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

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

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

Mr Peter Baker (Booking Manager)
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
17 May, 2017

About Mr Peter Baker (Booking Manager)

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”.

Mr Peter Baker (Booking Manager) purchased this cottage in 1960

Why Mr Peter Baker (Booking Manager) chose Somerset

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Taunton in West Country

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • 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
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • 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
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.


5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
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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