Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Walnut Cottage is located on a quiet country lane at the edge of the pretty Somerset village of Barton St David. This detached Victorian cottage is set in an acre of secluded garden which is perfect for families or couples seeking a quiet country getaway.
The cottage was completely renovated in 2009/2010 and the entire interior is absolutely brand new. The main floor has under floor heating which creates a wonderful, cosy ambient heat. The peacefulness and quiet of Walnut Cottage surrounds you the moment you walk through the door. Whether you want to enjoy the picturesque orchards and farm lands of the West Country or visit the local historic towns and villages, Walnut Cottage is ideally located to suit every taste.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Burnham on Sea 40 km|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol International Airport 50 km, Nearest railway: Castle Cary 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Safe, 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 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
Walnut Cottage has a completely new Farmhouse style kitchen, which is fully equipped and has plenty of counter space for guests who enjoy cooking. It includes a six burner Rangemaster stove, integrated fridge and dishwasher plus a full range of kitchen utensils and appliances. There is a second American style fridge freezer in the utility room off the kitchen, along with the washing machine and tumble dryer.
The living room is very spacious and includes a well stocked library and a supply of board games to suit all tastes and ages. There is a 40 inch flat screen TV and DVD player, with a selection of movies available as well as Digital/Freeview. Logs are provided for the high efficiency wood burner, which is set into the original inglenook stone fireplace to create a truly cosy country feel. The wood burner heats the room, but it is really more for effect since there is full central heating and under floor heating throughout the main floor of the cottage.
Upstairs there are three bedrooms, the master bedroom has a super king size bed, the second bedroom has a king size bed plus a flat screen TV and DVD player. The third bedroom has two single beds, one of which can be removed to accommodate a cot for a baby. There is also plenty of space to add a cot in either of the other two bedrooms. Each of the beds has feather pillows, superior down duvets and high quality pocket spring orthopaedic mattresses. There are new oak floors throughout the upstairs, which perfectly compliment the original exposed beams of the cottage. All three bedrooms have sunny south facing views over the extensive garden which is completely private.
The main bathroom of the cottage is upstairs and it includes a large, walk in shower, a separate double ended bathtub and an oversize heated towel rail. There is a contemporary styled second bathroom on the main floor of the cottage, which also includes a generous walk in shower.
Children of all ages are welcomed at Walnut Cottage and the following items are provided free of charge: toys and books suitable for children aged 5 and under, a cot/crib with bedding, baby monitor, bed guards for the single beds, high chair and two Captains chairs suitable for children who no longer require a high chair but need to be raised to reach the dining table (age 2 and up).
|Further details outdoors|
Walnut Cottage faces due south and is exceptionally sunny, being located in one of the sunniest parts of Britain. The cottage is set in a acre of typical English garden which is mostly lawn with mature trees and flower beds. It is surrounded by fields, orchards and farm land on a quiet country lane which is a dead end, meaning it has virtually no traffic except tractors heading to the fields at the end of the lane. There are views of the countryside all around and especially stunning are the views of Glastonbury Tor, which is easily seen from the neighbouring fields.
The Somerset countryside is generously interspersed with well marked Public Footpaths, the closest of which runs along the far end of the property.
There is a large patio area outside the kitchen door. A barbecue and outdoor furniture is provided and guests have enjoyed sitting outside from April to October and beyond as the front of the cottage is sun trap. The fields close by the cottage are home to chickens, sheep, cows, horses and a friendly donkey. There is an abundance of local wildlife around, including foxes, rabbits, deer and badgers which can often be seen, especially in the early mornings or evenings.
The Property Managers of Walnut Cottage live next door, and they are available to respond to any queries, deal with any problems which arise with the property and ensure guests experience a relaxing and enjoyable holiday.
The West Country region
Somerset is set in the heart of the West Country, well known for its farm land, orchards and rolling green hills interspersed by pretty villages where traditional English pubs cater to locals and visitors alike. Many pubs serve Somerset cider, known locally as "scrumpy", and it has been made the same way by generations of farmers.
Cheddar cheese originated in the Somerset market town of Cheddar, which is also well known for its awe inspiring limestone caves and gorge set in the Mendip Hills. Cheddar Gorge has been named as the second greatest natural wonder in Britain, attracting over 500,000 visitors each year to the gorge and show caves.
Somerset is famous for the sheer diversity of places to visit. There are castles, abbeys, museums, classic English houses and gardens, not to mention animal attractions, natural features and a whole myriad of other interesting things to do and see.
Some of the best known attractions which are local to Walnut Cottage include the ancient market town of Glastonbury, with all it's magical mysticism set against the backdrop of Glastonbury Tor. Right in the centre of the town, set in 36 acres of beautiful Somerset orchards, are the stunning ruins of Glastonbury Abbey which was once the largest and richest Abbey in England.
There are numerous local festivals and activities which run throughout the year. Highlights include the Glastonbury Pilgramage in June, the world famous Glastonbury Festival in Pilton and the Glastonbury Extravaganza in August. The Somerset Carnivals come to the area in mid November and draw crowds in the hundreds of thousands from all over the country. In September, the Somerset Art Weeks take place every second year with over 200 open studio events showcasing the best of the South West's art and craft scene.
Further afield, at around 45 minutes drive, is the historic Roman city of Bath, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage City featuring the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. A similar distance away is Stonehenge and Salisbury Abbey, both of which are world famous attractions.