Lovingly refurbished former 18th Century toll house in Nether Stowey, Somerset.
Historic, unique and oh-so-romantic - just a few words that describe Toll House, a charming bolthole for two in sensational Somerset.
Dating back to the 18th Century, Toll House is a listed former toll house in the village of Nether Stowey. In its previous life, it provided accommodation for the toll collector as he waited for travellers to pass by his toll gate. Architectural hints provide clues to the building's past, including the bay front which gave the toll collector a clear sight of the road in each direction.
Today, Toll House has been lovingly refurbished to offer a wonderfully unique holiday experience, meaning this little piece of history can be enjoyed for years to come. Every care has been taken to respect the heritage of the building, retaining original features where possible. This means you can still enjoy wonderful touches that include the slate floors, gothic windows and beamed ceilings.
As you enter into the cosy sitting room, you're greeted by the warmth of the wood burning stove. With soft sofas and the addition of homely pictures and ornaments, it's an inviting room you just can't resist curling up and relaxing in. A dining table for two sits in one of the bay windows, giving you a view of the quaint high street as you eat.
At the back of Toll House is the compact galley kitchen, which has been expertly designed to combine all you need in one small space. An electric oven, microwave, toaster and kettle make self-catering easy, and a dishwasher makes light work of cleaning up afterwards!
A small flight of wooden stairs takes you from the kitchen to the first floor, where you'll find the gorgeous bay-windowed bedroom. Decorated with rich reds and golds and furnished with antiques, the room beautifully echoes the building's past, making it a truly unique place to lay your head.
Next to the bedroom, you'll find the pretty bathroom. This has also been carefully fitted to complement Toll House's history, with a period sink, high level flush toilet, and a gorgeous slipper bath with shower attachment.
During Toll House's refurbishment, a few modern luxuries were added to make your stay a most comfortable one, including gas central heating, making the place cosy all year round. Another 21st Century addition is the digital flat screen TV, keeping you up to date with life in the modern world!
A stay at Toll House also brings the chance to enjoy charming Nether Stowey. This friendly and attractive village lies at the foot of the Quantock Hills, yet is only a short drive from the beach, giving you the perfect combination of countryside and coastline.
Nether Stowey has its own grocery store and post office for essentials, and no fewer than three pubs to sample. The village has its own rich history too, with famous former residents including Samuel Taylor Coleridge (who wrote both The Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Khan here). Wordsworth lived just three miles away too, so this beautiful area is undoubtedly perfect for sparking literary inspiration!
It's also the ideal base for an outdoor break. As England's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Quantocks are a wonderful place to ramble along a myriad of footpaths, or perhaps take in the scenery on horseback. The Coleridge Way is particularly special - 36 miles of inland and coastal paths taking you all the way to Porlock. Further afield, visit the medieval village of Dunster in Exmoor National Park, or perhaps vibrant Bridgwater for its range of shops and restaurants.
Whether you're looking for a romantic retreat, a stunning location that blends countryside and coast, or a historical home with its own unique history, Toll House has it all. So how soon can you pack your bags...?
Things to note
Minimum 2 night stay, no garden at the property, no children/pets, there are steep stairs to first floor.
Region: Nether Stowey, Somerset
Cost (from): £469 for a 7 night stay
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 184
Sleeps 2 guests, double bedroom, bathroom, roll-top bath, over-bath shower attachment, kitchen area, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, sitting room, wood-burning stove, dual-fuel burner, flat-screen digital TV, roadside parking.
Nature reserve, beaches, wildlife, coastal footpaths, walking, horse riding, museums, water park, golf, bowling, karting.
At a glance
- Former 18th Century toll house in Nether Stowey, Somerset, offering a unique self-catering holiday experience
- Sleeps 2 - perfect for couples
- Oozing original features with additional modern comforts
- Beautiful village location, with grocery shop, post office, tea room and three pubs
- Ideally located for the Quantocks, Exmoor National Park and Somerset's beaches