Barn and 3 Cottages in Trebles Holford, nr The Quantocks, Somerset, England - Perfect For Peace, Relaxation, Escaping And Gentle Walks. Ideal For Large Family And Friend Groups
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About Simon Pearson
Simon and Nikki Pearson are married with 4 children; 3 boys (89,91 and 93) and daughter (00). An ex-RAF officer and fast-jet navigator (19 years, Buccaneers, Tornados). After working as a defence and aviation consultant, and considerable media work (BBC, ITV, C5 News, Discovery Chan) Simon now works as a business development director for Eagle Dynamics - DCS - Flight Sim. Nikki is a homemaker and does much local voluntary work. Having ourselves rented large properties for years for family and friends gatherings we decided to invest in our own to try and make it as perfect as possible, as we would wish it and as, we hoped, our guests would too. The result which is Penbridge Court Ban and Cottages speaks for itself. It is truly huge, beautifully and lovingly restored to make it as near perfect as possible.
Simon Pearson purchased this Barn in 2012
Why Simon Pearson chose Combe Florey
The Quantock Hills are one of the great undiscovered beautiful rural areas of England. The property came on to the market for the first time in 2011 having had just one previous owner who was also a skilled carpenter. It comprises a converted and completely rebuilt threshing barn which dates back to the early 19th century with many original features and magnificent massive oak and elm beams visible throughout. The cottages, the Byre, the Stable and Sunset are set around a central courtyard. We immediately fell in love with Penbridge Court. It is rural and quiet and perfect for a getaway all year round. It has a 50m square enclosed child-safe back garden. Your hire of the property is exclusive so no need to worry about occupants of other parts of the estate.
What makes this Barn unique
Penbridge Court lies at the foot of the Quantocks and the Brendon Hills that mark the eastern edge of Exmoor. It is just 15 mins drive (9 miles from J25 M5 motorway and Taunton and 7-8 miles from the family beaches at Blue Anchor, the fossil beach and East Quantoxhead and the historic harbour at Watchet. The West Somerset Railway line and its steam trains can be seen just 100m away from the end of the garden and the depot for the true enthusiast is just 4 miles away in Bishop's Lydeard. There are 4 superb pubs all within 3-4 miles and also 2 excellent riding stables Apart from the occasional puffing steam train the peace is disturbed only by pheasants, foxes, badgers, squirrels and buzzards. The beautiful gardens are open to all guests and are perfect for relaxation and glass of wine in the sunshine. A large 6 seater hot-tub is available with extra towels for all at no extra cost.
Pool / Spa
Dogs allowed - £50 per dog.
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Stunning property, ideal for large groups
We've just had an amazing long weekend at Penbridge Court for 24 of us. The house is beautiful, well equipped and the owners and staff are an absolute pleasure to deal with. They were responsive and unfailingly friendly, dealing with all of my questions and requests, and even giving some great local recommendations. Everybody slept comfortably, and they provided plenty of bedding and linen. We were very keen to have a house where we could all sit at the same table, and so the huge dining area was absolutely perfect. We could even all fit around the log fire! There is so much to explore in the surrounding area, I cannot recommend this property enough!
The house is indeed perfect for large groups and we are always thrilled with great reviews. The key to both owners and guests having an "amazing" experience is good communication, especially before the visit - no question is too trivial - and best done by phone. For those of you intrigued by what was recommended it was the Chantry Tea Rooms next to Kilve beach (arguably the best Cream Tea in Somerset!) following a cliff top and Jurassic beach walk. It is always with some trepidation that owners let to groups of 20+ men or 20+ women, often stag or hen, also after the completion of annual overhaul and final fixes of all those little and large things that crop up in a 200 year old barn! Pete's group were excellent guests. A big thanks from all the staff - we look forward to their return.
I don't normally write reviews but this place was AMAZING!
I hired out Penbridge Court for a friends stag do. He specifically wanted somewhere that was lovely and relaxing as he didn't want a typical "boys on tour" event. This place delivered - amazing venue, kept in a lovely condition and big enough to have 19 guys all in different beds. Amazing communication from Simon and Sam - Simon even put together a floor plan when I asked if he had one prior to booking. The hot tub is amazing - I just wish the weekend could have latest longer. If I ever needed a huge place again - I would not look elsewhere! A+++
Many thanks for this great review. It is much appreciated by the whole team from all our cleaning team and turn around staff to the gardening and maintenance team to the management and owners. You would be welcome back any time!!
A place not to be missed!
I cannot recommend Penbridge Court highly enough, as the barn, adjoining cottages and garden were just fantastic. We went as a party of sixteen and in other places we have stayed, you sometimes feel on top of each other, but not here, as the layout of the property allows you to meet as a group and also get time to be by yourself if you so wish.
