The Old Signal Box Wellow

A heritage-rich, pet-friendly artist’s retreat with a relaxing sauna, beautifully secluded amongst chocolate-box countryside in a Somerset village that’s close to the iconic city of Bath.
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Bathrooms: 1.5
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights

One of Somerset’s loveliest rural villages, Wellow also forms part of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and is recognised for its special architectural and historic interest.

Fittingly, it’s here that you’ll discover The Old Signal Box, which is one of the last of its kind on the former Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway – a true piece of history.

Lovingly restored with plenty of cheer, creativity, and colour, the unique retreat was once owned by Sir Peter Blake, a renowned artist who designed the cover for The Beatles’ iconic album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Oh… and did we mention that the bathroom comes with its very own sauna?

There’s a bright and beautiful kingsize bedroom to curl up in, and a second bedroom in the charming garden shepherd’s hut – perfect for guests who prefer a little more privacy, or just another cosy place to curl up with a good book.

You’ll find the scenic, sumptuous original Signal Box lounge (and former painting studio) gainfully equipped with a soft-glowing woodburning stove and stirring views of the rolling Wellow Valley. Meanwhile, the luxurious kitchen/diner is ideal for long chats over hearty home-cooked meals and a few glasses of wine.

Head to the bathroom for a sauna session, or a languorous soak among scented bubbles… the double-ended bath means you won’t even have to wait your turn! There’s a large shower cubicle, too, which is handy for freshening up in after a long and lovely country walk.

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At a glance

  • A historic former signal box and celebrated artist’s retreat, secluded in the Somerset village of Wellow, close to the city of Bath.
  • The retreat sleeps up to four guests in the kingsize bedroom, and a separate shepherd’s hut in a private garden space.
  • Delights include a luxurious bathroom with its own sauna, and a sumptuous lounge in the original signal box, with a wood-burning stove and the most beautiful views over the Wellow Valley.
  • There is a friendly, food-serving pub just a few minutes’ walk away, and plenty of country trails to explore right from the doorstep.
  • Explore the village’s many heritage sites, or head into Bath or Frome for shops, restaurants, and more sightseeing!


  • Dog Friendly


Passageway with garden access, leading to master kingsize bedroom with TV and floor-to-ceiling windows. Stairs to bathroom with sauna, double-ended bath, large shower cubicle, towels provided. Kitchen/diner with table and chairs, appliances, cooking equipment, washing machine. Cloakroom with WC, timber stairs to original signal box lounge with seating and wood-burning stove. Garden shepherd’s hut with double bed. Lawned garden area and patio with seating, free parking.

Local Activities

Walking, cycling, nature-watching, picnic spots, historic sites, shops, pubs, restaurants

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Don’t feel like wandering too far? The local pub is just up the hill, all ready to offer you an irresistibly warm welcome and a mouth-watering food menu. If you’ve brought your dog along for a well-deserved break too, there are some tempting footpaths just outside the door, leading you into some truly idyllic countryside.

You could also explore the nearby Hinton Hill and Cleaves Wood Sites of Special Scientific Interest, pack a picnic and find a beautiful spot by Wellow Brook, or pay a visit to the Grade I listed, 12th century Church of St. Julian.

Make your way into the rare double-inscribed World Heritage Site that is the city of Bath for even more unique and fascinating culture, or spend a day discovering the delights of nearby Frome, a town built on the Mendip Hills.

Once named by The Sunday Times as the best place to live in the South West, here you’ll find plenty of independent shops and eateries to while away your time in, until it’s time to head back to The Old Signal Box to catch the golden sun sinking over that timelessly beautiful valley.

Things to note

Well-behaved pets are also welcome to stay. There are discounts for long and late stays. Get in touch for more details.

Where you'll be staying

Wellow, Somerset

What the guests of The Old Signal Box Wellow say

“Really beautiful quirky space to spend a few days away. I took my two dogs and there was a lovely walk, starting just outside the front door. The village and the surrounding countryside is so lovely and there’s a cute pub at the end of the drive to the property. Gemma was really helpful and responsive and also gave me some great recommendations for the local area!”

“Very nice and quirky place to stay. Plenty of space and the bathroom was incredible. We had our dog with us and the wood floors and rustic furniture were very well suited to pets. the village was lovely and there were nice walks to do straight from the front door. Definitely would stay again.”

“A gorgeous, quirky place to stay . Beautiful views , warm and cosy . Loved all the artefacts dotted around the property . Lovely pub a minute away. Discovered the delights of Frome and the vintage markets.”

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