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Large, Stylish Converted Coaching Inn With 36 Seat Deco Cinema

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Stylish, quirky and unusual conversion of an old Coaching Inn in a lovely village overlooking the Somerset Levels.

This large old house was the Red Lion Inn for over 250 years, and a farm before that. Spacious, comfortable, stylish eclectic and fun - it is our family home rather than holiday accommodation, so has all the fixtures and facilities needed for a lovely stay, but is quirky and full of character, and is furnished with a great deal of variety - including antiques and contemporary art. The cinema is one of England's smallest and is available for our guests exclusively at no extra charge on Saturdays if you are weekend guests, and there's plenty of weekday accessibility too! We have 4 double bedrooms and 1 single, with additional space for using the single or double mattresses we can supply to add a sleeping space in the library. There's also a double sofa bed in the living room.It's particularly suitable for groups of different ages and interests, though for very loud parties or hen parties it is not ideal. Please talk to us to discuss your plans and we may be able to help. We have a pool table and the cinema has high definition projection - it also connects to games consoles and laptops. The area is full of interest and amenity - from the Mendip Hills just behind the house to the Somerset levels in front. We are 2 miles from Cheddar and its gorges and caves, 20 minutes from the seaside to the West or the beautiful city of Wells to the east with its magnificent cathedral. You can see Glastonbury Tor from the top of the house or the charming walled garden. There is a courtyard which is great for summer barbeques and eating alfresco. There's also a library with 4000 books to browse, and the library, living room and even the bathroom have open fires.

Axbridge itself is a lovely place - a thriving small community with all the amenities needed - with its pubs, tea house, chemist, gift shop and tiny museum.Visitors can use the public amenities like the playground and football field all within a 5 minute walk, and there is a farmer's market on the first Saturday of each month.

The Roxy cinema is open to the public in UK term times on most Fridays and occasional Thursdays, but we always keep Saturdays for the exclusive use of our guests. Choose a film from our library or bring your own DVDs or BluRay films to watch. It has a charming art deco foyer, has original seats and fittings, and a 1950's cocktail bar.

The house gets a lot of press attention and has been featured in Interiors and travel magazines, TV shows and articles. We are featured in Homes & Antiques magazine in March 2012 and December 2015, and have been published in ‘Top 10 interesting and quirky places to stay’ in Time Out, the Sunday Telegraph and Best of British to name but a few, and one of the top 50 'secret places in Somerset'

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Juliet Maclay
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
14 January, 2018

About Juliet Maclay

My husband David and I bought this house when it was a derelict old coaching inn in 1997, and have been restoring it ever since. In 2007 we established what is now one of England's smallest cinemas in the part of the building that the coaches would have entered, and now it operates as the Roxy cinema. David is American, and an artist, and I have worked in marketing, set and interior design, vintage trading and writing, and continue to pursue all these interests concurrently. We love travel, art, theatre, cooking, literature, design, history and architecture, ecology and literature, and our house reflects these in one way or another. We are gregarious and have enjoyed hosting guests very much - many of whom have become friends.

Juliet Maclay purchased this house in 1997

Why Juliet Maclay chose Axbridge

We have always loved the West Country. When still in London we would make the annual pilgrimage to Glastonbury with our two sons, and explored the countryside around there. Axbridge is a little gem - a tiny medieval town with the Mendips rising from its gardens, and the Somerset levels below. Both are fantastic for walking, cycling and exploring pretty places.The beautiful city of Wells with its magnificent cathedral is only 20 minutes away by car. The lovely Bath is a hour away, and vibrant Bristol only 40 minutes. The sea is close enough for a lovely day at the beach (we always go to Berrow Sands), and there is more than enough to do right here. Axbridge has all the facilities you need without ever leaving it though, if a cosy and lazy time is what is required!

