Location

We are based in stunning countryside within easy reach of Bristol and Bath.

We are lucky to be in what we think is the perfect location! With stunning countryside views and walks on the doorstep, and yet a short drive into the exciting cultural cities of Bristol & Bath with fantastic public transport links. We are just 10 minutes from Bristol International Airport. 

If the city isn't for you but you'd like a bit of sightseeing or culture, we are close to Wells, Glastonbury, Cheddar, Weston Super Mare and the Somerset Levels.

We also work with hotels in reach of Cheltenham, Brighton and Glasgow.

Bath

Bath and the surrounding area is packed with things to do. A UNESCO world heritage site, Bath is bursting with fantastic architecture and culture. 

It's something of a shopping mecca for the South West with everything from all the big brands to quirky, exclusive boutiques.

Bath's Spa is located in the heart of Bath and is the finest religious spa in Northern Europe, built 2000 years ago around the country’s only hot springs. Thermae Bath Spa has an open-air rooftop pool which is an experience in itself! Other facilities include the Minerva pool where you can idly float around on currents & eddys, as well as an amazing rain forest shower, steam rooms and foot spas. A full range of treatments are also available.

There is a great choice of restaurants and nightlife. We particularly like Komedia, the cool comedy club serving up a great combination of excellent local food, fun & laughter and on a Saturday, a Motown club night after the comedy club. This is a great night out for a mixed group of any kind.

Roman baths - Photo CC Ann Lee
Cathedral precinct - Photo CC Stewart Black
Bath shops - Photo CC Bin im Garten
Street entertainer - Photo CC Stephen McKay
Thermae Bath Spa
Fashion Museum - Photo CC Medelie Vendetta
Royal Crescent - Photo CC David Merrett
 
 

Bristol

Bristol Hippodrome Theatre - Photo CC Mike Hume
Bristol Balloon Fiesta - Photo CC Paul Hayes
Clifton Suspension Bridge - Photo CC Adrian Scottow
Cabot Circus shopping - Photo CC Matt Buck

Great nightlife, lots of culture and history make Bristol a fantastic destination.

Bristol plays host to a huge range of events, festivals, fairs, displays and exhibitions throughout the year such as the Bristol Harbour Festival or The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta.

From the boutique stores and arcades in elegant Clifton Village to the funky, retro shops on Park Street, Bristol has an incredible variety to choose from when it comes to shopping.

Bristol’s latest development, Cabot Circus, provides over 120 shops, 25 new restaurants and a 13-screen Cinema de Lux, with a Harvey Nichols as well, bringing Bristol right up into the list of top 10 UK shopping destinations.

Well known for its friendly and buzzing nightlife, Bristol has lively bars and clubs but for a more sophisticated evening, why not take in a show at the Bristol Hippodrome or enjoy a live performance at Colston Hall?

Mendip Hills

Crook Peak - Photo CC George Evans
Cheddar Gorge - Photo CC Kelveden
Cheddar Caves - Photo CC Johnny Beckett

The Mendip Hills is where we call home. It is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, acknowledged as one of Britain’s finest landscapes, and specially protected and managed.

From 'top of the world', huge panoramic views across the Bristol Channel and Somerset levels, to stunning vistas through deep, forested combes, The Mendip Hills has something for everyone, and awaits your discovery…

We have a fantastic local food culture with many leading organic and ethical food businesses. For example Yeo Valley Organic, The Ethicurean Restaurant, Wild Food foraging, and many super country pubs using local, seasonal and beautifully prepared food.

This unique landscape contains some of the oldest hills in Britain, formed at the same time as the Alps in Europe. It is one of Britain's richest and most fascinating sites of pre-history and archaeology. The Mendip Hills contain signs of some of the earliest human occupation in Britain, and are home to Neolithic henge monuments, Bronze-age barrows, Iron Age hill forts & evidence of extensive Roman occupation.

There are many sites of special scientific interest (SSSI's), designated for their rare and important flora as well as the unique geology of the area, Cheddar Gorge and Caves being of particular note. The highest point on the Mendips, Beacon Batch on the top of Blackdown, can give a feeling of true wilderness and isolation without ever being too far from civilisation. Wildlife abounds, watch as Kestrels dive into the heather to catch their prey and Buzzards circle high overhead on thermal air currents.

