Keepers Cottage, Wood Lane, Butleigh, Somerset, BA6 8TR
01458 850 353 | email@example.com
Situated on a quiet country lane on the outskirts of the village of Butleigh, Somerset, Keepers Cottage is a small, but luxurious, boutique-style bed & breakfast. We are in an absolutely glorious spot with breathtaking views across open fields to Glastonbury Tor, Wells and the Mendip hills beyond.
Thought to date from the 1850s, Keepers Cottage was originally a two-up, two-down gamekeeper’s cottage built from the lovely, local Ham and Blue Lias stones. In more recent years previous owners extensively remodelled and renovated the cottage and outbuildings, and the gardens were enlarged and landscaped. Your hosts – Ian and Emma Taylor – moved to Keepers Cottage from neighbouring Dorset in 2015.
First and foremost this is a relaxed and comfortable family home and we offer just three guest bedroom suites – we call them Paddock, Orchard and Hay Loft. Paddock and Orchard are at either end of an annexe overlooking the garden, and Hay Loft is in a detached cottage, between the annexe and the main house. Which ever private suite you chose you'll find rustic charm with stripped wooden floors, vaulted, oak-beamed ceilings, and beautiful bathrooms. We combine this with all the usual comforts and conveniences you'd expect, and then add a dash of luxury such as sumptuous furnishings and L’Occitane toiletries, to make for what we think is a really magical combination.
We are passionate about sharing our beautiful home and as well as welcoming bed & breakfast guests, we also host pop up-style dining evenings. All are welcome: B&B guests staying for the weekend, as well as those that just want to come along for dinner. In both cases booking is always essential. Our current dinner evenings are all fully booked but we will be back with new dates later in the year.
Please contact us by phone or email to enquire about bed & breakfast availability, or if you would like to be informed of new dinner dates as they are released.
What our guests have to say about us….
Just back from Langport where there's now a vintage market the second Saturday of every month. We love Langport - such a pretty High Street and some fabulous shops, the gorgeous wharf and river walk, plus there's a few really good places for lunch.
Walking the dogs on a wet and windy morning this week I started mentally making a list of some of all things we look forward to now Autumn is here (and there's no getting away from it, it definitely is!) So here's my "consolations of Autumn"; other contributions to lift the spirits very welcome! 1 - Beautiful sunrises and sunsets, with something magical about the light at this time of year. Is it because the sun is lower in the sky? 2 - And you can enjoy a gorgeous sunrise without having to get out of bed at a ridiculously early hour. 3 - It's just about cold enough for a proper fire. 4 - Shorter days mean more time indoors; for me that means more time for baking! 5 - The Starlings are gathering: every morning this week I have seen larger and larger flocks flying overhead as they leave the main roost site at Ham Wall near Street. It will soon be time to dig out those binoculars.
In between breakfast this morning and welcoming new guests this afternoon, we managed to squeeze in a visit to 3 of the venues of this year's Somerset Arts Week. Our favourite was 'A Load of Old Scrap' (yes that made us smile too!!) at Woolavington, where artist Nick Fraser is exhibiting sculptures made from scrap metal in his own studio. They are ingenious, witty and joyful; as you can tell I loved them! Last day to catch all the Somerset Arts Week venues is tomorrow, Sunday 8th October. http://somersetartworks.org.uk/artweeks17/
I got chatting to a lovely guest staying with us about living here - by which I mean Somerset generally, Glastonbury more specifically, and then this very particular house. It's certainly a very beautiful part of the world that we are lucky enough to live in but (bear with me here) I also think there's something a bit special about Keepers. I have tried to articulate this on so many occasions and always feel like I can't quite put it into words. I think I got the nearest to it this afternoon when I described what it's like here late in the evening, and particularly on a clear and starry night. All I can say is that the house looks so, so small, and the sky seems so big. It is a magical feeling, and not one I've ever experienced anywhere else. This picture, of Hay Loft, I think sums it up as well as I can. Can anyone else help me put it into words any better....?