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The Barn

(Ref. 915884)

Bicknoller, Somerset Show on map

4.5

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  • 9 Guests

  • 4 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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33 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a nice holiday with plenty of room&towels and comfortable beds& seating."

    Only issues were we had a person with walking difficulties so found it hard to get up and down steps also shower not easy. Took two toddlers who loved the farm animals and it was close to attractions.Nice warm property lots of hot water and a nice quiet location

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0May 2023

  • "The accommodation was as expected from the listing, apart from one fabric sofa that is overdue for replacement."

    However the external appearance of the property was somewhat different. The image used must have been from when the property was first listed. It has now become somewhat overgrown and the outdoor table,chairs and the area it was in,was unusable. If we had rented the property in summer it would have been very disappointing not to have an outside area to sit/ eat in.

    Reviewed by Jane3.4Apr 2023

  • "Great for a family get together, we celebrated my 60th birthday and loved it."

    Weather was terrible, but then it was January, and the Barn was lovely and warm.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.4Jan 2023

  • "The Barn was the absolutely perfect escape for us as a family after a frenetic Christmas, we had a wonderful stay, chilling out with games by the fire on New Year's eve and a lovely long walk."

    Beautiful setting and Jackie was a great host, we were sad to leave and hope to return. The lack of WiFi was the only reason for not giving full marks on facilities.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth4.4Dec 2022

  • "A Lovely cosy, child and dog friendly property."

    Lots of nice walks on the door step and furthers field. We stayed in November but despite very mixed weather we were warm and comfortable. Great place for a large family to gather around the table or relax together.enjoying the warmth of the wood burner. A very nice barn conversion which maintained the sense of the original whilst also offering practical and interesting accommodation . Would love to come back in the summer to enjoy the out door facilities.

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Nov 2022

  • "We had a wonderful time at the barn, having stayed once already in 2018."

    Always great to see a bunch of old friends (first time some Covid!) but a beautiful, comfortable environment in which to do so. Private and peaceful, the barn was absolutely great. (Comfy beds too!)

    Reviewed by Rob4.7Nov 2022

  • "Staying at the barn was absolutely fantastic."

    The owners, Jackie and Gary, were warm and welcoming. We are a large family with a wide range of ages and all of us enjoyed the house and farm. A particular highlight was the farm grounds which the children loved to explore. The house was clean and cosy as well as being well kitted out for all we needed. The surrounding area was also very beautiful and the house was well positioned for exploring the Quantocks, coast and historic village of Dunster. We would thoroughly recommend this as a wonderful place to stay.

    Reviewed by Benjamin5.0Oct 2022

  • "This is so hard but I hope I can middle through and it makes sense!"

