Detached Hillcombe Cottage has a really large and fully enclosed garden, countryside views, and private off road parking.
The calm and elegant living-room has a wood-burning stove for out-of-season holidays. This dual-aspect room looks out over the fields.
There is a wonderful sunny patio with your gardens beyond - a really tranquil and private place to enjoy the surroundings here.
There is an open plan kitchen/dining-room with garden views.
This is the view from the garden - overlooking the owners' fields where you will see cattle from their pedigree Ruby Red herd grazing.
The Aga is the focal point of this lovely kitchen, adding that lovely extra warmth too.
This is a very well equipped home-from-home, there is even an Aga Cook Book for you to make the most of and the owner has very kindly produced a helpful tips sheet if you are not used to Aga cooking.
For your convenience there is an electric slow cooker - try the local farmers' markets for excellent local produce and have a go.
There is plenty of room for the dining-table so you can eat in style in this friendly room.
Holiday feasts for family or friends!
There is something very tranquil and restful about this cottage.  Enjoy a slow start to the day before setting out to explore.
Upstairs there are two bedrooms - this is the double with its super comfy king-size bed and views across the countryside.
This room has the luxury of its own TV, and there is plenty of storage space too.
This is the twin bedroom - which can be made up as a double bed if you wish.
Another view of the twin bedroom which looks out to the side of the cottage, with garden views.
The bed linens are top quality - you will be assured of a great night's sleep.
As well as this family bathroom, with shower and bath, there is a downstairs cloakroom for additional convenience.
You can pull in right off the lane into your own gated driveway.
The gardens are a delight. Plenty of lawn space for children to play and for dogs to feel free and lots of gorgeous colour as well.
The cottage is set to one side of its gardens and has lovely views across the fields.
This is a view of the classic Somerset landscape.
This is the stretch of the Jurassic Coast at Sidmouth - a wonderful Regency town  an easy drive away.
The stunning Jurassic Coast is only about a 35 minute drive away from the cottage.  This is West Bay at Bridport.
South Somerset is home to a wealth of beautiful historic houses. This is Montacute House just outside Yeovil.

Hillcombe Cottage


2.7 miles SW of Ilminster / Sleeps 4 + cot

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7 Nights from  £506

September 2020

This is a wonderful, cosy cottage with many thoughtful touches. It really is one of the best places we've stayed and we'd like to be able to come back when Covid is less of an issue.

September 2019

5 star accommodation in our eyes. We shall return!

August 2019

This is the most wonderful cottage to stay in and Caroline and Philip the loveliest of hosts. It's our second time staying here and we're already planning our next visit. Thank you so much.

August 2019

Exceeded expectations and definitely nicer than photos! Aga was fab to cook with. Lovely cake and flowers on arrival. Pretty area and so much to do. Highly recommend.

July 2019

A lovely cottage in tranquil setting and a home from home.

June 2019

We will come again

April 2019

Lovely cottage with helpful friendly owners living next door. Great area with easy access to the Somerset Levels and the Coast. Highly recommended.

April 2019

Lovely cottage, extremely clean, very peaceful and cosy

December 2018

We had a fabulous week in this comfortable, cosy cottage. The warmth of the Aga was very welcoming on our arrival together with the delicious cake left for us. We wanted for nothing and would have no hesitation in recommending Hillcome Cottage.

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October 2018

Overall the cottage was absolutely super and we have booked again.

August 2018

Wonderful stay. Thank you. The cake and milk on arrival was incredible and very welcome after our long journey. So quiet and restful. My son loved running around the garden which was very safe and enclosed. Beautiful well appointed cottage. Only 30min from Lyme Regis beach and all the Jurassic coast.

July 2018

We have stayed at many country cottages and this was at least one of our favourites. Caroline maintains the perfect balance of being welcoming (and who wouldn’t love to be welcomed with a set tea tray and a wonderful cake) and leaving us in peace. The cottage itself is gorgeous, we could have happily lived there. The garden is secure, so safe for the dog and has views of Caroline’s garden and a field. The local pub was friendly and welcoming, with brilliant food. We would definitely stay here again.

June 2018

Beautiful place, relaxing and cosy and accommodated whatever the weather threw at us!

May 2018

It exceeded our expectations and was easily the best holiday cottage we have been in. The garden was beautiful and spacious, the owners were friendly and helpful and the cottage was decorated tastefully with high quality fixtures and fittings. Just lovely. We will use your company again. Many thanks

April 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful peaceful week in this lovely cosy cottage. Immaculately clean and well cared for, nothing was overlooked in terms of comfort. It was a rare treat to come home each evening to a warm kitchen heated by the aga. The cottage is well located in terms of proximity to lots of small local towns, the coast and several historic houses and gardens. Can highly recommend.

April 2018

Hillcombe Cottage is a lovely cottage with everything you need for a relaxing stay. We have stayed four times and have thoroughly enjoyed every one. We fully intend to go back again.

