Luxurious three-storey mews-style town house situated in a conservation area in a very quiet location in the centre of the historic cathedral city of Wells with parking. It is equipped to the highest specifications and has views to the famous 12th century Gothic cathedral and Glastonbury Tor beyond. There is a good selection of inns, restaurants and shops within a five minute walk. Wells is an ideal base for touring with Wookey Hole Caves, Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury, Bath, Bristol and the seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare close by.
Sleeps: 8 - Bedrooms: 3 - Bathrooms: 3
Sleeps 4 to 8 people
A small courtyard garden with furniture
Garage and parking space
Bed linen provided
Washing machine/tumble drier
Electric cooker with gas hob
TV, DVD player
Open all year
Winter short breaks
Non smokers only
Ground Floor: A modern open plan kitchen, spacious lounge/dining area with French doors leading to a secluded courtyard garden, separate toilet with a basin.
First Floor: One double and one twin bedroom, a family bathroom with bath, toilet and basin, a library with books and board games.
Second Floor: Spacious family bedroom, 1 kingsize bed and 1 single + 1 double sofa/futon. En-suite shower room with toilet and basin.
Sorry but no pets.
Travel cot and high chair available on request.
Local Area - Wells, Mendips, Cheddar, & Glastonbury
Although the smallest city in England, the atmosphere is more like that of small country market town. The cathedral is one of the architectural highlights of Britain, replete with magnificent Gothic carvings, a unique scissors vault to brace the building against shifting medieval foundations, and a marvellous chapter house. It also houses a wonderful clock, with mechanical knights who exchange blows every hour. Adjoining the Cathedral is the 13th century moated Bishop’s Palace - seat of the Bishop of Bath & Wells, famous for its swans who ring, twice daily, the bell beside the drawbridge for food. The Medieval Vicar’s Close is an architectural gem. Wednesday and Saturday are market days which are held in the central market place.
Savour the outstanding natural beauty of the Mendip Hills, officially classed as an area of outstanding natural beauty. An area of huge environmental importance, both above and below the ground. Situated in Somerset, they are primarily limestone with many caves including the famous Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole. Some of the caves show signs of prehistoric habitation. Apart from these caves and hills, the region also includes the marshy lowland of the Somerset Levels and the nearby towns and villages of Glastonbury, Wells, Charterhouse and Frome. There are also ruins of Roman lead mines, and a Roman road.
EBBOR GORGE NATURE RESERVE
Ebbor Gorge Nature Reserve is owned by the National Trust. There is evidence of inhabitation in this lovely wooded valley dating back to Neolithic times (about 3000 BC). Bones, tools, cooking utensils and ornaments have been found in caves throughout the gorge. There is a nature trail through the gorge, which features some outstanding views over the Somerset Levels.
Known as the birthplace of Christianity in England, where it is said that Joseph of Aramethea buried the chalice used at the Last Supper and built the first Christian church in England. It is also said that he thrust his thorn staff into the ground which took root and produced the distinctive winter flowering thorn, the site now of the Abbey ruins. The Museum has a superb model of the medieval abbey in which King Arthur and Queen Guinevere are said to have been buried. Recent local history is recorded in Glastonbury’s Rural Life Museum (entry free of charge), with a farmhouse kitchen and displays of Cider making.
From 300BC until AD 100, a lake settlement of houses on stilts and brushwood. Few traces survive. Artefacts excavated are displayed in Glastonbury and Taunton Museums. The most notable existing buildings are the 14th Century Manor House which was used as summer retreats for the Abbots of Glastonbury, and the curious Fish House from the same period which was used to store and supply fish to the monastic table.
In the nearby village of Westhay is the Peat Moors Visitors Centre.
Has a fine selection of buildings, including Victorian private houses in the ancient village. Modern stained glass in the partly 12th Century St Mary’s Church tells the tale of King Alfred who signed the Treaty of AD 878 here, following his defeat of the Danes at the Battle of Ethendune.
