amazing garden and everyone loved the hot tub!
May 2018
Great all round..
Mrs Cooper
April 2018
Excellent management, spotlessly clean.. Friendly and helpful welcome Great place for a large family gathering of various ages.
Mr Tonks
November 2017
Really nice property in a lovely location and in fantastic condition.. ... a family group with ages ranging from 18 months to 85 years old and it suited us perfectly. If I had one criticism, there were only 5 wine glasses, and the property is for 12 people... but im really digging deep for this little issue... All in all a great property with a fantastic hot tub that seated 7/8 easily.... Highly recommended,
Mr Milton
September 2017
Excellent weekend spent in a lovely cottage amid splendid setting, would thoroughly recommend..
Mrs Watson
June 2017
Fabulous venue - excellent on site care - nothing was too much trouble - the area is lovely with lots to do - beach, National Trust , steam railway, walks.. i would definitely go again.
Mr Fryer-saxby
April 2017
It would be good to be able to see the bedrooms on the website.. Excellent location.
Mrs Hunter-hadley
August 2016
It was absolutely perfect, we could not have asked for a nicer property. The bedding and towels were lovely, clean and fresh. The bathrooms and kitchen were spotless. Thank you.
Mrs Barrow
July 2016
The owner was extremely helpful, but not intrusive. The cottage was fantastic, everything had been thought of. We had a lovely relaxing week and would have quite happily stayed put for the whole summer.
July 2016
I had originally booked such a large cottage as I'm a foster carer and didn't know for certain how many rooms I would need. We only used four of the six bedrooms in the end, but we were glad of the extra space. The cottage is big enough for 12 people and would represent great value for such a large party. It is a beautiful old thatched cottage set in a lovely garden with a BBQ and seating area, pond, ornamental fountain and another seating area outside the kitchen door. As you approach the cottage you pass some modern, wooden chalet type cottages which seem a bit close. But don't be put off as they can't be seen from Shells cottage and we didn't hear any noise from the neighbour's despite the fact most evenings meant BBQs and hot tubs. The cottage is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need and more. They supplied tea towels, washing up liquid and dishcloths (all the things I usually forget to pack). The lounge had a lovely reading area around the corner next to huge book shelves covered in books and games. All the bedrooms were made up to a high standard and came complete with white fluffy towels. There was a washing machine and washing line (pegs included) which meant I didn't end up taking cases of dirty clothes home. I had preordered an online grocery order to arrive a few hours after we did which was great as it meant we didn't have to bring lots of food etc. The local takeaway also delivered pizzas, kebabs, burgers etc. The highlight for the two girls was the hot tub. Although we were lucky enough to stay during what may be the only hot week of the summer, they still felt the need to spend as much time as they could in there. Gemma arrived soon after we did to show us how to use it and let us know she was around if we needed anything. She arrived each morning to check the hot tub, but wasn't intrusive at at. As I mentioned, we stayed during the very warm week in July and whilst everyone else seemed to be complaining that it was too warm at night to sleep, we were fine. The thatched roof keep the cottage lovely and cool and offered respite to our poor big dog with her thick coat. One of the bedrooms is in the ground floor. Although the cottage doesn't have level access for a wheel chair, once inside it is fairly suitable for people who can't manage stairs very well. However, there is only a toilet with hand basin downstairs so no access to a bathroom. I would definitely recommend this cottage and we are considering a return trip with friends next year.
Mrs Rix
May 2016
An amazing property - no one wanted to leave. We will be returning for sure. Thank you so much to the owner for being so kind and helpful!
Mrs Waterfield
January 2016
The Cottage was very well equipped, spacious and presented well. It was a pleasure to stay there.
Mrs Sullivan
December 2015
A great place to get away from the rat race for a while.
Mr Tippett
November 2015
Fantastic, spacious cottage in a great location. Interior is exactly how a cottage like this should be fitted out. Lovely big kitchen, sizeable bedrooms and the lounge room with fireplace is absolutely outstanding. Hot tub is a dream, though being able to set the temperature would be a benefit. Would definitely stay again and recommend to friends!
