3 Bed House Adjacent to the Owners Property & Two Self Catering Cottages
About Mary Coombes
Mark and I have lived together in Knapp House which is next to Withy House & Cottages for over 15 years. We enjoy living in this beautiful and peaceful part of the country and this is where we plan to stay. We have thoroughly enjoyed renovating the house & cottages and transforming them into somewhere that our guests can really relax and enjoy the fabulous Somerset Levels on foot by bicycle or car. I have worked as a Beauty Therapist for the past 30 years from my clinic in the small town of Castle Cary, just 25 minutes away. We have decorated and furnished the house as if we were to be living there ourselves and we believe that we have made a truly comfortable home from home using only the very best to ensure that your stay with us is a wonderful experience. We aim to offer the very best service you could hope for and as we live so close we are on always hand should you need us.
Mary Coombes purchased this House in 1984
Why Mary Coombes chose Langport
Withy House was built in 1898 in the style of a Victorian villa and retains many of the original features, including a painted logo on the wall of the family bathroom done by a local painter and decorator in 1906 to advertise his work. Situated just a short walk from the Rose and Crown public house, which is an original inn from the 1600’s and only a few minutes’ drive to a really great selection of restaurants and local pubs. In easy walking distance of Langport with its pubs, restaurants and shops. We have decorated and furnished the house as if we were to be living there ourselves and we believe that we have made a truly comfortable home from home using only the very best to ensure that your stay with us is a wonderful experience. Huish Episcopi and Langport are situated at the heart of the beautiful Somerset Levels. The ancient beauty and diverse wildlife of the area makes it one of the landscapes that have inspired many artists and photographers as well as drawing visitors from all over the world. The ancient Muchelney Abbey is less than 2 miles from Huish Episcopi and Glastonbury Tor is only 12 miles. We love the area because of its natural beauty with each season there is always something happening. Fantastic nature and wildlife surrounds us in an under stated way. Ideal for special interests such as walking, bird watching, fishing and visiting the many national trust houses and historic monuments nearby but yet not far from places such as historic Bath or even London is only a couple of hours away. Likewise the seaside town of West Bay is only a 28 miles away. The house is very close to the ancient site of the Battle of Langport and there is so much history about the ancient folk that lived on the Levels who paddled in dugout canoes between the islands that are now the villages of Othery, Middlezoy and Weston Zoyland. Lots to see explore and enjoy.
What makes this House unique
Ideal for weekly or short breaks for families, small groups to relax or follow interests such as walking, bird watching, fishing and visiting the many national trust houses and historic monuments nearby. We are also not far from beaches on the South or North coast. If you fancy some shopping there is always Clarkes Village outlet centre and historic Bath. But if you choose to relax or play games there is plenty of space in the large garden which is shared with guests and ourselves and is on edge of the levels and moors. A public footpath runs behind the house and leads to the river and a lovely walk into Langport. The house is ideal for winter breaks the open fires creates a cosy atmosphere no matter the weather, in summer the thick stone walls keep the temperature inside nice & cool.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Please be respectful of our neighbours.
Please do not leave pets alone in the house.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Lovely short break location
Great venue, brilliant host with lots of really homely touches to make our stay special. Great for the dog who was put firmly in his place by the tabby cat! and for our granddaughter who loved the games shed.
We have nothing negative to say about this cottage. It was big, clean, and full of little details to keep you looking around. It's in a great location with plenty to do nearby. Mary and Mark are great hosts and very easy to deal with. I can't wait to come back.
Great location for NT properties, lovely friendly proprietors, lots of pubs nearby too!
This house had a fab kitchen with everything we needed, and a large porch for all our walking boots! The owners were super friendly and welcoming, and very helpful regarding local information etc. It was great to receive a welcome breakfast pack with milk, butter, eggs from the owners hens (yum!) and various cereals and local apple juice.
The garden was lovely and we really appreciated making use of the fire pit and BBQ, plus we were offered home grown peaches from the tree in the garden, such a nice treat.
The tap house across the road was interesting with lots of real ales and ciders and had a classic car event one night.
We couldn’t believe the amount of National Trust properties that were dotted about in the vicinity, we averaged one or two a day, possibly the most we have ever been to in one week.
I recommend a trip to Burrow Hill cider, and going up the actual hill, an enchanting hill with a single tree, a trig point and a swing at the top - we made the most of that moment and the stunning 360 views.
A great stay, thank you so much.
Short journeys by car will take you to either coast, Exmoor National Park and many National Trust properties.
Bristol and Exeter airports - 1 hour
Taunton and Yeovil train stations - 30 minutes
Taunton - 12 miles
Glastonbury - 12 miles
Yeovil - 14 miles
Wells - 16 miles
Cheddar - 20 miles
An ancient market town it retains much of its old world charm and is unique among the many ancient settlements in this remote unspoiled area known as the Somerset Levels & Moors.
Langport is situated on the banks of the River Parrett and this has played a significant part in its fascinating history. Its role as an important trading post in the 18th century is reflected in its fine architecture and in the historic wharfs and warehouses now being sympathetically restored. The attractive river area is now important for leisure and tourism.
Old Langport was situated on the hill at the eastern end of Bow Street, a strategically defensive position. The Celts and Romans came as did the Saxons who had a fortress here. By this time, Langport was an important river port fortified by the Normans. Once a borough with a portreeve, (a mayor or principle magistrate), a corporation and a Town Hall dating back to 1735, Langport has retained much of its medieval character. Many businesses were founded on the strength of the river and the sea but the coming of the railway in 1853 resulted in its rapid decline and the long tradition of the river trade eventually ceased.
The site of All Saints Church was the original settlement with the grave of Walter Bagshot is in the church yard. He became a famous economist, born in Langport, who helped form today's international monetary system. His forbears in the 18th Century established the Langport Bank of Stuckey & Co. connecting Langport to London's financial centre. Langport had had its own mint since Saxon times which brought great prosperity to the town for 150 years.
Langport is a small town of great contrasts between the tightly defined spaces within the town streets and the open green levels where in summer cattle graze on rich pastures. These meadows support many of the original marsh plants which in turn provide habitats for many varieties of plant and animal life. In winter the flooded moors are scenes of unprecedented beauty.