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The Old Sweet Shop, Minehead
The Old Sweet Shop has served many purposes over the years, most notably as the local sweet shop. Some of the neighbours can remember buying strawberry sherbets, gobstoppers and ice creams here on the way to and from school in the 1950s. The property has undergone an extensive and sympathetic restoration to maximise the cottage’s space and light, beautiful sweeping staircase, impressive beams and large fireplace. The old complements the new perfectly in The Old Sweet Shop.
Sleeps up to eight guests in four bedrooms
Luxurious holiday cottage complete with hot tub
Three double bedrooms (two are king-size beds) and one twin bedroom
Four bathrooms (three are en-suites)
Private and enclosed patio and garden with outside seating and a summerhouse
Large hot tub
Easy access to all amenities including restaurants, pubs, tea rooms and shops
Bed linen and towels provided (bring your own beach towels for use in the hot tub)
Wi-Fi, heating and electricity included
Off-road parking for 2 cars
Dogs welcome (2 maximum)
Arrive from 4 pm
Depart by 10 am
The sitting room has a large fireplace with a wood burning stove. Look carefully and you’ll see the burns shaped like pear drops on the large wooden mantelpiece. These ancient marks were made when a hot poker, taken straight from the open fire, was used to stir cider (a “hot toddy”). There are charming mullion lead-framed windows with pretty seats as well as comfortable sofas and armchairs. You’ll also find a large flat screen smart TV with Sky, Netflix and Blu-ray DVD player, and choice of films, books, jigsaws, games and toys to keep you occupied.
There are four tastefully decorated double bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. Antique furniture, high-quality mattresses and furnishings, crisp bedding and soft towels complement the décor of each room – all of which have a confectionery theme. Choose from Marshmallow, Lemon Drop, Strawberry Sherbet or Refresher. Upstairs, Marshmallow, a luxurious king bedroom, is a large airy room with a stunning en-suite bathroom with a roll top bath. Lemon Drop is our twin room with an en-suite with shower. Downstairs, Strawberry Sherbet, a double, is the original shop. It retains the distinctive bay window which we decorate with seasonal displays. Refresher has a gorgeous king four poster bed, large shower and lots of light.
With views into the garden, the spacious kitchen/diner has a large cooker, high-spec appliances and oodles of work and storage space. Perfect for family gatherings, the dining area has a large oak table that seats eight comfortably. This is an enjoyable, sociable space where you can cook and chat, play games or enjoy afternoon tea. The utility room houses a washing machine, tumble-drier and fridge/freezer. You’ll find a high chair and vacuum too.
Outside is a pretty cottage garden, with a lawn edged with borders, summer house and two patio areas with picnic tables. Our large hot tub offers plenty of jets and soft lighting for night time. On a clear night, you’ll be amazed by the view of the stars, thanks to the Exmoor Dark Sky Reserve. Please be advised that due to the nature of the buildings and their surroundings, we don’t allow barbeques.
The Old Sweet Shop is centrally heated throughout. Linen and towels are also provided. Please bring your own beach towels for use in the hot tub. There is on-site parking for two cars. Dogs are welcome on request (2 max).
A security deposit of £250 is required to book this property to cover the cost of any damage during your stay. All things being well, this security deposit will be returned shortly after your departure providing there is no damage to the property or its contents. Before your arrival you will receive further information about what the security deposit if for and what is covered. Lucy (the owner) will contact you prior to your arrival date to take payment separately for the security deposit.
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