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Viola | Luxury Self-Catering House with Pool | Butleigh, Glastonbury


Butleigh, Glastonbury, Somerset, UK

Between the rolling hills of bucolic Somerset near Glastonbury lies a luxury country house of two wildly different personalities. A Jekyll and Hyde of elegance and chinking chandeliers on one side, and a dark, heart-racing cave where escapism is the name of the game on the other, Viola is a luxury self-catering home to satisfy all. With a heated swimming pool, Formula 1 racing simulators, tennis court and hot tub; this home is hedonism embodied.


After years of sailing the seven seas on a catamaran with the family in tow, Viola was the only welcome back to dry land that could possibly satisfy that roaming itch for the now-owners. Settled within 11 acres of pastoral paradise in the quiet Somerset village of Butleigh near Glastonbury, life at this self-catering country home was designed to be fun. While the self-proclaimed “man cave” offers opportunity en masse for thrilling flight and racing simulations, it’s time peacefully spent in the gardens which one remembers forever.


Cream and brandy hues create a natural and calming ambience, while wood beams and chandeliers give this luxe country home a French feel. Viola will entertain all, and while both big and little children in the group will race to get to the F1 and aeroplane simulators first, others can quietly while away the day with a good book or film in the arms of a soft leather sofa. For those who feel most at home in the kitchen, the garden has herbs and vegetables aplenty to cook the party a storm, while six luxury bedrooms offer the sweetest slumber imaginable.


A sunrise dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool, a glass of red wine as the moon climbs out of the Mendip Hills and a quiet supper for two in the lake house, coy carp gently swishing beneath the surface; there isn’t a single spot within Viola’s grounds which isn’t surrounded in bliss. Wander the three-hole golf course or row across the lake on lazy afternoons and when the light fades, sink into the welcoming Jacuzzi with flutes of chilled, freshly poured Champagne.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 12 guests
    From £8,995 per week, £6,995 per short break
    Day hire options are available
  • Alternative group optionUp to 8 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOn the ground floor can be found one double bedroom with a super king-size bed. Ascending to the first floor we find two double bedrooms with super king-size beds and en suite shower rooms, one double bedroom with a king-size bed, one further double bedroom, and finally the master double bedroom with an emperor-size bed and en suite bathroom with separate steam shower. There is also one ground floor shower room, one first floor family bathroom with handheld shower, and a WC on the ground floor.
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  • FeaturesSpa Jacuzzi, sauna, swimming pool, plunge pool, a lake, two full motion Formula 1 racing simulators (ages 14 and above only), full motion aeroplane simulator, tennis court, three hole golf course and badminton
  • PetsOne well-behaved dog is welcome or two on request
    Pets are charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 5pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyChildren aged six and above are very welcome.
  • PracticalitiesThere is private parking for all guests on site. The well-equipped kitchen includes an Aga with electric oven, fridge-freezer, wine fridge and dishwasher. Dogs are permitted in the downstairs of the house only. External areas of the house are covered by CCTV for safety reasons. Please note that the swimming pool is heated to a minimum of 23 degrees in the summer, and a fresher 21 degrees during the winter, wetsuits are recommended for children during the cooler months. Life jackets are provided. Please ensure that children and pets are supervised at all times due to the various water hazards at the property. Please note that staff members will be on-site regularly to tend to the property and grounds, however, should not disturb your stay.
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, bottle of Champagne cider, TVs in every room, 60" outdoor TV, Sky with movies and Sky Sports, Apple TV and Sonos multi-room sound system, iPad, WiFi internet, both gas and charcoal barbecues, croquet set, board games, luxury linen and towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
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Known for its legendary five-day music festival and year-round Bohemian spirit, this Somerset idyll set in green pastures is a popular market town with much to offer the visiting guest.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Viola is settled within the quiet village of Butleigh, five miles from Glastonbury.
  • By Car The property is just under three hours from London and one hour from Bristol.
  • By Train The closest train station is Castle Cary, which is nine miles or 20 minutes away by car.
  • By Air Bristol Airport is approximately one hour away by car; Heathrow two hours.

From the owner

“There are so many wonderful things about Viola, but our favourite has to be enjoying that first morning cup of coffee on the grass around the lake house, wrapped in blankets and feet swinging over the side, as the world brightens and ducks float between the lilies, chattering as they go.”

From the owner

My wife and I had always shared an ambition to buy a boat, take the kids out of school and sail off in search of new experiences, and in 2013 we hired a manager for our US based retail business, purchased a sailing catamaran and, together with our three children and black lab Buster, checked out of conventional society and set sail.

For me it was truly the most unforgettable of experiences. There was no schedule and life just moved from moment to moment. Sometimes the twins would wake up and ask “what country is this again?” and that freedom was what I felt life was all about. Alas, all good things have to come to an end and after 25 years of absence, it was time to return to England.

We settled on Butleigh because it’s just, well, fantastic! There is an extraordinary sense of community, most of which revolves around one of the best pubs in the South West, “The Rose and Port Cullis”. Then of course there’s Viola which, aside from also being close to Glastonbury, checks many other boxes, including its peacefulness, 11-acre grounds and views.

Over the years we have made several modifications and improvements to the house, but my favourite feature here, of course, is the racing simulators. 

The Mayman Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Glastonbury with an insider’s perspective.

Yeo Valley Family Farm
To Do

Yeo Valley Family Farm

The home of Yeo Valley, which has grown from a smallholding into the UK´s number one organic dairy brand, run a programme of activities to give guests a taste of life in the valley, from tours of the farm and garden to hands-on courses.

Cheddar Gorge and Caves
To See

Cheddar Gorge and Caves

One of Britian´s most spectacular natural landmarks, an impressive gorge with exceptional views and deep pinnacle and stalactite-filled caves. Cheddar Gorge is also home to caving and rock climbing centres, perfect for all ages and abilities.

Frome´s Independent Street Market
To Do

Frome´s Independent Street Market

On the first Sunday of the month between April and December, the town centre of Frome is transformed into a curated, destination street market. Stalls range from artisan food to garden flowers to antiques, designers and more.

The Rose & Portcullis
To Eat

The Rose & Portcullis

Just a short walk away from Viola is the perfect pub for any beer enthusiast. In addition to their beer and ales they offer a variety of artisan Somerset ciders, an eclectic wine list and an ever-growing selection of gins.

Guest Testimonials

I can not recommend Viola enough, it is a wonderful escape for the whole family. We loved every minute and would have stayed another month if we could. The local meat farmers shop, chicken farm up the road and the cider farm provided us with all we required. It is just a fantastic location. Unique Homestays were a delightful company to work with and aided my family to have a really wonderful time away from it all.

Peaceful perfection! Viola is a truly wonderful home, you could not ask for more. The soft mattresses and linens make bedtimes just as exciting as the day time! Well, almost! We spent time dipping between the warmth of the Jacuzzi and the fresh cleansing water of the pool. We raced for hours on the F1 simulators, snuggled in front of a film with the fire crackling and strolled around the beautiful gardens with morning coffee before retreating back to the best kitchen for the ultimate breakfast indulgence. Absolute bliss!

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