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Pretty cottage betweens Wells, Cheddar and Glastonbury. Dog and child friendly

Bedrooms 2
Space 516 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

2 bed cottage in an ancient but thriving village Nr. Wells, Somerset, UK

At the foot of the Mendip hills, between Wells and Cheddar in an area of outstanding natural beauty is the ancient village of Westbury-sub-Mendip. A short walk from the village centre, is the Dairy, a 400 year old, stone cottage. In a peaceful location away from noisy roads. Wonderful country walks all around and good village pub and shop just down the road.

The Dairy is a charming, two-bedroom, self-catering cottage, with a wealth of original features and thick stone walls. The cottage is set within a sunny courtyard behind high stone walls with its own patio garden and is attached to the owners’ old farmhouse, yet is completely self-contained.

The Dairy offers a peaceful retreat for couples, families, walkers, cyclists and dog owners; all of our guests are warmly welcomed! We really want you to get the most from your stay with us and we are happy to advise you on places to visit, or discovering the hidden gems in this beautiful part of Somerset. The cottage makes the perfect home from home with everything you could need in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.

A stable door opens into the sunny sitting room with comfortable sofa and chairs. There is a TV with Freeview and DVD player, as well as plenty of DVDs, books and games. Wifi is provided.

The kitchen has a good sized dining table, which seats up to 6. There is an electric oven, washing machine, microwave and plenty of good cookware, utensils and crockery so that you can happily cook your own meals if you wish.

Follow the winding spiral staircase, with built in stairgate, upstairs to the 2 comfortable bedrooms. A roomy dual aspect master bedroom with the original 16th century vaulted ceiling beams. The double bed is romantically canopied with white muslin drapes and made up with fresh, quality white cotton bedding. The single bedroom overlooks the sunny garden, and has room for an additional bed or cot.

The shower room has a good sized electric shower, wash basin and toilet. There is a separate wash basin in the master bedroom.

Outside is a large walled courtyard with parking space, shared with the owners. There is a small sun-trap patio garden, exclusively for guests, with a water feature and small lawn. A table and chairs are set under a lilac tree, with roses and other plants climbing the walls; a perfect place to sit and read. There is space in our barn to store guests’ bicycles if needed, and a portable BBQ is available.

From the cottage, there are many lovely country walks, including to Lynchcombe nature reserve on the edge of the village, which leads up to the craggy Mendip tops and has outstanding views of the area as far as the somerset coats and Wales beyond. We can provide maps and guides to inspire you for walks and trips. Dogs are welcome with their well-behaved owners. There are plenty of dog friendly pubs nearby including the one in the village.

Children are always welcome and we try to provide everything you need, such as cot, stairgate, highchair, baby bath, step stool and a changing mat, as well as plenty of toys so you can save space in your car.

Cathy and Will, the owners live next door and are always happy to help you get the most from your stay, or leave you in peace to discover the area as you wish.

More Details

Mrs Cathy Hancock
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
13 May, 2018

About Mrs Cathy Hancock

Will and I are both country people who met in Bristol in 1982. We both had stressful jobs and always dreamed of buying an old farmhouse in the countryside, in a peaceful, beautiful place, where we could have chickens, dogs and children. Luckily for us, we were finally able to make this dream a reality, when we bough a former farmhouse in a beautiful Somerset village. The house had an attached cottage, which was the old farm diary, and has been fully renovated to a very comfortable holiday home.

We are delighted to be able to share this beautiful place with our holiday guests and have met many lovely people since we started renting the cottage in 2003.

Cathy and Will Hancock

Mrs Cathy Hancock purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Mrs Cathy Hancock chose Westbury-sub-Mendip

We bought Cottage Farm and the adjoining Dairy cottage in 2000 as it was the perfect place to raise our family. (now grown up)

Walking up the hill at the back and looking down on the house and cottage, we feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. We are surrounded by magnificent and varied countryside. From the craggy hill tops you can see the coasts of Wales and North Devon.

Yet we are only minutes away from England's smallest city of Wells. Or the exciting and very different cities of Bristol and Bath, with all the culture you could wish for.

Parts of the house date back over 1000 years. So we are just the latest custodians to enjoy living in this special place, and are happy to share this with our guests

What makes this cottage unique

As we live next door, we are always happy to advise our guests on places to visit and help them get the best from their stay. However we are also careful not to intrude.

We have stayed in many holiday lets over the years and have incorporated the best ideas into The Dairy. We are always striving to ensure our cottage is the best it can be. It is warm and cosy in winter and cool and comfortable in summer.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"You have put together a wonderful holiday experience, which I shall recommend to everyone at home. Loved the "four poster" bed, and such a quiet, clean, cosy and well equipped base to return to after our busy days exploring the area. Especially loved Wells cathedral with its ancient striking clock and medieval street, the farmer's market and the lovely rural walks here". Julie E. Surrey.

"Idyllic setting and everything in the cottage we could ever need! Sam and Daisy loved the toys and watching the chickens, while eating breakfast- a real treat! The beds are super comfy and its so quiet. We all enjoyed Wells, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole caves, Noah's ark farm, the beach at Burnham and plenty of beautiful walks. Thank-you for all the advice and help we plan to come back next year" Henderson family -Cornwall.

