At the heart of the magical Somerset countryside and tucked away behind beautifully protective stone walls, Mowbarton is surprisingly easy to get to with masses to do nearby – unless you prefer relaxing in the spacious and comfortable Barn with its lovely secluded garden.
Surrounded by fields, and overlooking a vast stretch of the magnificent Somerset Levels, in some ways Mowbarton is in the middle of nowhere – yet it’s close to everywhere! No wonder so many of our guests return time and time again; it makes a perfect second home.
The 4-bedroomed Barn with its spacious living area provides 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.
Whether you prefer staying in or going out, this extensive roomy 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. There’s lots of outdoor space as well – for relaxing, dining, reading, barbecuing…
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 ensuite bathroom, The Byre shares the family bathroom and a view of the former dairy. Then there's a double with linked beds and ensuite 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 plus a big basket of logs for winter guests. Our generous welcome pack will typically consist of home-baked bread, local butter, and Cheddar cheese plus a jar of pickle and a flagon of Wilkins cider. Starter staples - coffee, tea, milk and sugar, as well as washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets, are also provided.
Free Wi-Fi. The Barn had solar panels installed in 2015, so we are proud of our eco credentials.
The Barn is less than 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 architecture including Cathedral, Bishop's Palace and Vicars’ Close
* Glastonbury - famous Tor, Abbey, alternative lifestyle, Festival – back this year!
* Cheddar - Gorge, caves, wonderful walks on the Mendips
* Wookey – Hole, caves, Witch and plenty of entertainment
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.