The Tin Cottage

Nr. Glastonbury, Somerset, England
Guests: 4       Wifi: available       Pets? Pets welcome (max. 2 dogs), fee applies

The Tin Cottage

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A genuine 1940s corrugated tin holiday cottage near Glastonbury in Somerset. Full of quirky vintage charm, it has WIFI, an open coal fire, and is dog friendly.

Our tin cottage was built in the spring of 1940, around the beginning of the Second World War when Britain felt under imminent threat of invasion.

This authentic cabin was built in the Spring of 1940 to house members of the Women’s Land Army - young women who came to the countryside to help with the agricultural work as many farmworkers had gone to fight. More than a third of the Land Army came from major cities so a lot of rural accommodation had to be built.

The cabin has been recreated in true 1940s style and is built out of corrugated iron with tongue and groove wood panelling inside with insulation between.

Every detail has been attended to; the furniture is a mix of ‘40s and ‘50s upcycled gems and includes some of the highly practical utility furniture built at that time, including an enamel range with back boiler and Bakelite switches and plugs.

The Anderson shelter, protected with sandbags, is a particular draw for children who love to make their den there.

The cabin stands in its own garden, within the owners’ garden but faces away from them across the Somerset levels. It has its own driveway and parking to ensure privacy.

The cottage is on the edge of a village which has a pub, primary school, village hall and church, all within walking distance across the fields or along quiet roads. A 10-minute drive gets you to Glastonbury, with its Tor and crystal shops and Street, with the retail outlet of Clark’s village.

A little further is England’s smallest cathedral city of Wells and the lovely market town of Castle Cary. The beaches of Dorset are an hour away.



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I’m increasingly enjoying holidays that are only a short distance to get to. Baltonsborough is the perfect little village, just outside Glastonbury. We live near Chepstow, so it was only an hour an...

Annie T, April 2022

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£579 (based on 2 staying)
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pets welcome (max. 2 dogs)
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(ground floor)

facilities at The Tin Cottage

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
pub nearby (walkable)
media & technology
wifi broadband available
cleaning services
washing machine
young children welcome
high chair
travel cot

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in detail

The cabin is well insulated and has both an open coal fire range and electric radiator. It has Wi-fi, but no TV connection.


Open plan, kitchen, living, dining area

  • The kitchen area includes an original 50s sink, larder and fridge, plus a modern kettle, toaster, ceramic hob and combi microwave oven.

Living area:

  • The living area has a small sofa, an armchair and a further foldable easy chair.

Dining Area

  • The dining area has a folding Formica table with 4 chairs.


  • The bathroom has an original clawfoot roll-top bath, a 1940s sink, electric towel rail and a toilet with an overhead cistern.

Bedroom (downstairs)

  • 2 single beds

Upstairs bedroom:

  • 2 single beds reached by a steep staircase and a very low doorway. The ceiling height is very low too, making it unsuitable for disabled or elderly people but brilliant for children.


  • The Anderson shelter has a small stove and is reached down steps from the lawn.
  • There is a small enclosed garden with lovely views and a garden table and 4 chairs.
  • Separate driveway and parking for at least two cars.

local area

  • Glastonbury (Abbey, Tor, independent shops) 5 miles
  • Street (Clark’s village, swimming pools) 5 miles
  • Wells (cathedral, Bishop's palace )10 miles
  • Wookey Hole Caves, 12 miles
  • Shapwick Heath reserve (wonderful murmurations of starlings) 10 miles
  • Bath (Jane Austen land) 27 miles
  • Longleat (lions and very naughty monkeys) 26 miles

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customer reviews for The Tin Cottage

I’m increasingly enjoying holidays that are only a short distance to get to. Baltonsborough is the perfect little village, just outside Glastonbury. We live near Chepstow, so it was only an hour and a half to get to. The Tin Cottage is a privilege to stay in. Warm, comfy, and of course, a bit like living in a vintage museum room set, it really got me thinking about tiny homes, and how small spaces can be perfect. Id willingly live here, with its garden enclosed for my little dog, strolling down to the tiny wood at the bottom of the garden to watch the sun set by the Tor. In the meantime, I’ll just console myself with rebooking. Thank you Mary and Michael.

