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Beautiful Period Cottage Overlooking Chew Valley Lake

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet


About the property

Cottage in East Harptree, Nr. Wells, Somerset, England - Views Over Bath And Bristol To Wales And Wiltshire

The Grove forms part of the Springfield Farm Estate and is a fully self-contained 4 bedroom house with its own terrace overlooking the lake. With two double bedrooms upstairs with their own shower room and a master double and twin downstairs with large family bathroom, The Grove is equally suited to two families sharing the kitchen, dining and sitting rooms on the ground floor. It was converted in 2008 and has all you would expect from a high quality holiday home together with beautiful furniture - much of it hand-picked from France. There are walks from your front door in every direction across the Mendips behind you or down through the Chew Valley in front. There is superb fishing available on the lake as well as sailing and bird-watching. Golf, equestrian pursuits, rock climbing and caving are all available within ten minutes and with Bath and Bristol only 25 minutes by car, you'd struggle to find somewhere better positioned for all you want to do on holiday.

Liz Fox
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
14 September, 2017

About Liz Fox

Neil is a marketing strategist working with some of the UK's best known brands. Having taken three years out to complete the renovation of Springfield Farm he's now back at work with leading UK charities and retailers.

Liz Fox purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Liz Fox chose Mendip (Glastonbury)

With Neil having grown up in the Chew Valley and Liz in rural Somerset, it was a natural choice. As soon as we saw the views from Springfield Farm, we knew we had to try and convert the buildings into something worthy of the location. It's position overlooking the lake and across the hills and valleys to Bath and Bristol is truly breathtaking - in all honesty, the photos simply do not do it justice!

What makes this cottage unique

There's little doubt that if you want to explore the best things that Bath and North Somerset have to offer, you will be in the best possible place to do so. Combine that with an exceptional place to stay, the only struggle you will have is whether to stay in or go out. A browse through the comments that our guests have made about staying here since we opened in April 2009 is a better indication of what it is really like than anything we can say.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We booked last minute directly with Liz and could not have been more delighted. The Grove was beautifully clean, spacious and with amazing views over the Chew Valley to the lake; the photos don't do this place justice. We arrived to a delicious cream tea and had an amazing cooked breakfast on our first morning - all courtesy of the very generous welcome hamper. Peaceful and secluded but perfectly located for exploring the many delights of Somerset, sheep with lambs and ponies in the fields - highly recommend anyone to book this place - thank you for an amazing few days.
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Special interest holidays:

Massage and other therapy treatments by fully qualified professional therapists are available on location at The Grove. Please contact us for further details.


Lake is within 5 minute drive.


Bristol Airport - 13 miles or approximately 20 minutes by taxi.


Wells, 6 miles. Bath 15 miles, Bristol 15 miles. Cheddar 6 miles.

Further Details:

There are superb restaurants and pubs within a close proximity of the Grove - in Wells, there is Goodfellows (with resident Michelin starred chef Adam Fellows) and The Old Spot. Local pubs and restaurants include The Waldegrave Arms, The Castle of Comfort, the newly opened 'The Pig' near Bath and the wonderful Pony & Trap near Chew Magna.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Radstock in Mendip District

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • 10% payment secures the booking followed by balance payment six weeks prior to arrival.
  • Once full payment has been made no refunds will be given unless the circumstances are judged to be exceptional.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs shower room with toilet, washbasin and towel rail plus large shower. Downstairs family bathroom with bath, toilet and washbasin and large walk-in shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed. Bedroom 2 with twin single beds. Bedroom 3 with Double bed. Bedroom 4 with Double bed.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
Notes on accommodation: No smoking or pets. Sorry no Hen or Stag weekends unless by prior agreement. Outside: Outdoor terrace at rear through French Doors with panoramic views of Bath, Bristol and Chew Valley Lake. The terrace sits within a lawned area. In total there are 20 acres of private land at Springfield Farm with public footpaths leading both down through the valley and back up towards the Mendips. Just take a seat on the terrace (table and benches provided) with a glass of wine and a barbecue and take in the view. You will not be disappointed - it is widely recognised as the best view in the county. At the front of The Grove is a gravelled driveway with further parking for up to four cars. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen provided. Other: Dining area includes breakfast bar to kitchen area and beautiful oak oval table and sideboard capable of seating 8.


