2 bedroom cottage with country views, wood-burner and original features.
- english, french, german
I am a qualified languages teacher, but began my career in broadcasting at the BBC and BFBS. I'm really enjoying my state of semi-retirement which has enabled me to pursue my many interests, not least walking and bird watching. I love living in the Chew Valley which has so much to offer and I look forward to sharing its delights with my guests. While it is situated in beautiful countryside, it is within easy reach of Bristol, Bath and Wells. The former are particularly good for lovers of history, theatre, cinema and art. My two grown-up sons also enjoy coming home to the peace and quiet of the Chew Valley.
Judith purchased this Cottage in 1993
Why Judith chose Bristol
I moved to the Chew Valley from London with my family over twenty years ago and I have never regretted doing so. Greenway Cottage was an empty shell and Poppies was derelict when we came here. I began work on renovating Poppies in 2011, slowly restoring it and finally finishing furnishing it this year! A lot of love and attention to detail has gone into this work, and I hope you will love it as much as I do. I care passionately about the natural world and the environment, so Poppies has been restored with this in mind. It is equipped with solar thermal and photovoltaic panels (discreetly situated on the field facing side of the roof). Both properties have original circular stone staircases, though the one in Poppies is purely decorative and now serves as a bookshelf. It is an ideal situation: very rural and yet so close to centres of culture and shops! Despite its rural location, it is very accessible, by car at least. Sadly public transport is very limited.
What makes this Cottage unique
The unique benefits are: peace and quiet with lovely views and a network of public footpaths on the doorstep and yet so close to Wells, Bath,Cheddar, Bristol, Glastonbury and many other places of interest. You can walk to the village pub which has great views and serves excellent food. There are so many interesting places nearby, not least Holt Farm, the home of Yeo Valley, producers of organic dairy products. They have a fabulous garden which is open to visitors on certain days and an amazing workers canteen which is now open to the public for lunch (booking in advance essential) or coffee. It's worth exploring their website. https://www.yeovalley.co.uk/the-valley/events-in-the-valley. Camely Lodge is twenty minutes away on foot and there are two farm shops with restaurants and cafes if you are up for a longer walk! Farrington Farm also offers a host of activities for children. Chew Valley Lake is 5 minutes drive away.
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Modern beautiful cottage
Beautiful, modern, country-side cottage. Quiet and clean. Highly recommended!
My experience at Poppies Cottage exceeded by highest expectations. The cottage is clean, well maintained and could not be in a more peaceful beautiful part of the world. All around the cottage and location, are true photographic experiences. Being form the US, I now understand where all the pictures we see on calendars come from! Judith could not be a better host. Great with communicating prior, as well as during our visit. Even providing bread and jam upon our arrival. I highly recommend staying at Poppies and encourage you to "Soak in" the full experience !.Thank you for a wonderful stay!
Thank you so much for your very kind review. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself.
Lovely cottage very central for Bristol, Bath, and Somerset. Very handy having the local pub Ring O Bells a short stroll down the lane, very friendly atmosphere and lovely food. The cottage was immaculate, very light and airy with a homely feel. Lovely having the wood burner on one of the colder evenings. Judith was there to welcome us on our arrival and was very helpful. Great cottage, Very peaceful and with stunning views. Great weekend break. Would recommend.
Thank you very much for your recommendation and kind comments.
Lovely cottage in great location
Enjoyable stay in a relaxing and well-equipped cottage. Great location for Bath, Stonehenge and Longleat. Would stay again!
Thank you very much for your recommendation.I'm glad you enjoyed your holiday.
Mertons Go West
A newly converted and decorated cottage with everything we needed. Our two dogs loved walking in the fields opposite. We would definitely recommend it.
Thank you for your recommendation. I'm so glad you enjoyed your holiday.
The perfect escape
The house is a true, beautiful little cottage. It's homely, cosy (even on beautifully sunny days) and a relaxing sanctuary from everyday life. We didn't want to leave! Our dog loved curling up in front of the log burner and there are loads of lovely walks right from the front door. Judith is friendly and helpful and there was even some supplies left for us as we arrived. I can't wait to come back again soon. Thank you for a perfect stay.
Thank you for your kind comments. I'm so glad you had a relaxing and enjoyable stay. You would be very welcome if you decide to return.
Just 12 miles south of Bristol, Hinton Blewett is located in the Chew Valley, an AONB, and a short drive from Bath, Wells and Cheddar. Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and renowned for its architecture and many tourist attractions. Bristol is another historic city with a lot to offer, including its buzzing harbour side, many museums, theatres, shops and iconic suspension bridge. Cheddar is famous for its Gorge and cheese but the twin is a little disappointing. The small city of Wells is very near and particularly delightful with its farmers’ markets and stunning cathedral, Bishop's Palace and wide range of shops and cafes. Nearby Wookey Hole provides an excellent day out for families, with its network of underground caves and resident witch! Slightly further on is the town of Glastonbury with its celebrated Tor and Abbey, and its associations with King Arthur and Avalon, not to mention the world famous music festival. The surrounding Somerset levels are particularly popular with bird watchers and naturalists, and are home to several nature reserves.
Hinton Blewett is also on the Limestone Link, making the village pub popular with ramblers. Walkers have immediate access to a wide network of public footpaths and quiet lanes. Within easy walking distance lie Litton reservoirs, a wildflower meadow and nature reserve. Other local attractions include The Chew Valley Lake, popular with birdwatchers, walkers and families, and now offering a fish restaurant and play area. Also nearby is the village of Bruton, which boasts one of the world’s leading commercial galleries: Hauser and Wirth offers free access to its galleries and landscaped garden. Visitors can also enjoy locally sourced food and drink at the on-site restaurant.
You don't need to go far to find excellent food and service in an assortment of local pubs and restaurants.