Rustic charm and modern luxury merge seamlessly at Jurston Barn and you’ve everything you need for a happy large group stay whether it’s a family holiday, a milestone celebration, a hen weekend or corporate away days. 6 en suite bedrooms sleep 12 people, there’s a private indoor pool, a hot tub, and a play area for the litt’luns.

Jurston Barn is really easy to get to from the M5, and it’s just off the A38, yet tucked away in a very private setting. Pop into Wellington for bits and pieces; there’s a traditional butchers shop, a grocers, a bakers and a very good fishmongery. A few miles further is Taunton, with a range of well known stores and independent shops. There’s a multiplex cinema and a bowling alley on the outskirts of town, a high ropes activity centre and a golf course at Vivary Park.

This part of Somerset lies within the Blackdown Hills AONB so there’s plenty of exploring to be done. The views from Wellington Monument and Culm Beacon are incredible, but also good for a stroll are Otterhead Lakes and the paths and trails at Staple Hill. Tie in a walk with lunch or a pint of the local brew at one of the country pubs – the The Half Moon at Clayhidon, The Culm Valley Inn, The Martlett at Langford Budville and the Holman Clavel are all good.

If a day out is on the agenda, you could head for the beach; the Jurassic Coast is about an hour away and is great for mackerel fishing trips, rockpooling and fossil hunting at Lyme Regis, Beer or Charmouth. You can catch a steam train with the West Somerset Railway to Minehead or Blue Anchor for a day on the sands, or to the quiet harbour town of Watchet. Spend time in Exeter where you can visit the Gothic cathedral, discover the 14th century underground passages and take the kids to meet Gerald the Giraffe at the Museum. Or have a day exploring the Quantock Hills where you have a lazy picnic at the top of Wills Neck or Cothelstone Hill, and visit Coleridge Cottage, though the kids will much prefer Tropiquaria Zoo Animals & Fun.

Explore the heather clad moors of Exmoor National Park, the wooded hillsides and deep river valleys; Watersmeet, Tarr Steps and Culbone Church are wonderful, but go and amble round Dunster and see the medieval castle on the hill (NT). Take the family to Exmoor Zoo or the Owl & Hawk Centre; round it off with a proper job cream tea in a cosy tea room. Then back to Jurston Barn for a swim, a barbecue, a game of pool and a restful nights’ sleep. Check availability and book today!