If you are looking for an ideal base for your family weekend away, mid-week break, half-term holiday or school holiday, why not stay in The Tallet or Lone Oak cottage?
The Tallet (sleeps 4 plus cot or small bed) is a warm, cosy stone cottage full of original features, next door to the Georgian farmhouse.
Lone Oak is a three bedroomed bungalow (sleeps up to 6 plus a cot)
If you are a larger party, please enquire about the ‘room only’ option of staying in the ‘four-poster’ bedroom in the farmhouse when booking Lone Oak or The Tallet. (£30 per night for up to two adults for a minimum three night stay)
Both cottages are situated on the working beef farm at Clanville Manor, near Castle Cary in Somerset.
Lone Oak is in a private position at the end of the farm drive and has a small slide/ Wendy House and ride-on tractor.
Lone Oak guests can also come down the drive to the large, safe play area in the walled garden of the farmhouse behind The Tallet – with a climbing frame, toys and a Wendy House.
A picnic table, loo and shower room are available for Lone Oak guests to use as well. In June, July and August, sometimes earlier, the fenced, outdoor heated pool is available.
Lone Oak offers accommodation all on ground floor level and has three bedrooms, one en-suite, so it is ideal for several generations to share their holiday together.
Children can feed the hens at the farmhouse outside The Tallet or help Sally collect the eggs.
Our beef cattle and calves can be seen in the fields around the farmhouse and behind Lone Oak most of the year, but they are kept inside during the worst of the winter weather.
Only half an hour away you will find – Longleat of ‘Animal Park’ fame – Wookey Hole, Cricket St Thomas and Cheddar Caves. There are lots of National Trust properties to visit nearby, many of which have ‘child-friendly’ activities, trails and large gardens to run around!
Save space in your car – we provide stairgates and a fireguard, in The Tallet, and, in each of the cottages, a proper wooden cot (120x60cm) with bedding, a highchair, steriliser, child step, children’s cutlery and crockery, a stick blender, socket covers, a changing mat, even a trainer loo seat and a potty!! There’s room in Lone Oak for you to bring your own travel cot.
Quotes From The Visitors’ Book:’Thanks for the lovely welcome. Collecting eggs was a treat for all. A charming, cosy cottage. The children thought the climbing frame was great. The safe enclosed garden meant we could all relax.’
‘Everything so well set up for a 2 and a half year old.’
‘Amazing experience for a family. Feeding chickens, gathering eggs, and a playground – it doesn’t get any better. We’ll be back – and Longleat was awesome!’
‘Sally and Rob are such lovely people and made us very welcome, thank you.’
‘Relaxing stay in beautiful surroundings. Kids loved the pool, the hens and the play equipment. Excellent farmer’s market delivery.’
“Lone Oak – Perfect for families” Reviewed Summer 2013
I must be frank and say that I didn’t have high expectations of this 1950s bungalow. But I was very wrong. It’s in a great spot, with a wonderful view from the back garden (and the back bedroom, propped up in bed with the double doors open) across the field to the oak itself. We checked with Rob that it was OK, then climbed over the fence and took a picnic up to the oak. You can see Glastonbury Tor from up there. So peaceful.
The house is really well equipped, comfy beds, lovely social kitchen.
Across the road (hang onto little hands tightly) and up the drive is the manor house, chickens (egg collecting a big hit), play area (though my six year old preferred our own garden at Lone Oak, with its slide and pedal car) and the pretty pool in the old walled garden. Best of all is the River Brue. Sally will show you how to find your way down to the most wonderful spot. We all became avid fossil hunters and came home with some fine specimens. My daughter has a new hobby.
From Lone Oak you can drive into Castle Cary – 5 minutes – which has a good selection of shops. All you really need for essentials, plus some interesting independents to browse. It had a good friendly feel on a Saturday morning. We also went to Wells, Cheddar Gorge, Longleat and caught the train from Castle Cary (a very scenic station) to Weymouth. All great days out.
In summary, when I told my daughter I was writing a review for Lone Oak she said I should say ‘best holiday ever’. So, thank you Sally and Rob for the great memories. I have to say, I miss that oak.
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