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Review of Greyfield Farm Cottages, Somerset

Posted by Alison Thompson at 03:20 on Monday 20 December 2010

> For contact details and availability, see greentraveller's full listing of Greyfield Farm Cottages

Stay at this pretty and tranquil farmhouse cottage in the lovely SomersetStay at this pretty and tranquil farmhouse cottage in the lovely Somerset

The rooms
There are five cottages, most cater for four guests. We stayed in the cosy Dairy Cottage and were impressed with the wood-burning stove, modern décor, furnishings and mod cons (from dishwasher to Wi-Fi Internet and digital TV with DVD). The powerful, yet eco-friendly, Raindance Shower was also divine.

The food
For dinner, we enjoyed the food and warm atmosphere at the popular Hunters Rest Pub, a mile or so away. You can pre-order a breakfast hamper to be delivered full of locally sourced farm produce. During our stay we savoured the complementary Greyfield Farm Apple Juice, Cider and chocolates. Kids are encouraged to feed the animals especially the three goats and hens. Judging by the quality of the Greyfield Farm eggs, the hens, rescued from a battery farm existence, really must be as well fed and happy as we were down on the farm!

Cute gingerbread house and BBQ. Photo: Alison ThompsonCute gingerbread house and BBQ. Photo: Alison ThompsonActivities
The on-site facilities are geared up for those with fun (Boules court and BBQ area) and pampering in mind (from sauna to spa) throughout the year. Yet, despite being at full occupancy during our stay, the site was blissfully quiet. Supervised kids enjoyed the Hydrotherapy Spa Bath. Peels of happy laughter were lovely to hear as a young family exited. After using the mini-gym, we then made a beeline for the spa ourselves. Heaven…

The Gingerbread House is the special feature for winter guests. This is a Finnish Artic Winter House originally used to protect men when herding reindeer, here guests keep cosy whilst they make a winter feast and relax in this indoor barbecue party house. Don’t forget your marshmallows!

The information hut is stocked with leaflets of local attractions; Bath is a mere 7 miles away and Bristol, Wells and Frome all make a good daytrip proposition. Natural attractions to mention are the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels. We favoured a local stroll down to the Woodland Trust’s Greyfield Woods before Sunday lunch in Bath.

What makes it green
The Green Tourism Business Scheme has awarded Gold to Greyfield Farm – the highest accreditation available. Despite this, there is no air of complacency. The owners are pragmatic and driven. Since the Award, solar panels have been put on the farmhouse roof, more recycled paper products acquired and the next big project is feasibility testing of micro scale biomass heating as an alternative to oil. For me, beyond sound back of house environmental policies, the key is empowering customers to be environmentally responsible. The business works hard with the local community and guests in this regard. In Dairy Cottage for example signage demonstrates a light hearted but sincere approach to supporting the local community and environment.

Impressive solar panels on Greyfield farmhouse. Photo: Alison ThompsonImpressive solar panels on Greyfield farmhouse. Photo: Alison ThompsonGetting there
The farm is off the beaten track (one of its main attractions if you ask me!) so depending on the number in your party you could arrange to share a taxi from Bath which is 7 miles away or book your cycle on the train and make your own way. Book your train to Bath.

Top tip
Romantics staying 2 or 3 days midweek are eligible for two for the price of one Thermae SPA tickets in the famous Bath Spa. Enquire upon booking. Don’t miss this generous deal!

Verdict
Make booking here your first new year’s resolution: it really is a tranquil spot for a relaxed family reunion or hen party this coming year – organised guests can book a number of cottages, benefit from the spa and gym facilities then congregate for a hearty winter BBQ in the fairytale Gingerbread house!

For contact details and availability, see greentraveller's full listing of Greyfield Farm Cottages

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