2 bed character cottage ancient 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 bought 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 well equipped and very comfortable. 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.
Beautiful cottage, stylish and comfortable. Cathy and Will were on hand if we needed them but left us to our own devices otherwise. Such a welcoming place to stay, we loved it.
Thank you for your lovely review. I really glad you enjoyed your stay so much, it was lovely meeting you both. Cathy
very clean and well equipped. Parking a bit tight to get in and out. Very quiet. No garden. Lovely host. Milk and biscuits tray on arrival and condiments all in kitchen which is good.
Stairs steep and spiral ok for small feet not size 12 like my husbands!overall a lovely area and enjoyed our stay.
Thank you for your kind review. We enjoyed hosting you both and appreciate how tidy you left the cottage and you lovely comments in the guest book.
I just wonder why you said "No garden?" I should correct this to avoid confusion for other potential guests reading this. I do have a garden for guests to sit in and showed it to you when you arrived. It is described in the details and there are photos of it too! It is small, (About 10ft x 6ft max) and within the walled courtyard where you also parked your car. It has a cafe table and seating for up to 4, a small water feature, lilac and cheery trees, a small lawn and flower pots. Other guests have commented how much they enjoyed sitting there as it gets the sun, but has dappled shade from the trees. I'm sorry you missed it, and for any confusion. I do hope you will return and find it for yourself.
AUG 24TH - 31ST
We really enjoyed our stay at Dairy cottage. It had everything we needed (including frìendly hosts!), in a lovely village with a shop, pub and playground. Lots to do nearby and as we had (mostly) lovely weather we got to explore the area including the seaside.
Lovely cottage and great location.
The cottage was ideal for us - comfortable and well equipped. Although the bathroom is small and the spiral staircase a little awkward to get up and down they do maximise the available space and the rest of the cottage more than makes up for them.
We loved the patio garden available for us and as we were very lucky with the weather we made the most of the are. It is close to many places worth visiting as well as walks - many of which you can do from the cottage. Will and Cathy the owners made us very welcome and made us feel that nothing was too much trouble for them. Would definitely recommend it and would stay there again
Wonderful week in Somerset!
We had a lovely time in Cathy and Will's beautiful cottage. It was the perfect size for 3 of us, very comfy and cosy, and so well-equipped with everything we could have needed and more. I think this was our first holiday when we didn't miss anything! We liked having Cathy and Will available to answer any queries and for a morning chat at the doorstep but they were also careful to give us our space, which we appreciated. The ideas about things to do and 'top tips' from former guests were incredibly useful and we used them to plan our trips. Location wise it's perfect. A beautiful villlage between the hills and the flats -amazing dog walks in every direction! Close to Wells with all its shops and supermarkets, so easy to self-cater, and so much to do, even with a big, furry dog in tow (dogs welcome pretty much everywhere). We all particularly enjoyed Brean downs, and the beaches at Brean and between Berrow and Burnham; exploring the footpaths in the hills; woodland walks at Stockhill and Ebbor gorge; spotting Hot Fuzz locations in Wells (very exciting!!); and our 11pm dog walks, marvelling at all the stars and just catching foxes and mice in the light of our torch! A wonderful, magical holiday. Highly recommended.
Lovely week in a gorgeous part of the country.
We really enjoyed our stay. The cottage was well presented and had everything you would need. Cathy and Will were very friendly.
Weather wasnt really on our side but we did manage to explore the immediate area and followed some gorgeous public footpaths in between visiting the nearby hotspots.
All in all, a nice little break!
Thank you, Chris for your kind review. It means a lot. Thank you also for leaving the cottage so tidy and clean. Guests like you are very much valued and you'd be most welcome to stay again. I'm sorry the weather was so wet, but glad you still found things to enjoy.
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.