The Old Sweet Shop

Minehead, Somerset, England

Historic 17th Century thatched cottage with plenty of original features and hot tub in Minehead.

Key Points

  • Historic thatched cottage that was once the local sweet shop and grocers now sleeps 8 with private hot tub in Minehead.
  • The cottage has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms in the cottage which is kept warm with gas central heating.
  • There is an open plan kitchen diner with large range oven and a separate sitting room with 50" TV.
  • Outside you can relax on one of two terraces or relax in the bubbles of the electric hot tub.
  • The town centre of Minehead and the beach are within walking distance.
  • Enjoy a day trip to the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton where you can take a ride on the funicular cliff railway.


Unique 17th century cottage with thatched roof that was once the local grocery and sweet shop in the village now offers a countryside village retreat for up to eight people in the quietest and prettiest part of the old town area of Minehead.

The property effortlessly combines original features aplenty including wooden beams, a scorched wooden mantlepiece (from ancient hot toddies!) and mullioned windows with modern conveniences and furnishings. Downstairs there is a comfortable sitting room with wood burning stove plus a 50" TV with Sky and Netflix subscriptions. Children will enjoy playing with all the games and jigsaws whilst the adults can relax with their favourite box sets. The kitchen has a full range of high spec appliances including a range style dual fuel cooker and here you can also find the large oak table, which is a great place to catch up on the day's events over dinner. There is also a utility room with a WC on the ground floor.

There are four bathrooms in the house with a mixture of showers and bathtubs and the house is kept warm with central heating. There are two bedrooms on the groundfloor. All our bedrooms are named after favourite sweets. Downstairs are 'Strawberry Sherbet', a spacious double which also was the original shop. A window display adorns the window here which the team change with the seasons. This room uses the shower room in the utility room. Also is the king en-suite bedroom, 'Refresher', which has a comfy four-poster bed. 

Upstairs there are two bedrooms with en-suites. There is a king size four poster bedroom called 'Marshmallow'. The en-suite here has a feature roll top bath which is a real favourite with visitors. Next door, 'Lemon Drop' is a pretty twin bedroom with a shower in the en-suite. This room can have the stairgate if needed for small ones. Two travel cots are also available if travelling with little ones, along with high chairs in the kitchen (please request upon booking). 

Outside you can enjoy the large cottage style garden and relax in the bubbles of the large hot tub! Choose to sit back on one of the two terraces or enjoy the space of the summer house on those cooler days. 

Locally you can take a stroll around the historical Church Steps, a local beauty spot. Wander down to Minehead town, with its many shops, cafes and restaurants, or head to the historical quayside and sandy beach. Trainspotters will love the vintage railway at the seafront. Don’t miss nearby Dunster village with its historical high street and many historical monuments, including the National Trust Castle and beautiful gardens.

For day trips, we recommend Porlock village weir, or a trip on the breathtaking A39 to visit the Victorian villages of Lynton and Lynmouth with stunning views on the way. Hikers will love exploring the beautiful Exmoor National Park and the South West Coastal Path which starts at Minehead where you see the large hands holding the map. The beautiful Quantock Hills with its oak woodlands, healthland, coastal beauty and attractive villages is also just a short drive away. 

Five Star Gold rated by VisitEngland.

Minimum 2 night stay. In the summer holidays, it's a 7-night stay, usually with a Friday arrival.

Up to 2 dogs welcome at a cost of £30 each per stay. Breakfast & Brunch box available to order from local Farm Shop. Seasoned logs can be purchased direct from the owner at the time of booking.Trickle EV charging available for a daily fee. 

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Room Types

Whole property for 5 or more



 Easy access from car

 Ground floor accom


 Additional toilet




 Hot water







 Clothes rack


 Dining area





 Ironing board

 Plug sockets

 Tumble dryer

 Washing machine


Paid Extras

 Children's entertainment

 Cookery course

 Decoration for celebrations

 Dog sitter

 Meals - Home cooked


 Dining area

 Garden - enclosed

 Seating area


Nearby (within 5 miles)


 Country walks


 Lake / River

 Local shop


 Pub / Bar

 Pub within walking distance

 Public transport




 Can arrange catering

 Family friendly site

 No loud parties

 Quiet after 10pm


 Board games


 DVD player


 TV - Smart



 Private Hot Tub

On Arrival

 Included - Linen

 Included - Towels

 Self check-in

 Welcome pack

Safety & Security

 Carbon monoxide detector

 Deep Covid-19 clean

 Fire blanket

 Fire extinguisher

 First aid kit

 Smoke alarm


 Coffee machine







 Kitchenware / Utensils



 Tea & Coffee


Young Children


 High chair


 Toys, books

 Welcome all ages


 Electric car charging

 Free parking

 Guaranteed parking space

 Parking alongside accom


 Quiet location

 Small site (2-4 accoms)


Do you supply linens and towels?

Yes we do. Please bring your own beach towels and flip-flops or footwear for the hot tub.

Is there a BBQ available?

Unfortunately we do not allow BBQs due to the risk of fire at the thatch roof at this property and next door.

Where can I park additional cars?

You may park two cars on our drive. We suggest you park for free on nearby Moor Road (50 yards), a wide residential street. If you won't use your third car, Northfield Road and Clanville Road are better options for our neighbours who do use Moor Road daily.

Can you accommodate larger parties?

The Old Sweet Shop shares a drive with Stone Barn, a modern barn conversion (sleeps 6). Next door is Pilgrim Corner (sleeps 8) and all three properties can be booked together as a trio - and a pair too.

Can we charge our EV?

We can provide a special cable for trickle charging. Please select this when you book and we will provide the cable and electricity supply. Please discuss with Lucy when you book.

Nearest Airport/s

Exeter / Bristol

Content updated on 13th February 2023 by Louise Catterall, Content Editor at QuirkyAccom in collaboration with Lucy Green from The Old Sweet Shop