Scrumpy Cottage is a beautiful period village property. It has a lovely private courtyard garden and has a friendly village pub and shop at the Perry's Cider Mills just a short stroll away.
There is a lovely tranquil sitting-room with a wood-burning stove as an extra treat for out-of-season holidays or cool evenings.
The courtyard behind the cottage is very sheltered and private. There is a large outside table for al fresco meals, reading the paper, and planning the day.
As you enter the cottage, you step into the dining-room, with its original flagstone floors and farmhouse-table.
There is a very well-equipped kitchen, with a utility-room beyond it, leading out to the sheltered courtyard.
The stairs rise from the corner of the living-room.
The living-room has French windows out to the enclosed courtyard garden at the back of the cottage.
This is a lovely cottage to simply relax in - no need to dash off exploring if you don't want to, it is peaceful, full of character and you will really wind down here.
The dining-room has a lovely feature fireplace, one of two original inglenooks at the cottage.
Visit some of Somerset's excellent farm shops and farmers' markets for fresh local produce.
The two bedrooms are upstairs. This is the master bedroom with its king-size bed and luxurious bedding.
The view from the bedroom looks just across the little lane and over some of the village's pretty gardens.
This is a really good-sized room, with plenty of storage too.
The bathroom with fitted shower over the bath, is  next to the master bedroom.
The cottage has lovely deep windowsills. This bathroom window looks out over the countryside on the edge of the village.
Enjoy a slow start to your day.
A short corridor leads to the seecond bedroom and the shower-room.
This bedroom also has a king-size bed and views over the village.
There is plenty of space but at the same time the cottage is very well furnished with lovely pieces that are in keeping with the atmosphere here.
Pile up the holiday reading by the bed and enjoy a lie-in.
Little touches make all the difference and you will feel very welcome staying here.
Lovely decorations throughout give the cottage that homely feel.
Enjoy your holiday in south Somerset. It is a place you will hopefully return to again and again.
The cottage is in an edge of village setting and this is the view from one of the upstairs windows - overlooking the Owner's beautiful gardens and to the countryside beyond.
There is a huge playing field/park-area just 100 yards from the cottage where you can exercise your dog.
The playing field also has a lovely children's play-area.
There is a friendly visitor centre where you can learn about the cider making process - and better still, taste it! There is a little tea shop here too.
The tea shop has a lovely garden to relax in.
This is a truly peaceful edge of village setting. You can set off for wonderful walks through the gentle countryside in this area.
This is a perfect 'get away from it all' location, peaceful, traditional and so welcoming.
The gentle Somerset countryside is a delight to explore.
The village is in the heart of Somerset's apple growing countryside.
This is great walking countryside too - this is an incredible Iron Age fort at North Cadbury. From the top, the whole of Somerset is laid out around you.
This part of Somerset offers a wealth of historic houses to visit - this is Montacute House, managed by the National Trust.
Another view along the stunning Jurassic Coast - this is at West Bay, Bridport - again, an easy drive due south from the cottage.
If you want to visit the coast, Lyme Regis is an easy drive due south.

Scrumpy Cottage


1.6 miles SE of Ilminster / Sleeps 4 + cot

7 Nights from £453 - £915

The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

The New Inn Dowlish Lake (20 yards)

A traditional pub serving pub grub in a friendly atmosphere. There's a large car park opposite and outdoor garden seating for warmer months. Open every day and Sunday lunch is available.

Nearest beach

Charmouth West Beach (13 miles)

Charmouth West Beach runs the mile and a half from the mouth of the river Char all the way to Lyme Regis. Although hammering at the cliffs is not allowed, the shores of Charmouth West Beach are well known for their fossils and often keen-eyed visitors are rewarded with a treat. With the gentle slope of the beach and natural sea pools forming in certain conditions the beach lends itself nicely to paddling and swimming. A heritage centre, cafe and shops are nearby, although there are no lifeguards on duty.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Miss Battrick July 2017

Lovely beach, brilliant for fossil hunting

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis January 2010

Take a fossil hunting guided walk or boat trip. No sand but plenty to keep the kids amused.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2009

The hours seem to have a habit of slipping by while you're wandering along hunting for fossils on this stretch of coast. The kids love the excitement of finding an ammonite or debating the authenticity of possible 'dinosaur bones'. Great way to spend an afternoon.

Nearest walk

Walks around Chaffcombe (2 miles)

Monthly walks are arranged by locals who ask for volunteers to help with clearing overgrown footpaths whilst enjoying the scenery. Take a look at the website for details of walks in the area.

Nearest town

Ilminster (1 ¾ miles)

Deep in the rolling Somerset countryside, Ilminster, with its imposing church and the winding River Ile, is a vision of pastoral beauty. One of the town’s best-loved attractions is Barrington Court, a well-preserved manor house with stunning formal gardens, an arboretum and traditional kitchen gardens.

Also nearby

Perry's Somerset Cider (¼ mile)

With a cider works, farm shop and tea room, you will find plenty to keep you occupied here. The shop offers cider tasting so you can be sure of your choice before you buy.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Anna H September 2015

I bought a barrel...

