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Lilac Cottage

(Ref. 1075885)

Wookey Hole near Wells, Somerset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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32 Customer Reviews

  • "Delightful cottage in quiet rural area."

    A warm welcome by the owner, shown around the property and check we were happy with equipment.The pans were the only drawback as very heavy and arthritic wrists not a good match. The beds were the best we had encountered over many bookings, as good as our own! If we were physically able to walk hilly area we would have enjoyed more areas, but we still found plenty to occupy us. Might be back for the peace and quiet some time.

    Dear Janet, Thank you for your lovely feedback. We would like to thank you for being such delightful and considerate guests. It is helpful to learn about the pans. We will definitely look into finding some that are good quality but lighter. We would love to welcome you back again. Jenny and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Janet4.7May 2024

  • "Lovely property, beautiful location and great hosts."

    If we are back in Somerset we would definitely return

    Hi James, Thank you for the lovely feed back. We'd be delighted if you chose to visit again, you were great guests. Jenny and peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by James5.0Feb 2024

  • "What a super cottage."

    We were there for the second week of January, a beautiful bright, sunny & freezing cold 7 days, but inside we were warm & cosy. Everything was spotless, plenty of quality equipment & utensils in the kitchen. Only regret - we couldn't make use of the garden, so we'd live to return in warmer days. Our communications with the owners was excellent.

    Dear Flick, Thank you for your lovely feedback and for being very considerate guests We're very pleased you enjoyed your stay. I do hope you come again when it's slightly warmer because the garden is lovely. Jenny and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Flick4.7Jan 2024

  • "Just got back from a week's stay at Lilac Cottage and we had a lovely time."

    The weather was horrible but the Cottage was fabulous and cosy to come back to each evening. The garden which was enclosed was enjoyed by our dog, I would however note that if you had a very small dog they might be able to slip through the gates. Could also do with some oven trays but we would definitely recommend a stay at Lilac cottage and we hope to come back next year ourselves.

    Dear Allison, Thank you for your helpful feedback about Lilac Cottage and for being considerate guests. We will certainly look into the oven tray issue, thank you for bringing it to our attention. We're very pleased you enjoyed Lilac cottage. I do hope we see you again. Jenny and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Allison4.7Dec 2023

  • "The cottage would be perfect ,but for just two things."

    The first being a washing up bowl for the sink.the second would be to invest in a comfy sofa.other than that we enjoyed our stay very much ,it’s a little gem in beautiful countryside…

    Dear Kathryn, Thank you for staying at Lilac Cottage and for your helpful feedback which we will certainly take note of. If you come again I hope we will have sorted the sofa out for you! Jenny and Peter Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn4.7Nov 2023

  • "Lovely cottage, with a great sized garden in a beautiful location, all within easy reach of Wells, our 3rd stay and won't be our last, excellent !"

    Dear Chris, I have rather blelatedly just picked up your lovely feedback about Lilac cottage. It is very gratifying to know that you like the cottage so much. we are looking forward to seeing you again in November. Thank you for rebooking! Jenny Kingston Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lilac Cottage is a lovely rural retreat."

    The garden is fully enclosed, well maintained and excellent for dog owners. The property has been restored to a very good standard which made for an excellent week of relaxation with several walking routes available and a fairly short drive to Stockhill Wood (again great for dog walks).

    Reviewed by Andy5.0Sep 2023

  • "Had a lovely week at Lilac Cottage."

    Beds were comfy and there was everything we needed in the cottage for our week’s stay. We were met by Peter who showed us around the cottage. There was a lovely welcome pack for us containing milk, locally sourced bread, butter and cheddar cheese. We loved the tranquility and fab views. Plenty of lovely walks from the cottage. The only downside is that the cottage is up a hilly lane from the village which, although fine for us, it was unfortunately too much for my in laws. There’s no local shop in the village, just the pub( served nice meals) and of course the caves. You can walk to Wells in about 35-40 mins

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Sep 2023

  • "Lilac Cottage was considerably better than we were expecting."

    The house itself, gardens and it's setting are lovely. Everything was clean and beds very comfortable. Owners are very nice and available if anything goes wrong. The only issue (and it's splitting hairs really) is that we could have done with more kit for cooking in the house. - strainer, cooking trays etc. Overall, probably the nicest house we have stayed in and we would book again without hesitation. An easy 5 stars!

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Aug 2023

  • "This is a wonderful cottage in a quiet & beautiful location."

    It’s cosy, stylish & just what we needed for a countryside escape! Lovely owner who showed us around & gave us some lovely welcome treats. Will definitely recommend!

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jul 2023

  • "We had a lovely time at Lilac cottage, basically in the middle of no where, so peaceful & calm."

    The hot water does run out which wasn’t stated in the listing, so I’m not too sure what would happen with a family of 4 as it ran out for a family of 2! The cleanliness could have a been to a better standard considering the price. Overall a good stay.

