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Mill Batch Cottage

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.

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 inc, thereafter avail at cost
  • Elec, full LPG CH, bed linen and towels inc
  • T/cot
  • H/chair
  • TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD (small music library)
  • M/wave
  • W/machine
  • D/washer
  • F/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Taxi service by prior arr with owners
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking


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.

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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

  • 10

    21/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 11/05/2019
    Excellent accommodation


  • 8

    26/03/2019
    Confirmed guest, 24/03/2019
    The owners have spent time and money creating a very comfortable cottage. The lounge furniture provides a family with space and luxury to relax together and enjoy quality time.


  • 10

    26/02/2019
    Confirmed guest, 25/02/2019
    We really enjoyed a short break at Millbatch. A great location for exploring Cheddar and surrounding area and the coast at Burnham. The local pubs were excellent and we had a lovely meal at the Whitehorse while we were there. The cottage was cosy and but spacious and we had a great welcome from Stephen on arrival - with scones delivered too! Will visit again and highly recommend.


  • 10

    20/02/2019
    Confirmed guest, 18/02/2019
    A lovely warm cosy cottage with log fire. The bedrooms are really nice beautiful views from all windows secured parking owners were lovely was there if we needed anything. Really enjoyed our weekend away didn’t want to leave and come home loved the farm house feel. Will definitely be back next year xx


  • 10

    03/01/2019
    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2019
    We will without a doubt be back. We loved it and very easy with our 3 boys.


  • 10

    08/12/2018
    Confirmed guest, 02/12/2018
    Absolutely stunning. A home from home with everything you would need. Beautiful secluded village but still within distance of all local amenities and days out. Fantastic.


  • 10

    02/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 01/11/2018
    Millbatch Cottage was wonderful, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the cottage has all the items you would require and is well maintained , a very pleasant setting in a lovely village where everyone is very friendly and keen to get to know you. We would thoroughly recommend this to those who want to be close to nature in such a delightful setting - thank you


  • 9

    23/10/2018
    Confirmed guest, 22/10/2018
    We had a lovely short break at this delightful cottage. We took Mum-in-law here for her 80th birthday and she absolutely loved it. Steve and Suzanne were wonderful hosts, very welcoming. We really appreciated the delicious welcome cream tea. Mum was thrilled when Steve and Suzanne left a Happy Birthday message and bottle of Prosecco out for her to find on our return on one of the days. We would definitely stay here again and very likely will do so, perhaps with my mum next time. Many thanks to you both Steve and Suzanne :)


  • 9

    15/10/2018
    Confirmed guest, 13/10/2018
    Great central base for exploring the Somerset levels area and the coast (recommend Clevedon). Very well equipped cottage and friendly owners on hand right next door who gave some great tips on the local area. Stairs very steep but it says that in the description and there aren’t that many of them! Would stay again and would love to return to Ham Wall RSPB to see all the Spring action or the starlings in winter.


  • 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

    21/05/2019
    Confirmed guest, 11/05/2019
    Excellent accommodation


  • 8

    26/03/2019
    Confirmed guest, 24/03/2019
    The owners have spent time and money creating a very comfortable cottage. The lounge furniture provides a family with space and luxury to relax together and enjoy quality time.


  • 10

    26/02/2019
    Confirmed guest, 25/02/2019
    We really enjoyed a short break at Millbatch. A great location for exploring Cheddar and surrounding area and the coast at Burnham. The local pubs were excellent and we had a lovely meal at the Whitehorse while we were there. The cottage was cosy and but spacious and we had a great welcome from Stephen on arrival - with scones delivered too! Will visit again and highly recommend.


  • 10

    20/02/2019
    Confirmed guest, 18/02/2019
    A lovely warm cosy cottage with log fire. The bedrooms are really nice beautiful views from all windows secured parking owners were lovely was there if we needed anything. Really enjoyed our weekend away didn’t want to leave and come home loved the farm house feel. Will definitely be back next year xx


  • 10

    03/01/2019
    Confirmed guest, 02/01/2019
    We will without a doubt be back. We loved it and very easy with our 3 boys.


  • 10

    08/12/2018
    Confirmed guest, 02/12/2018
    Absolutely stunning. A home from home with everything you would need. Beautiful secluded village but still within distance of all local amenities and days out. Fantastic.


  • 10

    02/11/2018
    Confirmed guest, 01/11/2018
    Millbatch Cottage was wonderful, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay, the cottage has all the items you would require and is well maintained , a very pleasant setting in a lovely village where everyone is very friendly and keen to get to know you. We would thoroughly recommend this to those who want to be close to nature in such a delightful setting - thank you


  • 9

    23/10/2018
    Confirmed guest, 22/10/2018
    We had a lovely short break at this delightful cottage. We took Mum-in-law here for her 80th birthday and she absolutely loved it. Steve and Suzanne were wonderful hosts, very welcoming. We really appreciated the delicious welcome cream tea. Mum was thrilled when Steve and Suzanne left a Happy Birthday message and bottle of Prosecco out for her to find on our return on one of the days. We would definitely stay here again and very likely will do so, perhaps with my mum next time. Many thanks to you both Steve and Suzanne :)


  • 9

    15/10/2018
    Confirmed guest, 13/10/2018
    Great central base for exploring the Somerset levels area and the coast (recommend Clevedon). Very well equipped cottage and friendly owners on hand right next door who gave some great tips on the local area. Stairs very steep but it says that in the description and there aren’t that many of them! Would stay again and would love to return to Ham Wall RSPB to see all the Spring action or the starlings in winter.


  • 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.


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