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The Old Bull Stall

Penselwood near Wincanton, Somerset (Ref. 1763)


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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
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  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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64 Customer Reviews

  • "Lovely little cottage."

    Very friendly owners.

    Reviewed by BartAug 2021

  • "Lovely cottage beside a working farm run by a delightful couple who looked after us well."

    5 minutes from the dual carriageway, pub and facilities. Strongly recommended.

    Reviewed by TonyJul 2021

  • "A perfect setting for a country getaway."

    The hosts were very helpful and friendly. The only slight downside is the comfort of the living area seating. As we had good weather this was not too much of an issue as we were out a lot of the time, but in the winter I would prefer something more comfortable to sit in front of the fire and read.

    Reviewed by LoisJun 2021

  • "Very friendly owners, and dogs."

    We had a very enjoyable week, tea & milk & flapjack nice welcome touch. also the flowers on the table, would stay again.

    Reviewed by GeoffreySep 2019

  • "Clean, cosy cottage, with everything we needed."

    Helpful owners, who left homemade flapjack, tea, coffee and milk for our arrival. Set in beautiful countryside. Would not hesitiate to recommend.

    Reviewed by JayneJun 2019

  • "We have stayed in quite a few of your listed cottages especially ones on Farms, all have been of a very high standard regarding comfort and furnishings."

    We think this cottage is in need of an upgrade the cooker although in good working order is very old, the furniture in the lounge is not comfortable to sit on of an evening after being out all day especially for an older person as backs are so low. The hot water went off the owners had forgotten to mention that we needed to press a button in order to reset it as it seems to have a problem. At all other properties we have stayed there has been a welcome starter pack, i.e. tea,coffee,milk even biscuits and treats I had rad the reviews before booking and several said it was nice to arrive and find a tray + eggs on arrival, so we did not take those things, however, we had a jug of milk in the fridge and some pieces of flapjack. I do think that a welcome pack is a good idea so you don't have to go out after a long journey to get the essentials. So we were a bit disappointed that we paid the same or similar price for this property but it was not up to the high standard we had come to expect from Sykes.

    Reviewed by JuneJun 2019

  • "This was a lovely holiday in a nice location, good walks and places to visit within a few miles."

    The farmer, wife and daughter made us welcome during our stay, even the little dog came out to greet us. We had wonderful weather so was able to explore Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire which were beautiful counties. We would certainly recommend the `Old Bull Stall ` for a quiet and peaceful holiday.

    Reviewed by GrahamMay 2019

  • "Cute cottage, well looked after and homely."


    Reviewed by ChristinaAug 2018

  • "Lovely little cottage down tiny country lanes but instructions for finding it were excellent."

    Very clean and well furnished. Lovely places to walk . Supermarket Morrison's in Wincanton 5 minutes drive away..very central and so many attractions a reasonable drive away. Owners very nice helpful and friendly. We will definitely book again. If you want peace and quiet but with wi-fi and phone signal try this. We loved it.

    Reviewed by JuneJul 2018

  • "The owners were very friendly and helpful very good location to do lots of walks ..."

    The owners were very friendly and helpful very good location to do lots of walks and visit to cheddar and longleat and also a little drive to a dog friendly beach at Brean

    Reviewed by SuzanneAug 2017

  • "Very kind hosts"

    Miss ViseSep 2016

  • "Excellent location for visiting lots of attractions in Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset."

    Dorset coast not very far away. Lots of places to visit within a fifty miles radius. Owners very helpful.

    Reviewed by DaveSep 2016

  • "The Old Bull Stall is ideally placed for going all around the area."

    In Somerset but close enough to visit Dorset and Devon, Wiltshire and Bristol Longleat Safari, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Wookey hole cheddar gorge Clarks village, Haynes motor museum some of the sights to visit The hosts are warm and friendly which is a big plus.

    Reviewed by BrianAug 2016

  • "Having a holiday on a working farm is excellent for small children, and our son really enjoyed being introduced to the animals by the friendly owners of the property."

    The Old Bull Stall is also perfectly situated for visiting various sites of interest in the local area.

    Reviewed by HannahJun 2016

  • "A beautiful cottage in a lovely location."

