This beautiful lodge is a haven of luxury right on the edge of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Bashford Lodge has a full width balcony to celebrate the most amazing views - you can see for miles!
The sunset light washes into the spacious open plan living-area.
Breakfast on the balcony is a must. An evening glass of wine watching the sun set is amazing too.
Staple Plain, at West Quantoxhead, is the most fabulous place to park up the car and set off on foot or on a bike.
What a setting for your evening drinks after a day out exploring.
The owners will provide catering for that extra holiday treat if you wish. So not only can you eat in style, but you don't even have to do the cooking!
This is the very sheltered enclosed sitting out area beneath the balcony.
There is a super-contemporary kitchen fitted around this corner of the living space.
This is the ground floor entrance hallway - the thoughtful touch of slippers is a sign of the attention to detail here.
This property is bathed in sunshine in the summer.
Each bedroom is presented to the highest standard, all with beautiful bed linens.
Another of the double bedrooms - you are spoilt for choice here.
All three bedrooms have super-king sized 6ft beds that can be made up as 3ft twins on request.
There is excellent water pressure here so that you can really enjoy a powerful shower.
The third wet-room is on the ground floor.
The three wet-rooms are beautifully designed and very stylish. Two are on the first floor along with the bedrooms.
This is the drying/laundry-room - with a separate outside entrance from the patio. Ideal for wet clothes and boots after a long walk in the Quantocks or of course, a wonderful horseback adventure.
Dunster Castle towers above this unique medieval town, a stone's throw from the coast.
You can see right across the Bristol Channel to south Wales from the top of the Quantock Hills.
High up on the Quantocks above Bashford Lodge.
The Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, shaded woodland, deep valleys, and wide open moorland with panoramic views.
You will see wild deer in their natural habitat - the hills in the background are the setting for Bashford Lodge.

Bashford Lodge


6.4 miles NW of Taunton / Sleeps 6 + cot

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7 Nights from £858

Bashford Lodge is situated in a beautiful, tranquil location. The view from the balcony was stunning. We weren’t blessed with sunny days during our June stay but we still enjoyed days out sightseeing and walking. The lodge was well equipped with everything we needed for a comfortable, relaxing break. Would definitely recommend the property and the area.

The property is in a beautifully elevated position with wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. The large balcony is a fantastic place to sit out and enjoy the peace and quiet. On arrival we found the property spotlessly clean and were delighted with the superb cake the owner had left for us. There are walks directly from the property and a super pub a 5 minute walk away. The lodge was warm and comfortable and the showers were fantastic and powerful. Some of the soft furnishings, cutlery and mugs need updating but this didn't really detract from our stay. As a previous reviewer has mentioned, due to the open plan nature of the kitchen/dining/sitting areas I think it would feel overcrowded if 6 adults were staying.

This property is ideal for 2, 3 or 4 people. However, it can sleep 6 adults and we felt that the 'sitting room' (which incorporates the kitchen/dining area) could perhaps become a little crowded especially if there was a wide age range in residence. Apart from the bedrooms there is no other indoor space.

Excellent accommodation, views and local pub, a joy to come back to after a long day out.

BEWARE! House is only accessible via a busy riding school where horses are being moved up and down to the field alongside the house.

Reply from Classic Cottages

We are so sorry to read that this property wasn't quite what you were looking for. We do try to be as accurate as possible in our descriptions and do show the property with the horses in the field behind, as well as mentioning the neighbouring stables but can only apologise if this didn't work for you. We so hope to welcome you to a different Classic Cottage in the future. Sarah, Customer Support

Bashford Lodge was one of the best self-catering properties we have stayed in (over 30 years' experience). It was very comfortable, the beds were perfect, and everything was provided for, especially the stupendous cake! (That didn't last long...) Jill was such a welcoming owner and we very much enjoyed chatting to her. The setting is so peaceful, the air is soft and refreshing, and the view is outstanding - as other guests have found, it is very difficult to stop sitting and looking at the rolling hills and the ever-changing clouds, light and shade. The horses added to the overall 'balm for the soul'. Although we are only an hour away - East Devon and South Somerset - West Somerset is a world away . The Rising Sun is well worth a visit and is in staggering distance!

David and Gill were amazing hosts.

They gave us a very warm welcome which included a wonderful cake on our arrival.

We had a fabulous time and would certainly have no hesitation in recommending both the place and the location.

Thank you

We can only echo the positive comments of previous guests and would love to return.

This is a very smart property with stunning views. We found everything as advertised and the owners were very keen to help and were attentive throughout. As others have commented, the twice daily parade of the horses from the co-owned Quantock Trekking was a real treat!

A lovely comfortable property with wonderful views from the balcony.

Reply from Classic Cottages

Thank you so much for sharing your comments for your stay at Bashford Lodge - we hope you enjoyed some lovely evenings on the balcony gazing at the views! We hope to welcome you back in the future and should you need any assistance making a booking we are more than happy to help. Sarah, Customer Support

Gill welcomed us personally to Bashford Lodge and was a very friendly guide to the property and also helped us to find a riding school for our girls to try out horses appropriate to their age an skill level.

The views of the valley from the lodge are stunning and it was amazing to see the horses from Quantock Trekking stables come down from the hills every day for breakfast, without much help form the staff. It was the highlight with the kids each morning!

We also loved the boot and coat drying room and the boot washing facilities provided, they are unique, in our experience, and were really helpful in geting all our walking kit ready at the end of each day. This was particularly helpful given the awful weather we encountered, during our stay.

