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SummerHouse

Old Stables, Belluton, Pensford

Ground Floor Accommodation
Sleeps: 14
7 nights
£3494 - £4875
Available from a minimum of 0 nights

Overview

  • Sleeps 14
  • Seven bedrooms, six of which are en suite - four super king/twins, two doubles and one bunk bed
  • Three of the bedrooms are on the ground floor
  • Two bathrooms, four shower rooms
  • Suitable for children and baby (high chair available)
  • Up to two well behaved dogs welcome (small additional charge*)
  • Indoor heated pool
  • Indoor hot tub
  • Steam shower cubicle
  • Set in extensive landscaped grounds with private terraces and outstanding views
  • Outdoor furniture and two barbecues
  • Catering can be arranged through Dineindulge, Moondance on 01275 331173 or Chew Kitchen on 01275 332933
  • A range of beauty and therapeutic treatments are available by arrangement
  • Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
  • Ample parking
  • Covid-19 measures* (see Visitors' Notes)

Old Stables

  • Ground Floor:
    Entrance hallway.
    Sitting Room with ample comfortable seating, wood burner and TV. French doors that leads onto the garden.
    Garden Room/Conservatory with large Knole sofa (can convert into double bed*), underfloor heating, magnificent views across open countryside and French doors onto the extensive grounds.
    Large open plan breakfasting kitchen with hand-made wooden units, granite worktops and a slate floor. French doors open onto the patio overlooking the landscaped garden. The large family table seats six to eight easily for jolly breakfasts with additional seating on stools around the central island that seats 8 more.
    A large shared laundry room/boot room with two washing machines and tumble dryers lead off the kitchen, with additional dishwasher. Shared with East Wing, each property has a private locked access.
    Damson bedroom with 3’ bunk beds and a bijou pull-out bed, and access to a small washroom with wc and wash basin off the hall, with low access height.
  • First floor:
    Oak Suite - This double-aspect bedroom has views over the garden and open countryside. Comfortable zip and link super king bed (can convert to twin beds) with a bijou pull-out bed, arm chairs and TV. The en suite has a walk-in shower.
    Chestnut Suite - The largest bedroom, with a comfortable zip and link super king bed (can convert to twin beds) with a bijou pull-out bed and TV. The en suite has a freestanding slipper bath, walk-in shower and his 'n' hers basins.
    Silver Birch bedroom with comfortable 5’ bed, TV, and en suite with a freestanding bath and separate walk-in shower.

East Wing

  • Ground Floor Accommodation
    Entrance hallway.
    Sitting/dining room with ample comfortable seating including a sofa bed for two additional adults (*extra fee). TV and wood burner in large, stone, open fireplace. Plenty of natural light from four skylights and two large ceiling-to-floor windows. The dining table seats six to eight easily.
    Modern fitted fully equipped kitchen with natural sunlight from a skylight with remote electrical operation.
    A large shared laundry room/boot room with two washing machines and tumble dryers lead off the kitchen, with additional dishwasher. Shared with Old Stables, each property has a private locked access.
    Willow bedroom with comfortable super king bed (can convert to twin beds), TV and en suite bathroom with a freestanding slipper bath and walk-in shower.
    Wisteria bedroom with comfortable super king bed (can convert to twin beds), TV and en suite with a walk-in shower.
    Magnolia bedroom with comfortable 5’ bed, TV, and en suite with bath and overhead shower.

Equipment

Old Stables

  • Oil-fired central heating, wood burner in the sitting room
  • 7-burner Smeg range with 2 electric ovens and a grill, combi-microwave, dishwasher, fridge and separate freezer
  • Separate shared laundry room with extra size Samsung washing machine, a standard Bosch washing machine and two tumble dryers. There is an additional dishwasher in case of parties! There are also clothes hanging facilities, an ironing board and steam iron
  • Large 4K TV with a Playstation, Android TV box and a Blu-Ray player in lounge, TV in all 3 first floor bedrooms
  • WiFi internet access*
  • A highchair is available on request
  • Large selection of board games
  • Large 8-seater outdoor teak table with chairs and charcoal barbecue

East Wing

  • Oil-fired central heating, wood burner in the living room
  • Electric oven, gas hob, extractor fan, microwave, slimline dishwasher, under-counter fridge and a freezer
  • Separate shared laundry room with extra size Samsung washing machine, a standard Bosch washing machine and two tumble dryers. There is an additional dishwasher in case of parties! There are also clothes hanging facilities, an ironing board and steam iron.
  • Large 4k Samsung TV with Blu-ray player, Android TV box & Wii in the living room and TV in all three bedrooms
  • WiFi internet access*
  • A highchair is available on request
  • Large selection of board games
  • Large 6-seater outdoor teak table with chairs and charcoal barbecue

