Designer Quality Single Storey Holiday Cottages in Rural Somerset. Enjoy a tranquil break or action packed escape in the Somerset Levels. (Tel: 07790 200091)
Introducing - Ourselves
Set in the rural tranquility of the Somerset Levels, close to Ilminster and Langport, Westport Farm is an 8 acre smallholding producing traditional ciders and organic apple juice. It is home to three generations of the Reid family as well as a motley assembly of geese, ducks, chickens, a micro pig, a soppy labrador, an over-indulged cat and occasional flocks of sheep or herds of mixed beef cattle. Well behaved dogs are very welcome and can enjoy super walks on and from the farm without the need to go near a road.
Westport Farm - Your Private Nature Reserve
Accessed through electric gates, Westport Farm comprises a combination of parkland, orchards and the Westport terminus of the now decommissioned Langport-Westport Canal. The farm attracts a range of wildlife residents and visitors which includes families of moorhens and squirrels, reclusive hares and badgers, and a growing assortment of butterflies and bees.
Foxes are regularly seen around the farm at night and, on occasions, during daylight; Mink and Weasals have also been seen, although rarely.
The farm is a great place to birdwatch, particularly if one has a pair of binoculars to hand. The number of species seen will vary according to the time of year and prevailing weather conditions however in 2023 the “species count” passed 60 and there are going to be opportunities to add more in the future.
Whilst more likely to be heard than seen, Westport Farm has attracted Barn, Little and Tawny Owls, all three being heard here during August 2022. Grey Herons are regular visitors to the canal and a Great White Egret also visited there in 2021; large numbers of Little and Cattle Egrets also descended on the farm when the pastures were flooded in March 2022. Kingfishers visit the Canal fairly regularly although visitors would be very lucky to see them.
Watching from the rear of the cottages can be particularly rewarding as many species are attracted to the orchard both for the fruit and any “surplus” hen feed. The large trees behind can also provide numerous sightings; this is where binoculars are particularly helpful.
During spring and summer Barn Swallows, House Martins and Common Swifts are always likely and large numbers of gulls pass over each day throughout the year with some occasionally dropping in; Black-headed, Herring, Lesser Black-backed and Yellow-Legged gulls have all been recorded.
Birds of prey are also well represented by Common Buzzards, Common Kestrels and Sparrowhawks with Red Kites a possibility in the future given that the species has been seen just a few miles away.
In addition to those noted above, the following species have been seen at or from the Farm:
Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Common Chiffchaff, Common Magpie, Common Pheasant, Common Raven, Common Redstart, Chaffinch, Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, Dunnock, Fieldfare, Goldcrest, Goldfinch, Greater Whitethroat, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Green Woodpecker, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Lesser Whitethroat, Linnet, Long-tailed Tit, Mallard, Meadow Pipit, Mistle Thrush, Northern Lapwing, Pied Wagtail, Redwing, Robin, Rook, Skylark, Song Thrush, Starling, Stock Dove, Turtle Dove, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Yellowhammer and Yellow Wagtail.
Three Welcoming & Comprehensively Equipped Step-Free Cottages The farm’s iconic clocktower building has been sympathetically converted into three high spec wheelchair friendly holiday cottages to provide quiet, cosy and romantic accommodation for those looking for a few indulgent days away from the hustle and bustle of city life. With views to die for, the cottages are comprehensively equipped and benefit from state of the art non-slip wetrooms and ample off-road parking. See Cottages page or Access page for details.
Year Round Service including CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR breaks The Somerset Levels are magnificent in the Summer and Autumn. They are also beautiful in the depths of Winter and in the Spring. All three cottages have double glazing and central heating and are available throughout the year, so feel free to join us for a stress-free winter or spring break. Christmas and New Year bookings also benefit from a real christmas tree in every cottage, christmas crackers, mince pies, our own delicious mulled cider and a choice of our Westport Farm Sloe Gin, Plum Rum or Damson Vodka!
Farm Produce - Your Free £20 Welcome Pack
The farm’s orchards, fruit cages and polytunnel provide the raw materials for our own delicious range of fruit juices, ciders, apple dust muesli, fruit purees, compotes, jams, chutneys and pickles. A colourful selection of eggs is contributed by our friendly hens - currently running at 7 breeds including Blue Marans, Copper Black Marans, Fenton Blues, Lohmann Browns, Sussex Whites, Welsummers and Zelda the Barnvelder. A selection of our produce is provided as part of your free Welcome Pack or for purchase from the Farm Pantry.