B3151 Crosses the north west corner of the Somerset Levels. Inspiring countryside, this former marsh land drained over the centuries is now cut by a maze of drainage ditches (Rhines) through the peaty land. There are many species of Wetland birds breeding here. In the distance a spectacular view of the great limestone escarpment of the Mendip Hills.
CHEDDAR VILLAGE AND GORGE
At the foot of the Gorge is the village of Cheddar, with olde worlde shops, small cafes and restaurants and the entrance to the fascinating Cheddar Caves, where most recent discoveries of human remains makes Cheddar one of the oldest inhabited villages in the country. Cheddar Gorge is an awesome gash in the Mendip Hills, like a mini Grand Canyon with cliffs towering nearly 500 ft. There is a natural reserve at the head of the Gorge with many species of wild flowers, including the Cheddar Pink, found nowhere else in the world.
Cavers and tourists now tread where Stone Age Man made a home. The approach to Burrington is through a limestone gorge. To the left, almost at the foot of the gorge, is the spot where Reverend Augustus Toplady felt inspired to write the hymn ‘Rock of Ages’. A plaque marks the spot beside the cleft in the rock where shelter was sought.
Chew Magna and the smaller of the two lakes, Blagdon are both reservoirs created in the early 1950’s but have matured to create a natural lakeland environment. A beautiful haven for plant and wildlife. The fishing is some of the finest in the country. Near to the Dam there is a lakeside visitor’s area, with cafe/restaurant/picnic facilities and visitors centre.
Visit the old Paper Mill and wonderful Wookey Hole Caves, home of the famous witch, with fascinating underground lakes restaurant facilities.
Restored Windmill, just west of Wedmore.
WESTHAY PEAT MOORS’ VISITORS CENTRE
An exhibition of archaeology, history and wildlife of the Somerset Levels.
CLARKES VILLAGE STREET
An exciting shopping experience, built on part of the famous old Clarkes Shoe Factory complex.
Between Wells and Glastonbury. A family run vineyard, producing fine English wine with tasting facilities and a shop.
Weston-super-Mare is a bustling seaside resort. The broad sweep of Weston Bay has miles of clean golden sand, an award winning Grade II listed Grand Pier, a level promenade, and of course the famous Weston donkeys! Just a short step away from the seafront there is a wide variety of shops, amusement arcades and eateries, giving Weston its traditional seaside town ambience
Booking Terms and Conditions
1. The Contract
The contract is between Suzanne and Charles Hart (the Owner) and the person completing the Booking Form (the Hirer). The agreement is made on the basis that "Cathedral View," 2 St Thomas Mews, Wells, Somerset (the Property) is to be occupied by the Hirer for a holiday as mentioned in the Housing Act 1988 Schedule 1 Para 9 and the Hirer acknowledges that the tenancy granted by this agreement is not an assured tenancy and that no statutory periodic tenancy will arise when it ends. The contract is not effective until the required payment and the completed Booking Form has been received by the Owner and accepted by the Owner in writing.
2.1 Bookings cannot be accepted from:
a. Persons under the age of 18 years
b. Parties where the majority of members are under 18 years (except families or supervised groups)
2.2 The number of persons occupying the Property must not exceed the maximum agreed by the Hirer and Owner.
2.3 The Owner reserves the right to decline any booking or refuse to hand over a key to any person who has not complied with the booking terms and conditions.
3.1 Provisional reservations can be accepted by telephone or e-mail and must be confirmed within 7 days (UK) or 10 days (outside UK) by the arrival of the required non-returnable deposit. Unconfirmed reservations will be cancelled after 7 (or 10) days without further reference.
3.2 To secure a reservation:
a. Complete all parts of the booking form.
b. Send the completed form by post and arrange payment of 1/4 (one quarter) of the total cost of the holiday (the deposit). This deposit is non-returnable.
c. Pay the balance of the cost eight weeks before the holiday is due to start. Reminders are not normally sent. No bookings are valid without the non refundable deposit and unless confirmed in writing by the Owner.
