A Wet Weather Walk in the Quantocks

A wet weather walk in the Quantocks.

The Quantocks are perfect for walking any time of the year, but on occasion, after heavy rain, some of the paths are a tad … soggy. However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t go walking and we’ve been researching four walks, using county lanes and B roads to get […]

By |January 8th, 2018|Nether Stowey, Quantock Hills, Quantocks, Walking|0 Comments

Cosy Sitting Room

For 2018 we have created a new cosy sitting room adjacent to our dining room downstairs. This allows diners to enjoy a pre-dinner beer, wine or G&T in comfort around our newly installed log burner.

Decorated in bold, contemporary colours with, comfy sofa and bucket style chairs, this is the ideal spot to chat or sit […]

By |January 6th, 2018|The Old Cider House|0 Comments

Christmas in Somerset

£10/night discount on rooms for two nights or more (until 22 December 2017)

There is so much to do at Christmas in Somerset. We have Christmas markets, fairs, food and you can even meet Santa on a steam train!

Coleridge Cottage opens its doors at the weekends for a Georgian Christmas full of the smells of open […]

Dowsborough Iron Age Hill Fort

Some time ago, Lynne and Ian adopted Dowsborough Iron Age Hill Fort as part of the Quantock Hills AONB Monument’s Survey. This ‘adoption’ involves a six-monthly survey of the site and general TLC including regular litter and rubbish picking sessions.

Dowsbourough (also known as Danesborough, Douseborough and Dane’s Barrow) dates from about 2,500 to 3,000 years […]

By |November 3rd, 2017|Quantock Hills, Quantocks|0 Comments

Auction of Alfoxton House

Alfoxton House (or Alfoxton Park) lies four miles from The Old Cider House in Holford and was where William and Dorothy Wordsworth lived when they stayed in Somerset to be near to Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

For the past decade or so the property has been neglected, having been a hotel from 1959 up until the early […]

By |October 18th, 2017|Quantock Hills, Samuel Taylor Coleridge|0 Comments

Your Favourite Yoghurt

Earlier in the year we asked our guests which Yeo Valley Yoghurt they preferred from the selection that we provide at breakfast here at The Old Cider House. What we found was that the strawberry, raspberry and blackcurrant always get eaten, but the peach and apricot invariably get left. This is fine, because we like […]

By |October 6th, 2017|Breakfast|0 Comments



No, not a case of spell-check gone mad or Paul Hogan extolling the virtues of an Alpine fizzy drink – no, I’m in search of the near extinct Vienna lager.

Think ‘Austria’ and this conjures up a country renowned for its sticky cakes, coffee and, perhaps, diethylene glycol […]

By |July 5th, 2017|CAMRA, Real Ale, Stowey Brewery|0 Comments


Stonehenge is a lovely sight although, on occasion, you can have too much of a view, especially after midday on a Friday when you are negotiating the two-lanes-into-one on the A303. However, perhaps we take the view for granted – we did, so we decided to have a closer look.

Don’t call us tight, but the […]

By |May 17th, 2017|Walking|0 Comments

The George Hotel

After 16 months we are back to our full complement of pubs in Nether Stowey with the George Hotel reopening its doors today.

The George had a major fire in December 2015 causing the pub to close whilst the pub was rebuilt (very slowly). This did not, however, mean that we were without Bill’s friendly face […]

By |April 28th, 2017|Nether Stowey|0 Comments

Bridgwater Bristol Road Diversions


It’s a pain but forewarned is forearmed and the main route into Bridgwater via the Bristol Road i.e. from the north via the M5 is subject to major work for the next six months.

Whilst the Quantock Hills are lovely, out on the coast we have a new power station being built and […]

By |January 27th, 2017|Traffic|0 Comments