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3 Bedroom Detached House On The Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire Borders. Free wifi

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Detached 3 Bedroom house in Mere, Wiltshire, on the Dorset/Somerset Borders,10 Miles from Longleat, Free Wifi, Sleeps 5

The property is a lovely, comfortable, bright detached house in a quiet location with a patio area overlooking a park and open fields to the south. There are small gardens to 3 sides of the house and the seating area is newly planted with climbing roses, honeysuckle and jasmines. Mere is located approximately 10 miles from Longleat, 25 miles from Bath, 20 miles west of Stonehenge and just over an hour's drive from north and south coasts at Weston Supermare and Bournemouth respectively. It is only an hour and a half drive from the M25. The area is ideally located for exploring Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire. The countryside around Mere offers good walking, cycling, golfing and fishing. There are National Trust properties nearby, lovely scenery and beautiful quiet roads. A local gliding club offers flights and tuition. Public tennis courts and a children’s playground are only a 5 minute walk away.

Anybody staying in our property can use the tennis courts in the park free of charge

More Details

Douglas Clowser
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 July, 2017

About Douglas Clowser

Hi we are Alison and Doug. I am a Civil Engineer and Alison works in Architecture. We met when working together on a large project for the army centred around Salisbury Plain.

We sold my house in Surrey and moved to Wiltshire in 2012 and decided to buy a house to let as a holiday home so others could enjoy the same holidays we had.

Alison enjoys gardening and has planted many roses and climbing plants to brighten up the house and has planting plans to make the area even prettier.

I am interested in classic cars and have one myself that I enjoy using in the summer on the quiet local roads which allow a more sedate way of driving.

Douglas Clowser purchased this house in 2012

Why Douglas Clowser chose Wiltshire

I fell in love with this area on the Wiltshire, Dorset and Somerset borders years ago when I used to bring my children here on holiday. We loved the beautiful scenery and quiet roads which are a welcome change from where I used to live within the M25.

Mere is a lovely old village that doesn't seem to have been discovered by too many tourists so is still peaceful in the summer, but surrounded by lots to do within an hour in any direction.

What makes this house unique

My grown up children still live in Surrey so the easy access to the A303 is very convenient for me and I can be back in Epsom within 90 minutes. It also gives superb access in to Somerset and on into Devon.

I used to take the children to Longleat when they were younger and it is only a short drive along country lanes from Mere.

I think one of the nicest things about staying in Mere is that you are not living in a tourist destination. Every day you can enjoy a quiet drive to somewhere of interest and then return to calmer surroundings in the evenings.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We all had a great time. Lovely house and surroundings. Great place to explore this beautiful part of England
Aug 2014
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Gillingham, Dorset
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Bournemouth or Weston Supermare


Weston Supermare is approximately 45 miles north of Mere and Bournemouth approximately 45 miles south. Both resorts take an hour and 15 minutes to reach by car.


Bournemouth airport is 40 miles away and about an hour drive by car

The Dorset town of Gillingham is only 5 miles away and has a railway station with links to London Waterloo, Exeter and Basingstoke. The journey from Waterloo takes 50 minutes. Taxis are available from the station or the owner can collect up to 4 people if arranged in advance.


5 minutes walk to village centre

Stourhead National Trust property is 3 miles away and only 6 minutes by car

Bath 26 miles and 45 mins by car

Stonehenge 21 miles and 20 minutes by car

Longleat Safari Park 12 miles 25 minutes by car

Peppa Pig World 40 miles 60 minutes by car

Haynes Motor Museum 16 miles 21 minutes

Shaftesbury 8 miles 20 mins

Further Details:

Mere has a good sized Co-op supermarket (open until 10.00 pm every day), Post Office, bank, chemist, flower shop, butchers, antique shops, wine merchant, fish-n-chip shop, Chinese takeaway, curry house and 4 pubs with restaurants. All the pubs allow children and 2 of them are particularly family friendly.

