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Mrs Hilary Withers

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

18th Century hamstone spacious family home, double annex, large private garden

14 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

South Somerset House Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 8 / 10 Set in 1/4 acre, ensuite annex, children's room, log stove, SKYHD

Summer holiday let for self-catering family requiring access to areas of outstanding natural beauty in Somerset, Devon and Dorset.The Old Smithy really is in a central west country location. Set over three floors The Old Smithy provides a diverse range of flexible accommodation to suite virtually any family unit. It has large open plan family kitchen with pine table providing seating for 10. Sunroom. Beamed sittingroom with hamstone fire place. Cloakroom with shower. Three bedrooms, (plus seperate double en-suite annex). Family bathroom and children's room on the second floor.

The Folly provides seperate accommodation in the form of a double room with an en-suite shower room allowing for those who wish to holiday in a larger groups to be able to have some time away from it all and relax in their own space. The Children's room provides further space for children to play or chill!

There is off road parking for up to three cars.

The Old Smithy: The Old Smithy is an individual and interesting 18th Century Hamstone Cottage. Formerly part of a farm, the dairy buildings now form the main house the original black smiths has been retained as a workshop. Needless to say it has enjoyed considerable extension and upgrading! Set in a quarter of an acre of fully enclosed, well stocked and private gardens, this family cottage has a host of character features and lies in a quiet residential area on the southern outskirts of the Market Town of Crewkerne.

The local Hamstone used in the area is a beautiful, rich gold colour and incredibly thickly laid in construction making it cool in summer and snug in winter. The cottage is mainly laid to carpet and enjoys double glazing and gas fired central heating throughout.

The Old Smithy is a family home, providing very spacious, comfortable, family accommodation.

The Garden: The Garden is very private and mainly laid to lawn covering about 1 quarter of an acre to include main garden (ideal for football and cricket!) a children’s garden and a BBQ area (adult dining & sunbathing!). A combination of ground based electric and solar shrub and boarder lighting creates a Mediterranean feel on summer evenings – combined with a gas BBQ, chimera fire and a bit of background heat from the patio heater makes al fresco dining an option for even the freshest of summer evenings.

The BBQ area is a fantastic sun trap, together with the comfortable garden furniture and peaceful surroundings, ensures relaxation for all!

The garden has two small Ponds, mature boarders, apple trees and a variety of evergreen and perennial shrubs which makes this a wonderfully private and spacious area to enjoy outdoor living.

Additional Accommodation: The Folly was originally a garage (situated at the bottom of the drive on the edge of the garden) now converted into a self contained double room with en-suite facilities, double bed, large dressing table, two comfortable chairs, cupboard and drawers. Also with the added luxury of a wall mounted TV with SKY feed from main House. There is a concertinaed door to walk-in wardrobe with hanging space and drawers. The Folly also has a fully fitted kitchenette area with fridge / freezer, sink, microwave and two oven hobs.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mrs Hilary Withers (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

About Mrs Hilary Withers

We have been letting out The Old Smithy since 2007. As a family we spend the summer holidays away we decided that we would love to let other families enjoy our beautiful home and garden while we are away.

Why Mrs Hilary Withers chose South Somerset

The Old Smithy is our family home and is fully equipped with all your needs for a relaxing holiday with family and friends. We pack all of our gear away - so you will find The Old Smithy is fully equipped and ready for you to move into and it make yours for the duration of your stay.

The Old Smithy is beautifully located for you to be able to explore Somerset, Devon and Dorset. Some of our previous guests have headed east to Stonehenge, west to a spot of surfing on the North Coast of Devon, or popped down to West Bay to see where Broadchurch is filmed and enjoy the stunning scenery there.

What makes this house unique

The Old Smithy is a very unique property. It has the benefits of being an older style property with the space to accommodate family and friends. The added benefit of The Folly, the separate double annexe with en-suite, allows for unique make up of parties - where some members of the party can have their own space - should they wish!

The large, private garden is perfect for the most energetic of children, or a complete chill in the sun on the BBQ area should you wish!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have enjoyed our stay in The Old Smithy very much. This is indeed a lovely place. We had our dinner in the garden every evening - the weather has been so nice!

We have been to Stonehenge and Bath and went swimming in the sea a few times.

This is a lovely home to stay and relax in the sun in your large garden, while the children played - there is so much space and sunshine.

