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Rural B&B

We have two double rooms available in our farmhouse B&B, both offering en-suite shower rooms, flat screen TVs and access to tea and coffee making facilities. A full English breakfast (or continental alternative) is part of the package. Our B&B guests are welcome to make themselves at home in our living room or relax in the garden. Large groups may like to make use of Groom’s Cottage as well as our B&B facilities which can be opened up to inter-connect with the main farmhouse. We can also provide secure storage and washing facilities for bikes, and stabling and turnout for horses on request.

Caturn’s

Caturn’s room is our most opulent and luxurious, and features an en-suite shower room, flat screen TV and a six foot bed with Hypnos wool mattress, offering the ultimate in comfort for a great night’s sleep. The bed can be changed to two singles on request.

Caturn’s room is named after Catherine of Braganza who married King Charles II in 1662 and became Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland. She was well loved in this area after she visited nearby Watchet, specifically to buy some of its famous woad-dyed woollen cloth. The dark blue of this room reflects the blue of the cloth, which became known as Watchet Blue. Catherine (or Caturn, as she was known, in Somerset dialect, to the people of Watchet) was so pleased with her welcome that she provided the townfolk with a feast of hot cakes and cider. The tradition continues to be celebrated in Watchet every November and is known as Caturn’s night. We wanted to play our part in keeping history alive by naming this room after Caturn.

Alfox Den

Alfox Den is a cosy retreat with a standard, 4’6” double bed and all the usual mod cons including TV and modern shower room. Please note that this room’s window is a roof-light.

This room has been named to reflect some very local history in the shape of the rambling, derelict mansion, Alfoxton House, which is just above Pardlestone Farm. Once home to one of Britain’s finest romantic poets, William Wordsworth, and his sister, Dorothy, the couple leased Alfoxton for a period in the 1790s, and from this base, Wordsworth was inspired to write some of his most famous poetry. Frequently entertaining their friend and neighbour, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the group would often find amusement in playing word games. As an example, Putsham Farm (at the bottom of Pardlestone Lane) became Potsdam, and Alfoxton House itself became All Fox Den. Changing names for fun in this way may partly explain why they were thought to be French spies, as any humour was lost on the locals! (This was at a time when a French invasion in this area was considered likely.) Wordsworth was refused an extension of his lease as a result of these rumours, and Coleridge left the area shortly after! We’ve shortened the words coined by Wordsworth to call this room Alfox Den.