Hillview Cottage

Wells, Somerset
Bed & Breakfast

A comfy tea-and-cakes family home with antique quilts, Welsh dresser, open fires and super views. So lovely and welcoming - readers adore it


2 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Catherine is a wonderful host: warm-spirited, cultured and humorous. She knows the area well, and is happy to show you around Wells Cathedral – she’s an official guide. This is a comfy tea-and-cakes family home with rugs on wooden floors and antique quilts. Bedrooms have a French feel, the bathroom an armchair for chatting and there’s a friendly sitting room with an open fire. The stunning vaulted breakfast room has huge beams, an old Welsh dresser with hand painted mugs, a cheerful red Aga, a wood-burner to sit by and glorious views; breakfasts are superb. Guests love it here; excellent value too.


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

Family friendly

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


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Pubs 5-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £80
Singles £50 - £55.
1 Twin/double
From £90
1 Twin
From £80



Cathy and Michael are delightful hosts and staying with them is like visiting family ( assuming you have family who like to see you !) The home-cooked breakfasts were lovely, as is the quiet location - so handy for trips to Wells..Thankyou

Catherine, Corbridge

Lovely location, great fun hosts and very handy for Wells and Glastonbury. Couldn't be better.

Philip, Oxfordshire

We’ve been staying at Hillview Cottage every June for 15 years so we’re clearly rather keen! Staying at Cathy and Michael’s is like visiting friends – there’s always a warm welcome and a lot of chat. It’s a home more than a hotel. Very relaxed; furniture designed for comfort, homely cooked breakfasts, home made jams & marmalades, family pictures everywhere. But light & airy too; all rooms have gorgeous views over the gardens or the village. It’s obvious they love having people to stay and they’re always interested in their guests. I’ve every reason to think we’ll still be visiting in 15 years

Mike, Teddington

We were welcomed into the large kitchen dining room with tea and cake and warmed by the Aga. It is a real family house that the Hays have extended over the years. From our room upstairs there was a wonderful view over the village with its church to the hills across the valley. On our first evening we were guided under a full moon on the short walk to the busy, friendly village pub. In the morning with much chatter we felt like old friends as we tucked in to home-made marmalade with a full breakfast and the freshest hens eggs we have ever eaten. We were sorry we weren’t staying longer.

Julian, Basingstoke

Walk into Cathy's kitchen and you'll feel instantly at home - there's no standing on ceremony, no fuss or pomposity. There are things to look at everywhere - paintings, photos, collected objects and masses of colourful fabrics. Also two friendly dogs. This isn't for minimalists or the helicopter brigade but if you enjoy that classic Sawday B&B vibe then this is exactly right for you.

Nicola - sawday's inspector, Bristol

Michael and Cathy immediately made us feel like old friends on arrival. Lovely setting, superb room, delicious full English breakfast which seemed to appear from nowhere but must have been produced from their wonderful Aga! On our next visit we shall make full use of their grass tennis court and explore the many byways of the wonderful Somerset landscape which you reach just by stepping out of the door.

Tom, Chichester

Very warm welcome and we had a lovely stay in a really cosy pine chalet, "the Studio". Everything we could have possibly wanted and it was such a shame we only had one night, we may well be back for more in the future. Superb value. Great apologies were made for the fact that the hosts had family staying and therefore left us a DIY breakfast, but it was absolutely fine. I had booked this place under the false impression that it is in Wells itself but actually we were very happy with the country location. Dinner in the local pub was only a five minute walk down the hill and very good indeed.


Fantastic stay - the garden cabin is cosy, quaint, with everything you could possibly need to have an enjoyable stay. Peaceful and beautiful, we thoroughly enjoyed our 2 nights here. The hosts are very friendly and helpful. Very good value and would definitely recommend


warm welcome, cosy room and comfortable bed.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Michael & Catherine Hay

  • Visit the lovely garden at Bishop’s Palace, Wells.
  • Plenty to go and see in the surrounding area - neo-classical gardens at Stourhead are 40 minutes away.
  • Excellent local market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
  • Longleat House and Safari Park - 25 minutes.
  • Bath/Bristol easy distance. Royal Bath & West Showground - 10 minutes.
  • Montacute, Lytes Cary Manor and Muchelney Abbey nearby, plus Wookey Hole Caves.