Formerly two river workers' cottages, Riverside is now a charming holiday retreat on the banks of the Tone with far reaching views out over the Somerset Levels. Set back off the road in a peaceful hamlet just outside the village of Stoke St Gregory, the property combines elegant modern styling with rural charm and quirky touches; in short, it's bliss. Perfect for those family holidays and large group stays where you just want to relax and get away from it all - whether it's for a week long holiday, a 4 night midweek break, or a 2 or 3 night weekend to celebrate something special.
Sleeping 12 guests in 6 good sized bedrooms (3 en suite), Riverside has 3 reception rooms, a spacious kitchen/breakfast room, a dining room, and a games room. At the back of the house is the River Tone; at the front there's a secure enclosed garden with plenty of room for a family picnic or a game of French cricket, and there are swings for the younger people. Beneath a leafy arbour is a hot tub where you can sit back and feel your worries slip away. A private, gravelled off-road area provides parking for seven cars.
With a pool table, table tennis and table football, Sky Movies package, Bluetooth music system and wifi, there's no excuse for saying there's nothing to do. But actually - why not do nothing? Take a drink out on to the riverbank at the back; admire the far reaching views and watch the sun go down. It's something that's hard to beat.
The Somerset Levels have a unique beauty of their own; the ancient landscape is traced with rhynes (pronounced reens) where withies have been grown for hundreds of years for basket making. There are scores of tracks and footpaths to walk but what you can do right from Riverside is stroll along the river to Burrow Mump, climb to the top, and back down to the King Alfred Inn for lunch; amble up the lane to the Willows & Wetlands Visitor Centre where there are walks and a tea room. Spend a morning mooching about some of the little towns - Somerton, or Langport are not without their charm, or venture over to mystical Glastonbury and climb the Tor.
Take the time to visit Wells and see the cathedral and the Bishop's Palace. A jaunt out to Muchelney is good; don't miss the Abbey ruins, the Priest's House (NT) and the parish church with painted angels on the 17th century wagon roof. The county town of Taunton is only a few miles away and has a good mix of high street and independent shops and eateries, or within an hour or so are Bath and Bristol. Exmoor National Park makes for a good day out exploring the wild heaths and rolling hills; go to Tarr Steps, Watersmeet or Porlock and round it off with a scrumptious cream tea in a little tea shop. Head to the Somerset Coast or the beaches of East Devon or West Dorset (the famous Jurassic coast) for good old-fashioned seaside fun or to go beachcombing, rockpooling or fossil hunting. Have a trip out to sea on a mackerel fishing boat, bring your catch back and barbecue it on the garden at Riverside before turning in for a restful night's sleep. Just perfect!