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Cottage peacefully located on a sheep farm in the heart of the Quantock Hills



Updated: 03-Dec-2016
The Old Granary, Aisholt, Quantock Hills, Somerset, England - Perfect For Walkers,Writers ,Artists, Naturalists & Lovers Of Scenic Countryside

The comfortable cottage sleeps four. It has views from all windows over fields, woods and the adjacent 4000 acre Quantock common land where we have grazing rights for cattle, sheep and hill ponies. There is ample yard parking for 2 cars, a walled paved patio, sunny private garden with seats and table for outdoor refreshment. There is an upper level garden with lawn and shrubs. Although adjacent to our Elizabethan listed farmhouse, The Old Granary faces the opposite direction and is separated by a cobbled courtyard with vine, fig trees and a gargoyle where our pure spring water flows into a stone trough.

There are footpaths from the cottage in all directions: one mile to the 1300’ summit of the Quantocks, 2 steep miles over the ridge to a couple of excellent pubs and for the energetic, six miles to the sea where a delightful coastal path follows interesting rock formations and a chance to collect fossils. We have recorded the farm fauna and flora for many years and visitors are invited to add any new species to our list in the cottage folder. Red deer abound, old hay meadows contain orchids, yellow rattle and waxcap fungi. Some visitors have brought moth traps, bat recorders and set-up remote trail cameras on our land to film the wildlife.

Popular too are mountain biking and riding. We can supply sheds for bikes.

For any who would like to bring a horse, a stable and grazing are available by arrangement. Those who prefer to explore further afield will enjoy a wide choice of local castles, NT houses, gardens, beaches, willow / basket making and bird reserves on the Levels, a steam railway, Exmoor rivers and moors, or the cathedrals and many interesting features of Wells, Exeter, Bath and Bristol.

We converted the old granary into a holiday cottage in the 1980s and have made many friends among visitors, who have returned repeatedly enjoying the farming seasons: lambing, shearing, haymaking, gathering delicious whortleberries on the hills (wild blueberries), apple picking for our juice and cider, the deer rut and glorious autumn colours or winter snow on our wonderful sledging / skiing slopes! I have farmed here for fifty years, now in partnership with my son. We land manage the environment of virtually the whole combe (valley), in a Natural England conservation scheme which encourages biodiversity and care of the landscape. Our stock includes a flock of rare breed Whiteface Dartmoors, plus Cheviot X Suffolks , a suckler herd of Hereford cattle and 8 part Arab Quantock ponies.

As we are a livestock farm, visitors are not permitted to bring dogs or other types of pets to the property.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine

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About the Owner

Janet White farms in partnership with her son, Robert. They run a successful business within a conservation stewardship scheme which encourages care of the landscape and biodiversity. The livestock includes a flock of over 360 sheep, (mainly Cheviots and rare breed Whiteface Dartmoors), a herd of Hereford cattle and 8 hill ponies. Apart from farming and natural history, Janet’s other passion is for literature. She is an avid reader and a published author. Anyone interested might like to read her book, “The Sheep Stell”.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

" We wanted somewhere quiet, peaceful, relaxing and close to nature. Couldn't have found a better place!"

"Another fantastic stay. Loved every minute from feeding lambs to breathtaking walks. Have fallen in love with this place and its people."

" Will miss this piece of heaven. Can't wait to come back in the Autumn for our fifth visit."
Dec 2014
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Magical place!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a fantastic week in the Old Granary. Only the sound of sheep and birds, the green rolling hills, the lonely fox in the evening and especially the warm attention of Janet, Peter and Robert. The Old Granary is one in a million!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Janet and her late husband, Jim, bought the farm in 1966. After working as a shepherd, share farmer in New Zealand and smallholder, this fulfilled Janet’s ambition to run a hill farm in a remote beautiful place close to the sea. With Jim’s help at weekends, she became the full time farmer as well as raising a family of four children. The old granary was converted in the 1980s and used by Robert on his marriage before he built a thatched cottage of his own nearby. Then the renovated granary became available for holidays, helping to diversify the farm business.

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

We can provide qualified specialist personnel to support you in exploring the local environment, for day or half-day sessions. They will help you plan and or accompany you, on walking ventures into the surrounding hills or guide you to the most likely places to see the wildlife such as red deer. Sessions using a remote trail camera to capture photographs or video footage of wild animals such as badgers can be arranged and at the right time of year, guided walks to see old hay meadow wild flowers or fungi can be booked. Freshwater stream-life investigations can be undertaken with a follow-up indoor session using microscopic equipment and digital cameras to record images of the tiny animals that are abundant the stream.

