“ Address: 69 Bere Ln / Glastonbury / Somerset BA6 8 „
My friend had rented this cute little Georgian cottage on Bere Lane for a couple of weeks in January and invited me down to join her. I believe she got it at a pretty reduced rate as it was majorly out of season. I notice on the website that the costs vary from £375 per week in winter and go up to £550 a week in the height of the summer season. If you are interested then the contact information is at the top of the review.
The cottage is advertised as sleeping from 2 to 6 people. I would suggest that six would be very cosy. There is a good sized double bedroom at the front of the cottage. There is a tiny second bedroom with bunk beds. The bottom in theory came out to become a double but it would fill the room and you would have to move some of the furniture out first. I slept on this bottom bunk and was not that comfortable. Presumably the other person would be on the couch/settee in the living room. As I said ideal for a family with two smallish children but more than that would not really be comfortable in my opinion. The bunk bed was not really suitable for adults as it was not a great mattress and the springs sagged.
The only other room upstairs was the bathroom with a bath and shower over the bath, a toilet and a sink. It was freshly painted floorboards and had a radiator for drying towels. The towels provided by the owner were not overly generous and my friend asked me to bring my own as they were using those provided. The linen and towels were locked away in a linen cupboard that was not accessible to the visitors.
Downstairs you came straight into the sitting room and the stairs were directly in front of you with coat hooks to the left on the wall. A pretty tight squeeze when a couple of you are coming in from the rain as there is no porch and the owners ask that you don't wear outside shoes in the house. This means that you are all trying to take shoes off and coats in about 2ft square of space.
Once you have managed to get your coat and shoes off then the living area is quite cosy. It has a long settee/ couch against the back wall with a large TV tucked under the stairs so that sitting in the sofa you get a very close look at this. Near the front window is a small nook with a chair and a couple of tables. This is perfect for sitting and reading so you can enjoy looking out of the window every now and then.
There is a lovely big wood burning stove which really warmed up the room even in the cold weather we 'enjoyed' this January. Some wood was provided but I believe my friend had to buy some kindling. The cottage is fully centrally heated and it was very warm all the time I was there.
The owners had made a big effort to provide as much as possible that you might need to entertain yourself. There were several books about Glastonbury and the various spiritual beliefs about the area. There were a number of dvds, both children's ones and ones for adults (I don't mean rude ones!) and in the evening we found a couple we hadn't seen in a while to watch. There were quite a few local tourist brochures on sites in the area which I thought was a good idea and gave you a chance to plan your activities and visits from the comfort of the cottage and not have to go hunting for the Tourist Information Office.
This room was a lovely little room and it was interesting to learn that the wall between the lounge and kitchen was once the boundary of the Abbey grounds. The sofa lean was along the original Abbey boundary.
Behind the living room you went into a kitchen diner. The dining area was once again very tight with a simple table and a bench and some chairs. The fridge freezer was in this part too. The kitchen had a dishwasher and all you would need for a self catering holiday and behind the kitchen was a sort of conservatory cum utility room. There was a washing machine but too certain about a dryer, I think probably not as my friend had washing hanging in the room on drying frames.
This led out into a very sweet garden with great areas for BBQs in the summer and cosy little nooks for sitting in and catching the sun. From the back bedroom there were views over the garden and beyond into the Abbey parklands which was rather nice but as the window was very low it wasn't really the sort of place you couldsit and enjoy this view as the room was also pretty cluttered.
It is nice to have a few homely touches but in my view this had rather too many bits of personal stuff around. The small bedroom had a toy box full of games and toys some of which might be handy with kids but shelves of models and niknaks are a step too far. The trouble was with all the niknaks it left little room for guest to put things which is a little annoying.
The cottage is in a wonderful position for exploring Glastonbury and the area. You can walk to all the sites in and close to Glastonbury. There are buses to places like Wells or if you have your car there is a parking space in the front garden of the cottage and there is so much to see and explore in the area and you could spend a week here and find new things to do every day without trying hard at all.
I would say that this would be a lovely place for a couple with one or two children but not really suitable for four adults as neither the bunk bed nor the settee which made into a double bed were that comfortable in my view. The little cottage was cosy and very cute with lots of character and would make a home from home sort of holiday and might work out a bit more economical than a hotel for the same time. So if you fancy somewhere with character to stay in this area then take a look at their website. The photos on the site show the rooms well and I didn't take any photos so if you want to see photos follow the link. http://www.moonstonecottage.eu/moonstonecottage.html
Thanks for reading and hope this might be useful to someone. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.