Florence Cottage

Wells, Somerset
Self-catering


Peaceful townhouse in the heart of Wells opposite St Cuthbert’s Church. A fascinating restoration decorated with vintage treasures

Bed

2 beds

Bedroom

2 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 4

The
Experience

Come for a blast of history. Amanda and family were amazed by what they found in the restoration of this terraced 16th-century house in the heart of Wells. The most remarkable was the big medieval wall painting painstakingly uncovered below layers of plaster.Wells will keep you fascinated too – delve into more history, listen to choral evensong in the cathedral, browse independent shops (including the vintage one owned by Amanda’s daughter just down the road), have lunch at bustling veggy café The Good Earth.You let yourself in but Amanda is on hand nearby if you need her. She leaves wine and logs for a couple of fires. Cook supper on the electric Aga, sleep in vintage style, have morning coffee in the garden – sunlight floods in to the whole house. Romantic for two, lovely to bring a couple of friends.

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We think you'll love

  • Sitting in bed staring at the atmospheric medieval wall painting
  • Soaking in the tub in the big sunny bathroom
  • Exploring beautiful Wells
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Home truths

  • The stairs up to the first floor and the attic are steep and windy
  • You can’t bring your children or dog
  • Free parking outside the house 5pm to 9am and all-day Sunday. One-hour free parking during day (no return for one hour). Car parks and free parking nearby

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Please ask about prices for short stays.
Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £80
Weekly price
from £550
Damage deposit
£100
1 Cottage for 4
From £802 beds2 bedrooms

Reviews

Idyllic cottage in the heart of the beautiful city of Wells, they perfect hideaway! Walking through the front door fells like stepping back in time, but the history of the property is perfectly balanced with modern touches like the electric Aga and the roll top bath. Despite booking late to escape London for the weekend, we rewarded with an absolute gem - we will definitely be going back!

Richard, London

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Location

The neighbourhood

Wells (the smallest cathedral city in England) is crammed with things to see – stay here all week without needing to venture further. Wander round the cathedral and don’t miss the moated Bishop's Palace and gardens – there’s a café where you can sit outside with tea and cake afterwards. Farmers' markets are on Wednesdays and Saturdays; a charity boules tournament goes on each summer; find lots of independent shops, cafes and pubs. You’re near to Glastonbury, Kilver Court shopping outlet is six miles; try lunch at The Swan in Wedmore (ten miles). Chew Valley Lake is 11 miles away, for walks, picnics, bird-watching, fishing, sailing.

Local points of interest from Amanda Bellini

  • The magnificent 13thC Wells Cathedral has approximately 300 Statues on the spectacular west front. It is the earliest English Cathedral built in the Gothic style and has an international reputation. It overlooks the stunningly picturesque Cathedral Green.
  • Vicars’ Close, adjoining Wells Cathedral, is believed to be the most complete example of a medieval Close in the UK. This landmark was designed to provide communal accommodation for the Vicars Choral, who sang daily within the Cathedral as they do today.
  • Home to the Bishops of Bath/Wells for 800 years this stunning medieval palace is open for all. Surrounded by a breath taking moat, you cross the Drawbridge to experience artefacts/exhibitions on art/history as well as 14 acres of mature landscaped Gardens.
  • National Trust owned Lacock Village & Abbey looks much like it did 200 years. Apart from the magnificent 13th Century Abbey, Lacock has Medieval Stone cottages, the old workhouse and a 14th C Tithe Barn and Church. Lacock is a one hour drive from Wells.
  • A bustling Farmer's market is held on Wednesday and Saturday in Wells. Enjoy the many Restaurants and Cafes in Wells. Personal favourites include Goodfellows, the Fountain Inn and Andre's Café.
  • See the Roman baths and old architecture of Bath (20 miles) and take the open aired tourist bus. Don't forget Glastonbury (5 miles). Climb the famous Tor and get superb panoramic views of Somerset. See Glastonbury Abbey and visit the quirky mystical shops.

Introducing

Amanda Bellini

Amanda has always been interested in design and interiors. She reclaims and paints furniture and makes linen lamp shades. Her daughter’s vintage shop inspired the decoration of Florence Cottage; together they are a couple of magpies and loved finding and restoring exactly the right beautiful pieces for each room. Amanda and partner Tony spent 18 months travelling around Europe in a campervan in 2018.