Hillside Barn

Rodney Stoke, near Cheddar, Somerset

5 people Family Friendly Outdoor Pool WiFi Golf Course Nearby Walking BBQ Off Street parking
Sleeps: 5
7 nights
£653 - £1120
Available from a minimum of 2 nights

Overview

  • 5 Guests
  • Two bedrooms - one double, one family room with a double and single bed
  • One bathroom with a shower over the bath
  • Suitable for a baby (travel cot and highchair available on request)
  • Children are welcome
  • Sorry, no pets allowed
  • Private unheated outdoor pool
  • Outdoor sauna room on pool terrace
  • Enclosed terrace around the pool with garden furniture and barbecue
  • Unenclosed lawned area
  • Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
  • Parking for 3 cars

Property layout

  • Ground Floor:
    The first entrance door leads to stairs up to the first floor bedrooms and a few steps down into well equipped fully fitted kitchen.
    Dining room seating five.
    Steps up to large living room with comfy sofas and TV. French double doors onto the swimming pool terrace area. These doors are an alternative entrance into the cottage.
  • First Floor:
    Double bedroom with 5’ bed and a wall mounted TV.
    Family room with a 4'6" double bed and a 3' single bed.
    Family bathroom with a bath with shower over.

Equipment

  • Gas central heating
  • Electric oven with hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer
  • Wide screen TV
  • A selection of books, DVDs and games
  • WiFi internet access*
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request (please note: cot linen is not provided)
  • Parking for 3 cars

Features

  • A charming 300 year old stone barn conversion close to Cheddar in the beautiful Somerset countryside.
  • The cottage boasts a sauna and an enclosed, private swimming pool.
  • Private pool terrace with dining, barbecue, loungers and seating.
  • Designed with your comfort and relaxation in mind and tastefully furnished.
  • Short and mid week breaks are available, with a minimum stay of two nights.
  • 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 barn is warm and cosy with central heating and comfortable beds.
  • Positioned in a peaceful village at the foot of the Mendip Hills, with an 11th Century church and local pub, both within easy walking distance.
  • Local footpaths and beautiful countryside walks up on to the Mendips are within a few minutes of the cottage.
  • The perfect base for exploring many nearby attractions, including the picturesque scenery of Cheddar caves and gorge, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury Tor, Longleat Safari Park and a wealth of other attractions.
  • 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 and Wells, the smallest city in England.

Holiday homes with a private pool and sauna are rare - when it’s just five of you. So why not gather up the family and head to Hillside Barn?

Our charming 300 year old barn conversion is located in Rodney Stoke, nestled at the foot of the Somerset Mendip Hills. With its 11th Century church and pub serving great food, the village has seen little change over the years.

Comfortable and cosy, our oak beamed bolthole has bags of space for five people to dine and relax together.

On the ground floor is a large living room with TV and squishy sofas to spread out on, a separate diner and a fully equipped kitchen.

The sleeping accommodation upstairs comprises a double bedroom with a 5’ bed and TV, and a family room with one double and one single bed. The family bathroom has a bath with a shower over.

The living room opens out onto the enclosed south facing terrace, with unheated outdoor pool and sauna room, as well as pool toys, loungers and seating - it’s the ideal place to create new memories on a fine British day!

Equipped with outdoor furniture and a barbecue, eat out on the terrace in the sunshine or pub grub from The Rodney Stoke, just a minute’s potter away.

Amidst Somerset's famous cider making and Cheddar strawberry growing area, Hillside Barn makes for a great location if you are looking for peace, tranquility and the great outdoors. For active types, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, archery, air rifle & pistol target shooting, walking, horse riding and golf are all catered for locally.

A superb base for exploring the surrounding countryside and coastline, the impressive gorge and caves of Cheddar (3 miles) and Wookey Hole (4 miles), the beautiful cathedral city of Wells (6 miles) and historic Glastonbury (10 miles) are all within easy reach. The closest large cities are the Georgian city of Bath and the home of Isambard Kingdom Brunel: Bristol, both less than one hour’s drive away. For further retail therapy, Clarks Village at Street is less than half an hour’s drive.

The Somerset coast is equally close to hand with Weston-super-Mare, Brean Sands and Burnham-on-Sea all within 30-40 minutes’ drive.

The area is popular with walkers and cyclists. The Mendip Way passes close by and nearby is a nature reserve, bridleway and a footpath which leads to the top of Cheddar Gorge. There are many other designated walks over the Mendips and south to Glastonbury and the Somerset Levels.

LOCAL SHOPS/PUBS

Rodney Stoke has a lovely village pub with a garden, The Rodney Stoke. It serves very good food (booking advised).

Draycott (0.8 miles) has two pubs including The Strawberry Special free house, and a shop.

Cheddar (3 miles) has a Budgens, Sainsburys and Tesco Express. There are several pubs and restaurants including the Gardeners Arms and Shahnaz, an Indian Cuisine Restaurant.

Wedmore (4.5 miles) has a butchers, bakers and several pubs.

There is a Tesco, Waitrose, Lidl and Morrisons in Wells (6 miles) plus several restaurants and pubs.

