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Lodge | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

Nestled quietly in tranquil countryside beside an established lake in the hamlet of Mill Cross and at the foot of the stunning Quantock Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), Mill Meadow is an exclusive development of 18 luxury timber Eco-Holiday Homes.

These fantastic Eco-Homes are manufactured in Finland using the highest quality, slow grown timber with the most advanced manufacturing and construction methods in Europe. Combine this with the latest in cutting edge Carbon Neutral Technologies and a high level of luxury and you have one of those rare opportunities in life to have your cake and eat it.

Enjoying the countryside could not be easier as whichever way you turn at the gate you will find yourself strolling or cycling along miles of leaf lined lanes with rolling fields and the Quantock Hills and Exmoor stretching out before you.

Just a short stroll away is the sought after village of Kingston St Mary with its beautiful church, thatched cottages, mews and a welcoming local pub.

Nearby activities include local stables, with trails across the bridleways and hill trails. Fishing in the local lakes and rivers or enjoy watching the Somerset County Cricket Club. Fishing is also available on the private lake - day passes are available on request.

Sensitive management of the existing “neighbours”, badgers, foxes, bats and all manner of birdlife, together with the creation of new habitat, has resulted in a significant increase in the numbers and variety of flora and fauna at Mill Meadow. Every new Mill Meadow Eco Holiday Home is also fitted with at least one bird and bat box and all landscaped areas are carefully managed to encourage and maintain the diversity of wildlife. The nearby Quantock Hills and Exmoor offer further exciting encounters with natures treasures.

Mill Meadow is perfectly placed with easy access by rail or road. It is within 10 minutes of Taunton's mainline rail station (London Paddington 1 hour 40 mins), and major road links (M5 Junction 24 & 25).

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
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 DVD player
General TV, CD player
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Private garden
Access Parking, Wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Current features of the eco-homes include all or some of the following:

Ground and Air source Heat Pumps

Under floor Heating

Solar Hot Water

Solar Electric

Green Roof

Rain Harvesting

Low Energy lighting

Efficient appliances

Excellent levels of insulation

Triple Glazed windows

Mill Meadow Eco Holiday Homes have been recognised with the award of an “Excellent” rating under the Eco Homes BREEAM Awards scheme.

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A 2 bedroom eco-lodge, sleeps 6.

Fantastic countryside setting with wildlife and bird life aplenty.

Just a short stroll to the village of Kingston St Mary.

Excellent' rating under the Eco Homes BREEAM Awards.


Living space:

Main living area

Open plan living/dining area with patio doors leading out to the countryside.

Wood burning stove.

Furnished with a two seater sofa and three arm chairs.

Entertainment is provided by TV with integrated Free view.

Dining table with seating for six.

Mezzanine living area

Several bean bags are provided for seating.

Additional guests can be accommodated on the double sofa bed.

Dining area:

Located on the ground floor.

Equipped with an ‘Everhot’ electric ‘Arga’ style cooker, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.

Full utensils and accessories including a toaster, kettle and coffee maker.

Sleeping arrangements:

Bedroom one with en-suite

Located on the first floor.

Furnished with a double bed, chest of drawers and two bedside cabinets.

Access to en-suite bathroom featuring w.c, bath with shower, wash basin and heated towel rail.

Bedroom two

Located on the ground floor.

Furnished with a double bed, chest of drawers and two bedside cabinets.


A wet room is located on the ground floor comprising a shower, large bath with shower, w.c. heated towel rail and wash basin.

En-suite to bedroom one comprises a large bath with shower, w.c. heated towel rail and wash basin.

Further details outdoors

o Countryside setting with a variety of flora and fauna to explore.

o Nearby activities include fishing, walking and horse riding.

o Nearest village is only a short walk away.

o There are 3 steps up into the property.

The West Country region

The beautiful rural county of Somerset has some of the most varied landscapes, natural habitats and rich cultural and historical heritage of anywhere in the UK. Filled with interesting towns and cities, there is an endless supply of things to do – from the Roman and regency delights of Bath; to the mysterious and musical Glastonbury and the amazing cathedral at Wells – one of Englands smallest cities.

Somerset Attractions

Somerset has some great attractions for families and adults alike. All can enjoy the West Somerset Railway, which at 23 miles is the longest private railway in the country stretching from Bishops Lidyeard near Taunton to Minehead on the Exmoor coast. The caves at Wooky Hole and Cheddar Gorge are a wonderful natural phenomenon and great for the more adventurous who want to try their hand at pot-holing, climbing and abseiling. Motor enthusiasts will love the Sparkford Motor Museum – home of the Haynes manual! - and if flying is your thing then the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton is for you.