We found that Crewkerne is a nice town, quiet but still had all that we needed.

We used your Cluedo - both kids and adults had great fun playing.

Thank you for letting us stay in your wonderful holiday home. The home, garden and weather have been wonderful.
Jul 2014
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Reviews

4.7
based on 14 traveler reviews

18th Century hamstone spacious family home, double annex, large private garden
average rating of 4.714286 based on 18 reviews
Northampton
5

Our holiday heaven

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I, 3 children(6,10 and 12 yrs old) and our 2 mothers stayed at this lovely property for a week. It wasn't quite the rural setting that we were expecting but in no way were we dissappointed. On the Sunday afternoon I cooked on the bbq, the girls relaxed with their wine and the children played cricket in the large rear garden. It felt like you were miles from anywhere, very private rear garden and the children loved the shed full of toys. We spent many an afternoon just relaxing in the back yard.

My mother in law stayed in the folly (granny flat) which gave her some privacy. Upstairs in the attic the children had their own special place with a wide variety of games, television and dvd player. Great for the parents as we could relax and the children could do their own thing if we weren't out doing things.

All the rooms were clean, comfortable and spacious. We found it to be ideal when there was 3 generations staying under the same roof. Cooking facilities were excellent and met all our needs. Very handy having an upstairs and downstairs bathroom. The owners were only a phone call away for any questions that we had, which was reassuring.

Crewcerne was a lovely rural village with a great little museum, adequate shopping facilities for all we needed and some fabulous little pubs. Quiz night at the Royal Oak and great value meals at Oscars wine bar.

We found it to be very central comfortabley doing Weymouth, Lyme Regis, Cheddar gorge and CDreely Adventure Park at Exeter on seperate days out. Coming from Northampton it was also very easy to incorporate a visit to Stonehenge on the way through.

All in all great place for families for a holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderfully relaxing family fortnight

  • 5 of 5

What a truly wonderful holiday we all had in The Old Smithy. A large family group was accommodated with lots of space for us to enjoy!! The children loved the top attic room and the snug room - with many competitions on the Wii - in fact Grandpa joined in a few!!!

The kitchen and BBQ had all we needed to provide lovely suppers to feed the family! There was nothing we missed.

The garden was perfect for many hours of sun bathing, children playing endless games - Hockey and croquet were new to my 3 children!

My parents loved staying the the annexe where they could have their own space and head off to bed when they wanted to escape!!

Thank you for such a lovely holiday. We will definitely be back next year. We would love to come for Christmas and New Year and enjoy the snuggy sitting room with gorgeous fire - not needed in July!!

We really enjoyed exploring the area - a super walk up on Ham Hill and a visiti to the pub, exploring the beautiful Jurassic coast from Durdle Door to Branscombe. We also loved Beer and found another lovely pub there!!!

Once again - many thanks and we'll be back!!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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A fun filled and relaxing Easter Somerset holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a superb family holiday where we stayed in The Old Smithy!

We were a party made up of three generations, myself and my husband, our son and daughter, their wife and husband and our 4 grand children. We were so pleased to find that The Old Smithy was just as we had hoped.

Plenty of room for all the children to have fun in the spacious garden, endless games of hide and seek, plenty of things to entertain them in the garden - including hockey sticks and balls - their new found sport! We had to buy extra Easter eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt to spread around the garden.

When the weather was blustery and wet at the start of the week we wrapped up and went for a wild walk on the beach down in West Bay - being Broadchurch viewers we had much fun spotting land marks!

The Old Smithy had plenty of space for the children to take themselves off and play on the Wii, Play Station, watch some of the many DVD's supplied - or even play on some games left - which they loved. Othello was a particular favorite.

The days the sun shone we escaped the wind on the sheltered BBQ area and started our 2015 sun tans - while the children played in the garden.

We all found The Old Smithy very comfortable. There was plenty of space for us all to have our privacy and some quiet time. My husband and I stayed in the gorgeous Folly, which is a self contained double annex. Some evenings we left the youngsters to carry on into the early hours and retreated to our own holiday home! Both The Old Smithy and The Folly were fully equipped for all our needs.The kitchen had everything we needed.

We would love to come again one summer to make the most of the BBQ and Chiminea in the summer evenings.

