Coolly stylish stables conversion an easy walk from Wells; ideal for 1 or 2 couples or a family with older kids.
2-4 + baby
In a lovely quiet village a mile from Wells lies a gorgeous Georgian House, amid 2.5 acres of fruit orchards and flower-filled gardens. And tucked away at the back is the former Stables, now a Scandi-chic little hideaway for 2-4. The owner is a former interiors’ journalist – which explains the exquisite minimalist blend of luxe linens and flea-market antiques she’s cleverly upcycled. She also hand-printed patterns on the bedroom walls and made the lampshades.
Whitewashed, light-filled, there are wonderful views over the fields through a long sweep of windows. In the summer months, you can use the owner’s heated outdoor pool, then BBQ on your private terrace. But take time to explore the area, too. There’s a wealth of culture and creativity in this pocket of the world, from Wells’ cathedral to Frome’s brilliant independents and the world-class Hauser & Wirth gallery in Bruton. Staying here will introduce you to the best artisan shops and farmers’ markets where you can contentedly browse for hours.
Getting here: best to drive though you could train to Castle Cary then taxi (20 mins).
The owners try to be as green as possible, including full recycling and composting. The pool is heated via an air source pump, solar thermal panels and photo voltaic panels.
- Wander across the fields into Wells (1 mile). The UK’s smallest city, it’s best known for the stunning Cathedral, where you can listen to free lunchtime organ recitals.
- There’s a farmers’ market every Wednesday and Saturday. Stock up on fabulous local produce to cook or BBQ back at the Stables.
- Go walking in the Mendip Hills, where views over the limestone landscapes stretch for miles.
- For a laid-back drink, try The Fountain Inn (15 mins’ walk). Maria also recommends The Sheppey Inn at Godney for fantastic food and live music on a Friday.
- Nearby Bruton has a pretty high street and the incredible Hauser & Wirth gallery: contemporary art and a great restaurant. Go on Friday night for cocktails and a DJ set.
- Or drive to Frome and explore its unique mix of foodie shops and artisan boutiques.
- Glastonbury, Wells and Frome all have brilliant reclamation yards. Or time your stay to coincide with The Shepton Flea Market, one of the country’s best, held every quarter.
- Back at the Stables, if you’re here with kids they’ll love picking fruit in the orchards (pears, cherries, damsons, quince) and collecting wood from the hedgerows to make a firepit and toast marshmallows as the sun sets.