Frys Barn

Barton, near Winscombe, Somerset
4 Guests
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    Frys Barn, sleeping 4, is a spacious single-storey barn conversion
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    Beamed sitting room room with dining area and wood burning stove
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    Dining area in the sitting room
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    Well-equipped kitchen
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    Double bedroom with super king-size zip and link bed (shown as twin beds)
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    Double bedroom with super king-size zip and link bed (can convert to two 3′ singles on request)
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    Double bedroom with 5’6″ bed and en suite bathroom
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    En suite bathroom to double bedroom, with shower over the bath
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    Family shower room
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    Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with lovely views over the Loxton Valley
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    Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with lovely views over the Loxton Valley
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    Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with lovely views over the Loxton Valley
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Frys Barn, sleeping four, is one of four delightful cottages situated on a non-working farm in a rural location near to Winscombe in Somerset. Set amongst two acres of grounds in the peaceful hamlet of Barton, the cottage is surrounded by fields, woods and the Mendip Hills. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with lovely views over the Loxton Valley, this charming cottage is ideal for a family holiday in the stunning Somerset countryside.

This delightful, spacious single-storey barn conversion is tucked away in a peaceful location and has its own private enclosed patio. Fully refurbished in 2015, there are two comfy double bedrooms, one with en suite facilities and a separate family shower room. The beamed sitting room room with dining area oozes character – relax on the sofas in front of the wood burning stove or enjoy a home-cooked meal from the separate kitchen. This dog friendly cottage has shared access to an enclosed field, ideal for stretching the legs and enjoying the views over Loxton valley.

Frys Barn is ideal for those looking for a tranquil location in beautiful countryside, but within easy reach of the attractions of Somerset and surrounding areas.

The cottage is just under two miles from the village of Winscombe which has a lovely array of independent shops and tea rooms as well as the village pub.

The sandy beaches at Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea are short drives away, or why not visit nearby Cheddar with its impressive gorge and caves?

Wells, England’s smallest city, with its magnificent cathedral is just fourteen miles away or if you are looking for some retail therapy, Clark’s Village at Street is an easy drive, as are the vibrant cities of Bath and Bristol.

Somerset offers three areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the Quantock, Mendip and Blackdown Hills. Lose yourself in the glory of nature, take a ride on a steam train, visit a traditional farmers’ market or explore your mystical side at Glastonbury.

Whatever you are looking for, Frys Barn will provide a memorable break at any time of the year.

 

Overview

  • 4 Guests
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Two bedrooms – one double/twin and one double
  • One shower room, one en suite bathroom
  • Suitable for a baby (travel cot and highchair available on request)
  • Children are welcome
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Private patio with garden furniture & barbecue on request
  • Shared use of enclosed fields
  • Bed linen and towels provided
  • Parking for two cars

Features

  • A charming single storey stone barn renovation, situated on a non-working farm in the beautiful Somerset countryside.
  • This dog friendly cottage is designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind and tastefully furnished.
  • Private enclosed patio sitting area and shared use of an enclosed field with lovely views over the Loxton Valley.
  • Brilliant in all seasons and the ideal setting for Autumn and Winter breaks. From country walks to Christmas markets, the outdoors can be enjoyed at the most unexpected times. The cottage is warm and cosy with central heating, a wood burning stove and comfortable beds.
  • Perfectly located for exploring the stunning Somerset countryside and coast.
  • There are a great range of walks up into the Mendips and beyond where guests can enjoy the array of wildlife that freely roam over this breathtaking landscape.
  • Within easy reach of the culture-rich cities of Bath and Bristol, the picturesque scenery of Cheddar caves and gorge and Wells, the smallest city in England.
  • The sandy beaches at Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea are short drives away.
  • Under 2 miles from Winscombe which has a lovely array of independent shops and tea rooms as well as the village pub, The Woodborough Inn.

Property layout

  • Ground Floor Accommodation:

    Sitting room with dining area and wood burning stove.

    Well-equipped kitchen.

    Double bedroom with super king-size zip and link bed (can convert to two 3′ singles on request).

    Double bedroom with 5’6″ bed and en suite bathroom with shower over the bath.

    Family shower room.

