As some of you may know, we have recently moved from Kent to Bristol, it is a big change but we are both very happy here and it is such a beautiful part of the country full of new places to explore.
Our new home wasn’t actually ready until the week after Anthony started his new job so I booked us into an Air BnB for a week from the Sunday near Anthony’s work. We decided to treat the weekend as a little holiday and I booked us into Magnolia Cottage in Somerset for the Saturday night.
The cottage is all open plan with a raised level for the bedroom area and a log burner (I actually only filter to places with a fireplace when booking a weekend away as they always make the space so cosy!). The hosts had made the place so welcoming for us, with a little welcome card and breakfast on the side, as well as a complimentary beer from their own brewery.
I would definitely recommend the cottage to anyone wanting to stay in the area, it was one of the nicest Air BnBs we have ever stayed in and there was nothing we would have wanted to change. It was a very relaxing evening and was exactly what we needed ahead of the move.
The cottage is only a 10 minute drive from Cheddar so we decided to explore the area before heading to our next Air BnB.
As the name would suggest, Cheddar is the birthplace of cheddar cheese as the caves provide the perfect conditions for the cheese to mature. The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company still sells cave matured cheddar which has matured in the Gorge caves for 12 months.
Besides bringing us cheese, Cheddar is also home to England’s largest gorge. It is 400 feet deep and three miles long and is simply breathtaking to look at. It is completely natural and began forming a million years ago when melting glaciers formed a river which gradually carved into the limestone rock creating these rugged cliffs.
As if that wasn’t enough, Cheddar is also a very quaint village with lots of independent shops, including Moorcraft Sheepskin Shop, a small family run business that make everything themselves in their workshop (I treated myself to the cosiest sheepskin mittens as I had been wanting some for ages!)
Cheddar is one of those places where you want to stop every few minutes to take a photo.
Every village should have a Christmas shop decorated with bunting, guarded by a life size (I imagine) Father Christmas.
It was a very happy weekend that I will always remember and was a great way to start off our new life together in the South West.