2 bed cottage in an ancient but thriving village Nr. Wells, Somerset, UK
Mrs Cathy Hancock
About Mrs Cathy Hancock
Will and I are both country people who met in Bristol in 1982. We both had stressful jobs and always dreamed of buying an old farmhouse in the countryside, in a peaceful, beautiful place, where we could have chickens, dogs and children. Luckily for us, we were finally able to make this dream a reality, when we bough a former farmhouse in a beautiful Somerset village. The house had an attached cottage, which was the old farm diary, and has been fully renovated to a very comfortable holiday home. We are delighted to be able to share this beautiful place with our holiday guests and have met many lovely people since we started renting the cottage in 2003. Cathy and Will Hancock
Mrs Cathy Hancock purchased this Cottage in 2000
Why Mrs Cathy Hancock chose Wells
We bought Cottage Farm and the adjoining Dairy cottage in 2000 as it was the perfect place to raise our family. (now grown up) Walking up the hill at the back and looking down on the house and cottage, we feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful place. We are surrounded by magnificent and varied countryside. From the craggy hill tops you can see the coasts of Wales and North Devon. Yet we are only minutes away from England's smallest city of Wells. Or the exciting and very different cities of Bristol and Bath, with all the culture you could wish for. Parts of the house date back over 1000 years. So we are just the latest custodians to enjoy living in this special place, and are happy to share this with our guests
What makes this Cottage unique
As we live next door, we are always happy to advise our guests on places to visit and help them get the best from their stay. However we are also careful not to intrude. We have stayed in many holiday lets over the years and have incorporated the best ideas into The Dairy. We are always striving to ensure our cottage is the best it can be. It is warm and cosy in winter and cool and comfortable in summer.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
An excellent location for walking, including 20 local walks from the doorstep. A very enjoyable week!
Thank you Mary for your kind review.
Lovely location with great places to visit close by. Owners very accommodating of our fully electric vehicle.
Thank you. It was lovely to meet you all and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. We were pleased to be able to offer charging for your electric car, and amazed how little it cost. We are happy to offer this to others now and may go electric soon ourselves! Best wishes, Cathy
Charming, snug cottage.
The Dairy is perfectly situated for walking on the Mendips and exploring the Somerset Levels. It's in a great area for bird watching and discovering the excellent traditional pubs in the area. Great beer and cider.
The cottage had everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Lots of delightful country walks on the doorstep - no need to drive.
Thank you Bernard, for your kind review. It was genuinely a pleasure to meet you both and I hope to see you again sometime. Cathy
Lovely and Historic
Perfect little cottage. Fully equipped, good plumbing. Loved the old original timbers. Situated in a beautiful little village with lots of great walks. Owners are very nice and helpful all the while giving you your privacy. Perfect!
Dear Meredith and Larry Ive just found your review! Thank you so much for your kind words. It means a lot that you enjoyed your stay here and that our British plumbing was OK for trans Atlantic guests!
We really enjoyed meeting you both. Warm regards
Cathy and Will
Very enjoyable, very quiet, very dark skies, facilities were excellent and as advertised .
Lovely place to be, beautiful area, good walks nearby. Wells is stunning as is Cheddar Gorge, the weather was very kind which always helps,
Thank you for your kind review, Im glad you enjoyed your stay here and appreciated the the dark skies, we get some amazing starry nights right here in the village.
Cottage was clean, thoughtfully decorated,well equipped and well located.
We stayed for a week in August with two grandchildren and a dog. The cottage was small but perfectly formed! We particularly enjoyed Cheddar the caves are well worth a visit. Also went to Glastonbury, Wells, Burnham, Weston super Mare and the Clarks Village, plenty to see and do and loads of walks for the dog! The owners are on site and are very helpful and obliging - highly recommend this cottage.
Thank you David for your lovely review. Best wishes to Julia and the family. Kind regards Cathy
So many wonderful and very varied walks.
Local bicycle hire.
Somerset beaches, wide and sandy, (Weston super Mare, 35 mins drive.)
Dorset beaches - better for swimming (Lyme Regis, Seatown, etc with fossils and world heritage coast 90 mins drive)
4 miles -beautiful Wells Cathedral often has music concerts and services, and the Bishops palace with its wells, moat and beautiful gardens.
Wells farmers market held every Wednesday and Saturday.
4 miles- Cheddar-Gorge, and spectacular show caves, also rock climbing and breathtaking walks..
2 miles- Ebbor gorge a wild walk in mysterious wooded gorge.
2 miles Wookey hole show caves and family amusements.
6 miles-Glastonbury-ancient town, with ruined abbey, chalice well gardens and mysterious tor of Athurian legend.
19 miles- Bristol vibrant, eco friendly, maritime city. For museums, science hands on experience. Art galleries, visit the ss Great Britain ship museum. Bristol zoo, shopping and theatre experiences.
21 miles- Bath, Georgian city of culture. Wonderful architecture, Jane Austen and other museums.
25 miles Longleaf safari park and stately home.
Many more national trust and other stately homes to visit. Montacute, Lytes Cary, Tyntesfield, Longleat, Dyrham Park .....
There really is lots to do whatever the weather.
Bristol Airport 35 mins drive
Portsmouth Ferry 2hours approx.
Castle Cary mainline station to London -20 minutes drive.
Car recommended but not essential as the village has an hourly bus service, during the day.
Wookey Hole caves, circus and amusement- 3 miles
Wells Cathedral, Bishops moated palace, Farmers market, Vicar's close -still inhabited medieval street. -4 miles,
Cheddar - Stunning natural gorge and caves -4 miles
Glastonbury -Festival, Abbey, Tor, Chalice Well and quirky town -8 miles
Bath- Roman baths, Georgian architecture, Jane Austen's pump rooms etc - 22 miles
Longleat -Famous safari park and stately home- 25 miles.
Bristol - Zoo, arts, museum, Science activity centre -22miles
Folder provided with lots of information on places to visit and previous guests recommendations. Plus a box of maps, walks and guides etc.
Wonderful area for walking and cycling, from the craggy hill tops with wonderful views to the flat Somerset levels, with miles of enchanting waterways, a magnet for birdlife and crossed with quiet, straight lanes, ideal for cycling.
Wells is England's smallest city and has many individual artisan type shops as well as larger stores and supermarkets. There are plenty of excellent restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes and budgets.
Nearby shopping at Clarks village outlet shopping and Kilver court with Mulberry factory shops.
There are several nature reserves nearby where you can spot a variety of birdlife including the awe inspiring starling murmurations in winter. Otters are sometimes seen. Deer, hares, badgers, foxes and even gloworms are seen around the village.