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Rainsbury House

Dulverton, Somerset (Ref. 987681)

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  • Sleeps 13

  • Bedrooms 7

  • Bathrooms 5

  • Pets Yes

  • Reviews

    Mrs Casson

    “The house and owners exceeded expectations in terms of the quality of accommodation and friendly welcome.”

    The house suited our party of 13 perfectly, ages ranged from 2 - 90years. It has a beautiful, peaceful location and was very warm and cosy in December. The beds were extremely comfortable. ...

    The house suited our party of 13 perfectly, ages ranged from 2 - 90years. It has a beautiful, peaceful location and was very warm and cosy in December. The beds were extremely comfortable. The owners had gone to a lot of trouble to beautifully decorate the house for Christmas. It was all very festive and looked magical. We were also given a huge Christmas hamper with all sorts of delicious goodies and the children each had selection boxes which they loved. It is this attention to detail and thoughtfulness which will make our Christmas at Rainsbury House memorable. In terms of evaluation your feedback form conflates 2 things, Sykes agency service and the actual holiday experience. In my opinion this is inappropriate and they should be evaluated separately. Your question ‘How far did Sykes go in exceeding expectations?’ was impossible for me to answer. Am I evaluating the agency service or the holiday experience? Agency service would be ‘met expectations’, holiday experience would be ‘exceeded expectations’. One thing I did not like about the agency service was being bombarded with emails. I couldn’t block them because some might have had important holiday information.


  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Smoke-free Smoke-free
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

The property

The Barn at Rainsbury House offers a spacious barn conversion made up of two inter-linked buildings; The Barn and Barn Owl Cottage are located six miles from two delightful Somerset market towns, Wiveliscombe and Dulverton, and only one mile from the Devon border.

This rural idyll, set in 16 acres adjoining the stunning Wimbleball Lake, offers a wealth of facilities and opportunities to make the most of the surrounding area, making it a perfect stay for friends and family, including a games room complete with table tennis.

The accommodation retains many original features, including exposed stone walls throughout, which create a real sense of charm.

All of the bedrooms are immaculately finished, beautifully combining antique furnishings with modern lamps and other thoughtful touches that will make you feel right at home.

Both kitchens are well equipped and the living areas are super comfortable, plus each bedroom has a hair dryer.

The dining table accommodates up to thirteen, the ideal place to enjoy a home-cooked family feast.

Not only do you get a peaceful private garden, you can also wander through the 16 acres of private pasture and woodland frequented by deer, badgers and other woodland creatures.

Rainsbury land adjoins the secluded and wooded corner of Wimbleball Lake.

You can walk straight out of your front door onto a 9-mile ramble or cycle around the lake and onto the moor, without ever seeing a car.

If you are feeling more adventurous, the Activity Centre on the opposite side of the lake boasts, sailing, cycle hire, kayaking, zorba balls, hi-wire assault course, an indoor climbing wall, archery and fly fishing.

For a calmer pastime, head to nearby Wiveliscombe, offering a selection of quaint amenities and the fascinating Cotleigh Brewery where you can sample award-winning local ales, or visit the picturesque little market town of Dulverton, which is blessed with great shops, restaurants and pubs.

Rainsbury has a great deal to offer groups of all ages.


Two inter-linked buildings. The Barn. Four bedrooms: 1 x ground floor king-size (zip/link can be twin on request), 1 x ground floor double with en-suite bath with shower over, basin and WC, 1 x first floor double with en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower, WC and basin, 1 x ground floor twin. Ground floor shower room with shower, basin and WC. First floor basin and WC. First floor kitchen/diner. First floor utility. First floor sitting room with a woodburning stove. The Barn Owl. All ground floor. Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x single. Bathroom with bath, shower over bath, basin and WC. Shower room with shower, basin and WC. Open plan living area with a kitchen, dining area and sitting area. Games room with table tennis table.


  • Biomass central heating, woodburning stove in The Barn
  • 2 x electric oven and hob, 2 x microwave, 2 x fridge/freezer, 2 x washing machine, tumble dryer, 2 x dishwasher, 2 x TV with Freeview, 2 x DVD, CD/radio, 2 x landline with honesty box, 2 x WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Stairgates x 3, highchairs x 2, booster seats x 2 and cots x 2 available on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Boot Room
  • Enclosed lawn, patio and gravelled garden with furniture
  • 2 well behaved pets welcome; please note that we ask that they are kept off furniture and bedding
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Nearest pub, 1 mile, nearest shop, 4 miles
  • Note: There are steps to access the property, may not be suitable for those with limited mobility
  • Note: No mobile phone signal here
  • Note: No stag/hen parties, or similar

Note: This property has a refundable Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


Minehead 17 miles.

Dulverton is the southern gateway to the Exmoor National Park, a small town standing between the rivers Barle and Exe, which meet further down the valley. Dulverton has some quaint narrow streets weaving between fine Victorian buildings and a three arched bridge crossing the river leading to riverside walks. There are plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs in Dulverton and in the square is the Exmoor National Park visitor centre and art gallery, offering plenty of inspiration for exploring the vast expanse of the moor on foot, on horseback or from behind the wheel. Why not try an off road safari around Exmoor to see red deer, wild ponies and rare birds? Exmoor has been designated as a Dark Sky Reserve, where the light pollution is low and plenty of stargazing can be done. Near to Dulverton is the majestic lake at Wimblewall Country Park, the first Dark Skies Discovery Centre on Exmoor. Wimblewall is also a premier trout fishing location, and provides tuition in numerous water sports, including sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. Further afield the North Somerset coastline has sandy beaches at Minehead, picturesque harbours and plenty of wild walking around Porlock Weir. A fabulous holiday destination for all those enjoying outdoor activities, dramatic landscapes and wildlife.

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