We would all highly recommend The Old Smithy for a family holiday, or a group of friends wishing to holiday together while having the space to escape from each other when needed!

It was a real treat to be able to do all our shopping by just popping into Crewkerne where the Waitrose and Lidal had all that we needed - and more!

Thank you very much to Hilary and David for making us feel so welcome. We have had such a wonderful long week - we really appreciate extending our week to include the Easter weekend.

We look forward to getting in touch about our next visit.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A fun filled and relaxing Easter Somerset holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a superb family holiday where we stayed in The Old Smithy!

We were a party made up of three generations, myself and my husband, our son and daughter, their wife and husband and our 4 grand children. We were so pleased to find that The Old Smithy was just as we had hoped.

Plenty of room for all the children to have fun in the spacious garden, endless games of hide and seek, plenty of things to entertain them in the garden - including hockey sticks and balls - their new found sport! We had to buy extra Easter eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt to spread around the garden.

When the weather was blustery and wet at the start of the week we wrapped up and went for a wild walk on the beach down in West Bay - being Broadchurch viewers we had much fun spotting land marks!

The Old Smithy had plenty of space for the children to take themselves off and play on the Wii, Play Station, watch some of the many DVD's supplied - or even play on some games left - which they loved. Othello was a particular favorite.

The days the sun shone we escaped the wind on the sheltered BBQ area and started our 2015 sun tans - while the children played in the garden.

We all found The Old Smithy very comfortable. There was plenty of space for us all to have our privacy and some quiet time. My husband and I stayed in the gorgeous Folly, which is a self contained double annex. Some evenings we left the youngsters to carry on into the early hours and retreated to our own holiday home! Both The Old Smithy and The Folly were fully equipped for all our needs.The kitchen had everything we needed.

We would love to come again one summer to make the most of the BBQ and Chiminea in the summer evenings.

We would all highly recommend The Old Smithy for a family holiday, or a group of friends wishing to holiday together while having the space to escape from each other when needed!

It was a real treat to be able to do all our shopping by just popping into Crewkerne where the Waitrose and Lidal had all that we needed - and more!

Thank you very much to Hilary and David for making us feel so welcome. We have had such a wonderful long week - we really appreciate extending our week to include the Easter weekend.

We look forward to getting in touch about our next visit.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A very beautiful house near the fossile coast

  • 5 of 5

Thanks a lot for this great stay in Somerset, the house is lovely styled with all things you need for a great family holiday. We loved the music from the Ipod and the DVD-collection! It was a good place to start trips to the coast, Portland and Lime Regis. We are a family of 5 and 2 friends and found enough space for everybody. We would like to come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the lovely bottle of bubbles and kind words in the card you left for us after your stay. We are so glad that you all enjoyed your holiday and stay at The Old Smithy. You would be welcome to holiday here again at The Old Smithy - and continue your explore of South Somerset, Dorset and Devon. We will up load some more songs onto the iPod for you to enjoy next time!! Many thanks
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A Well Presented Family Home

  • 4 of 5

A lovely well presented family cottage with Annexe. lots of space for the my five family members ( two adults, Two teenage girls 16 & 17 and a teenege boy 13) and our four Aussie Relatives ( Two Adults and Two boys 9 & 11).Our only slight moan is that the showers were under powered. A very nice spacious garden that lent itself very well to the Ashes series that we had, along with our BBQ's, which again was clean and well presented.The area is quite central to where we wanted to visit, only 20mins from the sea, and less than an hour from Bath.All in all we enjoyed our time and for the price we will definately consider staying there again. Good value for money for 9 people.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks. It is always lovely to hear when our guests have enjoyed their stay at The Old Smithy. We are so glad that you all had a good holiday. We look forward to having you all to stay again in the future.
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Map

Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Exeter
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Weymouth
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Crewkerne
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Junction 25 M5
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Car: necessary

