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Cathedral View (House)

Home: 337    
Sleeps up to: 8   (3 bedrooms)
Nearest beach: Weston-super-Mare: 30.5 Notes: House-swap possible
Families/Couples preferred
Home description
Looking for a city break? Relax and unwind in this luxurious house which is equipped to the highest standard and has views to the famous 12th century Gothic Wells Cathedral and across the Vale of Avalon to Glastonbury Tor beyond. There is a good selection of inns, restaurants and shops within a five minute walk.

Situated in the heart of Somerset, Wells is the smallest cathedral city in England. It caters for most everyday needs, offering good shopping facilities as well as restaurants and pubs, a cinema, churches of most denominations, together with open-air markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Wells is beginning to make a name for itself as a film location, the most recent productions which have been filmed here are "The Libertine" starring Johnny Depp, the classic comedy Hot Fuzz and the second film about Queen Elizabeth 1st called "The Golden Age" starring Cate Blanchett.

Wells area
WELLS
Although the smallest city in England, the atmosphere is more like that of small country market town. The cathedral is one of the architectural highlights of Britain, replete with magnificent Gothic carvings, a unique scissors vault to brace the building against shifting medieval foundations, and a marvellous chapter house. It also houses a wonderful clock, with mechanical knights who exchange blows every hour. Adjoining the Cathedral is the 13th century moated Bishop’s Palace - seat of the Bishop of Bath & Wells, famous for its swans who ring, twice daily, the bell beside the drawbridge for food. The Medieval Vicar’s Close is an architectural gem. Wednesday and Saturday are market days which are held in the central market place.

MENDIP HILLS
Savour the outstanding natural beauty of the Mendip Hills, officially classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty. An area of huge environmental importance, both above and below the ground. Situated in Somerset, they are primarily limestone with many caves including the famous Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole. Some of the caves show signs of prehistoric habitation. Apart from these caves and hills, the region also includes the marshy lowland of the Somerset Levels and the nearby towns and villages of Glastonbury, Wells, Charterhouse and Frome. There are also ruins of Roman lead mines, and a Roman road. The pretty village of Priddy on the top of the mendips holds an annual Sheep and Horse fair in August. The winter sees the world famous Somerset Carnivals which are held every November including carnival processions in Wells and Glastonbury - a spectacle not to be missed.

EBBOR GORGE NATURE RESERVE
Ebbor Gorge Nature Reserve is owned by the National Trust. There is evidence of inhabitation in this lovely wooded valley dating back to Neolithic times (about 3000 BC). Bones, tools, cooking utensils and ornaments have been found in caves throughout the gorge. There is a nature trail through the gorge, which features some outstanding views over the Somerset Levels.

GLASTONBURY
Known as the birthplace of Christianity in England, where it is said that Joseph of Aramethea buried the chalice used at the Last Supper and built the first Christian church in England. It is also said that he thrust his thorn staff into the ground which took root and produced the distinctive winter flowering thorn, the site now of the Abbey ruins. The Museum has a superb model of the medieval abbey in which King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are said to have been buried. Recent local history is recorded in Glastonbury’s Rural Life Museum (entry free of charge), with a farmhouse kitchen and displays of Cider making. The world famous Glastonbury Festival takes place each June at Worthy Farm, Pilton which is just a few miles from Wells.

MEARE
From 300BC until AD 100, a lake settlement of houses on stilts and brushwood. Few traces survive. Artefacts excavated are displayed in Glastonbury and Taunton Museums. The most notable existing buildings are the 14th Century Manor House which was used as summer retreats for the Abbots of Glastonbury, and the curious Fish House from the same period which was used to store and supply fish to the monastic table.
In the nearby village of Westhay is the Peat Moors Visitors Centre.

WEDMORE
Has a fine selection of buildings, including Victorian private houses in the ancient village. Modern stained glass in the partly 12th Century St Mary’s Church tells the tale of King Alfred who signed the Treaty of AD 878 here, following his defeat of the Danes at the Battle of Ethendune.
B3151 Crosses the north west corner of the Somerset Levels. Inspiring countryside, this former marsh land drained over the centuries is now cut by a maze of drainage ditches (Rhines) through the peaty land. There are many species of Wetland birds breeding here. In the distance a spectacular view of the great limestone escarpment of the Mendip Hills.

