Stoke Edith Station was built by the West Midland Railway Company, at the behest of Lady Emily Foley of the Stoke Edith Estate, in 1861. Lady Emily had given the ribbon of land that ran through the estate to the company, subject to certain terms and covenants.. One of these was that a station (to be called Stoke Edith Station) would be built for her use, and that the train would be obliged to stop there on request whenever the Foleys or their guests wished to travel! This was done and the station remained in general use for over 100 years. The station's heyday was between the 1870's and the Edwardian era when trains would bring in farm machinery and supplies, teams of labourers during harvest time, and droves of hop pickers from Bristol, London and the Valleys who would spend their working holidays camped on the river banks. And the trains would leave packed with sheep and cattle, wheat and barley, beans, timber and famously the world beating hops and apples which thrived and still thrive on the deep and rich alluvial soils around the river Frome. Doomed as soon as the roads were sealed with tarmac and more convenient bus and lorry transport arrived after the First World War, the station staggered on (largely now for passengers) into the 1960's before becoming one of the thousands of rural stations to fall under the axe of the Beeching Report and was finally closed in 1965.
We have pork, burgers and sausages from Neil Powell;
Bread from Peter Cook;
Ciders from Greggs Pit and Bartestree Cider;
Beer from the Hop Shed;
Craft items from Monohandmade and Woodnwool;
Cakes and mince pies from Danielle Jones.
Covid-19 Notice for Guests
Our promise to you:
Regardless of a global pandemic, our properties are always cleaned to a very high standard throughout. Now, in light of the current situation, we are following the latest Government approved cleaning protocol, as advised by the Professional Association of Self-Caterers (PASC), and have prepared a Covid-specific Risk Assessment which can be viewed on request. For your reassurance, please find a copy of our Cleaning Checklist attached to this notice, which details all parts of our cleaning process.
We will also be regularly gathering all the information we can about where you can go out to eat and what local attractions are open as booking in advance will be crucial. This will be especially important for Restaurants and Pubs, as well as many take-a-ways needing advance orders to allocate collection slots. If you require any of this information please don't hesitate to ask.
What we ask of our guests:
The extra workload put on our cleaners means the time available to them is even more valuable during the changeover and so it would be very helpful if, on the day of departure, guests could complete the following:
1. Strip all bedding and bag it up in the white linen sacks provided
2. Open all windows to allow fresh air to circulate - unless it’s raining or likely to rain! 3. Bag up all rubbish and place in the correct outside bins provided
In addition to this, we respectfully ask that during any face-to-face interaction with your host, neighbours or the general public, you maintain social distancing whenever possible (2m is still the aim, but of course 1m+ has now been introduced for those times where 2m is simply not possible).
Covid-19 Specific Changes to What we Offer:
In light of the Covid guidelines released this year, aimed at reducing risk to guests, hosts & the general public, we have had to make a few changes to what we would normally offer/supply to our guests. These are as follows:
Tea, coffee & condiments - rather than leaving fully stocked caddies/mills with these available, for hygiene purposes we are instead just providing a handful of unopened sachets of each tea, coffee, white sugar, brown sugar salt & pepper. To save wastage (unused sachets will need to be thrown away), we aim to “under supply” these, with contact-free top ups available on request.
Children’s toys - given how tactile children are, forever putting things in their mouths, we have taken the decision to not provide the usual children’s toys for now, to avoid any potential risk - these are not the easiest of things to clean beyond doubt, so we feel it’s not worth the risk.
Glasses, crockery, kitchen kit etc. - in light of all the additional cleaning/sanitising required, for now, we are aiming to provide a less than normal level of these sort of items, so the cupboards may look a little bare! They will be at least two sets of all the essentials, and again, contact-free resupplying is possible on request.