Flax Barn is this corner property in the historic Priory Barns development of traditional stone buildings. There is private parking for you.
There is a beautiful garden for you to relax in.
The open plan first floor has high ceilings and beams giving this space plenty of character.
There is a wonderful new contemporary kitchen with a view out over the fields across the road.
There is a farmhouse style dining-table next to the kitchen-area.
Hide away in the summer house with a good book.
Another view to show you where the table is in relation to the living-area.
Breathe in the countryside air!
A farmhouse dresser adds even more character.
The cottage is on reverse levels - the stairs open up into the living-area.
This is the main bedroom.
Another angle of the main bedroom to give you an idea of the space.
Your private garden waiting to be enjoyed.
The bedroom sofa adds another feature as well as being useful.
This is the twin bedroom which looks out over the courtyard towards the garden.
There is a new bathroom here too. A lovely fresh design to balance with the traditional style of the cottage.
This view is from the front door looking back up the path with the summer-house in front of you and the garden around the side of the fencing to the right.
Barrington Court and gardens are just an easy stroll away  through the village.
The beautiful Somerset Levels at Ham Wall, looking towards Glastonbury Tor.  A wonderful place to see Starling murmurations in winter and a chosen destination for bird-watching.
The beautifully quaint town of Dunster with it's market square, watermill and castle.
Take a scenic trip on the North Somerset Steam Railway.  Pass through idyllic countryside and quaint villages, perhaps stopping for a cup of tea and a slice of cake by the sea.
Montacute House is nearby.
Head into the Quantocks for wonderful scenic walks and a possible sighting of some Red Deer.

Flax Barn


2.8 miles NE of Ilminster / Sleeps 4 + cot

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The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.

Nearest pub

Barrington Boar (¼ mile)

Children, dogs and welly boots are all welcome in this newly refurbished pub, all watched over by Alan the Barrington Boar. The bar and restaurant both have good food, and the location in the centre of the village makes it a social hub for local events.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

May 2019

Barrington Boar

The best pub meals we have ever had excellent food beautifully cooked and great service. Would highly recommend

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2014

Fantastic, Fantastic, friendly pub with delicious food.

friends and I visited the Barrington Boar whilst staying in the village this weekend. We first visited Fri eve where we enjoyed whole baked plaice in a caper sauce, fish pie, & stuffed aubergine with salad. The main courses were absolutely delicious. Having a coeliac in our party, we asked about gluten free & were told the sauce would not be made with wheat flour. The accompanying salads were huge, fresh and excellent - no rubbish bit of iceberg lettuce & tomato here! A mixture and abundance of salad leaves really impressed us. Desserts of lemon posset were divine, and although the brownie was overcooked, we were cheerily offered something else - no bad atmosphere here! We throughly enjoyed our meal and service was excellent - so much so that we returned on Sunday for lunch after a country ramble with moments of mild to moderate peril gave us a huge appetite. We enjoyed our meal in the garden and again, our coeliac and pescatarian friends were catered to by the owners and chef happily offering the roast dinner with no meat & extra roasties for the coeliac, and homemade Thai style fishcakes with the roast potatoes, for our other friend. An unusual combination, but the didn't phase the Barrington Boar! Again we enjoyed the divine lemon posset, and our chocolate loving friend asked for the brownie again - which was baked to perfection! Again friendly, helpful staff made our meal a very enjoyable experience. We all agreed that we would heartily recommend The Barrington Boar to all our friends visiting the area and look forward to eating there again when we return to Somerset. Thanks to all at The Barrington Boar for two truly delicious and welcoming visits!

Nearest beach

Charmouth West Beach (16 miles)

Charmouth West Beach runs the mile and a half from the mouth of the river Char all the way to Lyme Regis. Although hammering at the cliffs is not allowed, the shores of Charmouth West Beach are well known for their fossils and often keen-eyed visitors are rewarded with a treat. With the gentle slope of the beach and natural sea pools forming in certain conditions the beach lends itself nicely to paddling and swimming. A heritage centre, cafe and shops are nearby, although there are no lifeguards on duty.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

August 2019

Charmouth beach

Lovely not too busy beach, such fun finding fossils, beautiful sand when the tide is out, and great rock pools

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

July 2017

Lovely beach, brilliant for fossil hunting

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

January 2010

Take a fossil hunting guided walk or boat trip. No sand but plenty to keep the kids amused.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

November 2009

The hours seem to have a habit of slipping by while you're wandering along hunting for fossils on this stretch of coast. The kids love the excitement of finding an ammonite or debating the authenticity of possible 'dinosaur bones'. Great way to spend an afternoon.

