Anstey Mills Cottages
“A very comfortable standard of accommodation at both cottages.” - VisitEngland Assessor
East Liscombe, Somerset
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Our Inspector's view
Anstey Mills Cottages are located in a peaceful rural setting with surrounding countryside views. The cottages are Grade-II listed buildings, one a traditional stone, cob and thatch barn and one which is the end of the original Devon Longhouse, both still showing traditional beams and stonework. Anstey Mills Thatched Cottage (2+2) has a small, well-equipped kitchen, a spacious and cosy sitting room with sofa bed and dining area, and a large bathroom with a jacuzzi bath for two. The galleried bedroom (king size bed, two futon chairs (doubling as single beds for young children, a small toilet and a separate shower) leads to a decking area – a sun trap and a wonderful place to enjoy al fresco dinners overlooking the private garden. Anstey Mills Cottage (6+1) is very spacious, ideal for family get-togethers and special celebrations. The entrance hall leads into a large, well-fitted farmhouse kitchen with a huge table to accommodate more guests (great when you combine both cottages). There are a spacious but cosy sitting room with excellent wood-burner and upstairs 3 spacious bedrooms (1 en-suite with 5' 4 poster bed, another with double bed and futon and one twin-bedded room) and the main bathroom/WC (bidet and shower over bath). A landing door leads across a small bridge to a large semi-enclosed garden. There's ample parking outside each cottages and lots of great facilities. The hosts speak German and French.
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About the area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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