Otterhead House is a big country cottage tucked away in Somerset's gently rolling Blackdown Hills; there are beautiful views over the valley and at the back of the house, a tranquil nature reserve. Birds chirrup merrily all day long and sheep graze in the field over the fence.
Sleeping 10 guests in 5 bedrooms with room for 4 extra guests at no charge*, this is the perfect escape for luxury togetherness away from the fast pace of modern life; there's a hot tub and a barrel sauna in the garden for peaceful enjoyment throughout your stay. If you're looking for a rural retreat where you can unwind for family holidays and quiet celebrations or for self catering corporate breaks this will tick all the right boxes.
Otterhead House was the Best Renovation winner in the Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovation Awards 2020, but that's no surprise; this is a slice of country life with added luxury - the attention to detail is incredible, with chunky green oak timbers and rustic elm window sills. Interiors are Tasteful with a capital T, with burnished brass worktops in the kitchen, exquisite bathrooms and restful bedrooms. There are walks in the fields and lanes from the doorstep, and within a few miles you'll find cosy country pubs and family attractions. Taunton and Honiton can be reached in under half an hour and the A303 is only five minutes away.
When you come here, you might think there's no need to go anywhere, and we get that, but we'd say do explore a little because there are amazing things for you to discover just a very short distance from the house. Over the road are Otterhead Lakes, a former Victorian estate that's now a Local Nature Reserve where ducks dabble on the lakes, kingfishers dart by the stream and dragonflies dance over the waters.
Just up the road is the quiet village of Churchinford where you can stock up with local goodies at the community run shop and have a pub lunch at the York Inn. A couple of miles the other way is Bishopswood and the award winning Candlelight Inn, great for a bite to eat after an amble around Bishopswood Watermeadows. If you fancy a browse around a town, head to Taunton; there's a good selection of big name and independent shops, a traditional park with an Adventure Course and golf club, a choice of places to eat like The Castle Hotel, Brazz and Augustus, and on the outskirts of the town there's a multiscreen cinema and a bowling alley.
You won't have to go far for family days out either - Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Wildwood Escot, Forde Abbey, Barrington Court, and Axe Valley Wildlife Park are all within easy reach. The beaches of the Jurassic Coast are less than an hour away; spend a day in Lyme Regis where you can visit Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, the Marine Aquarium, and go out to sea on a mackerel fishing trip. Head to Seaton for a tram ride through the marshes; over the hill in Beer there's Pecorama and Beer Quarry Caves and a few miles on is the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth.
Further afield are Crealy Adventure Park, The West Somerset Railway, Wells Cathedral and Wookey Hole. Wherever you go, whatever you do, you can come back to Otterhead House to unwind for the evening before you head off to bed for a blissful night's sleep.
FROM EARLY MARCH 2023: Covered outdoor swim spa, garden snug, games room, steam room.
*The extra beds at Otterhead House are single pull-out truckle beds which are perfectly suited to children, making 4 of the bedrooms great for families.
NB: Due to planning restrictions this property is only available to family groups.
- Sleeps 10 in 5 Bedrooms
- +4 beds at no extra charge - great for children
- Private Hot Tub and Sauna
- 30 mins to Jurassic Coast
- Single sex groups by arrangement only
- BBQ (Easter to end Oct)
- 2 dogs welcome (small charge)
- From March 2023: Covered swim spa, garden room, games room and sauna
- Beautifully furnished
- Consideration required for neighbouring properties
- No noise after 11pm
Ratings & Awards Accessibility
- Car Required
- Child Friendly
- Dogs Welcome
- Non Smoking
- Suitable for Elderly / Infirm
Child / Baby Facilities
- High Chair
- Low Energy Lighting
- Recycling Available
- Catering Available
- Central Heating
- Cooking Utensils
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linen Provided
- Log Fire
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Hot Tub
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Lighting
- Patio Furniture
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"10/10 - The house! Absolutely stunning and sleeps 12 and the team were just amazing. We had just the most perfect relaxed weekend, everything about the house made it for us. Can’t fault it. Thanks so much xx "