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Delightful Barn Conversion On Slopes Of The Quantock Hills AONB

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

House in Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, Somerset, England - Peaceful Location On The Edge Of A Picturesque Village And Within The Quantock Hills AONB

This recently converted red sandstone barn on the southern slopes of the Quantock Hills offers comfortable self catering accommodation for two. It is beautifully furnished with antiques and original art. It is an ideal base for exploring this beautiful AONB area with its herds of red deer and Quantock ponies. It consists of a private entrance from an attractive small garden where you can sit and enjoy the sun, into a comfortable open plan, attractively furnished and decorated sitting room with flat-screen Freeview TV, and a Bose CD and radio. The dining area and kitchen are comprehensibly equipped. There is a modern electric hob, microwave, toaster and electric kettle. Stairs lead up to the pretty twin/double bedroom with large en-suite shower, basin & WC. Double French style windows open on to a small balcony overlooking the garden. Fully centrally heated in the winter and with east and south facing windows for morning and afternoon sun, The Barn is as welcoming in winter as in summer. We welcome dogs (at a charge) and they occasionally share the garden with our friendly miniature poodle. See Owners Website below.


Owner
Caroline Smeaton
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, german, greek
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2017

About Caroline Smeaton

I live in Bishops Lydeard with my husband. Our two children graduated from university recently and are now forging their own careers away from home, one in Dubai and one in London. We enjoy gardening and walking our pet poodle on the nearby Quantock Hills.

Caroline Smeaton purchased this barn in 2006

Why Caroline Smeaton chose Bishop's Lydeard

Bishops Lydeard is a delightful, unspoilt Somerset village with stunning scenery and all the necessary facilities on the doorstep to make life comfortable and easily managed. The Quantock Hills behind the village, teem with wildlife and support herds of deer and Exmoor ponies. The walks are delightful. The peace and quiet of the countryside makes it hard to believe we are only 20 minutes from the town of Taunton, with its mainline railway station and motorway junction.

A perfect place to live or to visit.

What makes this barn unique

For those who enjoy an active holiday, there are good golf courses within easy reach. The coast and beaches are within a 20 minute drive and the open vistas of Exmoor and the Quantock and Brendon hills are all around us with miles of open moorland to explore on foot. There is pony trekking available nearby.

It is a haven for naturalists and bird watchers, lepidopterists and photographers.

Map

Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Bristol
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Bird in Hand
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Oake Manor
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
Bishops Lydeard
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
M5
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Podshavers
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Blue Anchor
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

The nearest beaches are a 15 minute drive away on Somerset's north coast between Watchet and Minehead. These can also be reached on The West Somerset Steam Railway from Bishops Lydeard.

Travel:

Nearest airports are Exeter and Bristol, both about 35 miles away.

The mainline station at Taunton is just 15 minutes drive away.

Distances:

The Barn is perfectly positioned to tour Somerset's places of interests. Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Dunster Castle, Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral, the Roman City of Bath and more mundanely, Clarks Shopping Village, Mulberry Factory Shop and Kilver Court Designer Outlet Venue in Shepton Mallet. Exmoor and the Lorna Doone country is on our doorstep, the Somerset Levels, The Willows and Wetlands visitor centre and Coleridge Cottage are within easy driving distance.

Further Details:

Bishops Lydeard is a traditional Somerset village centred on its attractive 13th century Church. The village still retains its paper shop, Co-op grocery store with ATM, post office, pharmacy, family butcher who prepares his own locally produced meat and a farm shop providing an excellent range of fresh local fruit and veg. The West Somerset Steam Railway starts from Bishops Lydeard station and wends its way through beautiful countryside to the seaside town of Minehead, stopping at village stations on the way. The County Town of Taunton which connects with both mainline Rail (Paddington 1hour 40 minutes journey time) and M5 Motorway networks is just 4 miles away. There are 2 pubs in the village, both within easy walking distance, offering excellent food, and a noted restaurant, Podshavers, just 1 mile away. The delightful traditional tearooms, just 150 yards away, are proving very popular with visitors.

Please visit our website for more details. See link below.

Amenities

Bishop's Lydeard Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • No smoking in the house.
  • £10.00 charge for pets.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
General:
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The Bedroom has the option of being made up with a large double bed or as two single/twin beds. French windows overlook the Barn's pretty garden.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: We regret that the accommodation is not really suitable for children or those with mobility problems due to the steps and stairs. Outside: There is private off-road parking for your vehicle and the pretty garden is provided with garden furniture, ideal for enjoying tea in the sun! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided and changed weekly and the property is fully cleaned before each let. We are happy to accommodate small well behaved dogs, but please ask us first as we make a £10 charge for them.

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average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews
5

Quiet cozy retreat

  • 5 of 5

Cozy little cottage in a quiet village but with great amenities and an easy walking distance to the Quantock hills.

Loved it and will be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed The Barn and look forward to your return.
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5

Very relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

We've had a great time at the barn. Caroline and John were very friendly and welcoming, but left us all the freedom we needed. The house is very clean and all the necessary appliances were there.

We would go there again.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Somerset in the heat

  • 5 of 5

We took the dogs on the hottest week for years to a delightful place near Taunton. The beaches are 20/30 minutes away and the village of Bishops Lydeard has good amenities including the Bird In Hand Pub with a large beer garden and welcomes dogs. Mr & Mrs Smeaton couldn't have been more welcoming along with Alfie the poodle and we would recommend the accommodation as ideal for a couple with pets. Shame that Owners Direct bombard you with confusing invoices(() demanding payment even after it's been made. Then loads of emails with offers when you haven't even gone on the first holiday with them.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Nice barn and pet friendly

  • 5 of 5

had a lovely stay the barn is clean ,nice ,and pet friendly ,everything that you need ,the garden is lovely ,and gets plenty sun.the local pub the lethbridge arms is very welcoming ,and the food and prices are good ,also pet friendly ,plenty place to get to from here .the owners are on site ,but you don't see much of them ,but it's nice if you have any problems.we enjoyed the dog ALFIE .whos adorable,but you don't see him very often .thank you enjoyed our stay

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Clean and cosy

  • 4 of 5

Lovely place to come back to - clean, functional and cosy.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jon & Bax Thank you for your kind remarks. And we are so glad you enjoyed your stay in this great part of Somerset. Doc come and visit us again! John & Caroline
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relaxing weekend break

  • 4 of 5

Great little property in a quiet and lovely location.

Had a great meal at local restaurant, Podshavers.

One small point - helpful if basic supplies in cottage......salt pepper vinegar sugar etc.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments. We shall make sure your suggestions are acted on! We hope you enjoyed the wine that we left for you and that we will see you again in the future.
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $13.19
Cleaning fee. $13.19

Booking Notes:
We ask for a 25% deposit to confirm your booking and the due balance is payable 6 weeks prior to your arrival.
We are flexible about arrival and departure days, but prefer a Saturday changeover during the summer period. We are dog friendly, but please contact us for rates dependent on size!

Notes on prices:
Please contact us or see Owner's Website below which gives further details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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