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Nempnett Thrubwell near Blagdon, Somerset Show on map


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  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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39 Customer Reviews

  • "We stayed at Oxbarton from 21st -28th Jan 2024."

    The hosts Janet and Pete introduced themselves when we arrived and were very welcoming. The Barn was warm and cosy.The fridge was full of local produce eggs,milk and cheese and flowers on the table. The Barn contained EVERYTHING and more you could possibly require for your stay.It was spotlessly clean and decorated to a high spec. Beautiful outlook and a perfect base to visit Bristol,Clevedon ,Wells and both Blagdon Lake and Chew Valley. Yeo Valley HQ is nearby serving great food with an amazing view. We will certainly be back to stay and recommend to friends.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0Jan 2024

  • "The property was very comfortable and well equipped."

    We had everything we needed for a really enjoyable stay. Thank you!

    Reviewed by Belinda5.0Dec 2023

  • "Ravissant cottage dans un environnement bucolique, nous avons apprécié son confort et son équipement exceptionnel, rien ne manque."

    La propriétaire est absolument charmante, il est assez rare de trouver un tel sens de l’hospitalité de nos jours. Merci Janet pour tout.

    Reviewed by Noel5.0Oct 2023

  • "My family and I spent a relaxing half term in this comfortable, clean, well appointed converted barn."

    The little extras that were left really were appreciated. The owners were friendly and helpful even suggesting activities for our eldest son interested in agriculture. The arrival instructions were clear and easy to follow despite arriving in the dark and the lights left on in the barn made it instantly welcoming after a long journey. The surrounding area is stunning and Bristol, Bath and Wells are within easy travelling distance for those wishing to visit. Thank you for an enjoyable break in a beautiful barn.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Oct 2023

  • "Yes it is tucked away a bit, but what a fabulous place to stay."

    The hosts were exceptionally welcoming, and supplied almost everything one could need - and even made us a cake!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Oct 2023

  • "Lovely location, very well appointed, and equipped, stylish barn conversion."

    ..and a warm welcome from Janet and Peter - we'll be returning!

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Sep 2023

  • "Oxbarton barn is very well appointed, clean, tidy and comfortable."

    It's positioned in a quiet rural area, backing onto fields which you are able to walk through. The garden itself is small, but can still be enjoyed. The position of Nempnett Thrubwell village means no matter which direction you enter or exit from a main road, there is about 10 minutes driving along narrow country lanes to get to the barn. This can be a challenge. Locally there is the city of Wells about 25 minutes drive away, which is quaint and has a lovely market on Wednesday and Saturday. There are little independent shops, cafes, usual high street shops and pleasant walks and tourist attractions there to explore. The city of Bristol is around 30 minutes away and Bath is about 40 minutes drive away. If you want to go to the coast, again it's not far at all as Wester Super Mare is about 30 minutes drive away. We have a 7 year old son and visited nearby attractions Puxton park, Noah's Ark zoo and went to the National Trust Tyntesfield House amongst many other things. All 3 places are suitable and worth visiting for young families and have play parks, open space, etc. Overall, this is a really lovely holiday cottage suitable for singles, couples, small families and there are plenty of places to visit and explore nearby.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Aug 2023

  • "A lovely cottage with many little touches to make you really feel at home."

    The owners were very helpful. A great area to explore. Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Apr 2023

  • "This was a very enjoyable stay at Oxbarton."

    There was nothing that was missing from the general running of a home, loo rolls to washing powder to hand soaps and shampoo. It was, unpack your clothes and then live the holiday! The kitchen too, was well equipped, great cooker, very efficient and easy to use. The heating system in the Old Barn was excellent. The bathroom was very clean and tidy, all towels provided and shower excellent, considering it was over the bath and not a separate unit. Always the wifi is a must for my husband.....this was truly fantastic! The owners were so helpful too, good information in the property to guide you too. Lovely food and treats left for all and even dropped by to wish us a safe journey with Easter biscuits. What more could you ask? These people care about the customers, very rare in this holiday rental business.

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2023

  • "We loved Oxbarton!"