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

Local footpaths and beautiful countryside walks up on to the Mendips are within a few minutes of the cottage. Nearby is a nature reserve, bridleway and a footpath (Rodney Stoke Woods), which leads to the top of Cheddar Gorge; this world-famous site is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that reveals many fascinating stories of our prehistoric ancestors and is an international centre for caving and rock climbing.

There are also national and regional nature reserves at Ebor Gorge near Wookey Hole Caves, Draycott Sleights, Cheddar Gorge, Charterhouse on the Mendips, Shapwick (famous for the large flocks of starlings) on the levels, Chew Valley Lake, Compton Dundon and Bridgewater Bay, all within a few miles.

ADVENTURE

Mendip Snowsport Centre, Churchill (8.4 miles).

Cheddar Gorge X-treme, Cheddar (3 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 (3 miles).
First Flight - Hot Air Balloon rides (3 miles from the Cheddar launch site).
Delta Force Paintball, Off Brockley Combe Road, Backwell (16 miles).

FISHING

The famous trout lake of Blagdon as well as fishing at Chew Valley Lake, Barrow Tanks and Litton Lakes are all under 30 minutes' drive.
Bristol Water Fly Fishing tuition - www.bristolwaterfisheries.co.uk/tuition/

GOLF

Wells Golf Club (7 miles).
Mendip Spring Golf and Country Club (9.6 miles).
Mendip Golf Club (11 miles).
Burnham & Berrow Championship Golf Course (15 miles).

CYCLING

Priddy and Deer Leap is a 9 mile off road cycling route, starting at Priddy Green outside the New Inn (3.5 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 (6 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 (7 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 (22 miles). Somerset's number one indoor kart centre.

CITIES & TOWNS

CHEDDAR (3 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. Discounted tickets of around 25% are available to guests who stay at Webbington Farm cottages. 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.

AXBRIDGE (5.8 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.

WELLS (6 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 (10 miles) is an historic town with its ancient links to King Arthur and the Avalon legends. It has many interesting New Age shops. and a mystical atmosphere, and is well-known for its Tor, music festival and ruined Abbey.

STREET (12 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.

BURNHAM ON SEA (14 miles) has seven miles of unspoilt sandy beaches, sailing, fishing and donkey rides, as well as Burnham & Berrow Championship Golf Course.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE (16 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 (please check the web site for events). 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.

CLEVEDON (17 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.

BRISTOL (19.5 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 and 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 (22.5 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 (19.5 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 (22.5 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.

COAST/BEACH

The coastline, including Burnham (14 miles), Breen (18 miles), Clevedon (17 miles) and Weston Super Mare (16 miles) suits all tastes from isolated dune and estuary shorelines to modern man made attractions with entertainment, fast food, arcade games, donkey rides, piers and boat trips.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Court Farm Country Park, Banwell (10.5 miles). Somersets top award winning farm attraction - open all year round.
Wookey Hole Caves & Attractions ... Britain's most spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey (3.8 miles).
Rich's Cider Farm, Highbridge (11 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.
The Shoe Museum, Street (12 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.
Puxton Park, Hewish (13 miles). An all-weather adventure park with soft play, aerial climbing and slides in 40 acres of countryside.
Animal Farm Adventure Park, Berrow (15 miles).
Brean Family Theme Park, Brean (17 miles) is the UK's largest FREE admission theme park, with over 40 rides and attractions.
Brean Splash Waterpark, Brean (17 miles). A fantastic indoor and outdoor facility. Please check their timetable before you visit.
Tyntesfield (National Trust) (19 miles) is a fascinating Victorian house festooned with gothic architecture and peaceful, wooded gardens.
Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Wraxhall (21 miles) has over 100 species of big zoo animals.
Haynes International Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil (22 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 automobilia.
Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum, Westonzoyland (23 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 (22.5 miles). Guided tours, willows and wetlands walks, unique basket museum, Lemon Tree coffee house and shop.
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park, Warminster (28 miles).
Hestercombe Gardens, Hestercombe (31 miles). This wonderful garden restoration, featuring temples, lakes and formal beds, is the joint work of design greats Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edward Lutyens.

EVENTS

JANUARY

Sherry & Mince Pie Specials at Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (21.5 miles).
Festival of Light at Longleat, Longleat Safari Park (28 miles).
Bristol’s Winter Wonderland at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway (19.5 miles).
Bath on ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath (22.5 miles).

MARCH

Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival, Bristol (19.5 miles).
Enchanted Easter, Wild Place Project, Blackhorse Hill, South Gloucestershire (28 miles).
Easter Fairytale Kingdom, Wookey Hole (3.8 miles).
Easter family fun, Bristol Zoo (19.5 miles).
Easter Egg Hunt, Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, Wraxhall (21 miles).

APRIL

Enchanted Easter, Wild Place Project, Blackhorse Hill, South Gloucestershire (28 miles).
Bath Comedy Festival, Bath (22.5 miles).
Easter Fairytale Kingdom, Wookey Hole (3.8 miles).
Easter family fun, Bristol Zoo (19.5 miles).
Bristol Folk Festival, Bristol (19.5 miles).

