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Two fascinating Grade II listed historic buildings. A lovely 15th century Ancient Barn and a 17th century Old Stables are part of a medieval farmstead. They sleep up to 5 and 7 respectively with the option of renting a medieval Bee House with two additional beds. They offer original features (old woodwork, beams and flagstones) with every modern comfort. They are in pretty, unspoilt countryside close to the delightful old market town of Castle Cary with its interesting independent shops and pubs. Market day is Tuesday. There are numerous places to visit, including Glastonbury (Abbey and Tor), Cadbury Camp (King Arthur's Camelot), historic houses and gardens, while the fascinating cities of Wells, Bath and Salisbury are also within easy reach. There are many places to interest children too - such as Wookey Hole Caves and Longleat theme and safari park.
The accommodation: : The Ancient Barn, The Old Stables and the Bee House are situated between an old farmhouse and a small working farmyard (cattle and sheep) so there may be some normal farming activity at certain times of year. Our guests have never found this to be a problem but if you do not enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a farmyard then this is not the place for you! All three buildings are comfortable at all seasons - warm in winter, cool in summer, and provide an ideal base for touring this fascinating part of the west of England. A car is essential. We ask our guests only to smoke out of doors. We keep free range chickens which children are welcome to visit and to feed. We sell eggs and seasonal veg.
Throughout the year... : Somerset has lots to offer: historic sites such as Glastonbury Tor and Cadbury Camp (also known as Camelot - a hill fort made famous by King Arthur), ruined Castles and Abbeys, delightful country pubs offering delicious meals made from local produce, National Trust houses and famous gardens. For those who enjoy shopping there are numerous antique and craft shops in the area and Clarks Shopping Village is a short drive away at Street. This is a very special place in an area of England that as yet has hardly been touched by tourism. The countryside is pretty, the pace of life is gentle and the local people are friendly and helpful. Many of our guests return again and again to this lovely part of the world.
The Ancient Barn: Sherborne Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 1710ha
This Grade II listed medieval cruck barn was built around the year 1390 and was converted in 1995 to provide a very comfortable, unusual and very special holiday home.
Every care has been taken to preserve its original features. There is a lofty living/dining/kitchen area with a wealth of old beams, a flagstone floor (with underfloor heating) and double doors leading to a paved terrace with table and chairs. Upstairs there is a heavily beamed bedroom with two single beds + folding guest bed. Downstairs there is a double bedroom with a magnificent king-sized antique brass bed, and the bathroom (with cubicle shower) is next door. There is constant hot water and full central heating.
Across a yard is The Old Stables - sleeping 8 - that has a dining table for 14.
You can also rent a medieval Bee House in conjunction with the Ancient Barn. A few yards away, it has a double bed-room and ensuite shower room but no kitchen.
Our beds are really comfortable - memory foam on the 2 single beds and new quality interior sprung on the double bed. Both bedrooms have fitted carpets and radiators provide the central heating which can be controlled by our guests. The upstairs bedroom has a sloping ceiling and beams so there is slightly restricted headroom in places.
Although this property has no mobility rating it can be accessed by a wheelchair user - just.
There is a travel cot that can be put anywhere in this property.
Bedlinen is provided - and also nice big towels....moreless
The bathroom has been recently upgraded to provide a walk-in cubicle shower.
There is a heated towel rail and also a fan heater....moreless
The double bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor. The bedroom upstairs sleeps two, but there is a folding bed for a third person. The property has a south-facing enclosed terrace (garden furniture provided), which overlooks open countryside. Nearby the Bee house can also be rented providing an extra double bedroom and shower room. Many of our guests return again and again to this property.
We have BT Broadband WiFi available - bring your own laptop. ...moreless
We also offer short breaks and the price for 2 or 3 nights is the same - allowing late checkout on day 3 if required.
Rent includes all fuel: this includes electric underfloor heating, gas central heating and hot water, and also linen including towels.
For short breaks the prices quoted here may vary slightly (up or down)
depending on the number of guests in the group.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Castle Cary is in South-East Somerset and the properties are in the countryside next to a small working farm yet less than two miles from town. There is a main line railway station at Castle Cary with fast trains to London. The area is very pretty and almost untouched by tourism.
Golf: There is an 18 hole public golf course at Wheathill - about a 10 minute drive away and another at Yeovil - about a 20 minute drive away.
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