The comfortable cottage sleeps four. It has views from all windows over fields, woods and the adjacent 4000 acre Quantock common land where we have grazing rights for cattle, sheep and hill ponies. There is ample yard parking for 2 cars, a walled paved patio, sunny private garden with seats and table for outdoor refreshment. There is an upper level garden with lawn and shrubs. Although adjacent to our Elizabethan listed farmhouse, The Old Granary faces the opposite direction and is separated by a cobbled courtyard with vine, fig trees and a gargoyle where our pure spring water flows into a stone trough.
There are footpaths from the cottage in all directions: one mile to the 1300’ summit of the Quantocks, 2 steep miles over the ridge to a couple of excellent pubs and for the energetic, six miles to the sea where a delightful coastal path follows interesting rock formations and a chance to collect fossils. We have recorded the farm fauna and flora for many years and visitors are invited to add any new species to our list in the cottage folder. Red deer abound, old hay meadows contain orchids, yellow rattle and waxcap fungi. Some visitors have brought moth traps, bat recorders and set-up remote trail cameras on our land to film the wildlife.
Popular too are mountain biking and riding. We can supply sheds for bikes.
For any who would like to bring a horse, a stable and grazing are available by arrangement. Those who prefer to explore further afield will enjoy a wide choice of local castles, NT houses, gardens, beaches, willow / basket making and bird reserves on the Levels, a steam railway, Exmoor rivers and moors, or the cathedrals and many interesting features of Wells, Exeter, Bath and Bristol.
We converted the old granary into a holiday cottage in the 1980s and have made many friends among visitors, who have returned repeatedly enjoying the farming seasons: lambing, shearing, haymaking, gathering delicious whortleberries on the hills (wild blueberries), apple picking for our juice and cider, the deer rut and glorious autumn colours or winter snow on our wonderful sledging / skiing slopes! I have farmed here for fifty years, now in partnership with my son. We land manage the environment of virtually the whole combe (valley), in a Natural England conservation scheme which encourages biodiversity and care of the landscape. Our stock includes a flock of rare breed Whiteface Dartmoors, plus Cheviot X Suffolks , a suckler herd of Hereford cattle and 8 part Arab Quantock ponies.
As we are a livestock farm, visitors are not permitted to bring dogs or other types of pets to the property.