    Reviewed by Alex3.4Jul 2023

  • "A really delightful cottage and beautiful garden with stunning views."

    Easy access to footpaths onto the Mendips and convenient for Wells.Thoroughly recommended.

    Reviewed by David5.0Jun 2023

  • "Excellent location so peaceful."

    Lovely cottage will stay again

    Reviewed by Susan5.0May 2023

  • "Lilac Cottage is a very well appointed, pretty cottage nestled on the edge of the beautiful Mendip Hills."

    It was one of the most comfortable cottages we've stayed in & the 'Welcome pack' of local produce was very much appreciated, especially the fresh sourdough & local Cheddar :)

    Reviewed by Helen5.0May 2023

  • "We has a wonderful stay at lilac cottage, accurately listed in all areas."

    Very warm and cosy, the beds were wonderful. Lots of lovely walks from the cottage with a 360 degree view of hillside and mountains. Where else can you look out of the kitchen window to see calves and cows giving you a cheeky look. All in all a lovely place to stay. Peter met us on arrival to open the cottage up and give us a tour indicating how everything worked. Would certainly stay there again.

    Reviewed by Lynne4.7Apr 2023

  • "Amazing place Will definitely book again"

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2023

  • "This is a beautifully renovated cottage with excellent outdoor space including parking."

    The views are amazing and the location on the edge of the village is lovely and quiet but still walking distance to the pub and Wookey Hole. It was well placed for visiting nearby Wells, Cheddar, Glastonbury and Bath. What would have made our stay even better: supplying little things like a kitchen roll, an extra tea towel and some baking trays to cook on. Some of the utensils need updating - the tin opener didn’t work! Also some plastic cutlery, cups and plates for guests like us with children would be a big help. There was also quite a lot of mould in the wet room and cobwebs on the ceiling lights. Expectations were high with this being rated an excellent property by Sykes. Addressing these issues would place it in that category for us.

    Reviewed by Katherine3.1Mar 2023

  • "Very comfortable cottage, great location for walks from the door and for visiting bird watching reserves."

    Friendly helpful owners, generous welcome pack provided. They are aware that the cast iron cooking pans were on the heavy side and hopefully this will be fixed. Would be more than happy to stay here again.

    Reviewed by John4.7Jan 2023

  • "Everything was at the highest standard."

    Lots of kitchen essentials were available, also some lovely welcoming items, bread, coffee, local milk, butter and cheese. One thing could have made our stay a bit more comfortable, some control over the temperature, specially in the bedrooms. Every time we tried to lower it, it reset to 20 degrees. In the listing it said to be aware of a drop from garden to patio. It would have been helpful to mention the steps at the end of the path. They did not show up, as the lights along the path did not reach them.

    Reviewed by Helga5.0Nov 2022

  • "Had a really nice time, would have liked a dvd player there for the evenings in, we did miss not being able to have some logs burning to get that cosy effect but the reasons were justified as the place gets too hot with it."

    Owner had left some lovely items for us so thank you for that.

    Reviewed by Diane4.4Oct 2022

  • "Beautiful and comfortable cottage in a pretty rural location with excellent doorstep walks and many nearby places to visit."

    Ideal for dogs.

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Sep 2022

  • "A really comfortable cottage with good quality furnishings and equipment."

    The kitchen is well-stocked with utensils. A beautiful peaceful location (we slept really well!) with a lovely well-maintained garden.

    Reviewed by Georgina5.0Jul 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Lilac cottage, it had everything we needed and the views were breathtaking."

    Peter was very friendly and welcomed us with fresh produce and information about local amenities. We would love to return at some point, in fact would have happily moved in!

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Jun 2022

  • "We love this cottage, our second stay in 3 months, we had an issue with the bathroom sink but was dealt with, hope we can stay again."

    Reviewed by G5.0May 2022

  • "We had a wonderful stay."

    Beautiful cottage and gardens. Really clean. Our only user feedback is some baking trays for the oven would have been useful. We also thought an information pack would have been useful for all appliances, local walks etc. Thank you Peter for the warm welcome and the welcome pack. Very much appreciated. We will deffinatly be back and recommend.

    Reviewed by Michael4.1Apr 2022

  • "Lilac cottage is lovely."

    Such a peaceful setting-perfect for a getaway. The cottage is very comfortable and very well equipped. The garden is beautifully planted and perfect for sitting out in the sunshine with 2 seating areas. It is secure too so our young dog loved it. There is easy access adjacent to the cottage to walks in the Mendip Hills and the delightful City of Wells is a 10 minutes drive. We will definitely be back soon.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Mar 2022

  • "Lovely cottage ."

    Close to many places of interest. Hosts were lovely and helpful.

