The Retreat: A cosy hideaway with its courtyard
The Retreat with its grand fireplace
First floor: Sitting room with mezzanine bedroom above
First floor: Sitting room with wood burning stove
First floor: Sitting room with its well stocked bookcase
First floor: Dining area
First floor: Kitchenette
First floor: Kitchenette
First floor: Single room
First floor: Shower room
View of the sitting room from the mezzanine double bedroom
Mezzanine floor: Double bedroom with door to the rear terraced garden
Mezzanine floor: Double bedroom with door to the rear terraced garden
The Retreat courtyard - perfect for alfresco dining
Views of the rear terraced garden
One of the seating areas in the rear terraced garden
Views across the hills surrounding Ilminster from the garden
Steps to the rear garden
Views across the hills surrounding Ilminster from the garden
View of Ilminster
The popular Arts Centre at Ilminster nearby
Views of Ilminster
Views of Ilminster
Views of Ilminster

England » Dorset » Ilminster The Retreat

7 nights min. stay

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At a glance

Sleeps 3
Property type Villa
Tariff band £475.00 - £885.00 p/wk
Changeover day Flexible
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms 1
Min # of nights 7
Arrival time 16:00
Departure time 10:00

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The Retreat is a unique hideaway which offers seclusion, peace and quiet with views out to a well-stocked "Italian" terraced garden, and it has the delights of this popular town on the doorstep.

This annexe with its stylish interior, elegant fireplace, and mezzanine master bedroom, is the perfect retreat for couples looking to enjoy a relaxing break. Ilminster is a very attractive town with a good variety of shops, a market square and a popular theatre and arts centre, and there is plenty to see and do in all directions from this special holiday cottage. Guests can relax and eat in a courtyard or the attractive terraced gardens, from where there are views of the beautiful countryside surrounding the town. Nearby are several National Trust properties including Barrington Court, Montacute House and Tintinhull with its pretty garden, and the Somerset Levels are only a short drive away. The Retreat is ideally situated in Somerset, but just over the border are also the treasures of East Devon and North Dorset too with their quaint villages and stunning countryside.

Additional Information:
Infants and older children aged 5 years and older are welcome due to the stairs and open fire place inside the property and the steps outside in the terraced garden. Please supervise children at all times whilst in the garden.
A high chair and travel cot are available upon request. Please bring your own cot linen.
Sorry, no pets.
Mobile reception is patchy in the annexe, however good in the garden.
WiFi is available for recreational purposes only. The speed/service may vary from time to time. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor Dorset Hideaways will be held responsible.

From courtyard 13 steps lead up to sliding front door.

Entrance lobby
With door leading to back garden.
With slow cooker, microwave, kettle and toaster. Please note that there is no cooker/oven.
Shower room
With shower cubicle, wash basin, WC and heated towel rail.
Bedroom two
With single bed.

From entrance lobby to the right, four steps into an-open plan dining area and sitting room.
Next to these steps a fitted wardrobe with hanging space and hangers.

Dining area
With dining table and three chairs. A collection of games and books.
Sitting area
With impressive open fire, a two seater sofa, armchair and ottoman.
Smart TV and collection of books.
Staircase with 11 steps and handrail leading to mezzanine level

Bedroom one
With double bed, bedside table and chest of drawers.
Double aspect windows with beautiful views of the garden and church tower.
From the staircase a door leading to the terraced garden.

A terraced garden with outstanding views from the very top. The garden is used at your own risk. Children need to be supervised.
On street parking. A garage for a small/medium car may be available upon request, prior to your stay, for a small additional charge.

Every Thursday morning until 1.30pm, Ilminster Market in the main square offers the best fresh bread, veg, fishmonger, honey and eggs.
The Arts Centre opposite the property has a cafe with may exhibitions, craft fairs and concerts for all tastes taking place, so well worth a visit to check what is on.
For good swimming and family day out, Lyme Regis Town and Bay is a 45 minute drive away.
There are a great deal of good walks nearby, especially Dillington Estate, with gates at the top of East Street.
Free Tennis courts on the Recreational fields a stone throw away.
Chard Museum with exhibitions about the local history and interesting displays related to the lives of famous residents who lived there.
Ford Abbey House and Gardens in Chard is a privately owned former Cistercian monastery which is run as a tourist attraction.
The Somerset countryside is home to many well-loved landmarks. A few National Trust Somerset properties to visit are Glastonbury Tor, Cheddar Gorge and Brean Down.


  • Central heating
  • Child friendly
  • Feature fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Heating
  • Internet/Wi-Fi
  • Microwave
  • TV

Activities & Attractions

  • Walking

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Seasonal weekly tariff overview

# Min stay Start date End date Price
7 nights 07 Jun 2021 24 Jun 2021 £598
7 nights 25 Jun 2021 02 Sep 2021 £859
7 nights 03 Sep 2021 14 Oct 2021 £598
7 nights 15 Oct 2021 07 Nov 2021 £687
7 nights 08 Nov 2021 16 Dec 2021 £475
7 nights 17 Dec 2021 02 Jan 2022 £859
7 nights 03 Jan 2022 17 Feb 2022 £489
7 nights 18 Feb 2022 27 Feb 2022 £616
7 nights 28 Feb 2022 13 Mar 2022 £489
7 nights 14 Mar 2022 31 Mar 2022 £616
7 nights 01 Apr 2022 24 Apr 2022 £800
7 nights 25 Apr 2022 27 Apr 2022 £616
7 nights 28 Apr 2022 02 May 2022 £800
7 nights 03 May 2022 26 May 2022 £616
7 nights 27 May 2022 05 Jun 2022 £800
7 nights 06 Jun 2022 23 Jun 2022 £616
7 nights 24 Jun 2022 04 Sep 2022 £885
7 nights 05 Sep 2022 13 Oct 2022 £616
7 nights 14 Oct 2022 06 Nov 2022 £708
7 nights 07 Nov 2022 15 Dec 2022 £489
7 nights 16 Dec 2022 05 Jan 2023 £885

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