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This package offers you more than a simple brewery tour. Instead, you will enjoy an enriching, fun and friendly, 24 hours brewery workshop. You can picture yourself learning from its owners how to brew your personal beer in Somersets smallest microbrewery. The workshop is designed for both homebrew beginners and those wanting to set up their own brewery. This is an exciting and very hands-on residential course. At The Old Cider House we pride ourselves on our food, you will be delighted by homemade meals, and we have even a set menu with vegetarian alternative.
The Old Cider House, is a bed and breakfast in the heart of the village of Nether Stowey, Quantock Hills, Somerset. With its five en suite bedrooms, owners Ian and Lynne welcome guests looking for a relaxing bed and breakfast break in their friendly guesthouse. If youre looking for accommodation in the Quantocks then Nether Stowey is the ideal village location.
The Old Cider House is a licensed guest accommodation bed and breakfast. We provide evening meals and en suite dinner, bed and breakfast packages and we even have our own microbrewery producing real ales for the village pubs. The guesthouse was originally a cider house serving the village of Nether Stowey and surrounding Somerset villages in the Quantock Hills. It was converted into a bed and breakfast in 2002.
This is one of our premium bedrooms with a view overlooking the village stream and a comfortable and cozy four-poster bed. All our rooms have television and video player/recorder, but this room also has a dab digital radio and a decanter of sherry, all that you expect from a relaxing break in a country guesthouse.
The room is situated on the ground floor with a mobility accessible bathroom. The room is dog friendly (3 GBP per night) and ideal for walkers and mountain bikers. Please note that this room has no direct sunlight and looks onto a courtyard, however, in the winter it is our warmest room and coolest in the summer.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived for three years just around the corner in lime street and wrote some of his most famous poems whilst living in the village. To continue with the Coleridge connection this beautiful double room has a wall covered with poems written by guests, all of whom are invited to contribute, so bring a quill! This room is also dog friendly (3 GBP per night).
A bright and airy room with a king-size bed, sumptuous bed-linen and leather armchairs giving a feel of relaxed comfort. It also has a flat-screen television (with free view and DVD player) and a fantastic view of the village of Nether Stowey, oh, and theres some sherry as well.
Nether Stowey has a long history and the photographs in this room depict the village over the last 100 years or so. This twin room looks out over the garden and cottages where in former days cider was made.
This retreat takes place in Somerset, UK. Somerset is a county that has it all. Ranked seventh in the UK for size, it is far from being the most highly populated meaning there are vast expanses of open, unspoilt spaces waiting to be explored.
This package includes 1 English, vegetarian or continental breakfast. We use, wherever possible, local and organic produce - some from our garden. Our eggs come from our own chickens, or local free-range suppliers. Our meat from the village butcher, Fauns, and other local farm suppliers. Dairy produce from our local dairy and Yeo Valley organic creamery. We bake our own bread, make our own jam, marmalade and chutneys and even brew our own beer.
Breakfasts are leisurely affairs with Old English sausages and bacon from our local butcher, eggs from our chickens, specials as the mood takes us and occasionally a bowl of furmity - a Wessex creation with oats, sugar, rum, raisins and cream. We have also been fortunate enough to win an Enjoy England Breakfast Award in the past (please note that we are no longer part of the Enjoy England scheme).
Even when this is a short package you can still get the best of it, Somerset is surrounded by the Quantocks hills, perfect for waling and/or biking daytrips. Either you are planning to extend the length of your staying or to maximize your experience we suggest the following:
Cider trails: visit the famous Somerset cider farms and taste the local ciders.
Coast, castles and a cream tea: Spend a day travelling along the north Somerset coast taking in the historic and picturesque towns of Dunster, Porlock and Watchet. Visit Dunster castle and soak up the Medieval village atmosphere, potter around Watchet Harbour watching the yachts come in and dont forget your cream tea along the way.
Mountain biking: whilst covering a compact area the Quantocks hills offer some of the best mountain biking terrain in Britain.
Say Cheese: visit the Gorge and taste the cheese!
Sightseeing: the Quantocks are the ideal base for a short break or country holiday with plenty of visitor attractions, national trust Somerset and English heritage properties, cheddar and Glastonbury nearby, coastal towns to visit and fantastic views all around. Somerset has a long history of cider making, so have your own mini cider festival in some of the farm cider producers close to the Quantocks Hills. Whether you like Thatchers cider, or cider brandy or a traditional scrumpy spend a few days with us and visit our local cider producers.
Star gazing: if you like the sly at night and star gazing the Quantocks hills have very little light pollution. A short drive (or even walk) will take you into our national park like Quantocks. Exmoor a Dark Skies Reserve is also nearby.
Walking: country walk by the Quantocks, one of the UKs best walking routes. This area of outstanding natural beauty, the first in England, is synonymous with walks and walking with 99 square kilometers of, mainly, open access land to wander in.
1st left Dunball roundabout
Straight ahead at next two roundabouts
Pass VW garage
Turn right into Wyldes Road, just before Matalan
Right at traffic lights at riders motorcycles
Contiue until Whitegate roundabout
Take A39 to Minehead
After 7 miles turn left into Nether Stowey
Take 2nd left, opposite George hotel
We are 100 yards on the right