The service is available at a very reasonable rate and programmes are individually compiled to meet your objectives. If you would be interested in making use of this service then there will opportunity to make this known during the booking schedule communications.


The nearest coastline is about 8 miles away or 20 mins drive. Keen fit walkers have walked there from the cottage and back in a day! Although not renowned for bathing the nearest beaches are interesting to explore having excellent geological features exposed and fossils can be found. Further afield, splendid sandy, surfing beaches of North Devon are only an hour's drive. An hour and a half drive in the other direction gets you to the south coast resorts such as Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Beer.


Bristol Airport is a 45 minute drive.


The nearest village with some small shops is Nether Stowey a 10 minute drive. The nearest towns with good shopping facilities are Bridgwater or the County town of Taunton, both about a 20 or 25 minute drive away. Visitors may also like to visit Glastonbury for its historic and cultural interests and nearby Street Village for its Retail Outlet park shops, both about a 40 minute drive. A little further is the quaint Cathedral City of Wells and nearby the famous Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole caves.

Further Details:

Interesting National Trust properties within short driving distance include:-

Coleridge Cottage ( 10mins.), Dunster Castle and Mill ( 40 Mins), Barrington Court, The Priest's House at Muchelney, Tyntesfield Victorian Gothic Revival House, Barrington Court (45mins), Montacute House, Cheddar Gorge ( 1 hr), Bath Assembly Rooms (1.5 hrs).

Local craft centres include: The Willow and Wetlands Centre, Cider makers Perry's Cider and Burrow Hill Cider, both near Ilminster have exhibits and do sales(45mins).

The notable displays of starling murmurations can be seen seasonally at the RSPB Ham Wall reserve at Shapwick Heath (40 min).

For dining out, there are numerous country inns and some top quality restaurants within short driving distance.

For those interested in fishing opportunities, there is a local reservoir where day licences for trout fishing can be obtained. Beach casting can be done from several places along the nearby coastline, or sea fishing trips booked from Watchet harbour.

An adventurous sea trip out to Lundy Island can be booked locally.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early winter
5 Nov 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Mid winter
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Late Winter
7 Jan 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
25 Feb 2017 - 24 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
25 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Summer
27 May 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Mid Summer
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 3 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early WIinter
4 Nov 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Mid Winter
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Weekly bookings normally Sat pm to Sat am but often flexible to Fri or Sun start.
£90 per night for 2 - 4 night short breaks ( not in school holidays.)
£150 deposit on booking, balance 1 month before holiday.
Payment by cheque or electronic bank transfer.

Changeover Day:
Weekly bookings normally Sat pm to Sat am but often flexible to Fri or Sun start.
Normal departure time 10.00am.
Arrival time 3.00pm

Notes on prices:
There is a £25 discount available for an individual or couple using one bedroom.
The £80 per night for 2 - 4 night short breaks option is not available in school holiday periods.
A deposit of £150 is required on booking, and the balance is due 1 month before the holiday start date.
Payment by cheque or electronic bank transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 03-Dec-2016
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From the Owner

The cottage offers a tranquil retreat in this wonderful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, appealing in particular to hill walkers, writers (Coleridge longed to live in Aisholt), bird / deer watchers, riders and mountain bikers. Some visitors choose to give their car a holiday, others prefer day trips to the wealth of local places of interest. Many guests become friends and return repeatedly to enjoy the farming seasons: lambing, shearing, haymaking, gathering delicious whortleberries on the hills, watching the wild red deer rut and admiring the glorious autumn colours. We hope all who come here will share our affection and enthusiasm for this very special place.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs there is a bathroom right next to bedroom 1, with bath/shower-over, wc, wash basin. Downstairs is shower-room with shower, wc and wash basin.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: roomy with double bed, wardrobe, dressing table, bedside cupboard, two windows with lovely views. Bedroom 2 with two single beds, cupboard with window seat overlooking garden patio area. There is a cot available if required.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden


  • Self-catering

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


  • Outside: Directly outside the front door there is a walled paved patio with honeysuckle/ clematis growing around it. To the side there is an upper sunny private garden with lawn and surrounding shrubs. This area can also be accessed directly from the upstairs sitting room. The garden has seats and table for outdoor refreshment. Adjacent is a paddock where sheep and ponies are often grazing. Utility Room: There are three utility storage cupboards, containing ironing board, highchair stair gate, hoover and cleaning equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property is thoroughly cleaned after guests have departed and shortly before new guests arrive. Linen and towels supplied (except for cot) at the beginning of the let. Other: There are two wide porches and entrance lobby which are useful for storing outdoor gear, walking boots, sticks and wellies.

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