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The Barn at Rapps Cottage

(Ref. 1054569)

Rapps near Ilminster, Somerset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Garden / Patio
  • Broadband / WiFi

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50 Customer Reviews

  • "A first class holiday let in a beautiful location."

    We wanted for nothing as everything was carefully and thoughtfully chosen and taken care of. The Barn at Rapps was impeccable and our hosts were delightful and nothing was too much trouble. Thank you Jayne and Phil for such a memorable stay.

    Reviewed by Rachel5.0Oct 2023

  • "My elderly Mum and I were given a wonderful welcome from Phil and Jayne."

    The barn is a really beautiful little home from home beautifully equipped and furnished with all you could ask for. Nothing was too much trouble. There was a beautiful welcome hamper with local cider, marmalade, honey and biscuits. They had also left easy to understand crib sheets for the appliances along with all the things you would need after a long journey. Everything is within 30 to 40 minutes drive to the coast Lyme Regis and even closer for other adventures. We can’t recommend the Barn, Phil and Jayne enough. Loved our stay and will come back. Stephanie and Margaret.

    Reviewed by Stephanie5.0Oct 2023

  • "This property is in a really beautiful setting."

    The owners are really friendly and go out of their way to make you feel at home. The welcome basket of goodies as well as the starter pack in the fridge have been well thought out. Ideally located to reach the many interesting parts of Somerset, Dorset and Devon. .

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Sep 2023

  • "First class accommodation in a fantastic location for visiting Somerset being central to both coastlines and other amenities."

    Our hosts Phil and Jayne where so helpful recommending local places to eat out and places to visit with nothing being too much trouble for them. We had a great holiday and would definitely recommend a stay at Rapps Cottage. Alan and Elaine Moult

    Reviewed by Alan5.0Sep 2023

  • "What a gorgeous place owned by a really lovely couple."

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautifully restored barn. Most comfortable bed ever and and very pretty garden to relax in. The location is perfect to visit so many places in under an hour. Right in the middle of everything. Can't wait to go back!

    Reviewed by Emma5.0Aug 2023

  • "A delightful , immaculate property in a beautiful setting."

    It was very comfortable, very well equipped & attractively furnished.The bed was exceptionally comfortable, The owners were very hospitable & very helpful. It was lovely to sit by the pond in the garden although the weather wasn't very kind to us.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Jul 2023

  • "Phil and Jayne are the perfect hosts making us feel welcome and relaxed in the ..."

    Phil and Jayne are the perfect hosts making us feel welcome and relaxed in the Barn There local knowledge was invaluable to give us an exceptional holiday Mike and Tena (Lincoln)

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Jun 2023

  • "Great place to stay good facilities and location ."

    Owner very welcoming and helpful.

    Reviewed by Annetta5.0Jun 2023

  • "What an amazing little cottage!"

    ! Beautifully decorated, the most comfortable bed, and a lovely garden to relax in. The hosts were fantastic with a wonderful welcome pack of local produce and on hand to help with local tips of where to dine and visit. Will certainly recommend.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0Jun 2023

  • "Phil and Jayne are great hosts and made us feel very welcome, the barn is in a beautiful location and has everything you need for a lovely holiday."

    It was wonderful and relaxing. The added bonus was the perfect weather all week. Thank you so much. Darren and Claire

    Reviewed by Claire5.0May 2023

  • "Beautiful small rental."

    Perfect for the two of us. All modern conveniences. Hosts were very welcoming and nice to chat with. The garden was amazing! Loved sitting and watching the bunnies scurry around early morning and evening. Great location as a base for day trips.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0May 2023

  • "I lovely quiet, stay the rapss."

    Phil and Jayne, such superb hosts. Will definitely be going back.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2023

  • "We had an excellent holiday at The Barn at Rapps Cottage."

    Phil and Jayne, the owners, couldn’t do enough for us. They were very attentive without being suffocating. The cottage is absolutely beautifully decorated, the garden is beautiful and peaceful. It’s also handy for several National Trust properties, the Fleet Air Arm Museum and the coast. Plenty to do! We received the best welcome pack ever and we have done lots of cottage holidays! We would definitely go back! Thanks you so much Phil and Jayne.

    Reviewed by Marcus5.0Apr 2023

  • "All furnishings were of a high standard the bed was so comfortable the barn was ..."

    All furnishings were of a high standard the bed was so comfortable the barn was spotlessly clean the garden was a bonus along with the varney armes the hosts Phil and jayne were the best we've come across nothing was too much trouble thanks to them we had a wonderful holiday

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Apr 2023

  • "Honestly a truly lovely couple who we thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting to know a little during our stay."

