The Ancient Mariner at Watchet Harbour

Watchet, the town where Coleridge received his inspiration for 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', nestles cosily on the coast between the sea and the glorious Quantock Hills. Close by is the beautiful old town of Dunster, boasting one of the finest and most striking Castles in the land, with its famous Yarn-Market, Old Inns and shops.

About five miles' enjoyable drive away we have the true magnificence of unspoilt Exmoor, unchanged for centuries and protected as a truly lovely National Park, with wild Red Deer, Hawks and totally pristine views.


Part of the once throbbing harbour is now a busy marina and Watchet has two fascinating museums. For the sportsman, fishing is available either from the harbour wall, the quayside or on board several regular fishing boats.

In the town can be heard the whistle of the steam-engines of the West Somerset Steam Railway which stops at Watchet Station and gives a perfect opportunity to enjoy yet more of the Quantocks and scenery without getting in the car. All these relaxing joys within but a few yards of Sea Spray Cottage.

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