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Mill Batch Cottage

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Mark, Highbridge, Somerset
Grade 4 Star rating
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Sleeps5
Bedrooms3
Bathrooms1
Pets 2
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Description

A carefully restored pet friendly cottage for five situated in the heart of the Somerset Levels. Lovely period features to the lounge with a cosy wood burner and beamed ceilings.


Mill Batch Cottage is an 18th century holiday cottage, situated on the edge of the village of Mark. This quiet, country parish lies on the edge of the West Country, roughly halfway between the Mendip and Polden Hills, on the misty, marshy land known as the Somerset Levels. The village at its centre is, according to local legend, the longest in England.

The cottage was originally built as a cattle barn, in the 1780s, but in 1819 it was converted into a cottage by William Counsell. The property still retains many of its original features: the low wooden beam over the front entrance, oak beamed ceilings, and the original fireplace, now with a wood burner to give the cottage a homely feel.

The garden of the cottage, though small, borders the owners much larger garden, 1.4 acres. Both are packed with wildlife, with more than 80 species of bird, 20 species of butterflies, as well as, badgers, foxes and the occasional deer all visit the garden from time to time. Swallows nest in the barn, in the farmyard next door, and the owner’s commemorate their return each spring with a wrought iron weathercock featuring swallows, on top of the cottage roof. The area is a haven for wildlife as roe deer are also found here, though they often go unnoticed because of their retiring habits. At dusk, a barn owl floats over waterlogged fields, on soft, silent wings.

The lane next to the property, Perry Road, leads into the hamlet of Perry – named after pear cider, which used to be made there. Cider apple trees still run alongside the property and in the orchard next door. The landscape here is steeped in history, of both the natural and human kind. This is where King Arthur is said to be buried, King Alfred burned the cakes, and the last pitched battle was fought on English soil, at Sedgemoor on July 6th 1685.

On a clear day, if you climb the 94 stone steps to the top of the church tower, you can see Cheddar Gorge to the north and Glastonbury Tor to the south. The cathedral city of Wells is just out of sight to the east, while towards the west, beyond the M5 motorway, lies Bridgwater Bay, with the Quantock Hills and Exmoor beyond. Shop ½ mile, pub ¼ mile.

Large beamed, double aspect living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace. Kitchen with tiled floor and sloping ceiling. Utility. Separate toilet. Fairly steep wooden stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with window shutter. Beamed twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Single bedroom with floor level feature window. All bedrooms with exposed stone wall. Shower room with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, full LPG central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD (small music library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Taxi service by prior arrangement with owners
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking

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Features

  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Dishwasher
    Dishwasher
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio
    Enclosed Garden / Patio
  • Garden / Patio
    Garden / Patio
  • Highchair
    Highchair
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • Woodburning Stove
    Woodburning Stove
  • WiFi
    WiFi
  • Cot Available
    Cot Available
  • Washing Machine
    Washing Machine
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site
  • Shower Cubicle
    Shower Cubicle


Customer Comments

  • 6

    20/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 18/08/2018
    The cottage had the potential to be ideal for our stay but we were greeted in the kitchen by a mass of flies which we found out, after a couple of days, were coming from a kitchen flip top bin that must have had decaying food left in the bottom. We hung up fly paper and spent time ushering the flies out of the windows. On going upstairs to the bedrooms you were met by an unpleasant smell of drains from the bathroom. It took us about 3 days of putting bleach down them before the smell gradually declined. It was not pleasant to be in the bedroom next to the bathroom because you couldn't get away from the constant odour. The owners appear to have let their eye off of the ball because these problems should have easily been picked up prior to our arrival.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner; We're really sorry about the problems you encountered on your visit. It was very unfortunate that we were away that weekend, otherwise we would have been able to sort them out sooner. We have spoken to our cleaner who unfortunately did not empty the food bin properly, to ensure that this does not happen again; the shower drain is also now fixed. We appreciate that this does not help you and your family, and are very sorry for your inconvenience. We do normally keep the highest standards, and we can only apologise once again.

  • 10

    09/08/2018
    Confirmed guest, 03/08/2018
    We had a fantastic time. Cosy cottage in a great location. Very spacious rooms and a well equipped kitchen. Shower could be a bit stronger.


  • 10

    20/06/2018
    Confirmed guest, 18/06/2018
    We had a lovely relaxing long weekend stay in Mill Batch Cottage. Owners stay next door and were very welcoming and helpful. Cottage was cosy, well equipped and clean.


  • 9

    09/06/2018
    Confirmed guest, 08/06/2018
    The cottage is extremely well equipped. If you stay here you will want for nothing. The owner's are really helpful and obliging. The cottage is ideally placed for all local attractions and a great base to explore from. The only downside we found was there were few places we could let the dog's off their lead in the village itself. There is the river and the bridle path on Yarrow Road. We would certainly recommend this property for a peaceful break.


  • 8

    02/05/2018
    Confirmed guest, 01/05/2018
    Lovely cosy comfortable cottage. Well equipped kitchen, good shower, comfortable bed. Lots to do and see locally. Good local pub with excellent food. Internet / Wi fi signal very poor.


  • 8

    01/05/2018
    Confirmed guest, 21/04/2018
    Cottage in a lovely location, found it fairly central for all the places we wanted to visit in Somerset. Not far from the moterway either for any longer journeys. Good little village shop for any bits and pieces. Also 2 pubs a short walk away, but did involve a short section on the road. We had a very enjoyable holiday.


  • 10

    19/12/2017
    Confirmed guest, 10/11/2017
    The only thing could not find it had the lady come and get us a very injoyable holiday


  • 5

    07/10/2017
    Confirmed guest, 30/09/2017
    Location is this cottage’s strong point. It could be cleaner - cobwebs on light fittings, dirty coasters, half-used packets of food in the cupboards - and the 3-piece suite looked sorry. The owner, whose property is a few metres away, sounds his car horn before backing his car out of the drive, no matter what the time. The freezer door wouldn’t shut due to a build-up of ice. All of these are things that could be changed easily. The owner is friendly person and the village has two good pubs and is five minutes from the M5. This is a quirky cottage that has appeal, it just needs a bit more effort putting in to it.

    Response from:

    Response on behalf of the owner. We're sorry that you and your lovely family weren't completely happy with the cottage, and have taken all steps to remedy the issues you mentioned. We're glad you enjoyed the surroundings and the local pubs, and that your grandchildren had an enjoyable visit as well.

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