    Nothing was too much trouble, everything from the gorgeous barn to the welcome pack that was left for us to enjoy (even Phil’s homemade bread!) We felt completely rested after our stay and loved the fact that it was so peaceful yet not far from main roads to be able to explore the area easily. To be able to look out and enjoy the lovely gardens was a bonus too (and to hear different bird song

    Reviewed by Nathalie5.0Apr 2023

  • "Lovely property and very comfortable."

    However in many ways the best thing is how hospitable the owners are which made the time very special.

    Reviewed by Stephen4.7Mar 2023

  • "The barn at Rapps is an exceptional property."

    We were given a warm welcome on arrival by Jayne and Phil who own the property. There was a hamper waiting for us and other essential items which meant we only needed to go food shopping the next day.The barn is beautiful, very clean and warm. The owners are friendly and helpful. We had a lovely week thanks to Jayne and Phil. The property is ideal for people with mobility problems as everything is on the ground floor. The outside is not fit for a wheelchair as it is loose gravel. The barn is beautifully furnished and there is everything you need whilst on holiday.

    Reviewed by Shirley5.0Oct 2022

  • "Only problem was getting out of bed in the mornings."

    Reviewed by Gary5.0Oct 2022

  • "What a little gem of a place to stay."

    Perfectly situated to get out and about in Somerset/Dorset/Devon, but a lovely peaceful retreat to come back to at the end of the day. This little barn is immaculately clean and has everything you could possibly need including a lovely big comfy bed. The owners provided all sorts of goodies including homemade bread and local produce including cider. It was also lovely to stay in a property that didn't skimp on basics like washing up liquid and hand soap!! If we are ever looking to stay in the area again, we would certainly book in with Phil and Jayne again, and we wish them all the best for the future. Many thanks from Cathy and Paul in Norwich.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Sep 2022

  • "The Barn is fantastic and Phil and Jayne make everything perfect for a lovely holiday."

    Reviewed by Leigh5.0Sep 2022

  • "Rapps cottage is everything you could wish for."

    Ideally situated for trips to seaside towns, Lyme Regis, seaton, sidmouth, minehead, burnham-on-sea and Weston-super-mare. Jayne and Phil made us most welcome. Sue & Bernard

    Reviewed by Bernard5.0Aug 2022

  • "Beautifully furnished property, ideal location and very friendly and helpful owners."

    Would definitely recommend.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Jun 2022

  • "Lovely barn."

    Fitted out very nicely. Friendly and helpful owner. Loads of places to visit nearby (in the car !) Definitely recommend

    Reviewed by Alison5.0Jun 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Rapps cottage which we felt was perfectly positioned to explore the nearby coastal areas of Somerset, Devon and Dorset."

    The actual cottage was a perfect balance of beautifully quaint and all mod cons, extremely clean, with every detail attended to and a few nice surprises too! The hosts: Phil and Jayne, couldn't have been more helpful or friendly! Overall, we had a lovely stay and would very much like to return in the future. Many thanks!

    Reviewed by Lynn5.0May 2022

  • "This was a lovely cottage which was extremely comfortable and homely."

    We had a warm welcome from the owners who couldn't be more helpful and we felt like our every need was catered for along with a lot of very thoughtful gestures like the welcome hamper and a very useful and detailed welcome pack. We would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to friends and family.

    Reviewed by Jodie5.0May 2022

  • "What a stunning cottage this is, we had a very warm welcome from the owners."

    It's fitted out with everything you need. The bed is huge and very comfortable, we slept really well. The wildlife is amazing especially the baby bunnies. Every home comfort has been thought of and the hamper was a beautiful surprise. Some great places to explore nearby so we were never bored. By far the best cottage we have ever stayed in. We will be recommending this to family and friends and going back soon but for longer next time. We didn't want to leave!

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Apr 2022

  • "Everything was just right."

    The Barn is a wonderful conversion that is stylish and cozy at the same time. Plenty to see in the area and some great pubs. I would rcommend this property to anyone

    Reviewed by Nicholas5.0Apr 2022

  • "This is a wonderful place to stay."

    Everything you could want is provided by the super hosts. The area around is ideal for exploring set as it is almost equi distance between the North and south coast. We were made very welcome by Phil and Jayne, despite the circumstances of our visit having tested positive for Covid only days before our holiday we had a great time , socially distanced at all times. The welcome hamper and thoughtful early supplies of essentials was much appreciated. Thanks for a great break.

