The Pippins is a spacious detached bungalow nestled in a quiet spot between the hills and the sea, thus enjoying a lovely mild micro-climate. Here you will be ideally placed to explore the unique, historic and diverse landscape of West Somerset at any time of year... more
The Bramleys is an ideal base whether you wish to explore or relax and enjoy the surroundings; not far from the Quantocks, the Brendon Hills or Exmoor National Park it is a lovely comfortable cottage to come home to at the end of the day... more
'Cleeve' means cliff or hill; the village was once simply called Cleeve but became known as Old Cleeve to differentiate between nearby site of Cleeve Abbey in Washford, which was a monastery founded in the late 12th century as a house for monks. Today Cleeve Abbey is looked after by English Heritage and is open to the public; it is one of the best-preserved medieval Cistercian monastic sites in Britain.
The parish church sited in the village of Old Cleeve also dates from the 12th century and has been awarded Grade I listed status.
The West Somerset Railway is a steam operated heritage railway and runs very near to Old Cleeve, passing over Black Monkey Bridge, which was built around 1860. Old Cleeve was also near the route of the West Somerset Mineral Railway which ran from the ironstone mines in the Brendon Hills to the port of Watchet on the Bristol Channel.
Between Old Cleeve and Watchet is Cleeve Hill a site of Special Scientific Interest as it contains two species of plant which are nationally rare in Great Britain, Nit-grass (Gastridium ventricosum) and Rough Marsh-mallow (Althaea hirsuta).
A steam train on the West Somerset Railway passing Old Cleeve