3.3 Once a booking has been confirmed by the Owner, the Hirer is responsible for the balance of the cost of the holiday. The Owner reserves the right to cancel the booking, retain the deposit and re-let any holiday where the balance outstanding is more than 7 days in arrears. If, however, the Owner is unable to re-let the holiday, the Hirer remains liable for the outstanding balance.
3.4 Bookings made within eight weeks of the start of the holiday require full payment within 7 (or 10) days of the provisional booking unless alternative arrangements are agreed in writing with the Owner.
3.5 Payment for bookings can be made by postal order, cheque drawn on a London bank payable in Sterling to "MRS S J HART," by Eurocheque or by bank transfer in Sterling, to the Owner's account (details of which can be supplied by post). The person making payment shall be responsible for all charges incurred in making the payment.
The Owner requires that all cancellations are notified by telephone and then put in writing to the Owner. In the event that the Hirer has to cancel a holiday, the Owner will endeavour to re-let the Property and if successful may refund any monies paid less the deposit that is non-returnable.
5. Booking Alterations
5.1 Any change in holiday dates will be subject to the agreement of the Owner.
5.2 If the Owner has to cancel arrangements made for the Hirer the Owner will return to the Hirer any monies paid, whereupon the Owner's liability will cease.
6. Damage, Loss and Nuisance
6.1 The Hirer agrees:
a. That the supervision of any adults requiring care, children, and pets remains the responsibility of the Hirer at all times.
b. To be responsible for leaving the accommodation in good order and clean condition.
c. To report and pay the Owner for any damage or loss however caused, excluding reasonable wear and tear incurred during occupation.
d. Not to cause nuisance or annoyance to occupants of nearby property.
e. To allow reasonable access to the property by the Owner or the Owner's servants or agents if the Owner deems it necessary.
6.2 If in the opinion of the Owner any person is not suitable to continue their occupation of the Property because of unreasonable behaviour, damage or nuisance to other parties, the contract may be discharged and the Owner may repossess the Property immediately. The Hirer will remain liable for the whole cost of hire and no refund shall be due.
Occupancy shall be from 3pm (1500 hours) on the day of arrival to 10am (1000 hours) on the day of departure, as identified in the Booking Form.
The cost of electricity, water and gas are included in the cost of the holiday.
9.1 Whilst the Owner makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of property descriptions, these are inevitably subjective and are for guidance only. If there are any points of particular importance, please contact the Owner to clarify information.
9.2 Whilst the Owner has taken all responsible steps to ensure that the information contained in its brochures, tariffs, leaflets and advertisements are accurate, the Owner reserves the right to alter, substitute or withdraw any service, facilities or amenity.
10.1 The Owner cannot accept responsibility for any material loss, damage, additional expense or inconvenience directly or indirectly caused by or arising out of the Property, its plumbing, electrical equipment or otherwise, or exceptional weather. Neither can any responsibility be accepted for loss or damage of property (including pets), vehicles or vehicle contents belonging to the Hirer or any member of the party during their occupancy.
11.1 If in the opinion of the Hirer there are grounds for complaint, it is the duty of the Hirer to take it up with the Owner as soon as possible and in any event before departure to allow remedial action to be taken.
11.2 It is specifically agreed that failure by the Hirer to notify the Owner of any complaint in accordance with the time-scale set out in clause 11.1 will entitle the Owner to refuse to entertain the complaint, irrespective of its merits.
11.3 The Owner undertakes to observe the English Tourism Council's code of conduct. In the event of an unresolved complaint, the Owner reserves the right to refer the matter to the Council for arbitration.
12. Waiver and Legal Provisions
12.1 The failure of the Owner to enforce or exercise, at any time, or for any period of time, any term of, or any right pursuant to this Agreement does not constitute and shall not be construed as a waiver of such term or right.
12.2 The law of England governs the construction, validity and performance of this Agreement and the parties submit to the jurisdiction of the English Courts. The Hirer agrees that the Contract with the Owner is made at the Owner's premises and that any proceedings between the parties shall be conducted in the Weston-super-Mare County Court.
12.3 Clause headings are for convenience only and do not form part of or affect the interpretation of this Agreement.