Orchard Carriage – Somerset
- Train carriage for 2
The Orchard Carriage was in use on the local railway line until the mid 1900s. From there it made its way into service as storage for the village hall before being rescued and fabulously restored to its current glory.
Across from the raised bed in the carriage are the sofa and the colourfully painted dresser where the gas hobs and the wood burner sit. In the adjoined back room is the bathtub, (not an original feature of course) and a hand basin. Please use only eco washing products in either. A compost loo is located a few metres away from the carriage.
The setting is a beautiful, country garden in a rural area of the south. The carriage is in a small orchard just down from the house behind which runs a country lane, so there is very occasional traffic. The farm is close to Bath and Bristol, but tucked away among the villages and lanes of the countryside. After you get back from a hearty hike in the hills, you might even be able to use the wood-fired sauna.
- Children welcome
There is space for one child and possibly a baby too, please call 01275 395 447 to discuss
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Everything you need to know about Orchard Carriage
The important stuff
- Check in time is from 2pm
- Check out time is 12 noon
- There is space for one child and possibly a baby too, but pets cannot be accommodated
Sleeping arrangements1 double
Kids & PetsThere is space for one child and possibly a baby too, please call 01275 395 447 to discuss
- Double ring gas stove & grill
- Gas fridge in carriage
- Bath (no shower) just by the carriage and a compost loo about five metres away.
- Washbasin in the bathroom and a belfast sink for washing up on the outside.
Heating, lighting & bedding
- Wood burning stove in the carriage is just for heating
- Lighting is solar or candles
- All linen is provided
- The wood-fired sauna may be available for guests’ use by arrangement. There will be a £10 charge for the wood
Orchard Carriage, Somerset, BA10 0JW
By public transport
The nearest train station is Castle Cary (9 miles) and the nearest bus stop is in Wincanton (9 miles). We're sorry, pick ups cannot be arranged.
From the A303
Take the turning to Mere and Stourhead (look for the National Trust sign). At the end of the slip road, turn right. Pass Stourhead estate on your left then take theleft turn signed, "Kilmington Common". Pass through Kilmington and all the way to the end of the road. At the T Junction turn left. Drive through the wood, down and then back uphill, then take the first turning on the right signed, "Upton Noble".
The farm is on the left hand side, after about 1 mile. You're looking for a wooden shingle bungalow with wooden gates next to a large farm and equestrian centre.
Take the A361 towards Shepton Mallet. At the first roundabout turn left towards Bruton. Pass through Wanstow and take the second left to Upton Noble at the junction where Batcombe is signed to the right. Pass the school on your right and after about 1.5 miles out of the vilage, go over a small railway bridge. The farm is the second property on the right hand side.
Eating & drinking
At the Orchard Carriage
The basics (tea, butter, bread, spices and such) will be waiting for you on arrival. Your nearest local shop is in Bruton, about 20 minutes away. Organic hampers of local produce can be arranged with Zoe and John.
Pubs & restaurants
At the Chapel, Bruton (5 miles) - A bakery, wine shop, café bar and restaurant in a 17th century coaching inn
Archangel, Frome (9 miles) - Parts of the old inn date back to the Domesday book but the restaurant in this hotel has fresh and interesting menus
The Three Horseshoes, Batcombe (3 miles) A classic village pub that welcomes foodies, walkers, kids, dogs and everyone else!
Things to do
Around the Orchard Carriage
There are many lovely villages within walking (hiking perhaps) distance and of course Bath and Bristol are a short drive away. The National Trust site at Stourhead is a huge estate where chalk downs, ancient woods and farmland are managed for people and wildlife to enjoy.
Meet your hosts
Zoe and Jonno run their smallholding with care and an organic, biodynamic approach. This allows them to be pretty much self sufficient for most of the year. They keep bees, hens, a few sheep and ,generally, themselves to themselves.