Swimming Pool Complex

  • The purpose built swimming pool complex houses a ten-metre swimming pool with a 'Fluvo jet' to exercise against, a hot tub which seats 5 people (at a squeeze) a shower and steam cubicle, robes, slippers, spa towels and hair dryer. The temperature of the pool is 88 °F / 31 ° C and the temperature of the hot tub is 101 ° F / 38 ° C. Bring your own CDs, use those provided, or listen to the radio or Bluetooth; feel free to just sit in the pool room to read, relax or meditate.
  • Guests book sessions for exclusive use of the pool complex in advance of their stay. Prior to check-in, the pool, hot tub and steam room can be booked out for three slots a day: 8am to 10am, 10:30am to 12:30pm, 1pm to 3pm, or 3:30pm to 5:30pm. There is another slot between 6pm to 10pm which is chargeable at £50 per day.
  • We can arrange personally approved people to offer you Massages, Aromatherapy Treatments and Personal Trainer Assessment which can be arranged by yourselves at an extra charge if required.

Features

  • Lovingly converted stable block.
  • Flexible sleeping accommodation – four of the super king beds can be made into twins making it ideal for different combinations of guests, from families, to couples, to groups of friends.
  • TVs in all adult bedrooms.
  • Take a dip in the heated swimming pool or relax in our in hot tub or steam room.
  • Relax and be pampered at the house with a whole range of beauty treatments provided by private local beautician (see 'Things to Do').
  • Outdoor eating areas with a barbecue.
  • Within easy reach of the culture-rich cities of Bath and Bristol, the picturesque scenery of Cheddar caves and gorge and Wells, the smallest city in England as well as pretty unspoilt villages.
  • There are a great range of walks up into the Mendips and beyond where guests can enjoy the array of wildlife that freely roam over this breathtaking landscape.

SummerHouse is a wonderful holiday let for 14, nestled in extensive grounds in picturesque Somerset countryside, overlooking the stunning Mendip foothills in the Chew Valley.

Exclusively yours, this magnificent private estate comprises a lovingly restored stables and a granary - Old Stables, sleeping eight, and East Wing, sleeping six. Originally built in 1800 as part of the Belluton Grange estate to serve the nearby villages, nowadays they are full of comfy rooms, and offer unique and memorable stays for large groups.

The old barn, meanwhile, has been turned into a spa with luxury heated swimming pool, hot tub, steam shower and changing rooms. Indulge in the range of activities on hand. Or kick back and relax!

Old Stables and East Wing are adjacent to each other, being connected by a shared laundry room between them.

Located in ten acres of beautiful grounds with a panorama of the Mendips as your morning view, on a short walk, you will encounter the eponymous summerhouse, as well as Georgian features including a well and a rare Horse Wash, utilising a natural spring.

Old Stables comprises glorious accommodation for eight over four bedrooms. Retaining its original character, it benefits from two reception rooms; the Garden Room with magnificent views of the iconic Pensford viaduct, straddling the Chew Valley, that speaks of the heyday of train travel; and a spacious sitting room with wood burner. The fully equipped open plan breakfasting kitchen offers plenty of space for everyone to dine together. All of these rooms have French doors that lead onto the garden.

Upstairs are three luxury en-suite bedrooms, two with super king beds that can be made up as twins if required, and the third with a 5 ‘ king. Two have bathrooms with freestanding baths and separate showers., one has a shower room. The fourth bedroom is located downstairs and has full size bunk-beds and access to a downstairs washroom.

East Wing (the show-off little sister), provides ground floor accommodation for six over three beautiful en suite bedrooms. Its spacious sitting/dining room has ceiling-to-floor windows, and a magnificent fireplace with a cosy wood burner. There is an HDTV with a Wii, Android TV box and a Blu-Ray player. A bank of skylights stream natural light into the room making it nice and bright. Just off the living room, there is a modern kitchen with an electric oven, gas hob, built-in microwave, and a slimline dishwasher.

Opposite the front door and entrance hall is Wisteria, a super king/twin bedroom with a TV and en suite walk-in shower. Just off the living room are two further en suite bedrooms: Willow has a super king bed (can convert to twins), TV and en suite bathroom with a freestanding slipper bath and walk-in shower; Magnolia, has a comfortable 5’ bed, TV, and en suite with bath and overhead shower.

