Large, bright, 5-bedroom house, Glastonbury, UK -- a unique, historic town of myth and legend
2 Car spaces
1 Car available
Listed February 2019
Response rate 100%
Cordis Mundi is a light, comfortable house, built in 1989 by the local baker and extended more recently. It is at the end of a narrow lane (a cul-de-sac), so it feels very secluded. Built on a slope, it looks small from the front but goes on and on, and as it is built on a south-facing hillside most rooms are very sunny. It is a 5 minutes downhill walk to the High Street of Glastonbury -- a unique, eccentric town, unlike any other in UK! Do look at our links about it. You might have heard of Glastonbury Festival, but the town is much more than that!
The main house is 4 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. Our guest space next door can also be included, so the 5 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms includes that space. #3064
Please note -- we have two cats to be looked after (no litter trays involved!) One is super-friendly and the other one is friendly but also rather nervous.
Bedrooms and bed sizes are:
Principle bedroom:150 cm
First guest bedroom: 140 cm
2nd guest bedroom: 150cm
3rd guest bedroom: 135cm
Guest suite right next door. Please see our other listing: #3064
Bathrooms: Principle en-suite with shower, family bathroom with shower and bath, plus guest toilet on entrance floor.
Guest suite has a shower room with toilet.
3 receptions, one 36ft long -- with a woodburner, underfloor heating, large glass doors to a 22' deck with table & chairs and stunning views across to Bushy Coombe, a foothill of Glastonbury Tor. The other living rooms are a large comfortable TV room and an upstairs room with desk in the window, large sofa and second TV. The downstairs TV is a 65 inch wall-mounted QLED Samsung smart TV with soundbar (pic to be updated!), Freeview and streaming (incl Netflix) available via terrestrial and and internet. Upstairs is a large Freesat, with a slightly narrower selection of streaming. No Sky.
Large kitchen/diner with table/chairs in the window., sliding door opening onto the deck, fully equipped with electric fan oven, induction hob, all appliances -- here or in utility. (Bread maker, stand mixer, ice cream maker, slow cooker, sous vide...)
Outside there are stairs from the deck to a terrace, which has a built-in brick barbecue and a 3 seater swing seat. Down from there is a little nook facing southwest under a pergola with a large vine across -- perfect for evening drinks. Down again a few steps to the vegetable beds and a wild meadow-like area, with stepping-stone path to stone table and chairs. There's a group of standing stones (not original neolithic!) and an orchard with apples, plums, and sometimes pears - do feel free to pick what you want in season.
NOTE: If you have a very large group, we also have a studio space next to the house. It is a large, recently converted double garage, and has 140cm bed (with privacy curtain), sofa bed, kitchen area and a shower room. This might be available -- it is a normally a holiday let, but we can reserve it for you, with notice. #3064
3 floors, including a mezzanine entrance floor with two bedrooms. 7 easy stairs either down (living spaces , kitchen, utility) or up ( Master bedroom, 2nd bedroom, 3rd living room, bathrooms). There is also a mezzanine toilet, so someone with limited mobility could sleep in one of those bedrooms. But not suitable for a wheelchair user.
There's room for car parking (2 cars, 3 with care) outside.
Wifi throughout the house, including he guest annexe.
The main living room, though big, has 'zones' -- so it still feels cosy. No technology at all in that room.
Gas central heating, and underfloor in the main living room.
Very well-equipped kitchen including ice cream maker and bread maker. ice crusher, slow cooker....
We have two low-maintenance but friendly cats, with cat door, so there are no litter trays. If you want to take a trip away during your stay, we have a friend who is happy to come and feed them.
We have a flower and vegetable garden so if you come in summertime, we ask you to water the beds (with hose). Of course you can eat the veg too!
Cupboard / drawers
First aid kit
Sport and leisure
Unsuitable for infants under 2
Suitable for children ages 2-12
Pets not allowed
The house is just a 5-minute walk downhill to Glastonbury High Street, but being at the end of a short lane, it feels secluded. Our neighbours are few but lovely.
