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Large Detached "upside Down" Barn, dog friendly with 1 acre enclosed paddock.



Updated: 26-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Barn in Payton, Nr. Taunton, Somerset, England - Glorious Views Over Open Countryside, Ideal Base For Somerset & Devon

Large,Beautiful detached 2 bedroom open plan "upside down" Barn conversion, designed to make the most of the amazing views which surround it. Privately Situated within easy access of the town of Wellington Somerset, it has it's own 1 acre enclosed paddock. Little Owl Barn has ample room for secure off road parking in the gated courtyard and secure garage. Little owl Barn is ideally located for those who wish to explore Somerset and nearby Devon. There are plenty of country walks nearby and activities near by. The property is also set in an ideal bird watching area . There are lots of local attractions including Sheppys Cider and several National Trust properties. The North or South coast can also be reached in approx. 30 minutes by car. Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks are also within a short driving distance. The City of Exeter with its Cathedral and superb range shops is well worth a visit and only a short drive away. Taunton - the county town with a range of shops, cafes, bowling alley and cinema is just 7 miles away. Local Shops, pubs and restaurants are all within 1 mile including Waitrose.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Sarah and Philip Mason
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
26 June, 2017

35 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(35 traveller reviews)


Upside down barn delivers stunning views and tranquility

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of four with our children aged ten and nine. There was just the right amount of space in the top part of the barn for eating meals and relaxing on the sofas. The two bathrooms were spacious and well equipped, and the washing machine proved very useful. There is plenty of cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. The lawn at the rear of the property is large enough for a game of rounders or kicking a rugby ball around. If that is insufficient, there is a sizeable paddock too. The owner of the neighbouring farm is very friendly and that family has lots of animals including pigs, turkeys, sheep and horses. If your child loves animals, you are in the right place. The Holywell Arms is a pub within 20 minute walking distance which does excellently priced food and superb beer. Wellington is the nearest town and it has an Asda and a Waitrose. So, according to your taste, you can stock up on essentials as well as wine and gin. There are many walks in the area but you will need an OS map of the area to be able to do this properly. Exmoor is within driving distance and that offers a multitude of hiking options as well as Dunster Castle. We had a lovely week during Whit half term and we are already talking about returning next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review, we are very pleased you all enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you again. We will buy an OS map to put in the barn.
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  • 4 of 5

A pleasant short break in a rural area.

Dog friendly, with a fully secure garden for your four legged friend.

Philip is attentive, residing on the same road for any ad-hoc queries (if required).

Comfortable and clean accommodation, with shared access via Payton farm.

Please can I suggest a small 'Somerset' welcome pack for arrivals, for example: milk.

After a long car journey this would be greatly appreciated.

Our recent visit to San Francisco did this, so I am sure Wellington can too!

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay. We agree milk in the fridge is a good idea as we already have tea, coffee and sugar in the cottage.
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Comfortable and Clean

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the view and the farm atmosphere. Spotless and comfortable. The owner is very accommodating and friendly.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, we hope to see you next year.
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Wonderful , spacious, peaceful property

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful relaxing place to stay, really enjoyed our short break and can't wait to return. Phil is always on hand if we needed anything and nothing was too much trouble.

  • Review Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely to see you all again, we look forward to seeing you for your 3rd visit.
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Lovely, well appointed retreat

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need for your stay, lovely and clean, Great for our dog too!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We hope to see you all again.
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A perfect getaway, with excellent hosts

  • 5 of 5

The Barn is a real home from home. It's spotlessly clean, very well furnished and Philip and Sarah, who live just across the road, could not have been more welcoming and helpful. A lot of care and attention has gone into those all important things: the beds are very comfortable, and the linen is the sort of quality you would buy yourself - none of that 'this will do, they're only renting' attitude one sometimes finds. The garden was absolutely perfect for our energetic young hound, and it really is fully escape proof. Philip's recommendations for pubs and shops were spot on - the local butcher and fishmonger in Wellington were sufficiently impressive that we cooked at home more than we might have normally done, but when we fancied going out to eat, his suggestion of the Martlet didn't disappoint. We didn't try the Holywell, because it was closed while we were there, but I'm sure that equally lives up to Philip's recommendation. We were well looked after, in an easy going way. It all felt very relaxed, and Philip and Sarah have got a great attitude to customer service. When we needed something, it was taken care of, but we were also left alone to enjoy our lovely little family break together. We'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. We look forward to your next visit.
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Activity and Interests


M5 Motorway Junction 26 is 3 miles. Nearest Airports are Exeter - 30 minutes and Bristol - 60 minutes


Holywell Lake = 1 mile, Rockwell Green= 1 mile, Wellington 1.5 miles, Taunton =7 miles

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

Convert Currency
Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
rate 6
1 Mar 2017 - 28 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 7
29 Jun 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 8
6 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 9
1 Nov 2017 - 11 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
rate 10
12 Dec 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Rate 11
21 Dec 2017 - 4 Jan 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 12
5 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £30

Booking Notes:
Booking can be made via email or telephone and will be confirmed by receipt of deposit via Bank Transfer or Cleared cheque. Holidays must be paid for in full 4 weeks before the beginning of holiday. If a short notice booking is taken the holiday must be paid for at time of booking. Dogs are welcome and are charged at £30 for 1 dog, additional dogs at £10 each.

Changeover Day:
Any day of the week is fine with us after 4 pm - vacation is by 10 am on departure day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 26-Jun-2017


Property Type

  • barn


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


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


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to master bedroom with shower, sink unit & WC Bathroom with Bath/ Shower over, sink and WC


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 3 Single Bed, 1 superking double or 2 singles plus 1 single bed.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Master with Kingsize bed, bed 2 super king double or 2 singles plus 1 extra single. Notes on bedrooms: Ground Floor- Master bedroom with fabulous hand carved King-size Tester bed Bedroom 2 with super King double bed or 2 3ft singles and 1 2'6 single bed.


  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No fireworks, chinese lanterns or remote flying craft allowed.


  • There is a child gate at the top of the stairs. Outside 1 acre private, secure Paddock, Gravel patio and established Rockery. Secure garage for cycle storage or car, has water tap for hosing wellingtons and dogs. Utility Room: Hoover, Iron, Ironing Board, light bulbs, Extensive range of crockery, cutlery, glassware and cooking utensils Cleaning / Towels / Linen. Towels and Bed linen are provided. The property is cleaned prior to arrival and on vacating. Bed/towel changing service for stays over 1 week available. Other: Large 1 acre private paddock. Well behaved, vaccinated dogs welcome at additional charge of £30 for 1st dog,£10 for 2nd etc. Dog crates available.