Discover the purpose built spa complex housing a ten-metre pool, hot tub, changing rooms and steam cubicle. For groups, we can also offer massages, aromatherapy treatments and personal trainer assessment which can be arranged by yourselves at an extra charge.

Outside SummerHouse, a private terrace has ample seating for your party, with loungers, comfy chairs and a charcoal barbecue. There is also a private patio with charcoal barbecue at the foot of the driveway. The garden itself is shared by guests and owners alike.

There’s plenty to keep you on site and lots of reasons to venture out into the beautiful Somerset countryside! SummerHouse is situated in Belluton, a hamlet on the B3130, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book, and nearby Pensford has a wealth of history too.

SummerHouse is within easy access to the A37 for travelling to the Georgian city of Bath and the home of Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Bristol. Both cities can be reached within 30 minutes.

SummerHouse is also ideally situated for visiting the historic City of Wells, England's smallest city, with its ancient Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and lovely market square with its twice weekly market.

Within easy reach are the impressive gorge and caves of Cheddar and Wookey Hole, historic Glastonbury, and the new designer outlet at Kilver Court.

Chew Valley is unique in the West Country, comprising some 35,000 acres of unspoilt and protected countryside which occupies the middle ground of the Bath, Bristol and Wells triangle. Dominating the south side of the valley are the foothills of the Mendip Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The valley contains both the Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes, notably for their fishing, birdlife, sailing and nature study amenities. The villages in the Valley are all unspoilt and each has its individual charm and character.

There are several walks from the front door, including a stiff climb up to the Iron Age Hill fort atop Norton Malreward or a meander along the Chew Valley to see the Stanton Drew Standing Stones.

There is great food to be found at The Rising Sun in Pensford and ‘the Pelly’, The Lazy Lobster and The Bear and Swan in Chew Magna. If you are looking for gourmet dining, look no further than The Pig near Bath, four miles distant. Please note, you will need to make a reservation for The Pig well in advance.

SummerHouse provides perfect group accommodation for guests attending weddings at The Pig near Bath, a nine minute taxi drive away. Weddings at Folly Farm, and Ston Easton Park can be reached within 11-15 minutes’ drive.

The cottages at SummerHouse are also available to rent separately for smaller groups - Old Stables (sleeps 8) and East Wing (sleeps 6).

EATING & DRINKING

PRIVATE CHEF EXPERIENCE

We've partnered with Dineindulge to make hosting a memorable dinner party at East Wing an absolute breeze.

Their chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish. They'll bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. All you have to do is sit back, maybe enjoy a glass of wine or two, and anticipate the amazing gastronomic experience that’s on the way!

Also check out their range of delicious menus here starting at £29.99 per person. It’s quick & easy to book online, and if you’re not sure of all the details or can’t decide on a menu, don’t worry! You can simply pay a £60 deposit to secure your date and finalize all the details later with the Dineindulge team.

In light of Covid-19, Dineindulge chefs have been given more stringent operational procedures to follow to ensure your safety as well as their own. If you’d like further information on this please email Charles at stay@staycationholidays.co.uk

On the day of the event...

The chef will arrive approximately 2 hours before the start of service, along with all the ingredients needed to cook your chosen meal in your kitchen.

The chef will cook and serve each dish to you – and they’re happy to pass on some tips if you want to improve your own cookery! Before leaving, the chef will ensure the kitchen has been cleaned.

