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Atherstone Farmhouse & Cottage

Whitelackington , Ilminster, Somerset

Sleeps: 14
7 nights
£0 - £10360
Available from a minimum of 2 nights


  • Sleeps 14
  • Six bedrooms - one 6’ bed; two 5’ beds; two 6’ zip and links; one family room with 6’ zip and link and bunk bed
  • One of the bedrooms is on the ground floor
  • All bedrooms are en suite - three bathrooms, three shower rooms
  • Baby welcome (travel cot and highchair available)
  • Children are welcome
  • Up to four well behaved dogs welcome (additional fee applies*)
  • Outdoor heated hot tub
  • Enclosed garden with terraces and generous lawn
  • Outdoor teak furniture and charcoal barbecues
  • Welcome hamper, linen and toiletries
  • Bicycle hire and catering can be arranged
  • Parking for four plus cars
  • Covid-19 measures* (see Visitors' Notes)

Property layout

  • Ground floor:
    There are two well equipped kitchen/dining rooms, one at either end of the property. Two utility rooms off the kitchen areas house laundry facilities.
    Both ends of the house also have spacious living rooms with a wood-burning stove set into large stone fireplaces, large flatscreen TV and comfy sofas in each.
    There is a dining table in the open plan living space at the cottage end that can be extended to seat up to 14.
    In the farmhouse there is a ground floor bedroom with a 6’ four poster bed, a fireplace with wood-burning stove and a roll-top bath within the bedroom and en suite wc.
  • First floor Farmhouse:
    Bedroom with 6’ zip and link bed (can be arranged as a super king double or separated twin beds). Its en suite bathroom has a walk-in shower.
    Double bedroom with 5’ king size bed and en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower.
    Family bedroom with 6’ zip and link bed (can be arranged as a super king double or separated twin beds) plus a bunk bed suitable for two children. Its en suite bathroom has a bath with shower over.
  • First floor Cottage:
    Master bedroom with 5’ king size bed and spacious en suite bathroom with a roll-top bath and walk-in shower.
    Second bedroom with 6’ zip and link bed which can be arranged as a super king double or separated twin beds. Its en suite bathroom is a walk-in wet room with heated stone tile floors.


  • There is a good-sized lawn, two terraces with charcoal barbecue and teak outdoor table with chairs for the summer, as well as a wooden hot tub complete with lights and an air-bubble system.


  • Central heating, woodburner in each sitting room
  • Each kitchen has a hob, oven/double oven, microwave, large fridge freezer with ice machine, dishwasher and washing machine/dryer
  • Each sitting room has a wide screen 55″ internet-connected TV with Bluetooth sound bar and a Bluetooth DAB radio sound system
  • Selection of board games, cards, books and magazines
  • WiFi internet access*
  • Travel cot and highchair available: please request when making your booking
  • Outdoor furniture and charcoal barbecues
  • Parking for four plus cars


  • The building itself is a delight - all stone built, with a thatched roof, flagstone flooring, inglenook fireplace and lovely windows.
  • It has been furnished and kitted out to an exceedingly high specification with lots thoughtful little touches.
  • The complimentary welcome basket on arrival includes bread, milk, biscuits, cake, and lovely local produce.
  • Bedrooms are equipped with deep mattresses, 400 thread count cotton bedding, indulgent mattress toppers and fluffy bathrobes, so you can truly settle into the cosiness of the cottage
  • Short and midweek breaks are available, with a minimum stay of two nights.
  • The ideal setting for Autumn and Winter breaks, a New Year gathering or Christmas morning. From country walks to Christmas markets, the outdoors can be enjoyed at the most unexpected times. The farmhouse is very warm and cosy with central heating, a wood burning stove and extremely comfortable beds.
  • The property is in a quiet, rural location and made a great base for exploring the countryside.
  • The cycling and walking are excellent and so close to the property.
  • There are several good local pubs within walking/cycling distance such as the Dinnington Docks, Lord Poulett Arms and Barrington Boar.

Get together at Atherstone Farmhouse & Cottage, a lovingly renovated 17th century farmhouse and adjoining cottage in the heart of Somerset countryside.

