Neat studio space for 2 or 3, Glastonbury, UK
Guesthouse • Somerset United Kingdom
1 Car space
1 Car available
Exchange types accepted
Listed June 2019
Response rate 88%
The Studio is a detached conversion, a 5-minute walk from Glastonbury’s historic & magical High Street, in a quiet cul-de sac off Bove Town, a road which rises from the heart of Glastonbury. There is a short path across the meadow garden to your own private stone table and seats, with views of Bushy Coombe, one of the foothills of the Tor. There is off-road parking, shower room, flexible heating & hot water, Freeview TV, Netflix etc, Wifi, books, board games, & complete privacy. NOTE: The Studio can also supplement with our main home, for simultaneous exchange: #1422. Available for Globes.
We can help you out with local knowledge and there's a folder with tourist information too. We look forward to chatting with you, but only if you're feeling sociable! ;) The nearest station is at Castle Cary (London Paddington c90 minutes) about 8 miles away. There are frequent buses to Wells, Bristol & Bath, and a coach to London (Hammersmith).
We can lend you a car, by negotiation.
The Studio is a large single space, with kitchen area and separate shower room. Warm, modern, quiet and absolutely private, it's a cosy & well-equipped base for a couple or single person, in the historically rich environs of Glastonbury, and the beautiful Vale of Avalon. The double bed (140cm) has a 'privacy curtain' and there is a sofa bed in the main space. That makes a smaller bed (130cm) so suitable for a single adult or a child. With the curtain, there is privacy if you want to travel as friends, adult with child, or couple with child. (If you are a couple, but want the sofa set up as a bed, just say!)
There is a well-equipped kitchen area: fridge, toaster, two-ring induction hob, microwave, kettle etc. Please note there is no oven/grill (broiler). When you arrive there will be teas, real & instant coffee, milk, and some basic supplies, to start you off. The bathroom has loo, sink, and shower. There are ample power sockets and wireless internet.
There is a key safe, so you will be independent, but we'll also be right there in the main house, if you need anything. Also in the main house are a washer and dryer -- ask us for access.
Access is up two shallow steps to the door, (and down into the shower room) so sorry, it's not suitable for wheelchair users.
There is space for parking just outside.
We have two cats, who don't usually go into the studio, but are available, should you want to entertain them!
If you come at the right time of year, you are welcome to help yourselves to the apples (and pears, plums if we're lucky), near to the stone table.
Cupboard / drawers
Unsuitable for infants under 2
Suitable for children ages 2-12
Pets not allowed
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. The information below has mostly been taken from websites. What is harder to capture is Glastonbury's legendary reputation (well-earned) as a magnet for 'seekers' of all descriptions, with their interestingly different beliefs and ways of life. So you will come across people dressed in all kinds of unusual ways, and doing unusual things -- just in the High Street itself! (See the photo of the baby alpaca on a lead...)
There is a market in town every Tuesday, with local food, clothing, and craft items. Also a farmer's market last Saturday of the moth.
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 havelanded 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. Today visitors can discover the long and rich history of the Abbey with free tours from costumed Living History presenters.
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.
The Rural Life Museum, set in and around the magnificent 14th-century Abbey Barn has five Farmhouse Galleries exploring the themes of ‘Creating’, ‘Learning’, ‘Believing’, ‘Celebrating’ and ‘Remembering.’
‘Working Village’ and ‘Working the Land’ are explored in the large Farmyard Gallery. There are family trails to explore the history of the site and its buildings.
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.
Further afield, you have historic Bath and the 'capital town' of West England, Bristol (both1 hour). Both have theatres, cinemas and lots of tourist attractions.
For nature lovers, The Somerset Wetlands and Levels (right there) are a unique landscape, with waterfowl and many trails to explore. Bikes can be hired in town. Somerset Wildlife Trust’s 100 hectare main site on the Peat Moors covers more than 100 hectares and is internationally famous as a birdwatchers’ paradise. The extensive restored peat diggings have been transformed into a vast network of open water, reed beds and includes the largest surviving fragment of lowland acid mire in the UK.
The RSPB Nature Reserve at Ham Wall, Avalon Mashes, is a very special place teeming with wildlife: there are otters, water voles, bitterns, marsh frogs, great crested newts, and other native species to be seen and heard.
Travel is much easier if you have a car. The nearest station is at Castle Cary (London Paddington c90 minutes) about 8 miles away. There are frequent buses to Wells, Bristol & Bath, and a coach to London (Hammersmith).
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