    Reviewed by Wendy4.7Mar 2022

  • "A fabulous, warm, cosy property, magnificent location."

    Peter, the owner, gave us lots of useful information, including an excellent restaurant - Goodfellows. There are excellent walks around the property and Wells was about a 40 minute walk. We can highly recommended Wells Cathedral, the guided tour is a not to be missed. The only thing missing was a freezer, separate to the fridge (we love cooking and missed the extra cold storage) So, we just ate out a little more frequently - a win win for us ladies!

    Reviewed by Alison4.7Mar 2022

  • "A lovely cottage with everything you require."

    A great touch with the hamper of local produce. The bed was so comfortable! Great to have a walk in shower and stand alone bath in the bedroom. Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Michele5.0Feb 2022

  • "We so loved this cottage, so much so have booked another week in May, thank you so much."

    Reviewed by G5.0Feb 2022

  • "We had a fantastic half-term week at Lilac cottage."

    The cottage was lovely, there were loads of great walks on the doorstep for the dog, and the kids enjoyed wookey hole and other local attractions. The food at Wookey hole Inn was fab! We hope to come and stay again soon.

    Reviewed by Rob5.0Oct 2021

  • "Our hosts were very welcoming and exceedingly helpful."

    They recommended excellent restaurants and interesting places to see. Lilac Cottage was delightful and in a beautiful setting. We look forward to our next visit!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Oct 2021

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twins on request) with freestanding bath, separate WC and basin, 1 x super-king-size (zip/link, can be twins on request)
  • Wet room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking for two cars
  • Patio garden with furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 0.5 miles
  • Please note: There is a drop from the garden to the patio beneath

The property

This detached, well-presented cottage enjoys a beautiful setting in its own landscaped grounds, within the rural village of Wookey Hole near Wells.

Offering comforting furnishings throughout, this charming dwelling is an ideal choice for families or two couples looking to escape normality and explore the luscious landscapes of Somerset.

Discover the open-plan living space following a day of rambles, offering a cosy sitting area where you can kick back whilst the woodburner keeps you toasty.

Take advantage of the amply-equipped kitchen during mealtimes, preparing your go-to dishes before setting the dining table to catch-up on the day.

Retire to one of the bedrooms, both well-presented with super-king-size zip/link beds, offering flexibility as twins on request, while the master offers a feature roll-top bath where you can enjoy a lazy soak before bed.

Outside there is a patio and lawned garden to the side and rear of the cottage, making a great place for the kids to let off some steam or even some alfresco dining.

For the evenings away from the kitchen, venture into Wells where you can find a number of bars, cafés and restaurants, providing something for all budgets and palettes, as well as twice weekly farmers markets so that you can pick up local ingredients to enjoy at your self-catering cottage.

The West Mendip Way, a 30-mile route over the Mendip hills - an area of outstanding natural beauty - from Weston-super-Mare to Wells, England's smallest city, goes right past Lilac Cottage.

For a spot of history, visit Wells historic buildings, including the magnificent Wells Cathedral, the moated Bishop’s Palace and the 14th century Vicars Close, the oldest inhabited residential street in Europe.

Nearby are the fascinating Wookey Hole Caves, where you can explore the caves, while there are also plenty of educational sources on Dinosaurs, Minerals and Rocks, Paper Making and the Stone Age, fun for all the family!

Immerse yourself in local culture at the Somerset markets, indulging yourself with artisan food, antiques, vintage and retro wares, hand-made gifts and artworks.

Return each evening to the comfort and warmth of Lilac Cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Coxley 2 miles; Shepton Mallet 6 miles; Glastonbury 6 miles; Cheddar 9 miles.

Wells, England’s smallest city, is named after the springs which still bubble up today in the grounds of its splendid Bishop's Palace with its famous moat. Adjacent is the beautiful 12th century cathedral situated within a most attractive cathedral close and green. Nearby, Vicars Close is home to the oldest complete medieval street in Europe, and the quaint market square offers an array of interesting shops, boutiques and restaurants, and a colourful twice-weekly market. The surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty provides a wealth of scenic footpaths and rugged landscapes, and is a superb base for caving and rock climbing, and for road, biking and mountain biking. Nearby are the attractions of Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves, both offering great days out. The picturesque Somerset Levels, as well as mystical Glastonbury are also situated an easy drive away. The beautiful city of Bath, with its Roman Baths, Thermae Bath Spa, The Theatre Royal and wonderful shops, is under 30 miles away, as is the vibrant city of Bristol, which boasts a multitude of attractions, including The Zoo, Theatres, the Aquarium, the Arnol Fini Art Gallery and many more. All in all, this beautiful city makes a convenient and ideal touring base. With so much to see and do, there is something to keep everyone entertained!

Note; There is a Good Housekeeping Bond of £250 for this property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
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  • Christmas