We received a warm welcome from Terry and Angela with freshly made carrot cake, local eggs and chutney on the kitchen table. The Barn is spacious (our three families fit in easily) stylish and comfortable (great beds), and very well equipped (a garlic press, a pizza cutter, dishwasher and washing machine tabs). The garden is delightful and safe for small children (2 x 2 year olds and a 5 year old).
The local area provided train rides, castles, beaches and playgrounds at varying distances. And then there is the lake, which one of us ran around and one 68 year old biked (and walked), but is better taken in smaller bites!
We loved the dark skies at night, the empty lanes, the endlessly beautiful scenery and the 25% hills (the serious cyclist). A week was not long enough!
Having got to a certain time in life whereby I have officially joined the “grumpy old woman” brigade (I jest) and do not give 5 out of 5 marks out readily, I can categorically state Barn Owl Cottage at Rainbsury House totally blew us away and exceeded all expectations. Upton and the surrounding villages are not only very picturesque, but the scenery is stunning and totally unspoilt. I could quite get used to the simple life and having been home for 10 days I’m really missing the tranquillity and sheer beauty of the area. Terry and Angela are the most wonderful hosts; highly attentive, very sociable and nothing is too much trouble (thank you so much both of you). Our little man totally fell in love with their 3 gorgeous dogs who are incredibly well behaved and friendly. We stayed at Barn Owl Cottage the first week in August and whilst the weather was changeable it really did not impact our enjoyment in the slightest. There are lots of lovely places to visit and I personally fell in love with Dulverton (a village circa 6 miles away from the cottage). There is a gorgeous little café (The Tantivy) in the village which comes highly recommended. Whilst I was away I needed to access medical attention. I was able to access an appointment at the local Medical Centre on the same day and was in and out of said medical centre (with prescription in hand) within 10 minutes! WOW! The boys went fishing and horse riding (enjoying some well earned freedom away from the “boring girls”) and we all enjoyed a trip to Dunster Castle. Barn Owl Cottage is tastefully and beautifully decorated and very well equipped for all your family needs and I pretended I didn’t know how to use a dishwasher so the other half had to load it up (bonus -ha ha!) We had lovely neighbours in the cottage next door and just about everything was flawless. We would love to visit again and we have no hesitation in highly recommending this perfect place!
Not much to add really: the house exceeded our hopes by a margin, lovely space thoughtfully decorated and outfitted. Terry and Angela were beyond helpful and made us feel part of the family ... and a special shout out to the dogs who brought a sense of humour and waggy tails to the party. The area is extraordinarily beautiful and tranquil, yet not far from the bright lights (pubs) in Dulverton. Thanks to both of you for your thoughtfulness - Charles
The Barn Owl Cottage is just lovely in all respects, immaculately decorated and renovated and spotlessly clean. The owners called the day before we arrived to let us know about a local event they thought the children would enjoy and this was just the beginning of their help throughout the week. On their recommendation we have not only enjoyed the lovely accommodation and nearby lake but many activities, walks and locally known beauty spots which we may not have found on our own and became highlights of our week here. We would thoroughly recommend this to anyone.
Barn Owl Cottage proved a very suitable choice for our brief sojourn on Exmoor at the end of June. Two of our party were taking part in the Ironman 70.3 event held on and around Wimbleball Reservoir, which meant dining in each night (most unusual for us) and keeping extraordinary hours (e.g. rising at 04.30 one morning).
The cottage was comfortable, very well-appointed and well-maintained and occupies a quiet, very rural location. It is particularly well suited for two couples or individuals sharing as the bedroom/bathroom suites are at either end of the sitting/kitchen dining space, hence affording much privacy.
The local walking was great -once round the lake is a pleasant half day's walk.
The owners, Terry & Angela were very helpful without ever being intrusive.
Barn Owl Cottage -a perfect place to unwind in a beautiful, relaxed setting with most welcoming hosts (and dogs!). Cottage has all the essentials and more. We really recommend, to all age groups, Rainsbury House if you wish to explore the Eastern region of Exmoor and it is perfect for larger groups if you book both properties. We recommend Dunster Castle, Tarr steps and the pubs at Dulverton, Thank you so much for a great stay.
The cottages were attractively arranged, up to date and warm, fantastic welcome - flowers, lemon cake, eggs, preserves etc - friendly owners who couldn't have done more to make our stay a success.
Very convenient for Exmoor, lovely walks, steam train, National Trust properties nearby, lots of local places to eat.
We would definitely return if the opportunity arose.
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