A cosy rural hideaway awaits you at Hawthorn Cottage, a beautifully renovated old stable block that sits within the breath-taking scenery of the Mendip hills. Whether relaxing with friends or family, Hawthorn Cottage is perfectly situated to take advantage of fantastic cultural attractions to be found nearby, such as Longleat Estate and the City of Bath. And closer to home you can serve up some holiday fun on the private tennis court, or head down the country lane to discover a picturesque moated castle, pub and café, in the historic village of Nunney. A little slice of Somerset heaven. Please note because of chickens and other live stock locally we do not accept dogs.
Address: Nunney, ba11 4nu frome, United Kingdom
Size: 5 Rooms, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom
Beds: 2 Single beds, 1 Double bed, 1 Couch
Hawthorn Cottage has been recently redecorated to a high standard, to ensure that your stay is as comfortable as possible. The sloping roof and wooden beams of the former stable block retain the historic character of this welcoming rural retreat.
Guests enter the cottage from the private parking area, directly into the kitchen. This fully-equipped space has all you need to cook up a storm for your partner, friends or family; with a new cooker, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave all at your disposal.
A few steps to the right of the kitchen leads you to the welcoming and cosy living room, where you can relax with a good book or film in front of the wood burning stove (wood provided). Guests can also enjoy home cooked feasts here in the dining area, while admiring the rural scenery from the window. Patio doors and floor to ceiling windows beside the comfortable seating area make the room airy and light-filled, and the interior flows seamlessly into the verdant garden.
Beautiful country views greet you in every room at Hawthorn Cottage, and the bedrooms are no exception. Patio doors open out from each bedroom onto the garden, so that you can soak up the morning sun while sipping your coffee, or let the children have a run-around without disturbing the adults!
Comfortable beds with top of the range mattresses will be made up with fresh linen for your arrival. The two single beds would suit children, or can be placed together to make a super kingsize bed, making the property a comfortable base for couples exploring rural Somerset. The bathroom sits conveniently between the living area and bedrooms, and with shower, bath, towels and soap provided, has everything required for your comfort.
Al fresco dining and outdoor games can be enjoyed in the lawned garden area, or you can simply admire the stunning scenery from your garden chair, glass of wine in hand. There is even the opportunity to brush up on your forehand (and work off all the fine dining!) with use of a private tennis court*, just metres away from the cottage. A rural hideaway with the perfect view and location to give you lasting memories of an idyllic Somerset stay.
*The tennis court is available by prior arrangement, with tennis or non-marking shoes a necessary requirement. Please bring your own rackets and balls, and contact ‘My Boutique Stay’ for more details.
Hawthorn Cottage has ample space for parking, directly outside the front entrance. The property is arranged all on one level, and would be suitable for wheelchair users and guests with limited mobility. There is a step from the exterior into the kitchen area, and a few steps from the passageway to the living/dining room.
Notes on our cleaning procedures
For your comfort and peace of mind we are spending an extra hour at each property prior to arrival, to ensure all touch surfaces are disinfected in line with government recommendations (see here). All sheets and towels are laundered thoroughly at high temperatures with quality non-biological laundry soap.
We are ideally situated a few minutes from Longleat Safari Park and Frome (a town dating back to about 685AD) where you will be able to enjoy its vibrant and colourful atmosphere. There are many things to experience and explore. Frome has more listed buildings then Bath! The towns flourishing food and art scenes are a big draw. You can enjoy restaurants, bars, small craft beer breweries, galleries, exhibitions, museums, cinema, theatre, independent shops, the art quarter and more. There is a fabulous monthly independent market on the first Sunday of each month which takes up the entire town centre. There is also Catherine Street with its cobbles and interesting shops and cafés and Cheap Street with its leat (a stream in the middle of the street) is another charming aspect to this town.
We are less than a mile from the picturesque village of Nunney with its well-known pub, The George, village shop, church and 12th century ruined castle with a moat. It also has a café which sells delicious cakes and light meals. We are an easy walk from the village down the lane outside the gates.
Further afield There is the world-class World Heritage City of Bath with its wealth of historical attractions and gorgeous architecture. Longleat is 10 minutes away with the Safari Park, wild animals and Elizabethan house. There are nearly always events, festivals and fun family days to be had here.
The nearby charming village of Mells is worth a visit. The church has some outstanding art works. Notably a very fine bronze horse sculpture, a Burne Jones tapestry and a tombstone by Lutyens. A large cache of fine art for a small village!
The spectacular Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole are a 30 minute drive away with the lovely city of Wells nearby, where you can tour the Bishops Palace and Wells cathedral. There is also a large Waitrose there!
Stourhead, a stately home used in many period dramas is also only 30 minutes away. It is a National Trust property and has fabulous gardens and grounds and the house to explore.
The East Somerset Railway is close by at East Cranmore and is a lovely day out.
For those of you who like a bit of retail therapy there is Kilver Court Designer village in Shepton Mallet. It is a unique designer outlet destination which also has a lovely garden with ponds and stunning viaduct.
Shepton Mallet also has the unusual attraction of the old prison which only closed about five years ago that can be visited for guided tours.
The Newt in Somerset is a country estate with magnificent woodland and gardens. There is a walled ode to apples garden, two wonderful places to eat, beautiful country walks, superb service and a world-class hotel and spa. There is a charge which gives a year’s entry to the Newt.
There is the Hauser and Wirth garden, gallery and restaurant ten minutes away in Bruton. An unusual place which hosts avant garde exhibitions!
The Somerset levels are not too far. The area is of national and international importance. It supports a vast variety of plant and bird species. You can witness one of the most spectacular natural phenoniums of British nature here during the winter months when millions of starlings converge to roost in the evening on the reed beds. It truly is a very worthwhile outing to do! The RSPB have several reserves here. The levels also have the famous town of Glastonbury with its Tor and music festival. Shopping.
The local train station has frequent trains to Bath and Bristol. There are also fantastic bus links to the surrounding towns of Glastonbury, Wells and so on. Bikes are available to hire from Cycology in the centre. There is even a car share see the discoverfrome website for more information.