I also have to commend the owner and management company, as the customer service they provide is second to none. We had a number of queries prior to our arrival and nothing was too much trouble and they are as keen as you to ensure you have an amazing time.
Also have to highly recommend the Blue Ball in Triscombe for Sunday lunch and we also had a fantastic meal at the Farmers Arms which is approx. a mile from the property.
We will definitely be back and I would recommend this property to everyone and if you are looking for luxury in secluded surroundings then this is the place to come!
Many many thanks form myself and the team for this great review; giving people a fantastic holiday in a large luxury home form home that would be within the budget of any group (£100-£200 per head depending on date) was one of our primary aims in getting into this great adventure 4 years ago. We are, naturally delighted. Simon, Nikki, Sam, Jon, Liz & Turnaround Team.
Penbridge Court lived up to its on line description. Any surprises were entirely positive.
We were a family party of 16 with ages ranging from 2 to 78. As others have said Penbridge Court provides an ideal location and set of facilities for such a group whether for a week end (in our case) or a longer stay. We had no complaints and nothing but praise for the way the venue has been realised and is maintained and for the "concierge" service that sorts out your needs before you arrive and handles the initial introduction.
The local steam train, running to the coast, is a bonus.
If you have a large group of people and want to have a brilliant sociable time then there is no better place than the Old Stone Bans. The owners have built this barn as if they were going to live in it themselves and so the attention to detail and all the little touches really do add up. The kitchen is particularly amazing for socialising ,drinking and eating and you have everything you need to cook meals for 20+ people. We had 20 family members and hired the main barn and 3 x little cottages and it worked so well as people had their own space but could gather together when they wanted. Highlights are the rooms, spacious living areas and kitchen, full size pool table, hot tub, looking out on to the great views at the rear of the property and watching the magical steam trains go past. We did some fabulous walks and really felt that we needed another week to explore the area as there is so much to do and see. The hot tub was awesome - relaxing in the hot tub gazing out at the stars at 8pm on a cold February night. If you have a special occasion and want to celebrate in style you will not be disappointed. This place suits families and all ages. No one wanted to leave at the end! The memory of our week will last a long time and we will definitely be going back next year.
First of all a huge thank you to you and your group. It is reviews like this that really make it all worthwhile especially for the original concept and design team Nikki and Liz - all the little touches are theirs. And yes you hit the nail on the head; we designed it with ourselves in mind, i.e. creating the perfect place to stay for a large group of family and friends for any occasion. We are delighted you enjoyed it so much.
Simon, Nikki, Liz, Sam & Jon
The barn and cottages are stunning in an idyllic location
We could not fault a thing and the owners thought of every last little detail from a beautiful welcome pack including a panacotta cake to lavender bags on our pillows, to make it the best holiday by far for all 26 of us.
The hot tub was a favourite even in December
We are booking again for this summer
Highly highly recommended is all we can say nothing negative what so ever.
Dear Nicky (and all 25 other guests),
Thank you so much for this great review. We have tried to create a perfect escape for large friends and family groups - and your words say it all. Tim & Liz, the estate managers are simply amazing.
We look forward to seeing you again! Very Best, Simon & Nikki
9 miles from the sandy beaches at Blue Anchor in between Watchet and Minehead. 15 miles from Minehead beach. 10 miles from the "Jurassic/Triassic" beach at East Quantoxhead popular with fossil hunters. 30 minus from the beaches at Weston-Super-Mare. One hour to the south is the 2 miles of fine sandy beaches at Exmouth, the pebbled beach at Budleigh Salterton on the western edge of the original Jurassic Coast.
2 hours 30 mins from West London. 20 mins from M5 junction 25 at Taunton. 1 hour from M4/M5 junction.
Dogs cost £50 for the first per dog and £25 for each subsequent hound.
The West Somerset Railway is just 5 mins away at Bishop's Lydeard, with a local stop 15 mins walk away at Crowcombe. Line runs 100m away across a field at bottom of back garden.
Take the train to Dunster Castle.
For the serious "foodies" there are several pubs all renowned for exceptional food - in alphabetical order The Blue Ball in Triscombe (2 miles). The Farmers Arms near Combe Florey (1 mile away - walkable with a torch!), see The Rising Sun in West Bagborough (2 miles), and the Lethbridge in Bishops Lydeard (3 miles).
Horse riding and trekking available locally, 2 stables both just 5 minutes drive away, at QuantockTrekking in West Bagborough and for the able-bodied and disabled at Conquest Equestrian Centre.
Sailing, canoeing and other watersport and nature trail activities are available at Wimbleball Lake, just 20 mins drive away.
We also recommend "dining-in" and have several local professional chefs who will come in and cook. The two long dining tables can be set together to provide a banquet for 22+ people.
We are wheel-chair friendly with 5 ground-level bedrooms.