Some of the things our guests have said.
Calm, Wonderful Place
Well, this is delightful. What a lovely setting for a relaxing break. Gander cottage offers everything you could need and more. We were much in need of a stress free week and have been lucky enough to find this calm wonderful place which has allowed us to unwind, relax and enjoy. Our hosts have been so accommodating. Allowing us to bring our dearly loved cat here, who has enjoyed watching the sheep grazing and the chickens running around. We can certainly recommend Westport Farm Cottages. Especially if you enjoy the countryside and all it offers.
Jan & Bob, August 2017
We Loved Sitting Outside Watching The Chickens
Great stay. I have been meaning to write this review for a while! My husband and I plus my daughter, her husband and baby stayed in Hare Cottage in April. The hosts live on the grounds with their selection of animals and made us feel so welcome. We loved sitting outside watching the chickens! The welcome pack is amazing!! A lovely cottage, with all amenities! My granddaughters, who stayed nearby, can still name the two dogs!
Maureen & Mike, April 2017
A Perfect Place to Unwind
A beautiful converted clockhouse building that has been renovated to a high standard with all mod cons (fast wifi). The location is perfect, quiet, with well tended gardens,sheep and animals. The welcome supplied by the Reid family was second to none and there was a lovely welcome pack provided including their own apple juice, cider etc. The family were always around if you needed anything but we wanted for nothing in this lovely cottage. We brought our small dog Arthur with us and he had a whale of a time. I cannot recommend this cottage more highly, a great base for exploring the Somerset Levels.
Shaun and Heidi, June 2017
Very Dog Friendly
Had a wonderful relaxing holiday at Gander Cottage with my dog Tilly. Robin, Alexandra and Andrew are fantastic hosts, providing a warm welcome and there to offer advice on the surrounding area, whilst respecting the guests privacy. Only 3 cottages, all are of a great standard, all with amazing views. Gardens to the cottages are well partitioned off from the main house. Brilliant to watch chickens in the run behind the cottages and the slightly grumpy Polly the pig. Very dog friendly place as long as dogs are good with farm animals although the animals are well sectioned off. Everything in the cottage is of a good standard and finished well. Comfortable bed and great welcome pack. Would definitely stay again. Came home rested and relaxed.
Jackson, 18 May 2017
Amazing Welcome Pack
We thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay at Westport Farm. We were greeted by the wonderful Robin who wouldn't let us carry anything! We stayed in Cockerel the middle cottage. It had everything required for self catering and tastefully appointed by Alexandra. An amazing welcome pack awaits you so you can eat and have a cuppa after a long journey. We loved the home made produce provided. Beautiful view from your front door too! We visited Haynes car museum which is a must for enthusiasts. Wells is a wonderful city to visit we went on a market day which was great. The cathedral is beautiful and well worth a visit. So if Somerset is your holiday destination we couldn't recommend Westport Farm Holiday Cottages more highly.
Shelagh and Bill, October 2016
Equipped to a high standard
The wife and I had a wonderful relaxing stay at Gander cottage Westport farm. Robin made us truly welcome from the minute we arrived, helping us unload and giving advice on places to see and where to eat. He is also a dab hand at croquet, so if you are the sporting kind he will teach you. The cottage is outfitted with everything required for a comfortable stay. The kitchen is equipped to a high standard and has a lovely view of the Somerset hills. The wet room was a novelty for us. Eating out we found the Boar pub at Barrington had quality and quantity . We thank Robin and Alexandra for being excellent hosts.
John and Rita, September 2016
Wonderful Farm Atmosphere
We loved it at Westport Farm cottages. The accommodation was finished to a high standard, it had all the modern equipment you may need and a real home from home, and a comfy bed. Andrew and Alexandra and Robin made our stay welcoming , and nothing was too much trouble. The property has a wonderful farm atmosphere with hens and sheep, and the supplied welcome pack of eggs bread and jam and apple juice milk butter and more from the farm was delicious, I could go on for ever, but just to add we will be staying there again next time we tour the area. It was a wonderful well-placed base to start from each day, and close to some of the lovely National Trust houses and gardens. We highly recommend these cottages.