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Beautiful Period Cottage Overlooking Chew Valley Lake
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 26 reviews

Perfect location, perfect garden, perfect property

  • 5 of 5

I booked the property as a surprise to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday with my family and I. It was just perfect. The cottage offered everything we wanted and a lot more. The photos really don't do it justice. The location allowed us to venture into Clevedon, Bath, Wells, Bristol and Cheddar. Thank you for letting us stay. We will be back!!

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review Helen. I'm so pleased everything worked out so well for you all, especially your Mum and delighted that you're thinking of staying with us again. Liz.
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Lovely property.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely spacious property, which was well equipped. Set in a beautiful rural location, with amazing views. There are many attractions nearby and good walking country.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Delightful home with magnificent views

  • 5 of 5

We used this lovely property as a reunion for our 2 daughters, their husbands and 2 grandchildren and ourselves. It was wonderful. The living area on one level worked really well as a gathering area for us all. There were plenty of chairs, lounges and it was very welcoming. The kitchen is very well equipped and the washer/dryer was very useful. The downstairs bedroom, bathroom and bedroom with 2 single beds worked perfectly for one couple and their two children and we were upstairs with our other daughter and husband in the two double bedrooms there and shared a bathroom. One bed upstairs has a metal surround and is not as comfortable as the others. It all worked very well with views from most rooms. Outside there is a barbeque and entertainment area which we used extensively while enjoying the views of the lake and surrounding hills. There was plenty of room for the children to play and enjoy themselves and even a play ride-on tractor which was a real hit.

On arrival there was a delightful and very generous welcome pack which was most appreciated.

There is plenty of parking and also great advice on where to eat and places to visit.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and it helped make our reunion a very happy one.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great house, surperb location!

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time we have stayed here and it was wonderful. Perfect location for all we wanted to do as well as having a fabulous house to stay in. We'll be planning our next visit in a year or so!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lee, I'm so pleased that you enjoyed your return visit to The Grove and look forward to seeing you again in a year or so. Best Wishes, Liz.
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Ideal accommodation in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Like previous reviewers we found this the perfect answer to accommodating three generations of our family for a break together. The cottage is spacious, we had everything we needed and the location is ideal. With the family we visited Weston-super-Mare and Glastonbury, then, when the younger generation had returned home after a long weekend with us, Nana and Grandpa managed to visit Cheddar, Wells, Bath and Bristol, all a reasonably short drive from the cottage and all worth visiting. Wells, on a Wednesday, would be our top recommendation.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Clive. I am very pleased that you and your family enjoyed your stay. I know the weather could have been better most days but I'm pleased that it didn't stop you exploring all the best bits of the area. Liz.
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Peaceful country retreat

  • 4 of 5

We have stayed at this property before, about four years ago. Sometimes it is a mistake to revisit previous holiday venues, but not in this case. This quiet location is central for marvellous walks through some of England's finest countryside, but also has a wonderful view from the garden.

We may well return.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Colin, it is really lovely to have repeat guests. Hope to see you back at The Grove sometime in the future.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Radstock, Somerset

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Autumn
3 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Oct 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
18 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Changeover day is Saturday. 10% deposit on booking with balance required 6 weeks prior to date of stay. Additional returnable breakages deposit of £250 payable when staying. The Grove is a non-smoking environment. Sorry - no pets. Please note that our maximum guest number is 8.

Changeover Day:
Saturday during high season. Other days by prior agreement

Notes on prices:
Out of high season and school holidays we have tried to offer as much flexibility as possible on pricing and minimum nights stay but please do get in touch to discuss your individual requirements.

Deposit of 10% required on booking - balance 6 weeks prior to date of stay. £250 returnable breakages deposit also required on arrival.

10% deposit on booking to secure the accommodation. Balance payment 6 weeks prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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