From Bru­ton to Bath

The fes­tive sea­son is upon us, so why not get away from it all with a few days’ break in a Clas­sic Cot­tages prop­erty

Somerset Life - - PROMOTION -

Som­er­set in De­cem­ber means fes­tive mar­kets and pretty vil­lages and towns sparkling with Christ­mas lights. The darker days of win­ter don’t have to be de­press­ing; this is a time to revel in the run-up to Christ­mas and per­haps plan a lit­tle hol­i­day in the county - a few days away with a loved one or some qual­ity time for the fam­ily to en­joy to­gether.

One per­fect place to spend time is around the an­cient Saxon town of Bru­ton, now a thriv­ing art and food cen­tre with an in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned gallery. Green­hills Cot­tage is a cou­ple of miles down the road, set off the beaten track in a peace­ful vil­lage but with a great pub in walk­ing dis­tance. The cot­tage is full of char­ac­ter with orig­i­nal beams and flag­stone floors but with a mod­ern, taste­ful makeover bring­ing it up to date. It’s a re­lax­ing con­tem­po­rary bolt­hole from which to live like a lo­cal. Curl up in front of the wood­burner in win­ter, throw­ing open the bi-fold doors on sunny days, and ex­plore the wood­lands and walk­ways around the his­toric ham­let be­fore ven­tur­ing into Bru­ton for ar­ti­sanal deli food and a spot of artis­tic cul­ture.

In the north of the county near Bath, King­ham Cot­tage is a re­splen­dent Som­er­set stone cot­tage with ex­posed beams and panoramic coun­try­side views. It’s in an idyl­lic lo­ca­tion high up on the side of the val­ley, a per­fect place to un­wind at any time of year. It’s so wel­com­ing and com­fort­able you may want to stay put, but you can take a day trip to his­toric Bath for the shop­ping, ar­chi­tec­ture and Ro­man Baths, or wan­der around Combe Down and pick up good­ies in the deli for sup­per or the next day’s brunch. When you stay at King­ham, 100% of the in­come goes to the char­ity Af­ter Um­brage which pro­vides breaks for car­ers of peo­ple with life­lim­it­ing con­di­tions.

Clas­sic has hand­picked only the best places to stay across the county, with new prop­er­ties to dis­cover in 2019 and old favourites book­ing up fast. There’s the chance to bring pets too, with a num­ber of dogfriendly cot­tages and also houses with sta­bles. If there are babes in arms in the party, ask about Baby Plus prop­er­ties where own­ers have gone above and be­yond to make their home-from-home as wel­com­ing to young ones as pos­si­ble. Fam­ily friendly cot­tages also have more than Clas­sic’s usual gen­er­ous min­i­mum in­ven­tory, with toys and games, even com­puter con­soles and the lat­est tech, to keep ev­ery­one happy. With ev­ery cot­tage meet­ing ex­act­ing stan­dards, the Clas­sic team wants ev­ery guest to sit back, re­lax and say ‘wow’ as soon as they step through the door.

Green­hills Cot­tage near Bru­ton

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