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Orchard Cottage

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Wedmore, Somerset
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps4
Bedrooms2
Bathrooms1
Pets 1
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Description

From this 18th century cottage explore Mendip Hills, Somerset Levels nature conservation area, Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge and Longleat Safari Park.

This charming 18th-century semi-detached holiday cottage retains many of its original features such as exposed stone walls and wooden beams. It is on the edge of the village of Wedmore and it enjoys open views and use of a 2-acre former cider orchard, now a wildflower meadow with interesting wildlife, as well as shared use of an all-weather tennis court. Orchard Cottage is close to the Mendip Hills, the Somerset Levels nature conservation area, Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, and Longleat Safari Park. Bristol and the World Heritage city of Bath are both 25 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurants 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Study. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire, £5pppw. High chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Shared use of tennis court. No smoking.

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Features

  • DVD player
    DVD player
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Fuel and Power Included
    Fuel and Power Included
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Open Fire
    Open Fire
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Shower
    Shower
  • Towel Hire - P.O.A.
    Towel Hire - P.O.A.
  • Towel Hire - P.O.A.
    Towel Hire - P.O.A.
  • Television
    Television
  • Wifi
    Wifi
  • Bed Linen Included
    Bed Linen Included
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle

Customer Comments

  • 5

    21/08/2017
    Confirmed guest, 12/08/2017
    Nice, quaint and oldy worldy type of cottage if you like that sort of property. Everything you need is in the cottage for a self catering stay. The owner greeted us and left flowers and chocolates as well as some milk in the fridge. Has a very large garden that would be good for children to play on once the grass is cut,the owner did comment it needed cutting but was waiting for a part for his lawnmower. On a negative point the bathroom is downstairs if you need to us it in the night along with all washing facilities, I feel it could have been laid out better, ie-shower over the bath instead of in the same small separate room as the toilet. Some nice pubs and eating places a short walk from the cottage.


  • 10

    18/06/2017
    Confirmed guest, 03/06/2017
    Super cottage in an ideal location for all of the local attractions. Near the centre of the village, so all amenities at hand.


  • 3

    23/06/2017
    Confirmed guest, 20/05/2017
    The cottage is located inches from a very fast, very narrow B road where very large HGV'start hurtling down the road at about 5am until about 10pm. It feels as if any minute one will come though the single glazed windows. There is a line of sight issue in exiting the property and the access from the village is impossible to do safely - one has to continue past the property and turn around in the village car park returning down hill in afore mentioned traffic. The five bar gate positioning is badly angled and should be relocated a few meters down hill as there is a deep well immediately in front on entering that has to be avoided while trying not to damage the car. The well is partially capped with a high stone that needs to be avoided. Regarding the cottage, it is a semi and attached to what appears to be a several hundred year old abandoned cottage. There is an air of damp. Our dog which usually sleeps in her dog bed downstairs when we stay away refused to stay only with us. In the double bedroom is an alcove with a curtain doorway. Our dog sat up constantly looking at it and we were obliged to sleep in the two single beds in the other room. Just as well because the double bed is fit inly for the tip and the large bed head is very loose at the slightest movement. The grill in the oven lit up but did not get hot enough to grill anything. The toaster is decrepit and overall there is a feeling of neglect. Perhaps the owner should spend a few days and nights in it. The orchard is miss-described, it may have been an orchard once but all the trees have been removed leaving large holes everywhere. Apart from a roughly mown path around its edge, littered with grass cuttings, the remainder was unusable and covered in very long grass and weeds. Probably the worst cottage we have ever stayed in - we went home after 4 days.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; Thank you for your feedback. Indeed the cottage was built between 1701 and 1800 – so it is definitely several hundred years old. The “former cider orchard” as it is listed in the description is nowadays a wild flower meadow. The weeds that the guest describes are in fact a varied selection of wild flowers which we conserve as a habitat for wildlife. We don’t use agrichemicals on them. When these guests visited it was shortly before the meadow’s annual cut for silage, after which it was, of course, quite short. And I’m glad the guest spotted the mown circular path which is to allow visitors to walk around the meadow when the grass is long and look at the habitat. Children (and their parents) love it. The meadow actually doesn’t have any large holes in it because if it did the contractor would not be able to use his forage harvester to make silage. What it does have are the traditional Somerset “gripes” seen in all fields locally. They are very shallow transverse drainage ditches that lead to the “rhynes” (which is what the more major ditches are called locally). Silage making equipment is probably what the guest mistook for very large HGVs. Local farmers at that time of the year are very busy and they do have large tractors – but then we are a working farming community in the heart of Somerset. Their comments about redesigning the drive and gate are interesting, but since the design of the entrance has been proscribed by the local Planning and Highways department to make it safe, the chances of following their suggestions are pretty slim I’m afraid. After I read this review I checked out the grill immediately. It worked perfectly and got good and hot so I had to work out what went wrong. It seems the guest didn’t read the instruction book which is provided. When they say it “lit up” this would be the indicator that shows that the upper oven (this is a double oven cooker) is set to be an oven NOT a grill. It was a pity the guest didn’t mention it to me (after all I only live 50 yards away) and I could have shown them how to use it properly. Regarding the windows, I can confirm that every window in the property is double glazed. Finally, the double bed, this is virtually brand new. It has a memory foam topper which some guests may not be used to although we do have other non-memory foam toppers that can be added if required. I am sorry that this guests expectations were not met though as can be evidenced from the majority of our reviews we have many happy guests who return year after year.

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