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A delightful and spacious Somerset holiday home, ideal for family groups.

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The Old Rectory, North Barrow

Near Bruton, Somerset, UK

Light and spacious former rectory set in 7 acres of tranquil grounds with stunning views across the Vale of Camelot. Renovated in 2017 to the highest standards by the current owners, the house is constructed from local honey coloured stone from nearby Hadspen quarry. Facilities include a surround sound cinema room, well equipped kitchen with Aga, swimming pool, children's play area with sunken trampoline, wildlife pond and family croquet lawn. A perfect West Country house for a country escape.


15 minutes drive from the popular Somerset town of Bruton and less than 10 minutes to Castle Cary train station with its 90 minute rail link to London Paddington. Easy access to A303 (3 miles). Perfectly located to explore local attractions such as The Newt in Somerset, Hauser and Wirth art gallery, Bath & West showground, Haynes Motor Museum, Glastonbury, Wells and the Somerset levels, Mendip Hills, Sherborne and the Dorset Coast beyond.


Excellent walking and cycling from the property. Close to some of South Somerset's stand out walking destinations, including Alfred's Tower and Selwood forest, the Stourhead Estate, Cadbury Castle and Corton Denham ridge.

Small events considered by owners. Pets allowed on a case by case basis.


Sleeps up to 13

6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms


5000 sq ft


Booking terms

4 nights minimum stay apart from peak season weeks when 7 nights preferred.

Discounts available on stays of 7 nights or more.

Cancellation Policy

50 %  refund payable up to 60 days before check in.

100 % refund up to 7 days before check in if we are successful in rebooking the property.


The Old Rectory, North Barrow
Somerset, England

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French doors lead out to the garden from several rooms where guests can take in the dramatic southern views across the beautiful Vale of Camelot. 

Al Fresco Dining

There are two terrace spaces with eating areas, one outside the orangery and the other in the elegant courtyard between the house and the garage block which is available for guest wing visitors.

A swimming pool is available that is heated during the summer months. Please check with owners  to confirm that it will be heated for your selected week.
Media Room
State-of-the-art media room complete with HD projector and drop down screen, Dolby 5.1 surround sound, Sky, Blu Ray/ DVD players and Apple TV . Sonos system wired throughout the ground floor.


Modern Kitchen
Well equipped kitchen with Aga, electrical oven/ hob and American style double fridge. 2 dishwashers. Adjacent dining area in bright and spacious orangery. Southern views towards Vale of Camelot. 
Work From Home
Super fast wifi connection enabling excellent video streaming for Zoom meetings.
Excellent wifi and wired connection throughout house.
Office space available with laptop bar. 


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Private, sheltered swimming pool 

State of the art media room with Dolby 5.1 integrated surround sound system

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Seven acres of gardens and grounds with panoramic southern views and children's play area



Local Walking & Cycling

Explore the beauty and drama of Somerset's timeless landscapes and landmarks including Glastonbury Tor, Cadbury Castle, Corton Denham Ridge, the Somerset Levels and the Polden Hills.

Family Days Out & Local Events

The Newt in Somerset, Longleat Safari Park, Wooky Hole, Cheddar Gorge, Bristol Zoo, Roman baths in Bath, the Jurassic Coast, East Somerset Steam Railway. Annual festivals include Glastonbury Music Festival, Royal Bath and West Show, The Packhorse Fair in Bruton and Fleet Air Show.

Wildlife watching

This region of Somerset and especially the nearby Somerset Levels are a haven for wildlife. In the winter months over a million starlings roost on Shapwick Heath and at Ham Wall near Glastonbury. In Summer, Large Blue Butterflies breed on the Polden Hills.

Cultural Sites

Glastonbury Tor and Abbey, Sherborne Abbey, Wells Cathedral, Stonehenge and the National Trust properties of Stourhead, Barrington Court, Montacute House and Lytes Cary are all within easy reach.

Food, Drink & Shopping

Popular nearby shops, restaurants and cafés include The Newt in Somerset, At the Chapel and the Roth Bar in Bruton as well as Home Café and Somerset Wine/ The Deli in Castle Cary. Our favourite pubs are The Bull Inn, The Queens Arms and The Red Lion. 

Museums & Galleries

Roman villa museum at the Newt in Somerset, Beezantium at the Newt in Somerset, Hauser and Wirth modern art gallery in Bruton, Haynes International Motor Museum, Fleet Air Museum, Messum's Gallery in Tisbury.


Guest Review

The house and grounds are amazing and the perfect place to spend a week celebrating family birthdays. The pool and cinema room were highlights for the children and the 7 acres were more than enough for our dog. The location was great for exploring the surrounding areas and within easy reach of shops and restaurants. We booked caterers for one of the evenings and the dining area was the ideal place to enjoy the great food and amazing scenery. We had a wonderful holiday and Leander and Laura were fantastic hosts.

Glen and family, July 2023


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