Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
The beautiful village of Mere is set in the stunning Blackmore Vale. Excellent train links to London and the West Country and so close to Bath (20 miles)Stonehenge (15 miles) Longleat Safari Park (10 miles), Stourhead National Trust House(2 miles) and only 30 miles from the World Heritage Site Jurassic coast. The village is also within easy reach of Devon and Cornwall – perfect for day trips and only two hours from the centre of London.
There are four pubs all within easy walking distance from the cottage and all serving a selection of locally sourced produce. There is a Chinese and Indian restaurant and an excellent Fish and Chip shop. The village has a café, supermarket, chemist, and two playgounds...all are within 5 minutes walk of the cottage.
We are available before and throughout your stay. Your holiday experience is our responsibility. Any queries at all, we are here to help you – either at the end of the phone, or by Email.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Bournemouth 50 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol/Exeter/Bournemouth 44 km, Nearest railway: Gillingham 6 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, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors||
-Large fully equipped kitchen diner which has access to a beautiful oak conservatory, ideal for morning coffee with a newspaper, or just relaxing looking over the gardens.
-Separate dining room and extensive lounge, which has a large leather sofa, 2 fire places – one with working log burner. with 42” LCD television (with FreeSat) and DVD recorder.
-4 bedrooms, one with a luxury en suite bathroom, one with full size bunk beds, and three with double beds; and a family bathroom with shower.
-Games area, where guests can enjoy in a variety of games including chess, cards and jigsaws.
-Attic play room, ideal for children to escape to (and for you to escape from) which is equipped with a TV, bean bags, futon and a large assortment of children’s toys – always a very popular choice with children!
-Cinema, located in purpose built out-building across the garden, with projector and screen, and a choice of almost 500 DVDs and an extensive CD collection. The room has laptops set up for guests to use, where they can access the internet if they wish through wifi – which is available throughout the main house as well. Most importantly, this is a room where guests can enjoy time by themselves or with others whilst enjoying a little escapism.
|Further details outdoors||
The house has 2 beautiful gardens which benefit from the sun throughout the day. The main garden has a decking area with a large table and chairs with parasol. It has a pergola with vines, and also a chiminea for when the English evenings are not the warmest. There is also a large barbecue - perfect for al fresco dining.
There is a lovely terrace located outside the cinema which is a perfect place to relax of an evening , and a small stream which runs behind the house, perfect for children to explore.
The smaller garden has seating areas for guests wishing to pursue a quieter moment in the evening sunshine.
On arrival there is a welcome pack which includes details of walks, local attractions including prices and opening times.
Why choose Delford Cottage?
We are available before and throughout your stay. Your holiday experience is our responsibility. Any queries at all, we are here to help you – either by phone or Email. It may be that you need more details about a local walk, or you are having problems working the oven or the food processor (and let’s face it we’ve all been there) .We are to here to help, and to ensure your holiday is perfect.
The Central Southern England region
Mere is located in the Blackmore Vale -the gentle rolling clay pastures of the Blackmore Vale, vividly depicted by Thomas Hardy, have traditionally been dairying country, hence the 'patchwork quilt' fields, hedgerows and tucked-away villages. This is quintessential rural England. The Vale is the fertile floodplain of the River Stour, which gives its name to many villages, some not even so close to the river: East Stour, Stour Row, Stour Provost and Milton on Stour among them, all of which are a few miles from Mere.
Mere is wonderfully situated close to some of the England's most popular attractions. Here are some of the highlights:
To the West: Stonehenge
Yes it looks exactly like the Stonehenge you have seen in pictures! But it is the real thing! Thousands and thousands of years old and no one really knows what its true purpose was or who built it. Exceedingly interesting audio guides and fine gift shop as well as outside tea shop serving yummy and comforting "rock cakes". There are many tours that include Stonehenge you will find in our Tours around Bath section.
25 minutes drive
Close to Stonehenge is the city of Salisbury, renowned for its amazing Medieval Cathedral, which is unique in Britain. Built entirely in the 13th century, between 1220 and 1256, its unity of vision is remarkable. Its beauty has inspired generations of artists, including Constable, to capture with paintbrush or camera, its famous spire, the tallest spire in England (at 404 feet), rising above the Salisbury meadows and the River Avon.
35 minutes drive
Stourhead House & Gardens:
Stourhead is acclaimed as one of Brittains most picturesque gardens. The garden was designed in 1741 and enhanced by new species of trees from America in the 1790s. It surrounds a peaceful lake in the middle of a 2,650 acre estate, and has many classical architectural features dotted about in strategic spots around the shores. It is a picture perfect example of landscape gardening and a fine day our in the gorgeous English countryside.
