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The Old Bull Stall in Penselwood, Somerset

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sleeps 4
2 rooms
1 bathroom

The Old Bull Stall description

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Converted from a former barn this quaint, period cottage is situated on the owner's working farm in the peaceful hamlet of Penselwood. Just two miles from Bourton and five miles from Gillingham, amid the glorious countryside on the borders of Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, this pretty cottage makes an excellent base from which to explore the area. Guests also have access to shared use of the owner's lawned garden - ideal for picnics, ball games and barbecues. The property is well served by the local town of Bourton whilst slightly further afield are a wide range of activities.

With just a sprinkling of pretty cottages, a village church and a children's play area, Penselwood is a charming hamlet, surrounded by lush farmland and unspoiled countryside. Set on the border between Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire, this charming little settlement is reached by winding country lanes from the nearby village of Bourton. Far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the wonderful hamlet of Penselwood is the perfect place to relax in peaceful countryside. Between great walking, the magnificent house and gardens at Stourhead, historic Shaftesbury and Longleat House with its Safari Park, visitors will be spoiled for choice when it comes to activities.

Somerset offers 3 areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - the Quantock, Mendip and Blackdown Hills. Lose yourself in the glory of nature, take a ride on a steam train, visit a traditional farmers' market or explore your mystical side at Glastonbury.

Electric wall panel heaters with gas woodburner in sitting room and heated towel rail in bathroom. Electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, shared use of owner's washing machine by arrangement, TV, DVD, radio, WiFi. All fuel and power inc. in rent. Bed linen inc. in rent. Off road parking for 2 cars. Shared use of owner's lawned garden with garden furniture. One well-behaved dog welcome. Sorry, no smoking. Shop and pub 2 miles. Note: Young children should be supervised at all times due to proximity of farm equipment/animals. Note: Dogs must be kept on a lead whilst on premises of property.


