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Delightful Barn Conversion On Slopes Of The Quantock Hills AONB

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

House in Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, Somerset, England - Peaceful Location On The Edge Of A Picturesque Village And Within The Quantock Hills AONB

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 dogs (at a charge) and they occasionally share the garden with our friendly miniature poodle. See Owners Website below.

Caroline Smeaton
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, German, Greek
Calendar last updated:
20 March, 2017

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn in Bishop's Lydeard in Taunton Deane

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • The en-suite, fully tiled, centrally heated bathroom has a large walk-in shower enclosure, hand basin and WC.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: The Bedroom has the option of being made up with a large double bed or as two single/twin beds. French windows overlook the Barn's pretty garden.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: We regret that the accommodation is not really suitable for children or those with mobility problems due to the steps and stairs. Outside: There is private off-road parking for your vehicle and the pretty garden is provided with garden furniture, ideal for enjoying tea in the sun! Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided and changed weekly and the property is fully cleaned before each let. We are happy to accommodate small well behaved dogs, but please ask us first as we make a £10 charge for them.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


4/5 -
(4 traveller reviews)


Clean and cosy

  • 4 of 5

Lovely place to come back to - clean, functional and cosy.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jon & Bax Thank you for your kind remarks. And we are so glad you enjoyed your stay in this great part of Somerset. Doc come and visit us again! John & Caroline
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relaxing weekend break

  • 4 of 5

Great little property in a quiet and lovely location.

Had a great meal at local restaurant, Podshavers.

One small point - helpful if basic supplies in cottage......salt pepper vinegar sugar etc.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments. We shall make sure your suggestions are acted on! We hope you enjoyed the wine that we left for you and that we will see you again in the future.
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Clean, cosy and well equipped

  • 4 of 5

Accurate listing, would recommend the Barn, owners quickly rectified the one small problem we had. Liked the Bird in the Hand for drink and food but the other pub was under new management and not really ready for customers.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect, relaxing weekend break!

  • 4 of 5

This was the perfect place for a relaxing weekend break, which was exactly what my boyfriend and I wanted after a few busy weeks at work.

The barn was well equipt, although it didn't have a proper oven as listed, but that did mean we got to check out the Chinese that was located in the village!

It was so peaceful and spotlessly clean and we would definitely recommend this to those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle.

The village was quaint and a great place to explore and it was a real treat to hear the sounds of the steam train through the open windows.

We hope to return in the autumn.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review and we are glad you enjoyed The Barn. Yes, we have replaced the old oven with a sparkling new inset hob and a microwave which we hope you found adequate. We look forward to seeing you again. Best wishes Caroline
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
22 Apr 2017 - 12 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
13 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
High Summer
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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