Sleeping 14 in six bedrooms, our grade II listed farmhouse and cottage offer a charming and comfortable bolthole for families and groups of friends. Beautifully refurbished to the highest standard, the property retains its original character with its thatched roof, stone floors, ancient oak beams and a wood-burning stove set into a huge fireplace. Or champion the new wooden hot tub in the garden!

There are two well equipped kitchen/dining rooms, one at either end of the property. Two utility rooms off the kitchen areas house laundry facilities.

Both ends of the farmhouse also have spacious living rooms with a wood-burning stove set into large stone fireplaces, large flatscreen TV and comfy sofas in each. There is a dining table in the open plan living space at the cottage end that can be extended to seat up to 14 so that everyone can dine together.

Atherstone Farmhouse & Cottage has six en suite bedrooms, one of which is on the ground floor for easy access. The accommodation is flexible with three of the six spacious bedrooms having zip and link beds to suit your party.

Outside there is a large private garden with an inviting wood fired hot tub complete with lights and an air-bubble system. Plus two terraces with outdoor furniture and barbecues for al fresco dining in the summer.

Its rural location makes Atherstone Farmhouse & Cottage a great escape for those looking for a countryside bolthole. There are plenty of pubs to walk or cycle to, things to see and do and convenient shopping in Ilminster nearby.

Surrounded by fields and woods that are accessible on foot and bicycle through the myriad of local country lanes and footpaths, bikes can be hired locally and dropped off at the farmhouse.

Nearby there are several pubs, some within walking distance – like the Barrington Boar – others a little further, but worth cycling or driving to, such as the Dinnington Docks or Lord Poulett Arms.

Barrington House, a National Trust house with gardens open to the public, is nearby, as is Dillington House. The Dennis Chinaworks in Shepton Beauchamp are also very close and worth a visit, for the tea rooms as much as anything else.

There are several local cider producers whose orchards and presses are worth seeing, Perry’s Cider in Dowlish Wake being one, and Julian Temperley’s cider and cider brandy distillery over at Burrow Hill another.

A little further away the beach at Lyme Regis and walks along the Jurassic coastline are 40 minutes or so to the south, and the Hauser and Wirth gallery near Bruton is 40 minutes or so to the east.

2023-04-10 Jane S, London

"A really delightful cottage! Beautifully clean, furnished and well equipped to a high standard. A lovely enclosed garden with steps up to large lawn (thinking children/dogs!) and sun trap courtyard! Many lovely walks in the estate and much info provided for places to visit/eat. A great getaway!" (Jane stayed at Atherstone Farm Cottage)

2019-10-20 Anna, London

"Absolutely recommend this property to anybody looking to stay in the area. We were 6 couples and I scoured the country for a house with 6 equally nice bedrooms for a special weekend. It was beautifully set up and each couple had their own en suite! All the small touches like bath robes and towels for the hot tub were brilliant. The hosts were quick to respond and extremely accommodating with special requests. Thank you so much for making a 30th birthday weekend one to remember!"

2019-10-13 Cara, Bristol (Tripadvisor)

"Rented the farm house and cottage for a group of 15 ladies for my sisters 60th birthday celebration. I cannot recommend these properties highly enough. The farmhouse and cottage can be made into one by opening a door downstairs in between the two. Everything was absolutely perfect. Beautiful, comfortable and spotless! The bedrooms were all huge, stunning and very comfortable all having an en-suite except the master bedroom which had large bath in the bedroom and a toilet room. Lovely towels and bath robes provide for all of us. We had the use of two wonderful living rooms and 2 kitchens. Plenty of room for all 15 of us to sit round the lovely oak table together for meals. All our requests were responded to very quickly via email and I honestly could not fault one thing. Thank you!"

2019-03-17 Alex, Harrow

"We rented both houses for 8x Adults and 7x Children for the weekend. The accommodation is stunning and very comfortable for that many people. Clean and tidy with some lovely little touches. The team are helpful and go out of their way to help. The recommendations for pubs nearby to eat are great, we had a great pizza at the Firehouse nearby. I highly recommend this house and the team that run it. Thanks again."


Below is a list of recommended local caterers who can help look after you during your stay:

Emily Hilton: 07801 639 937 |
The Blackdown Dining Co: 07860581680 | |
Liz Beale: 07964 193588 |
Jo or Carolyn Killin: 07919181066 |
Mariam Archer: 07801 289205 |
Ellison’s Dining: 07710 521559 |


Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton St George (4 miles). Just a ten minute drive away, the Lord Poulett Arms is an elegant and traditional (but still cosy) award-winning gastropub. Great for a nice dinner or Sunday lunch. It has a large rear garden.

