Courtyard Apartment is a 1 bed roomed apartment, it sleeps 2-4 people and a cot. It has a roof top decking with BBQ facilities and furniture which are available on request for you to use. The centrally heated accommodation is situated on the second floor with separate access through the pretty back courtyard garden. A flight of stairs brings you up to the hallway and leading of the hall is a cosy living room with original features fire place and picture rail. We provide you with a free view TV and a DVD player, there is also a CD and radio music system. There is a choice of very comfortable sofa beds with all the bed linen and ample storage for all your clothes etc. Opposite the living room is a shower room with WC, washbasin with shaver socket, heated towel rail, and shower cubicle with electric shower .At the end of the hall is the kitchen dining room it is fully equipped and very spacious with a dining area and a very large glazed east facing window. The kitchen has cooker, fridge, microwave, washing machine, kettle and toaster. All the crockery and glass ware you will need for your stay. The bedroom is in the attic it is a lovely room with twin beds and a walk in clothes cupboard, it has a velux window, there is a cot available.
The apartment is furnished and decorated to a high standard . We are open all year and welcome short breaks and weekends.
Shepton Mallet is an ideal base for all sorts of travelling, exploring and entertainment excursions, being only 2 miles from the Bath and West Showground, 25 minutes from Longleat and 50 minutes from Stonehenge.
The Mendip Hills are very popular with cyclists, walkers, potholers, fishing, cavers and hikers. They also boast several good golf courses that welcome visitors. There are many local attractions all promoted in Shepton Mallet Tourist Information office, there are too many to mention.
The accommodation has been assessed by VisitBritain and been awarded 4 stars.Courtyard apartment also holds a WalkersWelcome certificate. There is free private parking with the accommodation.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Weston Super Mare 33 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol Airport 30 km, Nearest railway: Castle Cary 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
Shepton Mallet is a small rural town and civil parish in the Mendip district of Somerset in South West England. Situated approximately 18 miles (29 km) south of Bristol and 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Wells, the town is estimated to have a population of 9,700.
The Mendip Hills lie to the north, and the River Sheppey runs through the town. Shepton Mallet lies on the route of the Fosse Way, the principal Roman road into the south west of England, and there is evidence of Roman settlement. The town contains a fine parish church and a considerable number of listed buildings. Shepton Mallet Prison was England's oldest prison still in use until its closure in March 2013.
In medieval times, the wool trade was important in the town's economy, although this declined in the 18th century to be replaced by other industries such as brewing; the town continues to be a major centre for the production of cider. Shepton Mallet is the closest town to the site of the Glastonbury Festival, the largest music festival in Europe. Also nearby is the Royal Bath and West of England Society showground which hosts the Royal Bath and West Show, and other major shows and festivals.
Shepton Mallet lies in the southern foothills of the Mendip Hills. The area is geologically founded on Forest Marble, Blue Lias and Oolitic limestone.
To the north of the town are several caves of the Mendip Hills, including Thrupe Lane Swallet which is a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and the St. Dunstan's Well Catchment which is an important cave system including a series of spectacularly-decorated caves which in total extend to about 4 miles (6.4 km) of mapped passage. The caves at Fairy Cave Quarry were formed mainly by the erosive action of water flowing beneath the water-table at considerable pressure (so called 'phreatic' development), but as the water table has fallen many of the caves now lie well above it and the system now contains a variety of cave formations (stalagmites, stalactites and calcite curtains) which in their extent and preservation are amongst the best in Britain. Shatter Cave and Withyhill Cave are generally considered to be amongst the finest decorated caves in Britain in terms of their sheer abundance of pure white and translucent calcite deposits. Small numbers of Greater Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus ferrumequinum), Lesser Horseshoe Bat (Rhinolophus hipposideros) and Natterer's bat (Myotis nattereri) hibernate in the cave system. An area of nationally rare species-rich unimproved calcareous grassland of the Sheep's-fescue-Meadow Oat-grass type occurs in the field to the east of Stoke Lane Quarry.
The countryside surrounding the town is mostly given over to farming, although there are a few areas of nearby woodland. Approximately 1.8 mi (2.9 km) to the northeast of the town centre is Beacon Hill Wood (owned by the Woodland Trust), which is at the crossing of the Fosse Way and another Roman road which runs along the top of the Mendip Hills, and which contains a number of tumuli. To the northwest of the town are Ham Woods, within which are the Windsor Hill railway tunnels and a viaduct,] remnants of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway.The East Mendip Way long-distance path passes around the northern edge of Shepton Mallet and through Ham Woods.
South-west of the town is the Friar's Oven SSSI which is the site of herb-rich calcareous grassland classified as the Upright Brome (Bromus erectus) type, and north-east is the Windsor Hill Quarry geological SSSI, and also the Windsor Hill Marsh biological SSSI, a marshy silted pond with adjacent damp, slightly acidic grassland which is of interest for its diverse flora, in large part down to the varied habitats present within the small area. Two species are present which are rare in Somerset: Flat-sedge (Blysmus compressus) and Slender Spike-rush (Eleocharis uniglumis). Other marshland plants found here include Purple Loosestrife, Yellow Flag (Iris pseudacorus), Hard Rush (Juncus inflexus), Soft Rush (J. effusus), Flowering Rush (Butomus umbellatus), Devil's-bit Scabious (Succisa pratensis), three species of Horsetail Equisetum spp. and seven sedges Carex spp
The centre and oldest parts of Shepton Mallet are adjacent to the River Sheppey, and thus at the bottom of a valley, approximately 115 m (377 ft) above sea level. The edges of the town lie about 45 m (148 ft) higher up. The river has cut a narrow valley, and between Shepton Mallet and the village of Croscombe, to the west, it is bounded by steeply-sloping fields and woodland. However the river flows through much of Shepton Mallet itself in underground culverts The river occasionally floods after heavy rain, such as on 20 October 2006,[ and again on 29 May 2008,when rainfall was so heavy that the culverts were unable to cope with the volume of water, resulting in the flooding of some of the lower-lying parts of the town. Some houses around Leg Square, Lower Lane and Draycott Road were submerged to a depth of 1 metre (3 ft 3 in). A study by the Environment Agency identified that the current standard of flood protection in those parts of the town was insufficient, being of a 5–10 year event standard; current guidelines require protection of a 50–200 year standardThe Agency began construction of a flood alleviation scheme, costing about £1.3 million, in the summer of 2010.