Guests of Pardlestone Farm can enjoy literary connections as well as the outstanding beauty of Somerset’s Quantock Hills. This splendid rural retreat offers both bed & breakfast accommodation and a self catering cottage within the landscape which inspired poet Samuel Taylor-Coleridge and his neighbour William Wordsworth to their Romantic best.
Pardlestone Farm is a brilliant base for outdoorsy people including walkers, mountain bikers and riders. Dogs are welcome in the cottage and there are fields and stables for guests’ horses. It is on the scenic Coleridge Way, which leads to Exmoor and is just over a mile from the fabulous Jurassic coast, where fossils present themselves to beachcombers more readily than almost anywhere else in Britain.
Mark Belcher, who runs it with his wife, Ann, says: “The Quantocks are the south west’s best kept secret. With deep wooded valleys, sparkling streams and heather-clad heath, it’s easy to see what inspired the poets.”
The farmhouse bed & breakfast has two en suite double bedrooms, the sumptuous Caturn’s with a capacious bed which can be split into twins, the other a cosy retreat; both with TVs. If wished, they can be rented with the adjoining Groom’s Cottage, which sleeps four. B&B guests can use the living room and garden and expect a quality cooked breakfast.
The house is within walking distance of a gastropub and closer to the Midlands than either Devon or Cornwall.