  • Accepts Pets
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Garden
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Parking
  • Parking space
  • Towels provided
  • TV
  • Washing machine
  • Wifi
  • On a Farm
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Mrs Outerbridge
November 2013
The hosts were great. Loved being on a farm. Great rural atmosphere and central to Bath and Stonehenge.
Mrs Harrington
April 2014
The cottage was in a lovely peaceful setting. The owners were very accommodating and our two children loved seeing the animals on the farm especially bottle feeding the calf. It was a fantastic location for sightseeing but there was also the added bonus of having so many places to walk surrounding the farm.
Mr Wright
August 2013
Great location, quiet but not to far from anywhere.. we have already booked again for 2014.
Mr Diks
July 2013
Loved the very nice owners. They tried to involve the children and us into the living on a farm by talking and explaining how it's works and to join them in their world. We've loved it. Further, we enjoyed the beautiful surroundings, the animals and the peaceful environment.
Mr Wallace
April 2013
The position, both in the countryside and on the farmyard was great. The owners went out of their way in terms of friendliness. The kitchen worked, the water was hot, and wi-fi was useful.
Mr Sydenham
January 2013
The owners were fantastic. They made us feel very welcome and our children loved the fact that they were made to feel involved at Pear Ash Farm - two budding young farmers as a result!
Mr Jackson
September 2012
The peace and quiet, lovely farmyard setting, beautiful countryside, quiet roads and interesting places to visit. The cottage accommodation was first class. Clean, comfortable, well equipped and furnished. Plus, it was warm on cool nights as it had heating.
Mrs Jilani
August 2012
Lovely, remote, rural location. The owners were very friendly and approachable, but not at all intrusive. It was a really genuine working farm. Lots of animals around the farmyard that would appeal to children. It was a lovely comfortable cottage well appointed.
Mr Styles
July 2012
Very happy with the accommodation and the local walks we had with the dog. Owners were very friendly. Price was affordable and suitable for the accommodation. Would stay there again.
Mr Duffy
September 2011
An excellent cottage in a great location. There is plenty to do and visit near to the property. It is a quiet, safe and tranquil area.
Mrs Finnis
July 2012
We were made to feel so welcome by the farm owners and were invited to participate with various farming activities. Our daughter (and us!) loved collecting eggs, riding with Shire horses and herding the sheep and cows. A very reasonable price too!
Mr Rensing
August 2011
The owners were very, very friendly. There are many different animals at the farm. It is very quiet and it's a really nice cosy cottage. It was possible to use the owners garden.
Mr Steele
July 2011
We had a great family holiday at The Old Bull Stall and we were made to feel very welcome. We were looked after and the owners let our little two year old collect the eggs and gave her a tour of the farm. This is a great cottage and its well worth booking!
Mr Wood
June 2011
The owners were a very friendly couple. Fresh farm eggs, milk and flapjacks on arrival and a vase of flowers on the table. A lovely holiday.
Mr Peckham
May 2011
An excellent, peaceful location, well placed for walking and interesting days out.
Mrs Charman
March 2011
Lovely rural location. Woodland fields and country lanes surround this property. The Mildmay Arms in Queens Camel for good food and drink, staff helpful and friendly (accepts pets in pub also). Delighted with this property. Enjoyed our time there, very restful holiday. Beautiful location.
Mrs Phillips
November 2010
Just returned from our visit to Old Bull Stall in Somerset. We all had a great time. The family were very kind and helpful. Lovely part of the country. Thank you all very much.
Mrs Davies
September 2010
The accommodation was excellent and the owners very welcoming. A wonderful week away.
Mr Mrs Selby
October 2010
Would happily go back again! The property was great and in a great location. The owners were friendly and sell the best free range eggs we have ever tasted!
Mrs Deery
September 2010
Old fashioned working farm and you were able to walk around the fields and see the animals. Good base for visiting attractions in both Somerset and Dorset. Owners very friendly and welcomed you.
Mrs Marshall
September 2010
Location was excellent and the owners were very accommodating and helpful. The tea tray with flapjacks on arrival was a lovely touch.
Ms Jeffs
July 2010
Very comfortable cottage and the owners very helpful. The surrounding area was central to our needs and to a nice relaxing holiday.
Mrs Pledger
July 2010
The area was lovely and easily accessible for many attractions. The farm owners were very friendly and made us feel really at home. It was lovely and peaceful.
Mr Bolam
August 2009
The kids particularly liked being on a Farm the owners were very friendly helpful.
Mrs Parsons
June 2009
Lovely location with great friendly owners. Being allowed access to all the farm and animals. Couldn't have asked for a better holiday. FABULOUS!
Mr Arnold
June 2009
A lovely and quiet cottage. The owners very friendly and welcoming.
Mr Marsh
July 2009
