Barn (for 5+2), Stables (for 7+2), Bee House (for 2) - The Ancient Barn
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- Minimum stay:3-7 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Sherborne barn description
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 shops and pubs. 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. It has an English Tourism Council four star rating. 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 small paved patio. 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.
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Pets Considered
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- 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
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- 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 small south-facing enclosed patio (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
- Books For Kids
- DVD Player
- Video Player
- Books - Fiction / Non-Fiction
- CD Player
- Away From It All
- Autumn Foliage
- Horse Riding
- Bird Watching
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
local services and businesses
- Medical Services
sports and adventure activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Dining Area
- Child's Highchair
forms of payment
- Accepts Credit Card
- Local Maps
- Linens Provided
- Iron & Board
- Clothes Dryer
- Wireless Internet
- Washing Machine
- Hair Dryer
- Activities Guide
- Towels Provided
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Parking Off Street
- 4 Ring Stove
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
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Comments from Owner Guestbook
Comments from Owner Guestbook
'The best click of a mouse button I've ever done!' 'We were absolutely delighted to find a place for once, which is far more than its blurb claims.' 'What a lovely surprise. Clean, warm and not spooky!' 'A wonderfully warm and romantic stay - only wish we could stay longer.' 'We'll be back.' 'As an American I can say that your barn has been my favorite accommodation in all 6 years I have lived in this country. We wouldn't change or add anything - comfortable beds, excellent shower, well lit, books and it's great to have a dishwasher. I'm going to be sorry to leave.'
- Guest HRGuestBook1710 (HR GuestBook)
- Date of stay 12/01/07
- Review Submitted 12/06/07
Our stay in this perfectly located barn in Somerset was peaceful and restorative. Pek and Will were very welcoming and accommodating they provided some great toys and even little bikes for our kids as well as a range of books and dvds. The barn is very cosy and well equipped. We had a great time cooking and lazying around reading as well as enjoying some lovely walks in the nearby lanes and countryside. Having an interest in history, it was exciting to stay in such a place with its historic profile. There were many quite moments (when the kids were asleep) marveling at the old original beams which are well over 500 years old. The village of Castle Cary is a pleasant 20-25 minute walk and provides all the necessary amenities. We made use of the supermarkets, library and playground there. The barn was our base over a 5 week stay to explore Somerset and surrounding counties. It is situated very close to a number of fantastic spots to visit, such as Glastonbury Tor, Wells, Frome and Stour Head Estate. All of these are within 30-40 minutes drive. Bath is also a short drive of just under an hour. Thanks again to Pek and Will for their kindness and hospitality. The Ancient provides an excellent option for accommodation for either families, couples or small groups.
- Guest Tim H.
- Date of stay 11/06/12
- Review Submitted 01/27/13
Owner response: Thanks so much Tim - it was a pleasure to have you staying here. Pek & Will
This marvellous Ancient Barn
This marvellous Ancient Barn
We had the most wonderful few days in the Ancient Barn, beautifully restored and both an impressive piece of history and a cosy and delightful place to stay. Every comfort has been installed, making it a place suitable for everyone, including I think older people, who will find it very comfortable. All around is glorious Somerset countryside, and many important and interesting places to visit. There's so much to enjoy here. The owners are delightful, helpful and very welcoming. It feels like a privilege to have the chance to stay in this venerable Barn. We couldn't recommend it more highly.
- Guest Ruth (London)
- Date of stay 08/15/10
- Review Submitted 01/21/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, families with young children, adventure seekers.
Better than great!
Better than great!
Fabulous family accommodation. Well appointed, great renovation, beautiful place to stay. The owner was incredibly hospitable and welcoming to our children and us. Highly recommended.
- Guest victorz (australia)
- Date of stay 01/12/09
- Review Submitted 01/25/10
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children.
|Dates||Nightly||Wknd Night||Weekend||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 1 - Nov 1, 2013
3 night min stay
Nov 2 - Dec 20, 2013
3 night min stay
Dec 21 - Dec 27, 2013
7 night min stay
Dec 28 - Jan 4, 2014
4 night min stay
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- Nearest Airport: 'Bristol/Heathrow/Gatwick' at 72 Kilometres
- Nearest Train: 'Castle Cary' at 2 Kilometres
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The Barn & Stables from across the fields
The Dining area in The Ancient Barn
Part of the living room in the Ancient Barn
Beams in the Ancient Barn
Upstairs in the Ancient Barn
The Old Stables sitting room
The Old Stables dining area
The Bee House
Castle Cary's Market House
A nature reserve - a short walk away
The Ancient Barn
Looking down from the gallery in The Ancient Barn
The Ancient Barn living room
The main bedroom in The Ancient Barn
Shower room in The Ancient Barn
Bedroom 3 has 3 single beds in it
Kitchen area in The Old Stables
Interior of the Bee House (can sleep 2)
Castle Cary's 18th century lock-up
View from the patio of The Ancient Barn in Winter