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  • 12 guests

  • 6 bedrooms

  • 4 bathrooms

    +2 extra toilet

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Renovated to the highest standards by the current owners, this gorgeous former rectory is the perfect place for a large family retreat. Dating back to the seventeenth century, the home is built from local honey-coloured stone and faces south across the Somerset countryside. Seven acres of grounds are dotted with chestnut trees and rolling lawns, while there’s also a children’s play area, a heated swimming pool and a croquet lawn, so there's no risk of running out of things to do. During the summer, the terraces are particularly inviting, while the clear skies provide fantastic stargazing opportunities come nighttime. Meanwhile, in winter, the thought of a brisk walk followed by lunch at the local pub is hard to resist — heading straight north from the property will get you to the pretty brooks that run off the River Cary, while the nearby villages of Corton Denham and Babcary are both home to excellent watering holes. The idyllic market town of Castle Cary is a ten-minute drive away, and just beyond that lies Bruton, which has been quietly remaking itself as a haven for artists, foodies and creatives. Located between the two towns, The Newt in Somerset is an extensive country estate, complete with fascinating cider-making and gardening exhibits, a Roman villa museum and plenty of parkland to explore.


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What to expect


Highlights

Wander around the seven acres of grounds and stumble upon landscaped gardens, orchards, and a pond

Wander around the seven acres of grounds and stumble upon landscaped gardens, orchards, and a pond

Dive into your pristine heated pool and dry off naturally on the loungers

Dive into your pristine heated pool and dry off naturally on the loungers

Gather the group together for a film night with the home cinema setup

Gather the group together for a film night with the home cinema setup

Channel your inner mixologist and host a cocktail night

Channel your inner mixologist and host a cocktail night

Enjoy languorous evening meals out on the terrace

Enjoy languorous evening meals out on the terrace

Explore the magical Somerset countryside that surrounds the village of North Barrow

Explore the magical Somerset countryside that surrounds the village of North Barrow

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Home truths

    The housekeeper will be available for two mornings a week and your host can also help organise a personal chef if desired

    The host may consider allowing smaller events if discussed in advance — see photos for how the dining room can be set up

    This home is only a fifteen-minute drive to the site of the world-famous Glastonbury festival — during the dates, it can be arranged for a chauffeur to pick you up from the festival and bring you home for the night

    Dogs are allowed on a case-by-case basis, so please enquire with the host beforehand

    There's plenty of space to park on the premises

About this stay


Amenities

Home cinema setup

Desk / workplace

Wi-fi

Pets allowed

Parking available

Washing machine

Bedrooms & bathrooms

6 bedrooms, 10 beds

4 bathrooms, 2 additional toilets

Extras


VIP services

Arrange a chef

Additional fees

  • Your host welcomes well-behaved pets here for an additional fee of £125 each per stay

Additional fees subject to a 3.5% handling charge.

Extras are subject to availability. Please enquire with your host.

Local guide


About Somerset

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Get around

Airport

Bristol

1 hr 6 min

Bournemouth

1 hr 36 min

Cardiff

2 hr 20 min

Train station

Castle Cary

13 min

Bus stop

Restaurant at The Pilgrims at Lovington

9 min

Local shops & services

Convenience store

12 min

Cafe

9 min

Pharmacy

11 min

Points of interest

Beach

Berrow Beach

1 hr 0 min

Booking policies


House Rules

Children welcome (1-12 years)

Infants welcome (under 12 months)

Pets welcome

No smoking

No parties or events

Good to know

Arrival from 16:00

Departure before 10:00

Wifi speed: 25Mbps

No air con

Cancellation policy

  • Up until

    30

    days

    Cancel at least 30 days before your check-in date for a full refund.

  • Up until

    7

    days

    Cancel at least 7 days before your check-in date for a 50% refund.

  • Not eligible for a refund once your check-in date is under 7 days away.

Host


This home is managed by Leander

This home is managed directly by its owner who will be your point of contact before and during your stay. A wildlife filmmaker by trade, Leander lives in Somerset with his wife, two children and dog. Since moving in 2013, he has fallen for this part of England and is keen to make sure every one of his guests feels the same way, so is more than happy to share tips on where to go and what to do.

Registration or licence number: FAC6QP.

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