The Cottage Retreat

Batcombe, Somerset
+44 (0)7774 878906

Down a pretty green lane surrounded by fields full of cows is a very old farmhouse with outbuildings - you stay in what was the hay barn


3 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

The Experience

You’ll feel quite private here with your own outdoor spot facing a field; there are other outbuildings but you’re not pressed up against one another and you can join in with the community feel (an upholsterer living in one cottage, a gardener from whom you can buy delicious home-grown salads in another) or do your own thing.

A light, bright kitchen is big enough for everyone to cook and sit together happily. You’ll find all the basics in the cupboards plus eggs, butter and homemade sourdough bread for your first breakfast. If you know you’re going to arrive late and want supper ingredients waiting for you just ask. David and Julia live in the farmhouse and are sensitive hosts – there’s a holistic feel to all they want to achieve here, and Julia can organise yoga, meditation, healing and chanting – even a massage.

Join the Macmillan Way from nearby, visit Stourhead and Longleat for lovely walks round the estate. Return on chilly evenings to a cosy sitting room with a wood-burner; on summer nights you’ll be eating on your patio or joining in by the fire pit and cooking on the bread oven or barbecue. There’s a big communal kitchen out here too so no need for nipping back and forth.

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We think you'll love

  • Staying in such a restorative, peaceful place
  • Exploring the beautiful countryside
  • David and Julia's kindness and generosity of spirit
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You should know

  • No pets
  • The upstairs bathroom is shared between the bedrooms
  • You'll need to use the car when you get here


  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • 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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pubs 10-minute drive.


Nightly price
from £130
Weekly price
from £915
Reduced rates for smaller parties: 20% off for 2 guests. Gypsy caravan for 2 and bell tent for 6 available, please enquire for details.
1 Cottage for 6
From £1303 beds3 bedrooms


A deeply restorative place with lovely, kind owners. Peace seekers, artists, poets and the soulful will love it here, surrounded by gorgeous countryside and much wildlife. In summer it will be lovely to sit outside watching the sun go down while you cook something delicious in the outdoor bread oven; in winter get the wood-burner going and hunker down with maps to plan your next adventure.

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The neighbourhood

There's a little spinney just below you with a pond for gazing - find a gypsy caravan too if you want to use it for writing or meditation. Batcombe (one and a half miles) is the nearest village and has a church with Saxon roots and the Three Horseshoes pub. Westcombe is just a tad further for beer tasting at the Wild Beer Company or cheeses from Westcombe cheese. Bruton is a 10-minute drive for an excellent butcher called Bill, a good community wholefood shop and the Roth bar and grill at the Hauser & Wirth gallery.

Local points of interest from David Cartwright

  • Batcombe Lodge and the Cottage Retreat have been lovingly restored. They sit peacefully in 5 acres of pasture, enjoying breath-taking views of the rolling countryside. It's there for your enjoyment.
  • Our ambition is to create a community offering both young and old the opportunity to rediscover lost skills and forgotten interests and reconnect with nature. We respect the land and honour the wildlife that live alongside us.
  • We have studio space for those that wish to pursue their creative interests, a treatment room for local therapists to practice their craft and a bake house and pizza oven for emerging artisans. We want people to be reminded that nature offers much calm.
  • Further afield lies the chic town of Bruton and the thriving independent town of Frome. If your tastes are for something more alternative, then the mysterious and magical place that is Glastonbury and its infamous Tor are only 15 miles away.
  • Other places of sight-seeing and historical interest include: Longleat House and Safari Park, the world famous garden at Stourhead, Stonehenge, Avebury Stone Circle and Wells Cathedral. The Jurassic Coast, Bath and Bristol are an hour away.
  • If intent on eating out there's our local Three Horseshoes offering great beers, heady cider and good grub. Bruton boasts 'At the Chapel' and 'The Roth Bar & Grill' and there's a plethora of good eateries in the local villages.


David Cartwright

David (from Glasgow) and Julia (returned to her Somerset roots) have a background in corporate coaching. They bought the house as a complete wreck in 2017 after many years living and working in Oxford. The farmhouse is totally restored now, as are the outbuildings, but nothing garish or out of place has been added. Julia now concentrates on alternative healing, particularly for women. There isn't much she can't organise for you with a bit of notice.