    Reviewed by Tim5.0Mar 2022

  • "Property really lovely."

    ...super cosy. Kitchen well equipped and welcome basket had lots of local treats. The bed was huge and wonderfully comfortable. Had the best nights sleep. Host was very helpful. Would definitely book again

    Reviewed by Julia5.0Feb 2022

  • "Fantastic place to stay, from the welcome pack of local produce to the lovely hosts Jayne and Phil."

    The barn itself had everything you needed for a great break it was like home from home and some . Clean tidy warm with a lovely comfy bed clean and fresh towels and all the facilities that you would need for a great stay

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0Nov 2021

  • "The Barn at Rapps Cottage is a beautiful, warm, cosy and comfortable little barn set in a picturesque spot."

    It is conveniently placed with so many places to visit within half an hours drive and some much closer. Jayne and Phil are excellent hosts and their personal little touches make your stay so welcoming. We would have no hesitation in recommending Rapp's Barn for any one wanting a lovely and memorable break.

    Reviewed by Heather5.0Nov 2021

  • "A warm friendly welcome was a perfect start to our stay at The Barn at Rapps Cottage."

    Stepping into the cottage was a delight - beautifully furnished, which was both comfortable and cosy. It's location gave us plenty of choice for days out and about, just a lovely place to spend a most enjoyable week.

    Reviewed by Antony5.0Nov 2021

  • "The barn was amazing, very warm and welcoming were the hosts too."

    The bed was so comfortable and no heating was needed as it was very toasty. Lovely extra touches with the hamper too. Would highly recommend to stay here.

    Reviewed by Audrey5.0Oct 2021

  • "Phil & Jayne are the perfect hosts, we were greeted by Phil at the Barn within ..."

    Phil & Jayne are the perfect hosts, we were greeted by Phil at the Barn within minutes of our arrival at that time Phil went over everything he possibly could with us regarding the accommodation and more besides

    Reviewed by Trevor4.7Oct 2021

  • "Beautifully presented property ."

    A great place to explore the region from .

    Reviewed by Trevor5.0Oct 2021

  • "Our stay at the barn was fantastic!"

    Phil and jayne were lovely. Very friendly very helpful. The barn has everything you could wish for. The welcome pack was first class! Beautiful place to stay, the bed is so so comfy. easy access to main road for travelling around the area. Will definitely return. We had a lovely 2 weeks. Phil and jayne have thought of everything to make sure your holiday at the barn gets of to a great start and continues throughout your stay.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Sep 2021

  • "We enjoyed a lovely relaxing break."

    The barn was very well equipped to a high standard. It was centrally located and a good base to stay. The owners Phil and Jayne were on hand if needed and made us feel very welcome and gave us any information we needed. We would not hesitate to recommend a break at The Barn at Rapps Cottage.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Sep 2021

  • "Phil and Jayne are a fantastic couple, nothing is too much trouble."

    We will definitely be returning.

    Reviewed by Darren5.0Jul 2021

  • "The peace and quiet of the cottage."

    The beautiful garden. The proximity to lots of places to visit. The owners who were always helpful and really nice people.

    Reviewed by Barbara5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Barn at Rapps Cottage lives up to the photographs and description."

    A beautiful location, wonderful hosts. The welcome pack of locally sourced products including honey and local cider was a lovely touch. Phil and Jayne are really welcoming, about if you need them but equally discreet leaving you to enjoy the beautiful gardens-perfect balance. Would recommend and have done to my friends.

    Reviewed by Helen5.0Jun 2021

  • "Our stay at the Barn was fabulous."

    Everything promised was delivered it was exceptionally clean and comfortable.lots of really lovely finishing touches. There was a fabulous welcome pack with local products and our hosts were warm and welcoming.nothing negative to say would definitely recommend .

    Reviewed by Eileen5.0Jun 2021

  • "The Barn at Rapps Cottage was everything I’d hoped for, and more."

    Fantastic location, beautifully furnished and equipped and extremely comfortable, especially the bed!! Phil & Jayne are wonderful hosts, welcoming and friendly, and the gift hamper filled with local goodies is a lovely touch. I would highly recommend Rapps Barn to anybody who is looking for a peaceful, Somerset holiday.

    Reviewed by Rosalind5.0May 2021

  • "The owners of The Barn were very welcoming and extremely helpful."

    Really nice people. We would love to return for another visit.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2021

  • "Friendly and welcoming hosts and the accomodation and facilities were excellent , very comfy bed."