Barrington Boar, Barrington (2 miles). A five minute drive, or 45-60 minute walk across the fields, the Barrington Boar is a relaxed pub to walk to on a fine day, serving food and drink from local suppliers.

Dinnington Docks, Hinton Saint George (4 miles). A ten minute drive away, Dinnington Docks is a rustic and charming little pub. It has an eclectic clientele, which usually includes a dog or two, and serves a good variety of traditional pub food.

f.east, Rose Mills, Ilminster (3.5 miles). Tucked away in unit 1 of the Rose Mills industrial Estate, but with its delicious food and relaxed industrial style, this vegetarian restaurant is well worth a visit for brunch, lunch or tea (Tues-Sat).

Pip’s Railway Carriage Café, Lopen (3 miles). The Railway Carriage Café is next door to the Trading Post farm shop and the quirky interior, being in a railway carriage (and now a bus too) isn’t the only highlight; it serves delicious food and coffee from 9:30am to 4:00pm everyday except Sunday.

The Firehouse, Somerset, Langport (7 miles). The Firehouse is a traditional pub turned award-winning pizzeria. The pizzas are home-baked and delicious, whether served as eat-in or takeaway.

Candlelight Inn, Bishopswood, Chard (9.5 miles). A 15 minute drive west, the Candlelight Inn is a 17th century traditional country pub in the Blackdown Hills (which are a great place for walks and cycling). It’s a dog-friendly, rustic and cosy gastropub serving excellent local food.

The White Hart, Somerton (13 miles). A 30 minute drive away, the White Hart is a rustic-chic gastropub, with a quirky, stripped-bare, but cosy interior, and delicious food from the ex head-chef of the River Cottage.

The Castle Hotel, Taunton (14 miles). The Castle Hotel is a 30 minute drive away, and this four-star hotel has a restaurant and brasserie, so if you don’t mind the drive, or are heading towards Taunton anyway, there is plenty to choose from.

The Pig at Combe, Gittisham (24 miles). The Pig at Combe is a 40 minute drive away and well worth a visit on a trip down to the Dorset / Devon coast. Part of the down-to-earth “derelict-chic” award-winning hotel group, it’s a great spot to enjoy fine food for lunch or dinner and sumptuous cocktails (or not…if you’re the designated driver!)

HIX Oyster & Fish house, Lyme Regis (20 miles). HIX Oyster & Fish house is another restaurant that should feature as part of a trip to the South Dorset coast. A 45 minute drive away it is a great stop on any visit to the historic fishing port of Lyme Regis.

The Hive Beach Café, Burton Bradstock (23 miles). The Hive Beach Café is located right on the beach at Burton Bradstock on the Jurassic Coast. With views across Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach, it’s a great location to enjoy informal, fresh, local seafood. They don’t take bookings though, and it can be popular, so on busy days be prepared to queue!

The Club House, West Bexington (26 miles). A nearby sister restaurant to the Hive Cafe where bookings are taken, where,according to them “the fish is always the hero of the dish”. The cooking is delicious and no frills. A great option after a long walk along the Jurassic Coast.

At The Chapel, Bruton (25 miles). A highly-rated all day restaurant and bar located in a converted 17th century former chapel, this restaurant is well worth a visit, for dinner or for lunch, perhaps in combination with a trip to the Hauser and Wirth modern art gallery in Bruton.


Drakes Farm Riding Centre, Drakes Farm, Ilton (3.5 miles). Drakes Farm Riding Centre offers riding lessons and hacking near to the Estate. They can offer lessons to riders of all ages and abilities and have indoor and outdoor facilities at the farm.

Crewkerne Aqua Centre (7 miles). Crewkerne Aqua Centre boasts a 25 metre pool, warm teaching pool, aquarobics, swim school, gym and studio classes including spinning, pilates etc.

Jungle Jungle, Lufton (12 miles). An indoor soft play area in Yeovil (20 minute drive away).

Ferne Animal Sanctuary Wambrook, Chard (12 miles). Set in 51 acres of stunning Somerset countryside the Sanctuary is a great place to come and explore.

Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton (15 miles). A major naval aviation museum, great for kids of all ages, with a large collection of aircraft and interactive displays including a replica of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal and a Concorde, both of which you can explore.

Axe Valley Wildlife Park, Summerleaze Farm, Kilmington (16 miles). A 35 minute drive away, the Axe Valley Wildlife Centre is a small, friendly zoo that’s home to a variety of small animals from around the world, from antelopes to zebra. It’s a great to visit with kids and can also be combined with a trip to Lyme Regis beach and the Jurassic coast.

Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil (18 miles). An all weather attraction, with over 400 cars and bikes in the museum from the 1800s, through the nostalgic classics, to modern super cars like the Jaguar XJ220.

Fossil hunting from Lyme Regis and Charmouth beaches (20 miles).

Wookey Hole, Somerset (30 miles). Around an hour’s drive away, Wookey Hole is famous for it’s amazing caves, but also other indoor fun, from a hall of mirrors, to penny arcades, an indoor play castle and some outdoor crazy golf.


Dennis China Works, Shepton House, Ilminster (1.5 miles). A local pottery making interesting and innovative vases and tiles, run from the converted stables of a Victorian Gothic rectory…and with tea rooms attached!

Barrington Court, Barrington, Ilminster (3 miles). A ten minute drive away, Barrington Court is a National Trust Tudor Manor house. It was restored in the 1920s, and is surrounded by farm buildings, abundant flowers and orchards.

Perry's Cider Mills, Dowlish Wake, Ilminster (4 miles). Cider farm, mill, cellar and tasting shop, the home of Perry’s award-winning farmhouse and premium single variety ciders.

Somerset Cider Brandy Co, Burrow Hill (5 miles). The Temperley’s beautiful and ramshackle cider orchard and press and award winning cider brandy distillery, Also the home of the Cider Bus, famous for its appearances at Glastonbury and other festivals.

Montacute House, Montacute (8 miles). Another National Trust house, this one a 20 minute drive, it is of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design and features striking walls of stone-mullioned ham-stone windows.

Forde Abbey, Chard (10 miles). Forde Abbey is a fascinating combination of a medieval monastery and a family home. Beautiful grounds, gardens and tea room are open daily throughout the year.

UK Llamas, New House Farm, Beaminster (11 miles) offers trekking around the county with Llamas.

Hestercombe Gardens, Hestercombe (16 miles). This wonderful garden restoration, featuring temples, lakes and formal beds, is the joint work of design greats Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edward Lutyens.

Mapperton House & Gardens, Beaminster (16 miles).

Land Rover Experience West Country, Wessington Farm, Awliscombe, Honiton (21 miles).

Glastonbury Tor and Abbey (22 miles). The Tor is a prominent hill overlooking Glastonbury and Somerset, topped by the roofless St Michael’s Tower, and situated near the town of Glastonbury, with tea rooms and it’s ruined abbey.

Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton (25 miles). A pioneering world-class modern art gallery and multi-purpose arts centre set in some converted old (and new) stone farm buildings. There is also an on-site restaurant, the Roth Bar & Grill.

Cheddar Gorge, Cheddar (30 miles). A beautiful and remarkable spot for walks, or for the more adventurous to explore its caves or climb its cliffs, there is also an “escape room” experience to try, as well as a museum of prehistory.


The South West Coastal Path passes through Devon’s Jurassic Coast and you are able to pick this up at most of the beaches in either direction. Beautiful walks along the Jurassic coast can be done in shorter sections, and are well served by public transport links. We recommend taking in the Golden Cap at Bridport, with the Anchor Inn at Seatown as a stop along the way, and/or fish and chips in West Bay.

The Blackdown Hills form a tranquil, beautiful, and relatively isolated landscape on the Devon and Somerset border. Steep ridges, high plateaux,valleys and springs create a stunning mosaic of countryside dotted with farms, villages and ancient features.

Lewesdon Hill, Beaminster (National Trust) (14 miles), the highest point in Dorset with views between the trees over Devon, Somerset and out to sea. Standing at 915 feet (279 metres), with Pilsdon Pen (see below) nearby.

Pilsdon Pen (National Trust) (16 miles) is a bracing hilltop walk up to the second-highest point in Dorset. Pilsdon Pen boasts magnificent far-reaching views across the Marshwood Vale.

