The Somerset village of Wellow lies in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, five miles south of Bath. It is set amid green, rolling hills, dotted with ancient ruins and towns and villages built of local honey-coloured stone. Thanks to the unique history and fine architecture of this peaceful, rural community, Wellow is a conservation area. On the High Street, Parlour Shop is one of the country’s oldest community-run groceries, selling a range of local produce. Visitors staying in holiday cottages in Wellow should make a stop at Emma Rose’s studio, where she exhibits her paintings, which are inspired by the surrounding landscapes.

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The Fox and Badger can be found on Railway Lane. This cosy pub is the perfect place for a pint of Somerset ale or cider by the fire, or in the garden, which provides magnificent rural. The food is also excellent and is prepared with the highest-quality local ingredients. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Wellow, you will notice striking landmarks, such as the medieval packhorse bridge over Wellow Brook. A short stroll from the village centre, there is a Neolithic chambered tomb known as Stoney Littleton Long Barrow, and a listed church dating back to the 12th century. A walk through Cleaves Wood is highly recommended on self-catering holidays in Wellow, with many rare plants, including the spiked star of Bethlehem, also known as Bath asparagus.

The city of Bath is a short drive from the village, with some of the country’s finest architecture, including spectacular Roman baths. The countryside surrounding Wellow is dotted with pretty towns and villages, such as the former coal-mining communities of Radstock and Midsomer Norton, and the picturesque villages of South Stoke and Midford.