Godney Arts House is super stylish – an 18th-century Georgian farmhouse tucked away in the heart of Somerset, that’s been lovingly restored and renovated by owners Jane and Simon. It’s the kind of place where you walk from room to room thinking you'd like to take every piece of furniture home with you. You can, in fact, do exactly that – for a price of course.
Friends and family alike will enjoy a stay here – it's a relaxing countryside retreat with views to the Mendip Hills, where tradition and quirkiness blend together flawlessly. On the ground floor there's a fully equipped farmhouse kitchen, a dining room with copper table, a living room complete with wood-burner, and flagstone floors throughout. Simon's artworks adorn the walls of the house, adding a special touch.
Upstairs, the three en-suite bedrooms are characterful and spacious, decorated with an eclectic mixture of items that have been collected over the years, each with its own interesting history. The first floor has two bedrooms – one is very large (two rooms knocked into one in fact) and double aspect, with both north- and south-facing windows, not to mention a roll top bath to luxuriate in, and gorgeous exposed copper piping. The other first-floor room can be made up as either a twin or superking. Up another level is the generously proportioned attic room, which is home to a kingsize and two single beds. Wherever you lay your head, you'll be greeted by French lining bedding. The added bonus? Electricity and heating are generated by solar panels, helping to make your stay eco-friendly.
The cottage is in a rather remote spot, with no light pollution, and all the better for it. Tranquility reigns, enveloping you in a warm hug. That being said, the property is not completely isolated – the local pub is just a two-minute walk away, with exceptionally good food, 16 beers on draft and 10 ciders on tap, whilst Ham Wall Nature Reserve, Wells and Glastonbury are all within 15 minutes' driving distance. Back at the house, there's a small south-facing cottage garden for you to enjoy the peace and quiet in. The care and attention to detail taken at Godney Arts House is outstanding – old and new fuse together with ease. It's truly a unique place to stay.
The Owner Says
Three years ago we decided to completely refurbish our former home and spent a year knocking down walls, building curved walls, installing eco-friendly heating, making furniture, adding new bathrooms and new showers, and doing lots and lots of painting!
We had so much fun with Godney Arts House, turning it from our family home into a warm, comfortable and visually inspiring house to offer to guests. The hard work was the structural alteration... lots of dust and endless amounts of copper piping and wiring. The really enjoyable bit was the interior design, as over the years we have collected retro furniture, lighting, accessories and textiles, just waiting for the opportunity to find a place for them all.
Simon's paintings and prints adorn the walls and these, together with unusual textiles and furniture, make Godney Arts House a living gallery where just about everything is available to buy.
Since rescuing the house 25 years ago from dereliction, it has been an ongoing project of passion and interest in restoring it, and it gives us so much pleasure when our guests tell us how much they love it too.
Our favourite spot
It's difficult to say which is our favourite room or spot as each part of the house is so individual and filled with so much detail.
So.... it has to be the flagstone floors, which are ancient and really massive! For a domestic building the size of these flagstones don't make sense – they are reputed to have been taken from Glastonbury Abbey during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The flagstones are lain directly on the earth, and are so big that when we renovated the house we didn't want to lift them to put damp-proof membrane underneath, as we would never have been able to lay them again. Goodness knows how they were transported here and how much manpower was used to lay them.
The local area
No light pollution, starry nights, no noise. Lots of wildlife ... barn owls, kingfishers, kestrels, red kites.
The moody misty autumn mornings, the starling murmurations dancing in the sky at dusk.
The massive sky of the Somerset Levels which brings a special quality of light.
Only an hour to Bristol or Bath, 40 minutes to Frome and Bruton, and a quick drive back to Godney and peace and quiet again.
Best local places to eat and drink
Only 15 minutes away Roger Wilkins cider farm at Mudgley is one of the few remaining authentic cider farms in Somerset, with local cheeses, pickles, and Wilkins cider available to try and buy.
Sweets Tea Rooms Peat & Science museum near Westhay Moor, 10 minutes drive.
Goodfellows restaurant, Wells, especially known for fish dishes,
The Subhouse, Wells – great burgers and smoked meats, a selection of craft beers and interesting industrial interior design.
The Queen Vic, Priddy, about 20 minutes' drive away, with open fires, flagstones, traditional pub food and great atmosphere.
Rainbows End, Glastonbury – the original vegetarian cafe loved by Michael Eavis!
Hundred Monkeys, Glastonbury – good selection of homebaked breads, cakes and more.
Roth bar & grill at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, is never disappointing.
The Oakhill Inn – fabulous service, great with children and offering superb Sunday lunches, a 30-minute drive away.
Why stay with us?
Staying in Godney Arts House offers an opportunity to experience a Somerset farmhouse with a unique and stylish interior mixed with traditional architecture and a cottage garden. The surroundings are extremely quiet and off the beaten track with a fab village pub and Glastonbury and Wells only 15 minutes away.
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