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The Stables at The Old Mill House - Self-catering in Somerset

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Dulcote, Wells, Somerset
England, United Kingdom

Maria Matthews

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+44 (0)1749 673629(landline)

Friendly retreat with a private feel... walks from the door, sunny walled pool. Come for the first Sunday of the month for fun Frome market

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The Stables, behind Maria and Mark's lovely old house, look over fields with a little river running by. Step in to a great sitting/dining space with an arty feel. Maria is a dab hand at reclaiming market finds, painting designs on wall or fabric, creating a slice of natural, easy living – and baking the perfect apricot and choc chip biscuit! Find linen sofas, art and photos, TV with a rustic wooden shelf below of books, games, DVD player. The kitchen area is gleaming, the table cleverly revived with a zinc top and plenty of crocks for cooking. Bedrooms have well-dressed beds, hanging hooks or a painted wardrobe, hand-printed lamps, a deer hide perhaps; bathrooms come with local lavender soap made by the Matthews' young daughter. The pool is free at set times – hop through the shower room door into a walled suntrap. Light floods in through tall windows and the newly planted crab apples framing the decked patio will be a blossomed espalier in a season or so. Paddle in the river, check out Maria's guide to local artists, visit Frome with its brilliant market; Wells is a walk and Glastonbury a ten-minute drive.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Swimming pool
On the premises.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Maria Matthews:

Local points of interest from
Maria Matthews:

  • Wells' farmers market, every weds and sat, is one of the best in the county. Buy lunch from the stalls then sit at pavement tables and watch the world go by. An easy 20 min walk away along a paved footpath.
  • Magnificent Wells Cathedral is possibly one of England's most beautiful - but then we are biased! Come to listen to the world class choir and marvel at the towering arches.
  • We are well placed as a base to visit several National Trust treasures including Montacute House, Lytes Carey Manor and my favourite, the exquisite palladian Stourhead House with its perfectly formed lake dotted with classical temples and mystical grottos.
  • The Frome Independent is a market like no other. On the first Sunday of the month from March till September its bustling stalls take over the town. Come for flea finds, artisan crafts and the yummiest local foods.
  • We are just 10 minutes from the Glastonbury Festival site. If camping simply fills you with horror, come and stay with us instead. We run a drop in service too, so you don't have to worry about driving there ( and it's a 10 min cab ride home)
  • If, like me, you like to visit reclamation yards, auction rooms and antique fairs, you have come to the right place. Nearby Bath and West Showground hosts the IACF Antique Markets and the now famous Shepton Flea throughout the year.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"We visited as one of two couples with babies and had the most wonderful time. The Stables is beautifully decorated and is an incredibly calming place to stay. We spent hours relaxing on the deck and playing in the pool with the babies. The fire pit was an adult treat, as was the BBQ. The walk into Wells over the fields was very pretty. Wells itself is great, the farmers market and the Bishop's Palace were definite favourites. There's lots to do within easy reach in that part of Somerset. Everything is just so relaxing, which is what us adults needed! Maria was so helpful, approachable and kind"

Verity - Oxford, United Kingdom

August 2016
"Set in beautiful countryside and beautifully furnished with lovely light flooding in to the cosy bedrooms and living area; The Stables made a perfect base for our DIY yoga retreat weekend."
April 2015
"What a lovely, relaxing place to stay.. It's been decorated beautifully and it's an incredibly peaceful place. Wells is a great little city to explore and The Stables is the perfect base."
July 2014

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  • 1 Stable for 4
Price:(i) £630 to£900 per week

Short breaks from £330.

Special Offer: SPECIAL WEEKEND RATE - From November until April, we offer a SPECIAL WEEKEND RATE of £340 which includes a late check out or a free Sunday night, whichever you prefer (excludes bank and school holidays)

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 3 nights on weekdays. 2 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Babies in arms and children over 5 welcome.


Pub 1 mile.




Dulcote, Wells, Somerset

Self-catering Old Stables (self-catering)
Stable ~ 1 double, 1 twin/double; 2 bathrooms. Campbed available.
Price: (i) £ 630 to £ 900 per week

Maria Matthews

Visit website

+44 (0)1749 673629(landline)