Equipment

  • Electric central heating, wood burning stove in the sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher
  • Guest laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • TV with Freeview, DVD
  • WiFi internet access*
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request (please note: cot linen is not provided)
  • Outdoor furniture (barbecue on request)
  • Bike storage
  • Off road parking for 2 cars

 

”Wonderful cottage and very well equipped. The welcome by the owners was very warm and friendly. Each cottage has its own private garden and furniture but the owners are around if needed. A lovely cottage with a home from home feel.”
Mrs Sue Payne, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire – June 2016
”A lovely cottage which was spotlessly clean and very well maintained. I would definitely return again in the future.”
Mrs Nicola O’Keeffe, Worcester, Worcestershire – February 2016
”The barn itself was warm, comfortable, relaxing and perfectly located to explore the surrounding areas whilst still being very rural. It was perfect for young families (which we have), being quiet and having its own gated patio/garden.”
Mr John Milham, Sittingbourne, Kent – November 2015

 
ABOUT THE LOCATION

Winscombe is a large village in North Somerset and makes a superb base for exploring the surrounding countryside and coastline. The village is located in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is well-served by a selection of shops and cafes. Head to the coast and discover Burnham-on-Sea with its seven miles of unspoilt sandy beaches, sailing, fishing and donkey rides, as well as Burnham and Barrow Championship Golf Course. The nearby traditional seaside town of Weston-super-Mare offers awarding-winning sandy beaches, restaurants and shops, as well as the Playhouse, Winter Gardens and the Grand Pier offering a year-round programme of shows, musicals and fairs. Drive five miles inland to Cheddar, on the edge of the Mendip Hills and renowned for Cheddar Gorge, the largest gorge in Britain, which includes several show caves such as Gough’s Cave, through which Britain’s biggest underground river runs. Cyclists will enjoy the picturesque paths that cross the Somerset Levels, while Wells, the country’s smallest city, with its beautiful cathedral, and Glastonbury Tor, with its connections to King Arthur are both nearby. A great holiday destination for those wishing to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

LOCAL SHOPS/PUBS

Winscombe (1.8 miles) has a lovely array of independent shops and tea rooms as well as the village pub, The Woodborough Inn.

The medieval town of Axbridge (3.6 miles) has a butchers, a Co-op (open 7am-10pm) and Post Office. There is a local Farmers Market in the Square first Saturday of every month. There are three good pubs which all serve meals including The Lamb Inn, the Crown Inn and The New Inn at Cross (2.7 miles). There is a lovely tearoom/café in The Square, The Almshouse Tea Shop, which serves breakfasts/lunches/cream teas.

Cheddar (5.5 miles) has a Budgens and Tesco Express and several pubs and restaurants including the Gardeners Arms and Shahnaz, an Indian Cuisine Restaurant.

Lye Cross Farm (8 miles) offers fantastic quality locally produced meat and boasts a delicatessen counters, including the Lye Cross Farm cheese.

EATING & DRINKING

There are numerous hostelries in the area most of which serve food from Michelin starred cuisine to good home cooking including:
The Webbington Hotel & Spa, originally an attractive Edwardian manor has bars and a restaurant (1.3 miles).
The Crown Inn at Churchill (4.4 miles).
Duets in Weston-super-Mare (7.5 miles) is a Michelin recommended restaurant serving British traditional food,
The Cove, Weston-super-Mare (9 miles). This Michelin recommended restaurant is situated on the promenade, overlooking Knightstone island with views of the bay.
Barley Wood Walled Garden is a carefully restored Victorian kitchen garden with a kitchen garden restaurant, The Ethicurean Restaurant (9.7 miles).
The Waldegrave Arms is the quintessential English country pub set in the wonderful village of East Harptree (13.5 miles).

ACTIVITIES

The Mendip Hills designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is excellent walking, riding, mountain biking, cycling, rock climbing, pot holing and ballooning country.

WALKS

Crook Peak – take a high-ridge 5 mile ramble along the stunning western edge of the Mendip hills to Somerset’s shapeliest summit. Start out at King’s Wood (2 miles), an ancient woodland now managed by the National Trust and follow the blue arrow signs for the long distance footpath, The West Mendip Way.

ADVENTURE

Mendip Snowsport Centre, Churchill (4 miles).
Cheddar Gorge X-treme, Cheddar (6 miles). Adventure caving experiences, rock climbing experiences and Cheddar Gorge climbs.
Cave Climb – Rock Climbing, Abseiling and Caving experiences. Activities run in various venues within 6 miles of Cheddar (6 miles).
First Flight – Hot Air Balloon rides (5.5 miles from the Cheddar launch site).
Delta Force Paintball, Off Brockley Combe Road, Backwell (13 miles).

FISHING

The famous trout lake of Blagdon as well as fishing at Chew Valley Lake, Barrow Tanks and Litton Lakes are all within an easy drive.

GOLF

Mendip Spring Golf and Country Club (5.6 miles).
Burnham & Berrow Championship Golf Course (10 miles).

CYCLING

Priddy and Deer Leap is a 9 mile off road cycling route, starting at Priddy Green outside the New Inn (11.3 miles).

