The Somerset village of Butcombe lies on the northern shore of Blagdon Lake. It is a traditional farming community with a population of roughly 200, making it perfect for visitors who want to experience life in an authentic rural village. The narrow country roads leading into Butcombe are lined with hedgerows and scattered with pretty cottages. The village is set amid some of the region’s most idyllic countryside, with many footpaths through gently rolling hills and meadows to explore on the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Butcombe. There are no shops or pubs, but there are several interesting historical landmarks, including Butcombe Court, a magnificent 18th century listed manor house on the edge of the village.

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The graceful parish church of St Michael and All Angels dates back to the 15th century, and stand in the middle of the village. A stroll southward from your holiday cottage in Butcombe, the shores of Blagdon Lake are a wonderful place for a picnic, with spectacular sunsets. Holiday cottages in Butcombe are near the northern border of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where rugged hills are scattered with Iron Age hill forts and Bronze Age round barrows.

The city of Wells lies on the edge of the Mendips with an impressive Gothic cathedral, some of Somerset’s finest medieval architecture and a historic centre, packed with independent shop, restaurants and cosy old pubs. Another popular attraction is Wookey Hole Caves, a series of spectacular limestone caves with guided tours. Bath is also well worth a visit, with exquisite Georgian architecture, Roman baths, natural hot springs and a Gothic abbey. 

Butcombe is near the A38, which runs north to Bristol and southwest toward the Quantocks and Exmoor. Bristol Airport is a ten-minute drive away.