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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.

Property Manager
Liz Fox
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 August, 2018

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 Bath and North East Somerset

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 manager

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 Bath and North East Somerset in England

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Changeover day in high summer season is Saturday. 10% payment secures the booking followed by balance payment six weeks prior to arrival.
  • Once full payment has been made no refunds will be given unless the circumstances are judged to be exceptional.
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
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
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.


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Beautiful Period Cottage Overlooking Chew Valley Lake
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 34 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: 23-May-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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Surprise Family Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Large comfortable property, plenty of space for the 8 of us.

Brilliant view, good and functional facilities.

Plenty of space for the kids to run in the garden and say hello to the horses........

Good access to local amenities in Bristol, Weston, Portishead and Clevedon.

Will bear the property in mind if we visit again.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well kept cottage in a tranquil location

  • 5 of 5

Flexible out of season dates allowed the 6 of us a longer stay fitting around a weekend worker's leave.

Arrived to find a welcome "pack" with everything for a much appreciated cuppa, plus cream tea with scones/jam/cream before unpacking. It also had breakfast cereals, bacon and eggs.

Lots of space, entry is into open plan kitchen with dining area, then through to living room with 3 big comfy sofas and stairs both up and down to the bedrooms. Early season weather meant we couldn't make use of the terrace, but in the mists the 15 minute walk (gravelled ) to the Smitham chimney in the woodland opposite was wonderfully mysterious. Spent a lot of time just hanging around the cottage, taking turns to cook meals.

For trips out we visited Wells ( market Wednesday and Saturday) with it's moated Bishops Palace , Cathedral and old buildings in Vicars Close... and enjoyed Wookey Hole caves (book online for discount), Glastonbury Tor and rural life museum, and Cheddar Gorge early in the day while it was quiet. There's a cafe at the far side of Chew valley lake where we watched ducks attempting to fly against the wind.

Being cosy and spacious we didn't care about the weather it was a great place to stay for out out of season holiday, lots more to see in the area than I expected. Many thanks Ken & family and friends

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Property for New Year Break

  • 5 of 5

This is a very comfortable and well equipped property. The owners have obviously taken a lot care with the decor and furniture. Everything was clean and in good order and we appreciated the welcome pack of groceries.The views are stunning and the location is just right for walks or for driving to some of the nearby towns and villages.We would definitely recommend this property to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at The Grove for 3 nights for a family function in a nearby village, and absolutely loved this cottage. The rural location is spectacular with views over the surrounding countryside of the Chew Valley, yet within easy reach of several villages. We visited Wells and Bath during our stay as well as the Cheddar Gorge, all easily accessible from The Grove.

The cottage itself has everything you need - it was clean, well maintained and welcoming. We stayed in December and found the cottage warm and cosy. The property is of a good size and is ideal for a family or group of friends. In particular, the fact that the bedrooms and bathrooms are located over 2 floors means that there is more privacy than in a conventional layout.

The booking process was very efficient and the welcome pack on arrival was a nice touch that was appreciated by all.

We would definitely recommend The Grove to anyone looking to explore this beautiful part of Somerset, and would be happy to return ourselves.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review Julie, I am so pleased that you liked the area and The Grove. Hope to see you back again.
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What a place

  • 5 of 5

What can I say? Amazing! From the welcome pack on arrival, to the beautiful property and the amazing views. We had a wonderful time and will certainly be back!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Neil, Thank you for your lovely comments. Hopefully we will see you back at The Grove in the future. Best Wishes, Liz.
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Car: necessary

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

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Booking Notes:
Changeover day is Saturday on high season weeks. 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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.