Abigail's lounge is ideal for all year enjoyment; feel the warmth of the fire on chilly winter evenings or cool off from the courtyard garden on hot summer days.
The beautiful, light and airy lounge is deceptively spacious. Formerly owned by an artist, this tastefully decorated room gives the impression of walking through a sandstone cave with pale cream tiles on the floor matched by a quirky tile paint effect on the uneven walls and ceiling.
The modern and contemporary room has plenty of charming features to add to its quaint character, including a feature fireplace with cast iron grate, marble surround and gas powered coal effect flame. There are two comfy armchairs and a double seater sofa for relaxing, and a TV with DVD player will help to keep all the family entertained if the weather turns grey. The double seater sofa can also be adapted to a sofa bed for an additional guest staying at Abigail’s Cottage.
A cleverly constructed archway helps to separate the main front lounge from the quiet snug area toward the rear where a bucket chair is perfect for reading a book or searching the internet. The cottage's original fireplace is located in this section of the living room and, although no longer in use, it is a wonderful feature with its ornate grate, Victorian pine mantle and bread ovens.
To either side of the original fireplace are two cupboards that are built into the alcoves. They are a very good size and home to a selection of games to suit all ages. The under stairs cupboard is also very handy with space for the vacuum and beach gear.
The attractive open plan kitchen/diner at Abigail's Cottage is wonderfully roomy. Windows are spread along one side of the room and a rear door leads out to the courtyard garden. Large, bright funky artwork adorns the walls adding splashes of colour to the otherwise neutral décor, and there are plenty of other unusual features to be discovered in this modern kitchen with a period twist.
The room is neatly divided into two with the dining area positioned towards the lounge, and the kitchen at the rear. The circular pine dining table comfortably seats up to six and is nicely set beside the window; it is the ideal size for families looking to enjoy a meal together but it feels just as nice when a couple is having a romantic meal. The cottage's original sash window retained from before its extension is also located by the dining area and provides a useful vantage point for keeping an eye on the children playing in the lounge.
The kitchen has a lovely contemporary feel, which is complemented by charming period features. The wood units have all lovingly been hand crafted with reclaimed pine and are decorated with ornate black hinges, and the work surfaces are natural stone, which blend in nicely with the kitchen tiles. To one side of the room is a wood dresser in mariner blue that helps to continue the beach theme that is felt within Abigail's, and on the other side is a handy plate rack.
Abigail's Cottage's kitchen is very well equipped with all manner of facilities for cooking and cleaning, including a fridge/freezer, electric oven with gas hob and dishwasher. There is also a good range of pots, pans, cutlery and crockery.
A handy laundry area with washing machine and tumble dryer is located upstairs beside the family bathroom.
Located at the front of the cottage is the first of two very pretty bedrooms. Tastefully decorated with cream walls and hints of blue and green, the bedroom is lovely and bright and combines Abigail's contemporary elegance with period charm.
The beds in the front bedroom are lovely and comfortable and include two full size singles that can easily be linked to form a double, and a decorative day bed that can be used as a bed or as a sofa. The flexibility of this bedroom means the cottage is perfect for not only families but also two couples looking to enjoy a holiday in Northam.
Storage in the bedroom is provided by a stripped white wash chest of drawers and several hooks securely fixed to the walls. There are also bedside tables with lamps, allowing guests to enjoy a spot of bedtime reading.
Located between the front and Master bedroom is the handy family shower room. Wash off sandy feet or get energised for the day ahead in this lovely, bright bathroom. Alongside the shower is a hand wash basin with overhead light and a loo.
The Master Bedroom is delightfully light and airy. The quirky bedroom is a nice size and features some of the cottage's original thick and uneven walls, as well as sloped ceilings. Set against one wall is the double bed with antique brass frame, which would not look out of place in Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
Like the front bedroom the room has been attractively decorated in similar colours with cream walls complemented by touches of green and blue, as well as fun artwork.
The bedroom has a good sized chest of drawers for storing holiday attire and a selection of hooks can be used for any clothes that need to be hung up.
A deep roll top bath in the Master Bedroom en-suite bathroom is the perfect place to sit back and relax after a day on the beach or walking the South West Coastal Footpath. This wonderful bathroom is elegant and sophisticated with its pretty white suite featuring hand wash basin and loo.
Stone steps climb up from the kitchen to the south facing courtyard, which is the perfect sun trap in warm summer months. Enjoy alfresco meals in the evening or just sit back and relax on one of the sun loungers.
Olive trees and herbs have been planted around the garden and help to create a wonderful atmosphere on the terrace. There are also plenty of features paying homage to the cottage's coastal location with an oar being used as a bannister and a thick rope for safety.
The courtyard garden provides guests with the ideal place for outdoor dining with a table and chairs that comfortably seat up to five and a BBQ.
For unloading there is a small layby opposite the cottage and then parking is available at the end of Cross Street on the left (fifty yards) and then further places are available if you turn right at the small crossroads on to Burrough Road.
If these are taken, there is extensive free parking in the church car-park (A three minute walk)
For this parking, instead of turning right into Cross Street, continue into the centre of Northam (not far!) and turn left onto Tower Street. St Margaret’s Church car park is on your left, and there is a very short walk-through back towards Cross Street.