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Copse Cottage - Delightful Cottage on the Edge of Exmoor

Copse Cottage is a small, 2-bedroomed cottage at The Hopcott, Alcombe, on the outskirts of Minehead, Somerset and right on the edge of Exmoor. Ideally placed for walkers, and for the plentiful attractions that this beautiful area has to offer, including Dunster, Selworthy, Porlock, Watchet and of course lovely Minehead itself, with its quaint harbour, promenade, steam railway and of course Butlins at the far end of town, with its appeal as a day out for children.

Recently renovated, and newly available for Summer 2017, our charming upside-down cottage looks like a small bungalow from outside, but stairs inside lead down from the living area to two bedrooms and a bathroom on the lower ground floor. Ideal for couples or families, we offer one double bedroom, and a triple bunk in the second (double bed with single bunk over). We have a travel cot and high chair available, a stair gate and a fire guard for use with our wood burner.

We welcome your well-behaved dog (more by arrangement), but please note that Copse Cottage doesn't have a garden. There is a shared lawn garden on the development, but this is not enclosed.

The quiet and private car park for The Hopcott is right outside the cottage, offering plenty of free parking, and the lane leading onto Exmoor is on your doorstep.


Copse Cottage is an upside-down house, with the bedrooms downstairs! Our entrance is directly off the private car park for The Hopcott.

Front door leads to a small entrance hall with coat hooks and storage area.

Ground Floor - open plan Lounge / Kitchen

In the lounge area there is ample comfortable seating for 4 people, a TV with freeview /freesat and a small woodburning stove. Being a rural and hilly area, some channels may not always be available. You will find books, games and jigsaw puzzles in the welsh dresser. We have also provided local information with lots of suggestions for local walks and activities. 

In the kitchen area, facilities include a cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble drier and microwave.  Basic cleaning materials, washing-up liquid and teatowels are provided.

Stairs to Downstairs - Bathroom and two Bedrooms

Bedroom 1

The main bedroom has a double bed, bedside tables with lamps, wardrobe and large chest of drawers.  A hairdryer is available.  Bedlinen and towels are provided. There are net curtains at the windows for your privacy, as the bedrooms overlook the private pathway leading between the buildings.

Bedroom 2

Triple bunk (double with single above), small chest of drawers and a wardrobe.  Bedlinen and towels are provided. Net curtains at the windows for your privacy.  A travel cot is available should you need it, but please bring your own bedding/bedlinen for it.


Including over-bath electric shower, heater and shaver point.


We are pleased to supply free WiFi and the password will be provided on arrival.

One thing we can't provide is a view! Until you step outside where you will see rolling hills, woods and the lane which leads on to Exmoor, ideal for walking.

Heating is by night storage heaters, and a small wood burning stove. We have also provided portable electric heaters in case extra warmth is needed.

Equipment provided includes iron & ironing board, high chair, travel cot, stair gate, hairdryer and a fireguard

Local Area Information

There is so much to do and see in this lovely part of Somerset! Our cottage is on the outskirts of Minehead, with its quaint harbour, promenade, steam railway and of course Butlins at the far end of town, with its appeal as a day out for children.

Ideally placed for walkers, to explore the stunning scenery of Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, Minehead is the starting point of the South West Coast Path, the nation's longest long-distance countryside walking trail.

For a family seaside holiday, Minehead offers a long flat sandy beach, especially as the sand here is perfect for sandcastle building!

Minehead's picturesque harbour, with its RNLI station and shop, hosts summer pleasure boat cruises on the paddle steamer Waverley and motor vessel Balmoral. Anglers can book trips on the coastal fishing boats too.

Not to be missed is the West Somerset Railway, originally opened as the Minehead Railway in 1874.  Why not take a trip on the beautifully restored railway engines and carriages, visiting picturesque stations as you wind your way through the Somerset countryside.

Just a short drive from Minehead is the small town of Dunster, with its water mill and the magnificent National Trust's Dunster Castle, with its breathtaking views over Exmoor and the Bristol Channel.

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