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Peaceful farmhouse with tennis court - Ideal Family or Hen Weekend house

Overview

Property

Updated: 28-Nov-2016
Elegance, charm, quirkiness, comfort, beams, inglenook, cosy farmhouse, Hen Party venue, family gathering house, tennis court, woods, walks

Park Farm has only been available on the rental market since August 2013. Over three hundred years old and retaining many original features, it has been renovated to a very high standard. With oodles of charm you will find countless interesting features in this charming old property including the carved name & date of a previous owner in a flagstone dated the 1800s. The upstairs Master Ensuite bathroom with its vaulted ceiling, was the original loft of a Cider barn attached to the farmhouse and there are a wealth of wonderful beams around the house. There is ample space to spread out in Park Farm with three sitting rooms - which works well when different generations holiday or weekend together! In the Library/music room, you will find a baby grand piano for your enjoyment and an eclectic range of literature (many books with hard covers) to keep you entertained. The dining room has a wooden floor and large inglenook fireplace with inset log burner for cosy winter dinners. The large dining tables seats up to 14 and beautiful Argentian prints on the walls set a very elegant scene. A further sitting room with Inglenook and another log burner offers comfortable sofas and original flagstone floors with exotic Afghan rugs and the final sitting room with 42" Flat screen TV doubles up as a playroom where children can play next door to the adults. There are a wide range of toys & games, DVDs, CDs and videos as well as table football for your enjoyment. Two bedrooms have super king size beds, and our mattresses are so good that one guest went home and ordered the very same mattress straight away! The superb farmhouse kitchen definitely provokes gasps on entry as it looks like something out of Homes and Gardens. There is a four oven electric Aga, and a separate double electric oven and electric hob. The kitchen is well equipped and includes such items as food processor, hand blender, scales, whisks, great range of pots and pans, Le Creuset casserole dishes, white lasagne and pie dishes, filter coffee machine, cafetieres, teapots, cups and saucers as well as mugs and plenty of utensils and cutlery. Off the kitchen is a Utility room with washing machine, clothes airer, freezer and a downstairs WC and wash-handbasin. You can leave boots and coats in this room. The gardens around the house offer attractively walled borders of flowers and shrubs all year round and there are panoramic views from the front windows and lawns extend miles across the Somerset Levels. From the back of the house is a private outside dining and sitting area with garden furniture. Your views from here are of the woods behind the farmhouse where we often spy Peregrine falcons and birds of prey hunting. Park Farm is an idyllic and peaceful location, yet within minutes of the bustling County towns of Somerton & Langport. Somerton is allegedly the original Capital of the County of Wessex. Both towns offer restaurants, pubs, shops and some beautiful architecture. Park Farm has a private hard tennis court for your use, croquet lawn with all the kit, swings, go karts and an electric tractor for the under 5s. Park Farm is not the house for you if you are looking for a "party" house or are looking for a weekend "rave" - we are unable to take mixed sex groups under 40 nor stag parties. We welcome bridal parties marrying locally, family reunions or significant birthday weekends, hen parties and mature groups. There is plenty to do at Park Farm including a circular track for a really good woodland walk and if you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you can also walk across another field from the woods and amble down a lane or two to the Half Way Public House for a really delicious glass of Cider! Within 25 minutes of the Cathedral City of Wells, and only 15 minutes from the town of Glastonbury with Langport closeby, Park Farm is well placed for many interesting day trips. We are able to arrange a Spa company to come in and provide Indian Head Massage, Manicures and Pedicures and a wide range of beauty treatments in the comfort of the nearby Barn or else you could enjoy a morning of activities at a nearby studio where you can make cards, jewellery etc (popular with our Hens). We have an In-House Chef who can cook you a superb dinner party from £28 per head or drop off a wide range of "ready to cook" dishes to add to your restful experience.

  • Sleeps 15
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I flew as cabin crew for British Airways for 12 years and have subsequently been involved in a string of property developments. My husband, John, was in the British Army for 37 years & is the man every woman needs in her life: fabulous husband, handyman, gardener, builder - the list is endless! He plays a hugely supporting role in the daily management of the farmhouse. We both love music, old houses, gardening, renovations and are passionate about the farmhouse and the ancient coppiced woodland behind & its conservation. We feel hugely privileged to be the custodian of such a wonderful old house. Our aim continues to be providing all our guests with an enjoyable and memorable time at Park Farm starting with a warm and friendly welcome to leaving "happy"! One couple (former guests) who married her last Summer are now dear friends and we are looking forward to another wedding here next August - although weddings are limited to one per year!