- Annie T,
April 2022

Bijoux bolthole. Ideal for wrinkly tin afficionados and lovers of all thingsthings vintage. Good for dogs but bring wellingtons in winter as the footpaths get very muddy. Don't miss the pains au chocolate at the village bakery, open every day usually from 8

- Roger S,
March 2022

We had a perfect weekend and loved how quirky the cottage was . We particularly enjoyed the cosy fire in the evenings. Be aware that there is no double bed. The cottage is close to Ham Wall nature reserve and lots of lovely historic churches to explore.

- Lesley R,
February 2022

What a wonderful place to stay! We were booked to stay over Valentine's Day, but Covid restrictions meant that could not go ahead, so we booked for Christmas. On the website the hut looks amazing, however when we arrived it took our breath away! Very comfortable, very warm, very quirky, wonderful.

- Stephen clarke ,
December 2021

We had a brilliant time at this unique cabin! The authenticity makes the stay exciting and memorable. The cabin had everything we needed - equipped with a great kitchen, records and comfy beds.

- Debbie B,
November 2021

We have stayed at a few UTT properties over the years, all of which could be described as 'quirky', however, the Land Girls' Cabin takes the crown. We were very excited to be staying there, but it surpassed all our expectations - it was so peaceful, and so cosy and we felt completely immersed in the era, surrounded as we were by all the period details and memorabilia. There were just enough mod cons to make it comfortable - a hob, electric kettle and toaster, fridge/freezer - while still providing an authentic experience. We particularly enjoyed relaxing with the large choice of books while listening to WW2 music on the 'wireless', listening to the tawny owl in the woods, lying in the bath looking up at the trees, walking through the woods to admire the sunsets and the Tor, evenings spent playing Beggar my neighbour and Happy Families and, of course, the visits from the very well behaved Dunstan, who stole our hearts! We were touched by the welcoming gifts of homemade shortbread, ale and ginger ale for our 11 year old - very apt as we were having a thoroughly Famous Five trip - and charmed by the little touches around the cabin to discover. I'm only disappointed that it was too cosy to light the fire - not once did we feel cold.

- Mrs lynn williamson ,
September 2021

We stayed here and could not recommend this enough. The Cabin is almost an art installation in the style of the times. The Cabin is warm and very cosy, is well situated, has a wonderful garden and very welcoming and generous hosts.

- Joanne T,
May 2021

We had a really fantastic stay in this very special little cottage. My children felt fully immersed in history and loved every minute. The cabin was warm and cosy and had everything we needed for our stay and lots of little extra touches that we appreciated. The beds were warm and comfortable and the views and atmosphere perfect.

- Tamzin H,
April 2021

Mary and Michael have created something wonderful and unique with this cottage. It is crammed with fascinating memorabilia - we particularly loved the old magazines and newspapers. The outdoor space is beautiful, with vines, figs, apples and herbs as well as the amazing Andersen shelter, the pigs at the bottom of the garden, and visits from the adorable dog Dunstan (a highlight). It's also in the middle of a beautiful part of England with many wonderful walks and towns and villages to visit. Just a note: The cabin is very comfortable, solid, and warm, with modern conveniences like mains sockets, WiFi and a ceramic hob cleverly camouflaged among the 1940s decor. But it is nevertheless a fairly authentic space - so if things like a modern shower, dishwasher, full-size oven, freezer etc are important to you on your holiday, this may not be the best choice.

- Roz C,
August 2020

Unique accommodation in a lovely location which is excellent for nice country walks. We enjoyed our stay very much.

- James S,
August 2020

We absolutely loved our stay at the Land Girls Cottage. Absolutely delightful cosy cottage filled with amazing care and attention to detail. Comfy beds, well stocked and a great big bath. The view from the garden is breath taking and provided just the break we needed. There was a suprise added bonus of Dunstan the dog and a family of pigs who we loved and were the cherry on the homemade 1940s cake. We will definitely come back and thanks for being such great hosts.