What makes this house unique

Outside the public film screening on Friday nights or occasional children's party on Sundays, the 36 seat vintage style cinema is entirely at the disposal of the guests (guaranteed exclusivity on Saturdays), and many a holiday has been made really special by it. It is connected to the TV and games consoles can be attached. With the cinema and its pool table and ping pong table (converted from the large dining area), it is an ideal place for large families with multiple ages groups, all of whom will find something here to suit them. We also have a 4000 book library in which to browse. The sitting room, library and even bathroom all have lovely open fires, so it's just as good in all seasons. The village has a tiny and charming museum, a chemist, 2 pubs, a tea shop and a fine restaurant.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"I booked this wonderful house to take 12 friends away for a 40th birthday celebration. It is the most amazing house with beautiful rooms, we especially loved the library! Juliet was a fantastic host and made us feel most welcome. I can't wait to return!" - Julie

"This place is brilliant. We were four families each with kids and the space was perfect for us to hang out in - great open plan lounge and kitchen, then individual bedrooms. It's a big place, yet incredibly homely. Of course the cinema is the main attraction and our kids loved pretending to hand over tickets and sit down to watch a film. The only downside (?!) was that we didn't explore the area as much as we might have, because we liked hanging out in the house so much. HIGHLY recommended" Richard
Oct 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Axbridge in Sedgemoor

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • One large wet room with power shower, one large bathroom with open fire. WC in cinema
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 4 double beds and one single plus double sofabed + Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed. Bedrooms 2, 3 & 4 have doubles. the single has a lovely late 18th century 4 poster. The sitting room has 2 sofas and one sofa bed that are used sometimes, and there are spare mattresses.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • caving
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Mattresses available as well as sofabed. Outside: Courtyard with BBQ. Garden and parking for 4-5 cars. Utility Room: Washing machine, dryer, drying racks, recycling Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included. Cleaning service can be arranged for longer stays. Weekly linen and towel change Other: Large Georgian style library, cinema with surround-sound, cinema bar, foyer, kitchen and WC


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Large, Stylish Converted Coaching Inn With 36 Seat Deco Cinema
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews

Lovely Georgian house and Art Deco cinema

  • 5 of 5

We had a brilliant weekend at no. 36 and the Roxy in the centre of Axbridge. This beautifully restored coaching inn was perfect for our family group, ranging in age from 9 months to 73. David and Juliet have created a very comfortable home with exceptional artistic flair and imagination. Everything was perfect - the house, the garden and the wonderful cinema - we were sorry to leave and hope very much to return in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay in Axbridge

  • 5 of 5

The property is beautifully designed with interesting pictures, ornaments and books in every room. There is lots of space and having the cinema next door was a treat. I would, and already have recommended staying both in Axbridge, which is a lively and very pretty village, and in this stylish house. Thank you Juliet for having us.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much - and thanks for coming to stay with us in Axbridge! Juliet
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Pubs in Village
Nearest Train
9 Miles
Weston Super Mare
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
In Square
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Car: recommended

Perfect for cyclists and walkers, the house is on the southern slopes of the Mendip hills, overlooking the Somerset levels. Glastonbury Tor is visible from the garden and top of the house, and is a 40 minute drive away. Lovely rural area.


20 minutes drive to Berrow, Brean or Weston Super Mare


Bristol airport very close - 20 minutes by car. There's a bus service in Axbridge between Wells and Weston Super Mare. Car recommended.


10 miles to Weston Super Mare, 11 to Wells, 15 to Glastonbury, 26 to Bath, 18 to Bristol and 11 to Bristol Airport. 2 miles to Cheddar Gorge.

Further Details:

All the necessary facilities are nearby. Axbridge has a chemist, 2 pubs, a hotel and very high-quality restaurant, a lovely teashop in a medieval almshouse and its small Cooperative supermarket is open from 7am to 10pm. There's a lavender farm with a shop (shared with an antique shop) in the village and a lovely farmers' market on the first Saturday or the month. There's a Post Office which takes in dry cleaning. It has a National Trust owned museum, 'King John's Hunting Lodge'. There's a reservoir for great walks - which accommodates sailing and wind-surfing. It's great for walking and cyclists are everywhere!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Axbridge, Somerset

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please call or email for bookings. We take a 20% deposit against cancellation less than 2 weeks before the stay. final payment should be processed a week before arrival, payable by BACS or cleared cheque.

Changeover Day:
Flexible. Normally check-in is at 1pm, check-out at 4pm, but this is also negotiable, and dependent on adjacent bookings.

Notes on prices:
weekly charges negotiable for periods over one week. Special midweek rates available. Weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) are £450 per night

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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