We had a wonderful holiday with the owners on their glorious farm. Not only was it the quietest and at night time the darkest location we have ever stayed at, but we also had the activities of the farm animals as an interest. We used this as a base to visit other sites in Southern England which was ideal with the good major road connections close to the farm, as well as reasonable access to shops to get our supplies. We loved the stay and will always have fond memories of this visit. Mike,Joan and Christopher Marsh
Mr Sanders
May 2009
A paradise on a farm, led by wonderful hosts. We all (including 2 boys) loved it and hope to come back!
Mrs Rutherford
May 2009
This little cottage is a dream come true if you're looking for a place to relax and unwind! Lovely owners, very friendly. We will definitely stay there again if we're down that way!
Ms Senior
February 2009
The owners are wonderful and could not have been more helpful. The children loved staying on a real farm and seeing all the animals. The eggs from the owners' own hens are the best I have ever tasted.
Mr Devlin
November 2008
The friendliness of the owners who made us feel extremely welcome and left tea and flapjacks ready for us in the cottage when we arrived. The cottage was quiet, secluded and peaceful.
Mrs Featherstone
October 2008
Very nice cottage and people.
Mr Horrigan
August 2008
Excellent location for Longleat and Stonehenge.
Mr Peters
September 2008
Very friendly owners, great help and lovely eggs. Perfect holiday to take.
Mr Haigh
June 2008
The location was ideal, so many things to do and see. Couldn't get it all in in a week. Also the cottage was in a wonderful and quiet area. Thoroughly enjoyed the fare. Recommend The Old Bull Stall anytime to anyone.
Mr Pearce
February 2008
We loved the cottage and the area.
Mr Wood
June 2008
Owners very friendly and helpful. Facilities perfectly adequate for a family of four.
Mrs Elbro
November 2007
The Owners were lovely and put themselves out to include the children.
Miss Sharp
August 2007
A great time had by all, especially the children - loved helping out with the animals on the farm!
Miss Bonnyhood
June 2007
All the animals on the farm are good for children.
Mr Thain
June 2007
Rustic, very friendly with lovely walks.
Mrs Guyton
January 2007
We had a great time. Very nice people.
Mr Kemp
October 2006
Welcoming owners, peace and quiet.
Mr Boulding
October 2006
Lovely owners.
Mr Mapp
November 2006
Had no problems at all. Thank you to the owners and girls. The owners were very hospitable, friendly and made us feel our holiday enjoyment was important to them. They were also great with our children and involved them with activities around the farm. Must be recommended.
Mr Mapp
July 2006
It wasn't just the property that made our holiday, it was the friendliness and warmth shown to all five of us by the owners. It was a perfect holiday, which could only be improved in one way, by spending another week there.
Mrs Pocock
September 2006
The owners were very friendly and helpful. A very good place to stay with children of all ages.
Mr Harrison
September 2006
August 2013
A lovely welcome tray (+eggs!) and flowers. Next door to owners, very friendly and who were exceedingly helpful to us as we suffered a family bereavement when we were there. The cottage was clean and very comfortable, as were the beds. Beautiful and very quiet area, lovely retreat, lots of country walks from the cottage. Near small towns and a303 if you wanted to go further afield. Best thing was beauty of countryside and cottage setting. least liked was low mobile phone signal!
September 2012
Lovely cottage very comfortable. The owners were very helpful but not intrussive.Would recommend.
December 2012
A very well appointed cottage in a lovely rural location. All facilities included, such as WiFi access and a real flame fire. The owners were very friendly, but not intrusive. Well located just a short drive from easy transport links to Bath, Glastonbury and Wells.
December 2009
The cottage is pretty much in the middle of the farmyard. The children absolutely loved seeing all the animals on the farm. The owners were particularly helpful and friendly.
Paul Haigh
December 2009
What a delightful converted Bull stall we stayed in. Set in the tiny village of Penselwood in a peaceful rural location with next to no traffic and plenty of country walks right outside the front door. The proprietors were very welcoming and kind. They even presented us with half a dozen freshly laid eggs as a welcome gift. The property was clean with all amenities supplied. No complaints whatsoever with the cottage. Being a working farm we were often encouraged to help out and we were allowed the run of the farm. Our daughter particularly enjoyed fussing over all the animals. Stacking bales of hay last thing in the day was pretty exhausting but enjoyable at the same time. And as for herding the sheep. They tend to have a mind of their own. I'm trying very hard to think of what we didn't like about the Bull Stall. Cannot think of one thing :)
Mrs Smith
August 2014
The Old Bull Stall is a lovely place for a relaxing holiday, but is also a good base for visiting places in Somerset and surrounding counties. It is ideally located for walking and the cottage is actually part of the farm. The owners are very friendly and helpful, but not intrusive, and the farm eggs are delicious!
Miss Hayes
May 2016
Should be a higher star grade, it was amazing. It is such a beautiful place to be, it's a life I dream of.
