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Lower House

Minehead, Somerset

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Lower House is a marvellous part-thatched, part-tiled former farmhouse close to the West Somerset coast and Exmoor National Park. This beautiful cottage is detached, retaining original features such as latticed windows, with its own rear and side garden and a running stream. It provides comfortable accommodation ideal for families and groups of friends. It is within a mile of Bossington Beach and it makes an ideal base for exploring further afield.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
porch, entrance hall leading to dining area, sitting room with multi-fuel stove, kitchen, snug, utility room and bathroom with bath and shower cubicle. Games room complete with a full size table tennis table and other games.
First floor
two staircases lead to five bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath, 1 small double, 1 double with 6' double which can also be a twin on request, 2 twins) and bathroom with shower over a ¾ size bath.
Visitor notes

Heating: Oil central heating included.

Garden: There is an enclosed garden to the side and rear of the cottage.

Please Note: Please be aware of the unfenced stream which runs beside the hedge closest to the road.

An adjoining games room contains a full size table tennis table and other games.

Offer: Holiday Cottage guests get a discount at the Selworthy National Trust shop and café.

Cottage details
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Min stay
Dogs allowed
Yes, 2
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Celebration
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • 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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place to visit
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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
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum Intimate and intriguing Regency house, set in extensive estate, and impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Margaret Whittal-Williams
    • February 2015
    • Monmouthshire
    Good standard of accommodation

    A high standard of cleanliness and presentation with a lovely welcome tray and flowers. All much appreciated after a drive on a cold winters day.My thanks to the team at Lower House for their hard work that made our family weekend so special. A good standard of accommodation in an old interesting farmhouse.

  • Anonymous
    • January 2015
    • -----------
    Old thatched property

    This was a well presented cottage, with high cleaning standards. The tea tray, biscuits and flowers were a welcoming treat! We felt welcome as soon as we walked in. The location of this property was very special. The opportunity to stay in an old thatched property was good.

  • Elizabeth O'Connell
    • November 2014
    • Glamorgan
    Repeated experience

    we first tried NT cottages for special birthday last year 50/60 and enjoyed so much wished to repeat experience only a year older. always clean and welcoming and the welcome tea tray and card is a lovely touch

  • Jude Oram
    • January 2014
    • Devon
    Great position for walking

    A good layout for a group of 10. Biggish kitchen for group cooking and nice warm living room. Very friendly caretaker and gardener we met on arrival. Comfortable and clean. Great position for walking and exploring the area

  • Neil Harris
    • October 2013
    • Worcestershire
    Atmospheric cottage

    What makes this place special...........Accessibility to the coast, coastal paths and walks generally. The cottage is also very atmospheric and Bossington is very characterful.

  • James Davenport
    • August 2013
    • UK
    Great for kids & dogs

    Location, history, great for kids and dogs.

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