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Beautiful Period Cottage Overlooking Chew Valley Lake

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in East Harptree, Nr. Wells, Somerset, England - Views Over Bath And Bristol To Wales And Wiltshire

The Grove forms part of the Springfield Farm Estate and is a fully self-contained 4 bedroom house with its own terrace overlooking the lake. With two double bedrooms upstairs with their own shower room and a master double and twin downstairs with large family bathroom, The Grove is equally suited to two families sharing the kitchen, dining and sitting rooms on the ground floor. It was converted in 2008 and has all you would expect from a high quality holiday home together with beautiful furniture - much of it hand-picked from France. There are walks from your front door in every direction across the Mendips behind you or down through the Chew Valley in front. There is superb fishing available on the lake as well as sailing and bird-watching. Golf, equestrian pursuits, rock climbing and caving are all available within ten minutes and with Bath and Bristol only 25 minutes by car, you'd struggle to find somewhere better positioned for all you want to do on holiday.

Liz Fox
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2017

About Liz Fox

Neil is a marketing strategist working with some of the UK's best known brands. Having taken three years out to complete the renovation of Springfield Farm he's now back at work with leading UK charities and retailers.

Liz Fox purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Liz Fox chose Mendip (Glastonbury)

With Neil having grown up in the Chew Valley and Liz in rural Somerset, it was a natural choice. As soon as we saw the views from Springfield Farm, we knew we had to try and convert the buildings into something worthy of the location. It's position overlooking the lake and across the hills and valleys to Bath and Bristol is truly breathtaking - in all honesty, the photos simply do not do it justice!

What makes this cottage unique

There's little doubt that if you want to explore the best things that Bath and North Somerset have to offer, you will be in the best possible place to do so. Combine that with an exceptional place to stay, the only struggle you will have is whether to stay in or go out. A browse through the comments that our guests have made about staying here since we opened in April 2009 is a better indication of what it is really like than anything we can say.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We booked last minute directly with Liz and could not have been more delighted. The Grove was beautifully clean, spacious and with amazing views over the Chew Valley to the lake; the photos don't do this place justice. We arrived to a delicious cream tea and had an amazing cooked breakfast on our first morning - all courtesy of the very generous welcome hamper. Peaceful and secluded but perfectly located for exploring the many delights of Somerset, sheep with lambs and ponies in the fields - highly recommend anyone to book this place - thank you for an amazing few days.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Radstock in Mendip District

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs shower room with toilet, washbasin and towel rail plus large shower. Downstairs family bathroom with bath, toilet and washbasin and large walk-in shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed. Bedroom 2 with twin single beds. Bedroom 3 with Double bed. Bedroom 4 with Double bed.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
Notes on accommodation: No smoking or pets. Sorry no Hen or Stag weekends unless by prior agreement. Outside: Outdoor terrace at rear through French Doors with panoramic views of Bath, Bristol and Chew Valley Lake. The terrace sits within a lawned area. In total there are 20 acres of private land at Springfield Farm with public footpaths leading both down through the valley and back up towards the Mendips. Just take a seat on the terrace (table and benches provided) with a glass of wine and a barbecue and take in the view. You will not be disappointed - it is widely recognised as the best view in the county. At the front of The Grove is a gravelled driveway with further parking for up to four cars. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen provided. Other: Dining area includes breakfast bar to kitchen area and beautiful oak oval table and sideboard capable of seating 8.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

Beautiful Period Cottage Overlooking Chew Valley Lake
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 21 reviews

Perfect location, perfect garden, perfect property

  • 5 of 5

I booked the property as a surprise to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday with my family and I. It was just perfect. The cottage offered everything we wanted and a lot more. The photos really don't do it justice. The location allowed us to venture into Clevedon, Bath, Wells, Bristol and Cheddar. Thank you for letting us stay. We will be back!!

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review Helen. I'm so pleased everything worked out so well for you all, especially your Mum and delighted that you're thinking of staying with us again. Liz.
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Beautiful views from a beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

The house was easy to find following Sat Nav. Plenty of crockery/utensils for 7 of us. Lots of space in the lounge. Comfortable beds. The garden and views were lovely looking out towards the lake and it's a stunning part of the countryside. Couldn't have faulted a thing from beginning to end. Thanks for having us!

  • Review Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Jo. I'm very pleased that you and your party enjoyed your stay here.
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Comfy, Friendly, Greatly Situated.

  • 5 of 5

This hillside cottage has a stunning view and is the first thing you see when you park up, this is shortly followed by the joy of entering this well appointed cottage with its generous kitchen, dining and living space. We stayed as a party of seven and never found ourselves overcrowded or lacking of facilities.

If you should feel the need to get out for the day then you are spoiled for choice as the cottage is well located between towns and attractions. We recommend Cheddar Gorge for stunning views and good cheese, Bristol for the teenagers in your life, and bath for the Nanny.