    To begin with a really welcoming email from Janet and Pete a few days before we arrived. They are more than kind and helping. They decorated the house with a beautiful Christmas tree and some lovely (home-made knitted) decorations. Felt like coming home upon arrival. Some really nice extras in the fridge and our vacation was complete. Loved the woodburner, the bath and the beds with really comfy sheets! The area is beautiful with lots of things to see and do. On our departure day we had a flat tyre and they let us stay a little longer and even told us a good garage was nearby. Thank you Janet and Pete! We hope we can return some day.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Dec 2022

  • "We had a lovely week at Oxbarton."

    It was even better than the photos, spacious but cosy in a lovely, private setting. Super design of a converted barn with lots of light and views from the windows. Very well equipped, beautifully furnished, Janet and Pete very welcoming and helpful - yet discreet. Underfloor heating was a luxury though also wireless control in every room. Next to a road but very quiet - just the odd walker or horse rider or very occasional car. Lovely south facing patio area round the back looking out to the fields and another option overlooking the busy bird feeder. Everything within 20-30 minutes. Just be prepared for lots of single track roads!

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Oct 2022

  • "Really lovely stay at Oxbarton and very friendly and welcoming owners."

    The barn was really well located, clean and well equipped. We had it during a heatwave which allowed a lot of outdoor living but was a bit warm at night but the owners provided a large fan which really helped. Can’t fault it.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Aug 2022

  • "Beautifull area and within easy reach of so many places."

    Local church very special. Lovely walks and Janet and Peter so helpfull and lovely people.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0Jun 2022

  • "The property was in a stunning location and the layout was ideal."

    The owners had also provided us with a some locally produced food items, which was a surprise but, also much appreciated. The cottage was clean and well prepared and with two outdoor areas for relaxing in the warm spring weather which we valued. As well as their warm welcome the owners had provided a great deal of information about local amenities and attractions. A wonderful holiday!

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Apr 2022

  • "Sykes send far too many emails, some weeks before our stay …."

    We’d have scored you higher if the persistency of emails was lower. Oxbarton and the hosts were fabulous.

    Reviewed by John5.0Apr 2022

  • "A magnificent little hide away."

    Difficult to find but if you want peace and quiet this excellently appointed little barn conversion could well be what you want. Janet and Peter, the owners live very near and are very hospitable and helpful. Sykes on the other hand drove me "potty" with a constant bombardment of e-mails and promo' materials. Oxbarton 5 stars, giving Sykes 3 is generous.

    Reviewed by Patrick5.0Apr 2022

  • "A wonderful property with everything you need for a cosy and comfortable stay inside as well as walks on the doorstep outside leading to wonderful views of the two lakes at Blagdon and Chew Valley."

    Reviewed by Jason5.0Oct 2021

  • "Great cottage, would recommend"

    Reviewed by Daniel5.0Jul 2021

  • "Absolutely wonderful!"

    The lovely owners have renovated this barn to such a high standard - everything is so comfortable and clean, the photos do not do it justice. Surrounded by fields, a lovely tranquil setting.l. We’ve been to Wells, Bath, Bristol, Longleat. Took our 1 and 3 year old - very family friendly. Owners lovely and thanks for the treats in the fridge! Would highly recommend.

    Reviewed by Anna5.0Jul 2021

  • "The cottage was kitted out with everything we needed for our stay and then some."

    Lots of information for things to do including personal recommendations from the hosts. Also, lovely welcome to be greeted with home made cookies and scones with jam & cream.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful barn in lovely country setting."

    Very well equipped, with most helpful owners.

    Reviewed by Meg5.0Jun 2021

  • "Super place to stay - very well appointed & equipped with everything you need."

    Very comfortable and so very peaceful. Jan & Pete are very welcoming hosts.

    Reviewed by Laura5.0May 2021

  • "Lovely cottage."

    Quiet location. Lots of walks and places to visit in the local area.

    Reviewed by Anthony5.0May 2021

  • "We had such a wonderful stay at Oxbarton Barn!"

