I love quirky accommodation and have previously slept on a backpacker boat in the Abel Tasman, New Zealand, in a converted train carriage in Sydney, Australia and in a Cave in Goreme, Turkey. It makes for a unique travel experience, I feel.
This past weekend my mum and I stayed in a barn in rural Somerset, England, as part of our road trip from England to Wales and back, and used it as a base in order to later explore the historic city of Bath.
Now, before you start getting visions of wearing welly boots or cuddling up with a little piggy on a hay bale; it wasn’t quite that rural. It was actually a converted barn, which was tastefully decorated, but still had a lot of character, and retained the rural barn feel.
We drove into the little village of Mells, Somerset, and both looked at each other, saying, ‘is this it?’. There were a few cottages, a little store with cafe, and post office, which was closed at the time. It was so small, that you could easily drive through it and miss it, but also so quiet and so perfect for a little retreat.
We continued up a laneway, and eventually found our little barn, nestled in beside a country farm cottage.
It looked super cute, even from the outside. The stone finishing, mixed with wood and glass panelling was a touch of brilliance; a modern little barn indeed. There was plenty of space to park, and of course it felt super safe, being in the middle of the countryside.
As we stepped into the barn, it got even more adorable, with awesome wooden beams, which made you feel that you were in an actual barn, yet glass panelling in the mezzanine, which added a contemporary feel.
We were left a welcome pack with information on the area, including places we could get food, as well as pictures of how they built they little barn house on the farm.
The barn was very spacious, and officially sleeps 3 (a double bed, and a single bed), but with room on the sofa if you really needed it.
The kitchen was kitted out with everything you’d need, should you wish to cook there, and the living and dining space was a great place to chill out in and relax after a busy day, with an awesome crash pad style bean bag on the floor.
I had a wonderful night sleep and woke up to a refreshing shower with the sounds of the countryside outside. Our only down side, was that we wished we were able to get there earlier to enjoy it more, or stayed longer.
Where is the little barn house?
Mells is a little village in rural somerset, and sits about 30 minutes from Bath. The nearest large town is Frome, about 10 minutes away.
How much does it cost?
The little barn house is approx £110 per night, but this could be subject to change, and may differ on different months of the year