About this listing
Pretty, spacious cottage on the edge of a village three miles from Wells. Built mid 1800s, renovated three years ago. One en-suite double room and a second double with bathroom next door. Located at the foot of the Mendips (an area of outstanding natural beauty), in front of the Somerset Levels. Close to Glastonbury, Bath and Bristol. Perfect if you like big skies, owls hooting at night and lambs baa-ing. Bring bicycles for wonderful cycling across the Somerset Levels. Lived in by me + two cats.
I have a spacious room with a queen-sized double bed and en suite bathroom. The room is big enough to accommodate a child or even two on a mattress on the floor if necessary. I have a second spacious room with a double bed, with bathroom next door. I also sometimes have a second, very small single bedroom available. The rest of the house is spacious, full of character and peaceful. You are welcome to use the sitting room or the garden.
The cottage: Originally built in the mid-1800s, the cottage was fully renovated three years ago so has all the comfort of modern living while retaining 2ft thick walls and a pretty, cottagy feel.
Downstairs, oriental rugs cover wooden or flagstone floors and colourful paintings and mementoes from my travels in Asia and Africa hang on the walls. There's a wood burning stove in the sitting room for chilly days and a light and airy sun room for reading or basking in the sun's warmth. The dining room (which also has a stove) opens to the large well equipped kitchen. There's also a downstairs loo.
I have a lodger (Conner, a pharmacist) and two cats although you probably won't see much of any of them. Re the cats, I have wooden floors throughout, so even my allergic brother is happy to visit me here.
Outside, there's a small garden and a patio area with table and chairs and hammock stand. You are welcome to borrow my BBQ if you clean it afterwards.
I offer a light breakfast: cereals, organic milk, fruit, orange juice, toast from artisan bread and free-range eggs from the smallholder down the road.
I love living here, with the Mendips at my back and the Somerset Levels stretching out in front. The owls hoot at night, wood pigeons coo in the mornings, and in the early evenings in summer, ewes call their lambs to sleep.
The cottage, patio and the garden.
Interaction with guests
I'm happy to be available to offer recommendations for things to do or to respect your privacy.
Other things to note
There is a small but good children's play area at the bottom of the lane. Parents of small children, please note that my garden is open to the lane and farm vehicles use this track.
No smoking and no pets, I'm afraid, as I have two cats. And please don't invite people back to my house without asking me first.
I work part-time in Bristol so booking in is generally after 5pm and departure by 10am, please, unless we've arranged differently.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
I'm a freelance journalist, writer and charity worker. When not doing good works, I enjoy sea kayaking, walking, gardening, red wine and reading, not necessarily in that order.
I also love travel and exploring other cultures. I was born in Malawi, lived in a mud hut in The Sudan teaching English for a year, spent six years as a journalist in Hong Kong, and have visited about 45 countries, mainly in Africa and Asia and usually on a tight budget.
One of favourite quotes is from the anthropologist Margaret Mead: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." It's the motto I live by.
That said, I'm pretty easy going and relaxed and like nothing better than to get my hammock out in the garden on sunny days.