We would love to welcome you to our farmhouse bed-and-breakfast and self-catering cottage in the Quantock Hills, the west country’s least known yet most accessible unspoilt wilderness. Perfect as a base for walking, horse riding and mountain biking (visitors are welcome to bring bikes, dogs and even horses by arrangement), it’s only a few hundred yards along our sleepy no-through lane and on to the hills, half a mile in the other direction takes you to the village shop and pub, and a mile on from the village and you’ll be down on Kilve beach.
Here, the stratified Jurassic cliffs make for such a spectacular landscape that it’s designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and considered to be of international geological importance. Observant visitors may be lucky enough to discover an ammonite in the fossil-beds, where some of the oldest examples ever recorded in Britain have been uncovered.
The Quantocks themselves are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), comprising thousands of acres of open moorland and ancient wooded valleys which are criss-crossed with footpaths and bridleways, including the nationally important Coleridge Way. Through the hills and valleys you can follow in the footsteps of the romantic poet, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his friend, William Wordsworth, all the way to Lynmouth, or link to the Two Moors Way and the South West Coast Path.
Those who prefer to holiday in quiet contemplation are welcome to relax in the gardens at Pardlestone Farm, where there’ll be little to interrupt the sound of birdsong, save the scampering hooves of a passing deer or the distant whistle of a heritage steam train.
Take in a little sight-seeing and you’ll find a Norman castle, abundant wildlife, chocolate-box villages, teashops, gardens and even outlet shopping, all within easy reach. If you prefer to travel at a leisurely pace, the West Somerset Steam Railway can transport you to many such locations and on the way, will open up new and breath-taking vistas from the Quantocks out to sea, and on towards Exmoor.
Those who prefer to see a little more action will find some of the UK’s top surfing beaches, plentiful fishing and golfing opportunities, and the Glastonbury Festival all within striking distance.
Although Pardlestone Farm feels a world away from the hubbub of modern life, we are just an hour’s drive from Bristol (M4/M5 intersection) and closer to London and Birmingham than Devon or Cornwall.
Super welcoming and the cottage was beautiful. Our horses had a well fenced secure paddock and stables were available if needed. Absolutely no negatives at all from our stay and we will definitely be back.Sharon, South Gloucestershire, UK
The Cottage is an absolute delight and the location is second to none we didn't ride on a road for three days straight and that included an incredible 13 mile 4 hr trek on the second day! Ann couldn't have been more accommodating would recommend to anyone and everyone!!Karen, Devon, UK
Simply fantastic! Welcoming and friendly. Comfortable and relaxing with a tasty breakfast. Mark, Ann and Freya are a great team, who make you feel at home from the moment you arrive. Can not recommend highly enough - I'll be back for my third visit soon!Clare, United Kingdom
This place is a true pearl. Smart cosy room, and guests are welcome in the large living room with open fire. You are a wonderful hospitable couple.Darrell, Les Paccots, Switzerland
Wonderful hosts, very friendly - felt like part of the family! We had time to chat & relax in the beautiful surroundings. Nothing was too much trouble for our family including three teenage boys & five mountain bikes. We were only away for 2 nights, but it felt much longer. Five stars & a complete gem!!Jeremy, Tiverton
From start to finish, you are made to feel at home, waited on hand and foot, you want for nothing. It is set in a wonderful and idyllic location. So stress-free and relaxing sat in front of a log fire . Mark and Ann are the perfect hosts and such genuine people who care. This is the second time we have been, and we are going back in four weeks, that must say it all. And the food is cooked to perfection and the rooms are spotless and beautiful.Richard and Natalie, Nottingham
Cottage was absolutely beautiful. Decor was lovely. Bathroom was modern and clean. Everything we needed was there including tourist pamphlets and information put together by Anne for surrounding areas. Great hiking area. Good directions were given to find the cottage. Anne was very friendly and helpful. Fantastic stay. We would have liked to stay longer.Catherine, United Kingdom
Superb accommodation, I thoroughly recommend this charming cottage. Fluffy hotel-style towels, comfy bed, well appointed kitchen, everything we needed for a relaxing break. Ann and Mark are great hosts and our dog was made more than welcome too. The Quantocks only a few minutes walk up the lane. Just lovely.Sam, United Kingdom
This warm welcoming cottage set in an outstanding setting is furnished with top quality furnishings. The kitchen is fully equipped with everything immediately to hand and the extras of tea, coffee, milk cookies and more were very welcome. The bathroom is exceptional with fantastic bath and shower. Our friendly hosts were readily available nearby if needed but never intrusive. There are numerous walks from the cottage across fields with stunning views and within easy reach of Kilve beach. The staff in the local pub at the end of the lane leading to the cottage are welcoming and serve up tasty food. All in all Groom Cottage is highly recommended.Anne, United Kingdom
I felt relaxed and at home as soon as I arrived. The decor and everything in the cottage is of high standard and taste. Very friendly hosts, good communication. So peaceful and beautiful views. I am planning to return this time with my husband.Sarah, United Kingdom