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Boutique B&B - Swain House, Watchet, Somerset

If you are on the lookout for an intimate, smart boutique hotel, for a weekend on the coast, Swain House is a great choice.

I love this "Boutique B&B" concept. What does that mean? There is no reception and no room service. But you are essentially in a four-bedroom townhouse, with scandi interiors, a stone's throw from the marina, with clean and crisp rooms and delicious breakfast.

Swain: A young lover or countryside youth - in case you were wondering. 

Where: Watchet, a small natural port on the north coast of Somerset.

Parking: Not on site. However, Watchet has three carparks - Swain Street Car Park is about 1 minute walk away from the B&B and costs around £5 per day. Download the carpark app and you don't even have to get out of bed early the next day, to top the meter up.
Reading nook, by the big window, for peaking at local life.

Cooked breakfast and chat with the owner - what to do, where to go, where to eat...
View from our room over Swain Street
Did your parents have one of those milk pots back in 80s?

Rooms: The first thing you notice is the whole wall covered in a blown up, National Gallery print. The rest of the room is furnished in crisp greys and whites. A lovely balance.
We had the room overlooking Swain Street - the main street leading down to the port - very generous in size and full of natural light, just remember to pull the blinds down if you are lying in bed. The street can get busy during the day, but that's when you are out anyway. In the evenings it's all very quiet.
Bathroom: Sparkling clean and roomy. Free-standing bathtub and a separate walk-in shower, with Ren products. Believe it or not, we exchanged bathroom cleaning tips with the owner because we were so impressed.
Nice touch: fresh flapjacks, left at the coffee & tea tray, to have with your morning tea in bed … or as a midnight snack.
Breakfast: Served at the long, shabby chic table, in the lounge, overlooking Swain Street.
Lovely choice of baked croissants, pain au chocolat and even hot cross buns (we visited around Easter), fresh bread with home-made jams and a choice of cooked breakfast (vegetarian sausages available too), fresh juice and lovely coffee.
Light, glorious light.
Clean and crisp bathroom with Ren products.
A night cuppa and a fresh flapjack - bliss.

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