Tucked away in a peaceful corner of Somerset and surrounded by picturesque countryside, these centuries old barns used to be part of a busy working farm. A sympathetic conversion has now brought them right into the 21st century, bringing you the very best of large group holiday accommodation for up to 30 people.
So round 'em up - granny & grandad, uncles, aunties, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends; there's plenty of room! Wait til you see the spa hall; it's stunning, with a fabulous indoor heated pool, a sumptuously bubbly sunken hot tub and an 8 person sauna; wow factor hits the roof! The commodious Games Room has an 8ft American pool table, table football, air hockey and table tennis; outside in the walled garden there's a play train and a snuggly Scandinavian style BBQ lodge that can seat 30 people - great for late night story telling. Post barbecue, you can sit on the patio, soak up the ambience and breathe in the fresh country air.
These barns have been owned by the same family for 3 generations, since they were purchased from Lord Beaverbrook during the war. The current owners wanted to keep the rural charm with the conversion and they've certainly achieved that - original local Moolham stone on the outside, and inside exposed bricks, cast iron wall braces, and oak beams, skirting boards and window sills crafted from timber from the estate. It's wonderful and it all just blends seamlessly with the up-to-the-minute furnishings and fittings. There's even temperature controlled air conditioning and heating in every room; they've really thought of everything at Beaverbrook 30.
Beaverbrook 30 is one of only a handful of properties in the sleepy hamlet of Cricket Malherbie, near the little town of Ilminster. All around is gorgeous Somerset countryside; small copses, big open fields and softly rolling hills. You'll find footpaths and lanes to explore right on the doorstep, and nearby villages with pubs to stop at for lunch. In fact, just down the lane is a footpath that takes you through lush pastures to the New Inn at Dowlish Wake; whilst you're there visit Perry's Cider Mills, soak up the tranquility of the apple orchards and sample traditional cider made to age-old methods. Pop up the road to Coombe Farm Organic to the farm shop and cafe, have a farm tour, or book for clay pigeon shooting tuition; if you want to indulge in a spot of retail therapy, it's not far to the county town of Taunton, or to Honiton or Exeter, with its glorious cathedral and vibrant city centre. If you love the peace and quiet and the great outdoors then get out into the beautiful Blackdown Hills, the craggy Mendips, or the mystical Somerset Levels. Go and explore Exmoor National Park, or head over to the beaches of East Devon or West Dorset. And if you want some fun for the whole family then visit Wookey Hole or Cheddar Gorge, or a little closer, Haynes Motor Museum or Fleet Air Arm Museum. Art and history buffs will enjoy some of the country houses nearby - Forde Abbey, Montacute House, Barrington Court and within 50 minutes, Stourheard House & Gardens. So plenty to see and do, but do you know what? We wouldn't be at all surprised if all you want to do is stay put.