About the property
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Beautifully converted, listed properties surrounded by countryside.
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.
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- May 23, 2018
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Beautiful location and stunning property.
When we arrived we were made to feel most welcome. We felt there was someone to hand if we needed. But we were left to our own devices. We were treated to a lovely homemade cake left for us and cup of tea. The feeling of the place was calm and peaceful. A fantastic find. Great location for all we wanted to do. Or just a catchup with friends. Absolute pleasure.
The Ancient Barn
Lovely property well situated for sightseeing. Very comfortable. Standard of cleaning mediocre and pointed out to owner. Patio could do with a good sweep and weeding. Good to see recycling is promoted. Beds A*, comfortable 8am d cl
Ancient Barn: atmospheric, historic, peaceful
If you like historic buildings and a peaceful, rural location, the Ancient Barn is a delight. The living space of the barn is lofty and framed with ancient medieval cruck beams that have held up the roof since at least the middle of the 14th century. The evening light floods in to the space through the large window facing across the lane to the fields to the west. Gentle mooing of the Friesian cattle of the farm behind completes the sense of rural idyll. The barn is well-equipped, comfortably furnished and a good place to hang out if the weather turns rainy. The owner left a delicious cake to welcome us and could not have been more helpful. The barn is next to a working farm so there are some rural smells that some might find off-putting, but for us this is part and parcel of being properly immersed in the countryside. The barn has a 'good feel' and it is amazing to think that people have been living and working in the barn and the old farm house next door since the reign of Edward the Third!
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.
Thanks so much Tim - it was a pleasure to have you staying here.
Pek & Will
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.
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.
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.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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. Bank holiday weekends we have a minimum of 3 nights all at the weekend rate