The Old Granary, Aisholt, Quantock Hills, Somerset, England - Perfect For Walkers,Writers ,Artists, Naturalists & Lovers Of Scenic Countryside
Owner Mrs Janet White with Mr Peter Baker as Booking Manager
About Owner Mrs Janet White with Mr Peter Baker as Booking Manager
Janet White, owner of the property, farms in partnership with her son, Robert. Son-in-law Pete helps, having the role of bookings manager for the holiday cottage. They run a successful business within a conservation stewardship scheme which encourages care of the landscape and biodiversity. The livestock includes a flock of over 360 sheep, (mainly Cheviots and rare breed Whiteface Dartmoors), a herd of Hereford cattle and 8 hill ponies. Apart from farming and natural history, Janet’s other passion is for literature. She is an avid reader and a published author. Anyone interested might like to read her book, “The Sheep Stell”.
Owner Mrs Janet White with Mr Peter Baker as Booking Manager purchased this Cottage in 1966
Why Owner Mrs Janet White with Mr Peter Baker as Booking Manager chose Spaxton
Janet and her late husband, Jim, bought the farm in 1966. After working as a shepherd, share farmer in New Zealand and smallholder, this fulfilled Janet’s ambition to run a hill farm in a remote beautiful place close to the sea. With Jim’s help at weekends, she became the full time farmer as well as raising a family of four children. The old granary was converted in the 1980s and used by Robert on his marriage before he built a thatched cottage of his own nearby. Then the renovated granary became available for holidays, helping to diversify the farm business.
What makes this Cottage unique
The cottage offers a tranquil retreat in this wonderful Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, appealing in particular to hill walkers, writers (Coleridge longed to live in Aisholt), bird / deer watchers, riders and mountain bikers. Some visitors choose to give their car a holiday, others prefer day trips to the wealth of local places of interest. Many guests become friends and return repeatedly to enjoy the farming seasons: lambing, shearing, haymaking, gathering delicious whortleberries on the hills, watching the wild red deer rut and admiring the glorious autumn colours. We hope all who come here will share our affection and enthusiasm for this very special place.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Lovely property in a beautiful part of the world
We had a great stay at the granary. The property is comfortable, warm and spacious. The farm is lovely, and a novel break from stopping somewhere 'ordinary '. We bottle fed the lambs and couldn't get enough of the farm dog, he is so playful and friendly. Great people, very welcoming. Lots to do in the local area, with interesting beaches, plenty of walking and cycling opportunities etc . Definitely would stay again.
Beautiful, clean, lovely hot water and warm soft bedding. Absolutely enchanting and relaxing place.
Best weekend away ever
Idyllic bolt hole
If you want to get away from it all and stay somewhere, welcoming and friendly, situated in an area of outstanding beauty. Look no further this is it and we cant wait to go back. There are fantastic walks on your doorstep, castles and country houses. Or you an just sit and listen to the birds.
Idyllic country stay far from the madding crowd.
Beautifully kept cottage on a farm with sheep and cattle in the middle of nowhere nestled in a valley on the quantock hills. Wonderfully quiet unspoilt valley within walking distance of many picturesque walks, with all modern conveniences including warm central heating and dishwasher. All the stars of the milky way were visible at night as there was no light pollution.
The family made us welcome but we did not feel as though we were living in an adjoining house. The valley was full of primroses in the Springtime and the river which trickled along it was marbled with brilliant yellow kingcups.
Lovely part of the world. So very quiet and away from it all! The cottage was very comfortable.
We enjoyed our stay so much we are already looking forward to a future visit. The mountain bike tracks are terrific and there is no end to the opportunities for exploration ....countless highways and byways leading to who knows where. Besides which the cottage is well supplied with all creature comforts and, above all, the owner Janet and her family (Rachel, Peter, Robert and Moss) are delightful company and helpful in every respect. THANK YOU ALL FOR A LOVELY HOLIDAY!
We are delighted you enjoyed your stay. Very impressed with your bicycles and
and adventurous spirit, making best use of the opportunity explore the surrounding countryside we love so much. Looking forward to seeing you again on your return to the cottage.
Homely cottage in idyllic location
Had wonderful week here . Great location for exploring Quantocks,walking or by bike Some lovely peaceful coastal areas to visit. Steam train , Dunster castle , walks above Minehead and biking around Steart Marches all great. Canals to cycle along also. Plenty of wildlife. Host were very kind and helpful but unobtrusive. Children would really like it here. Cottage itself was fine for us with everything we needed, good sized kitchen and master bedroom , very clean and everything worked. Only criticism would be lounge decor dated especially sofa but still gave 5 stars as had such a lovely time and scenery , garden surrounding cottage really lovely
Special interest holidays:
We can provide qualified specialist personnel to support you in exploring the local environment, for day or half-day sessions. They will help you plan and or accompany you, on walking ventures into the surrounding hills or guide you to the most likely places to see the wildlife such as red deer. Sessions using a remote trail camera to capture photographs or video footage of wild animals such as badgers can be arranged and at the right time of year, guided walks to see old hay meadow wild flowers or fungi can be booked. Freshwater stream-life investigations can be undertaken with a follow-up indoor session using microscopic equipment and digital cameras to record images of the tiny animals that are abundant the stream.
The service is available at a very reasonable rate and programmes are individually compiled to meet your objectives. If you would be interested in making use of this service then there will opportunity to make this known during the booking schedule communications.
The nearest coastline is about 8 miles away or 20 mins drive. Keen fit walkers have walked there from the cottage and back in a day! Although not renowned for bathing the nearest beaches are interesting to explore having excellent geological features exposed and fossils can be found. Further afield, splendid sandy, surfing beaches of North Devon are only an hour's drive. An hour and a half drive in the other direction gets you to the south coast resorts such as Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Beer.
Bristol Airport is a 45 minute drive.
The nearest village with some small shops is Nether Stowey a 10 minute drive. The nearest towns with good shopping facilities are Bridgwater or the County town of Taunton, both about a 20 or 25 minute drive away. Visitors may also like to visit Glastonbury for its historic and cultural interests and nearby Street Village for its Retail Outlet park shops, both about a 40 minute drive. A little further is the quaint Cathedral City of Wells and nearby the famous Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole caves.
Interesting National Trust properties within short driving distance include:-
Coleridge Cottage ( 10mins.), Dunster Castle and Mill ( 40 Mins), Barrington Court, The Priest's House at Muchelney, Tyntesfield Victorian Gothic Revival House, Barrington Court (45mins), Montacute House, Cheddar Gorge ( 1 hr), Bath Assembly Rooms (1.5 hrs).
Local craft centres include: The Willow and Wetlands Centre, Cider makers Perry's Cider and Burrow Hill Cider, both near Ilminster have exhibits and do sales(45mins).
The notable displays of starling murmurations can be seen seasonally at the RSPB Ham Wall reserve at Shapwick Heath (40 min).
For dining out, there are numerous country inns and some top quality restaurants within short driving distance.
For those interested in fishing opportunities, there is a local reservoir where day licences for trout fishing can be obtained. Beach casting can be done from several places along the nearby coastline, or sea fishing trips booked from Watchet harbour.
An adventurous sea trip out to Lundy Island can be booked locally.