We stayed in 'Badger Cottage', which is one of three similar cottages set behind a farmhouse in North Somerset. The cottages are perfect for two people and Badger could also accommodate a child in a Z-bed. The accommodation was brilliant, very well done converted farm buildings all on one level. We had a kitchen/lounge, a bathroom with a jaccuzi bath and shower over, and the largest bedroom of the three properties. French doors in the lounge opened to the patio area outside, where there was a patio table and chairs. Being halfway up a hillside, the views were lovely and the sunsets fantastic. The view for Badger was a bit restricted, but the other two cottages (Hare and Owl) were amazing. Owl (slightly more expensive) had a large wooden patio with unrestricted views of the valley.
Almost everything we needed was in the cottage except a washing machine and there was no internet access. This aside, it was very comfortable and warm and it was a delight to come back to each evening after days out exploring the area.
We travelled to Bath, Wells and Bristol - all of which were nearby. Wells cathedral was the most beautiful we have ever seen and The Bishop's Palace nearby is well worth a visit and has gorgeous grounds. Bath's Roman Baths were mind-boggling and an absolute must-see for anyone who hasn't been there.
All in all, Coombe Barn Holidays (and Badger Cottage in particular) provided an excellent holiday. If I was to mention a negative, it would have to be the drive up to the cottages. There was a single rough track of about a third of a mile leading from the main road to the cottages up the hillside. This was narrow and winding with some blind spots (use your horn). We purposely didn't get back too late as we didn't fancy driving up it in the pitch black ! However, this is a personal dislike. Other cottage residents weren't so bothered about it - and to be fair, we never came across anyone driving up or down it in the opposite direction to us: which is what I had feared, as there are very few passing places.
That aside, I would highly recommend these cottages. George, the farmer/owner was really friendly and helpful and the cost of the cottages, compared to others like it, was really good. The location is beautiful and it's very central for anywhere in North Somerset. South Wales is only about an hour away and there are a number of National Trust properties to visit.
A great place for a bit of peace and quiet !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- These converted barns are at the end of a quite country lane on the family's working sheep farm in the pictuesque village of Kelston - only 10 minutes from Bath. They are all cosy single story units for 2 with:Whirlpool bathsGas fired 'woodburning stoves'Pretty wrought iron beds.The area is grea for walking and there is 'The Old Crown',a traditional west country pub, in the village. ... more less