The Cottage Beyond is only 10 minutes from Junction 26 on the M5, yet enjoys the unspoilt natural beauty and calm of rolling green rural countryside. We often describe our immediate area as living in the boondooks – a land hidden from the outside world. A secret, perfect world, yet not far from civilisation. There are lovely walks to take around the farm, our own animals to see and plenty of wildlife. You’ll be spoilt for choice with all that’s on offer in and around the house and farm.
Indoors, there are books to suit all ages, chess, backgammon, family board games and table football. SKY Sports & Movies, DVD players, surround sound and Wi-fi are all on hand. In the Snug is a “toy cupboard” packed toys for the younger members of your group.
Across the lawn, the Spa Hall beckons, with its shimmering indoor heated pool, hot tub and sauna, and stylish recliners, all for your exclusive use. Beautiful landscaped gardens offer space for sports and games, a safety enclosed trampoline, swings and slide, tree seats and plenty of quiet corners to retreat to with a book. You can cook up a barbecue (charcoal available at extra cost) and dine outdoors, lounge on bean bags or chat on the swing seat. In summer months we offer the use of our badminton, clock golf and croquet sets.
A full-sized table tennis table (bats and balls provided), air hockey and the family favourite extra-large Connect 4 can be found in the covered games area.
The kitchen and snug are best placed to view the activity around the bird table. Nuthatches, greater spotted woodpeckers, long-tailed tits and pink-breasted bullfinches are regular visitors. Bird-spotters’ guides are provided.
Guests are welcome to explore the 180-acre organic farm. There are ponds and woodlands, and fields with panoramic views to the Quantocks and Blackdown Hills. The Bathealton Stream bubbles across the farm to Watery Lane and Pooh Sticks Bridge, and on to join the River Tone (which flows through Taunton).
All our guests are offered the opportunity of a farm tour as both Alan and John love showing off our animals and are happy to share their knowledge with you. Currently there are three signposted walks around our farm for you to follow, a stampbox challenge, several geocaches hidden and a map of the local area is provided, so no excuse for staying in!
In the orchard beside the house reside a multitude of animals. Guests are welcome to interact with them and collect the eggs from the chickens.
While out and about on the farm, you may be joined by Pepsi the dog or greeted by friendly long-haired goats. Deer abound and badger-watching is a possibility.
Ideas for children’s entertainment
- Pond dipping – discover water-loving wildlife
- A picnic in the woods – there are two picnic tables and 4 log swings under the trees
- A night walk and the chance to listen to all the wonderful sounds of the night
- A scavenger hunt – there is so much nature for children to collect and identify
- Stampbox challenge
Don’t forget to bring wellies, head lamps and torches