A tiny Somerset hamlet called Dowlish Wake is home to this traditional cider making centre. Tempting samples from the barrels are a must before you decide on which variety to take home. I am afraid it had to be a gallon for us and even more unfortunate – it is within easy reach of home for return trips to refill the container ! There is a shop, café and all things apple making museum here too. This place feels like a step back in time, even down to crossing the ford from the orchard parking area !

Montacute House (8 ¼ miles)

An exceptional Elizabethan house filled with treasures, including 17th Century textile samplers and Elizabethan art. This house featured in the 1995 film ‘Sense and Sensibility’.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mrs Starkey May 2018

Marvellous Montacute

Absolutely wonderful in every way. We enjoyed many hours here. A must visit property.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Willis May 2016


A lovely house and location . It was a pity it was spoilt by a very heavy handed and hard sell approach in the ticket office to join the N.T. I had to be very persistent to get into the house and gardens without joining up .
Once we had managed to get in we had another issue with an officious lady in the long room who basically told us off for taking the wrong staircase up . It turned out that a rope had not been put in place . How were we to know! Other staff members tried to make up for this and were excellent but the impression overall was poor.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

Mr Merriman September 2013

Very interesting

Another West Country gem to consider when in the Somerset or Dorset areas. Although the house was endowed to NT as an empty shell much work has been done by introducing surplus items from other properties and there is a current fascinating exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery which is a must.

Forde Abbey and Gardens (4 ½ miles)

A former Cistercian monastery dating back to the 1100s. The gardens are breathtaking, while inside must-sees include the cloisters and the upper refectory.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Barnett July 2018

A lovely place to visit.

We’ve just had a very pleasant few hours at Forde Abbey on a scorching hot day. The house is very interesting to walk around and the gardens are beautiful, it’s worth waiting to see the fountain, especially if you stand downwind of it on such a hot day.
The ginger cake in the cafe was a great way to end our visit.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Downey July 2017

A place to unwind

We visited these delightful gardens as part of a circular walk from Thorncombe village. It was the perfect place for a leisurely lunch followed by a stroll around the gardens before continuing on our way. The highlight of the day.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Mackintosh July 2011

Well worth a visit

We really loved the gardens and the interior. It was the highlight of our week. We spent several hours there and felt there was plenty to see both in the house and gardens. The tearoom provides excellent lunches for those who want to make a day of it.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis January 2010

Stately home and splendid gardens

Fascinating former abbey dating back to 12thC. One of the greatest Westcountry gardens (according to Alan Titchmarsh), plant sales and a good restaurant serving really local food from the estate. A good day's outing.

Barrington Boar (3 ¾ miles)

Children, dogs and welly boots are all welcome in this newly refurbished pub, all watched over by Alan the Barrington Boar. The bar and restaurant both have good food, and the location in the centre of the village makes it a social hub for local events.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Mrs Clarke-Bradford July 2014

Fantastic, Fantastic, friendly pub with delicious food.

friends and I visited the Barrington Boar whilst staying in the village this weekend. We first visited Fri eve where we enjoyed whole baked plaice in a caper sauce, fish pie, & stuffed aubergine with salad. The main courses were absolutely delicious. Having a coeliac in our party, we asked about gluten free & were told the sauce would not be made with wheat flour. The accompanying salads were huge, fresh and excellent - no rubbish bit of iceberg lettuce & tomato here! A mixture and abundance of salad leaves really impressed us. Desserts of lemon posset were divine, and although the brownie was overcooked, we were cheerily offered something else - no bad atmosphere here! We throughly enjoyed our meal and service was excellent - so much so that we returned on Sunday for lunch after a country ramble with moments of mild to moderate peril gave us a huge appetite. We enjoyed our meal in the garden and again, our coeliac and pescatarian friends were catered to by the owners and chef happily offering the roast dinner with no meat & extra roasties for the coeliac, and homemade Thai style fishcakes with the roast potatoes, for our other friend. An unusual combination, but the didn't phase the Barrington Boar! Again we enjoyed the divine lemon posset, and our chocolate loving friend asked for the brownie again - which was baked to perfection! Again friendly, helpful staff made our meal a very enjoyable experience. We all agreed that we would heartily recommend The Barrington Boar to all our friends visiting the area and look forward to eating there again when we return to Somerset. Thanks to all at The Barrington Boar for two truly delicious and welcoming visits!

Perry's Farmhouse Cider (350 yards)

The Perry family have been making cider for over 500 years here. Learn about the art of traditional cider making in the heart of Somerset cider country and pick up a couple of flagons to take home.

Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Rated 3 out of 5 stars

Mrs Avis January 2010

Excellent local cider and free museum/exhibition about cider making

An unexacting outing for those wanting just to potter/ recharge batteries. Amateur but fascinating exhibition including ancient carts and farm vehicles. Refreshments available. We took very elderly parents there for a short, sunny outing to yesteryear - ideal!

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