Free wifi is available in some of the pubs and the Mere library has free high speed broadband.

We have now upgraded our system to provide free wifi in the property

Anybody staying in our property can use the tennis courts in the park free of charge

Mere is a very old village with a lot of lovely stone buildings and a great deal of history, dating back to medieval times. Castle hill is the site of ruined castle built in 1253 and there is a local museum should you be interested in any of Mere's history.

The Dorset town of Gillingham is only 5 miles away and has a greater range of shops and a large Tescos and Waitrose. You should be able to find everything you need in Mere or Gillingham but there is a larger shopping centre in the Wiltshire cathedral town of Salisbury which is only 25 miles away.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Mere in Wiltshire

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Only those on the original booking are allowed in the property. Visitors are not permitted
  • No footballs to be played with in the garden or parking area
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Light and bright family bathroom with corner bath and shower over, basin and wc. Separate wc on ground floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (3 Bedrooms) plus a baby in the travel cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - Double bed. South facing room with views over a park and open fields. Bedroom 2 - Twin beds. South facing room with views over park and open fields Bedroom 3 - Single bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The property is a newly built house that was completed in 2012. The owners live in a near-by property and are available for help and advice at any time. Being a new property the house is warm and comfortable with a new central heating system and double glazing. We have updated our WIFI so there is now free WIFI internet connection in the property. A travel cot is available for very young children. Please could you bring your own bedding for the cot. Unfortunately we are not able to accept bookings from parties of more than 5 (plus a baby in the cot) as the property does not lend itself to additional guests. Visitors are not allowed. Outside: There are small gardens to three sides of the house and a south-facing patio area overlooking a park and open fields. A wooden arbor seat is positioned to enjoy summer sunshine and scents of climbing roses, honeysuckle and jasmine. A patio table and chairs are also provided together with a charcoal barbecue The property enjoys an elevated position overlooking a park. Level access to the park is approximately 200m from the property. The park has a children's play area at the far corner and tennis courts. Guest can use the tennis courts free of charge. The open park area in front of the house is ideal for children to run around and for family activities. A ladder is available for direct access to the park from the patio Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble drier and vacuum cleaner. Cleaning / Towels / Linen Towels and linen included.


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3 Bedroom Detached House On The Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire Borders. Free wifi
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Perhaps rethink late check in.

  • 4 of 5

Only negatives were the 4.30 check in time considering we have to check out by 10.30 am. And hand towels for each person would be good. Everything you need is there and good base for trips out, Mere is a very friendly village and The Walnut Tree is very good for food with very friendly staff. Tv loses sound when you change channels but nothing to worry about. I believe that the owner is redecorating soon which is good, but house is in good order anyway. Fabulous places to see and Glastonbury and Stonehenge are must sees. Good relaxing week.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Unrealistic Visitor policy

  • 1 of 5

This was our main family holiday, we chose the property based on its central location to other family members living in the UK.

First impression - The 4 bedroom property that we rented looks ok from the outside although we noticed that we always had to drive inside the owner’s grounds and past the owner’s house to gain access to the residence. (Big Brother feeling)

The inside of the house was not too bad although the carpets were rather stained and need a good clean, peeling paint especially in the bathrooms, oven not fully functioning, shower bath water not draining properly, bathroom damp and very very creaky floors upstairs. The rooms are rather small but adequate. The facilities eg washing, drying, fridge and Wi Fi are ok.

We were very concerned about the no visitor policy (which we were aware of and had Emailed the owner to advise of extenuating circumstances) but not aware that the owner seems prepared to go almost physical lengths to enforce it. The actions resulted in disabled elderly lady having to get herself inside the property (normally assisted) and left on her own for a couple of hours with her elderly friends being forced to leave.

We left the property in good order before we left but the owner’s comments suggest this was inadequate. We are confused by the owner’s review of the house state, as it appears that the expectation must be that it is vacated in a cleaner state than it was found it in. We would have expected a certain amount of cleaning to be done by the home owner in preparation for the next visitors as with normal rentals.