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Speaks English, French, Spanish
Franceska Neeve
The Old Stables, Pitney
TA10 9AU Langport Somerset United Kingdom
VAT, 55209
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VAT Reg No230927420

Guestbook comments from the owner

Guests who have just left today have commented on how much they loved staying in the house with all the space it offers (3 receptions rooms allowing everyone space to do their various things).

If you look at trip advisor you will find that we were awarded an Award for Excellence and now have 30 out of 30 Excellents. See our website for up to date reviews.
Aug 2013
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4 Reviews

5
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

5

Gorgeous place

  • 5 of 5

Charming welcome - detailed pre-arrival information of everything one could possibly need to know - lovely welcome food basket - house exactly as shown - superb and massive master bedroom suite with wonderful views - large and extremely cosy kitchen with an Aga - log fires were a great hit with everyone - lots of space and different areas downstairs - grand and spacious dining room - hot tub was fantastic (we spent a lot of time in after dinner even though it was freezing!) - very peaceful location with lovely views and the woods behind the house.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so so much Rina and family firstly for choosing Park Farm and then for being such wonderful guests. We are so glad the house worked well for you - the three sitting rooms and log burners do make the farmhouse into a wonderfully cosy home for a large group/family. The installation of the Hot Tub (following popular request for past guests) has also definitely added to the facilities at Park Farm and we are so glad it provided some after dinner "outdoor" entertainment! In the summer, the tennis court is very popular with guests as it the croquet lawn! Maybe next time. We appreciated you leaving the house so beautifully and do hope that we will be able to host you again here in Somerset at a future date. Warmest wishes from us all at Best Stays in Somerset Park Farm Somerton Somerset
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5

Look no further!!!

  • 5 of 5

Park Farm is a magical place and wonderful retreat! We feel in love with its charm, luxury farm house feel and the owners John and Franceska instantly, so much so we held our wedding there!!

The woods, the fields, the beautiful views, the windy country lanes all give you that instant feeling of escape, yet the local village is a 5 minute drive with all amenities and some fantastic pubs and eateries.

The Farm itself is a beautiful building which Franceska has expertly and sensitively renovated, maintaining all the original features yet enhancing them with a modern yet cosy feeling. You can curl up in the snug to one of the hundreds of DVDs or board games or the sitting room with a roaring fire, or the piano room with a good book. The dining room is large and feels rather regal, perfect for large dinners or a Sunday roast with the family. The kitchen is the heart of the home, with all the mod cons and a beautiful aga. We spent hours in the kitchen writing table plans, place names and other DIY crafts for our wedding, it is so light and inviting. The master suite is a real treat, a huge room and even bigger bed, possibly the comfiest I have ever slept in (handy the night before your wedding!) with a luxury en suite with free standing bath and changing room, with more than ample space for 6 bridesmaids and the bride to get ready. The other double bedrooms are great sizes, as is the attic bedroom where we housed our ushers, I could imagine kids would love this bedroom as it is separate from the others and reminded me of adventures of The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe.

The garden, grounds, woods and drive are beautiful and very well kept, with beautiful flowers attracting lots of nature, my Dad is a keen bird watcher so they kept him entertained.

We had our wedding ceremony on the lawn in front of the Farm overlooking the Somerset levels, the perfect setting! All our guests commented on how beautiful the setting and Farm was and the pictures are simply wonderful.

John & Franceska are wonderful people, they bent over backwards for us, made us feel at home and made our stay and wedding truly memorable. We have already booked to return to fill the Farm with our family in May and I imagine it will become an annual trip.

We couldn’t recommend Park Farm more highly. It is the perfect retreat for families or groups of couples looking for a country get-away!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your Review. From our point of view we could not have asked for a more charming and lovely bride and groom to be. It was truly our pleasure and a joy to facilitate such a happy Wedding Day and to witness to such an important weekend in your lives. Further, it was truly an honour to be invited as guests and we were both overwhelmed to see all the help, love, friendship and brilliant planning bring everything together. A spectacular success! We will never forget your visit and wish you both a long and happy married life.
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A Somerset Christmas

