The Quantocks are known locally as the "hidden jewel of England" and whether you are looking to rest and recharge tired batteries, or as a base to explore the numerous visitor attractions which you would expect from a holiday area steeped in ancient history such as this, Greenway a luxury self-catering dog friendly is the perfect base for you.
For those who like to walk, ride or MTB, the 9,500 acres of Quantock Hills are quite literally at the end of your the garden. They are steeped in history, myth and legend and are staggeringly beautiful. With a mix of open moorland and deep stream laced wooded coombes, wildlife is in abundance. Deer, sheep and wild ponies roam freely while high in the mackerel skies birds of prey fly on the shimmering thermals.
The Quantocks are a mosaic of heathland hill tops and valley woodlands and are just strides from the luxury dog friendly Quantock Cottages. Take in captivating views of the Bristol channel, Wales, the Mendip and Blackown Hills and onto Exmoor. The sheer beauty of this area inspired two of our greatest poets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge who wrote the Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Kubla Kahn while living in the area and William Wordsworth who also lived just down the lane, wrote amongst other works, Tintern Abbey. The two poets became great friends and collaborated on the important work of the English Romantic movement called the Lyrical Ballards.
Wonderful For Walks
Beacon Hill and Bicknoller Hill are both wonderful walking routes and are close to the cottages. Look out for Trendle Ring, an Iron Age hill-fort on Bicknoller Hill. Both hills are also great places to hear the nightjar, a nocturnal bird, on a balmy summer evening. While towards the East of the Quantocks, legend has it Woodlands Hill and Shervage Wood were once home to Gurt Wurm, a large dragon. He would come out of hiding to eat sheep and sometimes even people!
A Fascinating History
Heading south off the main common are Great and Marrow Hills. A large hill-top Bronze Age burial cairn looks over the vale towards Exmoor and the Brendon Hills. Running alongside is the Drove Road, a fabulous beech-lined avenue. It was originally used as a traders' route, leading along the ridge of the Quantocks to the port at Watchet. The route was especially useful in the winter when the Somerset Levels were impassable.
The Quantocks are a playground for walkers, dogs and their owners, horse riders, nature lovers and MTB's.
Eating and drinking is a very important part of Somerset life. The yummy fresh local produce can be found at all of the numerous farm shops, where the owners take great pride in their 'farm to plate' air and road miles; or one should say lack of. Somerset is of course most famous for its cream teas and its cider. The very best cream teas can be found in the local village of Kilve, at the Old Chantry tea rooms. Set within the ruins of this ancient monastery surrounded by clouds of old English roses, freshly baked scones and clotted cream, life doesn’t get much better.
Gorgeous village pubs await you after those long bracing walks. They ooze with charm and feel of ‘yesteryear,’ with friendly Landlords and colourful locals, proper local beers, rich nourishing food and open fires, you will be wishing you had a magic carpet to whip you back to your luxury dog friendly cottage (particularly if you have partaken of the local cider!)
We have an arrangement with the exceptionally good local butcher (Fauns of Nether Stowey) and the best local deli/farm shop (The Fruit & Flower Basket) who both do a free delivery service for guests staying in the cottages.
Kilve Beach is just one and half miles and is world famous for its unique lias and rhaetic rock formations which yield many fossils, especially ammonites. Limestone occurs in bands which readily break into rectangular blocks. These have been widely used for building in the nearby villages.
Watchet, Blue Anchor, Dunster and Minehead Beaches are a mixture of sand and stone, and at low tide there are good expanses of sand and are therefore ideal for building huge sand castles and or running dogs and children. The nearest surfing beach is Woolacombe which is just 45 minutes away.
Being such a large and diverse county Somerset has a wealth of places to visit and explore. For "culture vultures" the beautiful roman town of Bath awaits. Montacute House, medieval Dunster Castle, Barrington Court, Cleve Abbey, Glastonbury Abbey and Coleridge Cottage at Nether Stowey are all well worth a visit.
For an adventure, head deep into Lorna Doone Country and visit he romantic fishing villages of Lynton and Lynmouth and Porlock and for lovers of horticulture go to the wonderful Hestercombe Gardens and visit the local pretty Walled Gardens of Cannington.
Clarkes Village is only a 40 minute drive, and is a very dangerous place to visit (well for the wallet anyway!) there are just too many lovely shops here and a whole day can be spent getting from one end of the place to the other.
Taunton town centre is a lovely place to visit and shop. It has wonderful old cobbled streets, lots of little specialist shops and cafe's and a very pretty park and old church. Minehead also has some very lovely shops.
Bristol and Bath are also within easy striking distance for the addicted shopper and both are well worth a visit in their own rights and not just for the shopping.
Besides the proximity of the coast and the moor, Somerset has so many things to keep all the family amused. The fascinating Wookey Holes and Cheddar Gorge provide for excellent fun filled days. Tropiquaria is fantastic petting zoo, ideal for the small members of the family. Visit Seaquarium at Weston-super-Mare, or see the Exmoor Falconry display at Porlock.
For the boys (and probably dads as well!) spend a day at the Fleet Air Arm Museum or take a ride on the wonderful West Somerset Steam Train, where even doggie family members are most welcome to jump on board and go for a ride. For the girls, maybe go horse riding or visit the Dunster Museum and Doll Collection - there are just so many things to do, you will need to spend at least a month here just to scratch the surface.
Whilst you contemplate all of the things you should be doing like site seeing or visiting places of interest, how about just relaxing in your garden. Climb into the 6ft never-to-be-got-out-of bean bags (recommended that bottle of wine accompanies this manevour!) and soak up those rays in your south facing garden. Jump in the hot tub (you will have to wait until mid august 2015 to do this) and let the powerful hydrotherapy jets work their magic, or stretch out in the hammock, good book to hand and listen to the gentle background music courtesy of the local bird life.
If the weather is little inclement this is a lovely excuse to light the wood burner, stay in the PJ's and snuggle down in the deep sofas and catch up on a bit of reading and that much needed rest.
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|Greenway is located near the village of Kilve, which is in West Somerset England. Being a good two hours closer to London and the home counties than the majority of Cornwall and most of South Devon, the Quantocks are easily and quickly accessible for that much needed holiday or mini-break. The cottages are 20 minutes from the M5 (junction 23 Brigwater) Tn Somerset|
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There are always so many questions to ask when you are considering on booking a holiday a a luxury self-catering cottage that is pet friendly and has a hot tub and we hope that this website will have answered many of them. We have a detailed FAQ section under our "Contact Us" page, but if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us direct, we are here to help.
Being owners of 4 dogs we so appreciate that canines are an essential and important part of the family and they must enjoy their holiday as well! The Quantocks are perfect for four footed friends. The rule of thumb in Somerset is pretty much everywhere is dog friendly.
Although we have only 3 luxury holiday properties (of which Greenway is one of) it is a huge team and family effort to ensure that our guests both 2 and 4 footed have the best time, so we thought you might like to see who we are.
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