Aerospace Bristol - Cart House Cottage https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk Holiday Cottage in Somerset Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:32:47 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cropped-Cart-wheel-icon-32x32.png Aerospace Bristol - Cart House Cottage https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk 32 32 Aerospace Bristol https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/things-to-do-on-holiday/aerospace-bristol-2/ Tue, 22 Sep 2020 20:43:14 +0000 https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/?p=3932 Starting in the earliest days of powered flight, Aerospace Bristol will take you on a journey through more than a century of aviation achievements. From bold pioneers taking to the skies in their magnificent flying machines, to the remarkable men and women who played their part in two world wars, to those who dreamed a seemingly-impossible dream of supersonic travel: then created the iconic Concorde to turn that dream into reality. All British Airways Concordes first flew from Filton and the stunning centrepiece of your visit will be Concorde Alpha Foxtrot: the last of the iconic supersonic passenger jets to be built in Bristol, and the last to fly. Capable of crossing the Atlantic in under three hours, Concorde cruised at over twice the speed of sound and reached an altitude of 60,000ft.

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Glastonbury https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/somerset-and-local-area/glastonbury-2/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 15:18:40 +0000 https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/?p=3921 Glastonbury is steeped in Christian and Pagan legends. The modern-day town is overshadowed by Glastonbury Tor, a dominant feature of the local landscape. The town is a mixture of old and new, with its great Abbey ruins, reputedly the birthplace of Christianity in England and associated with the legends of King Arthur. Today Glastonbury is also famous for its eponymous music festival.

Glastonbury Abbey

The scattered ruins of Glastonbury Abbey give little hint that this was once one of England’s great seats of ecclesiastical power. It was torn down following Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries in the 16th century. According to legend, the abbey’s famous holy thorn tree sprang from the staff of Joseph of Arimathea, who supposedly visited the abbey. It blooms at Christmas and Easter.

The Saxons, who had been converted to Christianity, conquered the ancient county of Somerset in the 7th Century. Their King was Ine of Wessex, who was widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of the abbey. He was a local man who boosted the status and income of the abbey, and it is said that he put up a stone church, the base of which forms the west end of the nave.

Glastonbury Tor

Topped by the ruined, medieval Chapel of St Michael, the iconic hump of Glastonbury Tor is visible for miles around, and provides Somerset with one of its most unmistakable landmarks. It takes half an hour to walk up from the start of the trail on Well House Lane; the steepest sections are stepped.

The Tor is the focal point for a wealth of local lore. Legend identifies the tor as the mythic Isle of Avalon, where King Arthur was taken after being mortally wounded in battle. Others believe that the Tor marks an ancient mystical node where invisible lines of energy, ley lines, converge. It’s easy to see why the Tor has inspired so many myths. It’s a strange presence in an otherwise pan-flat landscape, and in ancient times (when the area around Glastonbury was covered by water for much of the year), the Tor would indeed have appeared as an island, wreathed in mists and cut off by rivers, marshes and bogs.

Chalice Well and Gardens

Chalice Well and Gardens have been sites of pilgrimage since the days of the Celts. The iron-red waters from the 800-year-old well are rumoured to have healing properties. The reddish waters are caused by iron deposits in the soil. Some legends also identify the well as the hiding place of the Holy Grail.

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Historic Houses in Somerset https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/local-holiday-events/historic-houses-in-somerset/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 14:50:40 +0000 https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/?p=3907 There are many historic houses in Somerset, here area a few:
Bishops Palace Wells
Bishop’s Palace, Wells

The Bishop’s Palace and Gardens have been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy. Surrounded by a breath-taking moat visitors can cross a flagstone drawbridge, walk under the portcullis and experience a true hidden gem in the heart of the City of Wells. There are 14 acres of outstanding, RHS Partner gardens to explore, including the beautiful well pools from which the city takes its name. The Bishop’s Palace dates from the early-thirteenth century when Bishop Jocelin Trotman, the first Bishop to hold the title Bishop of Bath and Wells, received a crown licence to build a residence and deer park on land to the south of the Cathedral of St Andrew.

Lytes Cary
Lytes Cary Manor

Lytes Cary Manor is an intimate medieval manor house with a beautiful Arts and Crafts garden where you can imagine living. The chapel was built around 1343 and the house gradually expanded over the next three centuries by the Lytes family who owned it until the 18th century before it fell into disrepair. It was lovingly restored in the 20th century by Sir Walter Jenner who restored the house to a 17th century style and also added on a new west wing.

