The Cotley Inn

Chard, Somerset
+44 (0)1460 62348
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£125 - £225
per night

Gorgeously rural pub with rooms nestled in a leafy Somerset valley: sweet bedrooms, fantastic menus, and charming owners. Dog friendly, too


4 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

£125 - £225 per night

The Experience

A treat to stay at a pub with such a good food ethos, and its position on the Cotley Estate means close relationships with the farmers and producers – beef and lamb are sourced directly from the estate. They raise chickens and pigs, nurture a bountiful kitchen garden and award-winning head chef, Dan, follows the ‘nose-to-tail’ cooking principle.

You stay in one of four bedrooms in the stables, all are beautifully designed and come with coffee machines, robes and fresh milk delivered in the morning. Two are dinky, three share an outdoor terrace, and the largest has a bed on the mezzanine, a free-standing tub and a private courtyard. Breakfast, on your terrace or in the pub, is a generous continental spread. Dinner is a must.

The Waterloo train brings you to Axminster, 15 mins by taxi. Pick up the ‘Wambrook Wanderings’ guide for suggested walks from the door, Dorset is at your feet and it’s 30 mins to Lyme Regis and the coast.

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We think you'll love

  • Bringing your dog, they are genuinely welcomed with treats, bowls, a doggy wash station, and amazing walks all around
  • Staying for supper, the menu is inventive, interesting, and packed with excellent local produce and ingredients
  • Enjoying the peacefulness of the area and the buzz of the pub with locals and visitors rubbing shoulders
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You should know

  • The two 'dinky' bedrooms are just that
  • Unless you're staying in the largest room there's no guest area to spend time in, apart from the pub
  • Sunday and Monday night are room only - the pub is closed Monday and Tuesday


  • EV charger
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming



Nightly price
from £125
Extra bed/sofabed available £25 per person per night.
4 Doubles
From £125


Booking information

Check in
From 4pm
Check out
By 10.30am
Other details
Room only on Sundays & Mondays (no breakfast). Check-ins available on Tuesdays but bar/restaurant isn't open.
Pub closed Mondays & Tuesdays.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property

£15 per dog, per stay. The 2 larger rooms are dog-friendly.

Dogs are welcomed warmly - there is a dog wash station with doggy shampoo, biscuits & bowls. Tons of good walks from the door.

Starters from £8. Mains from £16. Puddings from £7. Kids menu £10, including a scoop of ice cream. Sunday Roasts from £16.


An absolute gem. A great treat staying at the Cotley Inn. Unfortunately only one night. We stayed in the suite which is on two floors. The bedroom is upstairs w the bathtub at the end. Great idea and quirky design. The service is amazing. So friendly and helpful. Like friends. Food was fantastic! Can highly recommend this place!

Christina, Dubai

Winding down country lanes into rural Somerset, you feel as though you've stumbled upon a real gem arriving at The Cotley Inn. Maddie and Ben couldn't be more welcoming and have thought of it all to ensure you feel treated - from stylish, comfy rooms to delicious, local and seasonal food at the pub just steps from your door. Walks, views, bring your dog and settle in.

Patrick, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

The pub, hidden down winding country lanes a couple of miles from Chard, is a super base for walking. Green and pleasant Somerset is at your feet and waiting to be explored while the Jurassic coast is a short drive for fossil-hunting, beach days, swimming, kayaking and hiking. National Trust properties abound. Head back for a pint of something local on the sunny terrace and a slap-up meal.

Local points of interest from Ben Porter & Maddie Beaumont

  • A foodie's paradise with cooking and baking courses littered across Dorset, Somerset & Devon...learn how to forage at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage or strip things back to basics at High Grange - East Devon's best outdoor fire school.
  • A 20-minute drive from the Jurassic Coast, explore the fossil filled coast line, kayak under the archway at Durdle Door & catch your supper on one of Lyme Bay's mackerel fishing trips.
  • Pick strawberries (May - September) on nearby Forde Abbey Estate and marvel at the former Cistercian monastery. Top tip! Pick up some local clotted cream en route and enjoy your pickings in the Abbey's generous gardens.
  • Somerset's most hip cider farm at Burrow Hill (a short car ride away) offer guided tours with tastings that take guests through the processes of harvesting and distilling the apples - it lasts approximately an hour and a half.


Ben Porter & Maddie Beaumont

Ben and Maddie lived and worked in the Canadian Rockies before returning to the Blackdown Hills area and taking on The Cotley Inn. They have been influenced by North American hospitality and are inspired to host guests as if they were friends - both locals and visitors. They also put a big focus on good food, cooked well. You'll probably meet their friendly black lab, Jasper, when you visit.