Eggardon Hill Fort (National Trust) (21 miles), a great place for walking with extensive views.



Easter Fairytale Kingdom, Wookey Hole (30 miles).


Easter Fairytale Kingdom, Wookey Hole (30 miles).


Axe Vale Festival, The Showground, Woodmead Road, Axminster.(14 miles).
Vintage Tractor & Stationary Engine Club Rally, Melplash Showground (20 miles).
Bridport Food Festival, Asker Meadow, Bridport (19 miles).
Beaminster Festival of Music & Arts, Beaminster (14 miles).


Beaminster Festival of Music & Arts, Beaminster (14 miles).
The Big Mix Music Festival, Lyme Regis (19 miles).
Bridport Charter Fair, Bridport (19 miles).
Jurassic Fields Music Festival, Bridport (19 miles).
Lifeboat Week, Lyme Regis (19 miles).
Raft Race (RNLI) at West Bay (21 miles).


Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival Week, Lyme Regis (19 miles).
West Bay Day (21 miles).
Bridport Carnival, Bridport (19 miles).
Burton Bradstock Festival of Music & Art, Burton Bradstock (22 miles).
Lyme Folk Festival, Lyme Regis (19 miles).
Buckham Fair Pony & Dog Show, Stinford Lane, Beaminster (14 miles).
The Honiton Agricultural Show, Honiton (19 miles).
Beer Regatta, Beer (23 miles). A week packed with different events to suit all ages. From scavenger hunts and children’s fun to fireworks and late night dances.
RNLI West Bay Fun Day (21 miles).
Melplash Agricultural Show, Melplash Showground (20 miles).
Candles on the Cobb, Lyme Regis (19 miles).
Seaton Carnival Week, Seaton (21 miles).
Symondsbury/Symene Fete, Symondsbury (20 miles).


Crewkerne's Charter Fair is an annual event held in Crewkerne (7 miles) on the first Friday and Saturday of September and consists of a street market and entertainment, including a Fun Fair.
Seaton Carnival Week and Illuminated Carnival Procession (September 3), Seaton (21 miles).
Bridport Hat Festival, Bridport (19 miles).
Food Rocks Festival, Lyme Regis (19 miles).
Autumn Charity Garden Fair at Mapperton, Mapperton House, Beaminster (16 miles).
Lyme Regis ArtsFest, Lyme Regis (19 miles).
Bridgwater Fair – large travelling fun fair and market (21 miles).
Wellington Carnival (last Saturday in September) (20 miles).


Chard Carnival (8 miles).
Hinton St George, Punky night – last Thursday in October (4.5 miles). A Punkie is a hollowed-out mangold or manglewurzel with a lit candle inside to make a lantern.
Honiton Carnival, Honiton (19 miles).
Dorset Food Week, various locations throughout Dorset.


Bridport Literary Festival, Bridport (19 miles).
Bridport Annual Christmas Tree Festival, Bridport (19 miles).
Eype Makers Christmas Market, Highlands Leisure Park, Eype (21 miles).
Bridgwater Carnival (21 miles).
Wookey Hole Santaland, Wookey Hole (30 miles).


Wookey Hole Santaland, Wookey Hole (30 miles).

Things you need to know about Atherstone Farmhouse & Cottage if you’re thinking of booking a holiday there:

  • Smoking is not allowed inside any of our properties
  • * Up to four well-behaved dogs allowed (£50 per dog/stay), to be kept to the ground floor and off the furniture please
  • Not suitable for stag or hen parties
  • Minimum stay 2 nights all year except at Christmas and New Year which is a minimum stay of 5 nights
  • There is a refundable security deposit of £500
  • Parrett Trail Bikes rent bicycles for adults and kids and can deliver to your property. Their contact details are
  • The welcome basket includes bread, milk, biscuits, cake, and lovely local produce
  • * Covid-19 measures for this property:
    In full compliance with the hospitality industry cleaning protocols and safety guidance.
    Intensively cleaned and sanitised.
    Contact-free check in and check out.
    Complete privacy and exclusive use of the cottage during your holiday.
    Date changes for all existing and new bookings if the lockdown measures are extended or re-imposed.
    Naturally isolated.

*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.

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