October 2017

This is a lovely traditional and cosy cottage with everything to a high standard. The owners Mr and Mrs Gay could not be more helpful. We love it!

September 2017

An ideal location to visit places of interest in Somerset.

August 2017

The property was of a very high standard and spotlessly clean. The owners live next door and were always at hand for any help and advice. The building was very well laid out and deceptively larger inside than can be seen with photos and on Google map pictures with huge amounts of storage space inside. Well designed in recent refurb and meticulously looked after. Need to mention the shower which was the best we had ever encountered which we have been told is down to the local high water pressure! Well placed for sightseeing with loads of tips left by others in a Visitors Book. Great local walks for family and dogs, ours especially loved swimming locally in the river along a disused railway now used for cyclists and walkers. Overall, we all loved the stay and were sorry to leave!

June 2017

Absolutely amazing cottage....the best we've ever had and over the years we have had many... will definitely be recommending and returning ourselves.

June 2017

This is a super cottage in a glorious position. The owners are so welcoming and the little attentions to detail make this a place above others. Having never been confronted with an AGA, it also made for an interesting learning experience which I successfully mastered. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

April 2017

Hillcombe Cottage is an exceptional place for a holiday. We've stayed in lots of holiday cottages, and this is certainly one of the very best. Lovely location, exceptionally well appointed, a gorgeous garden and friendly hosts. We'll be back!

April 2017

Beautifully appointed cottage with a lovely private garden.

April 2017

One of the best-equipped cottages we have ever rented. High standard of furnishing and decoration. The owners were very friendly and helpful and the cake and fresh flowers were very welcoming. The garden is pretty, a decent size, and overlooking a field of prizewinning Red Devon cattle was a bonus!

March 2017

It was warm , comfortable and quiet - everything we were looking for.

January 2017

Warm and comfortable cottage in beautiful and peaceful location. Owner extremely helpful but not intrusive. Bed very comfortable. Overall a very well equipped home from home. Would book again.

December 2016

I can highly recommend Hillcombe Cottage, very good location, quiet, peaceful. Absolutly wonderful, yet 5 minutes to Chard Town. The property is tastefully furnished, warm and cosy, comfortable bed, lots of cupboards for hanging clothes.

November 2016

Very nice touch could not fault anything lovely grounds very quiet location GREAT

October 2016

This is a really lovely cottage in a very nice location. It is beautifully furnished and equipped. The Aga and woodburner make it delightfully cosy. Caroline Gay, the owner, made us feel very welcome indeed. The lovely fresh flowers and delicious cake on our arrival made it feel like a home from home. We have already booked our next visit!

September 2016

Hillcombe Cottage is situated in a beautiful location. Everything needed for a holiday is provided. Location, cleanliness, scenery and of course the Aga, all extremely welcoming.

September 2016

It is a very cozy well equipt cottage. Just a perfekt place to relax.

August 2016

A beautiful cottage in a really peaceful setting. A great place to unwind and get away from it all.

August 2016

Excellent holiday cottage everything you could need. All fittings are well maintained and the Aga range is a wonderful experience.

August 2016

This cottage is a lovely place to stay. The owners are very nice and helpful. They managed to give an authentic style to the house, close to the nature, relaxing, ... We d like to come back and we recommend it warmly.

July 2016

We - a family of four with a dog - had a great time during our three weeks holidays at Hillcombe Cottage. When we first looked after the address at Google Maps / Streetview we only found some old pictures from 2011/2012 of a small farm which had definitely seen better days. It's unbelievable how much the cottage has changed since then. I have left some photos at Google Maps to show the difference. The landlord was always very helpful and kind. Whenever there was a question we not only got an answer but always a big help. We always felt very comfortable. It was a bit like visiting a long forgotten aunt and uncle in the countryside. Until now we haven't made any plans about our next summer holidays, but returning to Hillcombe Cottage is definitely one option.

June 2016

We were made very welcome by the owners but they gave us privacy too. The cottage had all we needed and was in a good location for visiting the coast by car at Lyme Regis / Charmouth and the villages of Somerset and Devon. We enjoyed a meal at The Hive beach cafe ( owned by Mark Hix ) at Burton Bradstock,which had a National Trust car park alongside. Lyme Regis was a town that we enjoyed,having kept a traditional seaside feel but updating the facilities and promenade. We had mixed weather but found houses and gardens to visit too.

May 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and had a really relaxed stay. The owners were very friendly and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. Would strongly recommend this property.

April 2016

Absolutely loved this place. The location is lovely and peaceful and there are plenty of things to do nearby. It has a v pretty garden of decent size and it was safe to let our toddler run around in it. Inside the cottage is charming - it's v comfortable, freshly decorated and has pretty much everything you might need. The owners live nearby and were helpful and friendly without being in the least obtrusive. I would definitely recommend it. Really liked the aga and there was a delicious cake waiting for us on arrival.

March 2016

Amazing stay. Perfect for families and couples. So much to do in the area and great walks directly from the cottage. Lovely and peaceful and cannot wait to return.

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