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The Stable Cottage is a chic rural retreat for couples and young families. Located in a quiet spot on family-run Middle Stone Farm in Somerset, the holiday cottage has a stylish and colourful interior with all of the comforts of home, an outdoor hot tub, and the option of arranging an organic food hamper. The master bedroom has a very comfortable kingsize bed, while the second bedroom has two charming singles that are the perfect size for children up to 13. There is loads of space for playing and relaxing, with the nearby Exmoor National Park and Quantock Hills beckoning for days of fun and exploration.
The 32-acre Middle Stone Farm is a friendly place where the owners rear free-range chickens and geese together with a small flock of sheep, goats, pigs and alpacas. The owner's are happy to give you a farm tour upon request. It's close to the small village of Brompton Ralph and around 11 miles from the market town of Taunton. If you're staying between April and November, you only need to pop to the owner's well-stocked farm shop for tasty treats, homecooked meals, and high-quality essentials that include bread freshly baked to order, free-range eggs, and organically reared meat - all of which are included in the breakfast hamper. It's also licensed, which is handy if you want some local Somerset cider to enjoy in the hot tub.
The local area is full of ways to have fun. The cottage is only three miles from Exmoor National Park, where the opportunities for walking, mountain biking and horse riding are almost endless. Despite its diverse beauty, with miles of glorious countryside next to wild moors and spectacular beaches and coast, Somerset is quieter than Devon and Cornwall with the extra benefit of being easier to reach. In summer, you can get off the M5 and be wandering through woodlands and paddling in streams before dinner. Dunster Beach and Blue Anchor Bay are around 25 minutes away, while Porlock Weir is not much further. Day trips can include visiting the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, fossil hunting at Kilve or places like Beer, Branscombe, Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton, all an hour's drive from The Stable Cottage.
In addition to The Stable Cottage, Middle Stone Farm has a second two-bedroom glamping cabin with similar accommodation plus six safari tents, each with lots of space and its own outdoor hot tub. All properties are self-contained and private and can, depending on availability, be booked together to accommodate friends and extended families.
Catherine Heard joined Independent Cottages in May 2021
The Stable Cottage is a wonderfully converted barn with high ceilings, thick oak beams and a central open-plan living area. It's very family-friendly, with the owner providing a travel cot, high chair, baby bath and children's plates and cutlery. Accommodation is all on one level.
Outside: The cottage has a private terraced garden with seating and a wood-fired hot tub. There is parking for one car.
Additional Information: Utilities, WiFi, wood for the log burner and hot tub, bed linen and bath towels are included. Guests to bring cot bedding and towels for use with the hot tub or at the beach. Smoking and pets are not permitted (for dog-friendly accommodation, please see the owners safari tents on their website).
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