Nearest walk

Barrington Court to Shepton Beauchamp Walk (¾ mile)

A moderate two and a half mile walk which takes you through some lovely South Somerset countryside and you can visit the grand Ham stone church of Shepton Beauchamp on the way. Suitable for dogs with some stiles, steps and kissing gates en route.

Nearest town

Ilminster (3 miles)

Deep in the rolling Somerset countryside, Ilminster, with its imposing church and the winding River Ile, is a vision of pastoral beauty. One of the town’s best-loved attractions is Barrington Court, a well-preserved manor house with stunning formal gardens, an arboretum and traditional kitchen gardens.

Also nearby

Montacute House (7 miles)

An exceptional Elizabethan house filled with treasures, including 17th Century textile samplers and Elizabethan art. This house featured in the 1995 film ‘Sense and Sensibility’.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

May 2018

Marvellous Montacute

Absolutely wonderful in every way. We enjoyed many hours here. A must visit property.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

May 2016


A lovely house and location . It was a pity it was spoilt by a very heavy handed and hard sell approach in the ticket office to join the N.T. I had to be very persistent to get into the house and gardens without joining up .
Once we had managed to get in we had another issue with an officious lady in the long room who basically told us off for taking the wrong staircase up . It turned out that a rope had not been put in place . How were we to know! Other staff members tried to make up for this and were excellent but the impression overall was poor.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

September 2013

Very interesting

Another West Country gem to consider when in the Somerset or Dorset areas. Although the house was endowed to NT as an empty shell much work has been done by introducing surplus items from other properties and there is a current fascinating exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery which is a must.

Barrington Court (½ mile)

Lovingly brought back to life in the 1920s, Barrington Court Tudor manor house is a picture of beauty. Explore the house and weave through the gardens breathing in the heady scents of roses, irises and lilies. Then when you’re ready, reward yourself to something delicious in the dining and tearooms.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

October 2012

Barrington Court

A beautiful mediaeval court, with eclectic interiors gathered from many old buildings from all over the country - like a jigsaw, and very intriguing. The gardens are very attractive, and the village of Barrington is delightful.

East Lambrook Manor Gardens (2 ¾ miles)

A stunning privately owned Grade 1 listed garden which is renowned as the premier example of the English cottage garden. Please check their Web site for opening times.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Rated 4 out of 5 stars

August 2015

I have some new inspiration

Not any old garden but actually the garden created by the pioneer of the traditional cottage garden…. Marjory Fish , 77 years ago….
The intensity of the planting took my breath away – the sheer variety of shapes, sizes and colours, shoulder to shoulder with each other so that you cannot see the earth is stunning. This is a place that will amaze even the least green fingered of us. With Manor in the title I had a preconception of formal lawns, demure statues and marble benches and wide pathways. Not so, this was a forest, a deliberate jungle.

Best of all is that this tranquil place is literally minutes off the A303 – a perfect easy stop off for anyone on the long journey down into the West Country. There is a little café at East Lambrook Manor and across the road a really good pub.

My garden, such as it is, is a little desert by comparison but now, even though it is a very small space, I have some new inspiration.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars

March 2009

There's lots to see in these cottage-style gardens and it was great to have so many plants for sale!

The Five Dials Inn (4 ½ miles)

The Five Dials Inn is a popular pub infusing a traditional feel with a contemporary twist. Serving quality, flavourful food and topped with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, the pub is run by a dedicated team passionate about good food. There is a beer garden ready to be enjoyed in the warmer months. Parking is available.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

April 2022

fantastic Sunday roast

We had one of the best pub Sunday roasts we've ever had - the pork and beef were first class. Really friendly and helpful landlady

Glastonbury Tor (15 miles)

Why not take a walk up this iconic, legendary Tor? Well worth the effort, you will have spectacular views across 3 counties. Dogs must be on a lead and there are no public conveniences.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Rated 5 out of 5 stars

December 2014

Breathtaking (!)

It's well worth the initially steep climb up the tor for the amazing panoramic views from the summit - we parked in Glastonbury itself, walked up through the town and past the Chalice Well to tackle the steepest slope first, which meant an easier walk down the 'back' of the tor and a stroll through countryside to get back to the top of the town. Plenty of tea shops and cafes to refuel at when you get back!

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