Taunton is the county town for Somerset, and stands on the banks on the River Tone. There is plenty to see and do in Taunton – why not catch a show at the Brewhouse Theatre, or visit a gallery or museum – or simply take a walk and admire its beautifully kept parks, gardens and floral displays that earned it the Britain in Bloom award for a large town last year? With its great range of shops and rich cultural, historical and sporting heritage all waiting to be discovered - Taunton is a great base for a self-catering holiday or a fun day out during your next stay in Somerset.

Enjoy a sporting day out in Taunton!

Why not enjoy a sporting day out in Taunton? Taunton is home to the Somerset County Cricket Club and Women's Cricket in England, and will be hosting the group stages of the 2009 Women's Twenty:20 World Cup There is also a Museum documenting the county’s long association with the sport. Taunton is also home to the “Sport of Kings”, with Taunton racecourse - the youngest National Hunt racecourse in Britain. Sitting just outside the town it is one of the most beautifully located racecourses in the country, with outstanding views to the wooded slopes of the Blackdown Hills. With 14 race meetings taking place between November and April, the excitement and atmosphere of a day at the races can be enjoyed by all.

Taunton’s History

Taunton has a had a turbulent past and most notably for its involvement in the Monmouth Rebellion. The now infamous Judge Jeffrey brutally quelled the uprising with his Bloody Assize which took place in the Great Hall of Taunton Castle – and is said to be haunted by the ghosts of his victims. One of the best ways to explore the town’s past is by following The Taunton Heritage Trail, which is a self guided tour through its rich history and heritage.

Days out from Taunton

Hestercombe is a unique collection of three gardens spanning three centuries of garden history and design. A must for all gardening enthusiasts, all the gardens have undergone extensive restoration works and today provide important examples of gardens in contrasting styles that continue to grow and develop. Visitors can even bring along their four legged friend - as Hestercombe welcomes dogs. With an onsite café, gift shop and plant centre, and year round events, talks, fairs, workshops and music, there is plenty at Hestercombe to occupy you for a short visit or a whole day out.

Fyne Court is one of the Somerset Wildlife Trust’s best known and best loved reserves. Situated about six miles north-west of Taunton on the most southerly reaches of the Quantock Hills, the site is mainly a woodland reserve, comprising the former landscaped gardens around the remaining buildings of Fyne Court. Today it is home to an education centre, shop and holds many events throughout the year. Owned by the National Trust, it is considered a ‘historical asset of considerable significance’ and is well worth a visit.

The West Somerset Railway (WSR) is the longest privately owned passenger rail line in the UK at a full 23 miles from end to end: from Bishops Lydeard on the edge of Taunton, to Minehead on the North Somerset coast. This important heritage line operates a variety of vintage steam and diesel locomotives and is used by locals and visitors alike. The route takes in the historic towns of Watchet and Washford and provides outstanding views as it skirts the Quantock hills, the spectacular coastline and the wilds of the Exmoor National Park. A day out in itself the West Somerset Railway is also a great way to explore this remarkable part of the country and the towns and villages along the route.

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21 Apr 2013


"Relaxing holiday in beautiful Somerset"

We had a very relaxing week in Woodpecker Lodge. On arrival Suzanne showed us around, it was spotlessly clean, beautiful fresh towels and bed linen - everything you need, even tea, coffee, milk, somerset apple juice & homemade biscuits on arrival! The sauna is fantastic ( read the instructions and give it 20 mins warm up time) the hot tub was well maintained twice a day every day. We really felt that we had are own self contained space, with no intrusions. Although Chris & Suzanne are not far away if you need them for anything. They have thought of everything, even muffin tins and mixing bowls which are great for a spot of baking on a rainy day! There are board games in the lodge, as well as a good selection of reading books. There is a DVD player and Free Sat TV so there is a good selection on TV channels. Wifi in the lodge worked well and was free. There is a washing machine and drying facilities if you need to do any- handy for muddy clothes!! If you have a dog there are walks to follow nearby from the lodge but we found a favourite place about 10 mins drive away which was Cothelstone Hill - great for socialising your dog and the panoramic views are amazing. We visited The Great Wood and also drove out to Blue Anchor beach ( dog friendly) and another day we did Minehead beach. ( dogs allowed on from Sept until end of April ). There is no local shop near Mill Meadow but Taunton town centre is only a short drive away. There is a Tesco's and Sainsburys as well as department stores, fashion boutiques etc. If you have a rainy day the Museum of Somerset situated in Taunton Town Centre is well worth a visit, admission is Free, has child friendly activities and there are lots of old artefacts to look at and read about; we all enjoyed the couple of hours spent there. If you like outlet shopping then take a trip to the Clarks Shopping Village in Street - approx 45 mins drive. Somerset is a beautiful place, if we ever come back here Mill Meadow will be my first choice for a relaxing break :-)

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