MAY

Bristol Folk Festival, Bristol (19.5 miles).
Badminton Horse Trials, Badminton (36 miles).
Family Fun Weekend, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (21.5 miles).
International Bath Music Festival, Bath (22.5 miles).
VegFest UK, Bristol (19.5 miles).
Bath Fringe Festival, Bath (22.5 miles).

JUNE

Bath Fringe Festival, Bath (22.5 miles).
The Royal Bath & West Show, The Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset (13 miles).
Let's Rock Bristol!, Ashton Court Estate, Bristol (19 miles).
The English Country Garden Festival, The Bishop's Palace, Wells (6 miles).
Bristol's Big Green Week, Bristol (19.5 miles).
Glastonbury Festival, Worthy Farm, Pilton, Glastonbury (11.5 miles).

JULY

Bristol Shakespeare Festival, Bristol (19.5 miles).
Bristol Harbour Festival, Bristol (19.5 miles).
Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show, Brean (9.2 miles).

AUGUST

Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show, Brean (17 miles).
Bath Folk Festival, Bath (22.5 miles).
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, Ashton Court Estate, Bristol (19 miles).
Bristol International Kite Festival, Durdham Downs, Stoke Road, Bristol BS9 1FG (19 miles).

SEPTEMBER

The Jane Austen Festival, Bath (22.5 miles).
Bath Children's Literature Festival, Bath (22.5 miles).

OCTOBER

Bath Children's Literature Festival, Bath (22.5 miles).
Annual Open Exhibition at RWA, Royal West of England Academy of Art, Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol (19.5 miles).
Great Bath Feast, Bath (22.5 miles).
Wells Festival of Literature, The Bishop's Palace, Wells (6 miles).
End of Season Gala, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (21.5 miles).
Fear at Avon Valley Country Park, Keynsham, Bristol (22 miles).
Spooky Half Term Train Rides, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (21.5 miles).
Halloween Festival at Wild Place Project, Blackhorse Hill, South Gloucestershire (28 miles).

NOVEMBER

Annual Open Exhibition at RWA, Royal West of England Academy of Art, Queen's Road, Clifton, Bristol (19.5 miles).
Bath Film Festival, Bath (22.5 miles).
Burnham on Sea & Highbridge Guy Fawkes Carnival (14 miles).
Weston-super-Mare Guy Fawkes Carnival, Weston-super-Mare (15.5 miles).
Novemberfest Beer Festival, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (21.5 miles).
Bath MozartFest, Bath (22.5 miles).
Festival of Light at Longleat, Longleat Safari Park (28 miles). Friday to Monday only.
North Petherton Guy Fawkes Carnival, North Petherton (24 miles).
Wells Guy Fawkes Carnival, Wells (6 miles).
Glastonbury Guy Fawkes Carnival, Glastonbury (10 miles).
Bath Christmas Market, Bath (22.5 miles).
Santa Special, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (21.5 miles).
Bristol German Christmas Market, Broadmead, Bristol (19.5 miles).
Bristol’s Winter Wonderland at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway (28 miles).
Wookey Hole Santaland, Wookey Hole (3.8 miles).
The Bishop's Palace Craft Fair, The Bishop's Palace, Wells (6 miles).
Bath on ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath (22.5 miles).
The Christmas Design Temporium, Bristol’s historic harbourside, Bristol (19.5 miles).
Made in Bristol Gift Fair, Colston Hall, Bristol (19.5 miles).

DECEMBER

Bath Christmas Market, Bath (22.5 miles).
Festival of Light at Longleat Safari Park (28 miles). Daily.
Bath on ice, Royal Victoria Park, Bath (22.5 miles).
Santa Special, Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (21.5 miles). Selected dates.
Bristol’s Winter Wonderland at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway (19.5 miles).
Bristol German Christmas Market, Broadmead, Bristol (19.5 miles).
Wookey Hole Santaland, Wookey Hole (3.8 miles).
The Christmas Design Temporium, Bristol’s historic harbourside, Bristol (19.5 miles).
Made in Bristol Gift Fair, Colston Hall, Bristol (19.5 miles).
Festive Food & Craft Market, Tyntesfield (19.5 miles).
Meet Father Christmas at Tyntesfield, Tyntesfield (19.5 miles).
Christmas Fun Day at the Helicopter Museum, Weston-super-Mare (15 miles). See Santa arrive by helicopter!!
Bath Artisan Christmas Market, Green Park station, Bath (22.5 miles).
Supper with Santa at Puxton Park (13 miles).
Sherry & Mince Pie Specials at Avon Valley Railway, Bitton Station, Bath Road, South Gloucestershire (21.5 miles).

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

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • Sorry, no pets are allowed at this cottage
  • Please supervise children in the swimming pool and unenclosed lawned area
  • Please bring your own swimming towels
  • Minimum of 7 nights throughout the school holidays, Friday to Friday
  • Minimum of 2 nights throughout the rest of the year with Monday or Friday arrival

*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.

Up to 15% discount for holidays taken between 08 Aug 2019 and 30 Sep 2019 minimum of 7 nights maximum of 28 nights bookings must be placed between 08 Aug 2019 and 20 Sep 2019

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