Martindale Cottage self-catering accommodation

The local area

Draycott, on the A371 between Cheddar Gorge (2 miles) and Wookey Hole caves (5 miles), is a short distance from J21 and J22 on the M5 and can be reached by bus from Wells and Weston-super-Mare.

Draycott is a friendly village with a village shop/post office, two pubs, a church, school, community hall and recreation field with children’s play area.

There are many circular walks from the village and maps and programmes are available from the village shop

At the foot of the southern slopes of the limestone hills and caves of the Mendips, Draycott is just above the peat moors of the Somerset Levels.

The rural surroundings have dairy and sheep farms and also market gardening, strawberries being the speciality.

The Chew Valley lakes show yet another aspect of the area as does the coast with many beaches and holiday resorts.

Within easy reach are the city of Wells (6 miles), historic Glastonbury, Bristol, Bath and the holiday towns of Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea.

Known in the tourist guides as an “activities” area, there is a wide variety of things to do at all time of the year and in all weather conditions, nearly all attractions being open all year round.

Only two miles away is the village of Cheddar with the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves open all year round. Visitors can see the sights from an open top bus, explore the caves, watch cheese or traditional sweets being made, or try the varieties of local cider and cream teas at one of the many cafes and hostelries.

Nearby Axbridge is known for its narrow streets, King John’s Hunting Lodge and market square. The two mile walk around the reservoir is a popular Sunday activity, where the yachts compete with the wildlife for water space.

In the other direction, and also on the hillside are Wookey Hole Caves, which offer many other attractions both inside and in the valley running up to the cave entrance.

The picturesque City of Wells is famous for its magnificent Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and medieval street, as well s for the water which flows from a spring down through the main streets. Well-known as a film location, the large market square hosts a fine selection of craft, general, antique and farmers’ markets as well as art, literary and concert events which are held in the town hall and cathedral.

You can enjoy an entirely different experience when visiting Glastonbury, the home of the early Christian church, the pop festival and New Age, which is also the domain of quality wool and sheepskin clothing. Visit the Chalice Well, the Tor and the Abbey, the Rural Life Museum or the Tribunal. Explore the maze of narrow streets and alleys to get the New Age experience, and try one of the many organic or wholefood cafes in the town.

Glastonbury is built on the Isle of Avalon, higher land rising from the Vale of Avalon marshes which surround it, and the Abbey is said to be the burial place of King Arthur. Much of the marshland is now wetland nature reserves with a growing population of Bitterns and Cranes, and the famous starlings roosting during the winter months.

Draycott village

Village

Draycott from the moor

From the moor

From nature reserve

From nature reserve

Ashton Mill

Nearby Ashton Mill

Vicar's Close, Wells

Vicar's Close, Wells