November 2015
A year has gone by and the same group of friends enjoyed a great weekend away in this lovely property. Gemma looked after our minor needs very well and we were comfortable and warm with plenty of room for all of us. Our only small gripe is the taps in the kitchen turn on the wrong way and we all had an unexpected shower on a regular basis. Also please note there is no wi-fi at this property.
Miss Orr
October 2015
We had a fabulous week at Shells Cottage. The setting is private and the owners leave you to enjoy your stay, but are at the end of the phone if needed. The cottage is very well equipped with everything you need. Tesco deliver, as do the local Indian takeaway, which meant we could all relax - and who couldn't in this lovely cottage.
October 2015
Shells cottage is lovely and clean and very well equipped. Local takeaway delivers and so do tesco. Not overlooked and lovely garden for the dogs. We were left alone but owners at the end of the phone if needed. A very relaxing place that is perfect for family celebrations or friends get together. I will definitely return.
Mrs Cox
August 2015
It was a beautiful house which was easily big enough for all 7 adults and 4 children. The hot tub was a great bonus and it was well maintained. We all said it was great to have such a friendly owner on site every day in case we had any questions. It was located in a very nice area which had easy access to nearby attractions.
August 2015
Do not be put off by the holiday lodges as you arrive. Once you get down the hill to Shells cottage it is lovely and private. The garden is large and interesting and includes a little building with a toilet and sun loungers stored in it plus a pond and water feature fountain. At the bottom of the garden is a pergola with two large picnic benches and a barbecue. There is another table outside the back door next to the hot tub. Inside the house the dining / living area is spacious with a lovely wooden floor a big dining table and comfortable sofas books and games. Great kitchen with small old fashioned table. Bedrooms: Upstairs Three double one twin and one bunk. Furnishings a little dated in some rooms but all had good quality white bed linen. All the bedrooms lacked a chair and decent mirrors. The downstairs double bedroom is small with the bed against the wall possibly better suited to one person. There are two bathrooms upstairs one with bath with shower over and another with just a shower. These are better than the picture and the shower room is not really en suite as advertised. Despite minor criticisms this house is great for a family holiday as there is lots to do in the area and the house and garden are really spacious.
Mrs Helyar
July 2015
Ideal space for a family of 11. Plenty of outdoor space for children and a good activities in the area.
Mrs Griffin
June 2015
Washford was a lovely location for visiting other areas of Somerset and Devon. That said, Shells Cottage was a wonderful place to stay and just relax and make the most of the garden and the opportunity to enjoy a holiday with all the family. We would definitely stay again. Really enjoyed our stay, it has left us with some really happy memories.
Mrs Stone
June 2015
The pictures on the website do not do the property justice. The seclusion and privacy of the garden and property were lovely and the hot tub was amazing. The living area was spacious with plenty of comfortable seating.
Mr Bush
March 2015
The cottage was comfortable and in great condition, we had a fantastic weekend - we had no complaints whatsoever!
Mr Howe
February 2015
This was our second time in Shell Cottage, we love it and hope to come again.
Mr Charman
February 2015
Although there were some issues with hot water we had a fantastic time and we all loved the cottage. When there was an issue with the water someone came to us immediately to fix. We loved the feel of the place and the location and we would highly recommend Shells Cottage to all friends and family. Thanks again from all of us.
Mrs Zaoui
January 2015
A fab cottage, had an excellent time, could not fault a thing. Thank you so much.
Mrs Jones
November 2014
Lovely cottage set in a beautiful garden. Everything we had hoped for and more. Plenty of room for 8 adults and 4 children. Hot tub a bonus and well maintained. Would recommend!
November 2014
We have been going away as a group of 12 adults for 12 years now, always to the same place, which was sadly unavailable due to a landslip. I found this cottage and we were all delighted with what we found. Shells Cottage is very spacious with plenty of room for all. The beds are very comfortable as are the sofas. The kitchen has everything you might need (apart from some large serving spoons) and is a pleasure to cook in. Everywhere was very clean and Lloyd and his wife were very helpful with minor problems. The first step off the decking could do with a luminous strip as 3 of us fell off as it was not well lit. Hot-tub was well used. Thanks very much for a lovely break in great surroundings...the Howler Monkeys calling in the morning was a surreal sound until we realised they were living nearby ! The photos on the web-site do not do the property justice and for info we had a disabled person in our group and he managed very well although the property is not wheelchair friendly.
