On the outskirts of Henstridge is Quiet Corner Farm. At the end of its 200 yard drive with working apple orchards (juicing in autumn) and paddocks on either side grazed by sheep (lambs in spring) and miniature Shetland ponies (bred by the owner), which you are welcome to wander, is a most attractive, single-storey, mid-18th cent., stone-built cottage. It nestles at the end of a large, enclosed lawn and adjoins the owners' converted barn, close to the former farmhouse. Lovely suntrap garden (barbecue, table/chairs) with two adorable guinea pigs. Home-produced juice available. The cottage has lots of character with beams, some exposed stone walls, leaded windows and polished pine floors (rugs) throughout. Gravelled drive and yard lead to 2 shallow steps up to front door; hall, off which living (woodburner, TV/DVD, Edwardian sofa)/dining/kitchen (washer-drier, microwave) with high ceiling, overlooking the garden; bathroom (suite with corner bath with seat plus hand-shower and bath-shower); two pretty, pink floral bedrooms (electric blankets, Velux windows) – a small single, and a double looking through the owner's garden room. Transport from/to train station (by arrangement). No children under 4.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1)|
|Further details indoors|
Please bring your own beach towels.
The agent has its own star rating system to quantify interior quality, comfort and ambience. This property has been rated 3 star.
Somerset: is dairy cows in lush water-meadows, huge rolling cornfields, immense views, dark chocolate ploughed fields, luxuriant cottage gardens, orchards and the hedgerows alive with songbirds. To the north, the limestone Mendip Hills, splendid for walking, containing caves and Cheddar Gorge; and beautiful Bath with its natural hot springs, a city enjoyed by Jane Austen, steeped in Roman and Georgian history and still very culturally alive - a World Heritage Site. In Somerset's middle, the flatness of Sedgemoor (where Monmouth enticed the West Country's farmers to be slaughtered for him) with cattle at sunset as in a classical painting, villages on low hills. Nearby are Glastonbury with its tor and legends (and festival) and Wells with its tremendous cathedral. To the south is the Hamstone country - beautiful rolling farmland where almost every cottage is of golden stone, and every few miles are magnificent houses/gardens open to the public; at Yeovilton, the excellent Fleet Air Arm Museum (Concorde). In the Vale of Taunton, between Exmoor, the Quantocks and the Blackdown Hills, is some of the richest farmland in England, wonderfully unspoilt and peaceful.
And to the north-west, the 40 square miles of the beautiful Quantock Hills stretching from Taunton (county town) to the Bristol Channel sea and big sandcastling beaches. Wooded, heather-topped, home to red deer and loved by Wordsworth and Coleridge. Superb walks/rides, tremendous views, deep romantic valleys, pretty villages. Along the Quantocks' western foot chugs the steam railway from Bishop's Lydeard to Minehead. Few beautiful-country areas are so rich in interesting and splendid man-made things to see.
Henstridge: village (church, PO/shop, good food pub, Indian restaurant) on the Somerset/Dorset border, overlooking beautiful Blackmore Vale. Stalbridge (good shops), 1 mile. Sherborne (medieval town), 6½ miles. Mainline railway station, 2 miles; regular bus/coach services. Golf, riding and fishing within 1 mile. Fine houses/gardens, including Stourhead (Nat. Trust) and Longleat, within easy reach; twenty Nat. Trust properties within 20 miles. Bicycle hire.