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Goldhorn | Luxury Self-Catering Country House | Ilminster, Somerset


Barrington, Ilminster, Somerset, UK

Take exclusive hire of this magnificent self-catering country house within Somerset's stunning Barrington Court Estate. Evoke a sense of nostalgia as you pass through the estate into manicured grounds and espy your grand luxury retreat at the end of the parkway. Like something from an Edwardian love story, Goldhorn offers a tale full of history, romance and adventure.


Whisk the family back to the era of Bronte novels and carriages with an indulgent stay at this luxury country estate in Ilminster. A stunning Arts and Crafts manor, Goldhorn fuses an inimitable grandeur with a welcoming ambience, making it an idyllic destination for celebratory escapes and impromptu family weekends in the Somerset countryside. Whether looking for a creative break (Arts and Crafts workshops take place within the grounds), a fresh air-filled escape or somewhere extra special for an overdue family gathering, there is something for all. The perfect self-catering country house retreat, where imaginations run wild and feet roam free.


Character abounds in this beautiful manor house in Ilminster, where winding staircases create an eclectic and intriguing feel. With a garden view from every window, the ensconced-in-nature setting flows throughout the house, while one-off furniture finds, well-thumbed books and sumptuous fabrics afford real charm. There is warmth, character and individuality to each of the four bedrooms at Goldhorn. There are two doubles (one of which has an en suite shower bathroom), a twin and a king-size master bedroom with en suite from which to choose. The family bathroom has a shower and clawfoot bath - in true country house fashion.


Encompassed by truly breathtaking grounds, the grandeur of this Somerset estate and its tranquil countryside setting combine to ensure a unique and relaxing stay. Make the most of the setting by enjoying long breakfasts in the garden and afternoons undisturbed curled up with a book, while memorable evenings can be enjoyed fireside with friends. Home to beautifully manicured gardens and woodland, Goldhorn is especially enchanting for wildlife and nature lovers. Many years young or young at heart, unleash your inner explorer and keep a lookout for buzzards landing on the front lawn, as well as the deer and badgers who regularly visit.

The Facts

  • SleepsUp to 8 guests
    From £2,295 per week, £1,750 per short break
  • Alternative group optionUp to 4 guests
  • Bedrooms and bathroomsOn the first floor are three double bedrooms, one with a king-size bed and en suite bathroom and one with an en suite shower room, and one twin bedroom. The family bathroom with claw-foot bath and separate shower is also found on the first floor, and there is a separate WC on the ground floor. There are two additional single rooms (available on prior request and at additional charge) on the second floor.
    View bedrooms
  • FeaturesTable tennis and table football in the play room
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60 per week or part thereof
  • Arrivals and departuresArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: 4pmDeparture Time: 10amTimes may vary due to Covid-19 requirements, please refer to your booking.
  • FamilyYes, children are very welcome. One cot and one highchair are available.
  • PracticalitiesThere is ample parking for up to four cars at the rear of the house, so views of the estate remain uninterrupted. The well-equipped kitchen includes a dishwasher, tumble dryer, washing machine and two ovens. 
  • Homestay includesLuxury welcome hamper, Bowers and Wilkins Sound System, TV, DVD player, WiFi internet, Weber gas barbecue, linen, towels, logs and kindling to get you started...House book - your property and destination guideDiscover more little luxuries
  • Additional extrasA handpicked selection of unique experiences are available at this property.
  • Eco-friendlyFed by spring water
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Between Taunton and Yeovil, this Somerset market town hosts guests who like to potter around town, set off across the rugged Blackdown Hills, or drive to the nearby coast.

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Getting there

  • On the Map Goldhorn is four and a half miles from Ilminster, not far from Taunton, Lyme Regis and Exmoor National Park.
  • By Car The property is just three hours from London, an hour from Bristol and 45 minutes from Exeter. 
  • By Train Taunton train station is 15 miles from the property. There are directline trains from London Paddington with a journey time of approximately two hours. The Waterloo line from London stops at Yeovil and Crewkerne, both of which are approximately 25 minutes away.
  • By Air The area is served with two airports; Exeter (34 miles) and Bristol (46 miles) both have regular flights to main destinations.

