Keepers Cottage, Wood Lane, Butleigh, Somerset, BA6 8TR
01458 850 353 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 after the Summer.
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….
Today's the first day of the Big Butterfly Count and as Sir David Attenborough asked SO nicely on the radio this morning, we'll be sure to take 15 minutes when the sun is out to count the butterflies in the garden! #ButterflyCount http://www.bigbutterflycount.org
We've had a blissful few days at friends' wedding in Edinburgh, and whilst away we heard that we've been awarded a Gold medal in the Taste of the West awards. Taste of the West champion food and drink producers in the West Country, as well as all the places that serve and sell them - such as B&Bs, restaurants and pubs - to prove that when it comes to what you eat and drink, it really is best in the South West. This was the first time we've entered these awards (well, we haven't even celebrated our 2nd birthday yet!!) so we are thrilled and slightly stunned to have been awarded a Gold medal at our first attempt. A special thank you must go to the amazing local food producers that supply us with the delicious ingredients that go into everything we serve to guests. You can see just a few of them on the map on the kitchen wall!
Guests who stayed in early May were totally enchanted by our swallows. One pair having been evicted from the "sentry box" by the kitchen door, decided instead to nest under the front porch (yes, that served us right!!) Breakfast time that week was spent with one eye outside trying to photograph the swallows as they took a quick breather from nest building. Seven weeks later that nest has produced three chicks who have chosen today - a glorious, warm and sunny day - to fledge. Well done swallows! [Thank you to Alan for the lovely photo of the swallow perched on the garden chair - your patience was well rewarded!]
What could be more important at breakfast time than the egg? We are very pleased to now be sourcing our eggs from Sour Down Farm who are at the other (village) end of Wood Lane. They have a mixture of hens, and I'm guessing that the dark brown eggs are from Burford Browns, and the very pale blues from Cotswold Legbars (chicken experts help me out here!!) They are certainly very pretty to look at and are delicious, free range eggs with big yellow yolks. Perfect for breakfast plus all our homemade cakes. biscuits and teatime treats.