3 star Somerset bed and breakfast near Taunton. Quiet rural location, beautiful gardens. Evening meals available, ideal for walkers & families. Pets welcome.
Thatched Country Cottage and Garden is a VisitBritain 3 Star rated B&B situated in the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to Taunton in a beautiful rural corner of Somerset. Only 1.5 miles from the Devon border, the B&B is ideally placed for touring the South West and the south coast, with Sidmouth, Seaton and Lyme Regis, just forty minutes away. The north coast is just an hour away, meaning that resorts such as Minehead, Watchet and Porlock are within easy reach for a day trip. The English Riviera resort of Torbay in Devon is an acceptable drive at approx 90 mins as is the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall at a little over 2 hours. Somerset,Devon and Dorset are steeped in history and abound in hidden gems not least numerous National Trust properties and gardens and of course the Jurassic Coast.
Our delightful B&B offers a family suite and a separate double and single room. We can and do sometimes accommodate two small children in the single room, either sharing the three-quarter bed or on a folding bed. All rooms have a TV with DVD and tea and coffee making facilities. The Family Suite has two rooms. A large Double/twin and a smaller room off with door between capable of taking two singles.This smaller room has to be passed through to get to the en suite bathroom beyond. The Double Room has a Private Bathroom (just out of one door and into another) and there is also a washbasin within the room. All bedrooms look out over the garden to distance views and the Family Suite and Single Room have old exposed beams.
Thatched cottages are cool in summer and cosy in the winter. There is oil fired central heating in all rooms. If you want an out of season holiday or short break you won't be cold or uncomfortable here at Pear Tree Cottage whatever the weather. The cottage has a traditional colourful border garden with lawns and kitchen garden providing some seasonal vegetables. There is also a large conservatory/garden room and a separate summer house available for relaxation and almost al fresco meals if preferred. The conservatory, warmed by electric heaters, has opposing double glazing which produces wonderful reflections for candlelit dinners in the darker months.
Smaller well behaved dogs are welcomed. Our Yorkies tolerate most providing they know their place. Children are welcomed too and have free run of the grounds subject to parents overseeing safety and as long as they are as well behaved as the dogs usually are! Cots and a high chair are available. We do like the dogs' necessary morning and evening functions to be performed outside the garden in the endless lanes to keep the garden and arboretum clean for play. Trowels/spades are aplenty to feed the hedgerows and to keep the roads clean too. With only a fortnightly rubbish collection we prefer not to have plastic bags in our wheeliebin! We have been planting trees in our 2.55 acres Arboretum since 1990 and most are well established beauties now and with a backdrop of rising ground towards the Devon Border the view is wonderful especially in the Autumn. It proved too difficult to maintain a 9 hole putting course down through the middle because of the poor summers we have had in the last few years and for the present a flock of sheep are doing their best to restore the grass to the mowed condition it was in. We are keeping a mowed pathway around the perimeter for guests' pleasure.