" A lovely cottage in a great location, and so quiet. We have slept so well. We've enjoyed the nature reserves and seeing bittern for the first time. The village pub does great food and its good to see friendly faces all round,". Anne and Stefan, Belgium.
Apr 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Westbury-sub-Mendip in Westbury

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 516 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Pristine, shower room, with wc, wash basin and electric shower. Towels and bath mats provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed , Plus foldaway single bed to make it a twin room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with a very comfortable, canopied double bed under the beams, wash basin and space for cot. Wardrobe and 2 chests of drawers. Second bedroom with comfortable single bed, plus comfortable Z-bed or cot, chest of drawers and hanging space.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: 1 or 2 dogs welcome. Babies and children welcome. We provide cot, highchair, blender, baby bath, stair gates, changing mat etc as well as lots of toys. With thick stone walls and double glazed windows, the cottage is cool in summer and warm in winter. Gas central heating. Open all year. Short breaks and longer lets sometimes available. No smoking inside but guests are welcome to smoke outside. Outside: Sunny, walled courtyard, with parking for 1 vehicle. Pretty guest's garden area is a suntrap, with small fishpond, lawn trees and flowers. Garden table and chairs. Barbecue available. Please note, the garden is not fully enclosed as there is no gate. Utility equipment includes iron and board, vacuum cleaner, and all cleaning products and equipment. The cottage is thoroughly cleaned before the arrival of all our guests. Bed linens and towels provided, (except beach towels). Changed weekly as needed.


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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Bristol airport
Nearest Barpub
600 Metres
Westbury Inn
Nearest Ferry
106 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Wells golf club
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Castle Cary
Nearest Motorway
500 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Local pub- The Westbury Inn
Nearest Ski
10 Miles
Churchill dry ski slope
Nearest Beach
16 Miles
Weston super Mare
Car: recommended

So many wonderful and very varied walks.

Local bicycle hire.


Somerset beaches, wide and sandy, (Weston super Mare, 35 mins drive.)

Dorset beaches - better for swimming (Lyme Regis, Seatown, etc with fossils and world heritage coast 90 mins drive)

4 miles -Wells Cathedral and Bishops palace with moat and gardens.

Wells farmers market every Wednesday and Saturday.

4 miles- Cheddar-Gorge, and caves, and rock climbing and breathtaking walks..

2 miles- Ebbor gorge a wild walk in mysterious wooded gorge.

2 miles Wookey hole caves and family amusements.

6 miles-Glastonbury-ancient town, with ruined abbey, chalice well gardens and mysterious tor of Athurian legend.

19 miles- Bristol vibrant, eco friendly, maritime city. For museums, science hands on experience. Art galleries, visit the ss Great Britain ship museum. Bristol zoo, shopping and theatre experiences.

21 miles- Bath, Georgian city of culture. Wonderful architecture, Jane Austen and other museums.

25 miles Longleaf safari park and stately home.

Many more national trust and other stately homes to visit.

There really is lots to do whatever the weather.


Bristol Airport 35 mins drive

Portsmouth Ferry 2hours approx.

Castle Cary mainline station to London -20 minutes drive.

Car recommended but not essential as the village has an hourly bus service, during the day.


Wookey Hole caves, circus and amusement- 3 miles

Wells Cathedral, Bishops moated palace, Farmers market, Vicar's close -still inhabited medieval street. -4 miles,

Cheddar - Stunning natural gorge and caves -4 miles

Glastonbury -Festival, Abbey, Tor, Chalice Well and quirky town -8 miles

Bath- Roman baths, Georgian architecture, Jane Austen's pump rooms etc - 22 miles

Longleat -Famous safari park and stately home- 25 miles.

Bristol - Zoo, arts, museum, Science activity centre -22miles

Further Details:

Folder provided with lots of information on places to visit and previous guests recommendations. Plus a box of maps, walks and guides etc.

Wonderful area for walking and cycling, from the craggy hill tops with wonderful views to the flat Somerset levels, with miles of enchanting waterways, a magnet for birdlife and crossed with quiet, straight lanes, ideal for cycling.

Wells is England's smallest city and has many individual artisan type shops as well as larger stores and supermarkets. There are plenty of excellent restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes and budgets.

Nearby shopping at Clarks village outlet shopping and Kilver court with Mulberry factory shops.

There are several nature reserves nearby where you can spot a variety of birdlife including the awe inspiring starling murmurations in winter. Otters are sometimes seen. Deer, hares, badgers, foxes and even gloworms are seen around the village.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Westbury-sub-Mendip, Somerset

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Nov 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10

Booking Notes:
Email owner to book or for more information, or please ring if you prefer. Booking secured after payment of 25% minimum. Full payment due 4 weeks before arrival. Dogs are £10 per dog extra.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day Saturday, but sometimes can be flexible out of peak season. Arrival time 4pm, check out 11am.

Notes on prices:
Short breaks available from October til April (or last minute anytime if available) from £70-90 a night.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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