- Ryan E,
July 2020

Hi we had a fabulous time in this time capsule. Our children have been studying WWII at school and this weekend really brought history to life for them. So many little details - including the little mice poking out of their skirting board holes! Thank you for having us

- Lynne B,
February 2020

We thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend in the corrugated cottage and only wish I’d been able to be there longer! Me and my partner love anything vintage and period and this place is very well done, with just enough modern touches (modern electric kettle!) to make it very comfortable too. We had a coal fire going pretty much the whole weekend, tried to get the oven section going but think we must have missed a baffle or heat switch somewhere! What a lovely place Glastonbury is too, well worth leaving the cottage for an afternoon :)

- Emma G,
November 2019

Excellent cottage holiday. Skilful restoration of cabin including wonderful collection of domestic items all around the time of the Second World War. Children and adults spent hours looking at the memorabilia. Other places to visit are near but we only went out once. Our host and friendly dog got it just right. Cosy fire, garden and woods.

- Nancy M,
October 2019

This has been a huge success! Helen loved the cabin, the environment and the village. Her family, likewise. It was a first holiday for her two granddaughters, 2 and 4, and they adored it! Helen was very impressed with the fine attention to period detail, and especially what the girls called “ the singing loopaper”. A wonderful gem of a place.

- Helen M,
August 2019

The Land Girls Cabin is an absolute treasure trove. In a beautiful location, it’s cosy and quirky, and every corner is filled with vintage trinkets to explore. We were so sad to leave early as our little girl was unwell, but the owners could not have been more welcoming and helpful, and as I said to them - we cannot wait to come back one day and make the most of the little cabin.

- Claire P,
July 2019

Delightful cottage and peaceful location, the cottage has everything you need, listened to chiff chaffs and green woodpecker in the morning and lovely and cosy next to the fire in the evening. We throughly enjoyed our weekend stay so much so my mum is planning on coming back for her 80th birthday in July!

- Annie S,
April 2019

What a place, this was a great cottage with lots of ww2 memorabilia that the owner has collected or bought from charity/Car boot sales. The owners were really lovely & we had such fun. We even dressed up as land girls. Recommend this place if you like qwerky places.

- Claire A,
October 2018

Absolutely beautiful nostalgic cottage and bunker. Highly recommended. Very comfortable and unique.

- Bria C,
November 2017

A lovely simple, cosy and nostalgic stay. All necessary conveniences and very warm. Lots of hot water for a hot bubble bath after those local walks across the levels. Good location for seeing lots that's great about somerset.

- Jane gould ,
May 2017

What an amazing little cottage, it was like having a holiday in a different era! We stayed in winter so were able to make full use of the open fire which kept everything very cosy. The period features are outstanding and the owners have an excellent eye for detail, it was a pleasure to stay back in the forties (luckily without any air raids) We would recommend this to anybody who wants to get away from the modern world for a relaxing break.

- Lisa hunt ,
April 2017

Just the place for an evocative and interesting yet relaxing stay. My boys loved it, the large garden, piglets, Dunston the dog, making a fire in the Anderson shelter, listening to 40s tunes on the record player...Lots to see in the area, we only scratched the surface, we will be back soon I hope

- Catrin P,
April 2017

Myself and my 9 year old daughter (and old Labrador) spent an enchanting three nights at the Land Girls Cottage. We felt as if we'd been transported back in time and spent hours exploring the delightful details of this wonderful cottage. We didn't venture too far (apart from an amazing Flea Market at Shepton Mallet) as we couldn't tear ourselves away from passing the time in this quirky cottage and garden. We took some local walks with the dog and it's a stunning area to explore. The cottage owners (who live next door) are fantastically welcoming and took my daughter off to feed their pet sheep and pigs - she felt like a proper land girl. Only downside - we wish we'd stayed longer and had chance to explore a bit more.

