Cosy seaside cottage on the edge of Exmoor National Park

Cosy seaside cottage on the edge of Exmoor National Park


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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 4
1 Bathrooms
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Our home

The house is one of a row of ten built in 1894 by three seafaring brothers as an investment. Their ancestors still own two of the houses.

The house is small but well equipped with Wi Fi, landline, gas central heating, washing machine, electric cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, dishwasher, three TVS, CD, DVD and Video players, three radios, vacuum, outside and inside clothes airers, plus ample china, kitchen equipment, bed linen and towels. There are games, jigsaw puzzles and books.

There is a downstairs cloakroom, breakfast room next to the kitchen, and an open plan dining room and sitting room which can be separated by folding doors. At the back is a pretty garden and small patio area. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and a bathroom with a large shower but no bath. The smaller bedroom has two single beds and the large one has a five foot bed which can be split into two singles.

Please note that there is no equipment for babies or toddlers. The house is more suitable for adults and older children as there are many works of art scattered around. We do not rent out the house as we are there so often.

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Who we are

  1. We are Evelyn and Nick, both retired. Evelyn has a daughter and granddaughter living in Nanaimo. Last Summer we house and pet sat for friends of her daughter in Nanaimo. So we would like to find an exchange in order to visit again in the Summer School Holidays and/or for Christmas 2016.

    We also love to travel elsewhere and are open to offers in other parts of Canada, the USA, Europe and the UK.

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Where is it?

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Our second home is situated a few minutes walk from the harbour in the thousand year old town of Watchet, population around four and half thousand. Watchet is in West Somerset on the coast of the Severn Estuary, facing South Wales and is a good base for exploring the unspoilt beauty of this quiet and sparsely populated county.

Near the house there are two convenience stores, a Chinese take-away and fish and chip shop a short way along the road. A couple of minutes in the opposite direction are the Memorial Grounds with designated space for walking dogs, and two tennis courts and an outdoor gym, all free. The main street is about ten minutes walk away and has a pharmacy, antique shops, a hardware, Post Office, cafes, and craft shops, a pizza/kebab take away, and a second Chinese take-away/restaurant. In addition there are three pubs, a bar, a second fish and chip shop, a restaurant and a very good Indian restaurant all near the main street.

Also a few minutes walk away, overlooking the harbour, is Watchet Station where steam trains run by the West Somerset Railway call. The West Somerset Railway is the longest preserved railway in the UK with a track measuring twenty two miles from Bishops Lydeard, near Taunton ( and the M4 motorway) to Minehead, a seaside town with a sandy beach.
There are also sandy beaches at Blue Anchor and Donniford.
Minehead is nine miles away from Watchet and still has a good number of independent traders besides two large supermarkets and the usual chain shops. Just outside Minehead is the pretty medieval village of Dunster overlooked by a castle on a hill.

Other attractions nearby include the Bakerlite Museum, Donniford Farm with a cafe, shop and many rescued animals, domestic and exotic, and the Tropiquaria with exotic animals, also rescued.

Exmoor National Park, home to the wild Exmoor Ponies and Red Deer, is close by as is the South West Coastal Path, offering the opportunity for country walks. For days out by car further down the coast there are the villages of Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth. The latter are connected by a funicular railway operated by water power.
Also in the area are four National Trust Properties, Dunster Castle, the Holincote Estate with lovely views over the Severn Estuary and Exmoor, the hamlet of Selworthy with thatched cottages and white painted church and further away, in the village of Nether Stowey, Coleridge's Cottage where the poet wrote 'The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner,' a statue of whom stands on the Esplanade in Watchet.

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