Montacute House
Montacute House

Montacute House is an Elizabethan Renaissance masterpiece completed in 1601. The Long Gallery is the longest of its kind in England and houses over 60 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. The beautiful gardens surrounding Montacute House are constantly changing, filling the house with scent in summer and providing an atmospheric backdrop for a winter walk.

Muchelney Abbey
Muchelney Abbey

Muchelney Abbey, which lies two miles south of Langport, was once a landmark in the Somerset Levels and still has much to offer its visitors – history lovers in particular will enjoy this fascinating site which was once a wealthy Benedictine house and the second oldest religious foundation in Somerset, but as part of the dissolution the abbey’s principal buildings were demolished by Henry VIII in 1538. Visitors can still see the clearly laid out foundations of the abbey, parts of the richly decorated cloister walk and thatched monks’ lavatory – the only one of its kind in Britain. The 16th-century abbots’ house remains intact with its magnificent rooms, and site finds are on display illustrating monastic life. With plenty of rooms to explore, this is an ideal day out whatever the weather.

Tyntesfield House
Tyntesfield House

Tyntesfield. After buying Tyntes Place for his growing family in 1843, William Gibbs went about making it his own. He remodelled the exterior of the simple regency house into the Gothic style that exists today and had the interiors were richly decorated and furnished by the country’s leading craftsmen. Each of the following three generations left their mark on Tyntesfield, adding to what had been done before and incorporating the latest advances in technology to create a family home that was comfortable and efficient. With 540 acres of parkland, woodland, formal gardens and kitchen gardens to explore, there’s plenty to do in the outdoors at Tyntesfield.

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Caving and Climbing https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/things-to-do-on-holiday/caving-and-climbing/ Sat, 08 Aug 2020 16:44:17 +0000 https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/?p=3892 If you love the idea of scaling towering walls in the glorious sunshine with spectacular views over the Somerset countryside you should head to Cheddar Gorge. Famous for its sweeping cliffs reaching up to 450 feet it is also a famous hub for rock climbing. The climbing here varies from the beginner-friendly to routes suitable for experienced climbers. There are hundreds of climbing routes in the Gorge which will push you to climb just that little bit harder, and higher.

One of the best show caves is Wookey Hole which also offers the Wild Wookey Experience including a 3 hour caving experience with professional instructors, however it is not for the faint-hearted. It includes everything from abseiling, traversing over deep water to navigation through the labyrinthine passages filled with obstacles such as slopes, ropes, crawls, stoops and more. Please see the Wild Wookey website for details and to ensure it is suitable for you. If you are an experienced caver the Cart House Holiday Cottage is an excellent base from which to explore the caves and mines of the Mendips. Please contact one of the local caving clubs for further details and access.

Caving and Climbing tours

This is the perfect way to experience Cheddar from a whole different perspective! After all, Cheddar’s not just spectacular on the surface; it’s spectacular underground as well. Suitable for all ability levels, we’ll have you exploring subterranean caverns in no time.

You’ll be led through the admiring tourists in Gough’s Cave to start your expedition into the depths of the caves; switch on your head torch and get ready to feel like you’ve entered a lost world. You’ll need to climb up to the Mushroom Chamber, crawl through the Sand Chamber and descend over 40ft into the heart of the cave system – but don’t worry our expert cavers will be on hand to help you the entire way!

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Somerset Gardens https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/local-holiday-events/somerset-gardens-2/ Sun, 12 Jul 2020 11:12:55 +0000 https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/?p=3871 Somerset, with beautiful countryside, moors and coast is a great destination. It also has some of the finest historic houses and gardens to visit in England. This is a selection of the best that can be easily reached from the Cart House Holiday Cottage:

Somerset Gardens:

Bishop’s Palace Garden, Market Place, Wells

Behind a moat and ramparts, this peaceful 14-acre garden has plenty to see. An arboretum, herbaceous borders, roses, a waterfall and a Garden of Reflection, to name a few, to say nothing of the view from those ancient ramparts. Wonderfully presented and colourful, the Palace grounds also host theatrical, musical and medieval entertainment during the summer.

Clevedon Court Garden, Tickenham Road, Clevedon

Now managed by the National Trust, Clevedon Court was for centuries home to the lords of Clevedon. This majestic 14th century manor house offers excellent views and a small but pleasant garden. Take a walk or have a picnic in the 18th century terraced garden, with its trees, wooded hillside and wild flowers, and buy refreshments from the tea kiosk.

Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine, Taunton

Three historic periods meet and complement each other in Hestercombe Gardens, with a Victorian Shrubbery, a Georgian Landscape Garden and Edwardian Formal Gardens combining to make this a unique destination. Intriguing buildings are scattered among the spectacular walks, and you can see designs by Sir Edward Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.