    ! First impressions were amazing. The farm is quaint, and very picturesque. The Barn is stunning. The original features and quirky layout left us oohing and aahing, grinning with every new discovery. A quick explore of the farm and we found some stunning areas. The host Jackie was lovely and told us we could go anywhere, just to be careful around the farm machinery (especially the kids). She told us if we stepped over the little electric fence in the lower field we could walk under the railway bridge and there was a beautiful circular walk around the wooded wetland, pond and river. The upper field had lovely sheep and led up to stunning views of the area. Around the barn itself were a couple of little areas with a picnic bench and a little mown area and bench. The kids lost their shuttlecock in the very thick bushes within an hour of playing. Out the back door of the barn a collie dog was enclosed in an old outbuilding. She barked wherever we went past as she didn't like our dog being in her territory. If you take a dog you will need to keep it on a lead at all times due to the chickens, cats and sheep on site, plus there is no secure area so if they don't have perfect recall you'll lose them (and with some of the contents of the outbuildings it's definitely not reccomended to let them roam). The old buildings were trypical farm buildings, full of scrap and all sorts of things horded for when they will be useful. The chickens free ranged. I think they were moulting so not looking their best. Their house was enclosed with some fencing and I assume they were shut in at night. We never heard the rooster in the morning, only later in the day. Inside the barn itself the furniture had seen better days. I liked the mismatched, antique furniture but it was very rickety, some of the handles had broken and it didn't feel all that stable. The bed was comfortable. Being an old barn the ceilings and beams in places were very low and my partner cracked his head on the bathroom door one evening. The barn has small low windows. It is very dark inside and you need the lights on most of the time. Unfortunately some of the lights were broken, bulbs gone, etc. The extension lead in the ground floor double bedroom was very temperamental so the lamp would go off or flicker. On the other hand there is a glass roof between the lower bedroom and bathroom where light floods in. Unfortunately the lower bedroom has a quirky little window above the door with no curtain so light came in at the crack of dawn. It wasn't the cleanest place, but all the important areas were clean. A few cobwebs never hurt anyone and just added to the charm. The toilets flushes were very dodgy. I don't know if it's because it is on a septic tank (big notices warn not to flush anything but toilet paper, not that you should in any toilet really). The rolltop bath is lovely but it would have been more helpful to have another shower as 9 people trying to shower after a day at the beach took forever. The towels provided were tiny, just one each, and only a couple of hand towels and tea towels for the week meant we had to use the washing machine a lot. The kitchen is ok. Not really equipped to cater for a family of 9 but we managed. The ovens are small so you always have to use lots of trays and use bothe the fan and convertional over meaning things cook in different times. You may want to bring some knives as the ones there are blunt and small. A big issues for our family (17, 15, 14, 14, 11, 10 and 7) was the WiFi. It was just a TPLink boosted from the main house. It couldn't cope with all our devices, only just managed to let us use Google maps on our phones to plan trips out. I thought the kids might spontaneously combust but luckily we had the switch and they could play some games offline! The reason I say this is so hard is because, despite the problems we ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!!! I would book again in a heartbeat. The area is stunning. I already knew I loved it but I found even more to love this week. Being less than perfect meant I was able to relax a little more with the kids rather than stressing about keeping it spotless. It wouldn't take much for this place to be utterly outstanding, but I think that would push it out of our price range! So my advice is, book it, but go prepared. Take your own towels. Take some oven dishes and knives. Take tea towels and hand towels. Take washing machine tabs. Take some board games, colouring stuff etc for the kids. Download stuff to watch, listen to, play etc so you don't need the WiFi. Enjoy being disconnected for a while!

    Reviewed by Joanne3.8Jul 2022

  • "The barn is spacious, warm and clean ."

    Good location with helpful owners. Beds comfy with good linen and plenty of towels. Well equipped kitchen for a large family. Could do with a bit of high level decobwebbing, but otherwise it’s all good!

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Feb 2022

  • "We all absolutely loved our stay at the barn."

    Its full of quirky character with plenty of space and well thought out communal areas. It was lovely to be greeted by the chickens at the door every morning (we didn't feed them Jaqueline) There was more than enough space for the 9 of us and the cottage was well equipped The only very, very small blemish on the stay was a few cobwebs in the larger rooms in the ceiling area which was pointed out to Jaqueline and will be dealt with. This place is on our list to return to and I would recommend to friends and family. 15 min walk to the start of the Quantock hills and Watchet really is only a 10min drive away. Looking forward to planning our return.

    Reviewed by Karen4.4Dec 2021

  • "We had a lovely Xmas break."

    The Barn was perfect for the whole family. The owner was very welcoming and friendly. The children enjoyed feeding the chickens. Would highly recommend it. We all had a great time.

    Reviewed by Sheila3.8Dec 2021

  • "A perfect place to stay for the weekend."

    Reviewed by Danielle4.7Nov 2021

  • "Our main concern was the very late check-in and very early checkout."

    Reviewed by Roger4.7Oct 2021

  • "Had some great walks out in the Quantocks and Exmoor."

    Particular favourites we're Lorna Doone valley and looking for fossils at Kilve. The Barn was spacious, kitchen well equipped with large fridge which was wonderful! Loved the hens and cats. (High up in lounge area was very dusty,m, otherwise all very good and comfortable.)

    Reviewed by Hillary4.4Oct 2021

  • "A class act."

