Burrowbridge is a small attractive village on the banks of the Parrett River in Somerset, and is home to just over five hundred people. It's surrounded by picturesque countryside in the heart of the Somerset Levels and has a fascinating history which reaches as far back as Neolithic and Roman times. The village is dominated by the impressive Burrow Mump which commands the skyline and is where the Saxon King of burnt cake fame, Alfred, took refuge when Viking Invaders arrived. The Mump saw further activity when Royalist troops came here during the bloody Civil War in 1645. Today will find the dramatic ruins of the Medieval St Michael's which stands on the site of an earlier Saxon church.
Walkers are drawn to the village where riverside walks and a network of footpaths and cycle tracks are plentiful. Close to the bridge which spans the River Parrett is a welcoming pub serving excellent food and real ale.
Rosewood House has been a family home to the current owners, Catherine and Ken Tucker, for 20 years. Originally a farm house dating back to the mid 19th century, it became a centre for growing willow and producing baskets - an industry that is still thriving in the area. The house retains much of its original character whilst enjoying the comforts of modern living.
As soon as we arrived at Rosewood House we were made to feel really welcome with tea and cakes in the garden. The house has a homely feel about it and our room was very comfortable. It was so nice to wake up and have a full english breakfast made with good quality local ingredients and then have a strole along the river bank taking in the view of Burrow Mump. A meal at the local pub is also highly recommended.
Lynne Johnson on 29th September 2011