1 Castle Orchard in Wincanton

Welcome to 1 Castle Orchard. A charming, end-terrace cottage near Penselwood, Somerset, with three bedrooms accommodating up to six people.


Over two floors. Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x twin. Bathroom with bath, basin and WC. Shower room with shower and basin. Ground floor basin and WC. Kitchen with dining area. Sitting room with woodburning stove. Conservatory. Central heating and woodburning stove. Electric oven, grill and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, TV with Freesat, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs. Power and starter pack of fuel for stove inc. in rent. Bed linen and towels inc. in rent. Off road parking for 2 cars. Private lawned garden with covered seating area. Covered patio with furniture. Five well-behaved dogs welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop 4 miles, pub 1 mile. Note: One internal step between dining area and sitting room. Three internal steps from the hallway into the double and twin rooms. Note: Sloped ceilings and slightly restricted head height on one side of master bedroom. Note: Owner is happy for you to give him any clothes washing to do, by prior arrangement and on request. Please contact the owner before taking bookings that are not holiday bookings.


This wonderful, end-terrace stone cottage is situated amongst peaceful, serene countryside near Penselwood, close to the border of Wiltshire and Somerset. On the ground floor is a kitchen with a dining table, a sitting room with a woodburner, and a conservatory with six armchairs and lovely views of the garden. Upstairs are three bedrooms, a double and a twin with three steps down to each from the hall, as well as a master double room with a view of the garden. There is also a traditional bathroom and a separate shower room. Outside is a lawned garden with a covered brick seating area, a covered patio with dining furniture and an external utility. Off road parking is available for one car. 1 Castle Orchard is a wonderful, relaxing retreat for exploring Somerset and Wiltshire!

With just a sprinkling of pretty cottages, a village church and a children's play area, Penselwood is a charming hamlet, surrounded by lush farmland and unspoiled countryside. Set on the border between Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, this charming little settlement is reached by winding country lanes from the nearby village of Bourton. Far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the wonderful hamlet of Penselwood is the perfect place to relax in peaceful countryside. Between great walking, the magnificent house and gardens at Stourhead, historic Shaftesbury and Longleat House with its Safari Park, visitors will be spoiled for choice when it comes to activities.

Somerset offers 3 areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Quantock, Mendip and Blackdown Hills. Lose yourself in the glory of nature, take a ride on a steam train, visit a traditional farmers' market or explore your mystical side at Glastonbury.

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Reviews of 1 Castle Orchard

"WOW, If you are looking for peace & quiet in a stunning tranquil setting that's pet friendly, book here!!"

Reviewed by KevinG3631 on 15/06/2018

"We arrived with snow on the ground courtesy of the Beast from the East. Despite nightly frosts the central heating kept us plenty warm enough without even having to light the log burner. The cottage is in a quiet rural location with plenty of walks from the door, yet is in easy reach of local amenities and attractions. We had no problems with anything not working and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The owner was extremely helpful and provided the biggest welcome pack we've ever had (even the dog was catered for). This cottage is a real bargain. Obviously for the price we weren't expecting four star luxury, but everything was fit for purpose and dog friendly. If you like peace and quiet and have dogs this is well worth considering."

Reviewed by Miffsab on 08/03/2018

"A stunning location for a quiet getaway. If you need a dog-friendly property, this works. If you don't, think twice before booking. Rich is a very talkative, animal lover who wants to be as helpful as possible. He has a passion for 4 legged creatures and their wellbeing. Credit to him. 4 pints of milk, eggs, butter, biscuits (4 packs), cereal, bread and various doggy treats were supplied in a "Welcome Pack". Soft furnishings are dated and cover a variety of decades...nothing really matches or coordinates. The kitchen is reasonably equipped and has been "interestingly" put together. Everything works, which helps. A large sunroom/conservatory is bright and welcoming. Several of the windows have blown seals and the roof sections need a good clean. Although there is a shower, it was either scolding hot or ice cold, hence unusable. Our 3 night stay didn't warrant a call to Rich and we used the bath instead. Unfortunately, there's not enough hot water for 2 baths consecutively, so we made them shallow. Towels, although provided, do not include bath sheets or a bath mat and there weren't 2 the same. All 3 bedrooms are a good size, although the 2 smaller ones have no central heating (night storage heaters, which no longer function, throughout the cottage have been replaced but not removed). The bed in the master bedroom is king size BUT someone (Rich?) has built a frame inside it so that it only accommodates a double mattress! Why?? Bedding is cheap, dated and nylon!! We didn't expect 4* hotel standards but this really was rather poor. Whilst the Welcome Pack is a nice touch, our feeling was that it would be better to spend money on the items mentioned above. Considering that up to 5 dogs are allowed, the cottage doesn't smell doggy and it's reasonably clean. A lovely wood burner in the front room helped keep things cosy, although there was a noticeable drop in temperature on the opposite side of the room due to the central heating radiator being at the same end of the room as the wood burner (?) A couple of curtains between the porch and front room and between the dining room and conservatory would help keep a more even temperature throughout (We visited in Feb, remember). Overall, money needs to be spent on the property but only small amounts would make it feel so much more cared for. You can't improve the location, it's simply stunning. If you have dogs, you know it's not always easy to find places to stay. Your dogs will love it, will you? "

Reviewed by Phil H on 27/02/2018

"We were very impressed and pleasantly surprised by 1 Castle Cottage. The price, considering we were bringing a dog, was significantly under other local cottages, therefore we weren't expecting much. What we were met with was a charming cottage in picturesque countryside and an owner (Rich) who went above and beyond to make us feel welcome. Off the beaten track, it is very peaceful and we enjoyed deer, rabbits, foxes and two of the friendliest horses we've ever met. Rich left ice creams and other treats for the kids, bread, milk, cereal, eggs, butter etc, so that we could walk in and feel straight at home. What a special touch that was. A must visit is Stourhead, a National Trust property just a 7-minute drive from the cottage. The White Lion Inn down the road serves up amazing food, just be sure to book. All in all, the only issue we had with 1 Castle Orchard is that we didn't have longer there. Thanks Rich!"

Reviewed by BronnieT on 09/07/2017