November 2014
This place is fabulous the pictures do not do it justice at all. The bedrooms are spacious clean and the place is well equipped. Hot tub was a luxury although do watch your step when getting out and into the kitchen can become a little dangerous. There was a BBQ outside although we didn't have the weather for it! Plenty to do around and if you want to relax this is the place to do it as it's very quiet and serene. Thank you to the owners for such a pleasant place to stay we hope to do it again x Williams family x
Mrs Walby
October 2014
Great location and great space for our extended family and pets! Beautiful cottage.
Mrs Allen
October 2014
Shells cottage was in an absolute perfect setting. Very private and everything that you need.
Mrs Parker
October 2014
The location was great and the hot tub superb. An excellent sized property to fit the whole family and accommodated the dog. Will be re-booking.
Andy P
October 2014
We booked a week to celebrate our parents Golden Wedding Anniversary and we were over the moon. The cottage was spacious and well appointed and the location is ideal for a family ranging from 2 to 72. We would all recommend the cottage to a group between 6 and 12. The hot tub was a real treat!!
Mrs Dorgan
September 2014
A beautiful cottage which was perfect for our holiday. The cottage was fully kitted out with little things which really helped the weekend go smoothly, things like tin foil and cling film had been provided which is a really nice touch as they always get forgotten in the packing. Being able to use the hot tub whenever we liked was also a huge bonus.
Mrs Barker
September 2014
A lovely family residence with enough space for all - wet or fine. Lovely area of the country with plenty to do and see.
Mr Evans
August 2014
This was a family holiday, parents, their children and grandchildren. All of us loved the house and the hot tub was a bonus. There was enough room for us all everywhere. The garden was superb, well laid out, even liked chasing the mole hills in the morning. For a family, home based holiday this was 10/10.
Ms Blunden
July 2014
Lovely homely cottage and great for sharing with friends and family. Lots of comfy sofas to curl up in. Well fitted out and decorated well with just about everything you would need - a home from home.
Mr Parsons
April 2014
The house was large and comfortable, the hot tub was great fun and the garden was excellent.
Mrs Arnell
April 2014
Perfect place for all the family. Plenty of space and loved hot tub. Easy to get to all the places we wanted to visit, we all had a lovely time. Would recommend it to anyone wanting to have a lovely family get together.
Miss Boshier
February 2014
Beatiful cottage with amazing views, relaxing hot tub and a very warm log burner.
Mr Wright
January 2014
The house is very nice and ample size for our party of 12 with children. The outside space also is nice. Would highly recommend! Of course we made use of the wonderful hot tub!
Miss Jackson
January 2014
The house was lovely and very comfortable for the whole party. The setting of the house was lovely, the gardens were very pretty and the decking area/hot tub was great for outdoor socialising. The local area was really lovely, we enjoyed the local walks away from the main road.
Mr Pritchard
December 2013
Extremely good accommodation in lovely surroundings, ideal for discovering local countryside. Added bonus of the hot tub.
Mrs Howe
November 2013
The location was ideal for access to major towns and National Trust places, especially the delights of the Tropical Zoo. It also provided a fantastic play ground children. The hamlet of cottages was a treasured hide-away, quiet, restful and safe for children too. Experiencing a hot tub after a day exploring was heaven. Being able to accommodate our family and grandchildren in a spacious home was perfect. We all had space to spread out! The owner was very pleasant and most helpful. The autumn colours on and around the Quantock Hills and Brendon Hills were beautiful, and certainly not to be missed.
Ms Harris
September 2013
Superb house and have already recommended to friends. Comfortable, and well equipped home from home.
Mr Margrove
August 2013
The cottage and gardens were beautiful and so quiet.
Mrs Goodwin
August 2013
The cottage was stunning and would love to stay again, it was well equipped with everything you need and was extremely clean.
Mrs Johnson
July 2013
The house was to a very high standard we couldn't fault it. The garden was beautiful.
Miss Hudson
June 2013
Wonderful cottage with a beautiful garden. We all had a fantastic weekend, highly recommended.
Mrs Prior
June 2013
The cottage was very comfortable and spacious nice and private with a great hot tub.
Miss Brown
March 2013
The cottage was lovely and setting was beautiful. Pictures do not do this cottage justice. We can't wait to go back!