At the end of the week, we all felt relaxed and happy, which in these times is precious gift. The Lodge as an excellent place to stay and we would recomment it to anyone wanting to stay in the North Somerset area.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bashford Lodge. The views from the living room were amazing! The house is very well appointed and extremely comfortable. The owners were very friendly and helpful. We would certainly recommend it.

This is one of the best properties we have stayed in. Wonderful welcome from the owner who made sure we felt Covid safe! Totally surpassed our expectations and will definitely return.

Great location for walking from the front door, quiet lanes and wonderful views and great bases to use the car to go further afield. The lodge is a perfect retreat.

We enjoyed our stay at Bashford Lodge. It was very welcoming and cosy. It was spotlessly clean with ample supplies of hand wash and hand gel and felt very Covid safe. The view is stunning and we loved sitting out on the balcony. Our hosts were very welcoming and friendly.

Great views and lovely to watch the owners' horses return from the field to the stables and back again later on; all on their own.

This property is first class and is in a wonderful location. It offers modern comforts in a rural setting. The owner is pleasant, helpful and informative. We cannot recommend this highly enough as a venue if you appreciate peace and quiet in a beautiful location with lots of diverse and interesting things todo.

Superb location and a wonderful host. The cottage had everything you could need for a self-catering stay be it spring, summer or winter. The horses added a charm that you will not experience anywhere else.

A really great place to stay and relax. Perfect for access to the beautiful Quantocks, and within easy reach of so many wonderful places in Somerset. But also just as ideal to relax in the well-equipped lodge, enjoying the fabulous views and the comfort of the cottage. Perfect for serious foodie self-catering as well as within easy reach of good gastro pubs. Set up for comfort and a little bit of luxury as well as the practicalities of an active stay in the beautiful, if sometimes wet and muddy, Somerset area - certainly a place to return to ... many times.

fantastic location. wonderful views from the deck. watching the ponies coming down the hill into the stables every morning was a joy. great walking on the doorstep and a local pub serving great food. what more could you ask.

We had a fabulous week in perfectly equipped Bashford Lodge. The views are beautiful, the landscape of the quantock Hills is wonderful and you have lots of places to explore nearby. It is highly recommendable to go on a horse ride with the very friendly owners.

An excellent property with amazing views, a real home from home. Hosts most welcoming with home cooked cake !

Lovely comfortable beds and great outside areas. Great views from the balcony and lots of walks nearby. Although we did not go for the trekking it was quite a sight to watch the horses being brought down from their field to their stables each morning.

A lovely, comfortable and well equipped lodge in a perfect setting. Three generations of our family and we all spent a very enjoyable week here. Plenty to see and do even if you don't horse ride, although two of our party did and had a wonderful time. Very helpful and friendly owners who left a lovely home-made cake and a bottle of wine and milk in the fridge for us. Fabulous views from the balcony and it was lovely to see the horses parading down from the fields first thing in the morning to the stables. We hope to make a return visit!

Lovely relaxing stay with wonderful views and the horses coming in and out an added bonus. We were due to arrive the day following heavy snow fall but good communication with Gill and lots of effort on her part clearing the drive and yard, allowed us to push forward a couple of days and still enjoy our break.

Stunning views Able to walk to a couple of great pub restaurants one just a minute walk the other 45 minutes, Lovely to watch the horses trot down from the fields into the yard every day. Lovely walk from the property to the highest point in the Quantocks

We had a lovely few days in this beautiful accommodation. The Rising Sun pub is a great place to eat and only a short walk away. A superb base for walkers and riding.

Lovely clean we appointed relaxing property.

A beautiful place to stay - lovely spaces and decor, spotlessly clean and very well equipped - and in a stunning location with far-reaching views. Our host was friendly and provided an exellent "welcome" hamper, with milk, bread ,butter ,eggs, marmalade, wine. My granddaughter enjoyed the pony trekking and we all enjoyed watching the horses come down to the stables in the morning and going back on to the hills in the evening. All very relaxing and comfortable!

Gill and Dave were extremely welcoming and made sure everything was taken care of. The property is fantastic and we look forward to returning soon.

Both cottage and owners and location were superb!

You will be impressed with the welcome and the quality and cleanliness of the accommodation

This Lodge was fantastic from location to comfort Lovely owners and value for money We shall be back

We would recommend the accommodation to anyone, and the owners Gill and Dave were very friendly and welcoming. Gill's welcome pack was excellent and well received.

We cannot speak too highly of this property. It is beautifully presented and every care has been taken to provide very high quality holiday accommodation. The owners of the property are to be congratulated for their excellent care and attention to detail. Nothing was too much trouble for them to ensure that our stay was as enjoyable as it could possibly be.

The property is absolutely beautiful and the owners were wonderful. The view from the balcony is second to none. Dave and Gill couldn't have been more accommodating to ensure our trip was the best it could be. They have great facilities making it feel a real home away from home when you get back after a day walking or riding. Wonderful place to stay we'll definitely return.

First class accommodation, fabulous countryside, welcoming owners - we will certainly be back!

Bashford Lodge is a beautiful place to stay. The property has been well thought out and furnished to a high standard. The little extras that the owners supplied were unexpected and thoroughly appreciated. Gill and Dave were on hand to help if needed without being intrusive. The views from the balcony are wonderful . Great to see the horses passing by each day and hear the owls at night. Lots of places to visit nearby.Thank you Gill and Dave for a great week, we hope to see you again.

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