Hip hideaway-for-2 surrounded by peaceful countryside: a dream collision of urban and rural
** Brand new **
Deep in rural Somerset, this cow-shed conversion would be unrecognisable to its former 4-legged residents. Completely rebuilt and refurbished in high-spec Scandi style, eagle-eye design aficionados might spot contemporary pieces by Alvar Aalto and Arne Jacobsen, furnishings by Marimekko and Hay, and lighting by Louis Poulsen – to namedrop a few. Locals are celebrated, too. Surfaces are softened with Glastonbury sheepskins, while framed festival prints from their Worthy Farm neighbour add a boho tone.
Given that this modern smallholding is helmed by 2 ex-Hackney residents, it’ll come as no surprise that there’s a welcome basket of sourdough with local butter, plus eggs from their chickens and a bottle of the county’s finest cider. It’s all very cool. Spend your days walking in the surrounding AONB, potter in arty Bruton or just sit outside for hours and lose yourself in the peace and enormous views over the valley.
Getting here: you’ll need to drive
They are just starting out but aim to be self sufficient from a food perspective as soon as possible, and have their own borehole.
- Stunning walks lead out from the front door, through ancient woodland and across green fields with views of Glastonbury Tor. Alternatively, The Queen Victoria pub in nearby Priddy makes a very good start and end point to explore this AONB.
- Somerset has the highest number of farmers and food producers (over 8,500) in the UK. One of our favourites is a stone’s throw away on Dark Lane, a shepherds’ hut with a cash-only honesty box, selling farmer Dave Bartlett’s brilliant Jersey cow and sheep milk and Wootton Organic cheese and yoghurt.
- Spend a day in creative Bruton (8 miles). Start with coffee and homemade croissants at The Chapel, browse around lifestyle store Caro, then head to the Hauser & Wirth galleries for fantastic art and glorious gardens. Or come for dinner; we recommend the tiny farm-to-table Osip restaurant.
- Keen hikers can march along The Monarch’s Way – the 625-mile route taken by King Charles II in 1651, after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester – which passes by North Wootton into the Mendip Hills.
- Wells is just 2.5 miles away. The cathedral lives up to the hype, market days are every Wednesday and Saturday, and there’s an excellent indie wine shop called The Grape and the Good. That said, there are already a few select bottles in the cottage wine rack (honesty system) so you’re well stocked.