LOCALLY

There are numerous hostelries in the area most of which serve food from Michelin starred cuisine to good home cooking including:
Travellers Rest, Pensford Hill, Pensford, Bristol BS39 4JF - 01761 490 347 - is within walking distance (6 minutes' walk)
The Rising Sun, Church St, Pensford, Bristol BS39 4AQ (0.9 miles)
George & Dragon, High St, Pensford, Bristol BS39 4BH (0.9 miles)
The Pelican, 10 S Parade, Chew Magna, Bristol BS40 8SL - 01275 331 777 (2.6 miles)
The Bear & Swan, 13 S Parade, Chew Magna, Bristol BS40 8PR - 01275 331 100 (2.6 miles)
The Queens Chew Magna, Silver St, Chew Magna BS40 8RQ (2.4 miles)
Lazy Lobster chew magna, 5d S Parade, Chew Magna, Bristol B40 8SH (and fish shop) (2.6 miles)
The Compton Inn, Court Hill, Compton Dando, Bristol BS39 4JZ (2.7 miles)
The Carpenters Arms, Wick Ln, Stanton Wick, Pensford, Bristol BS39 4BX (3 miles)
The Pig - near Bath, Hunstrete House, Hunstrete, Pensford, Bath BS39 4NS (3.6 miles) features homegrown garden produce but needs to be booked in advance - 0845 077 9494.
Chew Kitchen, Bell Lane, off Dairy Way, Chew Stoke, Bristol BS40 8UP (3.8 miles)
Salt and Malt Chew Valley, Walley Ln, Chew Stoke, Chew Magna, Bristol BS40 8XS - Fish & Chips restaurant and takeaway, Chew Valley Lake (3.7 miles)
Woodford Lodge, Chew Stoke, Bristol BS40 8XH - breakfasts, lunches & afternoon teas (5 miles)
Stoke Inn, Bristol Rd, Chew Stoke, Bristol BS40 8XE (4 miles) - with a restaurant inside plus a full-fledged Indian restaurant run as a separate entity for eat in or take-away. There is also a pizza takeaway (Gustoso Pizzeria). Parts of the building are employed as a fruit and veg shop. Breakfast is available in the bars, and fish and chips to eat in or take-away are a speciality.
The Crown, Crown Hill, Regil, Bristol BS40 8AY (5.8 miles)
Prince of Waterloo, Winford, Bristol BS40 8DE (5.4 miles)The Blue Bowl Inn, Bristol Rd, West Harptree, Bristol BS40 6HJ (6.7 miles)
Ring O' Bells, The St, Compton Martin, Bristol BS40 6JE (8 miles)
Waldegrave Arms East Harptree, Church Ln, East Harptree, Bristol BS40 6BD (8.3 miles)

BRISTOL (6.3 miles)

Bristol has an eclectic culinary culture and a thriving restaurant scene that puts great emphasis on locally sourced, ethical produce. Start your culinary tour of Bristol at the bustling St Nicholas Market, where you can buy delicacies to enjoy on the go or eat in at one of the many bijou cafés. Then, take a wander towards the docks, where you’ll find some of Bristol’s best contemporary dining rooms, such as Riverstation and Bordeaux Quay.

Clifton Village is another foodie hot-spot where you’ll find a wide choice of intimate, independent restaurants, such as Fishers fish restaurant and modern Italian Prosecco, an elegant dining room serving contemporary-style Italian dishes.

If you want to experience some of the most cutting-edge cooking the city has to offer, make a trip to Westbury-on-Trym, just a few miles from the city centre. Here you can sample inventive gastronomy at Casamia, a Michelin star restaurant inspired by the haute cuisine of chefs such as Heston Blumenthal and Ferran Adria.

Recommendations: Greens – no-frills, high-flavour European cooking. 0117 924 6437; Bristol Lido – splendid unique European poolside dining 0117 332 3970; Paco Tapas – bar from Peter Sánchez-Iglesias and team 0117 925 7021 behind neighbouring (exclusive) Casamia.

BATH (12 miles)

Bath has a limitless array of eating options, from the very formal to the casual, as well as some excellent gastro pubs and bars. The locally brewed Bath Ales can be sampled at pubs across the city, while there are a number of critically acclaimed restaurants to try, too, from the Michelin starred The Bath Priory to nationally renowned vegetarian restaurant Demuths. There are also plenty of well-known chain restaurants to choose from, as well as quaint tea shops and speciality stores – don’t miss a trip to The Real Italian Ice Cream Company for the best ice cream this side of Rome, or sample an authentic Bath bun at Sally Lunn’s world-famous tea shop.
Recommendations: Acorn, a marvellous Vegan Restaurant 01225 446059; Corkage – little-plates-and-glasses ethos 01225 422577; Bath Priory – formal setting, elegant food, special 01225 331922.

TAKEAWAYS (6.3 miles)

Lunch – Chew Kitchen Tel : 01275 332933, Chew Stoke (10 minutes).
Fish and Chips – Salt and Malt – Tel : 01275 333 345, Chew Stoke (10 minutes) (Josh Eggleton)
Chinese – Chef Wu Tel : 0117 986 256, Keynsham (11 minutes).
Indian (Basic) – Blue Ginger Tel : 01275 837865, Whitchurch - Unlicenced TYO (6 minutes).
Indian (High class)- Mint Room (Bath) Tel : 01225 446656, Bath (20 minutes).

TAXI

Pensford Taxis Tel : 01761 490680 or 077652 03589
Chew Cars Tel : 07831 858 765
Exec Firm Tel : 01172 141 247
V-Cars Tel : 01179 252626
Arrow Cars (for Bristol Airport) Tel : 01275 475000

VILLAGES, TOWNS & CITIES

CHEW MAGNA (2.7 miles) is a beautiful English village with a Main Street and church along with 3 pubs serving food, a fish shop and restaurant and also a Michelin starred pub the 'Pony and Trap'. The Main Street has a small supermarket, a post office, a butchers, a cafe (which sells fresh bread).