    The pictures do not do it justice, mostly because you just can't capture a feeling in a photo. The house is situated in a beautiful field, and the greenery you can see from all the windows brings such a lovely, relaxing atmosphere. The bedroom windows in particular are beautiful. The conversion has been done so thoughtfully. We made use of the access to the adjoining fields too, and the view over the nearby lake from up the hill were just lovely. Such a peaceful spot. The building had all the amenities we needed, was nice and warm (underfloor heating!) and very clean - especially reassuring during current Covid times. The local produce they'd left for us on arrival was a lovely treat too! The owners were away themselves when we arrived, but were very communicative even though we only booked with 24 hours notice, and Janet popped by later in the week to say hello (from a safe distance!) which was lovely of her. Oxbarton was also a great spot to explore the rest of Somerset from. We visited Wells, Frome, Bath, Glastonbury, Cheddar Gorge, the Avalon Marshes and a few local walking spots - some were closer than others, but all were within a 45 minute drive. We're not usually ones to re-visit the same place twice, as there's just too many other places to explore, but we may well come back to Oxbarton one day as it was just that lovely. Thank you so much Pete & Janet!

    Reviewed by Jenna5.0Oct 2020

  • "This is our second stay here!"

    We truly love the peace and space at Oxbarton. The barn is so very well equipped, we wanted for nothing. The owners have done such a thoughtful renovation of this beautiful building. Had some great cycle rides and walks around the surrounding countryside. It is a perfect location for us to have day trips catching up with friends and family in the area. We have already said it before...but we will definitely be back!!!

    Reviewed by Siobhan5.0Sep 2020

  • "Wonderful peaceful setting in lovely countryside."

    Very unspoilt area and off the beaten tourist track which suited us perfectly. Our hosts Jan & Pete were very kind and very welcoming. The cottage has everything provided so all we had to do was relax and enjoy

    Reviewed by Laura5.0Sep 2020

  • "Beautiful barn conversion in tranquil setting."

    Reviewed by Susie5.0Aug 2020

  • "We had a fab time, the property is fantastic."

    It was lovely and clean and everything we needed. The outdoor space was great for the kids and it was lovely to have sheep as neighbours. The hosts were lovely and friendly but not intrusive. A great area with lots to explore.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Aug 2020

  • "Oxbarton was an incredibly peaceful getaway with great access to lots to do."

    The property was spotless and beautifully presented with everything you could possibly need. Highly recommend!

    Reviewed by Samantha5.0Aug 2020

  • "Lovely area."

    Janet the owner very helpful and accommodating:)

    Reviewed by Marianne5.0Nov 2019

  • "A very pleasant place to stay."

    The underfloor heating kept us warm. This accomodation is very well equiped and the beds are comfortable. The WiFi was unreliable though, it frequently failed, but restarting the router brought it back online and when working it was fast.

    Reviewed by Martin5.0Oct 2019

  • "Oxbarton was a beautiful place to stay."

    The cottage was of high quality and was equipped with everything you might need or want on a trip away. The surrounding area was stunning with breath taking views of the countryside and Blagdon lake. There was lots of information at the cottage on places to visit and we thought the welcome package of homemade jam, marmalade, free range eggs and milk was very thoughtful. We had the added pleasure of seeing an owl and some bats which reside there.

    Reviewed by Angela4.7Aug 2019

  • "The cottage was perfect, had everything we needed, all the information about the property was clearly given."

    Had lovely welcome gifts of fresh milk, homemade jam and pickle and a personal handwritten note from the owners. The owners son also called round to make sure everything was ok with us and we were happy with everything. A beautiful, remote location, but only a small car ride to the beach and lots of other places of interest. Would certainly go back!! Ten out of ten for this holiday property.

    Reviewed by Sally5.0Jun 2019

  • "Astonishing lake views , very clean rooms ."

    Warm welcome of greeting card and tasty chocolate brownies on the table . If WIFI is provided ,that should be more convenient .The mobile phone signal is weak on the hill.

    Reviewed by Chunyan4.7May 2019

  • "First class accommodation with great attention to detail."

    Lovely peaceful area with Bath, Bristol, Wells and Cheddar Gorge within easy driving distance.

    Reviewed by Kevin5.0Apr 2019

  • "Oxbarton is a cottage of pure delight."

    The conversion has been done so well and makes for a beautiful space. There is plenty of room, the decor is lovely and the furnishings and bedding etc are to a very high standard. Everything you need for a stay is provided - from luxury towels in the modern bathroom to everything you would need in the kitchen. It is comfortable, clean, well-equipped and peaceful. The underfloor heating is wonderful, hot water is plentiful and a full sized dish washer and washing machine were great. The welcome pack that was left for us was amazing and enjoyable. The owners have thought of everything and we have even bought home some ideas from there to use in our own home. The area is stunning and Oxbarton is within easy drive of Wells, Bath, Bristol, Glastonbury, Bradford-on-Avon etc and we had a chance to visit them all - there are a couple of really good grocery shops in nearby Blagdon and Churchill and loads of lovely places around to eat and drink. We will definately be booking again, we loved it there.