- Rachel owen ,
February 2017

Really quirky and great fun. There's lots to look at and discover throughout the cottage. We went for Mum's birthday and she said it was a fantastic experience she'd never forget.

- Billy G,
January 2017

Couldn't have asked for a sweeter place to stay! Our children loved this place and it was really good for accomodating dogs with fields and a garden on the doorstep. I wish we could have had longer. I would definitely recommend!

- Mrs e e o'callaghan ,
December 2016

What an enchanting place! We loved stepping back in time and discovering all the vintage paraphernalia this place is packed with. My little boy loved the attic room and the old viewfinders, plus the Andersen shelter was a big hit! Visiting the pigs at the bottom of the garden to feed them our scraps was a highlight for me, though I was sad at the thought of what was going to happen to them... Loved the surrounding areas, really enjoyed our dog walks at nearby Coombe Hill woods. The Land Girls' House has been added to our list of UTT places to revisit!

- Oliver liria ,
November 2016

We loved the land girls house - it is a perfect 1940s time capsule,it was warm and cosy,and a most relaxing easy place to stay.Highly recommended for a "girls" get together.completely different and really good fun.

- Penelope preston ,
October 2016

Beautiful, peaceful location and great for exploring the local area. The hut is amazing! The attention to detail is brilliant- we kept discovering more hidden gems. The Anderson shelter was great fun. The owners were great and left a food parcel which was really appreciated. We also loved visiting and feeding the nearby pigs. This holiday hut provides unique accommodation with great historical details. Highly recommended.

- Sandra C,
August 2016

We loved staying at the Land Girls' house. Our two girls (5 and 8 y) adored their little bedroom and all the little secrets hidden around the house. We listened to Elvis on the record player, kept warm by the fire, and had a wonderful time. We ate outside once, if we'd had sunnier weather we'd have eaten outside more often as the view was lovely. Highly recommended!

- Polly field ,
May 2016

We had a perfect long weekend in the Land Girls House back in March. Surprise birthday away for the two of us plus dog, and really couldn't have asked for a more fun, cute, unique and comfy few days. Loved exploring the little details of the cottage, playing board games in front of the stove and watching woodpeckers tapping away in the woods adjacent to the garden. Beautiful, easy walking from the door, and a real feeling of cosyness that is rare in holiday rentals. Very much recommended!

- Owen fagtongpun-whit... ,
April 2016

We were only there for two nights, but wish we could have stayed longer. The place is a gem - everything themed 40s/50s. My modern kids loved discovering the record player “What’s *that*?!”. Cosy, quirky and a real treat.

- Fiona M,
April 2016

Lovely tin cottage, amazing decor inside. Loved the open fire, vintage larder and record player. Kids loved their "room in the attic" and having their own little den. Would recommend.

- Fatina L,
March 2016

What a wonderful experience. We were only there for a few days but in that time we were totally blow over with how the person who put the cottage together had made everything 1940 s. If you want a relaxing break with a living in a museum thrown in this is the place. For young children sleeping up a ladder in a loft place would be so exciting. Just for info. If your staying longer than a few days you need to think about meals that can be done on a hob or microwave as there is no cooker. Kathy

- Kathy F,
March 2016

This was one of the very best short family breaks we have ever had!! Absolute heaven for our children and for us. We had a real rest sitting by the fireside and listening to 1940's music on the record player. So many things to look at and explore inside the house not to mention all the great things and places to visit nearby. We will definitely return and have been busy telling all our friends about it.

- Richard S,
January 2016

What a wonderful place! So cosy spent hours looking at all the books and things to discover, listening to LPs. Loved the Churchill speech on the stairs and all the extra touches like the camp coffee and even the loo roll holder! Owners lovely too - left milk and ginger beer for our arrival. Would thoroughly recommend!

- Ella N,
November 2015

We had a brilliant time at The Land Girls House! It was quirky, fun and extremely cosy. With the fire going and the record player on we really felt as if we had escaped to another era (with more luxuries and home comforts!). Thank you very much, a truly relaxing weekend.

