Dating back to the 17th-century, this stone and brick cob barn has been sympathetically renovated to offer spacious and luxurious holiday accommodation; character and charm blend seamlessly with all the modern conveniences you could possibly want for your large group holiday. Sleeping 12 guests in 6 en suite bedrooms, Jurston Barn is set in private landscaped grounds and has a fabulous 10m heated indoor swimming pool and a hot tub.
You drive along a secluded private lane and onto a gravelled drive to get to Jurston Barn, and whilst it's peaceful and private the pretty market town of Wellington is only a short stroll away, with a range of independent shops including a traditional butchers, bakers, grocers, and award-winning fishmongers; there's a wonderful 1930's style cinema, vintage bazaars, and supermarkets. Just a few miles away is the county town of Taunton, where you can get a bigger dose of retail therapy or have a stroll through Vivary Park where there's an adventure centre; on the outskirts of the town you'll find a multiplex cinema and a bowling alley. Just down the motorway is the city of Exeter with it's majestic cathedral, underground passages and attractive quay.
Get out into the beautiful Somerset countryside and explore the footpaths and bridleways and if you like the idea of finding a quiet pub for a relaxed lunch, there are several close by; the Blue Ball at Sampford Moor, The Half Moon at Clayhidon and The Martlett at Langford Budville are all very welcoming and the food is delicious. Go for a stroll in the Blackdown Hills, at Otterhead Lakes followed by a pint at the Holman Clavel or the Candlelight Inn; or explore the paths at Staple Hill and wind up at the Greyhound Inn just down the road at Staple Fitzpaine.
If you're planning days out, head to Minehead on the Somerset Coast for old fashioned bucket and spade fun, or to the quiet harbour town of Watchet. The world famous Jurassic Coast can be reached in less than an hour and Lyme Regis is charming; a long esplanade, public gardens on the hillside where you can play crazy golf, and a picturesque harbour where you can go out to sea on a mackerel fishing trip. Charmouth is quieter and great for rockpooling, fossil hunting or walking on the clifftops where you can join the South West Coast Path. Spend a day in the glorious Quantock Hills, where you can climb to one of the vantage points like Wills Neck or Cothelstone Hill for a picnic with the backdrop of sweeping panoramic views, or walk up through Holford Combe and back down through the beech woods to the village for lunch at The Plough Inn. Venture over to Nether Stowey to visit Coleridge Cottage where romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge lived for a while; potter about the pretty village of Dunster with its medieval yarn market, and imposing castle high up on the hill above the streets. Explore the heather clad moors, steep wooded hillsides and lush river valleys of Exmoor National Park; amble along the river at Watersmeet, take the family to Exmoor Zoo or Exmoor Owl & Hawk Centre, go and play on the water at Wimbleball Lake, find a tea shop where you can tuck into big fat scones with generous helpings of jam and and clotted cream.
Take in some of the beautiful historic houses in the area; Hestercombe, Knightshayes near Tiverton, or Forde Abbey over on the Dorset border. Visit Fleet Air Arm Museum or Haynes Motor Museum, or closer to home, go to Sheppy's Cider where you can find out all about the time honoured traditions of cider making. But you know, if you don't particularly want to go out much, we understand because it's just so relaxing at Jurston Barn; the helpful owners live in the neighbouring property, a listed traditional Somerset longhouse which dates back to 1280, and they're on hand if you need them. If we've made it all sound perfect, then we've done well, because it is and we know that you'll have a very relaxing large group stay here.