This delightful and unique octagonal property, formerly an 18th-century smallholder's cottage, nestles in an idyllic and peaceful setting. The property is situated by a babbling stream and a wonderful waterfall in a wooded combe in the heart of the Quantock Hills
It is surrounded by its own garden and National Trust land, with the famous Coleridge Way just at the end of the track, and miles and miles of endless walks right from the doorstep. There is a fantastic selection of British wildlife on the doorstep, with buzzards, badgers, red deer, foxes, rabbits and a pair of friendly dippers who have a nest next to the waterfall.
Reached via an unmade track and over a footbridge, this is a rural idyll and makes a perfect holiday hideaway for couples and families alike. Superb for mountain biking, walking, bird watching and horse riding, or just kicking back and relaxing, it really is a little slice of heaven.
The cottage is a short drive (or a fabulous 3 mile walk along the Coleridge Way) from the village of Nether Stowey, with its range of shops, cafes and pubs, and the fossil rich beach at Kilve is just over a mile away.
The Quantocks are an area of wilderness and tranquillity. Panoramic views lead you through coast, heath and coombe. Explore and you will find rocky Jurassic coastline, exposed heathland summits, deep wooded coombes, undulating farmland and attractive villages all within this protected landscape.
The Quantock Hills were the first place in England to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
In the late 1790s, the Romantic poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth spent a year in the Quantocks, getting inspiration for many of their most famous works from their walks in this lovely area.
"There is everything here: sea, woods wild as fancy ever painted, brooks clear and pebbly, villages so romantic"
- The Quantock Hills, described so rapturously by Dorothy Wordsworth when she came here in 1797 have changed very little since that time.
The Somerset region
Somerset is a county of captivating contrasts, described by the ancient Welsh Celts and the Saxons as the Land of the Summer People.Somerset is perhaps best known for its festivals such as the world famous event at Glastonbury or the magnificent illuminated carnival in Bridgwater but it also has a calendar full of smaller local celebrations ranging from the arty to the agricultural.
If it is peace and quiet you are after there are the wild moors and dark skies of our National Park, Exmoor to consider or the mysterious Somerset Levels where you can cycle or stroll and literally see for miles.
The County is rich in wildlife and ranks among the UK's top places for birdwatching, particularly in the winter months when it welcomes visiting wildfowl in vast numbers.
You can let the train take the strain if you prefer and climb aboard the West Somerset Stream Train, the longest standard gauge heritage railway in the country, go pony trekking in the hills or ride a donkey on the beach at Burnham-on-Sea or Weston-Super-Mare.
If you like walking you can follow in the footsteps of the poet Coleridge along the route that takes his name or trail along any of the many hills, rivers and waterways that cross the County.
Places of interest nearby include Coleridge Cottage in Nether Stowey and Dunster Castle (both National Trust), the Somerset Levels, Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole, Tropequeria, our County town of Taunton and the wonderful West Somerset Steam Train, also Cleeve Abbey, The Walled Gardens of Cannington and Hestercombe Gardens are all within easy reach.
"We have just spent a long weekend at the Round House in Holford. If you are looking for tasteful, quality accommodation in a tranquil setting this is the place for you."
"Beautiful cottage in magical setting" -
"A wonderful place to stay. Very comfortable and well appointed with helpful and friendly owners."
"The perfect hideaway in a stunning location tucked away from the world."
"The cottage was beautifully and stylishly decorated, well-equipped and spotlessly clean, surrounded by its own large garden and wonderful views from every window (and there are lots due to the hexagonal shape of the cottage). The owners were lovely and had also provided a basket of goodies for us on arrival. Our children aged 5 and 9 loved it too. There are lots of walks from right outside the cottage and a shallow brook twisting through the woods perfect for paddling and dam building. Would definitely visit again"