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1 Castle Orchard

1 Castle Orchard, Penselwood, Somerset

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Sykes Cottages
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Sleeps a maximum of: 6

Pricing From: £321.00

A charming, end-terrace cottage near Penselwood, Somerset, with three bedrooms accommodating up to six people.

This wonderful, end-terrace stone cottage is situated amongst peaceful, serene countryside near Penselwood, close to the border of Wiltshire and Somerset. On the ground floor is a kitchen with a dining table, a sitting room with a woodburner, and a conservatory with six armchairs and lovely views of the garden. Upstairs are three bedrooms, a double and a twin with three steps down to each from the hall, as well as a master double room with a view of the garden.

There is also a traditional bathroom and a separate shower room. Outside is a lawned garden with a covered brick seating area, a covered patio with dining furniture and an external utility. Off road parking is available for one car.

1 Castle Orchard is a wonderful, relaxing retreat for exploring Somerset and Wiltshire!

Pet friendly accommodation Pet Friendly


Don?t stay here! The cottage is very remote and only accessible by unsealed roads which includes a steep unsealed hill with sharp right bend at top over dangerous drop. We were in small hire car and got stuck. When we explained we couldn?t stay as hire car could be damaged owner wouldn?t agree to refund - even though remoteness of the location wasn?t in advert. Owner appeared to be nice but regaled is with stories of other guest who had got stuck or run over the edge where he had to get friend to tow out vehicle. The restricted access should be in advert so guest can choose to stay or not. We felt really ripped off losing £500 for accomodation we couldn?t safely access.

1 castle orchard penzlewood
Had such a lovely holiday , cottage was beautiful lovely views and great dog walks we visited lots of lovely places including bath great shopping totally worth a visit , cheddar gorge brilliant day out . Shell and rich were absolutely lovely nothing was to much trouble . Can?t wait to return next year .

Stayed at the cottage over Easter and the owner Rich couldn?t have been more helpful. Gave me and my mates a box of eggs, cereal, biscuits, milk and bread. Whilst the location was amazing, the weather wasn?t the best but luckily Rich provided plenty of wood so we could sit in front of the fire and mong out. Definitely would like to stay again next year as we had a quality time, hopefully the sun shines and we can do some mad exploring!

Dog friendly, quiet, rural retreat
We arrived with snow on the ground courtesy of the Beast from the East. Despite nightly frosts the central heating kept us plenty warm enough without even having to light the log burner. The cottage is in a quiet rural location with plenty of walks from the door, yet is in easy reach of local amenities and attractions. We had no problems with anything not working and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The owner was extremely helpful and provided the biggest welcome pack we've ever had (even the dog was catered for). This cottage is a real bargain. Obviously for the price we weren't expecting four star luxury, but everything was fit for purpose and dog friendly. If you like peace and quiet and have dogs this is well worth considering.

It's a dog's life
A stunning location for a quiet getaway. If you need a dog-friendly property, this works. If you don't, think twice before booking. Rich is a very talkative, animal lover who wants to be as helpful as possible. He has a passion for 4 legged creatures and their wellbeing. Credit to him. 4 pints of milk, eggs, butter, biscuits (4 packs), cereal, bread and various doggy treats were supplied in a "Welcome Pack". Soft furnishings are dated and cover a variety of decades...nothing really matches or coordinates. The kitchen is reasonably equipped and has been "interestingly" put together. Everything works, which helps. A large sunroom/conservatory is bright and welcoming. Several of the windows have blown seals and the roof sections need a good clean. Although there is a shower, it was either scolding hot or ice cold, hence unusable. Our 3 night stay didn't warrant a call to Rich and we used the bath instead. Unfortunately, there's not enough hot water for 2 baths consecutively, so we made them shallow. Towels, although provided, do not include bath sheets or a bath mat and there weren't 2 the same. All 3 bedrooms are a good size, although the 2 smaller ones have no central heating (night storage heaters, which no longer function, throughout the cottage have been replaced but not removed). The bed in the master bedroom is king size BUT someone (Rich?) has built a frame inside it so that it only accommodates a double mattress! Why?? Bedding is cheap, dated and nylon!! We didn't expect 4* hotel standards but this really was rather poor. Whilst the Welcome Pack is a nice touch, our feeling was that it would be better to spend money on the items mentioned above. Considering that up to 5 dogs are allowed, the cottage doesn't smell doggy and it's reasonably clean. A lovely wood burner in the front room helped keep things cosy, although there was a noticeable drop in temperature on the opposite side of the room due to the central heating radiator being at the same end of the room as the wood burner (?) A couple of curtains between the porch and front room and between the dining room and conservatory would help keep a more even temperature throughout (We visited in Feb, remember). Overall, money needs to be spent on the property but only small amounts would make it feel so much more cared for. You can't improve the location, it's simply stunning. If you have dogs, you know it's not always easy to find places to stay. Your dogs will love it, will you?
Phil H



Parking Space
Linen provided
Towels provided


Single Beds

Double Beds

Twin Beds


Central heating and woodburning stove
Electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, TV with Freesat, selection of books, games and DVDs
Power and starter pack of fuel for stove inc in rent
Bed linen and towels inc in rent
Off road parking for 2 cars
Private lawned garden with covered seating area
Covered patio with furniture
Five well-behaved dogs welcome
Sorry, no smoking
Shop 4 miles, pub 1 mile
Note: One internal step between dining area and sitting room
Three internal steps from the hallway into the double and twin rooms
Note: Sloped ceilings and slightly restricted head height on one side of master bedroom
Note: Owner is happy for you to give him any clothes washing to do, by prior arrangement and on request
Please contact the owner before taking bookings that are not holiday bookings

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Approximate Location

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Nearest Attractions

Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest

Stourton, St Peter's Church - 1.5 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Stourhead - 1.6 miles (Garden) Heritage Rating

Mere, St Michael's Church - 2.6 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Maiden Bradley, All Saints Church - 4.8 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Bruton Dovecote - 5.6 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Kingston Deverill, St Mary's Church - 5.8 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Gants Mill and Garden - 6.1 miles (Historic Building) Heritage Rating

Batcombe, Blessed Virgin Mary Church - 6.7 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

Horningsham, St John the Baptist Church - 6.9 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

East Knoyle, St Mary's Church - 6.9 miles (Historic Church) Heritage Rating

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