The Strawberry Line is a project backed by local Community Groups, Councillors & Senior Politicians with the aim of converting the old railway line from Clevedon to Cranmore into a network of safe paths for walkers and cyclists to enjoy.

The West Country Way is a route linking Padstow to Bristol or Bath over a distance of 240 miles of which 70 are traffic free. The route in the Mendip Hills is mainly on road and involves steep ascents and descents onto the plateau at Ebbor Gorge and near West Harptree – more suited to experienced cyclists.

RIDING

Shipham Riding, Shipham (3.4 miles) is a small, friendly establishment, where the emphasis is on quality tuition and carefully escorted hacking over the picturesque Mendip Hills and countryside.

Tynings Trekking Centre, Blagdon (6.2 miles) is in a prime situation allowing direct access onto a vast network of bridlepaths covering 1000′s of acres of forestry and moorland with spectacular views across seven counties covering a great variety of terrain. The ‘No Road’ policy means riding with Tynings is suitable for everyone.

GO KARTING

South West Karting, Cheddar (6.5 miles). Somerset’s number one indoor kart centre.

CITIES & TOWNS

AXBRIDGE (3.6 miles) is a is a charming historic town which is famous for its medieval market square and some interesting Tudor houses and 13th century parish church. An art deco cinema in a house, The Roxy, is one of England’s smallest (seats 30), with film showings on Fridays evenings! Pride of place in the square goes to King John’s Hunting Lodge which is a National Trust property housing a Museum of local history.

CHEDDAR (5.5 miles) is a large village on the edge of the Mendip Hills, renowned for the Cheddar Gorge and Caves, a SSSI. This largest gorge in Britain includes several show caves such as Gough’s Cave, through which Britain’s biggest underground river runs. The Cheddar Gorge cliffs are Britain’s highest inland limestone crags and create a spectacular sight. The village gave its name to Cheddar cheese and has also been a centre for strawberry growing, the crop being transported on the railway, which now provides a fabulous cycle path, The Strawberry Line.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE (8 miles) is a traditional seaside town with awarding-winning sandy beaches, donkey rides, water sports, restaurants and shops as well as the Playhouse, Winter Gardens, SeaQuarium and the fantastic Helicopter Museum. The Grand Pier offers a year-round programme of shows, musicals and fairs. Sand Bay, just 2 miles away offers an unspoilt beach allowing dog walking and horse riding all year round and Sand Point and Middle Hope, owned by the National Trust, are nearby.

BURNHAM ON SEA (10 miles) has seven miles of unspoilt sandy beaches, sailing, fishing and donkey rides, as well as Burnham & Berrow Championship Golf Course.

CLEVEDON (12.7 miles) is a Victorian seaside town full of old-fashioned charm. Many great writers have penned their finest here and it’s easy to see why when you stroll down the Grade 1 listed pier and watch the sun set over the Bristol Channel. The Curzon Community Cinema here is historically unique.

WELLS (14.5 miles), is known as England’s smallest city, with its historic centre, the magnificent Cathedral situated within a most attractive Cathedral Close, which also boasts the unique moated Bishop’s Palace. The Bishop’s Palace hosts events throughout the year, please check their website for details. Close by, Vicars’ Close is home to the oldest complete medieval street in Europe, and the quaint market square offers an array of interesting shops, boutiques and restaurants, and a colourful twice weekly market.

GLASTONBURY (17 miles) is an historic town with colourful shops and a mystical atmosphere, well-known for its Tor, music festival and ruined Abbey.

STREET (19 miles) boasts a major factory outlet shopping complex – Clarks Village – which attracts visitors from far and wide. It was the first purpose-built outlet shopping scheme in Britain (1993), and now offers over 75 individual shop units, many of which are household-name companies, selling quality goods at discount prices.

BRISTOL (18 miles) is world renowned as a port and has a wide range of museums highlighting the city’s history. Bristol can boast some impressive historical landmarks, too, in the shape Brunel’s awe-inspiring Clifton Suspension Bridge and his beautifully restored steamship, the SS Great Britain in Bristol’s historic Harbourside. Visit Bristol Museum & Art Gallery which features outstanding collections of art and archaeology, geology and natural history the interactive At-Bristol Science Centre. Bristol Zoo Gardens is an adventure into an exciting animal kingdom, all set within 12 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens.

