Large well-equipped kitchen with Aga leading to the ‘orangery’ dining room which opens onto a terraced outdoor eating area with BBQ
Hallway with sofa and armchairs, open fireplace and club fender (The hallway can be converted into a fabulous dining room for special occasions – payable extra)
Media room with open fireplace and a cinema projector with 5.1 surround sound
Snug/playroom with wood burning stove
Under stairs bar area (stocked by guests)
Master double bedroom with super kingsize bed and en suite bathroom with bath and shower
Double bedroom with super kingsize bed and en suite bathroom with free-standing bath and shower
Double bedroom with super kingsize bed (can be converted into twin beds) and en suite bathroom
Double bedroom with super kingsize bed (can be converted into twin beds) and a separate single bed
Bunk bedroom to sleep 2 children
Double bedroom with kingsize bed plus an extra camp bed can be set up if required
Swimming pool (Gated and can be locked)
7 acres of grounds incorporating landscaped gardens, a newly planted orchard, wildlife pond (gated and locked) and fields
2 separate garden terrace areas with dining and seating area
Sony HD TV
2 Apple TV units
SONOS system throughout the ground floor
Remote operated descending cinema screen with HD projector and 5.1 surround sound system
Widescreen TVs in the playroom, kitchen, master bedroom (Sky Q) and orangery (digital)
Play area with a ground level trampoline, a double swing and slide
Croquet and badminton lawns
An excellent local chef can be arranged (please give plenty of notice) – payable locally
North Barrow is a quiet and pretty village with barely any passing traffic. Castle Cary and Bruton are the nearest towns. There is access to a footpath from the field at the top of the garden which leads to South Barrow and there are various other walks that lead from the village.
Bruton is 15 minutes by car
Castle Cary 10 minutes by car
Frome 40 minutes by car
Sherborne 25 minutes by car
Bath 1 hour by car
London is 2 hours away by car
Bristol Airport is 55 minutes by car
Heathrow Airport is just under 2 hours by car
Mainline station to London Paddington is 10 minutes away at Castle Cary
A car is recommended
We can also recommend excellent private local transportation
Bicycles: North Barrow is situated on the excellent South Somerset cycleway that forms an impressive 121.7km route around some of the county’s most beautiful countryside
North Barrow a small hamlet with some excellent pubs and restaurants nearby. In particular we love The Queens Arms at Corton Denham, Number 28 in Somerton, Roth Bar and Grill, Matt’s Kitchen, At the Chapel all in Bruton, and The Newt which is just outside Castle Cary.
The nearby town of Bruton has fast become the coolest destination in the South West. Always a mecca for artists and creatives, gallerists Hauser and Wirth added the final polish when they opened a fabulous contemporary art gallery on the site of a disused 17th century farm.
Bruton High Street is home to a plethora of fascinating independent shops and restaurants and a beautiful river walk takes you on a circuit of the historic town and outlying countryside. For children there is the Mill on the Brue outdoor activity centre in Bruton. Archery, rafting, canoeing and abseiling are just are few of the activities on offer.
Newly opened, The Newt in Somerset is 10 minutes away by car and has an excellent restaurant (mentioned above) as well as beautiful gardens to explore.
Babington House is a short drive away.
The Stourhead estate- filming location for ‘Pride and Predjudice’ is a 15 minute drive – the famous lake and grounds are not to be missed in autumn when the landscape is ablaze with colour. The beautiful woodlands around Alfred’s Tower offer adventurous walking and mountain biking.
There are some excellent walks also to be found nearby at Cadbury Castle or Corton Denham ridge, and the Somerset levels are fabulous for wildlife spotting.
The cathedral city of Wells with its magnificent cathedral and charming shops, is worth a visit as is the infamous Glastonbury Tor (both 30 mins).
The Jurassic coast is an hour’s drive which makes for an easy day trip.
A wonderful old rectory, extended by the current owners into a stunning, country house perfect for large family groups. The house is built of honey-coloured stone sourced from nearby Hadspen Estate and faces South onto quintessentially English country views. Rolling lawns are punctuated by majestic chestnut trees, and children will love the play area and croquet lawn.
Summer stays mean lingering in the evenings on the outdoor terraces, cooling dips in the pool and stargazing under the darkest of night skies. In the winter we highly recommend a wild walk on Corton Denham ridge then lunch at the pub, followed by a classic film in the cinema room in front of a roaring fire.
The house is split into 2 wings. On the 1st floor in one wing there are 2 en suite doubles and on the other side are the other bedrooms, so it could work very well for two families sharing. The bedrooms are cosy and generous with huge comfy beds and beautiful views in every direction.