The Old Milking Parlour
“Enjoy great views of Somerset countryside, from this delightful barn conversion in the Mendips” - VisitEngland Assessor
Our Inspector's view
A barn conversion high in the Mendips, with stunning views across the Somerset Levels to Glastonbury Tor, just over ten miles away. There are plenty of good walking and cycling routes, but potholing is also popular. Swildon’s Hole is a short drive, and is the longest cave in Somerset, while the easier Goatchurch Cavern is about 12 miles off.
Facilities – at a glance
- Total units: 1
- Maximum occupancy: 4
- Private garden
- Sky or freeview
- En suite
- Linens provided
- Fireplace or wood burning stove
- Changeover day: Saturday
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About the area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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