Tucked away behind beautiful stone walls in the heart of the magical Somerset countryside, Mowbarton Barn is the perfect choice all year round. Surrounded by fields, and overlooking a vast stretch of the magnificent Somerset Levels, in some ways it's in the middle of nowhere. Yet it’s also surprisingly accessible with plenty to see and do right on the doorstep - so it's close to everywhere!
Mowbarton makes a brilliant venue for significant birthday celebrations and family get-togethers. Despite its tranquil setting, it’s handy for the M4/M5, A303 and even Bristol airport. Not for nothing was Somerset once known as the heart of England...
We’re proud that so many of our guests return, often more than once a year. But it’s not surprising: there's so much going on in the area, with always some new delight to discover. that said, many guests prefer to stay in the spacious comfort of 'home’: a charming stone-built former barn with a lovely sheltered walled garden that is completely private and secluded - a sun trap that also offers cool shade in the green, vine-covered corners.
Staying in or going out, this spacious 4-bedroomed house makes a wonderful home from home. It sleeps eight, even nine, in comfort and has a large farmhouse kitchen with a big table for convivial dining, two separate, oak-beamed sitting rooms, one with log-burning stove, a study (with single sofa bed) and a magnificent sun room which many guests also use for dining.
The Barn is two miles from the delightful village of Wedmore (pubs, restaurants, butcher/farm shop, deli, fishmonger, chemist, gift shops, boutiques, hairdressers, beauticians, golf course...) and a short drive from:
* Wells with its beautiful Cathedral and Bishop's Palace
* Glastonbury - famous Tor, Abbey, Festival - back in 2019!
* Cheddar - Gorge, caves, wonderful walks on the Mendips
* Wookey - Hole and Witch!
There are also a number of nature reserves on the Levels below Mowbarton and the coast is just ten miles away; you can see it on a clear day. … In fact whatever you might want from a holiday or mini break is right here on your doorstep!
Somerset of course is famed for its festivals – not just Glastonbury! We have Wedmore Arts Festival, the Real Ale Festival, Wells Comedy Festival, Yeovilton Air Day, Wells Festival of Literature. And Carnival fortnight in November, with Wassailing in January. The internationally renowned Roger Wilkins usually hosts a popular Wassail evening, but if you miss that, you can still enjoy his world-famous cider barn when you visit. It's just a ten minute walk away.
Groups of 9+ can also book our beautiful Shepherd's Hut just across the lane. It sleeps two in fully fitted luxury and provides a secluded and romantic getaway with wonderful views - either for an extra pair in the Barn party, or for couples holidaying alone. Definitely an option to consider for wedding parties - and of course a Shepherd's Hut voucher makes a perfect gift at any time.
Mowbarton has something for everyone - families, family reunions, ramblers, cyclists (just off Route 33), historians, nature-lovers, bird-watchers, cheese connoisseurs, cider drinkers… It also makes a brilliant venue for a book club get-away, a bridge weekend, a yoga retreat, a Pilates group. We have a separate 'Milking Parlour' which is available for larger group events or gatherings although most people find the Barn itself is easily enough.
Mowbarton Barn is welcoming, cosy and comfortable. In the well-equipped kitchen there is a double sized range cooker as well as a microwave, dishwasher and large fridge/freezer.
Our bedrooms are named in honour of Mowbarton's past. There are two double-bedded rooms (Hayloft and The Byre); Hayloft has a king-sized bed and an en suite bathroom, The Byre shares the family bathroom and a view of the former dairy. Then there's a double with linked beds and en suite shower room (we call this room Tractor Shed), and a fourth bedroom with bunk beds (Pigsty!). The large family bathroom (with separate shower) enjoys sensational views. There is also a downstairs cloakroom plus a useful spacious utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Steps from the garden and between some rooms on the ground floor make it less suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility. Safety gates are supplied if required for toddlers - for temporary installation by guests themselves.
Outside is a very pretty walled garden with barbecue area, terrace and a small lawn. There is also plenty of storage for bikes and parking area for up to six cars. Guests are also welcome to use our 'Teasel Meadow' across the lane which has even more brilliant views plus a picnic table and chairs - from where to enjoy them!
Bed linen and towels are provided; electricity and oil central heating is included. Free Wi-Fi. The Barn had solar panels installed in 2015, so we are proud of our eco credentials.