The Old Bull Stall

Penselwood near Wincanton, Dorset and Somerset (Ref. 1763)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Broadband / WiFi
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The property

A quaint, period cottage, converted from a former barn, situated on the owner's working farm in the peaceful hamlet of Penselwood, 2 miles from Bourton and 5 miles from Gillingham. Set amidst glorious countryside on the borders of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, this traditional cottage provides a comfortable, well-furnished base from which to explore the delights of this lovely area. The property offers cosy living accommodation, two charming bedrooms and shared use of the owner's lawned garden. Enjoy a fresh egg for breakfast from the free range hens on the farm, which is also home to sheep, shire horses, cattle, ducks and geese. There is good walking in the area and there are plenty of places to visit nearby such as Stourhead, Longleat, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Cheddar Gorge, Shaftesbury, Stonehenge, Wells, Salisbury and the Dorset coast, all within easy driving distance. For days out close to home, purchase a day ticket for trout fishing, only 4 miles from the property, while children can enjoy a play area near the church. This is a great base for a relaxing break in lovely, rural surroundings.


Two bedrooms: 1 x first floor double, 1 x ground floor twin with additional fold-out bed. Ground floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC. Small kitchen. Sitting room with gas woodburner and dining area.


  • Electric wall panel heaters with gas woodburner in sitting room and heated towel rail in bathroom
  • Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, shared use of owner's washing machine by arrangement, TV, DVD, radio, WiFi
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Shared use of owner's lawned garden with garden furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 2 miles
  • Note: Young children should be supervised at all times due to proximity of farm equipment/animals
  • Note: Dogs must be kept on a lead whilst on premises of property.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute

Guest Reviews


    • “Beautiful and peaceful holiday”
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    • “A lovely welcome tray (+eggs!) and flowers. Next door to owners, very friendly and who were exceedingly helpful to us as we suffered a family bereavement when we were there. The cottage was clean and very comfortable, as were the beds. Beautiful and very quiet area, lovely retreat, lots of country walks from the cottage. Near small towns and a303 if you wanted to go further afield. Best thing was beauty of countryside and cottage setting. least liked was low mobile phone signal!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Bristol, August 2013

    • “A wonderful rural retreat”
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    • “A very well appointed cottage in a lovely rural location. All facilities included, such as WiFi access and a real flame fire. The owners were very friendly, but not intrusive. Well located just a short drive from easy transport links to Bath, Glastonbury and Wells.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Chichester, December 2012

    • “Relaxing”
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    • “Lovely cottage very comfortable. The owners were very helpful but not intrussive.Would recommend.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Bedford, September 2012

    • “Our Somerset farm holiday”
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    • “What a delightful converted Bull stall we stayed in. Set in the tiny village of Penselwood in a peaceful rural location with next to no traffic and plenty of country walks right outside the front door. The proprietors were very welcoming and kind. They even presented us with half a dozen freshly laid eggs as a welcome gift. The property was clean with all amenities supplied. No complaints whatsoever with the cottage. Being a working farm we were often encouraged to help out and we were allowed the run of the farm. Our daughter particularly enjoyed fussing over all the animals. Stacking bales of hay last thing in the day was pretty exhausting but enjoyable at the same time. And as for herding the sheep. They tend to have a mind of their own. I'm trying very hard to think of what we didn't like about the Bull Stall. Cannot think of one thing :)”

    Paul Haigh, Kent, December 2009

    • “Real farm experience”
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    • “The cottage is pretty much in the middle of the farmyard. The children absolutely loved seeing all the animals on the farm. The owners were particularly helpful and friendly.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, London, December 2009

    • “Tranquil holiday, with plenty of walking opportunities”
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    • “We received a warm welcome from the owners. The cottage was well equipped and comfortable. The location was perfect for us: quiet, pretty and had plenty of excellent walks for us and our dog. To say it has a garden is misrepresentation (see the given title above). However we didn't need one and it was perfect for our needs. The only drawbacks were that the gas wood burner was broken (awaiting a part) but we were still warm enough from heaters and the tv remote had been lost so there was some manual adjustments to be made (good exercise though!)”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Northampton, January 2014

    • “Excellent cottage - excellent location”
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    • “The cottage is located on a working farm in what initially feels like a remote hamlet of Pen Selwood but infact is close to all Major attractions: Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Bath, Wells, Castle Cary, Cheddar Gorge ect ect. The cottage is very cosy with all necessary amenities and the owners were friendly and in obtrusive. My wife is a devout animal lover and she took great pleasure in petting the horses, donkey, cats, farm dog Alfie and seeing the sheep, ducks and geese. A very relaxing and pleasurable stay - will certainly come again.”

    Stanley B, October 2013

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    • “The Old Bull Stall is a lovely place for a relaxing holiday, but is also a good base for visiting places in Somerset and surrounding counties. It is ideally located for walking and the cottage is actually part of the farm. The owners are very friendly and helpful, but not intrusive, and the farm eggs are delicious!”

    Mrs Smith, Leicester, August 2014

    • “The cottage was in a lovely peaceful setting. The owners were very accommodating and our two children loved seeing the animals on the farm especially bottle feeding the calf. It was a fantastic location for sightseeing but there was also the added bonus of having so many places to walk surrounding the farm.”

    Mrs Harrington, Colchester, April 2014

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About the location


Wincanton 4 miles; Gillingham 5 miles; Shaftesbury 9 miles.

Penselwood is a charming hamlet consisting of a sprinkling of pretty cottages, a village church and a children's play area, all surrounded by lush farmland and unspoiled countryside. Situated on the borders of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire and reached by little country lanes from the nearby scattered village of Bourton, this is a superb, peaceful area to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The area offers great walking and you'll be spoilt for choice of places to visit, with the magnificent house and gardens at Stourhead, and historic Shaftesbury and Longleat House and Safari Park within a short drive. Travel a little further afield and visit Yeovilton Air Museum, Stonehenge, the Cheddar Gorge, and the magnificent cathedral cites of Salisbury, Wells and Bath. An excellent rural base from which to explore this lovely area.

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