Keepers Cottage, Wood Lane, Butleigh, Somerset, BA6 8TR
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Here’s what you can expect to find when you stay with us. If there’s anything we can do to make your stay more enjoyable – whether it’s a recommendation for good places to visit, the nod on where to go for dinner, or just the number of a local taxi firm - then please contact us and we’ll do our very best to help.
Please see ‘Sleep’ for details on the layout of our rooms, but for each you’ll find:
Our rural position totally surrounded by fields and woods means that we are an absolute haven for wildlife with bats, owls, deer and hare to be seen in the garden and adjoining fields. For walkers there are numerous footpaths on our doorstep, and the second leg of the well-known, long distance ‘Mendip ring’ walk starts just along the lane in Butleigh. In fact for those who are interested in walking, cycling, watching wildlife, or just exploring the Somerset countryside and historic towns and villages, Keepers Cottage is the ideal base.
We are located on a very quiet lane about three-quarters of a mile outside the village of Butleigh. It’s a pretty, fifteen minute stroll along Wood Lane to our great local pub, the Rose & Portcullis (see ‘Eat’ for details). Taking the other lane to the village brings you to the fabulous and very stylish new tea room 'The Drawing Room' and just beyond that Butleigh Post Office & Stores (open Monday to Saturday 7.30am – 7.00pm).
The village of Street, about three miles away, is well known for Millfield public school (in fact one nearby footpath skirts the school’s playing fields, from where you can admire their amazing sports facilities!) as well as Clark’s Outlet Shopping Village, a must-visit for shoppers.
Just the other side of Street are RSPB Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath Nature Reserve, arguably two of the best places in the country to watch the spectacular Starling 'murmurations'. We include more information about how, when and where to view the starlings in your room pack. Just don’t forget to bring your binoculars.
Glastonbury Tor with its ruined tower dominates our local skyline. In the town itself (just a short walk from the Tor), is the Abbey that is reputed to be the site of the first Christian Church in Britain, and according to legend, was founded by Joseph of Arimathea. Glastonbury has its own unique character with a strong, alternative culture and many independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Glastonbury is under fives miles away and just has to be visited during your stay.
Somerton (about five miles) was once the royal capital of Wessex and gave its name to the county of Somerset. Today it’s a really pretty small town arranged around a wide market square with market cross or ‘Butter cross’. Somerton has a number of independent and antique shops, and some good places to eat including the White Hart pub.
Sherborne is actually in neighboring Dorset but as one of the most beautiful market towns in the South with its historic abbey and castle, and a small but gorgeous high street of independent shops and boutiques, it makes for a lovely day out. On the way back, we can point you to some great places to stop off for lunch or dinner.
The city of Bath is a little further afield but is worth the approx one hours drive for its simply gorgeous architecture, beautiful Roman baths and the famous Royal Crescent, plus numerous places to shop, eat and visit.
Other local attractions within a thirty to forty minute drive include the Hauser & Wirth arts gallery at Bruton; Lytes Cary Manor, Barrington Court, and Montacute House National Trust properties; Haynes Motor Museum; Fleet Air Arm museum; the city of Wells and cathedral; Wookey Hole caves; and Cheddar Gorge.
For the sports fans there is horse racing at Wincanton, Exeter, Taunton and Bath (see links for dates of race meetings), golf courses at Wheathill, Gurney Slade (The Mendip Golf Club) and the excellent Burnham & Berrow, plus County and T20 cricket at Somerset County CC’s home-ground in Taunton