From the owner

“We love to sit outside the front door, soaking up the evening calm that descends. When hungers kicks in, there´s nothing better than lingering over a barbeque in the garden listening to the owls hooting.”

From the owner

Barrington Court was the first property acquired by the National Trust in 1907. Colonel Lyle took the lease and acquired the adjoining farmland; Goldhorn was built as part of his restoration and renovation of 16th century Barrington Court in the early 1920's and was designed by architects Forbes and Tate.

Colonel Lyle planted the original avenues and added the arts and crafts model farm buildings on his own land. The third generation of Lyles left Barrington Court in the early 1990s; the Court reverted to the National Trust and all the adjoining properties were sold.

We were looking for a family home off the beaten track and could not believe our luck when we found Goldhorn. The house was in a sad state of disrepair but the fabric of the building is Edwardian and rock solid. We made the house into a home, adding bathrooms, central heating and opening up the top floor, whilst changing as little of the original character as possible.

The Danaher Family

Owner recommendations

Live like a local, discovering the best hidden gem restaurants, walks and attractions during your holiday in Ilminster with an insider’s perspective.

Barrington Court
To See

Barrington Court

Goldhorn is set on the edge of the National Trust-owned Barrington Court estate in Illminster; visitors to Somerset come year-round to see this historic Tudor manor house with the Gertrude Jekyll-inspired gardens, working fruit orchards, parkland and ornate walled gardens.

Blackdown Hills 
To Do

Blackdown Hills 

The Blackdown Hills on Goldhorn´s doorstep have been protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) since 1991. Steep ridges, high plateau, valleys and springs create a charming mosaic of Somerset countryside dotted with farms, villages and ancient features. 

Festivals and Events 
To Do

Festivals and Events 

There are many events near Illminster; racing at Taunton Racecourse, concerts in Vivary Park, food festivals all year round, and the truly spectacular Bridgwater Carnival! Goldhorn is also within driving distance of Glastonbury Festival. 

The Duke of York, Shepton Beauchamp
To Eat

The Duke of York, Shepton Beauchamp

This 17th century free house in Shepton Beauchamp has a great reputation for its beer, atmosphere and bar food. It is a good destination for a pint if you want an afternoon walk over the hill across country from Barrington Court.

Guest Testimonials

The setting is spectacular, secluded without being isolated, the garden is pretty and well maintained. The house felt warm and it is fabulous that there are so many books. We did not use wood burner as the weather was so fantastic but it would have been cosy on a winter´s evening. We could walk to Barrington Court within moments and our grandson loved riding his bike on the traffic-free road. We were lucky enough to see glorious sunsets to the front of the property and the huge, blood-red harvest moon to the rear. This was the first time we have stayed in Somerset and we are most impressed.

What a wonderful weekend, our second visit to Goldhorn! We have had glorious autumnal weather, and the house and ambience were just perfect for the most relaxing stay.

Thank you for a wonderful stay in your beautiful home. Relaxing with family enjoying the tranquil Somerset countryside. With the added enjoyment of celebrating a 21st birthday here, this house has created some fabulous and amazing memories!

What a truly wonderful house to turn 40 in! We have had the best time! Goldhorn feels like home, the lovely touches such as the fresh flowers and delicious hamper made us all feel so welcome. The house is warm, cosy and luxurious with such beautiful things and furnishings which add to the perfect ambiance. We all felt so at home and it will be hard to leave. This week will always hold such a special place in my heart where we created lovely memories.

What a fabulous house in fabulous environs. All the previous superlatives apply, we had a wonderfully relaxed week. Amazing walks on our doorstep and lots of places to visit - Longleat and Cheddar Gorge were both great days out! We had such a lovely time enjoying the house too, we´re leaving feeling very relaxed and rejuvenated.