CHEDDAR VILLAGE AND GORGE
At the foot of the Gorge is the village of Cheddar, with olde worlde shops, small cafes and restaurants and the entrance to the fascinating Cheddar Caves, where most recent discoveries of human remains makes Cheddar one of the oldest inhabited villages in the country. Cheddar Gorge is an awesome gash in the Mendip Hills, like a mini Grand Canyon with cliffs towering nearly 500 ft. There is a natural reserve at the head of the Gorge with many species of wild flowers, including the Cheddar Pink, found nowhere else in the world.

BURRINGTON COMBE
Cavers and tourists now tread where Stone Age Man made a home. The approach to Burrington is through a limestone gorge. To the left, almost at the foot of the gorge, is the spot where Reverend Augustus Toplady felt inspired to write the hymn ‘Rock of Ages’. A plaque marks the spot beside the cleft in the rock where shelter was sought.

MENDIP LAKES
Chew Magna and the smaller of the two lakes, Blagdon are both reservoirs created in the early 1950’s but have matured to create a natural lakeland environment. A beautiful haven for plant and wildlife. The fishing is some of the finest in the country. Near to the Dam there is a lakeside visitor’s area, with cafe/restaurant/picnic facilities and visitors centre.

WOOKEY HOLE
Visit the old Paper Mill and wonderful Wookey Hole Caves, home of the famous witch, with fascinating underground lakes restaurant facilities.

CHAPEL ALLERTON
Restored Windmill, just west of Wedmore.

WESTHAY PEAT MOORS’ VISITORS CENTRE
An exhibition of archaeology, history and wildlife of the Somerset Levels.

CLARKES VILLAGE STREET
An exciting shopping experience, built on part of the famous old Clarkes Shoe Factory complex.

WOOTTON VINEYARD
Between Wells and Glastonbury. A family run vineyard, producing fine English wine with tasting facilities and a shop.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE
Weston-super-Mare is a bustling seaside resort. The broad sweep of Weston Bay has miles of clean golden sand, an award winning Grade II listed Grand Pier, a level promenade, and of course the famous Weston donkeys! Just a short step away from the seafront there is a wide variety of shops, amusement arcades and eateries, giving Weston its traditional seaside town ambience.

SOMERSET CARNIVALS
The Somerset Carnivals are highly regarded as the largest illuminated procession in the world. They occur late on in the year at various locations including: Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Chard, Ilminster, Glastonbury, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet, Taunton, Wellington, Wells, Weston-Super-Mare, and Yeovil.

They go back 400 years, and are one of the most spectacular events in Somerset today. In some of the bigger locations (such as Bridgwater), you can expect to see crowds of up to 150,000.

The carnival floats are designed and built by dedicated carnival clubs around the West Country. These clubs have many members who raise money throughout the year, and work tirelessly to achieve the spectacular carnival entries. The floats take part in the parade along with other entries; these range from clowns dancing in the streets to 100ft illuminated carnival floats (some with up to 30,000 light bulbs) pulled by tractors.
How to get there
 Nearest Travel Links
Airport: Bristol International 35
Railway: Castle Cary 21.6

From M5, north or south, J21 or 22. Follow A38 and A371 signed for Wells.
From the east use M4 to Bath or Bristol then follow the signs to Wells.
Alternatively use the M3 and A303 cutting along the Mendip Hills via Frome and Shepton Mallett following the signs to Wells.

Activities near Wells
Great for:
City breaks
Sports:
Golf course is on site or within 15mins walk
There are tennis courts nearby
Horse riding nearby
Fishing nearby
Facilities
Luxuries:DVD Player
General:TV, CD player, Central heating
Standard:Iron, Hair dryer, Toaster, Kettle
Utilities:Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine, Microwave, Clothes dryer, Dish washer
Rooms:Bedrooms (3), Bathrooms (1), Ensuite (1), WCs (3)
Furniture:Sofabeds (3), Single beds (5), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 8, Sleeps maximum of 8
Other:Towels provided, Highchair available
Outdoors:Parking space, Private garden
Access: Secure parking
Further details indoors:
Ground Floor: A modern open plan kitchen, spacious lounge/dining area with French doors leading to a secluded courtyard garden, separate toilet with a basin.

