Orchard View

Converted Dutch Barn on a working farm with astonishing views over the Somerset Levels. SLEEPS 12 in 6 bedrooms, with room for 1 more guest at an extra charge; there’s a HOT TUB, TABLE FOOTBALL and a POOL TABLE, and an apple orchard at the end of the garden. 2 toddler beds (4yrs and under) and 1 cot at no extra charge.

Orchard View sits on a working farmon a hillside with views over the Somerset Levelsto the Polden Hills; just down the road is the village of High Ham, about 5 minutes away is the little town of Langportwith a supermarket, independent shops and eateries, and a riverside walk. This is rather special; a fabulous contemporary styled home modelled on the footprint of the Dutch Barn that stood on this very spot, in a bucolic setting with an apple orchard at the end of the garden; there’s a ramshackle chicken shed; mistletoe scrambles up the trees, an old tractor rests, no longer in use, sheep graze contentedly beneath the blossom in springtime. Just over the fence is the hay barn and stables with miniature ponies you can stroke; you’ll see the farm cat mooching about, and the farmer and his wife live just across the yard in their rambling stone house where cider was once made.

A spacious, light filled holiday home goes a long way to helping you to relax on short breaks and week long stays alike, and this is certainly so at Orchard View, plus you’ll have fresh modern interiors with bold splashes of colour, and we love the country themed prints on the walls – so in keeping. With a hot tub, pool table and table football, plus space for the little ones to run around, there’s no excuse for getting bored.

Whilst you’re here go and explore the local area, there’s plenty to see and do; you’ll find walks on the doorstep and you can go on foot to the nature reserve at Turn Hillwhere you’ll have the most incredible panoramic views out over the Levels. Close by is a thatched windmillowned by the National Trust, and a bounty of watery reserves where you can spot a myriad of birds and if you’re lucky, otters at play. There are plenty of country inns to visit and they are utterly charming; go to the Sheppey at Godneyand sit on the terrace watching fish swim by in the river, or have a pint at the Railway Inn at Meareafter a stroll along the canal. Have a lazy lunch at the King Alfred Innat Burrowbridgeafter a climb to the top of Burrow Mumpwhere there’s a ruined chapel, or at the rustic Halfway House at Pitney. The Duck at Burtleis good for food, as is theSwanat Wedmore, and afterwards you can browse around the independent shops, or for a more full-on retail experience go to Clark’s Villageor the county town of Taunton.

Take in the colourful vibe at Glastonbury, walk to the famous Tor, go and put the world to rights over a pint of scrumpy at Bere Cider Company, Wilkins Cider Farmnear Wedmoreor Burrow Hill Cider Companyjust a few miles away. Visit the Church in the FieldatLow Ham; spend a morning mooching around Langportor Somerton; have a day trip to the Jurassic Coastwhere you can take a mackerel fishing tripfrom Lyme Regis, stop off at Montacute Houseor Barrington Courton the way back. And before you retire for the evening, take a glass of your favourite tipple out onto the patio and natter away as the birds come in to roost and the sunsets over the orchard; it’s absolute bliss.

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