    Good to have use of the garden if the weather is good enough.The area is lovely with lots to do and good eateries nearby too, East Lambrook Manor gardens and Hestercombe in particular are well worth a visit.

    Reviewed by Jane5.0May 2021

  • "The Barn at Rapps Cottage was the perfect place to relax and explore the area, Somerset and beyond, as it was an easy drive to Dorset and Devon."

    We felt very safe during these difficult Covid times, everything was spotless. We had the warmest of welcomes from Jayne & Phil, who were always around to check if we needed anything, but also left us undisturbed to enjoy their beautiful Barn and garden. The Barn was fitted out to a really high standard and had everything we needed for our stay, including a very comfortable bedroom, with super king bed and lovely bedding. We were left a really thoughtful welcome pack too. You couldn't fail to have a very special stay at this lovely place. We shall certainly return.

    Reviewed by Lindsay5.0Apr 2021

  • "We had a fantastic stay here, and we would highly recommend it to anyone looking."

    It's a beautiful thatched annex separated from the main house, and looks even prettier in the flesh. Phil and Jayne were very warm and welcoming, the cottage was in superb condition and we had a very comfortable, relaxing stay. We were looking to escape the city and relax in green surroundings and it was absolutely perfect for us. We look forward to returning again in the future!

    Reviewed by Ben5.0Apr 2021

  • "We had an absolutely super time at Rapps Cottage."

    Phil and Jayne were the perfect hosts, and made us feel extremely welcome. The barn was beautiful, and we had everything we desired in there. There were lovely touches such as the welcoming hamper, and milk, bread, CIDER

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Oct 2020

  • "Really had an amazing stay here."

    Beautiful and very comfortable. Arrived with a warm welcome and lovely chat with Phil. Inside was a sweet hamper filled with cider, biscuits honey and marmalade which we had with the bread that was also left for us as. It made a lovely breakfast. The cottage is well stocked with anything you could need, from soaps, milk, variety of teas and coffees to reading material, board games and even access to Netflix and internet on the tv. We slept well and explored nearby sites the next day. Plenty to do in the area and an amazing place to stay. Would 100% recommend to anyone

    Reviewed by Amy5.0Oct 2020

  • "Rapps Cottage If you would like a tranquil position and a good location to visit lots of interesting places and the coast then Rapps is your place."

    The Cottage is very clean, compact and smart with a cosy feel. Perfect. The hosts are friendly and helpful. Hopefully will visit again soon.

    Reviewed by Rosellina4.7Oct 2020

  • "We had a fantastic time at the Barn at Rapps cottage."

    Phil and Jayne were wonderful and friendly hosts, always there to offer assistance with the accommodation and advice for our things to do in the local area - even small little things like offering a torch for a walk to the local pub, The Bell at Broadway - which does excellent food. They were so sweet with all the little touches around the barn... A welcome hamper, filled with local products - honey, gin and tonic marmalade, two bottles of cider from Perry’s just down the road, biscuits, fresh bakery bread, condiments and cereals. As we were their first ever guests, they also left us a bottle of Prosecco and a welcome card. There were no issues whatsoever with the facilities in the barn - the hot plate works well as a replacement counter-top, and the microwave includes a grill, which we didn’t try. The bed was so comfortable, with the softest sheets. We slept perfectly all three nights. There are plenty of things to do within a half hour drive - we did a walk from Chard through the Blackdown Hills with fantastic and varied scenery, visited Glastonbury, seeing the Tor, abbey and the town, caught the sunset at Ham Hill Country Park - with a nice little pub, and drove down to Lyme Regis beach. Needless to say we were busy all three days, but never had to rush and still had lots of time to enjoy relaxing in the barn and the front garden, which they kindly offer full use of. Our only regret is not booking for longer. We would return in a heartbeat and hope to do so in the near future. Thank you very much Phil and Jayne! Sean & Frankie

    Sean and Frankie, thank you so much for your kind words. We’ve worked hard to get up and running and to get feedback like this makes it all worthwhile. You made great “First Guests” and please do come visit us again. Thanks, Phil & Jayne, The Barn at Rapps Cottage Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sean5.0Sep 2020

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  • All-ground-floor
  • One super-king-size bedroom
  • Shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area
  • Electric central heating
  • Combi microwave/oven, electric hob, fridge, freezer, Denby crockery, Smart TV, DVD player, sound bar, WiFi and a selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Wash only laundry service available for £5 per load, please organise with the owner
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Patio garden with furniture
  • Secure storage for two bikes
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 1.9 miles
  • Note: Children are not accepted at this property

The property

The Barn at Rapps Cottage” is a stunning barn conversion within the curtilage of a genuine 15th Century Grade II listed Somerset Long House.

