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The Old Reading Rooms, Wiveliscombe - sleeps 4

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage


About the property

Luxury Grade II listed holiday accommodation

The Old Reading Rooms is a Grade II Listed town house offering spacious accommodation for up to 4 guests over three floors together with a courtyard to the rear of the property. Situated in Wiveliscombe, a bustling town, and providing great access to the Brendon Hills, the Quantocks, and Exmoor.

This Grade II Listed town house offers a wealth of character features and is believed to date back to 1887 to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. The foundation stone is believed to have been laid by William Hancock on the 24th June 1887 and the Reading Room was opened a year later. Originally the ground floor was divided into two reading rooms, one for the public and the other for subscribers and on the first floor originally housed a billiard room and a snuggery.

The property has now been converted into a superb holiday accommodation for up to 4 guests. The entrance hall leads into a 30' kitchen/dining room with high ceiling, cornices, stained glass windows, and attractive timbered floor there is a cloakroom and rear porch with access to courtyard. Off the hallway is a walk-in shower with hand basin.

Stairs lead up to the first floor which opens out into a magnificent double storey lounge and also has the bedroom and a family bathroom together with a galleried bedroom which is reached by a large spiral staircase from which superb views can be enjoyed.

Sleeps up to 4 guests

One double (king-size bed) and one twin bedroom

Spacious kitchen/dining room

Ground floor shower room plus separate toilet

Twin bedroom on the first floor

Family bathroom with bath, toilet and hand basin

Galleried bedroom above the lounge accessed via a spiral staircase

Private and enclosed courtyard with outside table and chairs

Dogs welcome (2 max) for £15 supplement per dog

Wifi, gas-fired central heating and electricity included

Bed linen and towels provided

Arrive from 4 pm

Depart by 10 am

The modern kitchen has been fitted with all new appliances, including fridge/freezer, washer/dryer, dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine, plus kettle, toaster, a variety of cookware, utensils, cutlery, crockery and glasses.

A television with full Sky package is situated in the lounge. Wireless internet is fibre optic super fast broadband, which is available at no extra cost. A hair dryer, iron and ironing board are all provided for your convenience.

Electricity and heating costs are included in the price of your accommodation. The Old Reading Rooms has central heating throughout which will be programmed for you but can be adjusted to suit your preferences.

Bed linen, duvets, blankets and towels are provided for your convenience, but please bring your own beach towels if you wish to take towels with you on day trips.

Dogs are welcome by prior arrangement (maximum of 2) for a supplement of £15 per dog. Please do not allow your dogs on the furniture and do not leave them alone in the property at any time.

Please note, the property is strictly non-smoking.

To the rear of the property there is an enclosed courtyard.

The Old Reading Rooms benefits from one allocated off-street parking space, just 50 metres from the front door. You can also park for free for 30 minutes on the roadside outside the property, this will enable you to unload/load your car directly outside the property. In addition, there are two free car parks in Wiveliscombe, both within 5 minutes walk from the property. North Street is slightly closer, the other one is Croft Way.

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Member since: 2013
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Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Taunton in Wiveliscombe

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Internet
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Shower room on the ground floor, bathroom on the first floor
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • - 1 Double Bed
    - 2 Single Bed
  • One twin bedroom, one double bedroom
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Garden


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Wiveliscombe is a small town and civil parish in Somerset, England, situated 9 miles west of Taunton. Wiveliscombe is ideally located to explore the Brendon Hills, the Quantocks, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, as well as Exmoor National Park. Once a thriving market town, today Wiveliscombe, known locally as Wivey, is a bustling town comprising pubs, restaurants and an interesting variety of independent shops.


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