Thoughtfully converted by its owners, The Cider Shed is a characterful cottage that is a perfect retreat for a couple. Situated in an unspoilt area of south Somerset, this cottage has everything you could need for a break any time of the year.
It will be easy to spend quality time together in the spacious downstairs kitchen/breakfast-room that opens out on to the cosy sitting-room. Somerset is famed for its local produce (including its cider!) and keen chefs can try their hand at cooking on the wonderful Rayburn that is the true heart of this traditional cottage (please note the Rayburn runs the central heating and will be switched off from May to September, however if it is particularly cold then it can be switched on, and likewise if it is hot it can be switched off on request).
After enjoying meals together, sink back into the gorgeous sofas (we wouldn't blame you if you had a little doze). On sunny days, throw open the patio doors from the sitting-room on to your sweet area of garden where you can hide away with a book and a glass of something chilled. As the evenings draw in, light up the fire pit barbecue and chiminea and gaze up at the star-filled sky. The peaceful setting will really allow you to switch off from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
No holiday is complete without a peaceful space in which to savour those lazy mornings and the bedroom here will not disappoint. Be sure to open up the Juliet balcony doors so you can enjoy your morning coffee in bed with the countryside breeze; you may even hear the friendly hens, ducks and charming Shetland ponies that live in the adjacent paddocks.
The friendly but unobtrusive owners live in the nearby farmhouse and are on hand should you need them, but you are assured of total privacy. On your arrival you will have a selection of goodies, including fresh eggs from the on-site hens. For something extra special, the owner is happy (by prior request and for an additional cost) to arrange surprises such as a food hamper, champagne or a bouquet of country garden flowers. As well The Cider Shed, there is a second property at Lower Woodlands called Posy (4861); a gorgeous shepherd's hut set in a separate area, with a private garden and wood-fired hot tub.
South Somerset is beautifully unspoilt and has lots of history, including the nearby village of Barrington where there are picturesque thatched cottages, a National Trust Tudor manor house (Barrington Court) and a friendly local pub, The Barrington Boar, which serves delicious food. The local market town of Ilminster is certainly worth a visit, particularly for the Minster Church that dates to 1450.
The undulating countryside in this area is fabulous and The Cider Shed boasts being within close proximity to a number of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including the Quantock Hills, the Blackdown Hills and slightly further afield Exmoor National Park. For cycling enthusiasts the Somerset Levels are heaven, offering a number of routes to explore including the South Somerset Cycleway along the River Parrett to Langport. After all that exercise, stop for lunch at the Lamb and Lion pub in Langport with views across the Levels. Being close to the border with Dorset and Devon also offers a great opportunity to explore these beautiful counties, including the renowned Jurassic Coast that is less than an hour away in the car.
Sitting-room with TV
Kitchen/Breakfast-room with electric cooker, oil-fired Rayburn, fridge, washing machine and dishwasher
Bedroom with king-size double bed (5') and en suite Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
The lane leading to The Cider Shed is bumpy in places and may not be suitable for low slung cars. A short distance away sits RNAS Merryfield which is used for helicopter training exercises - you may on occasion hear and see helicopters as they are practicing but no flights take place over the weekend. Please contact us if you require more information.
- Regret no pets
- Travel cot and high chair
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 1 car
- No smoking
- Pub 4 miles
- Garden furniture and barbecue
- Full oil-fired CH
Lovingly converted in to a couples' retreat.
Relax in the spacious sitting-room.
The heart of the kitchen/breakfast-room is the fabulous oil-fired Rayburn.
The bedroom has lovely views over the countryside.
You have a private area of garden but please note it is not fully enclosed. The owners' house is visible behind The Cider Shed.
Say hello to your super cute neighbours.
Anyone for breakfast in bed?
Lovely big shower in the en suite.
Open up the Juliet balcony doors and let the outside in.
Cosy up with a good book.
Purchase some local Somerset produce and cook up a feast!
Peeking through from the en suite shower-room.
We love the character of this traditional radio.
This is a rural setting where you can really get away from it all.
Beautiful rural Somerset.
Barrington Court, a Tudor manor owned by the National Trust, is a short drive away.
Spend an evening at one of the fabulous restaurants in Lyme Regis.
Montacute House, another National Trust property, is also worth a visit.
Why not hop on the West Somerset Steam Railway that leaves from Bishops Lydeard?