    It was fully equipped with everything you could possibly need. It is close to Wincanton which has large supermarkets. There are lovely walks in the local area and it is close to lots of great attractions. We were really sad to leave.

    Reviewed by SarahMay 2016

  • "Should be a higher star grade, it was amazing."

    It is such a beautiful place to be, it's a life I dream of.

    Reviewed by ClareApr 2016

  • "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!

    Reviewed by DebbieAug 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.

    Reviewed by HelenApr 2014

  • "The hosts were great."

    Loved being on a farm. Great rural atmosphere and central to Bath and Stonehenge.

    Reviewed by KarenOct 2013

  • "Great location, quiet but not to far from anywhere."

    . we have already booked again for 2014.

    Reviewed by AlwynJul 2013

  • "Loved the very nice owners."

    They tried to involve the children and us into the living on a farm by talking and explaining how it's works and to join them in their world. We've loved it. Further, we enjoyed the beautiful surroundings, the animals and the peaceful environment.

    Reviewed by RonaldJul 2013

  • "The position, both in the countryside and on the farmyard was great."

    The owners went out of their way in terms of friendliness. The kitchen worked, the water was hot, and wi-fi was useful.

    Reviewed by RossApr 2013

  • "The peace and quiet, lovely farmyard setting, beautiful countryside, quiet roads and interesting places to visit."

    The cottage accommodation was first class. Clean, comfortable, well equipped and furnished. Plus, it was warm on cool nights as it had heating.

    Reviewed by NeilSep 2012

  • "Lovely, remote, rural location."

    The owners were very friendly and approachable, but not at all intrusive. It was a really genuine working farm. Lots of animals around the farmyard that would appeal to children. It was a lovely comfortable cottage well appointed.

    Reviewed by JillAug 2012

  • "The owners were fantastic."

    They made us feel very welcome and our children loved the fact that they were made to feel involved at Pear Ash Farm - two budding young farmers as a result!

    Reviewed by AlexJul 2012

  • "We were made to feel so welcome by the farm owners and were invited to participate with various farming activities."

    Our daughter (and us!) loved collecting eggs, riding with Shire horses and herding the sheep and cows. A very reasonable price too!

    Reviewed by JuliaMay 2012

  • "Very happy with the accommodation and the local walks we had with the dog."

    Owners were very friendly. Price was affordable and suitable for the accommodation. Would stay there again.

    Reviewed by RoderickApr 2012

  • "An excellent cottage in a great location."

    There is plenty to do and visit near to the property. It is a quiet, safe and tranquil area.

    Reviewed by LeoSep 2011

  • "The owners were very, very friendly."

    There are many different animals at the farm. It is very quiet and it's a really nice cosy cottage. It was possible to use the owners garden.

    Reviewed by VolkerJul 2011

  • "We had a great family holiday at The Old Bull Stall and we were made to feel very welcome."

    We were looked after and the owners let our little two year old collect the eggs and gave her a tour of the farm. This is a great cottage and its well worth booking!

    Reviewed by AndrewJun 2011

  • "The owners were a very friendly couple."

    Fresh farm eggs, milk and flapjacks on arrival and a vase of flowers on the table. A lovely holiday.

    Reviewed by DJun 2011

  • "An excellent, peaceful location, well placed for walking and interesting days out."

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2011

  • "Lovely rural location."

    Woodland fields and country lanes surround this property. The Mildmay Arms in Queens Camel for good food and drink, staff helpful and friendly (accepts pets in pub also). Delighted with this property. Enjoyed our time there, very restful holiday. Beautiful location.

    Mrs CharmanMar 2011

  • "Just returned from our visit to Old Bull Stall in Somerset."

    We all had a great time. The family were very kind and helpful. Lovely part of the country. Thank you all very much.

    Mrs PhillipsOct 2010

  • "The accommodation was excellent and the owners very welcoming."

    A wonderful week away.

    Reviewed by ChristineSep 2010

  • "Old fashioned working farm and you were able to walk around the fields and see the animals."

    Good base for visiting attractions in both Somerset and Dorset. Owners very friendly and welcomed you.

