Anyone for tennis? Or sipping wine in the Somerset sunshine under an oak pergola? Eating pizza from the outdoor oven around the firepit? In the lee of the Mendip Hills, Somerton Barn brings hens, dogs and generations together in a spectacular setting perfect for up to 14 sunbathers, sightseers and sunset-gazers.
Conquer Glastonbury Tor, immerse yourself in Bath’s hot springs and history, then come home to vaulted ceilings, big get-together spaces and all manner of plush indulgence. Built in 2023, it’s still gleaming. Warm your toes on the underfloor heating. Pick from three smart TVs and a full Sky package. Stream Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Walk, ride or run the trails, climb the peaks, relax and recharge among the people who matter, then eat around the dining table under the soaring ceiling. Sink into high-thread-count beds in four double en-suite bedrooms, or bag the en-suite annex over the triple garage for true peace and quiet. Dream about more of the same tomorrow.
You can chill under the oak pergola, on the lawn sun loungers or on the terrace seating all you like, but there’s no escaping the elephant in the one-acre grounds. If you love tennis, you don’t need to leave it at home. Just follow the path down to the all-weather court. No opponent? No problem. Just set up the battery-operated ball machine.
Bring your dog for the fully fenced plot with electric gates and chase it around the south west-facing garden with hill views all around. Or just kick back and admire the sunsets. Eat out on the terrace with pizza from the outdoor oven or prime cuts on the wood-fired barbecue. Stay out for further merriment around the firepit.
Chill out in an abundance of plush luxury, in a spectacular barn built in 2023 and still in showroom condition. The heart of the matter here is the large open-plan living area with its vaulted ceilings, underfloor heating and wall of glass with views of the tennis court and hills beyond.
Walk or run the local trails, hike the hills, then come home to pile around the three smart TVs and pick from a full Sky package or Netflix or Amazon Prime Video served up over fast Wi-Fi. Slide out from the living space to the south west-facing terrace. Escape to the snug for quiet contemplation. Just add Prosecco.
You’ll be expecting a rather lovely kitchen in a barn built in 2023. You won’t be disappointed. This one gleams, with an island centrepiece just built for breakfast beneath the vaulted ceiling. Two electric ovens and an induction hob await the transfer of fresh goodies from the two fridges.
Eat dinner around the big table with a view through the high glass windows down to the tennis court and countryside beyond. Maybe you’ll park the whites and treat yourself to a one-off celebration or fully catered break with professional chefs from DineIndulge, Figs Catering or Iron Age Pig.
Stock up at Sainsbury’s, Burns the Bread, Stacey’s Butchers, Nature’s Pantry and Glastonbury Farmers’ Market. Pick up some fine fizz from The Somerset Wine Company. Keep the laziness coming with takeaways from Spice Gallery (Indian), I love Pizza and Tony’s Fish and Chips.
Eat out at The Halfway House (South-West CAMRA Pub of the Year), The Castlebrook Inn, a classic olde worlde village pub, or The White Hart, with its fresh, simple menus. Dine al-fresco at The Devonshire Arms Hotel in the covered courtyard or try Tamburino, once nominated at the PAPA Awards as best independent Italian restaurant in the UK.
Close to the Mendip Hills, Cranborne Chase and the Quantocks, where the landscape rises and falls in harmony with the song of the skylark, Somerton Barn won’t rob you of your beauty sleep. Pick from six beautiful bedrooms sleeping a dozen adults and two children.
The main bedroom sleeps two in a kingsize bed beneath a vaulted ceiling. A private bathroom, walk-in wardrobe and balcony with seating area complete the wow. The Green and Black bedrooms also offer kingsize beds, private bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes. Black provides a Juliet balcony for saying hi to the world.
The Red bedroom offers another kingsize, with private bathroom and walk-in wardrobe, while the Study bedroom on the ground floor comes with a double sofa bed and private bathroom, plus courtyard access. Up above the triple garage, the Annex bedroom offers a double bed, two single zed-beds and a walk-in wardrobe.
Stay on-site for dinnertime treats care of DineIndulge, the unique private-chef experience serving up restaurant-quality cuisine at home. Where will it be? Italy? France? India? Just pop a cork, sit back and loosen your belt. Or ask us about booking in-house massages, facials and nail care.
Learn the craft of flower arranging with Daisy Lane. Get seriously pampered at Cadbury Hotel. Take a three-hour Japanese-cookery lesson with Your Sushi, held at The Mendips. Or sip a glass of bubbly while learning the art of truffle-making and enrobing with Zara’s Chocolates.
Try an adrenaline overload at Mendip Activity Centre tackling snow sports, tobogganing, golf frisbee, axe-throwing, abseiling and more. Take a beginners’ horse-riding course or even tone up your dressage skills at Alstone Court. Or sign up for the Have-a-Go shooting experience at Brook Bank in Cheddar.
One quick call to Cycle Hire Leisure and you can be exploring the Quantocks or the Bridgwater to Taunton Canal towpath on two wheels. Or tackle the three-mile circular walk up Brent Knoll, Crook Peak or Quantock Hill. Ditch the boots for strappies and finish your day in Bath over cocktails at The Hideout or the Bath Distillery Gin Bar.