The boys have been learning about the War at school, so what better reason to stay in a Corrugated Cottage just outside Glastonbury in a beautiful place called Baltonsborough.
The corrugated cottage was built in the spring of 1940 around the beginning of the Second World War when Britain felt under imminent threat of invasion. The cabin was for the Women’s Land Army who were young women working on local farms in agriculture to help the war effort. More than a third of Land Girls came from major cities, so many rural accommodations had to be built and this is one of them. It’s also one of the reasons I fell in love with it as my Nan was one of the courageous Land Girls.
We stayed with Michael and Mary in another of their fabulously quirky properties in Bellac, France. It truly is, much like this one here in the UK, a fantastic place to stay.
The attention to detail in this property is incredible. Recreated in the style of the 1940s with authentic details such as forties enamelled range with back boiler, forties utility furniture and Bakelite switches and plugs. The kitchen includes an original fifties sink, larder and fridge with a modern electric hob and microwave for comfort, but cleverly disguised to fit in with the decor.
The design doesn’t stop when you reach the bathroom either, featuring a claw-foot roll-top bath and toilet with an overhead cistern.
In the lounge, you can enjoy the wonderfully retro record player and a selection of LPs from the World War II era, which offered such nostalgia.
The Corrugated Cottage is situated next to the owner’s property. However, it is totally separate with its own large garden area plus access to say “hello” to the pigs in the morning. The garden includes tables and chairs for alfresco dining and enjoying the view of the rolling hills. As well as an Anderson shelter which the kids used as their hideaway den during the day while we relaxed.
We had such a wonderful time here, and the “digital detox break” made it perfect for family bonding. The kids didn’t moan about not having an Xbox, an iPad or a laptop and although we had access to Wifi at The Corrugated Cottage, we hardly used it other than to get directions for our next adventure. Whether that was checking out the caves at Wookey Hole or enjoying the day on the beach in Lyme Regis. The best bit after all our experiences though? It was coming back here, to our cottage that was full of character and also full of surprises.