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Listed 15th Century Jacobean Cottage With Heaps Of Character



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
Cottage in Mells, Nr. Frome, Somerset, England - On The Edge Of A Beautiful Village With Many Listed Buildings, Amazing Walks And Great Cycle Routes

This cottage in the heart of the English countryside has heaps of character - oak and flagstone floors, oak beams, inglenook stone fireplace, an Aga, and stone mullion windows with oak window seats. Owned by designers and recently restored to a very high standard. Sleeps 6 (two double bedrooms and one twin). Two bathrooms, one with roll topped bath and one with shower. Pretty garden. The award winning friendly village shop and cafe is very near, where you can buy a large range of locally sourced and organic food. There is also a stunning walled garden with lovely café and the excellent Talbot Inn pub (recently named by The Times as the best pub in Britain). Half hour from Bath, Stonehenge and Glastonbury. One hour to the coast; 2-3 hours from London.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Nicole and her husband, Paul are both designers. They bought this house two years ago and have had it restored and redecorated to create a beautiful country retreat.

Speaks English

Guestbook comments from the owner

A truly wonderful property in a gorgeous location. We booked this due to its location, pretty much in the middle of Stone Henge, Bath & Glastonbury. The house is beautifully refurbished including an aga for cooking on.

The decor & furnishing is simplistic whilst maintaining a sense of luxury. Wifi was good and there was sky tv if you wished. We lit the wood burning fire one evening which was a treat .

The village shop and cafe is opposite, serving lovely food and FANTASTIC coffee.

If you are looking for a beautiful getaway you absolutely won't be disappointed. This really is a rare find and at a price per night that a room in a b&b would cost for 2 people in Bath city!

Claire, July 2013

Don't hesitate, book! ?We've had a really great time at this cottage! It is beautiful from the outside, stunningly well decorated on the inside, its located in the centre of an old English village and there is a fantastic pub+restaurant down the road. What more do you want?

Hugo, September 20
Jan 2014
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect house in a gorgeous location

  • 5 of 5

We had a marvellous time in this cottage in Mells. It is beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable with everything you could need in the kitchen and living areas.

Nicole was a great host - very responsive and helpful and we loved the walks around the area and especially the food and ambience at the local Talbot Inn. We would have no hesitation in recommending the cottage to other people and hope to return there again! Sally and Jeremy

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely house in a beautiful village

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at Holycroft. The house has been furnished very well and was very comfortable for the six of us. Although well off the road with ample parking, there is a village store and P.O. close by which is very handy. We visited the Secret Garden in the village and the children loved the hand made pizzas. Close by for Wells and Bath, we would definitely stay at Holycroft again in fact it's one of the nicest houses we have ever stayed in, apart from our own!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect weekend in the country

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely lovely weekend in this gorgeous cottage, I would highly recommend it. After doing quite a lot of research into places to stay in the area, this was by far the best, most chic looking place, and it didn't disappoint. Beautifully renovated and decorated, modern, but sympathetic to the old style of the cottage. A gorgeous homely kitchen complete with modern Aga, a cosy sitting room, 2 lovely double rooms, and then a twin room up in the attic. Also beautiful high ceilings, unusual in a cottage. Immaculately clean, and lovely touches like bread and milk left for us.

Perfect location in the village of Mells, just outside Frome and about 30 minutes from Bath. Lots to do in the area, or you can just enjoy the village. Excellent local pub, the Talbot. We ate there on saturday night and the food & atmosphere is great. Gorgeous walled garden. Lovely walks. Lots to do in Frome, the market on the first sunday of every month is definitely worth a visit.

Easy to book, very lovely and friendly owner.

All in all a fantastic stay.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Mells is the perfect english village, with a friendly well stocked village shop and a great pub. The surrounding countryside is stunningly beautiful and there are so many things to see and do.

Activity and Interests


Lyme Regis and the South West coast is approximately a one to one-and-a-half hour drive, depending on traffic.


Nearest airport - Bristol (half hour drive); Heathrow 2 hours.

Trains: Bath (half hour drive); Westbury (20 minutes); Frome (10 minutes)

A car is recommended although not essential. You can get a train to Frome, then a taxi to Mells, and there is plenty to do in the village (great pub, 2 cafe's, a well stocked shop and miles of beautiful countryside to explore on foot or by bike)


There are so many great places to visit - Pretty country villages a short drive away:- 2 miles to Babington House (private members club), 10 minutes to the medieval artisan town of Frome (with nearest supermarkets and petrol stations), 20 minutes to Bruton, half hour to the Cotswolds, Wells, Glastonbury and Bath (with amazing architecture, shops and galleries, the Roman Baths and the new Spa). Longleat safari park is a 15 minute drive, Stonehenge 35mins drive


Rental rates

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Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Minimum booking period of one week during July and August

Changeover Day:
Changeover usually on Fridays. Arrival time is usually after 4pm and departure before 10am, but we try to be flexible.

Notes on prices:
Nightly rate £150 weekdays, £200 fridays and saturdays. 3 night minimum stay.

A security deposit of £200 is required to secure the booking and is refunded within 7 days of departure.

£200 deposit (against damages) is required to confirm the booking. 50% payment is due 2 months before arrival and the remaining 50% one month before arrival

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From the Owner

The cottage is on the edge of the village, so is very peaceful with lovely country walks on the doorstep, but also benefits from being a very short walk to the shop and pub. The pub has recently been refurbished and is very popular with locals as well as visitors to the area.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Main bathroom with roll top bath and wc Shower Room with wc


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with French oak double bed, stone mullion windows, oak window seats Bedroom 2 with double bed, stone mullion window, oak window seat Bedroom 3 with twin beds


  • Garden


  • Notes on accommodation: Not ideal for very young children. Well behaved pets are accepted at our discretion - please discuss this before you book. Outside: There is a small pretty private garden with garden furniture, perfect for outside dining. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Clean towels and bed linen included and changed weekly. The property is cleaned weekly.

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