This is a warm and welcoming historic cottage which was built in 1706 by the Sheppard family of Frome, who were prominent local weavers. The cottage is steeped in history and has a fabulous sitting room with flagstone floor and morso woodburning stove. Original elm floorboards, heavyweight beams and views down over Frome make this cottage a little gem. It sleeps up to four guests in two bedrooms - one with double bed and one with twin beds.
The cottage is on Sheppards Barton, a pedestrian only street at the top of Catherine Hill - a hill famous for its independent shops and its steep incline! The front door of the cottage enters into a cosy sitting room, which is furnished in an eclectic manner, with a mix of local auction finds and family heirlooms. There is no TV but we do have good wifi, or you can switch off completely and absorb yourself in the crackling embers of the fire. Please help yourself to wood for the woodburning stove.
The sitting room leads onto the kitchen, which is fully stocked and has a compact seating area. The downstairs shower room has underfloor heating and is at the rear of the property.
A winding elm staircase leads up to the first floor of the cottage, where you will find a charming dining area which seats up to six guests. The master bedroom is also on this floor, to the front of the property overlooking Sheppards Barton.
From the dining area, another winding elm staircase takes you up to the top floor twin bedroom, with its exposed beams and picture postcard views over the historic streets of Frome. This room is perfect for adults, older children and younger children who sleep in a cot, but the staircase opens straight into the room so we wouldn't recommend its use for younger children who might have a toddle around on their own at night.
This cottage is your home from home for the duration of your stay. No rooms are out of bounds and there are no intriguing locked cupboards! Additional dates may be available for rental - please contact me if you have specific requirements.
Interaction with guests
I am looking after this house for the homeowners and I am always available by phone, email/text and in person should you need me.
Other things to note
There is no TV in the house, although there is good wifi, so please bring your own device if you wish to stream programmes or films. Also please note that there is an open staircase from the top floor twin room, which is shown in the pictures. We don't have a stairgate, so this room may not be suitable for younger children who are toddling independently!