“Immaculate, and very well equipped in an ideal location for garden visits”
"A hidden gem"
"Just perfect for two"
"Fabulous accommodation, great locatIon, excellent pub only 5 mins walk away"
These are just some of the lovely reviews given by our guests.
Modern detached comfortable cottage, well equipped, quiet setting with extensive rural views, excellent local pub serving good food and beer, close to many National Trust and other visitor sites, footpaths for walkers, quiet lanes for cyclists, bird-watching, relaxing
Perfect for a late summer or autumn break, or even over the New Year, stay with us in South Somerset and discover a beautiful, unknown and unspoilt part of England, with tranquil villages full of houses built of the local mellow hamstone.
Avalon Cottage is a comfortable detached property located on the edge of the pretty South Somerset village of East Lambrook (home to the 'Margery Fish' cottage garden). It is set in the owners' grounds and has far-reaching views across the beautiful South Somerset countryside.
The accommodation, which was refitted in 2013 to a very high standard, is suitable for one or two people, and consists of one double bedroom, which can either have a superking double bed or 2 single beds (please let us know when booking), with a large fitted wardrobe, a modern shower room with heated towel rail and mirror and a large sitting room with a 3-seater sofa, HD TV, DVD and Internet Wi-Fi. The well fitted kitchen area includes a ceramic hob with extractor fan, double electric oven, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, fridge freezer and an iron and ironing board. The kitchen also has many cookware accessories. There is a dining table and 2 dining chairs, extra chairs can be provided if required. Through French doors from the sitting room there is a conservatory with table and chairs. Full central heating and double-glazing ensures a cosy warm house whatever the weather outside.
5 minutes walk down the lane brings you to the centre of the village where you will find the Rose and Crown, an attractive traditional country pub dating in part back to the 17th century, which has a lovely atmosphere and serves excellent meals at lunchtime and most evenings. Also in the village is East Lambrook Manor Gardens, created by the late Margery Fish, celebrated plantswoman and gardening writer. The Grade 1 listed garden is renowned as the premier example of the English cottage garden style, and there is a tearoom, art gallery and plant nursery in the grounds.
2 miles away is the village of South Petherton with many attractive hamstone buildings where there are numerous shops, delis, churches and the Brewers Arms, another lovely pub. Also within easy reach are Martock, Langport, Crewkerne, Ilminster and Yeovil.
Avalon Cottage is centrally located for a great vacation. There are a number of National Trust properties within a few miles such as Barrington Court, Montacute House, Lytes Cary Manor, Tintinhull, the Treasurers House in Martock and the Priory in Stoke-sub-Hamdon. Muchelney Abbey and Priest's House are also nearby. The renowned 'Field of Dreams' at Barcroft Hall in South Petherton is also well worth a visit. The property is centrally located for visiting both coast lines - to the North you will find Burnham-on-Sea, Weston-Super-Mare, Watchett and Minehead, with the West Somerset Heritage Steam Railway (at 22 miles the longest such in the UK), and to the South the popular towns of Dorchester, Axminster, Sidmouth, Seaton, Lyme Regis and Bridport. Within an hours drive are Taunton, Cheddar Gorge, Wells, Glastonbury and the medieval monastery at Forde Abbey. Bath, Bristol and Exeter are also about an hour away.
The Parrett Trail passes through the village, so walkers will be able to tackle it in both directions - south towards Merriott and Chedington and north towards Bridgewater and Steart.
Cyclists are also well catered for with quiet country lanes, and cycle routes Nos. 30 and 339 pass through the village. Just to the north the Somerset levels provide miles of peaceful easy cycling, to the south it's for those who like more of a challenge! In either direction the scenery is rewarding. Short guided local cycle tours can be arranged, and lockable storage for your cycles is available on site.
Bird watchers will find the RSPB sites at West Sedgemoor and Swell Wood (for herons) a 'must visit', and slightly further away are the large nature reserves of Shapwick Heath and Ham Wall. At Aller Moor you might be lucky and see the cranes which have been re-introduced to the area.
So you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful unspoilt part of the country or explore the many local footpaths, one directly from the property, which will enable you to see wildlife such as deer, foxes, woodpeckers (green and greater-spotted), swallows and buzzards, or even barn owls and kingfishers if you are lucky. Due to its location the sky is big and clouds willing the stars at night are clearly seen and can be quite spectacular.
There is plenty of off-road parking and use of a large lawned area with seating and a BBQ.
Electricity, heating, towels and bed linen are included. As the property is on one level wheelchair/disabled access should not be a problem. Additional information and welcome pack on arrival in the cottage. Please feel free to contact us if you require any further details.
The cottage is suitable for 1 or 2 people, with space for a baby (please bring your own cot). Regret no pets and no smoking.
Arrivals from 4.00 pm and departures by 10.30 a.m..
Discounts are available for returning guests, email us through HL with the dates before you book and we'll send you a quote. Discounts are also available for stays of 2 to 4 weeks.
If you have put in search dates and this cottage has come up then it is available to book online for those dates, subject to our minimum days booking period which varies with the seasons. If you want to book a shorter period than our minimum please send us a request for that period - all booking requests considered. We are happy to take bookings for longer than a week, up to a maximum of 28 days per booking.
Somerset Levels Flood Note (updated April 26 2014)
All roads (except the B3168 from Ilminster to Curry Rivel which is blocked just outside Ilminster) and footpaths in the area are open, and so are we!
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lyme Regis 50 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol or Exeter 60 km, Nearest railway: Yeovil, Crewkerne, Chard or Taunton 15 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
We are in rolling countryside on the western edge of the small village of East Lambrook, with its excellent pub, a short distance from the Somerset Levels, and 2 miles north of the village of South Petherton with its good selection of local shops. The A303 trunk road is 2 miles away, and junction 25 of the M5 is 17 miles away (Taunton).
This area is ideal for walking and cycling, there being several footpaths within a few hundred yards, and we are just off national cycle routes 30 and 339, although the whole area is just brilliant for leisure cycling. There is an RSPB bird sanctuary at Swell which is 20 minutes drive away.
The surrounding 20 miles are full of interesting places to visit, many of these are National Trust such as Montacute House and Barrington Court. East Lambrook Manor gardens, famous for its cottage garden started by Margery Fish and now a grade 1 listed garden, is a 500 yard walk away.