Information for Guests
Welcome to Somerset, land of the summer people, we hope the following will help make your visit more enjoyable here at Mill Meadow:
Emergency Numbers: 999 (112 from a mobile phone) and ask for Fire, Police, Ambulance or Coastguard
Mill Meadow is at post code TA2 8HL
The Mill Meadow Property Manager can be contacted on 07779 651911
To make use of our free Wi-Fi Service please enter your lodge name and the following code: m1llm34d0w256
- Outside taps with recycled rainwater are provided for washing boots, outdoor clothing, bicycles and where dogs are welcomed, muddy dogs.
- Bicycles can be stored in the utility room in most of the lodges.
- The utility room has drying facilities.
- Washing Machines are provided in the utility rooms, please use the most environmentally friendly programme at a low temperature if at all possible. If in doubt please ask.
- Most lodges have access to a tumble dryer, please be aware of the impact of their use.
- All our lodges except Swallow Barn have a private hot tub that can be hired at a cost of £80 per stay.
- All the lodges are fully equipped with all the necessary kitchenware and usual domestic appliances to ensure you have a comfortable and relaxing stay at Mill Meadow but please ask if there is anything further you require.
- There are portable BBQ’s available on request.
- As decking is used around the outside of the lodges we must make you aware that it may become slippery, especially when wet or icy.
- We can contact a box scheme for local produce
- We are happy to take receipt of groceries from internet orders subject to arrangement and notice, possible suppliers include:
Somerset Farmers Markets - http://www.sfmdirect.co.uk/
Taunton has all the usual supermarket stores throughout the town.
More local grocery stores include:
Tesco Express – 36 Priorswood Road TA2 7PS . Tel 08456719541
Open from 6am – 11pm, has cash machine and only approx 5 mins drive from your lodge
The Co-operative – 169 Cheddon Road TA2 7AH. Tel 01823 257888
Open long hours and has free ATM – Approx 10 mins drive from your lodge.
Staplegrove Post Office – Corkscrew Lane, TA2 6AN. Tel 01823 325481
Hospital, Doctors & Dental:
- Your nearest Hospital is Musgrove Park TA1 5DA . Tel 01823 333444 where there is a full Accident & Emergency service.
- NHS Direct can be contacted on 0845 4647
- Your nearest doctors surgery is Lyngford Park, Fletcher Close. Tel 01823 333355 nearest dental surgery is Kilkenny House Dental Practice.Tel 01823 333535
- 24hr pharmacy (not Sunday nights) – ASDA Superstore Creechbarrow Rd
Tel 01823 252701 - Morrisons, near Taunton Station has a pharmacy, TA1 1DX. Tel 01823 351598
Public Transport, Taxi and other information:
Below are options for local transport, we can also pick up from the local bus and train station and arrange airport pick up’s if required. Just tell us what you need.
- Local Taxis include
ACE Taxis - 01823 332211
Deane Taxis - 01823 322300
- Local Bus Service to Taunton Town Centre
There is a bus stop at Mill Cross, the junction of Parsonage Lane and Kingston Road, turn left at the entrance to Mill Meadow and walk 50 m. Buses leave at 08.22, 10.08,12.08,14.08 and 16.08. They return from The Parade, Taunton at 10.45, 12.45, 14.45 and16.45 on weekdays. Saturday services have no 08.22 leaving Mill Cross and no 16.45 leaving Taunton.
- Community Bus
Service Available: Monday - Saturday (excluding Public Holidays)
From: 6am to 11pm (from 7am on Saturdays)
For Bookings call: 0844 800 9646
Booking lines open: Mon - Fri 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am-12noon
- Weather - Information will be at reception or visit…
- Local Tourist Office – 01823 336344.
- Nearest Cash Machine – Tesco Express ( See previous)
- Public Telephone – Opposite The Swan Inn, Kingston St Mary Village
- Post Box – At Mill Cross on the junction of Parsonage Lane and Kingston Road
Taunton Leisure – 01823 332987
Oswald Bailey – 01823 276662
- Bicycle Hire – Quantock Cycling Hub - Available at our Reception
- Angling – Taunton Angling Centre 01823 282518
Local Restaurants & Pubs
There are many good restaurants and pubs serving excellent quality food and fine dining, too many to mention here, we have listed several that have been recommended by previous guests. Further information available in the lodge and we are also happy to discuss your needs with planning a meal out. We advise phoning your choice of restaurant or pub for their opening times, as some don’t always open all day and most will require you to book.
The Swan, Kingston St Mary – 01823 451383 – Your local pub, easy walking distance. Dogs welcome in the garden only. Booking advisable.
Podshavers, Bishops Lydeard – 01823 433556 – Good for Fish.
The Travellers Rest, Nr Kingston St Mary – 01278 671367 – Historic coaching inn.
Clavelshaye Barn, Clavelshayes – 01278 662629 – Excellent reputation, uses local home reared meats.
The Blue Ball Inn, Triscombe – 01984 618242 – Situated at the foot of the Quantock hills, good for walkers
The Farmers Arms, Coombe Florey – 01823 432267 – Thatched pub with lovely garden.
The Rising Sun Inn, West Bagborough – 01823 432575- Village pub with chic dining.
The O’bridge, Brewers Fayre Pub, Taunton TA2 7RX – 01823 422340 – Ideal for children with soft play area and long opening hours.
