3 People per unit: 1-4
Origin: Stables/Barn/Milking Parlour
Price Guide: £315 - £600 per week
Open: All Year
A couple of centuries ago TIMSBURY BOTTOM hummed with industrial activity - half a dozen collieries and their associated tramways fed black gold down to the terminal basin of the SOMERSET COAL CANAL, then by narrowboat to the KENNET & AVON CANAL and finally into the smoke of the local metropolis. The era of King Coal is now over and the area is very green, making it the perfect place to stay when visiting nearby Bristol and Bath. Timsbury Bottom has scrubbed up well, with the only black faces belonging to Tom's sheep.
These farm buildings have had stunning facelifts - whirlpool baths in "The Engine House" and "Wharfingers Cottage" and a wet room in "Whippletree". The honey coloured green oak timbers of the roof trusses are lit up by jewel-like lights shedding their rosy glow onto the exposed local Lias stone walls. Decoration is contemporary and if you've remembered your lute there are minstrel galleries in both Whippletree Cottage and the Engine House, with king size and super king size beds respectively on each - to reward your lute playing!
For those trying to reduce their carbon footprint, the good news is that the underfloor heating is provided by a ground source heat pump and the wood burning stove is an improvement on burning all that coal brought up from Withy Mills and Radford pits. You can lighten your tread further by walking to the local pub across the fields on one of the old miners paths.
The farm is criss-crossed with footpaths leading in every direction, so you can explore the canal and railway using the old towpath.The former canal basin (still in water) and grassed over batches (spoil tips) are full of wildlife of every description. This is a working farm, although milking takes place on the main farm nearby - visits on request. Here at Withy Mills the only sounds are from the livestock - young cattle, sheep, chickens, Mimi the cat or perhaps the odd piglet or fostered lamb.
So if you're looking for somewhere rural and secluded but want to be near the bright lights of Bristol and Bath, you won't do better than this.
|Private parking without charge||Yes||Credit cards accepted||No||Mini-breaks (3 days min)||Yes|
|Daily cleaning (may be a charge)||No||Open Christmas and New Year||Yes||Linen provided||Yes|
|Pets accepted by arrangement||No||Central heating||Yes||Within 1/2 mile of public transport||No|