Make sure to use the farm shop by the lake for some excellent local produce, and book yourself a table at the Salt and Malt for some posh fish and chips.

A week wasnt long enough to enjoy the cottage, I am sure we missed many of the local walks. We never tired of seeing the horses from the window or being greeted by the friendly black labs Fern and Jazz everyday.

And finally it was wonderful to arrive and find a welcome pack including all the parts for a cream tea, a glass of wine and a delicious breakfast.

Strongly recommend you stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We spent a fantastic week at the Grove as a family. This beautiful cottage is in the most stunning countryside with a wonderful view of Chew Magna lake.

It is spacious, light & airy , comfortably sleeping 8 & with a lovely large open plan kitchen & lounge which had everything we needed.

The cottage was beautifully clean & very well maintained & there was a lovely welcome pack when we arrived. We were able to sit outside on the terrace to eat breakfast & dinner taking in the amazing views! Fabulous!

There is much to do locally ....walking/ cycling & both Bath and Bristol are within easy reach as well as local sights such as Cheddar Gorge & Glastonbury. We had a fabulous evening eating at the Pony & Trap which is a must !

Liz was on hand every day for any advice & tips.

All in all we loved our week here & would definitely plan a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent property in a scenic location

  • 4 of 5

This is a conversion in first class condition. The owners live at the same location. They don't intrude but are there is needed. They are very pleasant people and a pleasure to do business with. The property has a large enough dining kitchen for 8 people and the same goes for the large lounge. There is one huge double bedroom; the twin and two other doubles are big enough. Of course the arrangement of 3 doubles and one twin may not suit all needs. Two bathrooms are modern and well equipped. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we are reasonably picky!

The entry gate has a code which aids security so is welcome but means you have to get out of your vehicle to gain entry. Given it rained rather a lot while we were there it would be helpful if there were a couple of slabs to stand on while entering the code rather than muddy grass. For old folk like me downlight rather than uplight in the lounge would be welcome but that's just me. Younger members of the family didn't notice. The heating is set on the cool side but a quick word with the owners soon sorted that out. These last few comments should not stop you going. This is a great place to stay and thoroughly recommended. We will gladly go again if we want to stay in that area again, indeed it would be first choice.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Family holiday

  • 4 of 5

We chose the Grove for a family holiday which included our small grandchildren. It was half term but the Grove offered a special price which we considered reasonable. When we all arrived we were thrilled, the property was in a wonderful location, the house was very spacious, tastefully furnished, warm and clean, just perfect. The children loved the four chickens that visited daily for breadcrumbs. The dogs were friendly and they loved going to visit the horses. We had everything needed in the house to enjoy a wonderful family holiday. We spent lots of time in the house playing games and taking the children outside to ride their bikes and run around the lovely outside area. The views are amazing. We did visit Noahs Ark, which was a great day out, Wookey Hole which was great as well, Wells Leisure Centre for the swimming and walked around Chew Valley Lake. As described in the description of the property it is on three levels, next time I would take a stair gate for ease of keeping an eye on the little ones,but we managed, with no falls. This was the perfect property and setting for a wonderful family holiday and special memories. We were all sad to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Special interest holidays:

Massage and other therapy treatments by fully qualified professional therapists are available on location at The Grove. Please contact us for further details.


Lake is within 5 minute drive.


Bristol Airport - 13 miles or approximately 20 minutes by taxi.


Wells, 6 miles. Bath 15 miles, Bristol 15 miles. Cheddar 6 miles.

Further Details:

There are superb restaurants and pubs within a close proximity of the Grove - in Wells, there is Goodfellows (with resident Michelin starred chef Adam Fellows) and The Old Spot. Local pubs and restaurants include The Waldegrave Arms, The Castle of Comfort, the newly opened 'The Pig' near Bath and the wonderful Pony & Trap near Chew Magna.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Radstock, Somerset

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring / Early Summer
23 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May Half Term
27 May 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn
3 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Oct 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
18 Dec 2017 - 2 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Changeover day is Saturday. 10% deposit on booking with balance required 6 weeks prior to date of stay. Additional returnable breakages deposit of £250 payable when staying. The Grove is a non-smoking environment. Sorry - no pets. Please note that our maximum guest number is 8.

Changeover Day:
Saturday during high season. Other days by prior agreement

Notes on prices:
Out of high season and school holidays we have tried to offer as much flexibility as possible on pricing and minimum nights stay but please do get in touch to discuss your individual requirements.

Deposit of 10% required on booking - balance 6 weeks prior to date of stay. £250 returnable breakages deposit also required on arrival.

10% deposit on booking to secure the accommodation. Balance payment 6 weeks prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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