|Thatched Country Cottage and Garden B And B Taunton Thatched Country Cottage and Garden B And B, Pear Tree Cottage, Stapley, Churchstanton, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 7QA|
"Pear Tree Cottage is situated in the Blackdown Hills designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are in a very quiet rural location in the bottom corner of Somerset close to the Devon border. The hills are laced with narrow unspoilt roads and lanes with hedgerows abounding in natural flora and fauna. There are many footpaths and the area is ideal for the walker."
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|Pear Tree Cottage is situated in the Blackdown Hills designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. |
We are in a very quiet rural location in the bottom corner of Somerset close to the Devon border.
The hills are laced with narrow unspoilt roads and lanes with hedgerows abounding in natural flora and fauna. There are many footpaths and the area is ideal for the walker.
Pear Tree Cottage with its traditional colourful border garden with croquet lawn, and kitchen garden, providing seasonal vegetables, together with a newly developed arboretum - 3.5 acres overall - is in the middle of it all.
|We let a family suite and a separate double and single room. When the double is booked first we do not then let the single to a stranger so that guests can enjoy private use of the facilities. |
We can and do sometimes accommodate two children in the single room either sharing a four foot bed or by adding a folding bed. It is not unknown for two adults to share the bed as well in full knowledge beforehand.
Not many cats can be swung but it is cosy!
The family suite has a six foot double which unzips to two three foot singles when required and there is a separate room which has to be passed through to get to the en-suite bathroom beyond. It is large enough to take another single as well. A cot and high chair is available.
All rooms have TV and tea/coffee making facilities. On a daily basis all that is needed is 24 hours notice, sometimes less, as to whether guests are in or out for the evening meal.
There is also a large conservatory/garden room and a seperate summer house available for relaxation and almost al fresco meals if preferred.The conservatory double glazing produces wonderful reflections for candlelit dinners in the darker months.
|Smaller well behaved dogs are welcomed. Our Yorkies tolerate most providing they know their place.|
Children are welcomed too and have free run of the grounds subject to parents overseeing safety and as long as they are as well behaved as the dogs usually are!
We are open all year round including Xmas although during that period alternative evening dining arrangements would have to be made.
Our visitors books bear testament to the quality of our very modestly priced meals. Although there are typical English pubs in the vicinity which are favoured by some, particularly visitors from overseas, generally speaking those that sample the fare here on the day of their arrival when booked in advance usually stay in to eat for the duration of their holiday.
We are not licensed and cannot therefore provide alcohol. However we are happy for guests to bring their own for consumption before, during and after their meal!
|Thatched cottages are cool in summer and warm and cosy in the winter. With a good thickness of thatch overhead there is no need for artificial aids to insulation. |
We have oil fired central heating in all rooms supplemented by a solid fuel stove in the dining room, both also heating towel rails and bath water for the double/single rooms. A wood burning stove in our private quarters also heats towel rails and bath water in the en-suite to the family rooms.
During the warmer months oil and electricity keeps the tanks and towel rails hot at both ends of the house when the fires are not lit. The conservatory has independent very efficient heating for the colder months.
If you want an out of season holiday or short break you won't be cold or uncomfortable here at Pear Tree Cottage whatever the weather.
|As a centre for travel we are within approximately forty minutes drive of the South coast, Sidmouth, Seaton, Lyme Regis etc. and about an hour or so from the North coast, Minehead, Watchet, Porlock etc. |
The North Devon coastline of Lynton, Lynmouth, Ilfracombe etc. fringing Exmoor and alternatively the South Devon coast of Torbay and beyond fringing Dartmoor are all well within an acceptable drive for a day out. Even the Eden Project and Heligan in Cornwall are within reach similarly.
Virtually the whole 95 miles of the newly designated World Heritage Jurassic Coast from Exmouth to Swanage is within a 90 minute drive or so from here with much of it reachable in half the time.
Somerset, Dorset and Devon have an abundance of well known National Trust Houses and Gardens within the area. There are also many other famous private gardens too within reach such as Hestercombe, Forde Abbey, Marwood Hill and Hadspen House.
The Royal Horticultural Society's garden at Great Torrington is only ninety minutes drive or so. The three counties are well known for their picturesque inland landscapes and coastal gems and are all steeped in history with many interesting things to see and do.
We have opened Pear Tree Cottage garden for the National Gardens Scheme and other Charities since the early 1990's.
|How to Get here|
From M5 (Westbound) - Exit at J25 and head for Taunton Town Centre. When passing "Hollywood" & "The Odeon" keep to left lane and at traffic light complex follow signs left, and left again after c half mile into IIminster Road, for Sports Centre, Racecourse & Corfe. Pass Sports Centre and travel the full length of Chestnut Drive. Turn left into Shoreditch Road (the B3170) immediately crossing over the M5. From there it is 5 miles via Racecourse & Corfe to the top of the hill where you follow signs right for Wellington. Pass the Holman Clavel Pub and at crossroads beyond turn left towards Churchinford. Take the first right after c 1.4 miles signposted to Smeatharpe & Honiton and first right again just past the Farm signed to Stapley. From there it is c 1.5 miles to Pear Tree Cottage which is low down behind the hedge on the left immediately after a roadside thatched yellow cottage. If you see the telephone box you have gone too far!
From A303 (Westbound) - About five miles west of IIminster, turn right at the 'Eagle Tavern' on Eagle Cross following signs for Wellington. After about 4 miles you will reach the B3170 which you should cross over. Pass the Holman Clavel Pub then follow directions as above.
For Eastbound travellers from the West Country there are quicker alternative routes via Honiton, Uffculme, Hemyock or Wellington. Whichever way - if all else fails go into Churchinford and follow signs to Stapley via Church Road.