The owner did not have the courtesy to approach us before during or after our stay in the property.

Visiting the UK and having some friends meet us at the property to save us travelling everywhere would have been ideal, our visitors would then have had the opportunity to recommend the property to their friends etc, however the no visitor policy does not permit this.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location

  • 4 of 5

We spent 4 nights in this lovely house which provided an excellent base for visiting Stonehenge, Longleat Safari Park, Cheddar Gorge and Bath. The village of Mere is perfectly located within walking distance, although we didn't have time to use the pubs or restaurants, but the Co-op was very handy! The local park was great for the kids, just wish they had brought their scooters to have a go on the skate ramps!

We had everything we needed in the house and made use of the BBQ too.

Would definitely recommend to others and only minor negative was the double mattress in the main bedroom, could do with an upgrade.

Many Thanks

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The mattress is only 2 years old and is fairly firm. We appreciate that not everyone likes a firm mattress and some of the other beds have softer mattresses
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Well located, nice property

  • 4 of 5

The property is nicely situated within Mere, 5 minutes walk to centre where there is local pubs,tea shops, shops. Property is well stocked with things you require for a home away from home, with extras of milk in the fridge upon our return for a welcome cup of tea.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very nice property, would stay again.

  • 4 of 5

First impression of the property was that it was clean and well equipped. However, there were a lot of cobwebs, dust on the TV and pictures, and the TV's need looking at because not all channels were available and the main TV would lose sound if you changed the channel. We also noted a couple of electric sockets were hanging off the wall, one in the main bedroom and although the second one was behind the sofa in the lounge it was accessible for young children who like exploring (not sure if owners are aware of this), we feel this should be addressed. Overall it is a lovely place to stay with lovely views over the field at the back, where we took the little ones to play and had a picnic. It was a very good base for local attractions - Wookey Hole, Longleat, Haynes Motor Museum, Fleet Air Arms Museum, East Somerset Railway, Bath and many more. We had a fantastic week and the weather was good. Mere is a lovely place to stay with amenities all within walking distance. Would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately things do get damaged and are not brought to our attention. We did spot the damaged sockets after Teresa Carmen and her family left and these have been attended to. We were not aware of any problems with the televisions, both of which are modern flat screen TV's with Freeview. We only live next door and could easily have retuned the TV. As soon as we received this review I went and spoke to the new holidaymakers and they weren't having any trouble with the television The house is cleaned from top to bottom once, sometimes twice, a week but at this time of year the spiders can work quicker than us. We will pay extra attention to this in the future.
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Great Time

  • 5 of 5

We are a family with 4 kids (aged from 6 to 15) from Vienna and we spent a really good time in this home. Mere is a small town but offers everything you need. Restaurant and a supermarket as well as playground and a great soccer area just behind the house. Whenever we had to organise something the kids just climbed over the wall and were free to do what ever they liked... even inside the house were games and enough place tho have time for oneself. Mere is located perfect to visit a lot of lovely and very interesting places and villages too! I recommend this home absolutly! Thanks for our perfect time there!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Mere, Cotswolds

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas and New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
6 Jan 2018 - 9 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Half Term
10 Feb 2018 - 16 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Spring
17 Feb 2018 - 30 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
31 Mar 2018 - 20 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Spring
21 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Half Term
26 May 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Jun 2018 - 21 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A deposit of £150 is required at the time of booking. Full cleared payment to be made 4 weeks before date of arrival.
A discount is available for parties of 4 or less and long weekend and mid week breaks may be available at any time.
Sorry no pets

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day - Saturday (flexible).
Arrival from 4.30pm at the earliest, departure by 10.30am.

Notes on prices:
As not everybody needs a 7 bed property we are happy to discount the price for parties of 4 or less.

Even if you are just a couple looking for a weekend break I'm sure we can offer you a price competitive with smaller properties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.