BRISTOL (6.3 miles) is world renowned as a port and has a wide range of museums highlighting the city's history. Bristol can boast some impressive historical landmarks, too, in the shape Brunel’s awe-inspiring Clifton Suspension Bridge and his beautifully restored steamship, the SS Great Britain in Bristol's historic Harbourside.

Visit Bristol Museum & Art Gallery which features outstanding collections of art and archaeology, geology and natural history and the interactive We The Curious science centre. For contemporary art don’t miss the achingly hip Arnolfini, while just across the river you’ll find the Watershed, one of the city’s major cultural hotspots where you can catch indie and art-house films, see an exhibition or grab a drink overlooking the docks.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is an adventure into an exciting animal kingdom, all set within 12 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens.

The city’s major theatres and concert halls include the Bristol Old Vic, the Colston Hall and the Tobacco Factory, while more mainstream touring productions are on offer at the Bristol Hippodrome. The Old Duke is a music venue situated on the cobbled King Street in the heart of Bristol. Named after Duke Ellington, the pub has become world famous for it's live traditional, New Orleans inspired Jazz music. The RWA – England’s only regional Royal Academy of Art – showcases national and international visual art. The St George's Bristol is an independent concert hall and recording studios, staging classical, jazz, world music and opera.

For a comprehensive range of big name brand shops, look no further than Cabot Circus, located in the Broadmead district of Bristol. For a more unique shopping experience head over to the Georgian suburb of Clifton Village, where you can browse unusual independents, upmarket boutiques and stop for a coffee and cake at some of the city’s prettiest cafes – try the Primrose Café or the Arch House Deli & Café.

A 40 minute drive will take you to The Mall at Cribbs Causeway featuring big name retailers, as well as leisure facilities such as a 12-screen Vue Cinema and Hollywood Bowl.

WELLS (15 miles) is known as England's smallest city, with its historic centre, the magnificent Cathedral situated within a most attractive Cathedral Close, which also boasts the unique moated Bishop's Palace. The Bishop's Palace hosts events throughout the year, please check their website for details. Close by, Vicars Close is home to the oldest complete medieval street in Europe, and the quaint market square offers an array of interesting shops, boutiques and restaurants, and a colourful twice-weekly market.

BLAGDON (11 miles) sits on the northern edge of the Mendip Hills in North Somerset, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is frequented by many visitors, predominantly walkers and ramblers, who take advantage of the free car park in the village to explore the area. There is plenty to see, from Blagdon Lake, a manmade lake teeming with wildlife in one direction, to Black Down (the highest hill in the Mendips) in the other. There are plenty of other reasons to visit Blagdon, including the largest dolls house shop in the area, Cobblers Collectables, and three excellent traditional country pubs: The New Inn, Seymour Arms and The Queen Adelaide. The headquarters of the dairy Yeo Valley is on the outskirts of the village with its Garden Café and the popular Yeo Valley Canteen. There are several amenities including Blagdon Stores and Post Office and a village butcher.

BATH (12 miles) is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city, a World Heritage Site which offers something for everyone. No matter the time of year you visit, you are likely to find events catering for all tastes, from the well-loved Christmas market to music, food and cultural festivals and world-class theatre productions on offer at the Theatre Royal. The streets are lined with every kind of restaurant and a wide range of quality bars and shops. The stunning and well-preserved architecture of the Georgian terraces such as The Royal Crescent are famous. A visit to the celebrated Roman Baths and wonderful Bath Abbey are a must. The American Museum at nearby Claverton Manor makes for an interesting visit, or you could hire a bike or take a gentle boat trip and explore the gorgeous scenery along the Avon and Kennet canal towpath.

Bath is a shopper’s paradise, whether you’re into designer fashion, high street brands or antiques. The modern SouthGate quarter boasts over 55 high-street stores and restaurants.. For a mix of designer shopping, homewares, cafes and restaurants head to Milsom Place. For something totally different try the atmospheric The Corridor, a covered colonnade packed with quirky independent shops selling everything from homemade fudge to designer jeans. A stroll along any of its side streets and lanes will also reveal some lovely artisan producers, handmade jewellery shops, and interesting antique showrooms, packed with unusual, quirky pieces.

Don’t miss the opportunity to indulge yourself at one of the UK’s most breath-taking spas, Thermae Bath Spa. It’s Britain’s only natural thermal spa where you can bathe in naturally warm, mineral-rich waters in the open-air rooftop pool, overlooking the stunning Bath skyline. A wide range of massage, facial and body treatments are also available.

