A Sawday's Special Place to Stay


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"An amazing two nights! Beautiful accommodation and lovely hosts. We were made to feel incredibly special after our first night as a married couple."

Alastair Sawday listing - August 2013

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Open for business…

The #openforbusiness tag has erupted across the South West as a blast of hope, optimism and resilience in the face of the wet and miserable circumstances faced by many in Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. And while it starts as a message from those running businesses and making their living, it also encapsulates the undaunted spirit of villages, communities and individuals who are finding a way through exceptional events. The vigorous support given by the strong farming community in our area to those whose fields are submerged and animals under threat, has been humbling.

With just two and a half years under our belt, we are very much newcomers to this region and still exploring its treasures. Somerset is an interesting and varied county. It has the Levels, of course, criss-crossed by rhynes, with quiet villages and farms, walks and cycle paths, moors and nature reserves. Remnants of the willow and peat industries remain and, turning off onto quiet lanes, you can spot the odd war-time pill box guarding an inland waterway coming in from the sea. And not all is under water!

Somerset has its coastline with traditional sea-side towns, long sandy beaches, huge variation between high and low tides and views of Wales across the Severn estuary. And Somerset is bordered by hills – the Quantocks in the west, where Coleridge wrote Kubla Khan and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, feeding through into the Brendons and onwards to Exmoor. Climb Lydeard Hill and gaze across the valley towards Taunton in one direction with, maybe, the distant puff of steam from the West Somerset Railway on its way to Dunster and Minehead. Turn the other way and look out across the sea.

Northwards are the Mendips with Wells nestled nearby and, on the way there, Glastonbury around its famous Tor. Thread your way through Cheddar and onwards to the lakes at Chew Valley, dotted with sailing boats, bird sanctuaries, places to stroll and to take tea. Lastly, to the south, are the Blackdown Hills designated, like the others, as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

So, there is much to do and see here in Somerset, whatever the season or weather, without too much bustle or haste; an area of tranquillity and charm.

And we want to say of Somerset itself – and here at Pool House – we are indeed very much...



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