    Reviewed by Lee5.0Jan 2019

  • "This was an amazingly tranquil place to spend Xmas."

    The thoughtful owners had provided everything needed to make this a truly fantastic break. Thank you so very much. We will be back!

    Reviewed by Siobhan5.0Dec 2018

  • "The lovely cottage had everything we needed and more."

    A really thoughtful barn conversion equipped with a good eye for understated style and detail. Only quibble - it did only have one bathroom not two as listed. Location info was poor despite contacting Sykes - for other visitors, once at the top of Awkward Hill turn right and the driveway is almost immediately on your left by the bridle path with a timber sign. So peaceful, so beautiful,

    Reviewed by Katherine4.4Oct 2018

  • "Very comfortable, very well equipped, lovely setting in countryside - difficult to find but well worth the effort - go to TOP of Awkward Hill and Oxbarton Barn is 100 plus yards away."

    Reviewed by Juliet4.7May 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Two bedrooms: 1 x king-size, 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with a shower over bath, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove.
  • Oil underfloor heating, woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with freeview, Wi-Fi and DVD
  • Fuel, power and starter pack inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for 4 cars
  • Lockable storage
  • Enclosed patio with furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 3 miles
  • Note: Poor mobile phone signal in area
  • Note: This property is a Friday changeover only
  • Note: Bats known to be roosting at property

The property

Oxbarton is nestled in stunning Somerset countryside in the hamlet of Nempnett Thrubwell, near the village and lake of Blagdon and just 45 minutes from the historic cities of Bristol and Bath.

Fully renovated in tasteful fashion, the converted barn offers comfortable, well-equipped accommodation, ideal for those who like the best of both worlds – the beauty of the Mendip Hills, three cathedral cities, coastline and fishing lakes are all available nearby.

Enter this homely retreat and feel instantly welcome, its open-plan living area boasts a light and airy feel with high vaulted ceilings, exposed wooden beams and light-filled windows enhancing your relaxing space.

A stunning woodburner completes the snug sitting area wonderfully, and you will find an immaculate and well-equipped kitchen area which sets you up for a holiday in rural Somerset.

Oxbarton's two bedrooms consist of a thoughtfully decorated, inviting twin room and a fabulous king-size bedroom which is lined with striking wooden beams and is flooded with natural light from the number of windows along one side.

Luscious countryside engulfs this cosy cottage; you can appreciate it from your private lawn or from a lovely patio area which is perfect for an alfresco meal.

Your nearest amenities lie close by in the welcoming village of Blagdon, a place of much interest as well as a couple of pubs, shops and a café.

Neighbouring Chew Stoke and Chew Magna are in the other direction with pubs and shops also to enjoy.

Every taste and interest is catered for in the surrounding area; countryside lovers have the Mendip Hills, while a traditional day by the sea can be enjoyed at Weston-super-Mare just 12 miles away.

Two remarkable cities also lie within driving distance; Bristol and Bath are well worth a visit with their striking architecture and wide variety of first-class amenities and attractions.

A well-presented cottage in an ideally central Somerset location.

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About the location


Blagdon 3.5 miles; Chew Magna 4.5 miles.

Nempnett Thrubwell is a small hamlet, facing south to Blagdon Lake & the Mendip Hills. It is formed of a scattering of farms & houses, a church & village hall. In terms of amenities, the nearby villages of Blagdon and Chew Magna offer pubs, convenience stores & cafes. World class fishing is available at the nearby Blagdon Lake & Chew Valley Lake is only 10 minutes drive away. The Mendip Hills & Cheddar Gorge offer excellent opportunities for walking and cycling, with stunning views over the Somerset Levels. In the surrounding area there is certainly something to suit every taste, including a day at the seaside with Weston Super-Mare just 13 miles away. The city of Wells with it's wonderful cathedral lies 25mins south, with mystical Glastonbury just beyond. The striking cities of Bath & Bristol are within easy reach, with their wealth of Georgian architecture, the
Bristol Harbourside, museums & gardens.

Note: This property is a Friday changeover only.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas