Keepers Cottage, Wood Lane, Butleigh, Somerset, BA6 8TR
01458 850 353 | email@example.com
Keepers Cottage is a award-winning, country bed & breakfast in a private family home near Glastonbury, Somerset.
With landscaped gardens of about an acre and a gorgeous location surrounded by woods and fields, Keepers is as peaceful and elegant inside as it is out. The epitome of English country house comfort and style.
Thought to date from the 1850s, Keepers Cottage was originally a two-up, two-down gamekeeper’s cottage built from the local Blue Lias stone. In more recent years previous owners remodelled and renovated the cottage and outbuildings, and the gardens were enlarged and landscaped. Your hosts – Ian & Emma Taylor – moved to Keepers Cottage from neighbouring Dorset in 2015, opening the bed & breakfast later that year.
We offer just three guest suites – we call them Paddock, Orchard and Hay Loft. Paddock and Orchard are at either end of a large annexe at the far side of 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 modern bathrooms. We combine this with all the usual comforts and conveniences you'd expect, and then add a dash of luxury, to make for what we think is a really magical combination.
We are passionate about sharing our lovely home and look forward to welcoming you. Please contact us by phone or email to enquire availability, or you can check our current room availability using the 'Enquire Online' (calendar icon) above.
What our guests have to say about us….
I was due to have a root canal filling this afternoon so decided that I needed a proper lunch in case I wouldn’t be able to eat this evening. This is the first filling I’ve had since I was a girl, so a pretty big deal for me and definitely into unchartered waters. I rustled up this amazing warm salad, which as a last minute, last meal really hit the spot. Roasted sweet potato, blanched purple sprouting broccoli, crumbled feta, pumpkin seeds and parsley. The dressing was creme fraiche whisked up with olive oil and a good pinch of sumac. Delicious. I’m back from the dentist, and amazingly feel absolutely fine. So what’s for supper?!
We are so thrilled that our kitchen extension is finished (hooray!!) We are now fully reopened and welcoming B&B guests again. We even have a busy busy pop-up dinner weekend in three weeks time. For those of you that know the layout at Keepers, the new kitchen door is to the right of where the old double doors were. We have a new extra large sink (aka Doggie Spa!), loads of storage for boots, coats, woolly hats etc, and place for an extra fridge-freezer for when we’re super busy and I need the additional space! The window seat is where the old external window was, the one between the original part of the cottage and the old kitchen doors (see pic). It’s all open plan as the old double doors came out (that was more or less the last job on the last day), and have been sold on eBay. I’m feeling very pleased, very lucky to have such an amazing kitchen-workspace, and relieved it’s all over!
We are absolutely thrilled to offer our first weekend yoga retreat in conjunction with Carolyn Smith Yoga and The Drawing Room, Butleigh. Carolyn is an amazing yoga teacher and her classes have become the highlight of my week; I really cannot recommend her highly enough. There are full details of the retreat which takes place on 5th & 6th July on Carolyn’s website www.carolynsmith.org where you can also book and find out more about Carolyn and her yoga teaching. The weekend starts on Friday afternoon and you’ll be staying at our award-winning boutique bed and breakfast with landscaped gardens of about an acre and a gorgeous location surrounded by woods and fields. Spend Friday evening relaxing at Keepers, explore the quintessentially English village of Butleigh, or take a short walk to the village pub for supper. Somerset has a thriving pub scene and there are also a number of excellent gastro pubs a short drive/ taxi ride away. On Saturday morning after a leisurely breakfast at Keepers, amble down the quiet lane to The Drawing Room, Butleigh – it’s just a ten minutes walk or a two minutes drive by car. The theme for the day is reconnecting with body and mind, creating space and letting go of what is no longer needed. You will be practicing hatha, vinyasa, somatic yoga and pranayama, sequenced to prepare for an extended one hour yoga nidra. Yoga nidra is much more than relaxation. You will feel day to day stressors dropping away as you move to a place between being awake and asleep. Lunch is freshly prepared on-site by The Drawing Room. Typical menus are home made soup, hearty salads or gourmet sandwiches. Freshly squeezed, healthful juices are served mid-afternoon. You will leave The Drawing Room around 5pm feeling balanced, refreshed and rejuvenated, and there is free time to relax or explore the local area in the evening. Departure is after breakfast on Sunday morning. The retreat is suitable for beginners and those with yoga experience. Your investment includes the yoga retreat on Saturday including lunch, afternoon juices, yoga tuition and use of mats, props and blankets, plus two nights bed and breakfast. Prices vary according to your choice of accommodation, starting from £270 for single occupancy of a king-double bedroom, to £430 for two people sharing a detached cottage (either twin or superking bed). Numbers on the retreat are strictly limited to a maximum of six places. Carolyn’s retreat usually sell out quickly so early booking is advised. To book please visit www.carolynsmith.org
I’ve been having fun trying out dessert ideas for our next dinner evening in March, and testing them on our lovely builders. Here’s poached pineapple, rum raisin & homemade coconut ice cream before it was swiftly demolished 😉 We are just a few days - yes days! - away from our new kitchen extension being finished and I cannot wait to start welcoming our B&B guests again. It really will have been worth the wait. #dessert #sweettooth #dessertporn