BATH (30 miles) is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city, a World Heritage Site which offers something for everyone. No matter the time of year you visit, you are likely to find events catering for all tastes, from the well-loved Christmas market to music, food and cultural festivals and world-class theatre productions on offer at the Theatre Royal. The streets are lined with every kind of restaurant and a wide range of quality bars and shops. The stunning and well-preserved architecture of the Georgian terraces such as The Royal Crescent are famous. A visit to the celebrated Roman Baths and wonderful Bath Abbey are a must. The American Museum at nearby Claverton Manor makes for an interesting visit, or you could hire a bike or take a gentle boat trip and explore the gorgeous scenery along the Avon and Kennet canal towpath.

ART & CULTURE

BRISTOL (18 miles)

For contemporary art don’t miss the achingly hip Arnolfini, while just across the river you’ll find the Watershed, one of the city’s major cultural hotspots where you can catch indie and art-house films, see an exhibition or grab a drink overlooking the docks. The city’s major theatres and concert halls include the Bristol Old Vic, the Colston Hall and the Tobacco Factory, while more mainstream touring productions are on offer. The Old Duke is a music venue situated on the cobbled King Street in the heart of Bristol. Named after Duke Ellington, the pub has become world famous for it’s live traditional, New Orleans inspired Jazz music. The RWA – England’s only regional Royal Academy of Art – showcases national and international visual art. The St George’s Bristol is an independent concert hall and recording studios, staging classical, jazz, world music and opera.

BATH (30 miles)

Take in some top-class theatre at the city’s The Theatre Royal. Komedia, meanwhile, is an award-winning venue hosting comedy, cabaret and music nights.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Court Farm Country Park, Banwell (3.4 miles). Somersets top award winning farm attraction – open all year round.

Puxton Park, Hewish (5.6 miles). An all-weather adventure park with soft play, aerial climbing and slides in 40 acres of countryside.

Animal Farm Adventure Park, Berrow (8.7 miles).

Rich’s Cider Farm, Highbridge (10 miles). A traditional cider farm with a charming farm shop, where you can buy local produce including cider, ale, cheese and honey, as well as locally-made pottery. See how the cider is made and learn all about its history in the cider museum. While you’re there, take a look at the apple orchards and stop in for lunch at their top restaurant.

Brean Family Theme Park, Brean (10.8 miles) is the UK’s largest FREE admission theme park, with over 40 rides and attractions.

Brean Splash Waterpark, Brean (10.8 miles). A fantastic indoor and outdoor facility. Please check their timetable before you visit.

Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions … Britain’s most spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey (12 miles).

The Shoe Museum, Street (19 miles), houses more than 1,500 shoes from Roman to modern day. The Museum also tells the story of Clarks from its beginnings in the early 19th century.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Wraxhall (16 miles) has over 100 species of big zoo animals.

Tyntesfield (National Trust), near Wraxall (16.3 miles) is a fascinating Victorian house festooned with gothic architecture and peaceful, wooded gardens.

Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum, Westonzoyland (21.2 miles), houses a fascinating collection of stationary steam-powered engines. The museum holds steaming days every month during the tourist season, allowing visitors the rare chance to see these old machines working as they used to….with steam power.

Coates English Willow & Wetlands Visitor Centre, Stoke St Gregory (26.8 miles). Guided tours, willows and wetlands walks, unique basket museum, Lemon Tree coffee house and shop.

Hestercombe Gardens, Hestercombe (27.3 miles). This wonderful garden restoration, featuring temples, lakes and formal beds, is the joint work of design greats Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edward Lutyens.

Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil (31.6 miles), is the UK’s largest exhibition of great cars from around the world. A living and working museum, with over 400 amazing cars and motorcycles and a collection of other automobile.

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, Warminster (37 miles).

EVENTS

JANUARY

Sherry & Mince Pie Specials at Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (25 miles).
Festival of Light at Longleat, Longleat Safari Park (36 miles).
Bristol’s Winter Wonderland at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway (24.6 miles).
Bath on ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath (29.3 miles).

MARCH

Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival, Bristol (20 miles).
Enchanted Easter, Wild Place Project, Blackhorse Hill, South Gloucestershire (24.5 miles).
Easter Fairytale Kingdom, Wookey Hole (12.2 miles).
Hop to it, Easter family fun, Bristol Zoo (20 miles).
Noah’s Easter Egg Hunt, Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Wraxhall (17.6 miles).

APRIL

Enchanted Easter, Wild Place Project, Blackhorse Hill, South Gloucestershire (24.5 miles).
Bath Comedy Festival, Bath (29.3 miles).
Easter Fairytale Kingdom, Wookey Hole (12.2 miles).
Hop to it, Easter family fun, Bristol Zoo (20 miles).
Bristol Folk Festival, Bristol (20 miles).

MAY

Bristol Folk Festival, Bristol (20 miles).
Badminton Horse Trials, Badminton (43 miles).
International Bath Music Festival, Bath (29.3 miles).
VegFest UK, Bristol (20 miles).
Bath Fringe Festival, Bath (29.3 miles).

