LIVE LIKE A LOCAL
The house and buildings used to be a dairy farm. However the original farm house was burned to the ground in the 19th century the farmer built this house in the Victorian Gothic Revival style around 1850. We are led to believe that the cottages were the dairy and the milking sheds. There is much fascinating history here and all around the village.
Eco friendly and sustainable
We are trying to be self sufficient and as green as possible. In 2012 we had Solar panels installed to power the cottages. Located in the field the panels supply electricity to the cottages.
We recycle as much waste as possible, all of the food waste we ask to be put on our compost so that we can use it around the garden.
We have installed a Biomass system to run the heating which uses wood rather than fossil fuels. As this is a renewable fuel it counters the impact of climate change. We also source the wood chip locally.
This all makes a stay at Phoenix Cottages as carbon neutral and sustainable as we can currently make it.
To help with our self sufficiency aims we keep a number of animals here. We try to keep traditional British breeds such as:
Wiltshire Horn Sheep
British Alpine Goats
Oxford Sandy and Black Pigs (summer only)
Chickens which were rescued from an egg farm
We also keep other animals from time to time throughout the year.
We also grow a large amount of fruit and vegetables.
There is an amazing amount of wildlife locally and the area is fantastic for bird watching, from the Crane project to the yearly Starling displays. Also often seen are slow worms, hedgehogs, rabbits, greater spotted woodpecker, green woodpecker, grass snakes, field mice, badgers, foxes, deer, swallows, heron, buzzards, kites, owls and bats to name a few.
The area is flat and lovely for walking and taking in the beautiful scenery.
South Somerset is beautiful and vibrant and steeped in history and legends, such as King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and King Alfred hiding out here to defeat the Vikings. Come and discover the area for yourself.
Food and Drink
Somerset is rich in farms and agriculture, there are many wonderful small producers and farm shops making the most fabulous cheeses, sausages and of course cider to name a few.
There are also a number of pubs and restaurants that are excellent. Somerset is famous for cider and there are many producers locally - well worth a visit to see how the cider is made and of course tastings.
There are many local places to eat such as local cafes River Parrett Cafe, Kitchen at the Wharf, Living Pretty and School Farm Shop. Pubs that do food include The Wyndham Arms, The Lime Kiln, The Halfway House and The White Heart. Lovely restaurants include The Cardamom, Brown and Forest (Smokery) and The Devonshire Arms Hotel.
There are many things to do and a huge array of attractions, these are just a select few:
The Willow and Wetlands Centre where you can enjoy the history of willow weaving and walk among the withies. www.englishwillowbaskets.co.uk
We are also close by to a number of National Trust properties such as Barrington Courst, Lytes Cary and Montacute House all worth a visit and many more besides.
There are also all of the wonderful villages, towns and cities close by such as Langport, Somerton, Wells, Glastonbury and Bath. If you fancy a day of retail therapy there is always Clarks Village an outlet centre.
Museums in the area include Fleet Air Arm Museum and Haynes Motor Museum. Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole are natural attractions that offer plenty to do.
If you want the seaside beaches then you are only 30-40 minutes away.
Walking and Activities
We are located on the River Parrett trail, a beautiful trail through unspoilt countryside. www.riverparrett-trail.org.uk . Somerset has many old churches and Abbeys that accompany legends and tales. In our village is Muchelney Abbey and close by are Barrington Court, Montacute House and Glastonbury Abbey to name a few www.english-heritage.org.uk.
Being a flat area it is wonderful for cycling and we have maps of routes that you can use.
Fishing is available at Thorney Lakes which is located next door www.thorneylakes.co.uk.
There is golf close by at Long Sutton Golf Club they welcome non members as well. www.longsuttongolf.com
Fine walks also include Ham Hill Country Park, Nine Springs Country Park and the RSPB centre at West Sedgemoor as well as along the river.
There is a leisure centre locally where you can arrange a game of tennis, squash and badminton. They also have an outdoor heated swimming pool open between April- September this has a large grass area to picnic and layout on.
Arts and Crafts
There is a rich supply of artists and skilled craftsmen in the area. Located close by is the famous potter John Leach www.johnleachpottery.co.uk.
Other crafts in the area include
We use local people's work in our cottages so you will find examples of work in your cottage.
In Somerton you will find the Gallery for the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen where the superb design and craftsmanship is on display and for sale.
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