Lytes Cary Manor, near Somerton

Mediaeval Lytes Cary Manor was once the home of herbalist Henry Lyte, benefited from a 20th century garden restoration by Sir Walter Jenner, and is now an attractive spot with numerous highlights. The Arts and Crafts garden contains fine topiary, roses and colourful herbaceous borders, besides a Medlar and Quince orchard. There is also a well-stocked barn shop and a tea room offering light refreshments.

Milton Lodge, Old Bristol Road, Wells

The layout of the Milton Lodge Gardens was the brainchild of Charles Tudway, great grandfather of the Lodge’s present owner. The peaceful and attractive Grade II listed gardens incorporate trees, yew hedges and roses while architectural terraces, including the Pool Terrace and the Sundial Terrace, give stunning views towards Wells Cathedral and the Vale of Avalon. There is also a seven-acre arboretum.

Montacute House Gardens

Montacute House is an Elizabethan Renaissance gem, and makes a stunning backdrop to the graceful gardens around it. Here, fine lawns are surrounded by neatly-trimmed yews, while a sunken lawn is backed by pavilions and walls with balustrades and pinnacles.

Prior Park Landscape Garden, Ralph Allen Drive, Bath

18th century landscape garden created by Bath entrepreneur Ralph Allen with advice from poet Alexander Pope, and by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Sweeping valley with magnificent views over the city of Bath. Walk across the famous Palladian Bridge, one of only four in the world, and explore the woodland paths.

Yeo Valley Organic Garden, Holt Farm, Bath Road, Blagdon

Farmed by the Mead family since the 15th century and renowned for its dairy products, Yeo Valley is also home to one of Britain’s few ornamental organic gardens. Covering 6.5 acres and with views of the Mendips and Blagdon Lake, it promises a colourful experience, with continuously developing edible and ornamental displays.

Hauser and Wirth Garden, Bruton

Carefully shaped and planted, the garden echoes the tradition of classical gardens, but the variety of species and combination of plants creates a looseness, softening the formality of its appearance including a large perennial meadow situated behind the art gallery buildings. The use of plants with spectacular seed heads has created a garden that has interest year round.

Please check local seasonal opening times.

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Summer Breaks 2020 https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/holiday-cottage/summer-breaks-2020/ Sun, 05 Jul 2020 17:05:58 +0000 https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/?p=3835 Somerset is a traditional holiday destination and ideal for a Summer Break in 2020. There are miles of sandy beaches and rocky coves line the Somerset Coast from Clevedon to Minehead and many more activities in the county like walking and cycling in the Mendips, visit the historic City of Wells or experience the legends and mythology of Glastonbury

Whatever you choose to do the opportunities to enjoy the fresh air and countryside are limitless. so why not get away from the town or city and experience the open spaces in Somerset.

The Cottage is a charming stone-built cottage and is located in the historic town of Axbridge in Somerset which is a fabulous location for exploring the South West. The Cart House Holiday Cottage is a grade 2 listed building that has been comprehensively and sympathetically restored in 2017 by the current owner to provide high quality, self-catering, holiday accommodation.

The three storey stone cottage, comfortably sleeps two people and is beautifully furnished, boasting stunning, exposed wooden beams and an open, refreshing living area. The cottage make for a wonderfully relaxing bases to return to at the end of each adventure-filled day.

At The Cart House Cottage we supply the following for every self-catering guests stay:- TV with Freeview and DVD,  DAB, FM radio with CD player and Bluetooth,  storage for bicycles and equipment, WiFi, Gas central heating and electric coal effect fire, kitchen with dishwasher, washer – dryer, microwave and fridge with icebox. Off road parking for one car, additional on street parking is available nearby if required.

A welcome hamper of local produce is included.

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Autumn Escapes 2020 https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/holiday-cottage/autumn-escapes-2020/ Sat, 11 Jul 2020 14:44:42 +0000 https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/?p=3856 Wrap up for long walks to see the changing colours of the local woods with the crunch of leaves beneath your feet. Be sure to see the starling murmurations over the Somerset Levels. Experience the spectacular Guy Fawkes Carnivals and return to a luxury Grade 2 Listed self-catering Holiday Cottage.

The Cottage is a charming stone-built cottage located in historic town of Axbridge in Somerset which is a fabulous location for exploring the South West. The Cart House Holiday Cottage is a grade 2 listed building that has been comprehensively and sympathetically restored in 2017 by the current owner to provide high quality, self-catering, holiday accommodation.

Autumn Breaks at the Cart House Holiday Cottage

The three storey stone cottage, comfortably sleeps two people and is beautifully furnished, boasting stunning, exposed wooden beams and an open, refreshing living area. The cottage make for a wonderfully relaxing bases to return to at the end of each adventure-filled day.

