8 en-suite bathrooms - utility room/boot room - games room - large - kitchen - dining room - sitting room - 4 oven electric AGA - halogen hob - electric double oven - Sky TV with Sport in sitting room - Freeview in all bedrooms -2 x toddler beds, cots  and highchairs available - stairgates -  rural wifi - indoor heated pool (10m x 3.5m) - sauna - sunken outdoor hot tub - central courtyard - walled garden - outdoor furniture for 18 - BBQ - parking for several vehicles. Online grocery shopping available from Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. 2 dogs by prior arrangement - no smoking - strictly no fireowrks, sky lanterns or drones. NB: This property owner may require a cautionary deposit of £500 three weeks prior to your arrival.

Centuries old country character and modern luxury combine seamlessly at this beautiful Somerset farmhouse set on the edge of the red sandstone village of Bishops Lydeard, close to the foot of the Quantock Hills. Sleeping 18 + 2 guests  (there is a small charge for the 2 extra beds) in 8 en suite bedrooms, Pound Farm has an amazing indoor heated pool, a sauna, a sunken hot tub, and a fantastic games room, plus everything you need for a happy and relaxing large group stay amidst beautiful rural surroundings. From the parking area, a narrow path leads between flower beds in the walled front garden to the house.

A wealth of character greets you the minute you walk in through the huge front door in the castellated central porch; high ceilings, original floorboards and flagstones, stripped pine doors, wooden panelling and period sash windows with shutters. At the bottom of the stairs is a handy utility room, perfect for muddy boots and dogs after a walk; there's a washer/dryer and a spare fridge - but just look at those lovely Victorian floor tiles!

Turn right along the hallway to the sitting room, light and spacious, calm and relaxing, with gorgeous Chesterfield style sofas and tub chairs. The double aspect gives an outlook over the pretty front and side gardens; it's a lovely room for afternoon tea, a quiet read, or for settling down to watch a good movie.

A focal point of this room is the local stone fireplace, housing an open fire (logs supplied) for extra warmth in the colder months of the year. Imagine coming back from a country walk on a chilly Autumn day and sitting in front of the fire with your favourite tipple or a mug of steaming hot chocolate...

To the left of the hall, two pine doors lead into the bright and airy dining room; a bespoke rustic dining table makes for lavish feasts to remember, and it extends to comfortably seat 18 people. There's a well stocked bookcase to browse, and a cosy window seat overlooks the rear courtyard. To the front is an outlook over the front lawns and the field rising beyond.

The dining room leads through to the ample farmhouse kitchen, with original flagstone floor, oak beams and a double Butler sink. In a huge inglenook there's a 4 oven electric Aga, a separate electric oven and a separate halogen hob; in a recess is a big fridge/freezer with an inbuilt ice maker and a extra fridge inthe kitchen . This is a very sociable kitchen, with a central island and a table by the window - what a lovely place to have a leisurely breakfast, looking out over the front garden!

Off the kitchen is the games room; beams above the windows, original tiles on the floor; whip up some in-house competition with the challenge of a table tennis or snooker tournament. From here, a door takes you out to the courtyard and on to the sauna and pool house.

Stairs rise from the hallway to a spacious landing, where off to the left is Bedroom 5, a lovely double bedroom with an en suite bathroom; start each day with a cup of tea in bed, looking out over the front garden and the gentle slope of the field. Opposite this room is Bedroom 4, another en suite room (bath with overhead shower), also with zip and link beds that can be arranged as a superking or twins.

To the right on the landing are two further bedrooms; one with zip and link beds that can be a superking or twins, and an en suite bathroom with an overhead shower, and one double bedroom with an en suite shower room. The bedrooms are all finished in neutral tones with a splash of colour in the soft furnishings; the result is very calm spaces that make for a good nights' sleep.

Behind a latch and brace door, a second staircase leads from the kitchen to the double aspect master bedroom, which has an en suite shower room. This is a commodious bedroom, with an original cast iron fireplace and a very quirky feature chimney breast behind the bed. Exposed timbers in the wall are where hams used to be hung to dry in years gone by.

Also reached from the second staircase is Bedroom 6, another big room that sleeps 4, with its own separate shower room and WC. This is a great room for a family or for older children as the beds are zip and link with the option of being a superking and two singles, or 4 singles. There are gorgeous views of open fields where livestock graze contentedly beneath the trees. 

The back courtyard is quite a suntrap; a great spot for morning coffee or for quiet reflection after an early dip in the pool. To one side is a sympathetically converted barn with two further large en suite bedrooms, both with a superking bed and an optional single (charged extra) and ensuite shower rooms; Bedroom 8 is on the ground floor, and original stone barn steps lead to Bedroom 7. Both of these rooms look out over fields and beyond to the Quantock Hills. Also accessed from the courtyard is a log store and a very indulgent sauna, easily big enough for 6 people to relax and chat whilst enjoying an invigorating cleanse. Even the pool house has character, with original oak roof beams and thick stone walls interspersed with floor to ceiling windows.

A gate leads from the courtyard to the side garden, where you'll find a good sized patio with plenty of seating and a barbecue. An awesome sunken hot tub, big enough for 8 people, allows for some serious star gazing opportunities, and children will love the play equipment - or they might prefer to let off steam by running around in the front walled garden, layed mostly to lawn.

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