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 14, which included eight adults, two babies and four children under 7, spent a most enjoyable Christmas week at Park Farm West. The house is delightful: warm, comfortable and very good for children with swings in the garden, games and puzzles galore, lovely walks all around. In the house there is plenty of space for those who wanted a bit of peace and quiet in one of the three sitting room areas and the children. We were welcomed with a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and a hamper of good things. It lived up to all my expectations and more!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for writing your review. It was a pleasure to have you all staying at Park Farm. We are glad that everything lived up to your expectations. New Year Greetings for a prosperous, healthy and happy 2015 from us all here.
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Family gathering

  • 5 of 5

When three new grandchildren arrived in the last year we decided to hold a three generational family gathering and looked for somewhere 14 humans and two dogs could be accommodated in some comfort and there would be something for everyone.Park Farm proved to be perfect and the family ( of all ages ) really enjoyed themselves. Very comfortable bedrooms and ample sitting rooms for all,tennis,walking,cycling luxury dining both. home created and externally delivered made the holiday ,which included a gold wedding anniversary,a truly memorable occasion..The owners,John and Franceska have gone to a deal of trouble to make it feel a really comfortable home and the younger children particularly enjoyed the electric tractor!

A five star location.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are very pleased to have met the requirements of your delightful family and are most grateful for the trouble you have taken to reflect your time here. We do hope we shall see you all again at some future date.
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Location

From the Owner

We both landed in Somerset but now feel it is very much our home. There is something ethereal about this ancient area and the history is enormous. The Battle of Langport was fought very close by in bygone days and there is much history to read about the ancient folk that lived on the Levels who travelled in dug out canoes between the islands that are now the villages of Othery, Middlezoy and Weston Zoyland. There are some wonderful sights nearby from Wells Cathedral to the Hanging Chapel in Langport and also closeby Muchelney Abbey. It is alleged that pilgrims walking from Muchelney to Glastonbury stopped here at Park Farm for refreshment which, in those days was a wooden mug of cider by all accounts! These days, the house still offers travellers hospitality.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bristol at 29 Miles Nearest Train : Castle Cary at 12 Miles Nearest Motorway : M5 at 15 Miles Nearest Beach : Lyme Regis at 30 Miles Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Hard Tennis Court & Croquet lawn - rackets, mallets and balls provided; Swimming in fabulous local swimming pool at Huish Episcopi, Squash at Huish Episcopi Sport Centre in Langport; Bird watching, cycling around the Somerset levels, walks from the door. Beauty Packages from £24 per head for some real pampering.

Low Ham Steam Rally in July, Lowland Games in August, Glastonbury Festival in June and various other summer shows for which Park Farm offers a wonderful base. Ideal venue for hosting a family birthday, or base from which to host a family gathering or Hen Party Weekend.

Coast/Beach:

Lyme Regis can be reached within 40 mins by car as can Kilve and Weston Super Mare. There is a fairly new pier at Weston with children's fun rides and a restaurant away from all the noise and candyfloss with far reaching views across the Bristol Channel.

Travel:

Bristol airport is 45 minutes drive away. Castle Cary train station is 20 mins drive. Ilchester is 15 mins and you can catch a bus here from Hammersmith bus station in West London on Berrys Coaches and get a taxi to the house.

Distances:

Somerton less than 2 miles - mins by car

Langport 8 mins drive

Wells 25 mins, Glastonbury & Street with the Clarks Village Factory Outlet (great bargains and well worth a visit!) 15 mins

Taunton 25 minutes

Further Details:

Somerton and Langport offer banks, supermarkets, restaurants and pubs. Somerton has just opened a wonderful new restaurant called the White Hart and there are gift shops, butchers for locally grown meat and excellent grocers.

Let us meet and greet your supermarket delivery, unpack and put it away so you arrive to a ready stocked larder. No charge! We recommend Waitrose.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Autumn
1 Sep 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£2,250
for 3 nights
From
£750
£3,000
 
 
Christmas
19 Dec 2016 - 28 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£4,000
for 7 nights
£4,000
 
 
New Year 2016/17
29 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
£2,500
for 4 nights
From
£625
£3,500
 
 
Early Spring
17 Feb 2017 - 6 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 3 nights
From
£583
£2,200
 
 
Easter period
7 Apr 2017 - 20 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,698
for 3 nights
From
£566
£3,500
 
 
Summers on its way
21 Apr 2017 - 25 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,899
for 3 nights
From
£633
£2,900
 
 
Early summer
30 Jun 2017 - 13 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,899
for 3 nights
From
£633
£2,900
 
 
High Season
14 Jul 2017 - 30 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
£2,598
for 3 nights
From
£866
£3,600
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Friday
3 night minimum stay
£2,400
for 3 nights
From
£800
From
£866
Fri,Sat,Sun
£4,000
£14,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 13 guests; add £50 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £500
Pet Fee £30
Tax Rate 20.0%

Booking Notes:
No same sex groups under 30. Strictly Non smoking. No lanterns or fireworks permitted. Gentile old property, some low doorways and steps, not wheelchair friendly. WiFi available.

