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Greenhills Cottage

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Batcombe near Bruton, Somerset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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  • welcome (4)
  • garden (4)
  • cottage (4)
  • furniture (3)
  • equipped (3)
  • notices (3)

5 Customer Reviews

  • "Delightful, spacious cottage."

    Very attractive well equipped dining kitchen. Comfortable bed, not so comfortable furniture in TV room. First page of Visitor File I expected a welcome from the owner's. Instead it was all about the Do's and Don'ts on departure day and how much you would be fined if you didn't get it right. Excessive amount of notices throughout the cottage made for a very unwelcome feeling. Garden very unkempt. In forty years of using self catering I have never felt so uncomfortable in a place, hence I left a day early. I would not return or recommend. Helen. September 2023

    Thank you for taking the time to complete and return your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed the cottage. The pictures on the website do show the furniture in the TV room, it is designed to move around, it is also possible to bring in chairs from another room for extra seating. With the shape of room, having a heater on one wall, the wood burner and three doors into the room, it is trying to find suitable furniture that will fit. We leave a departure notice in the information folder as a guide, along with some helpful notices around the property. The garden is attended to regularly and we are now near the end of the season, and Autumn is upon us with trees shedding leaves etc. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Helen4.1Sep 2023

  • "Firstly, a lovely cottage, with a few upgrades could be better."

    The 1st thing we noticed was the excessive amount of notices pinned everywhere, do's and dont's, reminders to clean up and even a threat of £100 fine if furniture was moved and not returned to it's original position! This was not at all welcoming. The kitchen was spacious and well equipped with 2 kettles and 2 nespresso type coffee machines, but no coffee pods. In fact no welcome pack whatsoever ( would help to know in advance if no supplies provided) otherwise I would expect the bare minimum of a pint of milk, teabags, coffee, salt, sugar. After a long day we had to go straight out and find a shop, again not a good welcome. The downstairs TV room/bathroom have a damp smell and only seating for 2 people to watch TV when property sleeps 5. A lovely large garden in need of tlc, very unkempt, the bottom of the garden has a lovely view but we couldn't use it as so over-grown. We also had to remove a pile of rotting figs/leaves from tree by back door as it was attracting flies into the kitchen. The rugs on the landing need to be secured to the floorboards Sadly, we would not return to this cottage without some improvements.

    We are pleased you liked our cottage. The notes we leave in the property are there to be helpful. We do not provide coffee pods for the coffee machine. However, a cafetiere and a filter coffee machine are also provided as alternatives. We appreciate that after a long journey, that a welcome cup of tea or coffee is often needed. So, we will consider leaving coffee, teabags, sugar, and milk. There is a Budgens and Spar shop only a 10-minute drive from the property, where you can purchase other provisions. The property has been checked and there is no sign of damp or a damp smell. The property is built with lime mortar and to enable it to breathe, a builder has suggested that lime paint be used on the walls, and this can sometimes give a cottagey smell, but this usually disperses in a relatively short time. The garden is tended to monthly, but we do have an area which we like to leave for wildlife and insects. It is also that time of the year when trees are shedding their leaves and so as soon as you clear up one pile, another soon appears. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lisa3.8Sep 2023

  • "Cottage is nice but has rules and fines to hell and back."

    We counted 36 notices. £100 fine for moving furniture and numerous others! Handbook said ‘respect our home, it’s not a hotel’ but we’re paying good money to stay here! The freezer has the hosts food in one drawer, their names are up on the wall. The vacuum cleaner hadn’t been emptied for months or years, the under sink cupboard flooded, had to tighten dishwasher water feed. They knew, someone had left a cloth under the dripping pipe. There are multiple nails sticking up in the bedroom floor. Weird bits of tape on the upstairs landing floor. It smells damp downstairs, there is a lack of permanent ventilation and the downstairs wet room probably contributes. The tv Lounge seats were completely impractical. The garden was dog safe but otherwise completely unkempt. They say it’s bird friendly! The rules and lack of maintenance spoilt an otherwise nice place. I don’t go on holiday to have the stress of fixing leaking pipes and emptying and filter cleaning vacuum cleaners. You need to be a mountain goat to get up the stairs. Parking outside doesn’t really work, we parked up the road by the post box. Happy to provide photographic evidence. It could be lovely, just needs a bit of TLC and respect for paying guests. Location was fine, very narrow lanes, if you don’t like reversing you’re in trouble. When we first walked in we were impressed and pleased. The first page of the ‘welcome’ pack soon put paid to that.

    Thank you for taking the time to complete your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed our cottage. We try to be helpful with the notes we leave, we will look to maybe add more information to our information folder, leaving only the important reminders on display. We are not sure where the £100 fine for moving furniture etc has come from, this most definitely is not the case. This is our holiday home and we do have one drawer in the large fridge /freezer which is labelled for ourselves. There is plenty of room for you to put all your frozen and chilled items. The dishwasher had recently been installed and we were unaware that it was leaking, this has now been checked. Had you made us aware of the issue at the time, we would have rectified this during your stay. Upstairs the flooring is wood flooring, and this has been checked but we have been unable to find any nails sticking up. The tape on the stairs and the top landing is in place because the stairs are wooden and this is anti-slip tape, to help prevent anyone from slipping. We tend to the garden monthly, and there are certain areas which we like to keep as a wildlife garden. We apologise that the vacuum cleaner had not been emptied, this will be checked on a regular basis. Parking is roadside parking as stated on the website and so it is on a first come first serve basis. However, we do try to consider our neighbours and so we all try to park outside of our own properties. As you mention there is parking nearby by the post box or in the front of the church. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Martin1.3Aug 2023

  • "It was a great place to stay for the week as working locally."

