This recently converted red sandstone barn on the southern slopes of the Quantock Hills offers comfortable self catering accommodation for two. It is beautifully furnished with antiques and original art. It is an ideal base for exploring this beautiful AONB area with its herds of red deer and Quantock ponies. It consists of a private entrance from an attractive small garden where you can sit and enjoy the sun, into a comfortable open plan, attractively furnished and decorated sitting room with flat-screen Freeview TV, and a Bose CD and radio. The dining area and kitchen are comprehensibly equipped. There is a modern electric hob, microwave, toaster and electric kettle. Stairs lead up to the pretty twin/double bedroom with large en-suite shower, basin & WC. Double French style windows open on to a small balcony overlooking the garden. Fully centrally heated in the winter and with east and south facing windows for morning and afternoon sun, the Barn is as welcoming in winter as in summer. We welcome a small dog (at a charge).See Owners Website below.
House in Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, Somerset, England - Peaceful Location On The Edge Of A Picturesque Village And Within The Quantock Hills AONB
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 19, 2019
About Caroline Smeaton
I live in Bishops Lydeard with my husband. Our two children graduated from university recently and are now forging their own careers away from home, one in Dubai and one in London. We enjoy gardening and walking our pet poodle on the nearby Quantock Hills.
Caroline Smeaton purchased this Barn in 2006
Why Caroline Smeaton chose Bishop's Lydeard
Bishops Lydeard is a delightful, unspoilt Somerset village with stunning scenery and all the necessary facilities on the doorstep to make life comfortable and easily managed. The Quantock Hills behind the village, teem with wildlife and support herds of deer and Exmoor ponies. The walks are delightful. The peace and quiet of the countryside makes it hard to believe we are only 20 minutes from the town of Taunton, with its mainline railway station and motorway junction. A perfect place to live or to visit.
What makes this Barn unique
For those who enjoy an active holiday, there are good golf courses within easy reach. The coast and beaches are within a 20 minute drive and the open vistas of Exmoor and the Quantock and Brendon hills are all around us with miles of open moorland to explore on foot. There is pony trekking available nearby. It is a haven for naturalists and bird watchers, lepidopterists and photographers.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Very Nice Place - Very Nice owners
The property was clean and comfortable and very well-situated for Somerset Archives and the Quantock Brewery. It would be a good base for walking in the Quantocks as well.
Thank you for your very kind remarks and we hope to see you again in the future.
Caroline & John
Cosy hideaway in Somerset village
Lovely little place in Somerset. Extremely cosy with everything my husband and I needed for a short break away. Would definitely recommend to other people who are looking for a relaxing break. We will be back!
Thank you for being perfect guests. We hope you will stay with us again in the future!
John & Caroline
Very relaxing stay
We've had a great time at the barn. Caroline and John were very friendly and welcoming, but left us all the freedom we needed. The house is very clean and all the necessary appliances were there.
We would go there again.
Somerset in the heat
We took the dogs on the hottest week for years to a delightful place near Taunton. The beaches are 20/30 minutes away and the village of Bishops Lydeard has good amenities including the Bird In Hand Pub with a large beer garden and welcomes dogs. Mr & Mrs Smeaton couldn't have been more welcoming along with Alfie the poodle and we would recommend the accommodation as ideal for a couple with pets. Shame that Owners Direct bombard you with confusing invoices(() demanding payment even after it's been made. Then loads of emails with offers when you haven't even gone on the first holiday with them.
Nice barn and pet friendly
had a lovely stay the barn is clean ,nice ,and pet friendly ,everything that you need ,the garden is lovely ,and gets plenty sun.the local pub the lethbridge arms is very welcoming ,and the food and prices are good ,also pet friendly ,plenty place to get to from here .the owners are on site ,but you don't see much of them ,but it's nice if you have any problems.we enjoyed the dog ALFIE .whos adorable,but you don't see him very often .thank you enjoyed our stay
Quiet cozy retreat
Cozy little cottage in a quiet village but with great amenities and an easy walking distance to the Quantock hills.
Loved it and will be back.
Thank you for your kind review. We are delighted you enjoyed The Barn and look forward to your return.
The nearest beaches are a 15 minute drive away on Somerset's north coast between Watchet and Minehead. These can also be reached on The West Somerset Steam Railway from Bishops Lydeard.
Nearest airports are Exeter and Bristol, both about 35 miles away.
The mainline station at Taunton is just 15 minutes drive away.
The Barn is perfectly positioned to tour Somerset's places of interests. Hestercombe Gardens, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Dunster Castle, Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral, the Roman City of Bath and more mundanely, Clarks Shopping Village, Mulberry Factory Shop and Kilver Court Designer Outlet Venue in Shepton Mallet. Exmoor and the Lorna Doone country is on our doorstep, the Somerset Levels, The Willows and Wetlands visitor centre and Coleridge Cottage are within easy driving distance.
Bishops Lydeard is a traditional Somerset village centred on its attractive 13th century Church. The village still retains its paper shop, Co-op grocery store with ATM, post office, pharmacy, family butcher who prepares his own locally produced meat and a farm shop providing an excellent range of fresh local fruit and veg. The West Somerset Steam Railway starts from Bishops Lydeard station and wends its way through beautiful countryside to the seaside town of Minehead, stopping at village stations on the way. The County Town of Taunton which connects with both mainline Rail (Paddington 1hour 40 minutes journey time) and M5 Motorway networks is just 4 miles away. There are 2 pubs in the village, both within easy walking distance, offering excellent food, and a noted restaurant, Podshavers, just 1 mile away. The delightful traditional tearooms, just 150 yards away, are proving very popular with visitors.
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Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: We ask for a 25% deposit to confirm your booking and the due balance is payable 6 weeks prior to your arrival. We are flexible about arrival and departure days, but prefer a Saturday changeover during the summer period. We are dog friendly, but please contact us for rates dependent on size! Notes on prices: Please contact us or see Owner's Website below which gives further details.