On the boarder of Somerset, Dorset and Devon this West Country location really does enjoy the best of all worlds - The Jurassic and Heritage coasts with the beautiful beaches at West Bay, Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Branscombe are a short car ride away. Crewkerne is near many areas of outstanding natural beauty including the highest hill in Dorset – Pilsdon Pen; a roman hill fort enjoying extensive views towards the Dorset coast and inland across the South Somerset countryside. Cewkerne itself is a small market town, which boasts a brand new (Nov 08) Waitrose! Crekerne is situated between Yeovil (9 miles) and Chard with a range of shopping facilities, Leisure Centre, Hospital, bus service and mainline railway station (Waterloo-Exeter). The A303 trunk Road is within 5 miles. The Old Smithy is perfectly located for days on the beach, beautiful walks, visiting many National Trust properties and gardens, Cricket St Thomas, Taunton, Quantock Hills, Exmoor, Weymouth, Exeter and many country pubs

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Rates & Availability

Crewkerne House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Summer 2016
Jul 23 2016 - Sep 10 2016
7 night minimum stay
$1,252
 
 
Summer 2017
Jun 3 2017 - Nov 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
$1,384
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
$1,252
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $13
Refundable damage deposit $329

Price may vary per week depending on the number of adults, children and dogs in the party. Please contact me to find out the exact price.
Bookings run from 4pm on a Saturday to 10am the following Saturday.
There are no hidden extras or meters. The price quoted includes linen, towels, heating, gas and electricity. The only thing not covered are Sky Box Office / BT Vision Box Office films. An 'hon

£300.00 for the deposit to secure the booking
£1000.00 six weeks before holiday including £250.00 returnable security deposit

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

South Somerset House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Cloakroom / Shower Room - toilet , shower
    Family Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
    Folly en-suite - toilet , shower
  • Downstairs cloak/shower room. White WC and hand basin with tiled splashback, Corner tiled shower cubicle with Matki infold shower door and Triton shower unit. Built in cloak cupboard containing coat hooks and condenser tumble dryer behind double louvred doors. Double glazed window to front. Corner shelf with small mahogany unit under. Family bathroom: White suit with tile surrounds comprising whirlpool panelled bath, pedestal wash basin. Corner Tower Power Shower with twin heads and multi-outlets. Glass fronted bathroom cabinets (x4).Double radiator with towel rails over. Passage through to White WC with shelves over, double glazed window to side of property (with outer frosted glass). Folly en-suite comprising white Basin (with shelf and mirror over). Raised WC, Shower unit with triton shower. Wall mounted heater with frosted double glazed window overlooking the driveway.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Low ceiling, attic room, suitable only for children to sleep
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Usually a TV / Computer snug / playroom but very comfortable
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , The Folly with en-suite Annex
  • All bedrooms are spacious and light with double glazing. Bedroom 1: Kingsize bed. L-Shaped room with built-in units to include wardrobes, display shelving and drawers, dressing table with mirror. Bedroom 2: Double bed with bedside tables, chest of drawers, bookshelf and pine chest. Bedroom 3 / Playroom: Double Futon Bed and 2 single beds if required, Velux windows, TV and children's toys.Bedroom 4 / Childrens entertainment room: Hand basin with mirror over. Flatscreen Freeview TV/DVD, Wii and numerous games and accessories available to use, 2 single beds available upon request.. Open stairs to bedrrom 3. Bedroom 5: Folly: Double bed with bedside units, electric heaters, two comfortable chairs, large dressing table, cupboard and drawers. Kitchenette with sink, fridge / freezer, microwave, hobs and draining board. Wall mounted Digital, Freeview TV, DVD and Radio. Walk-in wardrobe with hanging space and drawers. Iron and ironing board. Door to garden
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Very light and spacious family kitchen with antique pine wooden floor with a range of floor and wall mounted craftsman build limed and waxed pine units. Sealed Hamstone Fire place and hearth. Combined gas & Electric Range Cooker with slate worktop to either side. Washing Machine, Dishwasher, Wall mounted Microwave, Fridge-freezer, Stereo. Large pine table with eight chairs. Wall mounted 15” flat screen TV connected to Sky and BT Vision. Arch through to Conservatory/sun lounge with 180 degree Double glazed Windows with blinds overlooking courtyard and gravel drive. Tiled floor with a range of cane furniture. Cross Trainer fitness machine. Pine stable door from Kitchen to carpeted sitting room. Beamed ceiling. Large Hamstone fireplace with solid fuel stove on a raised hearth. 2 Sofa’s, 3 small chair, poufs, round table and range of side tables. Large Antique Court Cupboard, small bureaux. 32” Flat Screen HD TV with cinema surround sound connected to Sky and BT Vision.

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