As soon as you step through the front door of this gorgeous cottage, you will fall in love with its character and charm. It is easy to see where the cottage gets its name when you cast your eyes up to the beautiful minstrels' gallery.
Created perfectly for spending time in together, the open plan living/dining and kitchen areas are beautifully finished and furnished, complete with a wood-burner for those cosy evenings in. Chefs will delight in the kitchen that is luxuriously crafted and equipped with everything you could need. For those times when you want to hunker down with a good book, head up to the gallery where there is a gorgeous snug area to escape to. Perhaps if you are feeling musical, you can live up to the namesake and entertain your friends and family from the gallery - how glorious!
The unique character doesn't stop at the bedrooms; the double room has a staircase leading up to the en suite bathroom. A perfectly positioned Velux window means you can soak in the bath and watch the stars - total bliss. Guests are offered great flexibility in the second bedroom as the beds can either be set up as a king-size double bed, or two small singles. Given there is a wet-room on the ground floor too, there will be no queues in the morning as each bedroom has use of its own bath/shower-room.
As well as your own private patio area, you have access to a secret corner of the garden that boasts beautiful views across to Glastonbury Tor. An evening cocktail here whilst watching the sun go down will be a highlight of your holiday. If you are looking to stretch your legs further, then you can walk through the adjacent meadow and your four-legged friend is sure to enjoy exploring too.
Shapwick is a traditional Somerset village on the Polden Hills, overlooking the Somerset Moors. Situated just west of Glastonbury, it is a perfect spot to explore this diverse area of Somerset. Within a 10 minute drive from Minstrels, you will find yourself in the heart of Somerset's Avalon Marshes and Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve. Both of these special places are superb for watching wildlife and some incredible starling murmurations.
A visit to Glastonbury is a must, famous for its mythical aura, Tor, Abbey and quirky independent shops. For more retail therapy head to Clarks Village at Street, just a short drive away. If you are looking for sand between your toes, then the coast isn't far away at all. There is a large stretch of golden sandy beach between Burnham on Sea and Brean - perfect for a picnic. For the lovers of the countryside, you will be spoilt for areas to explore throughout The Mendips. Head to the imposing Cheddar Gorge, or the lesser known Ebbor Gorge where you can marvel at the panoramic views across the Somerset Levels.
Open plan living-room with kitchen and dining areas. Smart TV and wood-burner. Electric hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher
Bedroom 1 with double bed (4'6") and en suite Bathroom with bath, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 2 with 'zip and link' (king-size or 2'6" twin) beds
Wet-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
The en suite to Bedroom 1 is accessed via a staircase. Please take care, there are sloping ceilings in the snug and en suite bathroom and the staircases up to both rooms are quite steep.
- Dogs welcome (1 small dog only)
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Wood-burner/Open fire
- Private parking for 2 cars
- No smoking
- Pub 2 miles
- Patio furniture
- Full oil-fired CH (partial under-floor)
Welcome to Minstrels! With its charming rustic stonework and welcoming frontage.
The open plan living space is light, bright and airy; but the comfy furniture and crackling wood-burner ensure that you can happily spend a cosy evening in.
This lovely bright kitchen is perfect for preparing a bit of breakfast before the adventures of the day.....
Enjoy a little al fresco summer dining, in your completely self-contained courtyard area.
The gorgeous double bedroom is full of characterful woodwork; with a staircase leading to an attractive en suite. Be careful as you climb!
What will you cook up?
A beautiful spot for breakfast.
Cosy up on the comfy sofas and relax in the warm glow of the wood-burner.
For a perfect evening, open the doors wide and step out into the lovely courtyard area. Sit, chat, laugh and watch the hours slip away.
If you want to spend some time alone, you can always climb the staircase to the snug and marvel at the minstrels' gallery.
This cottage is full of imaginative, quirky details - like this beautiful staircase that leads to the en suite bathroom.
Another view of this one-of-a-kind room.
Just one of the interesting areas in this beautifully crafted property - the gorgeous en suite at the top of a wooden staircase.
Had a long, tiring day out? Relax in this beautiful bath at the top of the cottage and gaze out at the stars.
More of the wonderful wooden detailing in this rather unique cottage.
Feel cocooned in comfort, as you snuggle down in this cosy bedroom, which contains 'zip and link' beds that can make a double or twin bedroom.
The second bedroom can be configured as a king-size double or as twins, for your convenience.
What a gorgeous wet-room!
Every detail is so unique.
All of this gorgeous area is yours to explore, with a secret spot at the end...
... which boasts wonderful views of Somerset, complete with distant views of Glastonbury Tor. The perfect place for a cream tea, maybe?
The gated driveway ensures privacy and secure parking. The neighbouring property is where the owners live.
Glorious views from the bottom of the secret garden.
The home of myths and magic and the legend of King Arthur - Glastonbury Tor. The village is fascinating and always full of interesting characters and unusual shops.
As you walk around the Somerset Levels you may glimpse Glastonbury Tor or hear the mysterious booming of a bittern. It's a magical landscape at any time of year and is very popular with bird watchers and natural history lovers.
If you fancy a challenging walk then head to Cheddar Gorge with it's fabulous paths and exhilarating view. It'll take your breath away!
The coast of North Somerset is dramatic and beautiful and, at times, can be a carpet of wild flowers. Follow the coastal paths for a wonderful walk, or head inland to the Quantock Hills or to Exmoor.