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An traditional cottage recently fully renovated to exacting environmental standards. Situated on a small lane, conveniently located in Cheddar village, with panoramic views to Cheddar Gorge, it is perfectly placed to explore the Mendip Hills area.

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Rooms: Living room/kitchen; 1 double bedroom en-suite

from £235

Meals: Nearest restaurants, pubs (most with take-away options): just 5 minute walk
Open: All year round
Address: Gorge View, Birch Hill, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3JN
Tel: +44 (0) 1934 744727
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Gorge View Cottage:

Gorge View Cottage is an old gardener's cottage recently fully renovated to exacting environmental standards, with access to the large permaculture garden. This four-star graded (Visit Britain) and Gold award (Green Tourism) accommodation is ideal for one or two people and it is available for week or weekend self-catering hire throughout the year.

Situated on a small lane, conveniently located in Cheddar village, the cottage has uninterrupted and panoramic views to the gorge. It is the perfect holiday location with easy access to stunning walks around the Mendips and the gorge itself; with the caves, shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes all just a few minutes' walk away.

Slightly further afield are attractions such as the beautiful city of Wells, more caves at Wookey Hole, the Somerset coast at Brean Down or Weston-Super-Mare, and of course Glastonbury with the Tor, more shops and the ancient Abbey. For anyone needing a gentle break from the pressures of life, Gorge View Cottage has it all. The cottage is available for flexible rental from 2 days to 2 weeks, and starting days are not fixed. For all those arriving without a car we offer a 10% discount.

Watch this video that gives more information about the Mendip Hills, including an interview with the owner of Gorge View cottage:

Eco credentials:

How do you reduce your draw on energy:
Cottage and main house have Solar PV. Underfloor heating system. Extensively insulated during renovation. Triple glazed upper windows. All electricity (and gas) from Ecotricity: New Energy Plus tariff so all renewable sourced (Gas from Green Gas tariff). Extensive use of LED lighting units throughout. All appliances A rated or chosen for their eco-credentials.

How you minimise the amount of waste you send to landfill:
Easy to use recycling facilities for guests to use. Composting in our own organic permaculture garden, biodegradable plastic rubbish and compost bags.

How you reduce your consumption of water:
All water systems have water saving taps, showerheads and low-flow dual-flush cistern. Steam cleaner used to reduce use of cleaning agents. All cleaning agents used are environmentally friendly.

All rainwater from cottage and main house collected in underground tank for use on permaculture garden. Guests encouraged to only change linen etc on demand. Also encouraged to re-use mineral water bottles with filter water supplied.

How much of the food your serve is sourced locally (where possible):
Food, drink and toiletries offered are all locally sourced: mineral water from our village, organic milk from local Somerset dairy, special package chocolates from local supplier.

Promote Somerset Local Food Direct to have local and mostly organic food delivered to cottage.

Do you actively encourage guests to arrive on foot, by bike and by public transport?:
10% discount for those arriving by bike, foot or public transport. Plenty of information on public transport options on web site on booking pack. Plenty of information in cottage and on website on green activities which don't require a car in and around the area. Free loan of bikes if wanted.

Additional information:
Awarded Gold GTBS level on first attempt. Support local wildlife charities for each booking. Have formal Somerset WIldlife Trust "Wildlife Garden" status. Garden is open to guests and run on organic and permaculture principles.


Review by Florence Fortnam

"This is a delightful country cottage with a truly green heart in lively, likeable Cheddar. Well located, beautifully finished interiors and a peaceful wildlife garden to roam – and with kind, considerate owners on hand to point you in the right direction should you need anything. Ideal for walkers, cyclists and garden lovers."

>> Read Florence's full review of Gorge View Cottage

Top Green Features of Gorge View Cottage:

  • 10% off for those arriving by foot, bicycle, public transport or electric car

  • Local and/or reclaimed materials have been used for the renovation

  • A rainwater harvesting system captures and stores rainwater for use in the garden

  • Roof heavily insulated, windows double and triple glazed

  • Photovoltaic panels on the roof generate carbon-free electricity

  • The wood burning stove in the lounge is a wonderfully efficient and beautiful feature

  • The kitchen was designed and built by Old Image Kitchens in Bristol using reclaimed wood, and local craftsmen



Gorge View Cottage, Mendip Hills, Somerset, England
Nearest train station: Weston-Super-Mare

Directions from station:
Bus service Weston-Super-Mare to Wells (First Bus #126) stops at Cheddar Tweentown - just 3 minutes walk from Gorge View Cottage. Bus journey takes around 55 minutes. Alternatively take train to Yatton and cycle the 9 miles of the Strawberry Line bicycle path (old rail track) to Cheddar (National Cycle Network route 26). Remember all those arriving by public transport, bicycle or walking get a 10% discount on all rates.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.

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