- Jenny F,
November 2015

***********5 have an adventure************* I booked The Land Girls House as a surprise 40th birthday retreat and could not have been more pleased with this delightful, quirky little house! 5 of us rocked up with the intention of living a vintage weekend and this place ticked all the boxes. Set in beautiful countryside, with stunning views of the village, it really was a step back in time. The house itself is small however catered for all our needs and we had great fun stoking the open fire & we even braved the range oven, which gave us the most delicious stew on the Saturday ( much needed as the weather was filthy that day) The sleeping arrangements were more than sufficient, with comfy beds and a degree of privacy in all spaces. And the lashings & lashings of hot water was fab! The attention to detail was fabulous, and we thoroughly enjoyed popping a record on the record player & sipping champagne. The memorabilia was great and we spent a good few hours perusing & remembering when life was lived at a gentler pace. I would (and have) recommended this property to anyone who likes to experience something a little different and for those who love vintage/WW2. Our special memory of the weekend was watching a most glorious sunset, whilst bats flew around the gardens. Just perfect!!

- Johan M,
November 2015

Amazing place, kids loved the Anderson shelter!

- Sarah pinnock ,
November 2015

We had a fantastic time. The Land Girls House is a unique, quirky and thoroughly memorable holiday experience - superbly appointed, wonderfully cosy and great value for money. Highly recommended.

- Chris B,
October 2015

What a wonderful place - and so snug and warm! Listening to the owls at night was just marvelous! We are both members of a WW2 group so took our 1940 clothes down to take photos. Lovely, lovely place, private garden with shelter, and more hot water than you could possibly use. Fresh eggs as well. Great place, will be booking again.

- Brenda C,
October 2015

Fabulous step back in time, a real living museum. So much detail it is hard to take it all in. If you're for something a bit different then you've just found it. Highly recommended for young and old alike. The owners are lovely and very welcoming. Couldn't have asked for more. Thanks for letting us stay.

- Emma S,
July 2015

Wonderful location, beautifully decorated and really atmospheric.

- Sarah N,
June 2015

Place is fantastic, nostalgic and relaxing. Thoroughly recommended for either a girlie weekend, romance or smaller children. We enjoyed reading through all the memorabilia and listening to the 40s tunes on the record player. Our party was great grandma, grandma and our gran-daughter (3). She loved the loft bedroom and the Anderson shelter to play in. Another visit in the future is planned!

- Sarah H,
June 2015

This was a truly unique stay. You feel transported back to a different time. All the fixtures and fitting are true to war time Britian, the attention to detail is very impressive. For kids, it's really exciting and like one big play house. For adults, there will be something you remember from you childhood, everything reminded me of my granny's house! And the Anderson Shelter is just great fun! The surrounding countryside is beautiful and a trip to Glastonbury is a must. Great fun, and something we will look back on and talk about for years to come.

- Kate P,
May 2015

Such a charming place and an amazing area - we loved it! SO nice to come home to every day after a day down at the beach (we did three!) - Lukasz

- Fiona L,
May 2015

Wow. We'll be back! We enjoyed every minute of our stay in the Land Girls House. We felt we were in a very comfortable 1940s bubble; sitting around the coal fire with an LP playing on the radiogram, serving meals - easily cooked with the modern cooker and kettle - in china from the era, relaxing in the wonderfully deep bath with lashing of hot water, sleeping in comfortable beds with cotton sheets and bedding with designs from the era. There are many, many authentic delights in every room that were a real pleasure to explore; many of which were still around in my childhood from the clip on bedside lamps, a rag rug, the kitchen cupboard with the let down flap all lovingly restored, gas mask, hair clips, books, games, newspaper cuttings . . . I could go on! Thanks for having achieved a great balance between well hidden modern facilities which meant we were warm and comfortable and the delights of stepping back in time to an authentic 1940s home. As a daughter and two granddaughters of a land army girl we're proud to be the first visitors - Cath 2014

June 2014