Glastonbury is in some ways a typical old English market town, with buildings dating back to 15th Century and a weekly market on Tuesdays. But it is also unique. It is steeped in legend and myth and this is evident from the range of small shops selling New Age artefacts of all kinds. The people are famous for their colourful dress, expressive ways and their wide range of esoteric faiths. Safe to say that there are followers of almost every religion (and none) in abundance.
There is so much history and legend associated with Glastonbury that it’s impossible to do more here than mention just a few the most famous attractions.
Perhaps most famous of all, the iconic landmark of Glastonbury Tor offers magnificent panoramic views of the Somerset Levels, Dorset, Wiltshire and even Wales. Steeped in legend and history, excavations have revealed the plans of two superimposed churches of St Michael, of which only the 14th-century tower remains. The Tor is famous as one of the most spiritual sites in the country: since medieval times it has held legendary status as the earliest Christian foundation in Britain linked to Joseph of Arimathea and the burial place of King Arthur.
There has been a church on the site of Glastonbury Abbey for over 1500 years. During Saxon times Glastonbury was the richest monastery in England, and second only to Westminster at the time of the Dissolution. The Holy Thorn which grows there is part of the legend of Joseph of Arimathea, who is said to have landed on the island of Avalon on his arrival in Britain with the young Jesus: legend has it that he thrust his staff into the ground and by morning it had taken root, and grew into the miraculous thorn tree which flowers every Easter and Christmas.
Chalice Well is one of Britain's most ancient wells, over two thousand years old, nestling in the Vale of Avalon between the famous Glastonbury Tor and Chalice Hill. Set in three acres of beautiful gardens and orchards it is a peaceful and spiritual sanctuary in which visitors can experience the quiet healing of this sacred place. There are 'the Wheel of the Year' celebrations, including meditation and conversation, and candlelit programmes of music, poetry and performance on summer evenings.
Other local attractions:
The Rural Life Museum, set in and around a magnificent 14th-century Abbey Barn.
The Somerset Levels: an ancient and unique landscape, home to remarkable wildlife.
The Nature Reserves at Ham Wall, and Avalon Marshes, are very special places teeming with wildlife: there are otters, water voles, bitterns, marsh frogs, great crested newts, and other native species to be seen and heard.
Bath, with its Roman Baths, spa and beautiful 18th Century crescents is an hour’s drive, as are Bristol and Stonehenge.
And of course there is the Glastonbury Festival, the largest and most famous open air music festival in Europe, if not the entire world. Held annually in Pilton, 5 miles from the main town, it attracts crowds of over 200,000 to hear some of the most famous and iconic bands in the world performing live. Entrance strictly by ticket -- which are VERY hard to buy, months in advance!
There's a convenience store up the hill, about a 10 minute walk. 5 minutes walk down into town for a wide selection of shops, a big healthfood store, a small supermarket, a real baker, proper butcher, pharmacy, Post Office, bookshops, cafes, eateries etc. Tuesday market and Farmers' Market once a month. Drive 5 mins to bigger supermarkets (also fuel).
There is parking at the front of the house. Glastonbury has no railway station but has bus services – coach to/from London, buses to Bristol, Wells, Taunton and surrounding villages. Nearest station is Castle Cary (11.6 miles). Really you need a car to get the best out of Somerset. Please note, we are happy to car lend/swap!
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Jinny and Adrian
Joined February 2019
Response rate 100%
Hello! We are now both retired from my work (me as a psychotherapist and Adrian, as a violinist). I'm now focussing on my poetry -- my first pamphlet was published in 2019. In 2017 we moved to a beautiful, big house in Glastonbury, and we want to travel more and share the house with people who will enjoy it. We are both early 70s and want to get out there asap! We have two adult kids: one is an astrophysicist and the other works in mental health. They wouldn't normally travel with us, but I guess you never know... We also have two cats, who are a delight and really easy to look after. So obviously we're happy to look after cats we swap into! 1998-99 we swapped houses for a year with a family in Vermont. Wonderful! In September 2019 we had an excellent PLU swap with a couple in Padova.