    The helpful owners have put a lot of thought into providing a spacious and very comfortable holiday home, with the heating system and all the kitchen appliances working exactly as they should. There is an excellent pub in Bicknoller, and a well stocked supermarket in nearby Williton.

    Reviewed by David5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had a wonderful holiday at The Barn."

    Everything was there that we needed & the owners, who live on site, were lovely. Our 2yr old granddaughter particularly enjoyed the chickens which were freeroaming around. The satnav found the property easily but there is a half mile single track lane which you have to navigate on the approach to the property. Would definitely recommend as a good base to explore area.

    Reviewed by Denise4.7Aug 2021

  • "Hosts very friendly Location excellent"

    Reviewed by Angela5.0Jul 2021

  • "An idyllic location, and fantastic place to stay."

    Loved The Barn and the chickens! Really lovely, friendly and super helpful hosts. Lots to visit nearby. We will definitely be back!

    Reviewed by Christine5.0Jun 2021

  • "Beautiful rustic setting within a working farm nestled among made for a wonderful weekend with the kids able to go off and explore the really interesting farmland which include and old water mill, river, rolling hills and woodland, not to mentions chickens, sheep, dogs, cats, pheasant and deer!"

    They had a blast and not an ipad in sight. We received a really warm welcome from the hosts who were both friendly and helpful but also left us to enjoy the peace and quiet the site offers. Just what we needed.

    Reviewed by Jason4.7May 2021

  • "We did not find any olven gloves, though the owner confirmed as we were leaving that they had been provided ?"

    Otherwise, everything fine

    Reviewed by David5.0Sep 2020

  • "We enjoyed the holiday with our daughters and family!"

    The hosts were very obliging , there were a few problems with a few maintenance Jobs needed doing like fixing taps and plumbing but my son in law fixed these! He always has his tools with him on self catering holidays!! The house was clean but well lived in but great for us with 1 child and two teens in the party! We enjoyed visiting Watchet twice and had a meal at the Indian In Watchet which we pre booked As the August half price offer was on! It was really excellent also an evening meal at a local pub which was very good too! We played games and walked the dogs and visited Bridport and West sands (favourites of our family) and the weather was kind To us !

    Reviewed by Hazel3.8Aug 2020

  • "Really lovely comfortable property with spacious accommodation layout with great facilities in a good location for exploring the area (albeit down a single track road)."

    Hosts were very friendly and welcoming. We were able to roam freely around the farm estate as were the chickens, who were regular visitors to the front door. This is a working farm so there is no enclosed garden space which we would have liked for the children to get out and play safely, especially as we originally planned to have more than two with us when booking but that's my only personal negative. Plenty of parking. The local village pub served great food and was equally friendly and welcoming. Would recommend especially for larger families or multiple family groups.

    Reviewed by Emma4.7Aug 2020

  • "We had a great stay here."

    The accommodation is perfect for adults, children and dogs. The Barn is very 'lived in' so don't expect luxury but there is everything you could possibly want. Well kitted-out kitchen with range cooker, microwave, dishwasher. Plenty of crockery, cutlery, pots and pans etc and fridge freezer. Own washing machine. Very clean with oodles of hot water and comfy beds...what's not to like? Small grass area with outside seating and functioning bbq. It was great for us with 2 active boys, a toddler and a dog. Very spacious downstairs with no knick-knacks, pristine sofas or lovely carpets to worry about so we felt right at home. It has been converted with thought and has great atmosphere. There are lovely walks around the farm which has sheep and chickens. Within easy reach of beaches and local attractions Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by Dorothie5.0Aug 2019

  • "It’s an old barn that has been converted so don’t expect the height of sophistication or luxury."

    However you can expect a lovely relaxing airy quirky olde-world place that is comfortable well located and a wonderful holiday destination. The grounds are ideal for adults children and dogs alike, the walks from the door into the fields or down by the stream being lovely. The Quantocks were new to us and being literally on the doorstep are very worthwhile exploring. Similarly of course Exmoor is lovely too. A return journey on the steam train from local Stogumber to Minehead made my friend’s day and we sampled a couple of the local pubs which provided good basic pub grub - unfortunately the most local at Bicknoller was in the process of changing hands so was not available for food, but the White Horse at Stogumber proved better than our expectations, especially as we were in on the night of monthly meet of locals and their guitars! Overall a really enjoyable week. Highly recommended

    Reviewed by Nigel4.7Jun 2019

  • "The Barn is in an excellent location."

