Relax in the cosy Old Stable


Barn hosted by Polly (Pauline)

4 guests, 2 bedrooms, 3 beds, 1 bathroom
Entire home
You’ll have the barn to yourself.
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This attractive recently renovated holiday cottage, formerly a stone stable, stands in the grounds of the our home, in the tiny Somerset hamlet of Ilford, on the outskirts of the lovely market town of Ilminster, close to the East Devon and Dorset borders.    Within very easy reach of the M5, A358 and the A303, it is a perfect spot for short break by itself, or en route to the deeper West Country.  Two and a half hours drive from London, one hour from Bristol and 20 minutes from Taunton.

The space
The entirely ground floor accommodation comprises: Open plan living/dining/kitchen area featuring wood burner, underfloor heating, Freesat TV,  WiFi,  electric easy clean hob, electric oven, microwave, dining table and four chairs, two seater sofa and two comfy chairs.   Two bedrooms: one room has a king-size bed and the other is a twin room.  Large wet room with shower, toilet, sink, grab rails and shower seat. The accommodation is very flexible and can be adapted according to number of guests in your party and their individual abilities but please note we cannot exceed the number of guests above four, which includes babies and infants.

Patio with sitting-out area, four-seater picnic bench and storage.  Parking (2 cars).  Cycle store. Welcome pack. Wheelchair accessible. No smoking.  Use of our large garden, orchard and young woodland for walking. We have two very friendly donkeys, Maddie and Jack, who love a scratch between the ears!

Underfloor heating throughout.  Electricity, bed linen, towels and beach towels included. Bed bumpers available for young children. 

We are very close to the National Cycle Network routes 30 and 33.

For those with limited mobility:
The property was built around the needs of a young lady with Retts Syndrome.  It has wheelchair friendly floors in the living area and twin room.  It has a ramp on each side of the front door and level access from the patio to the parking area.  It has a good size wet room and a shower commode is available for use, as well as bed bumpers.  A hoist can be hired from a local company if required (additional cost).
Our garden, orchard and woodland areas are all flat. We have a list of places to visit and walks that are suitable for wheelchairs/buggies.


We are so pleased to be able to welcome guests back to The Old Stable from 4th July 2020.
In order to ensure your own safety and that of our family, we will be undertaking rigorous cleaning protocols and leaving a full 24hr gap between bookings. There are some necessary changes to be made, rules we need to follow and procedures we need our guests to commit to.

Key points are:

Changes: We need to remove unnecessary soft furnishings and other non-essential items. These include scatter cushions, throws on the beds, board games and the lovely basket of blankets we usually provide for sitting outside on chilly evenings. However, you are welcome to bring your own items.
We usually have a lovely box of leaflets available, giving you ideas of places to visit. This has to be removed so suggest you do some research before you come as well and of course you will be able to log onto the wifi to check on your own devices to find out what’s open.

Cleaning rules we will follow:
The entire cottage and its contents will be cleaned and then disinfected after each departure. Soft furnishings and blinds will be steamed. All crockery and cooking utensils will be washed, even if un-used.

Guests will be required to:
Strip the beds prior to departure and place the bedding, towels and bath mat in bags provided and place outside.
Collect all non-recyclable rubbish from all rooms and put into a bin bag and tie the top.
Recyclable rubbish should be placed in the outside bin provided.
Open windows in each room prior to departure.

Masks, hand sanitiser, gloves and antiseptic wipes will be provided. In order that we do not have to increase the rental cost, please only take what you need of these.

We hope that you will stay safe and well during your stay with us, however if anyone in your party develops Covid-19 symptoms you should follow Government advice and return home immediately to your main place of residence and self-isolate for 7 days (14 days for other co-habitees).

*Please be aware we are unable to accept bookings from people who will have entered the country from overseas during the 14 days prior to the arrival date*

Some guest reviews:
"The Old Stable is lovely. Gorgeous colours with a peaceful atmosphere - soon becoming our home from home. Will recommend." H from Berks.
"Very comfy beds, lots of space to play!" W from Berks.
"Thank you for a wonderful overnight stay in the Old Stable. A very comfortable, beautifully laid out accommodation with every facility you may need in a delightful location. Excellent dinner at nearby Barrington Boar." M&A, Glos.
"Its freezing outside but we couldn't be any cosier or warmer in The Old Stable. You have done a marvellous job. The accommodation is beautiful and very comfortable". Y&N, Warks.

Places for sleeping

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

What this place offers

Free parking on premises
Patio or balcony
Indoor fireplace
Luggage drop-off allowed
Hair dryer


Getting inside

Step-free entrance to the room
Well-lit path to entrance
Step-free path to the outdoor entrance


Step-free entrance to the room

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Where you’ll be

Somerset, United Kingdom

There are a number of walks from the doorstep and The Old Stable is within easy reach of the Mendip Way, Ham Hill Country Park, several National Trust properties including Barrington House, Montecute and Lytes Carys.   Lyme Regis is a 25 minute drive away, with Charmouth, West Bay, Seaton and Sidmouth a little further on (as well as the lovely town and beach at Sidmouth it is the also the home of the famous Donkey Sanctuary and the Assisted Donkey Therapy Riding Centre).  The town of Glastonbury is only a 40-minute drive away, with its 14th-century tower dominating the landscape of Glastonbury Tor.  Yeovilton Air Museum, Herstercombe Gardens and Haynes Motor Museum are also popular attractions within easy reach. 
Attending a wedding at Dillington House? The Old Stable is around a mile away, so a perfect place to stay.

Hosted by Polly (Pauline)

Joined in September 2015
  • 22 Reviews
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During your stay

We live the in the adjacent detached house so will be close by in case of any queries but you will have your privacy.

Polly (Pauline) is a Superhost

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: After 15:00
Check out: 11:00
Self check-in with lockbox
No smoking
No pets

Health & safety

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

Cancellation policy