The Pound

Frome, Somerset

Lie back and listen to the river bubble by in your own cosy corner of Mells, a sweet mill village with walled gardens and award-winning café


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


Meander through the shady Japanese garden with its Acer tree, past a stone bridge and under a canopy of grapevines to arrive on the sunlit patio of this pretty semi-detached cottage. Dine outside or sunbathe while dragonflies flit among the reeds and the odd moorhen floats past.

Inside: a sleek and compact kitchen and a big family table perfect for board games. On cool nights, wrap up in a rug on the sofa around the wood-burner and watch a film. Linda will greet you with a hamper of village goodies; you can dine out at the celebrated Talbot Inn up the hill near the historic church. 

Pop to the shop-cum-café for home-baked cakes and bread; you’re a whisker from Frome’s independent markets and cobbled streets brimming with boutiques. Further afield: Nunney Castle, bustling Bath, Longleat and the gardens at Stourhead National Trust.

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We think you'll love

  • Peeping out over the village from the staircase window
  • Falling asleep to the gentle trickling of the river
  • Mells’ lovely community feel
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Home truths

  • There’s no lawn to lie on
  • There is some noise from passing traffic
  • The open fireplace is ornamental


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • 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

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay 7 nights. Weeks run Sat-Sat.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants within 1 mile.


Nightly price
from £100
Weekly price
from £700
Damage deposit
1 Cottage for 4
From £1002 bedrooms


The Pound is a treasure. The idyllic riverside location provides the background for restful sleep and Linda and Annette are kind, attentive hosts. The village of Mells offers lovely walks, a fine and welcoming pub, one of the loveliest village churches in England, and the delightful Walled Garden, among its many homely attractions. The cottage itself is well equipped and immaculate, and Linda provides a generous welcome basket. We have recommended it to friends, and have every intention of returning to this magical place!

Willow, Victoria, british columbia

A wonderful cottage in a gorgeous location - in the heart of the beautiful village of Mells, with the babbling river just feet away. The hosts, Linda and Frank, could not have been more generous and thoughtful and the cottage was spotlessly clean, exceedingly comfortable and very well appointed. The surrounding area has so much to offer - Stourhead, Cheddar Gorge and Wells, to name but a few. That's if you bear to leave Mells with it's fantastic local pub, shop, cafe and walled garden - all just perfect! We stayed with our 8 year old son and his best friend and we couldn't have been happier!

Nick and clare, Elham

We have just spent a wonderful few days at The Pound for the second time and have just booked our third break! That is how nice it is. The cottage is heavenly and could not be in a better location to investigate the beautiful area although you won’t want to leave the cottage!

Tamsyn, Reading

We have just returned from a wonderfully relaxing Easter weekend at the Pound. It's a lovely, very well cared for property and we thoroughly enjoyed our time there. In a quiet setting overlooking the river and fields, and snuggled up by the woodburner it was the ideal medicine for our frazzled nerves. The weather wasn't on our side but didn't put us off exploring charming Mells and the surrounding area. Thank you Linda for an amazing stay and for making us feel so welcome!


A hidden gem! We stayed in this fabulous house by the river for 3 nights with our 2 little boys and had the most super holiday. The cottage is located in a quintessentially English village with a lovely view of the river and sheep in the meadows beyond. It is beautifully decorated, well equipped with everything you could possibly need and and perfectly situated with an excellent gastro pub just up the road and Longleat not far away. Many thanks for cake, etc. on arrival and such a spoily holiday!

Georgina, Chippenham

Dear Linda and Frank, for the third time we had the luck to stay in your wonderful cottage. It was - again - a pleasure. We went to the Talbot Inn (as usual), to the Cafe and the Village Shop (as usual), walked along the river (as usual) and enjoyed ourselves in front of the fireplace. One thing is for sure: we want to come back. Best regards, Thomas and Sandra

Thomas, Altdorf

The Pound is a delightful cottage; it's larger than it appears to be in the photographs, it's comfortable and tastefully decorated. The location is very pleasant, right by the river, and it's not too far from those well-known places of interest: Bath, Wells, Stourhead, Montacute, Cheddar Gorge, etc. An excellent holiday, and thank you, Linda, for the goodies that awaited us when we arrived.

Jean-michel, Lille

Thank you Linda for our third wonderful visit to the Pound! The setting and cottage was idyllic as always, and we saw 4 duck families meander down the river this time... a new record. We had some lovely meals at the Talbot and watched the sunset from the top of the hill behind the church most nights! We found a new walk down the old miners trail along the river bank and my mother is still talking about our day trip to Stourhead. Looking forward to our next visit already!

Cara, London

Brilliant cycling, great runs by the river, ice creams and cake at the village cafe, gin and tonics on the terrace, and a fantastic pub walking distance from the cottage! Who can ask for more on a week off work! Helen loved her trip to the Mulberry factory btw for her birthday, thanks for the recommendation, though my wallet was slightly less than happy! Thanks agin, we will be back soon

Mark, London

We stayed in the Pound during a stay in the area for a wedding. From the start Linda was attentive & welcoming. The house is beyond stunning & I have longed to go back ever since. The decor is from the pages of a magazine & Linda’s welcoming touches make a week in The Pound better than any holiday abroad! Linda was thorough & even concerned that we were bringing a toddler & it might not be safe- especially when she learned I was also only 5 weeks post op of a c section! Her concerns showed such a personal touch & she really did everything to make our stay special. Thank you so much Linda xx

Catryn, Canterbury

Words cannot describe the beauty and tranquility that welcomes you on arrival at 'The Pound'. It is simply impossible not to relax and feel like the worlds worries have drifted away. The cottage itself is stunning with beautiful decor and home furnishings. If I could move in permanently I would! A great gastro pub food at the Talbot only a 5 mins walk away is also a great bonus. Thank you so much Linda. X


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The neighbourhood

Cheery and charming Mells, on the Mells River, is surrounded by gardens, farms and community-run projects. You can spy the shop and café from the cottage – great for picking up local treats like smoked trout from Mere, Glastonbury cheese and Jersey milk from a farm around the corner. The café does a roaring trade in bacon baps, filled ciabatta rolls and afternoon tea – it’s a well-known stop for cyclists. You can walk to the Talbot Inn for traditional pub suppers, or head into Frome (three miles). Smart Babington House is ten minutes’ drive.

Local points of interest from Linda Dick

  • Miles of bicycle and hiking trails across the stunning Somerset Hills...... all right on your doorstep
  • Mells' many village amenities with its award winning Talbot Inn, Grade I listed church, 16th Century Manor house and village café and shop..... where you can have a sneaky piece of cake with your English breakfast tea!
  • The UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath, historic market towns of Frome and Wells are all a short drive away. Their attractions, historic sites, shops, tea rooms and restaurants will keep you busy for a while........
  • And if you still have want for more....the National Trust and World Heritage sites of Stonehenge, Nunny Castle, Stourhead House & Gardens, King Alfreds Tower and Glastonbury Tor are all short drives away.....
  • ...Not to mention the UK's No 1 Safari Park, Longleat Safari & Adventure Park home to the BBCs Animal Park, only a 30min drive away.......
  • And for those more adventurous.....Wookey Hole Caves and Vobster Diving Centre are along the road!


Linda Dick

There’s a warm welcome courtesy of Linda Dick – she’ll meet you and show you the ropes. She lives half an hour away in Zeals but is on hand for recommendations. Linda welcomes well-behaved dogs, especially West Highland terriers – you’ll spot her love for them dotted around the house.