JUNE

Bath Fringe Festival, Bath (29.3 miles).
The Royal Bath & West Show, The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset (23.6 miles).
Let’s Rock Bristol!, Ashton Court Estate, Bristol (20 miles).
The English Country Garden Festival, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells (14.5 miles).
Bristol’s Big Green Week, Bristol (20 miles).
Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Glastonbury (19.3 miles).

JULY

Bristol Shakespeare Festival, Bristol (20 miles).
Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol (20 miles).

AUGUST

Bath Folk Festival, Bath (29.3 miles).
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Court Estate, Bristol (20 miles).
Bristol International Kite Festival, Durdham Downs, Stoke Road, Bristol BS9 1FG (20 miles).

SEPTEMBER

The Jane Austen Festival, Bath (29.3 miles).
Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Bath (29.3 miles).

OCTOBER

Bath Children’s Literature Festival, Bath (29.3 miles).
Annual Open Exhibition at RWA, Royal West of England Academy of Art, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol (20 miles).
Great Bath Feast, Bath (29.3 miles).
Wells Festival of Literature, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells (14.5 miles).
End of Season Gala, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (25 miles).
Fear at Avon Valley Country Park, Keynsham, Bristol (24.7 miles).
Spooky Half Term Train Rides, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (25 miles).
Halloween Festival at Wild Place Project, Blackhorse Hill, South Gloucestershire (24.5 miles).
Circus City Festival, Bristol (20 miles). A biennial contemporary circus festival across Bristol.

NOVEMBER

Annual Open Exhibition at RWA, Royal West of England Academy of Art, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol (20 miles).
Bath Film Festival, Bath (29.3 miles).
Burnham on Sea & Highbridge Guy Fawkes Carnival, (9 miles).
Weston-super-Mare Guy Fawkes Carnival, Weston-super-Mare (7.2 miles).
Novemberfest Beer Festival, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (25 miles).
Bath MozartFest, Bath (29.3 miles).
Festival of Light at Longleat, Longleat Safari Park (36 miles). Friday to Monday only.
North Petherton Guy Fawkes Carnival, North Petherton (18.6 miles).
Wells Guy Fawkes Carnival, Wells (14.5 miles).
Glastonbury Guy Fawkes Carnival, Glastonbury (16.2 miles).
Bath Christmas Market, Bath (29.3 miles).
Santa Specials, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (25 miles).
Bristol German Christmas Market, Broadmead, Bristol (20 miles).
Bristol’s Winter Wonderland at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway (24.6 miles).
Wookey Hole Santaland, Wookey Hole (12.2 miles).
The Bishop’s Palace Craft Fair, The Bishop’s Palace, Wells (14.5 miles).
Bath on ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath (29.3 miles).
The Christmas Design Temporium, Bristol’s historic harbourside, Bristol (20 miles).
Made in Bristol Gift Fair, Colston Hall, Bristol (20 miles).

DECEMBER

Bath Christmas Market, Bath (29.3 miles).
Festival of Light at Longleat, Longleat Safari Park (36 miles). Daily.
Bath on ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath (29.3 miles).
Santa Specials, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (25 miles). Selected dates.
Bristol’s Winter Wonderland at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway (24.6 miles).
Bristol German Christmas Market, Broadmead, Bristol (20 miles).
Wookey Hole Santaland, Wookey Hole (12.2 miles).
The Christmas Design Temporium, Bristol’s historic harbourside, Bristol (20 miles).
Made in Bristol Gift Fair, Colston Hall, Bristol (20 miles).
Festive Food & Craft Market, Tyntesfield (18.3 miles).
Meet Father Christmas at Tyntesfield, Tyntesfield (18.3 miles).
Christmas Fun Day at the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare (6 miles). See Santa arrive by helicopter!!
Bath Artisan Christmas Market, Green Park station, Bath (29.3 miles).
Supper with Santa at Puxton Park (6.7 miles).
Sherry & Mince Pie Specials at Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (25 miles).

 

 

Visitors’ Notes

Things you need to know about Frys Barn if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • One well-behaved dog welcome – dogs only, no other pets
  • There are a couple of internal steps in the cottage
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove included
  • Sorry, no stag/hen or working parties
  • Minimum stay 7 nights Friday to Friday during Summer High season

*Internet access is offered at this property for recreational purposes only and is not meant for business use. Speed/service may vary depending on the package obtained by the owner which is provided to guests free of charge. Should guests experience difficulties or loss of use, neither the owner nor the agent will be held responsible.