Middlewick Holiday Cottages, Somerset
Wick Lane, Glastonbury, Somerset
Karen visited with her girls:
Much folklore, myth and legend surrounds Glastonbury, a small town in the South West of England that once a year becomes a mecca for thousands upon thousands of music fans. It also has a Tor which is said to be magical and connected to Stone Henge by the lay lines; here under the watchful eye of the Tor you will find Middlewick cottages.
Middlewick is itself something of a magical place, we arrived on a Friday evening to be greeted as if we were old friends, in every sense of the word this welcome was warm, the sun peeped out, the cottage (Tor View) was cosy and has a little gypsy caravan in its garden that makes for an additional room, perfect for older children. A visiting goat popped its head out to say hello and Maggie the resident Labradoodle made her way in to welcome us too, this was most certainly a country retreat. Owners John and Jill gave us a quick tour of the facilities, and a potted history of Middlewick and Glastonbury then left us to settle in. It seriously felt like home, a very special home where your neighbours pick up a guitar and gently strum and an assorted array of fellow guests will stop by for a chat.
Our visit coincided with the Summer Supper Clubs. The theme was local food on the night we dined and the Somerset menu was exceptional, the young team in the kitchen were to be congratulated. The Somerset wine flowed, conversation was easy across the generations (children were welcome) and the moon that night was amazing, perhaps there really is something in the air down here....
A little shop on site is developing and you will be able to purchase all your essentials here, local eggs, milk, fruit and veg. There was a home baked cake waiting for us which, I am ashamed to say, we did have for breakfast and it was wonderful!
The next morning waking early I tackled the Tor, it was spectacular, a steep walk but I cannot recommend it highly enough, John and Jill provided the directions for the short cut and on my return were keen to know what effect the experience had on me, amazing was pretty much all I could manage.
Middlewick is well equipped, the cottages have everything you need to make a self catering break easy; the pool and games will keep young children entertained, the mini collection of animals will always be a hit, there is ample space to play outside and the location is exceptional, but, and it is a big but, what made Middlewick magic was the wonderful people who make it happen. The easy going relaxed way that they approach the running of this business makes it really special and the owners will do all they can to ensure that your stay is just perfect.
One last very special thing to tell you about, Jill has just started to offer rides in a pony and trap, driven by a local character, this is a must do, the horse fairly gets up a pace and you really do feel like you are a latter day Miss Bennett or similar en route to a grand party ... or maybe that was just me, either way it is a treat you must do!
Jill told me that not everyone finds Middlewick, if this is true and I suspect it might be, I am very glad that it wanted to be found by us, cannot recommend a stay here enough.
3 review(s) for Middlewick Holiday Cottages
London Mum writes on 30 June 2013
We stayed at Middlewick in Tor View cottage with our twin toddlers and cannot recommend it highly enough.
Jill and Jonathan were brilliant. Very welcoming and helpful with anything we needed but not in your face or around too much when we didn't want them.
Jill was kind enough to give me a tour of the cottages and I want to stay in all of them! We were in Tor View which was perfect for us this trip with the open plan living, kitchen & dining and the views cannot be beaten. We're going to make it an annual holiday and I think we'll try Orchard View next, then Meadow Barn, then Bramley... you get the idea. They all looked fab and if we ever manage to get there without children then Appletree is gorgeous.
Definitely a great spot for staying with children, which may have something to do with Jill having founded Green Baby? They provided cots and highchairs so we didn't have to bother with lugging them with us. The girls loved feeding the resident chickens, goats, horses and pigs and patting the dogs and cats, not to mention running around on the grassy lawns which they don't get in our London flat. And the pool was a huge hit.
The location is great - it feels peaceful and remote but it's a 20 minute walk or 5 minute drive to Glastonbury - and there are loads of things to do or or not do as you choose within an hour or so. We chose not to this trip and spent most of the time at Middlewick enjoying having a garden.
Neil Smithies & family writes on 10 January 2012
Myself & my family stayed at Middlewick Cottages twice. In May we stayed in Meadow Barn and in November we stayed in Cider House. There are numerous cottages to choose from at Middlewick but we were extremely pleased with both of the cottages. Meadow Barn is both quirky & full of character. The sleeping accomodation is on the groundfloor with the living room & kitchen upstairs. The views from the lounge are wonderful & the upstairs balcony is a lovely feature. Cider House is also full of character. The whole set up at Middlewick is great with the swimming pool, stables & the wonderful walks available in the surrounding countryside. The owners could not be more welcoming. We would have no hesitation in recommending anyone to stay there. We certainly will be booking again.
Green Mum @thegoodlifebloggers writes on 15 June 2011
We recently took our two boys to stay at Jill Barker's fabulous cottages, under the 'shadow' of the Glastonbury Tor. We stayed in *The Springfield* which is one of the ten cosy holiday cottages in Middlewick's grounds.
The views were stunning, the boys (age 6 and 8) LOVED the indoor swimming pool (and the trampoline), and Jill was a fabulous host, even taking us up to watch the amazing sunrise up at the Tor (we all went back for a nap!) It was so peaceful, such a good night's sleep.... And with Maggie the dog to play with, the boys want to know when we are going back!
Soon I hope. (will try the Shepherd's cottage next!) :0)