Halse Water Cottage is a traditionally-built Grade II listed Thatched Property with typical cosy cottage-style accommodation, but equipped with modern facilities.
Pre-Arrival : The property is situated to the north-west of Taunton in Somerset - in Halse - at post-code TA4 3AQ. The A358 from Taunton to Minehead passes close to Halse at Bishops Lydeard. Turning off the A358 and over the West Somerset Railway line starts a 2-mile meander along a picturesque country lane, arriving at the cottage on the left immediately after the sign for HALSE.
Visitors using Satellite Navigation should avoid following the post-code to its’ final destination, as it takes you past the cottage (which is very simple to identify if you’ve seen the photos), turning into a single-lane track leading to a wrong-destination dead-end.
Buses: Nearest bus Station is Taunton – 7 miles
Buses run from Bishops Lydeard (2 miles) to Taunton and Minehead
Taxis are readily available from the centre of Taunton and on A1AceTaxis.co uk or 01823 332211
Trains: Taunton – 6 miles – Taxis readily available here
Fast / Direct rail services into London Paddington / Bristol / Birmingham
Groceries can be delivered by Waitrose and all the major Supermarkets - by pre-ordering on-line.
Arrival and Car Parking : There is a graveled drive providing parking for several cars. The track to the right of the house belongs to the neighbouring property and should not be used.
The main entrance to the accommodation is to the right-hand-side of the cottage front and leads off the graveled parking area. There are 2 small steps up to the front entrance (approx. 150mm each) This leads into the entrance hall and from there into the reception rooms and one of the 2 staircases. The second staircase is located off the snug, which is accessed through the sitting room.
This part of the cottage has 5 bedrooms – 3 doubles and 2 Twins and 2 bath/shower rooms. All the ground floor rooms are on the same level, except for the downstairs bathroom, which has a single step up and down. Most of the ground floor is carpeted.
The 6th bedroom – en-suite and with twin beds – is completely self-contained accommodation situated on the left-hand-side of the cottage with a dedicated entrance on the side. This annex is entirely on the ground floor, and is equipped with kitchen facilities, as well as 2 flat-screen TVs, a 4-seat folding table, an armchair and a small double bed-settee (additional to the 12 person accommodation). The annex entrance is approached by a gravel path from the parking area.
The doorways in this historic building are inevitably of varying widths, varying from 640mm (bed 5) up to 800 mm wide. All the doors in the ground-floor annex are 800 mm wide. Both staircases are 800mm wide, with risers of 200mm and each has a single handrail or rope. All washbasins are 770mm high, the toilets are 400mm high and the bath is 560mm high. All the showers have thresholds, though the downstairs shower has the lowest at only 60mm.
The sitting room has a wall-mounted flat-screen Smart TV with 3 x 3-seater sofas and an armchair. An additional 2-seater settee can be moved from the adjoining snug. The dining room has a table and bench seating for 12 as well as a wall-mounted flat-screen TV and a modern electric stove.
The main kitchen in the cottage has a double oven, an induction hob, microwave, dishwasher, double drainer sink and a Rayburn stove which is mainly used for heating and hot water, but may also be used for slow cooking. There is plenty of storage for food, including a full-sized fridge and separate freezer.
There is a courtyard at the rear of the property which can be completely secured for the safety of small children, and which has a large covered dining pavilion with seating and refectory table for at least 12. The courtyard also has an 8-person Hot Tub.
The property boasts a 200-metre river frontage and a 5-acre field, which are available for guests to use for recreational activities, including watching the very varied wild-life. Given the proximity of the river from the cottage (nearest access to the river - and the road - is just a few meters from the front door) close supervision of small children away from the safety of the cottage and rear courtyard is essential.