near Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
Thank you for booking this Landmark and we hope that you enjoy your stay
here. The income we receive from your booking pays for the repair and
maintenance of the building, thus allowing us to preserve it for the enjoyment
of those who follow you.
To arrange to get into the Landmark, it is very important that you call the Housekeeper at least 48 hours before you are due to arrive. [...] Early evening is generally the best time to call.
Please do not arrive before 4pm on the first day of your booking. The Housekeeper will have prepared Woodspring Priory for you, and we hope and expect that you will leave it as clean and tidy as you can when you leave. On the last day PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE LEFT THE BUILDING ENTIRELY BEFORE 11am, leaving it secure and returning the key as directed by the Housekeeper. If you do not leave on time, this makes the Housekeeper’s task extremely difficult. If you leave on an earlier day, please let her know.
Woodspring Priory (OS map reference ST343663), is three miles north of Weston-super-Mare, and 20 miles south-west of Bristol.
It is essential to bring at least two working torches; access after dark could be difficult or impossible without them.
To reach Woodspring Priory leave the M5 at Junction 21, and take the A370 towards Weston-super-Mare. Almost immediately bear left, signposted Worle and Kewstoke. Follow this road over the top of the A370 and continue straight ahead until you see traffic lights, move into the right hand lane. (ahead is Homebase) Go through traffic lights following signs to Kewstoke and Sand Bay, keeping Homebase and McDonald’s on your left.
Continue straight ahead over three roundabouts, following signs to Kewstoke, until you reach the Old Manor Inn on the right. IMMEDIATELY after the Inn turn right into Newton Road. (there is a small brown sign to Woodspring Priory here) After 100
yards you reach a crossroads (stop here; there are no warning signs). Go straight across and then continue straight ahead for nearly two miles until you reach the first entrance gateway into Woodspring Priory. Go through the gateway, and drive on for about 400 yards. Ignore the ‘car park’ signs, and bear left, passing a house on your right. Continue, with a stone wall on your right. At the first opportunity turn right, and then go straight ahead across a cattle grid. The parking space and entrance are 50 yards down this road, on the right, immediately before the road bends to the right.
Park on the cobbled area. To get into the Landmark, go through the small door to the left of the big arch, and then along the side of the building with the garden on your right. The entrance door is the second on the left.
Parking: is on the cobbled area on the right alongside the priory wall. Parking is limited, with space for only two or three cars, depending on their size. Please do not use the curator’s space (marked), or block the roadway.
Public Transport: Weston-super-Mare station (five miles) has regular services from Bristol, Exeter, and London, and occasional trains to York, Leeds and Reading.
Woodspring Priory has one double and three twin bedrooms, all on the first floor. Please contact the Housekeeper if you will need the folding cot. This is suitable for children up to two years old; we provide a mattress but no bedding.
There is gas central heating. There are also open fires in the sitting room and the kitchen. The cooker uses gas. The cost of fuel for heating and cooking is included in the price, but please use this sparingly to keep our costs (and prices) down. Fuel for the open fire is not included, but can be bought locally.
Well-behaved dogs are welcome, if booked with us in advance. Please keep them under control at all times, clear up any mess they make, both inside and out, and especially never allow them on beds or furniture.
There is enough crockery and cutlery for two extra people. However, the building must not be used to entertain others beyond that number, and the number sleeping in it should never exceed eight.
We provide sheets, pillowcases, towels, tea towels, and blankets. An equipment list is attached.
Our buildings were made to the standards of earlier ages, often without the intention that they should be lived in. Consequently, you may encounter features that reflect their particular characteristics, but which deserve due care and attention, particularly for the young, elderly, less mobile or visually impaired. Examples of these are steps worn with age or with narrow treads, uneven surfaces, low doors, ceilings and beams, unexpected drops and changes of level, and (by modern standards) low or absent lighting. In all cases we have sought to make a sensible compromise between due regard for safety and the careful retention of the character of each building, which makes it an interesting place to stay.
Even familiar things, for example; polished floors and stairs, hot water temperature, open fires and hot stoves, can differ from home and so surprise the unwary, particularly the very young. We ask you to appreciate and use the building in the same spirit of care, and recommend you read the Information and Advice folder on arrival, to familiarise yourself with the building and its surroundings.
The Information & Advice folder in the Landmark gives essential information about the building and local amenities, including shops for provisions. The nearest Tourist Information Centre is in Weston-super-Mare, (01934) 641741.
It is possible to have gourmet meal kits delivered to this Landmark from leapingsalmon.com (Tuesday to Friday). Please see enclosed leaflet for further details. When you order your meal kit you will need to quote the address and postcode for this building which is BS22 9YU.
If you have ordered wine or a meal kit to be delivered, it will usually be placed in the kitchen. If you cannot find it, it will be go through the entrance gateway as if you were going into the house, then, through the garden and the archway into the second garden. If there is a problem, please call leapingsalmon on 0870 701 9100 (Monday to Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am - 6pm) or Berry Bros & Rudd on 0870 900 4300 (Monday to Friday 9am till 6pm, Saturday l0am till 4pm).
Landmarks do not have postal deliveries, and mail sent to them may not reach you.
In an emergency you may call our Regional Manager Mrs Sheila Nicholson. [...] In exceptional circumstances urgent messages may be left with the Housekeeper, but please do not ask our staff to do this otherwise, since they may live several miles away.
Please be appreciative of neighbours and anyone else you meet, since they
may have to coexist with Landmark visitors 365 days a year!
We hope you enjoy your stay.
Special Note: There is a public footpath to the sea from the car park on the road just before you reach the Priory. If you wish to walk directly from the Priory to the ridge above and the sea, it is essential to ask the farmer first (the farmhouse is beyond the farmyard, not the cottage beside the Priory). He may well agree to this, but (understandably) he does not like to be taken for granted!
Fuel for the Open Fires:
It may be possible to purchase this through our Housekeeper, please ask her when you make arrangements for collecting the keys.
We suggest that you look through this list before you arrive in case there is anything which is not on the list and which you especially feel you need:
Carving knife, fork and steel
4 knives: chopping, serrated, and 2 cook’s
Salt and pepper pots
2 Sandwich tins
Set of kitchen implements
Sink top dish drainer
3 Storage canisters
PLASTIC AND POLYTHENE
Loo paper (one roll per WC)
Soft and hard brooms
Washing-up brush or mop
WE DO NOT PROVIDE
Food of any kind
Hot water bottles
Fuel for open fires or stoves
Axes or saws
US/Continental electrical adapters
The largest Landmarks may have more than this. We provide crockery and cutlery and glasses for as many people as there are beds, plus two further sets in case you invite others for a meal. If you need fuel for fires or stoves, please ask the Housekeeper in advance how you can obtain this.
The beds will be made up with sheets and pillowcases (duvets on bunk beds).
There will normally be two pillows and four blankets for each bed. If there is a
cot (see overleaf), there will be a mattress but no bedding. We provide one hand
towel and one bath towel (these are bath towels, not the larger ‘bath sheets’)
for as many people as there are beds. There will be a limited supply of tea
towels (drying-up cloths), but you may wish to bring more.
Please let the Housekeeper know about any breakages, or if anything is missing or goes wrong during your stay. She may well be able to solve a problem quickly.
There is a green Logbook in which you can record your visit and pass on to future visitors anything of interest you have discovered in the area or in the building.
If you have any comments on anything to do with the Landmark, please send us the Comments and Suggestions Form from the green folder (don’t write them in the Logbook, which we won’t see!)
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