Changeover Day:
Flexible but generally a Friday. Arrival after 4pm and departure by 10am but we are flexible if no guests are arriving on the day you depart.

Notes on prices:
Prices are based on 3 nights minimum booking. Prices for two nights may be available at an additional £150 per night (not applicable Easter, Half terms, mid July to end August, Christmas and New Year.)

Wherever possible we are very happy for our guests to remain in the house until 5pm on the day of departure. Please check to see if we are able to do this for your stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

From the Owner

Idyllic location, peace and quiet, charm and style are yours for a weekend away. Sweeping lawns including croquet lawn and tennis court and set in 40 acres of its own fields and woods. Hot tub (from mid September 2016) - Idyllic peaceful, hillside location with far reaching views for miles. The house, although set in this peaceful location is only 1.8 miles from nearby Somerton with its pubs, shops and restaurants and Langport is only a few miles away too with a Tesco supermarket, shops and restaurants. We are blessed with wonderful butchers both in Somerton and Langport. From the house you can walk or cycle for miles. There are many long walks from the house for as far as the eye can see and if you wish to roam the private woods behind the house, these are yours exclusively (well you may be accompanied by our dog) if you wish! Park Farm is truly a unique and wonderfully restful place to visit.

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...

Onsite Services

  • Chauffeur
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Gardener's Cottage - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, This ensuite has an electric shower, WC and wash handbasin.
  • 1) Master ensuite with walk in shower and claw foot Victorian style roll top bath & adjoining luxury dressing room with built in wardrobes. 2) Ensuite bathroom with WC and wash handbasin 3) Family Bathroom with shower (within bath) and WC/wash handbasin. 4) Downstairs WC off Utility room. Gardener's Cottage ensuite shower room - walk in with wash handbasin and WC.

Bedrooms

  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Gardener's Cottage - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Single Bed, Studio with SupKing Bed and ensuite shower/WC & sitting area
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps max 12 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1 SuperKing bed, stunning vaulted ensuite bath/shower/dressing rm. Bed 2 Double, Bed 3 Double, Bed 4 Kingsize bed with ensuite bathroom,*Attic Bedroom with 1 Kingsize solid oak bed & 2 solid oak single beds in SAME room (ideal family room). Former Gardener's cottage with SK-size solid oak bed & ensuite shower room.

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is charmingly appointed with cream carpets throughout the upstairs and easy to maintain flagstone and wooden floors downstairs covered with an array of attractive rugs. The 3 spacious sitting rooms provide ample space - dine in elegance with a roaring log burner in the inglenook to warm you through. Soak up the peace, harmony and tranquility that this house seems to radiate! Many people comment on what peace and serenity they feel during a stay in this friendly old house. Many a family have re-bonded during their few days with us! The nearby converted studio barn accommodation enables an additional 2 guests in the most comfortable solid oak Super Kingsize bed. Outside: 2 acres of mown lawns and gardens set within 40 acres of woods and fields at your disposal lie around the house. There is a Tennis Court where you can play with balls and a Gas BBQ for your use. We have a Jacques Croquet set and croquet lawn for a game! There is an electric tractor for the under 4s (a huge hit), go karts, bikes, swings & Wendy house for the children. You are welcome to borrow, buckets and spades for any beach visits and garden furniture and chairs to sit out in the sunshine. You can walk for miles from the front door and one walk nearby takes you down a lane and across an ancient bridge towards yet more long droves and fields. You can also walk through our woods to a lane that takes you to the Halfway House Pub which is a CAMRA winner and serves wonderful food. Utility Room: Washing machine - Deep sink. Space for wellies and shoes. WC with wash hand basin. Ironing board and iron. Pegs, Broom, Mop etc, Freezer, Recycling bins. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels provided. Why not book our IN HOUSE Chef to provide canapés and a sumptuous dinner! Your wish is her command! Other: Recep 1 TV Room with 42" flatscreen TV (wonderful place to slump in front of a good film or DVD) Recep 2 - The Library with Italian leather sofas & log burner and an eclectic library! A haven! SR 3 - Comfy sofas, flagstones, inglenook & log burner.

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