Mrs Blackman
March 2013
The cottage is beautiful, the photographs online and in the brochure do not do it justice. The owner, was there to greet us, lit the log burner and made us feel very welcome.
Mrs Chapman
February 2013
The cottage was very spacious, clean and tidy. Bedrooms were all made up on arrival with lovely fluffy, bathroom towels for us all to use. The kitchen was very well equiped and had everything we needed. The hot tub was great, and the gardens lovely. Situated in the Somerset countryside - it was a lovely relaxing holiday for us.
Mr Seward
January 2013
We loved the hospitality of the owners and the fantastic property. A very relaxing holiday with every attention to detail being catered for by the owners. Although we had our holiday in the snow the garden was beautiful and I can only imagine the beauty in the summer. If you are planning a large family holiday you will not be disappointed if you stay here. Great value for money.
Mr Lewis
January 2013
The cottage, it is set in a beautiful garden with a hot tub, perfect. I booked the cottage as a gift for my wife's 50th birthday and it proved to be the perfect choice. We can't praise the owner enough for a wonderful stay.
Mrs Brown
December 2012
We went for Christmas. It was an ideal property for us with 3 separate but very much amalgamated families, with a very cosy lounge and wood burner. The cottage was well laid out, very warm and welcoming, including a Christmas tree and some other decorations, something to play our Christmas CDs and DVDs on and plenty of space to house all the Christmas presents. The hot tub was a hit with the teenagers and watching the deer from the property in the adjoining field was an added bonus. We were able to order our Turkey from home and pick it up from the butcher in Williton, as recommended by the owner, who could not have been more helpful. We would highly recommend the cottage.
December 2012
Excellent accomodation done to a very high standard in a beautiful part of the world with lots to see and do. Highly reccomended.
Mrs Sheppard
November 2012
Fantastic quality of cottage, hot tub was very popular too and kept very clean.
sharon p
November 2012
Lovely warm cottage, great stay. Sleeps 12. Very clean cottage with lovely Gardens over looking the countryside. Hotub cleaned daily. Cant wait to stay again
November 2012
We had a fantastic family week in Shells Cottage, this cottage is perfect for families. The party consisted of us, our two children and partners and five granddaughters. The cottage accommodated us well, and the surrounding areas were a delight for the children, we discovered a play park at the end of the footpath by the cottage. My only criticism would be a lack if information of the local area in the cottage.
Mr Speare
October 2012
It was in a lovely quiet area with a delightful garden and spacious kitchen.
Mr Hewitt
October 2012
A beautiful cottage in a wonderful part of the country, highly recommended.
Mr Ruff
September 2012
We have been to many holiday cottages with lots of agents. This was by far the best equipped for everything we have been to. The owners were very friendly and attentive to any small issues.
Mrs Wood
September 2012
Everybody enjoyed their stay, the hot tub was a winner with the adults. We will return I the future, this has given us some lovely memories.
September 2012
Quiet location but within easy reach of everything - close to shops in Minehead and an ideal spot for exploring North Somerset and Devon, Loads to do in the area - steam trains, beaches, castles, walking etc.... Cottage is very well appointed - 6 bedrooms, great size and well appointed kitchen,, dining and lounge facilities. Lovely garden although we didn't use it much due to the weather! All loved the near new hot tub. Our only complaint was the bed was too soft for our liking in our room. Would highly recommend for a family holiday
September 2012
Quiet location but within easy reach of everything - close to shops in Minehead and an ideal spot for exploring North Somerset and Devon, Loads to do in the area - steam trains, beaches, castles, walking etc... Cottage is very well appointed - 6 bedrooms, great size and well appointed kitchen,, dining and lounge facilities. Lovely garden although we didn't use it much due to the weather! All loved the near new hot tub. Our only complaint was the bed was too soft for our liking in our room. Would highly recommend for a family holiday
Mrs Van Straten
July 2012
We did like the property very much. Everything was nice, including the weather! The jacuzzi was very very good. I have never had such a luxury!
Miss Wilesmith
July 2012
The friendly owner Lloyd was great, the hot tub was absolutely wonderful - and very clean which is important. The garden and house were an utter pleasure to be in and we didn't want to leave!
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