Baz, September 2016
Stunning and Peaceful
We loved our recent short break at Westport Farm. The accommodation has been finished to a high standard, has all the mod cons you need and also has a fantastically comfy bed. Andrew and Alexandra are the most polite and charming hosts you could hope for, and made us and our two young children feel completely welcome. The property is stunning and peaceful, with beautiful views plus an array of animals for the kids to meet including Poppy the micro pig. The homegrown apple juice and freshly laid eggs went down a treat for breakfast, and we had dinner in a lovely pub in nearby Barrington. We would definitely recommend visiting; great owners, beautiful property.
Hannah and Jamie, July 2016
A most enjoyable week
Myself, my husband Brian and our Border Terrier Treacle, spent a most enjoyable week in Gander Cottage. Located in a tranquil setting, it is ideally situated near the main road to Ilminster and Langport. We found the cottage very well equipped and the welcome pack was much superior to the norm. The home pressed apple juice was particularly nice, so we purchased some to take home, which made our friends at home very happy. The two resident Labradors (Mungo and Alfie) made a great fuss of Treacle. There is a croquet lawn facing the cottages, and Robin who is a keen lifelong player, kindly gave Brian his first induction into the rules and how to play. Not as easy as it looks.
A lovely place from which to visit the Somerset Levels, such as the RSPB bird reserves. The fishing lakes at Thorney are especially pretty. Entry is free; you don’t need to pay for a rod. For first time visitors, Glastonbury is a must - as is the museum at Taunton. Andrew kindly advised of the recently re-opened pub/restaurant at Curry Rivel – The Fire House. Not quite sure how it acquired such a name. Suggest booking as it is very popular.
Ann and Brian, July 2016
Every mod con one could wish for
Westport Farm Cottages is wonderful for a relaxing break in which to explore the fascinating and surprising Somerset Levels, as well as the Jurassic coast and Exmoor which are within easy reach. We found its location ideal, away from the crowds but close to all amenities and loads of touristy things to do. It’s only a few miles into Ilminster for local supplies, with independent shops, coffee shops, bakeries, bookshop and a Tesco. The county town of Taunton is a bit further with direct train services to London Paddington in under 2 hours.
Gander Cottage is one of 3 cottages converted from an old clock tower to a very high standard. It’s light and airy and just the right size for 2, with every effort made to create a relaxing environment in which to enjoy a break away from it all! There is every mod con one could wish for, with a dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave, as well as a second TV in the bedroom. There is also a safe for valuables such as a computer in the bedroom wardrobe! We also had free Wi Fi. For those with limited mobility there is easy access with no steps, wide doors and a wet room. In the morning we sat outside on the patio in front of the cottage to have our breakfast coffee, with views to Barrow Hill on the horizon. Then in the evening we moved round to the privately screened patio leading out from the bedroom and enjoyed the setting sun with more cider and wine! You don’t need to go far if you don’t want to!
In particular, we found Westport Farm to be very dog friendly with walks straight from the door, such as along the canal where we heard and saw a lot of wildlife, including heron, egrets and reed warblers amongst others. The largest Heronry in the SW is at the Swell Hill RSPB reserve, a few miles down the road at Curry Rivel. You can also walk to the local pub at Barrington, which has good food. We recommend binoculars and walking boots. Our dog had a great time!
On our arrival we were made most welcome by the Reid family and plied with a fantastic welcome pack, including home-made jam, chutney, apple juice and cider, as well as wonderful fresh eggs from the Westport Farm hens. We really appreciated the fresh flowers in the living room on our arrival. The Reids are enthusiastic about all things to do with apples and their apple comestibles, such as jams and chutneys are delicious. It was fun getting acquainted with all their animals too!
It was such an unexpected and pleasant surprise to find this place. There is so much to do in the area if you wish to. Locally, we visited a cider distillery, which sells a great cider brandy, a pottery and wonderful Muchelney Abbey, as well as the National Trust Lytes Cary Manor and Montacute House, which are well worth a visit. Locally, Barrington Court was on our list but they were closed as they were filming a period drama. Further afield, we enjoyed visiting Glastonbury and Wells Cathedral. We didn’t have enough time to do everything we planned but found being able to just sit outside in the sun with a glass of cider and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this ancient landscape was sometimes all we needed. We can highly recommend Westport Farm as a place to get away from it all. Many thanks to the Reid family for making our foray into Somerset such a memorable and enjoyable one.
Charlotte and Malcolm, May 2016
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