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Bed & Breakfast

Middle Farm Cottage - Bed & Breakfast in Somerset

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Riverside, Dinder, Wells, BA5 3PL, Somerset
England, United Kingdom

David & Julie Costley-White

+44 (0)1749 672120(landline)

Traditional village B&B near Wells with superb breakfasts, peaceful nights and interesting, musical hosts. Lots to do round and about too

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David's grandmother bought these two cottages in the 50s. He (ex-TV) and Julie (a professional singer) have hurled themselves into village life, spruced up the whole place and thrown open their door to guests. You'll be well looked after: breakfast at a pretty walnut table on homemade bread, jams and marmalade, a full Welsh of local bacon, sausages and eggs, good strong coffee. They sometimes do kitchen supper, or it's a short walk to a good pub in the next village. Bedrooms are traditional, peaceful and comfortable - the garden room has its own little outdoor space. Walk to Wells across the fields, get the bus back!

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Local points of interest from David & Julie Costley-White:

Local points of interest from
David & Julie Costley-White:

  • Dinder is a peaceful farming village which once supported 5 farms, including Higher, Middle and Lower Farms in the village itself. Through traffic is minimal - horses being walked to their paddock, the occasional tractor, and the hourly bus in to Wells.
  • Middle Farm Cottage started as two cottages. Spot the second front door, now filled in to make a window. The two homes used to share one kitchen, as well as the other 'facilities'. Things are a little more up-to-date now!
  • The statue of the Cardinal in the little gothic window was made especially for my grandmother by a member of the Clark family who lived in Dinder. He preferred life as a sculptor to working for the family shoe business.
  • Try the walk into Wells (we can lend you wellies), past WW2 defences that were never removed, across the fields and through King's Castle Wood. Enjoy refreshments at any of a dozen pubs, and then take the bus back to Dinder.
  • Wells Cathedral is an architectural masterpiece, famous for its Scissor Arches. Soon after the heavy tower was added in 1313, the foundations began to sink into the soft Somerset levels. The genius solution was to spread the weight sideways.
  • The market in Wells is not to be missed, the city comes to life on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Dive in among the stalls, catch the gossip as delivered by the Town Crier, or sit outside The Crown with a coffee or a pint and watch the world go by!
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Guest feedback
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"Absolutely wonderful house to stay in. Very comfortable bed and lovely bathroom. All needs were catered for and we couldn't have asked for more. David and Julie are charming hosts and couldn't have done more for us. Delicious breakfast and then sadly we had to leave and get back to London. We would recommend this stay very highly. Thankyou David and Julie. "

Lisa - London, United Kingdom

September 2017
"A perfect "home from home" when we most needed it, thank you! David and Julie are engaging and gracious hosts who made us feel at home immediately. The room was beautifully presented and we especially appreciated the "naughty biscuits" for those peckish moments. Breakfast options were extensive and delicious and it was super to have the flexibility for brunch after the Parkrun in Shepton Mallet on Saturday. Wells was only a 5 minute drive away, with an interesting array of shops: hadn't intended to buy a chest of drawers on our visit, but did! We look forward to staying again."

Marion - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

August 2017
"What a wonderful welcome and stay. We were made to feel at home immediately. Our rooms were fabulous with lots of little extra touches such as Fresh flowers and luxurious towels. Julie prepared a delicious cooked breakfast and her home made jams and marmalade were a treat. Lots of laughs and stories shared. Would certainly recommend a stay at Middle Farm Cottage and hopefully will return soon."

Deborah - Northampton, United Kingdom

July 2017
"Lovely location and absolutely charming property. The owners could not have done more to make our stay memorable. The rooms were very well presented and the breakfast was right up there on the scale with top hotels. We will definitely be going back. I cannot recommend this property too highly it is quite excellent."

Rupert - Hindhead, United Kingdom

June 2017
"A lovely area of Somerset and the hospitality of Julie and David made the stay memorable. Middle Farm Cottage is beautifully presented with antique furniture, fab wet room and sumptuous bedding. The combination of cherished heritage and stylish renovation works really well. Our hosts made us feel very welcome - including our two dogs. The breakfasts were excellent - love the apple compote! Thoroughly enjoyed meeting Julie and David and will definitely stay here again."


June 2017
"The location is picturesque and so peaceful. The cottage is all renovated to a high standard and a real find. Bedrooms are tastefully furnished and the bathrooms are all new with great showers. Thanks a lot for a delicious breakfast and extra requests. David and Julie are excellent hosts and very welcoming. It is a very comfortable place and you could walk to the next village for dinner at the pub. Wells is very close and must be visited. We absolutely recommend Middle Farm Cottage and hopefully won't be to long before we visit again."

Almut - Bookham, Surrey, United Kingdom

May 2017
"I recently chose to stay at Middle Farm Cottage with my small dog hoping to enjoy the countryside around Wells and the city itself. It was indeed a lovely stay with David and Julie adding to the overall experience with their warm welcome, great breakfasts and local knowledge. I undertook part of the circular walk into Wells taking the bus back. It was a relatively gentle walk with gorgeous views and lots of good places for refreshment in Wells. A stay here is highly recommended."

Clare - Midhurst, United Kingdom

May 2017
"We chose Middle Farm Cottage in Dinder because of its proximity to Wells and the surrounding area. The lovely pictures of the cottage online did not disappoint. Our room had everything that we could have needed for a quiet country stay - comfortable bed, beautiful bathroom and peace and quiet except for the sound of church bells and birds. Dinder is a hidden gem and Middle Farm Cottage a lovely place to stay. David and Julie were wonderful hosts and their breakfast set us up for the day!"

Sally - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

April 2017
"A wonderful place full of interesting things to see and hear! David was a perfect host to us on our spring break. We had long and stimulating chats about music, garden plans and the cottage and family histories over our delicious full breakfasts. Highly recommended!"

Irene - Frankfurt am Main, Germany

March 2017

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  • 2 Doubles
  • , 1 Twin/double
Price:(i) £85 per night

Singles £50.

Booking info:

Well-behaved dogs welcome in the Garden Room.


Family supper £17. Pubs/restaurants 12-minute walk.




Riverside, Dinder, Wells, BA5 3PL, Somerset

B&B 2 Double rooms
sharing bathroom - let to same party only
Price: (i) £ 85 to £ 85 per night
B&B 1 Twin/double room
Price: (i) £ 85 to £ 85 per night

David & Julie Costley-White

+44 (0)1749 672120(landline)