Take in some top-class theatre at the city’s The Theatre Royal. Komedia, meanwhile, is an award-winning venue hosting comedy, cabaret and music nights.

CHEDDAR (15.5 miles) is a large village on the edge of the Mendip Hills, renowned for the Cheddar Gorge and Caves, a SSSI. This largest gorge in Britain includes several show caves such as Gough’s Cave, through which Britain’s biggest underground river runs. The Cheddar Gorge cliffs are Britain’s highest inland limestone crags and create a spectacular sight. The village gave its name to Cheddar cheese and has also been a centre for strawberry growing, the crop being transported on the railway, which now provides a fabulous cycle path, The Strawberry Line.

CLEVEDON (17 miles) is a Victorian seaside town full of old-fashioned charm. Many great writers have penned their finest here and it's easy to see why when you stroll down the Grade 1 listed pier and watch the sun set over the Bristol Channel. The Curzon Community Cinema here is historically unique.

AXBRIDGE (18 miles) is a charming historic town which is famous for its medieval market square and some interesting Tudor houses and 13th century parish church. An art deco cinema in a house, The Roxy, is one of England's smallest (seats 30), with film showings on Friday evenings! Pride of place in the square goes to King John’s Hunting Lodge which is a National Trust property housing a Museum of local history.

GLASTONBURY (21 miles) is an historic town with colourful shops and a mystical atmosphere, well-known for its Tor, music festival and ruined Abbey.

WESTON SUPER MARE (21.3 miles) Travel a little further afield to discover the Somerset Coast with the exciting new Pier at Weston-Super-Mare. Famous for the International Sand Sculpture Festival, miles of Promenade, chuffy trains and donkey rides – the perfect day out at the beach..

STREET (23 miles) boasts a major factory outlet shopping complex - Clarks Village - which attracts visitors from far and wide. It was the first purpose-built outlet shopping scheme in Britain (1993) and now offers over 75 individual shop units, many of which are household-name companies, selling quality goods at discount prices.

ACTIVITIES

The Mendip Hills designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is excellent walking, riding, mountain biking, cycling, rock climbing, pot holing and ballooning country.

WALKS

There are very many wonderful walks in the area. Walk down the driveway and out into Somerset. Books and maps are provided.

Walks include The Chew Valley Three Peaks walk and the Monarch’s Way. Take a leisurely stroll on the well kept footpaths at Blagdon Lake and Chew Valley Lake too.

There are many beautiful circular walks around Chew Magna or try the 3 mile cliff top walk at Cheddar Gorge which rewards walkers with some of the finest views in Somerset. Alternatively a two mile walk to the top of Glastonbury Tor provides beautiful views across the Somerset Levels.

Try Ghost walks of Bath (8pm Thurs, Fri, Sat) - www.ghostwalksofbath.co.uk

ADVENTURE

Mendip Activity Centre, Lyncombe Drive, Sandford, Churchill, Winscombe BS25 5PQ (14 miles).
Cheddar Gorge X-treme, Cheddar (14.3 miles). Adventure caving experiences, rock climbing experiences and Cheddar Gorge climbs.
Cave Climb - Rock Climbing, Abseiling and Caving experiences. Activities run in various venues within 6 miles of Cheddar.
Hamburger Hill Paintball and Junior Quad bikes, Common Wood, Hunstrete, Bristol BS39 4NT (4 miles) - www.hamburgerhill.co.uk
Hot Air Balloons - Fly from Bristol or Bath - www.bathballoons.co.uk www.baileyballoons.co.uk
Xtreme Offroad (Offroad Racing), Royal Bath and West Showground, The Showground, Somerset, Shepton Mallet, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN (19.5 miles)

FISHING

The famous trout lake of Blagdon as well as fishing at Chew Valley Lake, Barrow Tanks and Litton Lakes are all nearby.
Bristol Water Fly Fishing tuition - www.bristolwaterfisheries.co.uk/tuition/, www.bristolwaterfisheries.com

GOLF

Stockwood Vale Golf Club, Stockwood Ln, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 2ER (3.8 miles)
Woodspring Golf Course (7 miles).
Mendip Spring Golf and Country Club (15 miles).

CYCLING

The Strawberry Line is a project backed by local Community Groups, Councillors & Senior Politicians with the aim of converting the old railway line from Clevedon to Cranmore into a network of safe paths for walkers and cyclists to enjoy.
The West Country Way is a route linking Padstow to Bristol or Bath over a distance of 240 miles of which 70 are traffic free. The route in the Mendip Hills is mainly on road and involves steep ascents and descents onto the plateau at Ebbor Gorge and near West Harptree – more suited to experienced cyclists.