From our HQ, Blackdown provides an ever-present back-drop, swathed in purple heather in the spring, and sometimes snow-capped in winter. Deer and wild ponies are silhouetted against wonderful summer sunsets. Blackdown is worth the climb, with incredible 360 degree views across the Severn Estuary, and both Severn Bridges to Wales, across the Somerset Levels and Moors to the Quantock Hills, Blackdown Hills, Chew Valley & Blagdon lakes and Cheddar Gorge. 

Could we be more enthusiastic about this location? No way, it's perfect, and just around 30 minutes to Bristol or Bath.

Wells

Our favourite City, Wells is just 15 minutes from our properties and is not to be missed! It is England’s smallest city and is home to one of the loveliest English Cathedrals, featuring the finest medieval statuary in the country (603 figures of kings, princes and nobles). We love the mechanical clock inside the cathedral. The Cathedral hosts many concerts and events.

There are numerous other historical buildings, including the Bishop's Palace, which is still home to the Bishop of Bath & Wells. If you’ve seen the movie ‘Hot Fuzz’, you’ll recognize much of Wells, as it was filmed here!

Wells also has a bustling open air continental style market, in the market square, normally held every Wednesday and Saturday morning, and numerous lovely shops. 

Our favourite place to eat is The Good Earth, a brilliant wholefood cafe serving fantastic value lunches, tea & cake, etc.

Wells Cathedral - Photo Wikipedia Commons
Wells Cathedral Clock - Photo CC Cormullion
Wells Cathedral nave - Photo CC Phillip Capper
Wells high street - Photo CC Matthew Hartley

Glastonbury

Glastonbury Tor - Photo CC Stewart Black
Glastonbury Tor - Photo CC Kurt Thomas Hunt
Glastonbury Tor - Photo CC Stewart Black
Glastonbury Tor - Photo CC Kurt Thomas Hunt
Glastonbury Abbey - Photo CC Steve Slater
Glastonbury Town Centre - Photo CC Kurt Thomas Hunt

Glastonbury Tor rises dramatically from the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels, close to the town of Glastonbury, to a height of 158 metres (525 feet). The Tor is topped by the tower of a ruined 15th-century church (St Michael's).

The hill and its approaches are owned by the National Trust, and offer free public access, but visitors are advised to walk there from the town centre, or to take the 'Tor Bus', due to parking restrictions around the site. Views from the summit are stunning in all directions.

History, myth and legend surround the Tor. Dark Age and Saxon remains excavated here suggested that it was once a Saxon fortress, or perhaps an early Christian hermitage.

Close to the foot of the Tor are the Chalice Well Gardens, a lovely place to stop and relax, have a wander around, contemplate life the universe, etc! There is also a font with water from the ‘Holy Well’, the spring, where you can collect water to drink. We also like the Rainbow’s End café, it serves good value and very tasty vegetarian food.

 

Cheltenham

The elegant Regency spa town of Cheltenham is the cultural heart of the Cotswolds. It's easy to reach from all over the country, and just 2 hours from London. 

Recent developments include the buzzing district of the Brewery Quarter where old meets new with bars, gigs and entertainment.

Most famously home to racing of the Cheltenham Festival, culminating in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, a glamorous and stylish affair. 

We love Cheltenham for the shopping, cool wine bars, lovely architecture and style!

 

 

 

Brighton

Brighton is an iconic English seaside resort town, about an hour south of London by train. The beach is backed by amusement arcades and Regency-era buildings.

Brighton Pier, in the central waterfront section, opened in 1899 and now has rides and food kiosks. The town is also known for its nightlife, arts scene, shopping and festivals.

The Lanes form a retail, leisure and residential area near the seafront, characterised by narrow alleyways following the street pattern of the original fishing village. The Lanes contain predominantly clothing stores, jewellers, antique shops, restaurants and pubs. 

The Royal Pavilion is a former royal palace built as a home for the Prince Regent during the early 19th century, under the direction of the architect John Nash.

The West Pier was built in 1866 and is one of only two Grade I  listed piers in the United Kingdom. 

 

Brighton clocktower, built in 1888 for Queen Victoria's jubilee, stands at the intersection of Brighton's busiest thoroughfares.

Volk's electric railway runs along the inland edge of the beach from Brighton Pier to Black Rock and Brighton Marina. It was created in 1883 and is the world's oldest operating electric railway.

The Brighton i360 observation tower opened on 4 August 2016. At 162 metres (531.49 feet) high, and with an observation pod rising to 138 metres (452.75 feet), the i360 is Britain's highest observation tower outside London – taller even than the London Eye.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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