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A tranquil, 5-star luxury eco lodge in the heart of the picturesque Somerset countryside, perfect for exploring the surrounding hillsides. Relax on the shaded balcony and enjoy a private sauna.

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Rooms: sleeps 4/6 - 2 double rooms, 1 ensuite

From £459, based on up to 6 people sharing for a week

Meals: Self-catering - nearest restaurant 1.7 miles away
Open: Year round
Address: 2 Mill Meadow , Parsonage Lane Kingston St. Mary, Taunton, Somerset, TA2 8HL
reviewed by greentraveller

Why we've chosen Woodpecker Lodge:

Inside Woodpecker's luxury eco lodge
Two double bedrooms one ensuite, a great open plan bathroom complete with shower, toilet and infra red sauna. There's a fully equipped kitchen with fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine, as well as a spacious living area complete with television, DVD and CD players, and a range of board games for the kids. The separate dining area has patio doors that open out to the front of the property, allowing you to dine alfresco. The private balcony is the ideal place from which to relax in the comfort of the sofa bed and revel in the surrounding British countryside.

What to see and do
Lying at the foot of the Quantock Hills, Woodpecker lodge is surrounded by miles of footpaths and quiet roads to explore on foot, bike or horseback while also being close enough to the coast that you could spend the day surfing, or soaking up the sun's rays. Nearby Taunton offers great shopping, several theatres, a cinema, spas and several golf courses. Also nearby is Coleridge Way, a 36 mile waymarked walk through the stunning Somerset countryside, following in the footsteps of famous romantic poet Coleridge. Other activities include horse riding at nearby Manor Farm, sampling wines at Oatley Vineyard and strolling through the lush greenery of Hestercombe Gardens.

Reviewed by Lynn Morris:

'Mill Meadow Eco Lodges are less than 2 hours from London by train but seem a million miles away - a very tranquil base to explore the beautiful Quantock Hills and the Somerset countryside. It would be a fantastic place for a big family party.'

Read Lynn's full review of Mill Meadow Eco Lodges

Why is this a greener holiday?

To truly minimise the environmental impact, guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport: the nearest train station is Tainton. From there, it’s only a ten minute drive away. Onsite the owners have taken a number of green measures to reduce the environmental impact of their tourism business and as a result have achieved the highest possible Eco Homes Standard with an excellent rating across a range of criteria from materials to transportation.

Top Eco Features at Woodpecker Lodge

  • Achieved the highest possible Eco Homes Standard

  • High levels of insulation, low energy lighting, efficient electrical appliances & ground source heat pump technology

  • Low flow taps & dual flush toilets

  • Guest domestic waste is sorted & recycled where possible

  • Guests are encouraged to recycle and to maximise the use of towels

  • Landscaped areas are designated wildlife areas with minimal interference



Woodpecker Lodge, Somerset, England
Nearest train station: Taunton's mainline rail station

Directions from station:
A ten minute taxi drive from the railway station

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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