Mint and Mustard – Indian Cuisine – 01823 330770 – Award winning cuisine in Taunton. Free delivery on orders over £30
Takeaways that deliver to Mill Meadow (a small delivery charge is usually made)
Open Rice – Chinese – 01823 288877 - £1 charge www.open-rice.co.uk
Rajpoot – Tandoori – 01823 279300 – See leaflet for details. www.rajpoottaunton.com
Domino’s Pizza – 01823 259999 – Free Delivery. www.dominos.co.uk
Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, TA2 8PD – Box office 01823 414141
The Wellsprings Centre Cheddon Rd, Taunton TA2 7QP 01823 271271
Also ask about amateur productions and village events
There are many local walks from your lodge a local area map and OS maps are in your lodge, you’re welcome to use these but please leave for future guests. The Quantocks offer many great walks. The Macmillan Way West across the Quantock Hills and The Coleridge Way offers a wonderful walking experience. More details can be found on the internet or just ask us.
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Local Places of Interest
Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddon Fitzpaine,TA2 8LG – 01823 413923 - A must for a visit, easy to walk or cycle from Mill Meadow – Please see leaflet in your lodge.
Fyne Court, Broomfield, TA5 2EQ – (01823 652400) – National Trust and Somerset Wildlife Trust. Pleasure grounds of pioneer 19th-century electrician, Andrew Cross, now a nature reserve. Headquarters of Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty also has a Visitor's Centre for the lovely Quantocks countryside.
West Somerset Steam Railway – Please see separate information
The Museum of Somerset – Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, TA1 4AA.
01823 255088 firstname.lastname@example.org
Somerset Heritage Centre – Brunel Way, Langford Mead. Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton TA2 6SF
01823 337600 email@example.com
Enmore Park Golf Club, Enmore, TA5 2AN -01278 672100
Vivary Park Municipal Golf Club, Vivary Park, Taunton, TA1 3JW - 01823 289274
Oake Manor Golf Club, Oake, TA4 1BA – 01823 461993
Countryside Code www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk
There are five sections of The Countryside Code dedicated to helping members of the public respect, protect and enjoy the countryside. Follow the links below for more information.
Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs
Leave gates and property as you find them
Protect plants and animals and take your litter home
Keep dogs under close control
Consider other people
We try and recycle as much waste as we can at Mill Meadow and there is a sorting guide available in your lodge. In Woodpecker, Kingfisher, Robins, Flycatcher and Cuckoo lodges the recycling bins are in the utility rooms and for Swallows Barn and House Martins there are external bin stores.
We recycle food waste in Somerset and at Mill Meadow we also compost vegetable matter so please do not put food waste in the black bin bag, but please use the brown bins and special composting bags provided. Each lodge also has a rubbish bin or wheelie bin for waste that cannot be recycled.
We do have a lot of badgers around the site so please make sure bins are closed.
We appreciate your support with our recycling policy.
Well-behaved pets are always welcome. However please help us by keeping pets on the ground floor in the property by using the stair gate provided. Please also keep pets off the beds and sofas. Please do not leave pets unattended in the lodges at any time. We ask you to bring dog towels to help keep them clean and dry inside, but we have plenty if you forget.
Please also keep pets on a lead at all times when outside the property for the safety of your pet and respect for other guests. Pick up after your pet in all areas of Mill Meadow.
If you would like some information on local, short walks please ask.
Within and neighbouring Mill Meadow you will discover an extensive and varied cross section of native flora and fauna.
The landscaped areas within Mill Meadow are designated wildlife areas carefully managed to provide valuable habitat for common and protected species, so we ask that you please respect these areas from a discreet distance and sit back and observe the beauty that nature offers.
Please show consideration to other guests and our neighbours by keeping noise levels outside your lodge, especially on the decking and hot tub areas, to a minimum after 11.30pm.
High Heeled Shoes
In our wooden lodges we ask that certain footwear is not worn upstairs please.
As we are committed to our Green Policy we ask that lights and appliances be turned off when not in use or when you go out.
Normally we will be available when you leave but if not please lock the lodge and place the keys in the mailbox at Reception.
Comments from our guests are always welcome either in our visitor’s book in the lodges or on our Facebook page, which is Mill Meadow Eco-Homes. Some of our lodges are also listed on Trip Advisor. Feedback and suggestions are very important to us and we are always looking for ways to improve and make the experience of our guests more enjoyable.
Previous guests have made the following comments:
“The use of a BBQ please”……………… We have BBQ’s available on request.
“Salt and Pepper please” ………….. We have placed both salt and pepper mills and ordinary salt and pepper in our lodges.
“Hand Soap by the bathroom sinks please”………….. We have placed ”Ecover” soap in each bathroom, but please leave it for other guests after your departure.
“Could we have a full-length mirror please”……………We have a freestanding, full-length mirror available, used by many of our brides.
For our young guests we provide free travel cots and highchairs.
Problems & Observations
We want you to enjoy your stay so if you have any concerns please notify us immediately so that we can deal with them promptly.
Before you leave us
We ask that when your stay with us is over you leave the lodge tidy and let us know if there has been anything broken or damaged.
White towels we provided as well as bath mats, tea towels and oven gloves, if any of these items are not used, to save unnecessary washing please leave on the bedside table or chest of drawers and PLEASE TAKE CARE WITH MAKE UP AND FAKE TAN ON OUR TOWELS AND BEDDING AS WE MAY HAVE TO PASS EXRA WASHING COSTS ON TO YOU. ALSO TAKE CARE IF YOU DO NEED TO WASH OUR BEDDING OR TOWELS. PLEASE KEEP THE WHITES SEPARATE FROM COLOURED GARMENTS – THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.
Whatever the occasion is that brings you to Mill Meadow and to Somerset, it is important to us that you enjoy your stay with “the summer people” so please let us know if there is something specific you would like to know.
We would strongly recommend that you go to www.visitsomerset.co.uk and www.visit-exmoor.co.uk where you will find useful information to help you make the most of your visit.
We hope you enjoy your stay at Mill Meadow and in Somerset and please tell your family and friends about us too!