There are no hidden extras when you book with us. This means no utility charges or surcharges, no parking fees, no cleaning or laundry charges and no towel or linen rental fees. Lavatory paper, washing up liquid, washing powder, dishwasher tablets and coffee, tea and sugar are all supplied free of charge. In addition, we provide a free Welcome Pack to get your holiday off to a great start. You can certainly find cheaper rentals than ours but you will be hard pressed to find better quality offerings or better value for money. Check out our Booking Page for prices, availability, discounts and flexible booking options.
Mini Breaks Bookings are usually taken in blocks of one week beginning on a Saturday. However, there are occasions when bookings of 2, 3, 4 or even 5 nights can be made with an appropriate reduction in price. Please see Bookings page or Terms and Conditions for details.
Central Location - In the Heart of the Iconic Somerset Levels Close to the historic and picturesque towns of Ilminster and Langport, with a huge range of places of interest within a drive of five to sixty five minutes. Ramblers, beach lovers, jurassic fossil hunters and fishermen can rejoice in not one but two coastlines.The wild open spaces of Exmoor and Dartmoor are little more than an hour’s drive away, but also close are the historic cultural centres of Bath and Wells, while Bristol, Taunton and Yeovil provide intensive retail therapy for anyone missing metropolitan life. Check out our Things to See & Do pages for details of the best of the huge range of Somerset, Dorset and Devon sights, activities and recommended restaurants, pubs and tea rooms.
Traditional west country pubs offering locally sourced beers, ciders and home cooked food abound. Visitors to Westport can easily enjoy a first class supper in a different local hostelry every night of their stay. Meanwhile, a vast range of great tea houses, restaurants and watering holes within an hour’s drive await. See our Best Pubs, Restaurants & Tea Houses page for details.
The area around Westport is rich in historic homes and gardens open to the public such as Longleat, Montacute, Barrington, Dunster, Tintinhull and Stourhead. See Houses & Gardens Open to the Public for details.
In addition to the glories of Exmoor and Dartmoor, Westport is close to a large number of nature reserves and bird sanctuaries, not to mention a range of great beaches and a host of other natural attractions. Check out our Nature Reserves, Beaches and Natural Attractions page for details.
No stay in rural Somerset is complete without at least a taste of our rural crafts and culture. Take a look at our Rural Life: Crafts, Courses and Rural Museums page for details, or join us on one of our own apple pressing and cider making days.
If you are of a sporting outlook you will find no shortage of opportunities to engage in or watch your favourite activities. See our Sports, Riding, Fishing and Fossiling page for more information.
The West Country is home to several working steam railways, canals and other waterways. Besides these living museums, we are also hosts to some amazing curated transport museums such as Haynes Motor Museum, The Fleet Air Arm Museum, The Tank Museum and The Helicopter Museum, to say nothing of Weston Supermare's own Lambretta Scooter Museum. For more information and ideas see our pages on Steam Railways, Tramways, Waterways and Transport Museums.
If you are looking for something altogether different, check out our list of Quirky places to go or things to do.
Gentler Pace of Life
City dwelling visitors find that Somerset offers a slower, gentler pace of life where old-fashioned courtesy is a feature of driving in the narrow country lanes. If the idea of purring through picture postcard villages, stopping for lunch in a lovely old free house or for a spot of tea and cake in a picturesque tea house appeals, then Somerset is the county for you. Come visit us.
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Your cottage at a glance...
✅ Disabled Friendly
✅ Pet Friendly
✅ Electric Gates and Off-Road Parking
✅ £20 Welcome Pack
✅ Free wifi
✅ Laptop Security Safe
✅ Designer Standard Interiors
✅ No Utility Charges
✅ Linen & Towels Provided
✅ Choice of Pillow Types
✅ Central Heating & Double Glazing
✅ Fitted Kitchen
✅ Washing / Drying Machine
✅ Oven & Induction Hob
✅ Microwave Oven
✅ Refrigerator & Freezer
✅ Electric Toaster & Kettle
✅ Electric Coffee Grinder
✅ DVD Player
✅ Flat Screen TV (sitting room + every bedroom)