Mrs Tomlin
June 2016
A beautiful cottage in a lovely location. It was fully equipped with everything you could possibly need. It is close to Wincanton which has large supermarkets. There are lovely walks in the local area and it is close to lots of great attractions. We were really sad to leave.
Mrs Williams
June 2016
Having a holiday on a working farm is excellent for small children, and our son really enjoyed being introduced to the animals by the friendly owners of the property. The Old Bull Stall is also perfectly situated for visiting various sites of interest in the local area.
January 2014
We received a warm welcome from the owners. The cottage was well equipped and comfortable. The location was perfect for us: quiet, pretty and had plenty of excellent walks for us and our dog. To say it has a garden is misrepresentation (see the given title above). However we didn't need one and it was perfect for our needs. The only drawbacks were that the gas wood burner was broken (awaiting a part) but we were still warm enough from heaters and the tv remote had been lost so there was some manual adjustments to be made (good exercise though!)
Stanley B
October 2013
The cottage is located on a working farm in what initially feels like a remote hamlet of Pen Selwood but infact is close to all Major attractions: Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Bath, Wells, Castle Cary, Cheddar Gorge ect ect. The cottage is very cosy with all necessary amenities and the owners were friendly and in obtrusive. My wife is a devout animal lover and she took great pleasure in petting the horses, donkey, cats, farm dog Alfie and seeing the sheep, ducks and geese. A very relaxing and pleasurable stay - will certainly come again.
November 2015
Very peaceful location. Cute and cosy little cottage with adequate supplies (it is made clear you need to bring your own towels). Small and uncomfortable sofa and chairs with wooden railings hard to relax on. Wifi advertised but signal literally non-existent and no mobile phone signal either so awkward if you do need to keep in touch. Ideal for a couple of walkers looking to get away from it all. Not so good for dog owners due to 'garden' being overgrown field across muddy lane so a mission to let dog out every time.
Mrs Seabrook
July 2018
Lovely little cottage down tiny country lanes but instructions for finding it were excellent.. Very clean and well furnished. Lovely places to walk . Supermarket Morrison's in Wincanton 5 minutes drive away..very central and so many attractions a reasonable drive away. Owners very nice helpful and friendly. We will definitely book again. If you want peace and quiet but with wi-fi and phone signal try this. We loved it.
Mrs Childs
August 2018
Cute cottage, well looked after and homely.. .......
Mrs Jennings
August 2017
The owners were very friendly and helpful very good location to do lots of walks .... The owners were very friendly and helpful very good location to do lots of walks and visit to cheddar and longleat and also a little drive to a dog friendly beach at Brean
Miss Vise
September 2016
Very kind hosts
Mr Maclaren
September 2016
Excellent location for visiting lots of attractions in Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset.. Dorset coast not very far away. Lots of places to visit within a fifty miles radius. Owners very helpful.
Mr Annison
August 2016
The Old Bull Stall is ideally placed for going all around the area.. In Somerset but close enough to visit Dorset and Devon, Wiltshire and Bristol Longleat Safari, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Wookey hole cheddar gorge Clarks village, Haynes motor museum some of the sights to visit The hosts are warm and friendly which is a big plus.
Mr Crick
May 2019
This was a lovely holiday in a nice location, good walks and places to visit within a few miles.. The farmer, wife and daughter made us welcome during our stay, even the little dog came out to greet us. We had wonderful weather so was able to explore Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire which were beautiful counties. We would certainly recommend the `Old Bull Stall ` for a quiet and peaceful holiday.
Mrs Cosham
June 2019
We have stayed in quite a few of your listed cottages especially ones on Farms, all have been of a very high standard regarding comfort and furnishings.. We think this cottage is in need of an upgrade the cooker although in good working order is very old, the furniture in the lounge is not comfortable to sit on of an evening after being out all day especially for an older person as backs are so low. The hot water went off the owners had forgotten to mention that we needed to press a button in order to reset it as it seems to have a problem. At all other properties we have stayed there has been a welcome starter pack, i.e. tea,coffee,milk even biscuits and treats I had rad the reviews before booking and several said it was nice to arrive and find a tray + eggs on arrival, so we did not take those things, however, we had a jug of milk in the fridge and some pieces of flapjack. I do think that a welcome pack is a good idea so you don't have to go out after a long journey to get the essentials. So we were a bit disappointed that we paid the same or similar price for this property but it was not up to the high standard we had come to expect from Sykes.
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