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Goldhorn is a stunning Arts and Crafts country house immersed within the green and pleasant land of Somerset, not far from Ilminster. This luxury self-catering home is perfectly placed for exploring heritage country estates with Barrington Court on the doorstep and Montacute, Lytes Cary and Stourhead all within easy reach; time spent at this very special abode will be cherished by the whole family. 

Luxury self-catering country house; Goldhorn


Neighbouring Barrington Court was the first property acquired by the National Trust in 1907; Colonel Lyle (of Golden Syrup fame) took the lease and acquired the adjoining farmland, upon which he built this flawless Edwardian agent's house, Goldhorn. Eclectic African-inspired artwork collected during the owners' travels is peppered throughout this luxury self-catering property, providing characterful intrigue in abundance. With mullion windows and quirky original features throughout, this self-catering property's beguiling history makes it a very special place to stay indeed.

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Goldhorn comprises of two sumptuous double bedrooms, twin bedroom and master king size bedroom all on the middle floor. There is a family bathroom with claw foot bath and separate shower, whilst the master bedroom has an en suite shower room and the double bedroom has an en suite bathroom. Each bedroom boasts beautiful views out over the gardens to Barrington Court and the rolling Somerset countryside beyond.


The grounds are home to deer, badgers, squirrels and rabbits, as well as buzzards, owls and even cuckoos. The private gardens surrounding Goldhorn offer peace and tranquility to those looking for some time out, with birdsong providing the glorious soundtrack. Goldhorn is idyllically situated near Ilminster and is a 45 minute drive from Hive Beach  (listed as a World Heritage Site) and is the ideal base for exploration. 

For Relaxation

A pervasive feeling of calm resonates throughout this luxury self-catering property ensuring a rejuvenating stay for both families and large groups alike. Described by the ancient Welsh Celts and Saxons as the 'Land of the Summer People', Somerset is a county of captivating contrasts. Its coast takes in long sweeping sandy beaches, seaside resorts, harbours and marinas, and the dramatic Exmoor coastline is something visitors will be inspired to write home about. After a long lazy breakfast, why not spend the afternoon curled up fireside with a good book with only the views of the glorious countryside to interrupt? 


There is ample parking for up to four cars to the back of the house (which ensures the view of the estate isn't impeded at all!). A pretty open stream borders the Goldhorn gardens, and Barrington Court has many open moats and waterways around the estate itself. The property is well-equipped with a dishwasher, tumble dryer, washing machine and two ovens. 


  • SleepsUp to 8 guests
  • Alternative Group OptionUp to 4 guests
  • Your Home Stay IncludesDigital Property GuideA Gourmet Welcome Hamper and more...
  • Personally VisitedYes
  • BedroomsDoubles: Three double bedrooms (two en suite)Twins: One twin roomSingles: Two single rooms suitable for children can be made available at an additional cost of £50 per room for a weekend or £100 per room for a full week
  • BathroomsOne family bathroom, two en suites
  • FamilyChildren: Yes, very welcomeCots: One cot is availableHighchairs: One highchair is available
  • BBQA gas Weber BBQ is provided
  • FacilitiesTable tennis and table football in the play room
  • PetsTwo well-behaved dogs are welcome
    Each pet is charged at £60.00 per week or part thereof
  • Mod ConsTV, DVD, Bose Sound SystemInternet & Communications:Wi-Fi internetMobile Signal: Check reception maps
  • Arrivals & DeparturesArrival Day: Friday or MondayArrival Time: Arrival is at 4pmDeparture Time: Departure is 10am
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Style: There´s a real individual flavour to the interiors at Goldhorn; classic countryside luxury combines with a restful elegant ambiance to ensure a perfect family holiday in Somerset.

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Our Take

Property Owner Julia says

We love to sit outside the front door soaking up the evening calm that descends on the avenues of the Elizabethan manor house nearby; or to linger over a barbeque in the garden listening to the owls hooting.

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Unique Extras

Added extras to enhance your self-catering holiday... from fresh picnics to afternoon teas, seasonal wine selections to tried and tested caterers and more

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After a day exploring the local area, return rosy-cheeked to your luxury home stay to create a family-favourite supper for the whole gang. The chunky wooden table in the kitchen/breakfast room is ideal for informal breakfasts, or in clement weather why not dine al fresco with the far-reaching countryside scenery providing the perfect backdrop?

In-House Cuisine

If you'd rather spend your self-catering break indulging in the little luxuries, let the full time in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal for you and your party (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). 

Eating Out

With a host of country pubs and delicious restaurants in both nearby Chard and Ilminster, you'll be spoilt for choice! Barrington Court has a tea-room serving hot drinks and pasties, as well as a restaurant where you can sample fresh vegetables straight from the estate gardens. Foodie aficionados will love the Oyster Bar in nearby Goldhorn, and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage in Axminster.

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Disclaimer: These particulars, whilst believed to be accurate, are set as a guideline only. They are intended to give a fair description, but should not be relied upon as being a statement of fact. The photographs appearing on this website show only certain parts and aspects of the property at the time when the photographs were taken and it should not be assumed that the property remains precisely as displayed in the photographs. If there are any points of particular importance that need clarifying before you confirm your booking please do not hesitate to ask.

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