First Floor: Two twin bedrooms, a family bathroom with bath, toilet and basin, a cot room / library with books and board games.

Second Floor: Spacious family room, 1 king size bed and one single bed plus 1 sofa futon bed (sleeps 2), en-suite shower room with toilet and basin.
Further details outdoors:
Relax in complete privacy in the secluded courtyard garden with outdoor furniture.
Further details
A welcome pack is available on arrival (by request).

Guests may arrive after 4pm on their day of arrival and must depart by 10am on their day of departure.

Electricity and gas are included in the rental price.

Travel cot and high chair provided.

Please note we DO NOT provide towels.
Conditions
No smoking allowed.

Sorry but no pets.
Guestbook
Really impressed by your beautiful house and furnishings. We enjoyed the spacious feel to the house, the beautiful furniture and the wonderful views. We were delighted to find your property on the internet and will be reccommending it to family and friends and plan to definitely come back ourselves.

Chris and Claude Beck. Bordeaux, France.

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Just a short note to say how much we enjoyed our visit to Wells and staying in your house. We were extremely impressed at the quality and cleanliness of the place and we were so pleased we decided on this option, rather than booking into hotels.

We would love to come back some time to explore Wells and the surrounding area, it is a beautiful place and we simply didn’t have long enough! We certainly had a superb weekend!

We will definitely spread the word amongst friends and family if they are needing ideas of where to go on holiday!

Ruth and Andrew, Scotland
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Awesome flat screen tv. Ideal house with everything we could possibly need. We’ve all had a lovely weekend in a lovely area, ( great staggering distance from the wedding!).

Thanks so much it was wonderful and can’t wait to come back!

Uchbb family & T Clegg - BRIGHOUSE YORKS
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We were so pleasantly surprised with this lovely house and everything in it. Thank you so much. Wells is amazing, do not miss going inside the Cathedral and the Bishop's Palace.

White family - West Sussex

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Thank you for your thought in providing such a comfortable well equipped home from home. It’s been lovely to sit out on sunny mornings, and cosy in the rain. Such a quiet spot, yet so close to town. We’ll be back!

Kennedy family - Exeter

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A very enjoyable stay. We have been visiting Wells for many years and have found a very lovely property to stay in. We are already looking forward to our next stay. Many thanks.

Roberts & Hughes families - West Sussex
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A really happy weekend to celebrate my 75th birthday withmy lovely family. Beautiful accommodation & superb surroundings.

Hall family
Property Tariffs
Prices listed are per property per week
Quoted in Approx equivalent Approx equivalent Approx equivalent
British £ Euro € American $ Australian $
25 July - 05 Sept 825 925 1075 1461
05 Sept - 24 Oct 575 644 749 1018
24 Oct - 31 Oct (Autumn Half Term) 675 757 880 1195
31 Oct - 19 Dec 475 532 619 841
19 Dec - 02 Jan 11 (Christmas/New Year) 850 953 1108 1505

Note: Prices may be subject to change at the owner's discretion.


Short Breaks: Subject to availability at the following rates:

1 - 2 nights -- 50% of weekly rate

3 - 4 nights -- 70% of weekly rate


LAST MINUTE BREAKS
25% discount for parties of 5 or less if booked within 14 days of the day of arrival.

30% discount for 2 people or less, if booked within 7 days of the day of arrival.

PAYMENT
For UK visitors, payment by cheque or on-line banking is preferred please. For overseas guests payment is preferred by on-line banking or a money transfer via a bank. A charge of £10.00 is made for overseas rentals to cover this cost.

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The West Country region


The City of Wells is an ideal base for touring the West Country, with Wookey Hole Caves, Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury, Regency Bath, Bristol and the seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare all in close proximity. For those who like to get some exercise there is excellent walking in the nearby Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (the West Mendip Way starts just half a mile from St Thomas Mews) with cycling and bird watching on the Somerset Levels. Sporting facilities in the area include racing at Wincanton and Bath, golf at Wells and near Oakhill, sailing or fishing at Chew Valley and Blagdon lakes. In addition, there is a Leisure Centre in Wells offering a variety of recreational facilities.
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