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Guest experience: Our stay in Cockmill Barn, Somerset

We arrived for our short break at Cockmill Barn (2412) in early May. This break had been planned for a few months in order for us to celebrate a couple of milestone birthdays. We had particularly booked this property as it was within a short drive of Bath, it offered short breaks anytime in advance of the holiday, and had a hot tub.

We were greeted at the property by the Owner, Liz Eavis (wife of Glastonbury Festival organiser, Micheal), with a very warm welcome. My initial reaction was “Wow” the property was much bigger than the pictures had portrayed. It was so light and airy with its fantastic open beamed ceilings. The large open plan living, dining and kitchen area was fabulous, lending itself to families holidaying together. The comfy sofas and home cinema system at one end of the room, offering time to relax or entertainment. The dining table and chairs with a view over the private sunny courtyard, with glass doors opening up to welcome in the outdoors. The well-equipped kitchen had its fridge stocked with lots of tasty local produce from the Farm Shop, including a large chocolate cake which was devoured quite quickly during our stay. The kitchen area offers informal dining at the breakfast bar, which was a big hit with my children!

The bedrooms were simple and spacious with exquisite soft furnishings and very comfortable beds. Two of the bedrooms have large windows overlooking the courtyard, which allowed sunlight to flood in during the daytime (the superior quality curtains blocked the light out perfectly when needed). The second double bedroom was on the other side of the property but had wonderful rural views over the countryside. All bedrooms had flat screen televisions, which was a bonus, especially when you’re holidaying with two teenagers and your parents! Although I have to admit – during our stay the televisions were rarely on. The bathrooms were equally as roomy, both with a bath and separate large shower cubicles. There was plenty of luxury quality towels provided for showering.

The property forms two sides to the courtyard, which is a real suntrap. The Owners provide wooden patio furniture for al fresco dining and there are a couple of wooden sun-loungers with cushions for those wanting to chill out in the sun. The hot tub is located in one corner of the courtyard and was an absolute hit with all my party. We spent every night of our stay under the stars, drinking fizz in the hot tub. The view of the barn from the hot tub at night is superb, the clever lighting inside enhances the beauty of this historic building.

The Owner took the time to familiarise us with the local area and directed us to walks from the property. One walk we managed to do during our stay was at the rear of the property and took us along the railway line and down onto the Glastonbury showground.

We took the short drive into Bath on another day during our stay – making use of the park and ride. It’s a very beautiful city and well worth a visit if you’re staying in the area. We visited a fabulous pub called The Boathouse which is situated just beside the park and ride, on the riverbank, a beautiful setting for warm day.

All in all we had a truly relaxing break, Cockmill Barn is the sort of property where you could throw your car keys in the drawer on arrival and not take them out again for the duration of your stay –provided you have enough food and drink! That’s our plan for the next time we visit!

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