The Barn

Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Contemporary barn with bags of creative, natural style. Sociable open-plan kitchen, wood fire, suntrap terrace and a rambling garden


5 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6


It feels very peaceful here. You’re on the edge of a sleepy village with views over fields and up hills. A much-loved family house – Claire, Julius and son Dexter escape here from London as much as they can. Catch the train to Castle Cary with your bike and cycle the three miles if you don’t want to drive.Let yourself in by the keypad. Hugely comfortable and snug upstairs and down: spread out in the big kitchen/dining room, chat while you cook, listen to music; choose a book (there are lots) and sit by the open fire in the sitting room; sleep well in the huge bed in the master bedroom. Two young ones can fit in the child’s room (there’s an extra pull-out bed), and a twin room for more guests.Children will be happy – wild garden to hide in, trees to climb, trampoline to bounce, blackberries to pick. You can walk along a footpath into arty Bruton in about 40 minutes – eat at Hauser & Wirth, see their gardens, browse the art gallery, or have wood-fired pizzas at The Chapel. Or stay put, light the barbecue and sit out on the patio under the stars.

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We think you'll love

  • The peace and feeling of escaping from it all
  • The open-plan, sociable living spaces
  • The huge bed and beautiful old beams in the master bedroom
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You should know

  • You need a car - or bikes - to get here and get about


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 3pm
Check out
By 10am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Pub 2.5 miles.


Nightly price
from £140
Weekly price
from £980
Damage deposit
1 Barn for 6
From £1405 beds3 bedrooms


We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Barn. Communication throughout was fantastic and everything was as described. This is a beautiful home, very cosy and comfortable. I would definitely stay here again!

Therese, Dubai

This is a beautiful barn in a beautiful location. Perfect for adults and children alike! My little boy fell so on love with it he didn’t want to leave. I highly recommend it 🖤

Holly, London

We loved our time at the barn and wish we could have stayed longer. The space is incredibly beautiful, calming, and comfortable — you can really tell the difference between someone's home and a full-time rental property. The furniture and finishings are all high quality, and my partner and I both slept well. We used the barn as a base to explore Wells, Glastonbury, and Stonehenge. We give the barn and our lovely hostess Claire the highest recommendation and hope to return someday. Thank you, Claire!

Alysha, San francisco

A beautifully renovated house in a beautiful part of the country. We stayed with our two young children who loved the outdoor space (trampoline, football, horses in the adjacent field). With Longleat, Wookey Hole and Stourhead only half an hour drive away, there was lots to keep everyone entertained. Bruton is a lovely little town with a fantastic bakery and butchers. We hope to return to the Barn again soon.

Louise, London

The Barn is as good as it looks in the photographs. It is spacious and immaculately decorated. Everything was clean and the kitchen is huge and welll equipped. It wasn’t warm enough to sit out but there is a large garden and the house is in a great location., with beautiful views all around. We lit a fire and played some music and had a lovely relaxing time. Bruton is close by with lots to do. Eat at At the Chapel and don’t miss the amazing Hauser and Wirth. Huge thanks for a great break. We will definitely be back! PS the local cheese and cider was very well received!

Sue, Leamington spa

Enjoyed a long weekend stay here in November with our 15 month old son. The Barn is located in a sleepy village and is secluded but easy to find. The house is fantastic, very spacious, comfy master bed, beautiful kitchen extension and bucolic surroundings. Visited Wells and Frome which were both lovely and within easy reach. Would highly recommend The Barn, a real find.

Paul, Winchester

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The neighbourhood

You can drive to Castle Cary and Bruton in under ten minutes. Bruton is bustling and popular with antiques, The Chapel bakery and restaurant, Hauser & Wirth art gallery and restaurant with gardens and events. Pretty Castle Cary has supermarkets, butcher, greengrocer, baker, PO. Try Manor House Inn in Ditcheat if you fancy a good Sunday lunch (2.5 miles), or The Bull Inn at Hardway further afield (7 miles). You can get to Frome with its independent shops, monthly Sunday market in 25 mins; historic Wells (abbey, gardens, good veggy cafe, vintage shops) is about the same distance: Glastonbury a bit further. Kilver Court shopping outlet in Shepton Mallet is six miles.

Local points of interest from Claire Featherstone

  • Visit Hauser & Wirth a stunning contemporary art gallery on the edge of Bruton. If art isn't your thing enjoy the garden, shop and excellent restaurant serving seasonal English food. Check out regular events inc BBQ feasts in the summer and live music.
  • Bruton is a beautiful and historic town with interesting boutique shops to explore. Visit Caro for interior buys or Lunaria for stunning plants and pots. The Chapel restaurant on the high street is open all day and has a great bakery too.
  • Enjoy the beautiful Somerset countryside with plenty of footpaths directly from the village and further afield. Walk over the hill to On the Brook a converted farm on the edge of Bruton surrounded by rolling hills with a relaxed restaurant/café.
  • Visit quirky Frome with it's great shopping on the famous Catherine Hill. Vintage clothes shops Poot and Donna May are worth a rummage. Browse the bookshop and have a coffee at the Rye Bakery. Don't miss the monthly market (first Sunday of every month).
  • Stourhead, the National Trust owned world famous gardens, is just 14 miles away. Walks in the gardens surrounding the lake are stunning all year round and you can visit the Palladian House too.
  • For kids the safari park Longleat is half an hour away and adults can enjoy the house and grounds too. Visit the caves and tunnels at Wookey Hole on route to the historic Cathedral town of Wells. Or head to the sandy beach at Lyme Regis a 45 minute drive.


Claire Featherstone

Claire and Julius bought and extended the old flax barn and love staying here. They live in London with their son Dexter. Claire knows the area well and some of her family live nearby; she makes films and TV documentaries; her sister was the architect for the extension. Julius works for the BBC.