At The Cart House Cottage we supply the following for every guests stay:- TV with Freeview and DVD,  DAB, FM radio with CD player and Bluetooth,  storage for bicycles and equipment, WiFi, gas central heating and electric coal effect fire, kitchen with dishwasher, washer – dryer, microwave and fridge with icebox. Off road parking for one car, additional on street parking is available nearby if required.

A welcome hamper of local produce is included.

Make a Booking Enquiry

Recommended autumn activities include viewing the spectacular starling murmurations , visiting classic gardens and enjoying walks and bike rides in the Somerset countryside.

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Winter Breaks 2020/21 https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/holiday-cottage/winter-breaks-2020-21/ Sat, 11 Jul 2020 17:19:31 +0000 https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/?p=3865 Get out and about this winter to see the stunning Somerset countryside without the crowds. From the Mendip Hills to the brooding Somerset Levels there are fantastic, atmospheric landscapes to explore before cosying up in a meticulously renovated Grade 2 Listed luxury Holiday Cottage. Visit local Christmas markets or simply take a walk through the countryside and enjoy the fresh West Country air.

Winter Breaks at the Cart House Holiday Cottage

The Cottage is a charming stone-built cottage located in historic town of Axbridge in Somerset which is a fabulous location for exploring the South West. The Cart House Holiday Cottage is a grade 2 listed building that has been comprehensively and sympathetically restored in 2017 by the current owner to provide high quality, self-catering, holiday accommodation.

The three storey stone cottage, comfortably sleeps two people and is beautifully furnished, boasting stunning, exposed wooden beams and an open, refreshing living area. The cottage make for a wonderfully relaxing bases to return to at the end of each adventure-filled day.

At The Cart House Cottage we supply the following for every guests stay:- TV with Freeview and DVD,  DAB, FM radio with CD player and Bluetooth,  storage for bicycles and equipment, WiFi, gas central heating and electric coal effect fire, kitchen with dishwasher, washer – dryer, microwave and fridge with icebox. Off road parking for one car, additional on street parking is available nearby if required.

A welcome hamper of local produce is included.

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Weston-super-Mare https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/somerset-and-local-area/weston-super-mare/ Sun, 01 Dec 2019 16:22:13 +0000 https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/?p=3679 When it comes to traditional seaside holidays the string of resorts running all the way down the Somerset coast has everything you need. Weston-super-Mare is the biggest, and also one of the oldest. There are cafes, pubs and restaurants where you can sit outside and watch the world go by. If that hasn’t worn you out, the nightlife’s pretty energetic, and there are any number of events and exhibitions throughout the summer.

Weston-super-Mare Pier

Grand Pier

Right in the heart of Weston and its beach lies Weston’s Grand Pier. Although ravaged by fire in 2008 the completely rebuilt and modernised pier is now fully open and is undoubtedly a world class attraction.

Weston super Mare Beach

Weston-super-Mare Bay

The wonderful sweep of Weston Bay, with views over to Wales and down to Exmoor, is a never ending source of satisfaction. Miles of broad, flat sandy beach are perfect for all sorts of activities.

Helicopter Museum

Weston Helicopter Museum

The Helicopter Museum is the only collection of its type in the country. Over 70 aircraft are on display including the current world speed record holder and a selection of unusual gyrocopters. Highlights on the museum’s event calendar include it’s monthly ‘Open Cockpit Days’ where visitors can take the pilots seat in one of the museum’s many aircraft and be shown the controls by an experienced guide. The museum also hosts regular Helicopter Experience Flights along the local coastline to view Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding countryside from a unique new angle.

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Clevedon Pier https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/local-holiday-events/clevedon-pier/ Tue, 22 Oct 2019 19:14:32 +0000 https://www.axbridgeholidaycottage.co.uk/?p=3648 “The most beautiful pier in England” Sir John Betjeman.

Clevedon Pier is England’s only Grade 1 listed pier and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2019.

Clevedon Pier was opened in 1869 to receive paddle steamer passengers from Devon and Wales. Today it is a focal point for events in Clevedon and it features a range of attractions; including:

  • Discover @ The Pier with a range of hands on exhibits about Clevedon, the Pier and the Severn Estuary, which will entertain all ages.
  • Tiffin @ The Pier – superb food , drinks and ice cream at a unique location.
  • Shop @ The Pier – with bespoke gifts for all occasions.
  • The best fishing for miles around.

To find out more about the beautiful Victorian seaside resort of Clevedon click here: Clevedon in North Somerset.

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