Tilbury Farm

UK England South West England Somerset Taunton

  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Eco-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Sensational Views
  • Short walk to pub
  • Walking
Luxury holiday cottages & shepherds huts in a beautiful Somerset location.

Jaded city dwellers spend a lot of time dreaming of life in the country, and are often particularly seduced by the thought of staying on a farm. Like holiday cottages not all farms were created equal, however, so we reckon anyone who end up at one of the two beautiful holiday cottages at Tilbury Farm can count themselves extremely lucky. Not only do they get to enjoy what is an undeniably beautiful location, nestled within 45 acres of farmland and with breathtaking views over the Blackdown Hills and the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, but the cottages themselves have been fitted out to the highest standards, and offer levels of comfort you just don't find in too many UK self-catering places – and we should know!

Above all, Tilbury Farm is a tranquil and very rural place to stay, and one at which no expense has been spared and no detail overlooked. There are two holiday cottages, each with open-plan living rooms and one double bedroom, so comfortably sleeping two people. To get your holiday off to the best of starts, both are provided with a fridge stocked with breakfast provisions (bacon, eggs, sausages, bread, butter, orange juice, milk and tea & ground coffee), and they also offer a complimentary newspaper of your choice. Each also comes equipped with flatscreen TVs, DVD Players (and a bunch of DVDs) and wifi throughout. Tilbury Cottage, the older of the two, is arranged across two levels and has stunning views over the Blackdown Hills, plus an outside terrace area that is a perfect place for an early evening glass of wine during summer. Its younger sister, Tilbury View, is a one-level cottage with ceiling-to-floor windows that means it's awash with light and has additional views to the west. Finally, there's a third, much larger cottage available to rent: grade II Listed, thatched, and of considerable age and character, it's been comprehensively restored in recent years and sleeps 11 across six bedrooms. With two reception rooms, it's a capacious and extremely comfortable place for a family gathering or friends' reunion.

Owners Matt and Jenny also have a trio of Shepherds Huts if you want to get really cosy, and we also love the fact that the farm has impeccable eco-credentials, with a biomass boiler, solar energy, water from their own bore-hole and a strong emphasis on recycling. The farm also has its own pigs, sheep and horses, although to be fair this is more for fun than agriculture. But then you'll know all this of course once you have downloaded their excellent digital Welcome Pack.

As for the location, there is a great country pub with food within walking distance (The Rising Sun) and the nearest village – Bishops Lydeard – is just a short drive away, where you'll find a decent farm shop, butchers and grocery. You're also within easy distance of Exmoor and Dunster Castle, the coast at Kilve Beach and Minehead and the National Trust gardens of Fyne Court, and the farm was once part of the Cothelstone Estate, whose beautiful parkland lies immediately below. This means that you can do without the car most of the time as there are loads of footpaths and bridleways that can take you right across country in all directions – perfect for walking, biking and even horse-riding. Could those wistful city-dwellers have pitched up up anywhere better?

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The Owner Says

Nestled in a fold of the beautiful Quantock Hills and enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, eighteenth century Tilbury Farm offers a wonderful choice of varied luxury self-catering accommodation. Make your choice from a converted sandstone barn, a cosy shepherd’s hut on your own private hillside meadow from which to enjoy sunset views towards Exmoor or, for larger groups and family holidays, the sixteenth century thatched cottage sleeping eleven may be more suitable.

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Accommodation

Two very well-equipped holiday cottages, each comfortably sleeping two people - though they can also accommodate infants up to age 5. Plus a third thatched cottage sleeping up to 11.

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Price

Tilbury Cottage & Tilbury View cost from £500 to £550 a week, depending on the time of year. Richards Cottage starts at £1200 a week up to £1800. Shorter stays are available at all three too.

Opening Times

Available all year.

Location

Contact Website Tilbury Farm, Tilbury Farm, Bagborough, Taunton, Somerset TA4 3DY

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Getting There

From Junction 25 of the M5, follow signs to Taunton on the A358. At the first roundabout, take the second exit onto the A358. At the major crossroads by Creech Castle, continue straight on the A358. At the next roundabout, take the third exit onto Obridge Viaduct / A358. At the roundabout, take the first exit onto Priorswood Road / A358. Keep right at the fork and continue onto Kingston Road (signed to Kingston st Mary). Continue straight for 5 miles, passing through the village of Kingston St Mary and then up Buncombe Hill. At the top of Buncombe Hill (by Pines Café), turn left. Continue along this road for 1¼ miles. Take the first right at Park End lodge following signs to West Bagborough. Take the first left (after ¾ mile) an head down the hill towards West Bagborough. Tilbury Farm is l½ mile down this hill on the right hand side.

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