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“A Little Piece of Heaven in a Stressful World”
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Porthole Cottage
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Porthole Cottage
The fully fitted kitchen
Open plan lounge
The double bedroom
The twin bedroom
Dining table
View from bay window
Decking
View from french windows
North Hill from Minehead beach
The Waverley from Porthole window
Rolling hills of Exmoor
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Minehead, Somerset, England

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Lichfield
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91 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“A Little Piece of Heaven in a Stressful World”
Reviewed 15 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We hadn't been able to book anywhere to go due to my hubby having had a number of operations with the last one being in April. Therefore, we had booked our time off work and decided we would look for something as and when we knew how things were going (after a check-up). In the end, it meant that we were looking for somewhere to go the week before we had our annual leave booked. We scoured the internet for days just hoping to find somewhere. We didn't mind where, just somewhere with a sea view. This cottage jumped off the web page and grabbed our attention and we are so glad because it is a total and utter gem.

I am not sure what the best thing is about this cottage because there are so many good points. The first thing that struck me was its chocolate box appearance. Then I saw the sea view. Then I saw the beautiful interior. The only potential issue was the "on-road" parking. I got on Google Streetview and had a good look. It looked fine. Within a couple of minutes of discovering the cottage I was shouting, "Book it", excitedly at my hubby.

I knew the cottage was going to be great but had no idea just how fantastic. When we arrived and walked down the drive, we could see how stunning the cottage is in real life, much more so than in a photograph. We got a little glimpse of the sea view over the side gate. I looked at the lovely window box full of flowers and the porthole in the cottage door and loved the cottage straight away. We collected our key from Karin, and received a lovely warm welcome, and got unloaded, into the cottage and unpacked.

The cottage is quite small, however, it is so exceptionally well designed that it doesn't feel it. Everything has a purpose. The sofa is lovely, large and comfy and would put to shame sofas in larger properties. The decor is has a lovely cottage feel with a modern twist. It is also very refreshing and seasidey with its relaxing colour scheme and stripy blinds and cushions. There are some lovely pieces of artwork around the property and you can tell that the owners genuinely care about their guests having a lovely holiday. There was a little pot of jam and some clotted cream and scones left out for a welcome cream tea after our drive.

Then, there's the view and what a view it is, very expansive seascape that is one of the largest tidal reaches in the country. Therefore, you can hear the sea all the time with the ebb and flow of the long tide. It's very relaxing. Then there's the lovely decked area outside. Through the French doors and up some steps to a fabulous elevated deck sheltered by numerous trees behind. Despite the weather not being the best, we felt warm enough to sit out two evenings during our stay and those evenings were the most chilled out we have had for some time.

The parking space is absolutely fine despite not being off-road. There is plenty of space to get in and out. It's not far down the drive to the cottage either. The cottage has everything you need and more including lovely bedding and fluffy towels. The cottage was lovely and warm and has central heating in the lounge with other radiators supplied for the other rooms (which we didn't need to use).

There are two supermarkets locally, a Morrisons and a TESCO and there is a good array of shops, pubs and restaurants in Minehead itself. The beach is a short but steep walk down from the cottage. The beach is very pebbly but has good access. I found lots of pieces of seaglass and saw some fossils. Some of the pebbles are really fascinating too. There are also patches of sand so something for everyone on this beach. The only surprise was that it was so deserted. If you walk down the path to the beach and the main road and cross the road, you will see the start of the South West Coast Path with its shiny map sculpture giving you a welcoming twinkle in the sun.

There are some great places to visit in the area including Dunster Castle (NT) and Lynton and Lynmouth and the cliff railway there. There is also the West Somerset Steam Railway in Minehead itself.

We had many local walks including a very strenuous walk to the top of North Hill. It was well worth it though because we had some spectacular views from up there. We drove up another day too to go to the furthest viewpoints as we only walked to the first one. You can see South Wales from up there and the views are fantastic. We also saw quite a few small groups of Exmoor ponies.

The overwhelming thing about staying here was just how peaceful it all was. This is something that I needed very badly after a really stressful time over the previous twelve months. I don’t think I have ever relaxed so much on holiday. We both enjoyed ourselves so much that we will definitely be booking another week at some point next year.

Thanks to Karin and Jeremy for their kind hospitality. We had an amazing time.

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Liked best: The view, the cottage, the deck, the peace and quiet
Liked least: I didn't dislike anything
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Paula K
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Lovely Cottage”
Reviewed 25 June 2013 for a stay in May 2013

My husband and I had a fabulous stay in this wonderful little cottage. It had everything we needed and was immaculate throughout. The owners are lovely and were very helpful. The view was to die for :-)

Would definitely stay again.

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Liked best: The view and patio area
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wanderer3...
Norwich, United Kingdom
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“Great cottage with panoramic view”
Reviewed 8 May 2013 for a stay in April 2013
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We spent a week staying in this lovely cottage. Jeremy and Karin have got the right balance between being friendly and helpful without being intrusive. The cottage had everything we needed.
The sun deck is perfect for breakfast as it's quite sheltered with views over the bay and the countryside. Or you can enjoy the same view from the inside, with a window seat to lounge on. It's a short distance from the cottage down into town or to the beach or up onto the edge of Exmoor. We enjoyed a very relaxing break.

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Liked best: The view
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Warwickshire
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3 reviews
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“Fabulous”
Reviewed 23 December 2012 for a stay in December 2012
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Our 2nd stay in Porthole cottage & we will definitely come back & stay again. A lovely little cottage with everything you'll need for a comfortable stay. We stayed the 1st week in December for the Dunster by candlelight festival. The views are fabulous & the location of the cottage is perfect if you're looking for a quiet place to stay within easy reach of Exmoor National Park, Lynton & Lynmouth & surrounding areas. Highly recommended.

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Recommended for:
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Paris
Reviewed 21 October 2011 for a stay in August 2011

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Reviewed 30 August 2011 for a stay in June 2011
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Maria K
Radebeul, Germany
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 28 May 2017 for a stay in May 2017
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Management Response
31 May 2017
Thank you for your lovely comments about our cottage and the surrounding area. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again.
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