    There should be more clarity about the parking allocations as there seems to be some local opposition to parking on the street. It should be made very clear that guests are not welcome to park outside other residences. ie there is only ONE Parking space directly in front of the property NOT out side the neighbours!!!

    We are glad you enjoyed your stay. It does state on the website that the parking is roadside parking. So parking is on a first come first serve basis, there is not allocated parking for each property. However, we do try to be considerate to our neighbours and park outside our own properties. Should you be bringing more than one car, there is often alternative parking available by the post box or in front of the church. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Chris4.1Aug 2023

  • "Lovely well equipped tradional cottage."

    Lovely garden although the weather wasn't good. Fantastic views in a quiet village. Great little bolt hole. Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Maureen4.7Mar 2023

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  • Three bedrooms: 2 x double, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, handheld shower, basin, bidet and WC
  • Ground-floor shower/ wet room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner with Smart TV
  • Utility
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Snug with woodburning stove
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric Rangemaster, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher
  • 2 x Smart TV, WiFi, Blu-Ray player, CD player, surround sound speaker
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Starter pack for woodburning stove available between October and March
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking
  • Rear enclosed garden with patio, lawn, and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 3.5 miles, pub 2.8 miles
  • Note: Greenhills Cottage has traditional turning cottage stairs: please take care.

The property

Bruton 3 miles.

Tucked away in Batcombe near Bruton, Somerset, is this beautiful semi-detached period property, Greenhills cottage.

Enjoying a peaceful location opposite the village church, and a gorgeous interior perfectly blending traditional and contemporary features, Greenhills Cottage is a fantastic dog-friendly choice for a group or family of five.

The property benefits from roadside parking, and a delightful enclosed garden, where you can dine alfresco or follow the footpath down to the valley for a leisurely stroll.

The owners have designed the property to be as eco-friendly as possible, right down to the cleaning products!

On the ground floor, you can cook up a storm in the fully-equipped kitchen, ready to savour at the dining table as you recount the day's adventures.

Continue through to find a handy utility, a sleek shower/ wet room for quick freshen ups, an inviting sitting room with plush seating, a Smart TV, CD player, Blu-ray player, surround sound speaker, and a crackling woodburning stove, ideal for relaxing movie nights with loved ones, as well as a snug with wonderful original flagstone flooring, exposed brickwork, sumptuous seating and a second woodburning stove, perfect for escaping with your favourite book.

Head upstairs to find a well-appointed bathroom, where you can enjoy leisurely soaks in the bath, along with three beautifully presented bedrooms, two doubles and a single, for catching up on some well-deserved rest.

In the Village of Batcombe you will find The Three Horseshoes pub opened by the talented chef Margot Henderson.

Your local amenities can be found in nearby Bruton, where you can enjoy delicious brunches at Café Asterix, tasty dishes at Matt’s Kitchen and Osip, hearty pub fare at The Sun Inn, or order in from the Chinese or pizza takeaway.

Within the town, you will find the historic 16th-century Bruton Dovecote with breathtaking views over the town, the Bruton Museum, Hauser & Wirth Somerset art centre, woodland trails leading to King Alfred’s Tower, and Redlynch Park.

Next stop is Frome, where you can enjoy wildlife rich walks through Rodden Meadow, picnic in Victoria Park, dine at Castello, The Crown Inn and The Griffin, or catch a live show at the Cheese & Grain.

From here, you can easily access the stunning Mendip Hills AONB, where you can enjoy scenic hikes and bike rides, spend a day at Longleat Safari Park, wander up to the National Trust – Cley Hill, or sample a sweet treat at the Lake Shearwater Tea Rooms.

For a memorable day trip, venture to Bath, where you can visit the famous Roman Baths, the National Trust – Prior Park Landscape Garden, Bath Abbey, The Jane Austen Centre, and the Thermae Bath Spa.

All this and more awaits at Greenhills cottage.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £150.

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About the location


  • Frome 11.1 miles
  • Bath 24.8 miles
  • Bristol 27.8 miles

The town of Bruton is situated in the south-east corner of Somerset. Proud of its status as one of the smallest towns in England, Bruton is built in the valley of the River Brue and is situated between Frome, Gillingham and Wincanton, and Castle Cary is nearby. Renowned for its verdant countryside, Bruton also hosts an impressive high street, filled with a fantastic selection of shops, several pubs and restaurants where you can stock up on the essentials or treat your loved ones to a hearty meal. Nearby, make sure to visit Bruton Museum and Bruton Dovecote, a former watchtower with imposing views over the surrounding areas while Stourhead Gardens and House is an idyllic location to delight in a picnic. The major city of Bristol is also within easy reach by car or train (Bruton is on the Bristol Weymouth line), offering major attractions such as Bristol Aquarium, St Mary Redcliffe Church and Castle Park; likewise, Bath boasts The Roman Baths, Pulteney Bridge and The Circus. A lovely base for your Somerset getaway.

Note: Greenhills Cottage has traditional turning cottage stairs. Please take care.