In May I was looking toward taking my partner, Denise, for a week-end break for a birthday treat (her birthday being at the beginning of July, I may remember the date one day!). She had expressed an interest in visiting the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset, and I thought that we could combine the 2 into a good week-end break and find something else to look at / visit / do while we were in the area. Also it may help to take her mind off of her impending neuro-surgery.
Our search started by looking for somewhere not too expensive to stay, a B&B would be favourite. We came across York Cottage in Lower Langford and Denise fell instantly in love with the double jacuzzi that is a feature of the en-suite master bedroom. Bearing in mind my lack of mobility and the fact that York Cottage is a 16th Century building (a period not well known for being disabled friendly), I sent an e-mail to the proprietress stating my problems and asking about access to the master bedroom (other rooms are available but only the master has the jacuzzi) and availability for the week-end that we had in mind. I received a reply within 24 hours with a concise and detailed description of the stairs, including some measurements, plus available hand holds etc. (it turned out to be spot on too!) but there was a slight problem, the date we requested for this bedroom was booked, as was the whole of June & July, right up to the 31st. I quickly booked the 31st July and 1st August after consulting with Denise (her input was "I want that Jacuzzi!"). All booked and deposit cheque sent (receipt acknowledged via e-mail) we waited for the end of July to come around.
On our arrival at York Cottage just before 5 PM we were greeted by the proprietress, Bridget, who directed us to the rear parking area, even moving her own car out to give us room to park. Bridget is very unlike the "land-ladies of old" who had Draconion rules, such as "be in by 10 or not at all!", the general atmosphere is warm, friendly and relaxed, you really feel as though you belong, this is helped by Mungo, Bridgets' very friendly and well behaved dog, who likes to play but is not "bounding all over you" to do so like some other dogs. I will mention at this point that well behaved dogs are welcome to stay also, not a usual feature of B&Bs, so your family can all enjoy a break together.
We were shown to the master bedroom, which is very spacious and has not only the double bed, as seen on the York Cottage website photos page (3rd pic from left, top row, hover cursor over for a larger view below the gallery) and above, but an extra single bed (shown below), making the room ideal for a small family. SKY TV (with Family pack but no sports) is also included. Bridget bought us up the welcoming cake and tea and let us get unpacked and settle in.
The en-suite bathroom was actually larger than our bedroom at home! Not only was there the, already mentioned, double jacuzzi but also a shower (over the tub), twin basins with back lit mirrors, a dual voltage shaver point between the mirrors and a bidet next to the usual toilet. Luxurious fluffy towels and bathrobes made us feel really pampered, all we needed was our tooth brushes and tooth paste!
The breakfast, served in the dining room in front of an open fireplace with a log fire, is a truely wonderful feast! Orange juice, a choice of cerials, home-made fruit compote (made from fruit from her own garden) with fresh natural yogurt, full cooked breakfast including bacon, sausages, eggs (fried or scrambled), tomato, mushrooms, sauté potatoes and toast with a choice of home-made jam (the raspberry is absolutely gorgeous!) & marmalade with tea or coffee, which is all included in the price (just how much you have is between you and your waistline!). It really sets you up for the day and gives you a chance to meet other guests to compare notes on places to visit etc.
Situated in the lovely quiet village of Lower Langford at the foot of the Mendip Hills (marked as "A" on the map) and, litterally, just off the A38, there is a field for excercising your dog just a few minutes walk away. The Langford Inn is close by for an evening meal (large portions at reasonable prices) or just a quiet drink. A petrol station with supermarket is at the western junction of Langford road and the A38 (which by-passes the village) with a fish & chip shop just a bit further down the road in Churchill.
For a reasonably priced base for a holiday in the North Somerset area the location is good with attractions such as Weston-Super-Mare, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, Wells, Glastonbury, Bristol and Bath all within easy travelling distance. Add the location to the warm, friendly atmosphere and you get a really wonderful experience. We are looking forward to returning there but we will be certain to book early as York Cottage is becoming more popular as previous visitors spread the word. Something that, we too, are now "guilty" of!