RIDING

Tynings Trekking Centre, Blagdon (14 miles) is in a prime situation allowing direct access onto a vast network of bridlepaths covering 1000′s of acres of forestry and moorland with spectacular views across seven counties covering a great variety of terrain. The ‘No Road’ policy means riding with Tynings is suitable for everyone. www.tynings-trekking.co.uk

RACING

Racing at Bath, Bath Racecourse, Lansdown, Bath BA1 9BU - www.bath-racecourse.co.uk (12 miles)

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Hidden Valley Bushcraft, Pensford - www.hiddenvalleybushcraft.co.uk (0.9 miles)

Chew Valley Animal Park (3.2 miles, Chew Hill, Chew Magna. A family run business, set in 8 acres with a large variety of animals which you can get up close and personal, on a daily basis. Hand feed wallabies, pygmy goats and cuddle a piglet. You can handle baby rabbits, guinea pigs, baby chicks and even hedgehogs!

Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions ... Britain's most spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey (15 miles).

Tyntesfield (National Trust) (10.5 miles) is a fascinating Victorian house festooned with gothic architecture and peaceful, wooded gardens.

Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Wraxhall (12.4 miles) has over 100 species of big zoo animals.

Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station (7 miles). Steam trains run right to the edge of the scenic Avon Valley, providing spectacular views. Special events are arranged throughout the year – please check their website for details.

Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park, Keynsham, Bristol (7 miles). The park covers 50 acres of beautiful countryside adjoining the River Avon providing country walks, a boating lake, play areas for children, a small petting zoo and a miniature railway.

Court Farm Country Park, Banwell (17.5 miles). Somerset’s top award-winning farm attraction - open all year round.

Puxton Park, Hewish (17.5 miles). An all-weather adventure park with soft play, aerial climbing and slides in 40 acres of countryside.

The Shoe Museum in Street (22.5 miles) houses more than 1,500 shoes from Roman to modern day. The Museum also tells the story of Clarks from its beginnings in the early 19th century.

Rich's Cider Farm, Highbridge (25.5 miles). A traditional cider farm with a charming farm shop, where you can buy local produce including cider, ale, cheese and honey, as well as locally-made pottery. See how the cider is made and learn all about its history in the cider museum. While you're there, take a look at the apple orchards and stop in for lunch at their top restaurant.

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, Warminster (24 miles).

EVENTS

JANUARY

Sherry & Mince Pie Specials at Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station (7 miles).
Festival of Light at Longleat, Longleat Safari Park (24 miles).
Bristol’s Winter Wonderland at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.
Bath on ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath (12 miles).

FEBRUARY

Blagdon Lantern Parade, The New Inn, Blagdon (11 miles).

MARCH

Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival, Bristol (16.3 miles).
Easter Fairytale Kingdom, Wookey Hole (15 miles).
Easter family fun, Bristol Zoo (6 miles).
Easter Egg Hunt, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Wraxhall (12.4 miles).

APRIL

Bath Comedy Festival, Bath (12 miles).
Easter Fairytale Kingdom, Wookey Hole (15 miles).
Easter family fun, Bristol Zoo (6 miles).
Easter Egg Hunt, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Wraxhall (12.4 miles).
Bristol Folk Festival, Bristol (6.3 miles).

MAY

Bristol Folk Festival, Bristol (6.3 miles).
Somerset Cider & Cheese Fayre, Ring O’ Bells, Compton Martin.
The Bath Festival, Bath (12 miles).
Fun Weekend, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station (7 miles).
International Bath Music Festival, Bath (12 miles).
VegFest UK, Bristol (6.3 miles).
Bath Fringe Festival, Bath (12 miles).
The Royal Bath & West Show, The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset (120 miles).

JUNE

Bath Fringe Festival, Bath (12 miles).
The Royal Bath & West Show, The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset (20 miles).
Let's Rock Bristol!, Ashton Court Estate, Bristol (6.3 miles).
The English Country Garden Festival, The Bishop's Palace, Wells (15 miles).
Bristol's Big Green Week, Bristol (6.3 miles).
Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Glastonbury (16 miles).

JULY

Bristol Shakespeare Festival, Bristol (6.3 miles).
Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol (6.3 miles).

AUGUST

Valley Fest, Denny Lane, Chew Valley Lake (4 miles).
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Court Estate, Bristol (6.3 miles).
Bath Folk Festival, Abbey Chambers, Abbey Churchyard, Bath (12 miles).
Bristol International Kite Festival, Durdham Downs, Bristol (6.3 miles).

