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Ivy's Cottage

Minehead, Somerset

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Ivy's Cottage is a delightful cosy thatched cottage situated on the picturesque Selworthy Green and offers pretty views of the surrounding countryside. This is a perfect opportunity for a quiet break in the beautiful surroundings of the Holnicote estate and Exmoor National Park. The Holnicote estate offers miles of footpaths through fields, woods and moorland with an abundance of wildlife and rare species.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
entrance porch, sitting room with wood-burning stove, small kitchen, bedroom (double with 5' bed) and shower room.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating included.

Garden: There is an enclosed garden area at the front and a small lawn to the side. Steps lead to a secluded sitting area perched above the cottage.

Parking: No parking available directly outside the cottage but a car park is located up a hill 180 metres away.

Accessibility: The cottage is located on a steep hill.

Offers: Cottage guests get a discount in the Holnicote National Trust shop and restaurant when they show their confirmation invoice.

Please Note: Due to the size of this cute cottage, storage space in the bedroom and kitchen is very limited.

Cottage details
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  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Romantic
  • Single storey
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio


Things to see and do nearby

South West England
Two women drawing a huge sun on the sandy beach at Kynance Cove, Cornwall. © John Miller

The South West region is probably England's most well-known holiday hotspot, being home to some of the most famous seaside resorts. Pretty villages and harbours in Cornwall, many with sweeping sandy beaches, such as St Ives, Polzeath and Port Isaac to name but a few, give way to sophisticated seaside resorts in Devon and Dorset which include Bournemouth, Torquay and Ilfracombe. The history of this region is unrivalled; Wiltshire's spectacular downland and the stone circles at Avebury and Stonehenge, through Hardy's Dorset, dramatic Dartmoor and gentler Exmoor, to the mining landscapes of Cornwall and West Devon, which are now recognised as being of international significance, having been awarded World Heritage Site status in 2006. The Trust protects 370 miles of the coastline in Devon and Cornwall and, wherever you are in the two far western counties, you're never more than 25 miles from the sea. As well as this peninsula, the Trust also cares for much of the countryside in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset and a wide array of fascinating properties to visit and explore. Not surprisingly, perhaps, this area is also home to the widest selection of National Trust holiday cottages.

Coastal heath (Common heather, Bell heather and Western gorse) lining the coastal path in late summer on the hillside above Heddon's Mouth near Lynton, North Devon. © David Noton

North Devon with its outstanding coast, glorious moorland, plunging wooded valleys and remote, unchanging rural landscapes inland - has so much to offer the visitor, no matter what type of holiday you are looking for. While on the coast you will find miles of sandy beaches at places like Woolacombe and Croyde, and some of the finest surf in Britain (whether you?re a beginner or a pro), interspersed by long and lonely stretches of dramatic soaring cliffs and rugged headlands, with the South West Coast Path running all the way along the coast, guaranteeing some exhilarating walking, the beautiful wooded valleys and winding rivers of Exmoor National Park add a softer touch to the landscape around the fringes of the high bare moorland. To the north of Exmoor are the dramatically picturesque seaside towns of Lynton and Lynmouth and to their west, the pretty villages of Parracombe and Combe Martin are the gateways to some breathtaking valley and coastal scenery. This is a landscape which captured the imagination of the 19th century Romantic poets and provided the inspiration for Lorna Doone and continues to thrill and delight all who discover it today. The River Heddno runs through Parracombe and then down through the wooded Heddon Valley, a paradise for butterflies and wild flowers, before reaching the sea at heddon\'s Mouth. Combe Martin is a fomer mining village in a sheltered valley that reaches the sea at a beach and harbour beneath the towering drama of the heath-clad cliffs of Little Hangman, with Great Hangman beyond. Like the Heddon Valley, a good network of footpaths here allows for some splendid and challenging walks to be enjoyed through this remarkable landscape. Nearby is lovely Arlington Court with its estate, house and garden and the National Trust Carriage Museum. Ilfracombe, Barnstaple and Bideford bring a bit of seaside sparkle. Inland, there are historic market towns and hidden villages in the lovely unspoilt valleys of the Taw and the Torridge. Activities in the area include birdwatching, cycling, fishing, horse riding, surfing, walking and water sports.

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  • Minehead and West Somerset steam railway
  • Porlock and Porlock Weir
  • open double decker bus links Minehead to Lynmouth through the Exmoor National Park.
  • Bird watching
  • fishing
  • walking
  • mountain biking
  • horse riding.
National Trust places to visit
Holnicote Estate
Holnicote Estate Varied landscape of moorland, woods, farms and coast, rich in wildlife
Dunster Working Watermill
Dunster Working Watermill Fully restored watermill
Dunster Castle
Dunster Castle Ancient castle with fine interiors and subtropical gardens
Watersmeet Dramatic river gorge and ancient woodlands near the rocky North Devon coast
Heddon Valley
Heddon Valley Towering cliffs, secluded coves and a beautiful wooded valley within Exmoor National Park
Coleridge Cottage
Coleridge Cottage Home of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Miss Heloise Tierney
    • January 2015
    • Herefordshire
    Made special by:

    Cottage design and location. Contact centre and housekeeper both very helpful.

  • Anonymous
    • January 2015
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    Thatched cottage

    Perfect thatched cottage in an unspoilt cluster of such cottages The caretaker went out of her way to make sure we had enough firewood. But the written directions are misleading for finding the cottage, especially after dark.

  • Anonymous
    • December 2014
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    Very welcoming!

    Beautiful secluded location and lovely thatched cottage. There was a welcome pack and a bottle of champagne, as well as tea things set out for us, which was all very welcoming. It was also fun that there were some small Christmas decorations in the cottage, as we were there for New Year.

  • David Leigh
    • November 2014
    • Monmouthshire

    We appreciated the care which had been taken to put the cottage into perfect order, as well as the welcoming card, tea tray and chocs. The picturesque setting of Selworthy Green is like nothing else in the world. We felt privileged to be there.

  • Barbara Foord
    • October 2014
    • England
    Nice views and scenery

    The cottage is a thatch and on a beautiful green that we knew already. The local church is beautiful and it was within walking distance as were a lot of very nice views and scenery.

  • Jane Smith
    • October 2014
    • England
    Pleasant cottage

    Ivy's cottage was very pleasant, and provided all we needed. We also met the caretaker who was also very helpful and friendly. Out of the way, and very quiet.

  • Marcus Russell
    • February 2014
    • Gloucestershire
    Attention to detail impressive

    Ivy's cottage felt like stepping back in time but with the benefits of modern world facilities. The attention to detail was impressive, for example when thinking about lighting the fire I thought we would have to go shopping for matches but a quick look around soon revealed a box in the log basket. Things like this DO make a difference for guests.

  • Ian Shore
    • December 2013
    • Bristol

    Beautiful location

  • Martin Worch
    • April 2010
    Very beautiful

    Very beautiful in April 2010. Good Cottage

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  • VAT, Linen, heating and electricity (except where shown in the cottage details)
  • We cannot accept website bookings more than 15 months in advance. Please call 0344 335 1287 or email to enquire about future bookings and reservations.
  • The National Trust reserves the right to move cottage prices up or down and to alter date breaks. We also reserve the right to charge supplements for cottages for specific dates covering special events, e.g. Rosetta Cottages on the Isle of Wight during Cowes week. We will notify you of any special event supplements at the time of booking.

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