On the outskirts of Henstridge, an attractive, single-storey, mid-18th cent. cottage at the end of a 200 yard drive with working apple orchards (juicing in autumn) and paddocks grazed by sheep and miniature Shetland ponies on either side. It nestles at the end of a beautiful garden (shared with the owner), a real suntrap (table/chairs, barbecue) enclosed by stone walls. The cottage adjoins the owner's converted threshing barn. Home-produced eggs and prize-winning apple juice available. The cottage has lots of character with beams, leaded windows and polished pine floors (rugs). Gravelled drive and yard to 2 shallow steps up to front door. Hall, off which living/dining/kitchen (washer-drier, microwave, fridge, electric cooker) overlooking the garden, with high ceiling, woodburner and TV/DVD. Two pretty, pink bedrooms (Velux windows) – a small single, and a double. Bathroom (suite with corner bath with seat, shower over and hand-shower). Transport from/to train station (by arrangement). No children under 4. A peaceful, relaxing place with a short walk into the village and lots to see in the area, especially lovely Nat. Trust properties.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Property is within 5 miles of a railway station|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Single Beds (1)|
|Access||Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Please bring your own beach towels.
The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 3 star.
West Somerset: A mellow landscape of lush water-meadows, golden-stone villages, luxuriant cottage gardens and apple orchards. Here is some of the richest farmland in England, wonderfully peaceful and unspoilt. To the south is Hamstone country where almost every village is picture-perfect with stone cottages, old pubs and splendid churches and every few miles magnificent houses and gardens (many National Trust) are open to the public. At Yeovilton is the excellent Fleet Air Arm Museum with Concorde on show. Atmospheric Ham Hill has an Iron Age fort on its top.
The Quantocks are the beautiful hills – high against the farming vales to either side – stretching over 40 square miles from Taunton, Somerset's capital, to the big sandcastle beaches by the Bristol Channel sea, separated from Exmoor by a plain of cornfield farmland. Wooded, heather-topped, they are home to red deer and inspired poets Wordsworth and Coleridge. Superb for walking and riding, you'll find tremendous views, deep romantic valleys and rose-clad cottages here. Along the western foot of the Quantocks chugs the scenic steam railway from Bishop's Lydeard to Minehead.
Few beautiful-country areas are so rich in interesting and splendid man-made things to see.
Henstridge: village (church, PO/shop, two good pubs, popular Indian restaurant) on the Somerset/Dorset border, overlooking beautiful Blackmore Vale. Stalbridge (good shops), 1 mile. Sherborne (medieval town), 6½ miles. Mainline railway station, 2 miles; regular bus/coach services. Golf, riding and fishing within 1 mile. Fine houses/gardens within easy reach, with twenty Nat. Trust properties within 20 miles, including Stourhead. Bicycle hire.