Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The Old Bakery sits in the grounds of Town End Farm on the edge of the ancient village of Crowcombe in the heart of the Quantock Hills, the first area in Britain designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a footpath directly opposite the entrance which leads right up to the top of the hills and across the surrounding countryside which has changed very little from the days when it inspired the romantic poets Coleridge and Wordsworth.
Just a few minutes walk will take you into the heart of the village, where you will find the village church, shop with Post Office and also the excellent pub, The Carew Arms.
The Old Bakery is perfect for the traditional summer holiday or for short breaks any time of the year.
We keep a small selection of outdoor play equipment for young children. Transportation for the setting down and collection of guests and their bikes can be arranged. The property has adjacent paddocks and stabling for anyone who wants to bring horses.
For further information, please see our website www.townendfarmcottages.co.uk
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kilve 12 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||9 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bristol 78 km, Nearest railway: Taunton 17 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, Video player, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors||
The 17th century Old Bakery has been thoughtfully renovated and retains lots of character and charm. It has a king size bedroom with en-suite including a free-standing bath with shower attachment and one ground floor with zip and link twin beds and adjacent separate shower room and wc. The property oil-fired central heating, a log burner and its own cottage garden. Our guests also have access to extensive gardens surrounding the our farmhouse. A cot and highchair can be supplied by arrangement.
|Further details outdoors||
Guests staying at Town End Farm enjoy full use a large games barn with pool table, table tennis, darts and table football.
The West Country region
The Quantock countryside is some of the finest in England. In 1956 it was the first to be awarded the national status of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the Quantock Common is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI). The status serves to offer protection to this special landscape which contains habitat of international importance, for example nearly 10% of the world's maritime heathland lies within its boundaries.
Exmoor National Park includes the historic market town of Dulverton and Lorna Doone country. West Somerset's coastal strip is where the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty meets the sea, and includes the ancient port of Watchet and the seaside harbour resort of Minehead. The Exmoor coast takes in the historic town of Porlock and hamlet of Porlock Weir. Further along Lynton and Lynmouth is where you can visit the stunning Valley of the Rocks and furthest west is pretty Combe Martin.
The Quantock Hills attract walkers, cyclists, horse riders and people simply admiring nature. Although one of the smallest range of hills in the country, the Quantocks are considered to be one of the finest. There are frequent sightings of red deer and wild ponies grazing amongst the heather and bracken, and the sight and sound of buzzards as they circle on the thermals overhead. There are many delightful places to picnic and enjoy the views. Come simply to enjoy the peace, the heather-clad moors, deep valleys, and sparkling brooks. You can pop in to one of the pretty villages dotted around the hills, where you can take a break for a warming pub roast or a scrumptious afternoon cream tea.
According to one of the Mountain Bike magazines, The Quantocks Hills are the mountain biking area of the moment and are amongst one of the most popular UK mountain biking weekend choices. ‘Small but perfectly formed they contain literally miles of superb single track and are pure mountain biking heaven!’
Horse riders adore the Quantocks and come to the area for peace and quiet, as well as the unspoilt countryside and panoramic views. There is a fabulous diversity of riding landscapes, including forest plantation, ancient oak woodland, beautiful combes with streams and heathland (moor).
Somerset Steam Railway. The West Somerset Railway is Britain's longest "heritage" line. From Bishops Lydeard it runs over 20 miles through stunning scenery of the Quantock Hills, en route to Minehead.
There are ten restored stations along the way and places of interest including the old harbour town of Watchet with its Marina, Washford with Cleeve Abbey, craft centre and cider farm, and medieval Dunster with the Castle, Priory and Mill.
The picturesque Cistercian abbey of Cleeve boasts the most impressively complete and unaltered set of monastic cloister buildings in England
Visit Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s cottage in the nearby village of Nether Stowey. It was here that he wrote some of his most creative works, including 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner', 'Kubla Khan' and 'Frost at Midnight.' All these poems draw on the Quantocks in some way but the most direct description is found in 'This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison.' Wordsworth spent a year living in Alfoxton on the outskirts of the village and wrote 20 poems in this period. Most of the works describe local Quantocks scenes and characters. He particularly adored the waterfall at Holford Combe. In 2001, the lives of Coleridge and Wordsworth were celebrated in a film called Pandemonium that was shot on location in the Quantocks.
Dunster has many attractions, with over 200 listed buildings. Dunster Castle, dating back to the 11th century, now managed by the National Trust, overlooks this beautiful village & surrounding area; the recently restored Tythe barn, the old mill, and a wonderful church; the Doll Museum . The village has several pubs, tea rooms and restaurants, plus many interesting shops.
The historic village of Kilve with its delightful shore' is just approximately 6 miles.
Minehead has a popular beach, good shopping and entertainment facilities and is approximately 40 minutes drive from Crowcombe.