Full of character and Somerset charm, this thatched holiday home is a perfect place to start exploring the many attractions of the South West. Easily accessible from the A303 and M5, yet surrounded by the splendour of the Blackdown Hills, Somerset Flats and the Dorset Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this all-ground-floor haven is perfect for a pair seeking a rural escape, with the highlights of Somerset on your door step. With reserved parking and gardens to relax in, the Barn itself boasts original beams and a genuine thatched roof and garden view.

It makes a wonderful choice for a traditional English countryside escape. Beautifully fitted out with oak furniture, comfy sofa and intimate dining area, the Barn at Rapps Cottage is the perfect place to unwind after a day full of Somerset adventure. The kitchen area is equipped with everything you could need if you decide to forego the many excellent cafes, pubs and restaurants in the area.

With a combi microwave/oven, electric hob, fridge and freezer, it has all you need to prepare a romantic meal or hearty breakfast which can be enjoyed on your own private patio or simply in front of the smart TV with DVD player and sound bar for a quiet night in. No expense has been spared on a 6000 spring, hypo-allergenic super king size bed with genuine Egyptian cotton sheets for a perfect night’s sleep.

Or request for the bed to be made into two singles if you're travelling with a friend! A large country garden is available for you to enjoy, with a picnic hamper should you wish to dine, or just wine, by the pond. The nearest pub is just a walk through the countryside and offers everything you might want from a country inn.

Many others offer variety and quality dining within a few short miles. Pretty Ilminster is on your doorstep for all of your local amenities such as ingredients for your homemade meals and boasts pubs, cafes and excellent delicatessens as well as a rich history worth exploring through its stunning Minster, art gallery and concert hall. A perfect base to explore Somerset, Devon and Dorset, there are many characterful towns, national trust sites (such as Barrington Court) and fascinating itineraries to fill your days.

Pop down to the coast for breakfast in Lyme Regis before moseying eastwards to the Jurassic coast, West Bay (setting of “Broadchurch”) and Bridport.

The next day, head north to Glastonbury, Cheddar Gorge and the beautiful Quantock Hills or maybe take in the pretty towns of Langport and Somerton.

If you want to shop, Taunton, Yeovil and Exeter are within easy reach.

There really is so much to do here, you’ll need to come back… At the heart of the South West’s cycling network and with secure cycle storage provided, there are so many wonderful cycling opportunities within the area and in all directions.

The Chard to Ilminster route is particularly popular for a gentle cycle ending at Chard Reservoir, or for the more hardcore the route continues to the coast. The Barn at Rapps Cottage makes a marvellous choice for an escape to the Somerset countryside.

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About the location


Chard 5.3 miles; Taunton 12.5 miles; Yeovil 14.6 miles

A town and civil parish in the countryside of south west Somerset, Ilminster lies in a desirable position for exploring the south of England. In close reach of both the Blackdown Hills and the Dorset Area's of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the town makes an extremely scenic base for those seeking outdoor wonder, with plenty of activities to entertain all tastes. The parish includes the charming hamlet of Sea, combining to offer a good range of pubs, cafés, restaurants and takeaways for all of your culinary requirements, as well as a selection of supermarkets and independent shops to take your pick from. Taking its name from the River Isle and its large church of St Mary, Ilminster also benefits from a rich history, with its art gallery and concert hall once being a sixteenth-century grammar school, as well as a traditional Edwardian-style clothing and soft furnishings store named Dyers letting you get a real feel for the town's past. Enjoy a show in the town's theatre, Warehouse Theatre, or venture to the nearby historic town of Yeovil, offering wonderful retail experiences, an impressive golf club, pleasant parks and gardens and much more, with the Yeovil Railway Centre being a particular wonder. The National Trust property of Montacute House is in easy reach too, with its impressive Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design, alongside charming gardens where you can while away the hours, or venture into one of the nearby AONB's for all matters of outdoor adventure including walking, cycling, horse riding amongst remarkable vistas. In reach of Chard and Taunton, as well as the famed town of Glastonbury with its world-renowned music festival, Ilminster makes the perfect holiday base at any time of year.

Please note: property is on one level however, we would not state the property is wheelchair friendly. There is a gravel driveway with a 20ft gap between the door and the parking space. The property has no ramps to get over the gap. The bathroom doesn't offer handrails in the bathroom. The shower provides you to step over to enter.

This property offers the following short breaks:

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