This property provides comfortable, well-furnished accommodation for five people over two bedrooms - one first floor double, and one ground floor twin with additional fold out bed - as well as a small kitchen and a sitting-room with dining area. Converted from a former barn this quaint, period cottage is situated on the owner's working farm in the peaceful hamlet of Penselwood. Just two miles from Bourton and five miles from Gillingham, amid the glorious countryside on the borders of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, this pretty cottage makes an excellent base from which to explore the area. Guests also have access to shared use of the owner's... lawned garden - ideal for picnics, ball games and barbecues. The property is well served by the local town of Bourton whilst slightly further afield are a wide range of activities.
Amenities: Electric wall panel heaters with gas woodburner in sitting room and heated towel rail in bathroom. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, shared use of owner's washing machine by arrangement, TV, DVD, radio, WiFi. All fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen inc. in rent. Off road parking for 2 cars. Shared use of owner's lawned garden with garden furniture. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 2 miles. Note: Young children should be supervised at all times due to proximity of farm equipment/animals. Note: Dogs must be kept on a lead whilst on premises of property.
Region: Somerset offers 3 areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Quantock, Mendip and Blackdown Hills. Lose yourself in the glory of nature, take a ride on a steam train, visit a traditional farmers' market or explore your mystical side at Glastonbury.
Town: With just a sprinkling of pretty cottages, a village church and a children's play area, Penselwood is a charming hamlet, surrounded by lush farmland and unspoiled countryside. Set on the border between Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, this charming little settlement is reached by winding country lanes from the nearby village of Bourton. Far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the wonderful hamlet of Penselwood is the perfect place to relax in peaceful countryside. Between great walking, the magnificent house and gardens at Stourhead, historic Shaftesbury and Longleat House with its Safari Park, visitors will be spoiled for choice when it comes to activities.
All prices are inclusive of the booking fee. Winter Short Breaks (WSB) are available at many properties in the "Winter" period - subject to availability. Extra nights are charged pro rata of the weekly rental. Off Season Breaks (OSB) are available at many properties in parts of the "Low" and "Mid" periods - subject to availability. The price for a 3 night break is either 75% of the normal weekly rental or, if it is higher, the quoted Winter Short Break price. Extra nights are charged pro rata of the weekly rental. OSBs can be booked within a calendar month of the start date of the holiday. "Last Minute Breaks" (LMB) are available at most properties throughout the "LOW", "MID", "HIGH", "PEAK", "XMAS" and "NEW YEAR" periods. The price for a 3 night break is either 65% of the normal weekly rental or, if it is higher, the quoted Winter Short Break price. Extra nights are charged pro rata of the weekly rental. LMBs can be booked within one week of the start date of the holiday.
Tranquil holiday, with plenty of walking opportunities
Left on 01/08/2014 for a stay in October 2013 | Jan
We received a warm welcome from the owners. The cottage was well equipped and comfortable. The location was perfect for us: quiet, pretty and had plenty of excellent walks for us and our dog. To say it has a garden is misrepresentation (see the given title above). However we didn't need one and it was perfect for our needs. The only drawbacks were that the gas wood burner was broken (awaiting a part) but we were still warm enough from heaters and the tv remote had been lost so there was some manual adjustments to be made (good exercise though!)
Beautiful and peaceful holiday
Left on 08/29/2013 for a stay in June 2013 | Atravers
A lovely welcome tray (+eggs!) and flowers. Next door to owners, very friendly and who were exceedingly helpful to us as we suffered a family bereavement when we were there.
The cottage was clean and very comfortable, as were the beds.
Beautiful and very quiet area, lovely retreat, lots of country walks from the cottage. Near small towns and a303 if you wanted to go further afield.
Best thing was beauty of countryside and cottage setting.
least liked was low mobile phone signal!
A wonderful rural retreat
Left on 12/05/2012 for a stay in October 2012 | Ian Robertson
A very well appointed cottage in a lovely rural location. All facilities included, such as WiFi access and a real flame fire. The owners were very friendly, but not intrusive.
Well located just a short drive from easy transport links to Bath, Glastonbury and Wells.
Left on 09/06/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | J Billington
Lovely cottage very comfortable. The owners were very helpful but not intrussive.Would recommend.
Our Somerset farm holiday
Left on 12/18/2009 for a stay in June 2008 | Paul Haigh
What a delightful converted Bull stall we stayed in. Set in the tiny village of Penselwood in a peaceful rural location with next to no traffic and plenty of country walks right outside the front door.
The proprietors were very welcoming and kind. They even presented us with half a dozen freshly laid eggs as a welcome gift.
The property was clean with all amenities supplied. No complaints whatsoever with the cottage.
Being a working farm we were often encouraged to help out and we were allowed the run of the farm. Our daughter particularly enjoyed fussing over all the animals.
Stacking bales of hay last thing in the day was pretty exhausting but enjoyable at the same time. And as for herding the sheep. They tend to have a mind of their own.
I'm trying very hard to think of what we didn't like about the Bull Stall. Cannot think of one thing :)
Real farm experience
Left on 12/02/2009 for a stay in February 2009 | MrsS
The cottage is pretty much in the middle of the farmyard. The children absolutely loved seeing all the animals on the farm. The owners were particularly helpful and friendly.
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