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Apartment to the west of Taunton

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Apartment in Taunton, Somerset, England - Convenient Yet Peaceful Location On A Working Smallholding

Higher House was a 'working' barn until 20 years ago when it was converted into a house. We have added hugely to the basic conversion, principally in the creation of the garden but have continued the agricultural theme as active smallholders with sheep and ducks. Our holiday apartment is on the second floor of our home with independent access so although we are on hand should you need any help, visitors are completely self-contained. Whether you choose to relax 'at home' or spend days away, we can assure of a peaceful and comfortable base here at Higher House. We encourage our guests to make use of our grounds but warn you that we do have deep water on the property and must emphasise it is your responsibility to keep young children and pets safe.

Kirsten Horton
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
10 September, 2018

About Kirsten Horton

My husband and I escaped from the south east more than ten years ago, searching for a home in the countryside but within easy reach of necessary everyday services. Moving to Somerset was one of our better decisions and we greatly enjoy the benefits of country living.

Kirsten Horton purchased this apartment in 1998

Why Kirsten Horton chose Taunton

We were still working when we bought our home and choose the location because of its excellent communication links with London and the north - now that we are retired, we greatly enjoy the easy access to the west, whether it is the north and south coasts or the Quantock hills and Exmoor as well as Dartmoor.

What makes this apartment unique

We are conveniently situated to the west of Taunton with an hourly bus service at the end of our drive.

We encourage our guests to make use of our attractive grounds - playing cricket or football on the lawn, pottering on the lake or just enjoying the gardens.

Guests are welcome to join in the feeding and care of the ducks - and visit the sheep when they are grazing locally.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Brilliant week - the apartment is the best equipped we have ever stayed in! very friendly and welcoming - loved the informality.

We have had a really good time in this wonderful apartment - and thank you for the goods from your vegetable garden! We have seen beautiful landscape in Exmoor and at the coast and amazing gardens - Annette from Berlin and Katrin from Kiel, Germany

Thank you very very much for your hospitality - we did feel, while staying here, that it was really a home away from home. Thank you for the warmth, help and comfort we enjoyed while living at Higher House.
Mar 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment around the Taunton around the Oake

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Wc and bath with electric shower over.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/5 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with large double bed and space for cot. Studio style living area includes 3 full sized single beds.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Notes on accommodation: The apartment is double glazed and central heated. All fuel costs are included in the rental. Children are welcome and a cot, high chair and stair gates are available on request. Well behaved pets are welcome. Please keep dogs under control as we have sheep and ducks. Our apartment achieved a Gold Award from Visit England for the exceptional quality of accommodation and customer service offered. Outside: There is under-cover parking for one vehicle with ample off road parking for additional vehicles. Visitors have their own garden table and chairs. There are various seating areas around the property and chairs can be moved as desired. A barbecue is available for guests. In season vegetables and fruit are available from our garden. Utility Room: Visitors may use the owners' washing machine situated in the utility room of the main house and outdoor dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels, bedlinen (duvets) and tea towels are included in the rental price - but please bring your own beach towels. All kitchen and bathroom necessities ie. washing up liquid and cleaning products, kitchen roll, toilet rolls etc are supplied.


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(6 traveller reviews)

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Apartment to the west of Taunton
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

The house is much bigger than I had imagined from the photos and the way the beds are placed allows for privacy. Had everything we needed and comfortable and a nice feel, happy just to sit around the house and gardens.

Owner very helpful and discreet... total peace and rest

Thank you Kirsten!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property, great base for exploring Somerset and Devon

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing week in this beautiful, peaceful property. It was extremely cosy and comfortable with beautiful gardens, and was very well equipped. We did a lot of exploring, including Taunton, Glastonbury, Wells, Wookey Hole, Exeter, Minehead and numerous National Trust properties, and all of them were between 10 to 40 minutes away in various directions.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
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  • 5 of 5

Such a lovely , comfortable apartment. Beautifully equipped with everything you need for a happy holiday. Well situated for country & coast. The weather was fabulous and we made the most of sitting out in the garden, accompanied by the resident cat, chickens, ducks etc. Plenty of places of interest to visit, but very comfortable if you want to have a day or so without driving. If you like reading, there is a large variety of books for your perusal. It truly is a home from home, so well equipped!!

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely property

  • 5 of 5

Plenty of space for a family of four, and lots of garden for the children to explore. In a good location to explore the surrounding countryside and coast.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent, well fitted comfortable venue

  • 5 of 5

Used this apartment as a base for visiting friends in Somerset, wonderful rural situation but close to a main arterial road. Well recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: November 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to have such a friendly couple to stay with us. We were glad to be able to provide a convenient base for your stay and hope you went away refreshed to continue creating your new home.
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Sheep, ducks and a cat

  • 5 of 5

A lovely place to stay for a few days while relocating to the area. Plenty of living space and a well equipped kitchen. Ample hot water which is very hot. The owners are very helpful.

The ducks are very amusing (they don't tell jokes but they like to walk in line up and down the garden) . An idyllic rural setting.

Good WiFi connection - in this area , mobile phone signal is universally poor inside , but I did get a weak signal with O2.


  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: April 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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North Somerset coast - about 25 minutes by car.

South Somerset coast - about 55 minutes by car.


Bristol Airport - 45 miles.

Exeter Airport - 30 miles.

Use of a car is recommended to gain full enjoyment of the area.

Our daytime bus service calls at Taunton railway station and stops at the end of our lane.


Bristol 52 miles.

Exeter 34 miles.

Minehead 20 miles - West Somerset Railway 4 miles.

Glastonbury and Street 30 miles.

Further Details:

Hillcommon has a pub, the Orchard Inn which serves tasty meals. Oake, half a mile away has a community run shop and post office - newspapers can be ordered and collected from the shop.

Milverton, just under 2 miles away, has a pub and general shop; Wiveliscombe, about 5 miles to the west, has an excellent butcher, delicatessen, two small supermarkets, tea rooms and gift shop.

Taunton has a good selection of high street shops and supermarkets, multi screen cinema, theatre and bowling alley as well as petrol stations and banks.

Wellington, just five miles away has a good selection of independent shops.

Enjoy cricket in Taunton, golf at nearby Oake Manor and water sports at Wimbeball and Clatworthy. Cycle hire is available in Taunton. Somerset enjoys an extensive network of footpaths to provide country walks to suit all tastes.

National Trust properties within easy distance include Killerton north of Exeter, Knightshayes Court near Tiverton, Barrington Court - and RHS Rosemoor near Great Torrington.

For those researching their family history, Somerset Heritage Centre is about 10 minutes drive towards Taunton.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
If a booking is made within a month of booking then the whole amount must be paid on confirmation. A non-returnable deposit of £50 will otherwise be taken with the final payment being made four weeks before the start of the booking.
We recommend that you take out cancellation insurance.
Payment may be made by cheque, internet banking (preferred method) or Paypal (additional charge).

Changeover Day:
Saturdays in high season; arrive at 3.00 pm and leave by 10.00 am please.
Shorter stays can be arranged, with variable start dates - we try to be flexible when we can.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.