A mere 5 minutes drive
This amazing home of our own Marquis of Bath is about half way between Bath and Stonehenge and makes another full days outing. It is an amazing home - more like an Elizabethan Castle than a house, and it is set
Oh, and it also is home to a fantastic Wild Animal Park
10 minutes drive.
The Jurassic Coast is England's first Natural World Heritage Site.The Dorset and East Devon Coast World
It covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline from East Devon to Dorset, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history.
World Heritage status was achieved because of the site's unique insight into the Earth Sciences as it clearly depicts a geological ‘walk through time' spanning the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. onsists of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous cliffs, spanning the Mesozoic Era, documenting 180 million years of geological history.
The site shows excellent examples of landforms, including the natural arch at Durdle Door, the cove and limestone folding at Lulworth Cove and an island, the Isle of Portland. Due to the quality of the varied geology, the site is the subject of international field studies.
45 minutes drive
Today, Bath is a small, but cosmopolitan and lovely city. In the time of King George, the city fathers built many innovative buildings in a style that has come to be known as the Georgian Style. Bath is the birthplace of this once modern architecture. Now, with its architectural integrity and the golden hue of its stone, it is one of the jewels of Britain's heritage.
Bath has a rich array of museums and galleries, from the famous Roman Baths to the museum of East Asian Art. Regular art displays are featured at the central Library in The Podium as well as the Holburne Museum of Art which houses a fine collection of 17th and 18th century art including the likes of Gainsborough.
Attractions, Museums and Galleries:
Roman Baths and Pump Room, Abbey Churchyard (01225) 477785
If you had only one place to visit in Bath - It should definitely be The Roman Baths. This is an amazing historical artifact, the remains of life in Roman times - 2000 years old. Your entrance fee gives you a well interpreted tour with audio guides in several languages as well as special audio guides for children. The Roman Baths are truly astonishing, much larger and more fascinating than you could ever expect. In July and August, the Roman Baths are open at night, when you can enjoy an extra special experience, with the Ancient Baths lit by torchlight.
New Baths: Thermae Bath Spa, Hot Bath Street (01225) 428126
Finally, we have the Spa! This is the fabulous new building housing a state of the art spa using Bath's natural hot spring waters. All of us who have used the spa has been delighted with its facilities, which include spa treatments, steam rooms, restaurant and four bathing pools, the highlight of which is the roof top pool. Reasonably priced with no membership or joining fees (Wonderful!).
No.1 Royal Crescent, Royal Crescent (01225) 428126
This fully furnished 18th century house makes an excellent starting point for a tour of this remarkable city. The Royal Crescent is a crescent shaped terrace of Georgian splendor that was the height of elegance in 1774. Most of the Georgian houses built in Bath were holiday lets for the wealthy visitors to Bath. When you visit this house you get to see what it would have been like to be one of those wealthy visitors - remember: this could have been your holiday home!
Assembly Rooms and Museum of Costume, Bennett Street (01225) 4777173
Built by John Wood in 1771, this magnificent building housed the new Ball Rooms and was the all purpose entertainment centre for the fashionable denizens of Bath. If you had been one of these fashionable people, this would have been where you would have spent your evenings, arranging your children's marriages, negotiating business deals, dancing and flirting - with a little gambling for good measure. The Assembly Rooms still serve as concert hall, meeting rooms, and even ball rooms to this day. They also are home to the Museum of Costume, which houses the history of fashion, from the sixteenth century to the present day. There is usually a fascinating special costume exhibit that is all part of your entrance fee to the Assembly Rooms.
Mere itself has many attactions including a huge hill, once the location of Mere castle., which was erected on Castle Hill, north of the church, by the Ist Earl of Cornwall in 1253. It had rectangular corner towers with a round tower on the sides. It was abandoned after 200 years use and by the 17th century it was in ruins, the stone having been removed for local building. Nothing now remains above ground, but the hill still commands excellent views of Mere and the Blackmore Vale.
This vibrant community has four inns, a bank, library, cafe, grocery store, chemist, Indian and Chinese restaurants, a Fish and Chip shop, a post office, trout farm, falconry, clay pigeon shooting, bowling, croquet, gliding, handgliding and many other local amenities, most of which are within easy walking distance from the cottage.
Mere is just 4 miles from Gillingham with excellent train links to London and the West Country, and 6 miles from Warminster, where there are train links to Bath and the south coast. The village is 30 minutes drive south of Bath, 20 minutes west of Stonehenge, 15 minutes from Longleat Safari Park and 45 minutes north of the Jurassic coast. The village is also within easy reach of Devon and Cornwall – perfect for day trips.