    Reviewed by NickySep 2010

  • "Location was excellent and the owners were very accommodating and helpful."

    The tea tray with flapjacks on arrival was a lovely touch.

    Reviewed by CynthiaAug 2010

  • "Would happily go back again!"

    The property was great and in a great location. The owners were friendly and sell the best free range eggs we have ever tasted!

    Mr & Mrs SelbyAug 2010

  • "Very comfortable cottage and the owners very helpful."

    The surrounding area was central to our needs and to a nice relaxing holiday.

    Reviewed by DianeJul 2010

  • "The area was lovely and easily accessible for many attractions."

    The farm owners were very friendly and made us feel really at home. It was lovely and peaceful.

    Reviewed by SusanJul 2010

  • "The kids particularly liked being on a Farm & the owners were very friendly & helpful."

    Reviewed by MarkJul 2009

  • "We had a wonderful holiday with the owners on their glorious farm."

    Not only was it the quietest and at night time the darkest location we have ever stayed at, but we also had the activities of the farm animals as an interest. We used this as a base to visit other sites in Southern England which was ideal with the good major road connections close to the farm, as well as reasonable access to shops to get our supplies. We loved the stay and will always have fond memories of this visit. Mike,Joan and Christopher Marsh

    Reviewed by MichaelJun 2009

  • "Lovely location with great friendly owners."

    Being allowed access to all the farm and animals. Couldn't have asked for a better holiday. FABULOUS!

    Reviewed by GaynorMay 2009

  • "A lovely and quiet cottage."

    The owners very friendly and welcoming.

    Reviewed by DavidMay 2009

  • "This little cottage is a dream come true if you're looking for a place to relax and unwind!"

    Lovely owners, very friendly. We will definitely stay there again if we're down that way!

    Reviewed by DeniseApr 2009

  • "A paradise on a farm, led by wonderful hosts."

    We all (including 2 boys) loved it and hope to come back!

    Reviewed by ClementApr 2009

  • "The owners are wonderful and could not have been more helpful."

    The children loved staying on a real farm and seeing all the animals. The eggs from the owners' own hens are the best I have ever tasted.

    Ms SeniorFeb 2009

  • "The friendliness of the owners who made us feel extremely welcome and left tea and flapjacks ready for us in the cottage when we arrived."

    The cottage was quiet, secluded and peaceful.

    Reviewed by JohnNov 2008

  • "Very nice cottage and people."

    Reviewed by JohnSep 2008

  • "Excellent location for Longleat and Stonehenge."

    Mr HorriganJul 2008

  • "Very friendly owners, great help and lovely eggs."

    Perfect holiday to take.

    Reviewed by RossJul 2008

  • "The location was ideal, so many things to do and see."

    Couldn't get it all in in a week. Also the cottage was in a wonderful and quiet area. Thoroughly enjoyed the fare. Recommend The Old Bull Stall anytime to anyone.

    Reviewed by P.Jun 2008

  • "Owners very friendly and helpful."

    Facilities perfectly adequate for a family of four.

    Reviewed by RobertMay 2008

  • "We loved the cottage and the area."

    Reviewed by CharlesFeb 2008

  • "The Owners were lovely and put themselves out to include the children."

    Mrs ElbroOct 2007

  • "A great time had by all, especially the children - loved "helping out" with the animals on the farm!"

    Reviewed by RebeccaAug 2007

  • "All the animals on the farm are good for children."

    Miss BonnyhoodMay 2007

  • "Rustic, very friendly with lovely walks."

    Reviewed by JonMay 2007

  • "We had a great time."

    Very nice people.

    Reviewed by RudolphineDec 2006

  • "Lovely owners."

    Reviewed by PhilOct 2006

  • "Welcoming owners, peace and quiet."

    Mr KempOct 2006

  • "Relaxing."

    Mr HarrisonSep 2006

  • "The owners were very friendly and helpful."

    A very good place to stay with children of all ages.

    Mrs PocockAug 2006

  • "It wasn't just the property that made our holiday, it was the friendliness and warmth shown to all five of us by the owners."

    It was a perfect holiday, which could only be improved in one way, by spending another week there.

    Reviewed by MichaelJul 2006

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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.

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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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