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Beautifully Renovated 17th Century Cow Barn With Wood-burning Stove.



Updated: 19-Apr-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the property

Barn in Ilminster, Nr. Taunton, Somerset, England - Fabulous Rural Location ; 10 Minutes Drive To Ilminster; 45 Minutes To The Jurassic Coast

A beautifully renovated 17th century cow barn lying in the grounds of the owners Grade 2* listed thatched manor house. 2 miles north of Ilminster, 1 mile south of Isle Abbots, in the small hamlet of Ashford. Centrally located in Somerset, 45 minutes from South and west coastal beaches. Cyclists and walkers paradise. A private entrance leads onto a graveled patio area and front door. The entrance hall gives access to: the thoughtfully appointed lounge /diner with wood-burning stove with patio doors leading to outside seating and BBQ area; fully equipped kitchen; ground floor double bedroom with en-suite shower/ toilet room. Oak stairs lead to vaulted landing with bathroom and second twin bedroom (please note reduced head height into upstairs bedroom) third double bedded den is ideal for children. Oil fired central heating. Septic tank. The outside secluded patio dining area overlooks the rambling paddock with its 2 resident miniature Shetland ponies and views over the adjacent farmland. Luxury Hugo Buuren toiletries provided for use. Bed linen, towels and heating inclusive. Ideally Friday changeover. 2 night minimal stay (£50 cleaning surcharge for short stays). 1 well behaved pet welcome. No smoking in property please.

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About the Owner

Jayne Owen
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2017

About Jayne Owen

My family ( 3 children , 3 cats and several goldfish)moved from Buckinghamshire to this beautiful area of Somerset in 2013. We have settled into our grade 2*

We are keen cyclists and walkers and have found some fantastic routes ,straight from our door with some fabulous "watering holes" and cafés along the way.

We are situated 45 minutes from both north west somerset beaches and the Southern Jurassic Coast , with a wide variety of walks, cycles ,drives and just relaxing coastal cafés and beautiful villages. A real,step back in time .

Jayne Owen purchased this barn in 2014

Why Jayne Owen chose Somerset


8 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)


Beautiful character property in amazing setting

  • 5 of 5

We have just enjoyed a lovely two night stay at the cottage and wish we could of stayed longer! Jayne was a very accommodating host - we'll definitely be back!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My partner and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay here last weekend.

Both Jayne and Dave were extremely welcoming and their recommendations of things to see and do were spot on.

The barn itself was delightful, everything we wanted.

I would highly recommend this barn to anyone and this time of year it really is the perfect cosy getaway in a tranquil environment.

Thanks again Jayne and David, we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review. Autumn colours in Somerset are amazing , we hope you come back and enjoy the spring. Thank you again jAyne
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Gorgeous, cosy country retreat

  • 5 of 5

We wanted a country hideaway to escape the city for the weekend and Jayne's cow barn ticked every box. We enjoyed a lovely relaxing two nights. Jayne has really thought of everything. The cottage is gorgeous and cosy and we just loved everything about it - the style, the layout, the well-equipped kitchen, the DVD collection and much more. We only wish we could have stayed longer! If you are hesitating about which cottage to book, I would enthusiastically recommend that you choose Jayne's place.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest Thank you so much for such a glowing review. Having lived in cities I know what I would have liked as a rural weekend retreat and I have tried to provide that. It is lovely to hear that guests think I have got it right . Kindest regards Jayne
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Loved it

  • 5 of 5

Very warm welcome from Jayne, lovely quirky barn with every comfort, Jayne very helpful and place spotless, beautiful surroundings quiet and peaceful just what we needed, if in that area again would most definitely book again, Les And Joan

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking some of your precious time and your lovely review. You are welcome back any time for some much deserved R & R. Best Wishes Jayne
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Cosy and comfortable cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a relaxing stay in this comfortable, cosy cottage. It was clean and well maintained throughout, with a useful welcome pack on arrival. The cottage has a nice selection of books, games and DVDs. The beautiful gardens and animals were perfect for our children. Nearby, there were fields with ponies and cows. Jayne, the owner, was extremely helpful and went out of her way to make our stay pleasant.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Delightful cottage

  • 4 of 5

Cosy, comfortable, clean attractively decorated. Great wood-burning stove. Fun sleeping accommodation upstairs in beamed attic rooms.

Convenient for Devon and Dorset coast and for visiting NT houses.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review . Kindest regards Jayne Owen
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From the Owner


Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Bristol at 47 Miles Nearest Barpub : Lamb and Lion at 3 Miles Nearest Train : Taunton at 11 Miles Nearest Motorway : A303 at 3 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Ilminster at 3 Miles Nearest Beach : Lyme Regis at 22 Miles

Special interest holidays:

Cyclists paradise. National cycling Route 33, Route 2 of the South Somerset Cycle Route (100 mile) and many local routes available from the doorstep. Short or long, flat or hilly somerset has spectacular views and amazing hidden gem cyclist friendly cafés , many within a 10 mile radius suitable for walkers as well!

Secure bike storage and drying facilities available if required.


Farthings Cottage is ideally centrally located in somerset. A 45 minute car journey will take you to the spectacular southern Jurassic Coast line or to the family friendly Weston Super Mare miles of golden sands. The north western dramatic coastline where Dunster , Porlock and Minehead can be explored is about an hours drive but why not take the Steam train from just north of Taunton.


Bristol airport is 45 minutes by car. Taunton train station 20 minutes drive away. Ilminster bus service with services from London is 3 miles from the cottage.


3 miles to Ilminster and Dillington House

9 miles to Langport.

10 miles to Taunton,

4 miles to Barrington Court

Wells 23 miles, Bath 39 miles, Lyme Regis 16 miles.

Further Details:

Welcome food pack supplied.

Waitrose, Tesco Sainsburies and ASDA all home deliver into area. Large Tesco and COOP available in Ilminster.

Ilminster is very well supplied with full range of shops, banks, cafés, delicatessen and butchers. Arts and crafts abound.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Bank holiday
27 May 2017 - 29 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
1 Jul 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Half term
21 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
20% non refundable deposit required to secure booking. Full payment 6 weeks prior to rental period.
PayPal accepted.
Short stays welcome but cleaning surcharge of £50

Changeover Day:
Ideally Friday changeover day.

Notes on prices:
Cottage from £50 per night for full weeks stay. Minimum short stay £60 per night plus short stay cleaning surcharge.

5% booking fee donated to Charity 1morechild.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Updated: 19-Apr-2017


Property Type

  • barn


  • Away From It All
  • Family


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


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower)
  • Downstairs en-suite shower and toilet room. Upstairs family bathroom with bath, toilet and sink.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Maximum 5 adults Notes on bedrooms: Down stairs Bedroom 1 with king size bed and en-suite shower room. Upstairs: Bedroom 2- 2 single beds. Bedroom 3 - double bed. Please note upstairs bedrooms have sloping ceilings with quirky reduced height entrances.


  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome


  • Notes on accommodation: 1 well behaved pet accepted. Cats and guinea pigs already in residence. Outside: Lovely south facing eating and bbq graveled patio area with views over surrounding rolling countryside and the small paddock. At present there are 2 resident miniature Shetland ponies who welcome lots of visitors. The neighbouring farm sells delicious hens and quail eggs. Public footpaths and cycle ways lead straight from the door. Dry storage areas for bikes are available if required. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bathroom towels and bed linen supplied. Maid service available at extra cost.

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