We barely left the house and grounds as we were enjoying them so much! what a wonderful location and such a marvellous home. We would love to return!

The house was fantastic, it was so comfortable, homely yet so special and had everything we needed. We absolutely loved the location and felt incredibly privileged to have stayed there. To have all that gorgeous land on the doorstep was a dream. We were celebrating a 70th birthday and the birthday boy was blown away with the whole weekend. We couldn’t have had a better break. We were so sad to leave! We have decided to make this property our go to for further family gatherings and would love to return for a week next year.

Super weekend celebrating a 40th & a 30th Birthday. The house is beautiful, very homely and well-equipped. Daffodils were at their best and the sun shone. Excellent walks from the door to Shepton Beauchamp and Stocklinch. Excellent dinner at The Barrington Boar. A weekend of wonderful memories, long meals and good conversation. Thank you.

This really is a special place. The link to Barrington House is wonderful, with the beautiful secret gardens to explore. The people running the house are incredibly helpful - the housekeeper is warm and friendly and thorough and the hamper we received on arrival was stunning and much appreciated after the trip. The beds were super comfortable, the linen was glorious and the fact that there were so many bathrooms was really great. We really think this is an outstanding property and hope to return.

What a lovely home, just beautifully presented. Clearly a much loved family home that we were glad to borrow for a weekend. We made the most of the stunning setting at Barrington Court and loved coming back to the log fire after a walk. We have much admired your house from our visits to Barrington and were delighted to be able to stay. Many thanks.

Celebrating thanksgiving and good friends in this cosy home couldn´t have been better. We loved the house and appreciate that you have opened in up so that we can experience it. Cosy fires, dinners at the big table, walks through the muddy countryside - enjoyed 1,000,000%!

A family celebration for a birthday. Tremendously enjoyable week here. We just loved the house and garden. And how we will miss the early morning pushchair circuit round the estate. Best equipped kitchen we have ever had, including our own.

It could not have been more awesome, amazing. So many things here to enjoy by three generations. Thank you.

Staying at Goldhorn and booking through yourselves- both five star. We cannot find anything to criticise. How unusual is that?

What a wonderful home you have! We had a wonderful time here celebrating with our family. With temperatures of 30 degrees we did not spend much time in the house but the website certainly captured the beautiful rooms and did them justice. The gardens are amazing. Thank you.

We had a great stay at Goldhorn. We all loved the house, garden and beautiful surroundings.The lovely touches from Unique Homestays were also greatly appreciated and enjoyed by all of us! We would definitely recommend Goldhorn to friends.

A Wonderful house for a family celebration. Three generations of the family and perfect for all.The house and surrounding grounds are perfect.Thank you.

What a wonderful place you have. We stayed here whilst taking part in a chamber music weekend and it is just what we needed to unwind after a busy day. Thank you, we would definitely come back!

Fantastic short break, incredibly good weather for April. What a lovely house and garden, felt very relaxed.Enjoyed local walks and would definitely come back.

What a memorable 60th birthday celebration! Magnificent house and countryside, glorious walks and even some sunshine. A truly fantastic house, thank you.

We had the most spectacular and magical time at Goldhorn, it was everything we dreamed of and more. Unique Homestays has been amazing and the owners flexibility in assisting us is second to none. We will be back to celebrate our anniversary! Thank you so much.

Goldhorn is a beautiful home in a great location, it was very spacious and with plenty of privacy - which was just what we wanted. We loved everything about the property and hope to return in the near future.

We have had a wonderful few days in this beautiful home. Absolutely perfect for a weekend getaway. Love the house, love the surroundings.

We fell completely in love with Goldhorn Manor. The hamper was amazing (and very appreciated), and the fact that the house came with the basics like eggs and butter, plus a special treat in the fridge was wonderful.

This property demonstrates that it is possible to offer clients high standards of cleanliness throughout the property while allowing pets too. We were really impressed and Goldhorn Manor was very beautiful.

We loved Goldhorn Manor and Unique Homestays, you have done an excellent job with the property.

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