Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Quintessential, classic thatched country cottage - Grade II listed and dating back to 15th century with a large south facing garden in a small village of approximately 35 houses. Enjoy England/Visit Britain have awarded Chapel Cottage 4* to confirm the owners targets on quality of the accommodation, facilities and housekeeping.
Fully modernised while retaining features such as inglenook fireplace, woodburner, exposed beams, wood panelling, window seat, stone spiral staircase as well as oak main stairs, flagstones etc! Modern features include underfloor heating (downstairs), CH radiators upstairs, range cooker, Megaflo hot water.
The garden provides a lovely setting to relax with a tranquil stream, sun loungers, 2 BBQs, table/chairs, large lawn (ideal for children) .....
Chapel Cottage is located in a no through road with only 2 houses beyond - so with almost no traffic in the lane you can truly 'get away from it all'!
Blackford has a lovely church and there are walks, historic houses, jurassic coast and other places of interest within easy reach. There are renowned pubs and restaurants in the area that provide something for everyone - from quaint to modern!
With easy access to north coast (Somerset & Devon) & south coast (Jurassic coast of Dorset, Devon etc) and under one hour from Weymouth - site of Olympics 2012 sailing - there are sandy beaches, quiet coves, great walks and more!
More details below.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Weymouth, Lyme Regis (+ many others!)|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol, Nearest railway: Castle Cary or Sherborne 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage is beautifully renovated to provide modern facilities while retaining all the olde worlde charm! Enjoy England/Visit Britain have awarded Chapel Cottage 4* with Gold Award to confirm the owners targets on quality of the accommodation, facilities and housekeeping.
The hallway leads left to kitchen and right to dining/sitting room. Flagstone floor, underfloor heating, wood panelling, exposed beams. Main stairs from hall.
Kitchen is good size and provides convenient breakfast bar eating facility for at least 4 people. Includes large range cooker in an inglenook fireplace and american style fridge along with all other mod cons! Marble floor, underfloor heating, exposed beams. A dishwasher and washing machine is provided. Tumble dryer facilities are available from the owners by arrangement. Solid oak 'back' door provides convenient alternative access to bathroom from garden.
The main (oak) stairs lead to:
bedroom 2 - a large, comfortable light room with exposed beams, wood panelling which has two full size (3') single pine beds & comfortable mattresses which may be linked together to form a double (superking) bed with zip & link mattress for one week stays.
bedroom 3 - a small cottage bedroom with 2 (3') full size single pine beds & comfortable mattresses - setup as bunk beds. Exposed beams & wood panelling.This has a connecting door to bedroom 1 and therefore can access the en-suite facility as well.
A travel cot can be provided on request.
The ancient, stone spiral staircase (with slit arrow window!) leads up from the sitting room area to bedroom 1. King size double pine bed & comfortable mattress. En-suite includes power shower. Exposed beams and stone. Connecting door to Bed 3 also provides access via main stairs.
Dining area has seating for 6 with a flagstone floor, underfloor heating and the relaxing sitting area has oak flooring and rug, underfloor heating with seating for a minimum of 6 (including an oak, carved window seat). There is also a superb inglenook fireplace with woodburner (logs included). French windows lead to the patio and garden.
Main family bathroom is downstairs accessed off the kitchen/utility area and includes a power shower over the bath, marble floor & underfloor heating.
Disabled/wheelchair access. Please note this is an old cottage with limited access for wheelchairs etc but by cottage standards is probably 'reasonably accessible'. Driveway to cottage via patio is flat with small step into hall. Downstairs is all on one level with standard doorways except for one step up into the bathroom. Do ask questions or for further information if this is important to you.
|Further details outdoors|
The south facing large garden is mostly laid out to lawns leading down to a tranquil stream. The stream is normally a few inches deep. Apple and other trees provide a wonderful country setting and shade - if required!
In front of the cottage is a traditional stone patio facing onto the large garden. Tables, chairs, sun loungers, parasols, gas & charcoal BBQs etc are all provided to make your stay a pleasure!
With stream and a small fishpond sensible precautions should be taken with babies/toddlers.
There is driveway parking for 2 cars and additional space nearby in the lane.
Welcome pack provided on arrival.
English-speaking owners on hand to answer any questions and ensure your stay is pleasurable.
Check-in is after 2pm on the day of arrival
Checkout is by 10am on the day of departure
Timings may have flexibility - depending on other bookings.
The West Country region
We have provided just a flavour of the many local attractions and activities in the area.
Sherborne with its historic Abbey
Other local towns of interest include:
Glastonbury (Tor and Abbey ruins)
Bath (Roman city)
Wells (Cathedral town)
National Trust and English Heritage properties nearby include:
Cycle Routes & Walks
Alfreds Tower (folly, wooded, superb views)
Camelot (Ancient Hill Fort at South Cadbury)
Leland Trail (and cycle route)
Somerset website (various walks/cycle routes)
Local good food pubs
Camelot, 2m, South Cadbury
Kings Arms, 2m, Charlton Horethorne
Mitre Inn, 6m, Sandford Orcas
Montague Inn, 4m, Shepton Montague
The Old Inn, 2m, Holton
Queens Arms, 3m, Corton Denham
Red Lion, 8m, Babcary
Stapleton Arms, 7m, Buckhorn Weston
Stags Head, 3m, Yarlington
At The Chapel, 7m, Bruton
Capozzolis, 10m, Ilchester
The Green, 7m, Sherborne
Little Barwick House, 9m, Barwick
Paprika Indian Restaurant, 7m, Sherborne
Plumber Manor, 15m, Sturminster Newton
Rajpoot Tandoori, 7m, Sherborne
Jurassic Coast including:
Weymouth (site of Olympics 2012 Sailing), Portland, Lulworth Cove, Lyme Regis, Studland and many more.
Within half an hour:
Beautiful Somerset villages and churches.
The Bath and West Show/Showground
The Fleet Air Arm Museum
Haynes Motor Museum.
The historic towns of Sherborne, Shaftesbury, Somerton and Wells.
Sherborne Abbey and Wells Cathedral.
Glastonbury and Glastonbury Tor
Clarks Village, Street.
Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park
Ham Hill Country Park
Within an hour:
Bath and Bristol
Salisbury and the Cranborne Chase
Wookey Hole and Cheddar Caves
The Tank Museum, Nr Dorchester.
Chesil Beach and Weymouth
Blackford is conveniently on the Dorset/Somerset/Wiltshire border a few minutes from the A303 and within easy distance of coast and other attractions. Something to suit all age groups!
Local villages and pubs within walking distance include:
North Cadbury (pub)
South Cadbury (Camelot hill fort and pub)
Yarlington (see good food pubs above)
Corton Denham (see good food pubs above)