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Recently renovated to a high standard, the house is the beautiful former rectory to the 15th century St Nicholas Church, North Barrow. Set in 7 acres of tranquil grounds with stunning views across the Vale of Camelot, we offer two choices for accommodation:
• Throughout the year our guest wing is available to family groups of up to 5 people.
• During school holidays and on select weekends we also offer up the entire property to larger groups. Depending on the configuration, the property can accommodate up to 12 guests.
The Old Rectory would make an ideal venue for family get togethers and for special events such as christenings, small weddings and milestone birthdays. We can assist in planning and dressing the property for your special occasion and can facilitate use of the church, should it be required.
The Old Rectory, North Barrow
Near Bruton, Somerset, UK
North Barrow is located near to the popular Somerset towns of Bruton and Castle Cary. There is excellent access to Castle Cary train station (5 miles/ 90 mins from London Paddington) and the A303 (3 miles). We are perfectly located to explore local attractions such as Hauser & Wirth, Bath and West showground, Haynes Motor Museum, Stourhead, Glastonbury & the Somerset levels, Mendip Hills, Sherborne & the Dorset coast beyond.
The Old Rectory is extremely well suited for those who wish to attend Glastonbury Festival but avoid the discomforts of camping and enjoy a hot bath and a luxurious bed at the end of a hard day & night's play. We can arrange a car to and from the festival which is approximately 15 mins drive away.
For those who wish to visit Babington House, Mells and Frome, we are under 30 minutes drive from these popular destinations.
Guest Wing Only Rental (sleeps up to 5)
There are two en suite luxurious guest rooms adjacent to each other. This area is divided from the main house by a heavy oak sliding door that will remain shut during your stay ensuring total privacy. Downstairs is a media room with surround sound cinema plus breakfast room with oven/ hob, sink, fridge and all provisions you will need for a continental breakfast.
Entire House Rental (sleeps up to 12)
As well the above guest suite the house has a master en suite bedroom plus two doubles and a single, all of which share a bathroom/ shower room. There is a large kitchen and adjacent orangery as well as two further reception rooms.
For guest wing rentals only, we provide fresh bread, butter, milk, jams and marmalades, tea, coffee and orange juice. There are self-catering facilities should you want a cooked breakfast.
We have an excellent and super fast wifi connection enabling excellent streaming of movies in High Definition.
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. For guest wing visitors access is subject to owners' discretion.
There is a 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 .
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.
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.
Family Days Out & Local Events
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.
Food, Drink & Shopping
Popular nearby shops, restaurants and cafés include At the Chapel and the Roth Bar in Bruton and Home Café and Somerset Wine/ The Deli in Castle Cary. Our favourite pubs are The Bull Inn, The Queens Arms and The Red Lion.
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, English Blue butterflies breed on the Polden Hills.
Museums & Galleries
Hauser and Wirth modern art gallery in Bruton, Haynes International Motor Museum, Fleet Air Museum, Messum's Gallery in Tisbury.
The most beautiful private wing of a fabulous rectory in stunningly gorgeous grounds, the house has recently been restored with style and every amenity you could wish for. It was spotlessly clean, homely and the hosts are delightful and welcoming, could not have been more helpful, with tips for local restaurants and directions. We would have loved to stay longer and cannot recommend it highly enough.
Mary, June 2018