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Converted Barn, Private Spacious Garden With Beautiful Views

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Holiday Home in Exmoor National Park, near Dunster, Minehead, in Somerset, England - Peaceful Location On Picturesque Farm With Views Of Exmoor

Beesknees self catering cottage sleeps up to 4 people in a king size room and twin bedroom. Both with wooden exposed beams. Including a kitchen and open plan dining area and spacious sitting room. The cottage is a semi detached converted barn, situated on a peaceful working farm in the Exmoor national park. Adjoining Beesknees cottage is Honeycott cottage which is also available to stay. You have your own private garden area, plus a communal open orchard garden with beautiful views across Exmoor and the coast. Pets are welcome, with lots of walks on the farm. Everything is to a high standard with a very friendly feel. If there is a party of 8 of you, why not hire both cottages to stay in!

Property Manager
Helena Willford
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
26 June, 2017

About Helena Willford

Zoe and Julian Willford own Allercott farm and have lived there for 31 years. They are active members of the community. Both being keen archers, the West Somerset Archery club has a field archery course on the farm. Zoe helps run the local riding club and participates in numerous events during the year. Julian produces Exmoor honey and sells it across Somerset. They have a vast amount of knowledge of Exmoor and can tell you about many hidden treasures to visit during your stay. Their daughter Helena is in charge of bookings and everything up until your stay on the farm.

Helena Willford purchased this barn in 1980

Why Helena Willford chose West Somerset

Exmoor is a stunning area, we love the location. The farm is down a long drive and feels so private, away from cars and noise! The scenery is beautiful, with views up onto Dunkery Beakon and across the channel to Wales. It is a small farm with cows, sheep, horses and lots of wildlife. We love to walk on the farm every day with the dogs.

A few years ago we decided to convert a barn into what is now the two holiday cottages as it seemed like an ideal opportunity and one we wanted to share with people. The barn used to house animals in the winter, but now we have moved their accommodation further up the yards.

What makes this barn unique

Benefits include a peaceful stay away from towns and noise! The scenery on the farm is stunning in any season. We have open fields and woodlands which have lots of wild life, with deer often spotted. The woodland along the bottom of the farm in the valley has lots of ruins from a Victorian village called Clicket.

There is an archery group who meet regularly on the farm.

We have stabling in the summer months for one horse and paddocks. The are plenty of bridle-ways from the farm.

Dogs have a very large garden to run free in, or walks anywhere on the farm on a lead.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Minehead in Somerset

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • W/C situated on ground floor. Main bathroom situated upstairs with bath and shower. Towels, heating and hot water included.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 spacious with king-size wooden bed. Wardrobe and shelving for storage. French doors open out onto patio area, which then leads onto the garden. Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds, with wardrobe. All bed linen included.
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
Notes on accommodation: There is a welcome tray of tea and biscuits for you on your arrival. And lots of information to hand on the area and recommendations written by previous tenants. We also have one of the cottages available for a long winter let starting from November the 1st, until mid March 2016. Please enquire. Outside: A beautiful nicely kept enclosed garden with grass area. Also a pergola walkway onto a patio seating area. This garden is private and walled. It leads onto an orchard communal area (with other cottage) which overlooks the valley leading to the Bristol channel. You can walk out of the door straight onto the farm, where there are ample pretty walks. In the spring a bluebell wood, in the winter lots of snowdrops. Also the lost village of Clicket with lots of ruins to view at the bottom of the farm. There is shared parking, which can fit 2 cars per cottage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen included. These will be changed once a week. Other: We have recently installed a biomass boiler on the farm which aids heating water and radiators for unlimited heating should you need it! We have also installed solar panels for the electric. Making this accommodation very ecologically friendly.


5/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)


Cosy, homely, rustic and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Lovely stay on the farm. People were extremely friendly, with lots to do in the surrounding area. Cottage was superb, with all the home comforts.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That is a great review, thank you Virginia. And thank you very much for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy! We are very glad you had such a good time.
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Lovely cottage in beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely stay in Beesknees cottage. Beautiful location and cottage is lovely. Didn't want for anything, very well equipped and suited us perfectly! Daughter particularly liked talking to the horses on the farm! Lovely pub nearby in Wheddon Cross, although not within walking distance. Mixed bag of weather but what do you expect in the UK in August. Lovely sandy beach at Minehead and Dunster beach great for crabbing! Exmoor Zoological park is about 30 min drive and well worth a visit. One of the best small Zoo's we have ever visited!!

Thoroughly recommend staying at Beesknees cottage and would definitely go again. Very good communication from the owners too.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review Michelle, we are so glad you had a great time. From all at Allercott
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Fantastic accommodation, excellent location

  • 5 of 5

The listing was spot on, this is a fantastic place to stay. We have just returned from a week on the farm enjoying the amazing views and warm hospitality of Julian and Zoe. The cottage was clean, well presented and lived up to the picture postcard images on the website. The farm is in a great location for everything on Exmoor, we did days out to Lynmouth and the Valley of the Rocks, Dunster Castle, Dunster Beach, West Somerset Steam Railway, Cleve Abbey, The Tarr Steps and of course Pony Trekking on the Exmoor Ponies. We would recommend this cottage to everyone.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Everyone was very friendly, the accomodation was like home from home. The location was ideally sited for walking, siteseeing all around the Somerset and Devon area. For treats there were loads of good restaurants not too far away. The farm was delightful and the holiday was very relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
2 Jun 2017 - 29 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2017 - 20 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Summer holiday
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2017 - 28 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Sep 2017 - 19 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October half term holiday
20 Oct 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn to Christmas
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
22 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We need £100 holding deposit, with the outstanding amount being paid 1 month prior to visit. Last minute booking procedures can be arranged with the owners.

Changeover Day:
Change over day is Saturday, Arrivals from 3pm and departures by 10am.
In the colder months we can do shorter stays, but this can be arranged with the owner.

Notes on prices:
We can do short stays for a minimum of 3 nights. From October to March.
If Beesknees Cottage is showing as booked, please contact us about the other cottage Honeycott as this may be available for you.
Please email us with your enquiry and we can send you payment options. We would require £100 deposit to hold the booking, with the outstanding amount due one month before your stay. We have one cottage available for a long winter let from 3rd October 2015.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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