    We enjoyed exploring Somerset and Devon. Our dog had a great time too. The hosts were very friendly and welcoming and as we were there at lambing time we even got to feed some lambs.

    Reviewed by Zoe5.0Apr 2019

  • "Brilliant site , first time I have used it , very polite and professional communication"

    Reviewed by James5.0Mar 2019

  • "Overall the accommodation was as we expected."

    Our hosts were very accommodating and pleasant to deal with. Gary would always take time to stop and talk even though he was running the farm and was very busy. A few minor issues. The dishwasher top drawer was broken and we had to fiddle around with it for a while to get it back on it's runners. This happened daily. Short of a few items in the kitchen; scourers for pans, dishcloths, etc. The main picture used in the Sykes Advertising is VERY OLD!!! This gives a false impression of the look of the barn. It makes it look much newer than it actually is. There were 6 adults & 2 children in our party and we had plenty of space.

    Reviewed by Rob4.1Feb 2019

  • "The owners of the farm/cottage were extremely friendly and helpful, loved the ..."

    The owners of the farm/cottage were extremely friendly and helpful, loved the quirky barn conversion, would definitely recommend :)

    Reviewed by Ros5.0Jun 2018

  • "Very pleasant short-break venue."

    Owner's very helpful and welcoming, chickens at the door, lambs in the farmyard, delightful. Do remember, this really is a 'rural/rustic/remote/relaxing' environment, deep down in the countryside adjacent to a busy working farm (especially during the lambing season). So don't expect immaculately cleaned high level windows or cream hall-to-wall carpets...it's a converted barn with many old features, creaky wooden doors and rusty window frames, timber beams etc., accessed by narrow lanes surrounded by high hedges, driving (only) distance from local amenities, pubs, shops and historic attractions/towns (don't miss Dunster Castle). We were 5 ex-college-chums, all now over 65 years-of-age, for a country break mid-april 2018 and we just loved the place! We would not hesitate to re-visit/recommend.

    Reviewed by Gordon4.1Apr 2018

  • "In a lovely location and the family who own the barn were so welcoming and really helpful."

    The Barn itself is full of character, beautiful real fire place and has such lovely potential. However the building felt a little run and could do with some work. Cracked paint in bathrooms and a towel rail that’s hanging on by a thread. Also it didn’t feel like the cleanest. Cobwebs and dust every where. The towels provided smelt musty and damp and we had to wash them a few times to get them smelling fresh. The cushions on the sofas and bed linen also just didn’t feel very fresh or clean. Also it’s sold as saying it has WiFi and out of 6 of us none of us could receive WiFi in the barn. There is WiFi in the main house and a booster near by apparently. Not a huge deal but I don’t think it should say it provides it when it doesn’t. Not suitable for young children as lots of steep stairs also the sound from the lounge area travels all round the barn so not suitable for families who need to put young children to bed and want to stay up late. Lots of animals roaming around the farm which was lovely and the stream running by the side of it was really picturesque. In a great location Intetesting place with character and the family who own it were lovely but definitely needs a little TLC.

    Reviewed by Hannah2.5Mar 2018

  • "The Barn was great for families with young children being able to roam around the farm and seeing the animals."

    Just found the property a bit tricky with a crawling baby, lots of stairs, otherwise it was lovely :-)

    Reviewed by Jamie4.0May 2017

  • "We all had a brilliant time."

    The cottage was very comfortable and spacious and set in lovely grounds. The hosts were also very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend the cottage to friends and would be very happy to book the cottage again.

    Reviewed by Sarah5.0Mar 2017

  • "We enjoyed our stay."

    The owners made us feel very welcome. We would re visit.