SEPTEMBER

The Jane Austen Festival, Bath (12 miles).
Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Bath (12 miles).

OCTOBER

Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Bath (12 miles).
Annual Open Exhibition at RWA, Royal West of England Academy of Art, Bristol (6.3 miles).
Great Bath Feast, Bath (12 miles).
Circus City Festival, Bristol (10 miles). A biennial contemporary circus festival across Bristol.
End of Season Gala, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station (7 miles).
Wells Festival of Literature, The Bishop's Palace, Wells (15 miles).
Halloween at Avon Valley Country Park, Keynsham, Bristol (7 miles).
Spooky Half Term Train Rides, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station (7 miles).

NOVEMBER

Annual Open Exhibition at RWA, Royal West of England Academy of Art, Bristol (6.3 miles).
Bath Film Festival, Bath (12 miles).
Novemberfest Beer Festival, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station (7 miles).
Bath MozartFest, Bath (12 miles).
Festival of Light at Longleat, Longleat Safari Park (24 miles).
Wells Guy Fawkes Carnival, Wells (15 miles).
Glastonbury Guy Fawkes Carnival, Glastonbury (16 miles).
Bath Christmas Market, Bath (12 miles).
Santa Special, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station (7 miles).
Bristol German Christmas Market, Broadmead, Bristol (6.3 miles).
Bristol’s Winter Wonderland at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.
Wookey Hole Santaland, Wookey Hole (15 miles).
The Bishop's Palace Craft Fair, The Bishop's Palace, Wells (15 miles).
Bath on ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath (12 miles).
Made in Bristol Gift Fair, Colston Hall, Bristol (6.3 miles).

DECEMBER

Bath Christmas Market, Bath (12 miles).
Festival of Light at Longleat Safari Park (24 miles).
Bath on ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath (12 miles).
Santa Special, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station (7 miles). Selected dates.
Bristol’s Winter Wonderland at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway.
Bristol German Christmas Market, Broadmead, Bristol (6.3 miles).
Wookey Hole Santaland, Wookey Hole (15 miles).
Made in Bristol Gift Fair, Colston Hall, Bristol (6.3 miles).
Festive Food & Craft Market, Tyntesfield (10 miles).
Meet Father Christmas at Tyntesfield (10 miles).
Bath Artisan Christmas Market, Green Park station, Bath (12 miles).
Supper with Santa at Puxton Park (16 miles).
Sherry & Mince Pie Specials at Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station (7 miles).

Things you need to know about SummerHouse if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside the property.
  • * Up to two well behaved dogs on request - one pet is £25/stay, two pets is £35/stay. Please keep all pets under strict control and leashed in the garden as there are free-range children & cats. Less than a minute's walk from your doorstep, are thousands of fields where you can allow your dog to run around freely. All fouling on the grounds needs to be collected and binned immediately. Pets are not allowed in areas with carpet.
  • Suitable for hen parties, family holidays, mixed groups and corporate events.
  • The pool, hot tub and steam room can be booked out for three slots a day. You can book three slots per day: 8am to 10am, 10:30am to 12:30pm, 1pm to 3pm, or 3:30pm to 5:30pm. There is another slot between 6pm to 10pm which is chargeable at £50 per day.
  • Please read our full instruction thoroughly prior to any of your party using the swimming pool or hot tub.
  • Minimum stay 2 nights all year except at Christmas and New Year which is a minimum stay of 3 nights.
  • Check in after 4pm, check out by 10am.
  • Early ins/outs at £100 each property for three hours either side but please check for availability as this is not always possible.
  • Please supervise all children as there are hazards in the grounds including a well outside the Garden room to the front of the house and a Georgian horse wash on the right of the courtyard. The climbing frame and playhouse are strictly not for use of guests.
  • There are neighbours so we operate a good neighbour policy and state that noise must be kept to a minimum outside after 11pm and, when arriving and leaving the house, always respect other guests and the neighbours' peace
  • The owners live next-door, and do not intrude unless guests request assistance.
  • A £600 security deposit is required three days prior to check in and released within a week should there be no claims against it.
  • * Covid-19 measures for this property:
    In full compliance with the hospitality industry cleaning protocols and safety guidance.
    Intensively cleaned and sanitised.
    Contact-free check in and check out.
    Complete privacy and exclusive use of the cottage during your holiday.
    Naturally isolated.
    Date changes for all existing and new bookings if the lockdown measures are extended or re-imposed.

*Internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to guests free of charge. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor the agent will be held responsible.

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