    Reviewed by Susan3.8Mar 2017

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Summary

  • Over three floors
  • Four bedrooms: 1 x lower ground floor king-size double, 1 x family room with 1 king-size double and 1 single, 1 x twin, 1 x ground floor twin
  • Ground floor bathroom with free-standing bath, basin and WC
  • Lower ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room with woodburner.
  • Oil central heating with woodburner
  • Electric range oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher,TV with Freeview, DVD, CD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Private garden with patio and furniture
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop and pub 1 mile
  • Note: There are beams and sloped ceilings in the twin room
  • Please note: There is a £300 Good Housekeeping Bond on this property.

The property

This spacious stone and cob barn conversion has retained its ancient beams and timbers but has been beautifully furnished with modern furniture, to provide a comfortable and attractive holiday cottage for a large family.

There is a spacious sitting room with vaulted beamed ceiling, three large leather Chesterfield sofas and a stone fireplace housing a woodburner, a relaxing room for the whole family to spend time together after a day in the hills or on the beach.

There are two staircases making the layout sizeable and flexible for sharing.

With comfy king-size beds, two bathrooms and views across the farmland, guests will be assured of a good night’s sleep.

There is a private garden with furniture for taking a tea break in the sunshine and fresh air.

Note: This property is next to Refs. 915882, 915850 and 915883, together they sleep 21.

Meadowsweet Farm Cottages

Bicknoller 1 mile. Meadowsweet Farm Cottages are set adjacent to an attractive 15th century farmhouse, in a delightful peaceful rural position one mile from Bicknoller Village. The cottages are close to the beautiful Quantock Hills in North Somerset and only 5 miles from the spectacular coastline. These stunning converted farm buildings, close to the mill stream and set within 30 acres of working farmland, offer a unique farm stay for families and groups of friends, with views of the West Somerset steam trains, green meadows and lush woodland to wander into and chickens, lambs and ponies for children to admire. All four cottages have retained their interesting features such as exposed rustic oak beams, stone walls and wooden floors but have been well furnished to provide a comfy, cosy farm cottage with a friendly welcome from the owners who are only too happy to share their rural life with guests. They would be delighted to introduce you to the friendly farm cats, and encourage you to collect and buy fresh hen eggs and other items for a tasty farmhouse breakfast. The cottages are dog friendly and guests are free to wander the farm meadows and woodlands with their pets, or relax alongside the stream and listen to the plentiful birds, especially the arrival of the swallows in Spring. Within a mile is the pretty village of Bicknoller, nestling on the slopes of the Quantock Hills and having a useful village shop, a welcoming pub serving local food and ales, plus footpaths leading up into the hills with breathtaking views of the surrounding unspoilt countryside that inspired the famous poets Coleridge and Wordsworth. The Coleridge Way, a 36-mile footpath, follows in their footsteps all the way to Porlock on the coast and provides some stunning walks where you may possibly spot the native red deer that roam the hills. There are some fabulous beaches just 5 miles from the cottages, such as Blue Anchor which is dog friendly or Watchet which also has a pretty harbour and interesting shops. These Somerset cottages offer a chance to stay in a historic property with a choice of fine inland scenery and a dramatic coastline.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £300.

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About the location

BICKNOLLER

Watchet 5 miles; Taunton 13 miles; Bridgwater 15 miles; Burnham-on-Sea 25 miles;

Whichever way you approach the village of Bicknoller you are met with one of the most charming and picturesque villages on the Quantock Hills.The village is full of beautiful thatched houses, a village shop and an old thatched Inn, which provides a warm welcome. The village lies on The Coleridge Way, a long distance path running along The Quantock Hills towards the North Somerset coast. The Quantock countryside is among the finest in England and was the first to be awarded the national status of Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and Quantock Common is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The hills provide almost 50 square miles of open heathland, woodland, small villages and farmland, with some beautiful countryside for walking, horse riding and bird watching. Within a short drive of Bicknoller are Dunster Castle, West Somerset Railway, Hestercombe House and Gardens, Clarke's Retail Village, Glastonbury Abbey, Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge and Exmoor.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas