A night at Holt Farm

When the owner of Holt Farm Estate invited the team to come and experience a luxury stay at Holt Farmhouse, we couldn’t have been happier to accept. Checking our diaries we found the first available date we could and got set for an adventure to Somerset.

We aim to stay at all of our properties where possible so we’re able to advise potential guests on the best location and property for them from our own personal experience, not to mention it’s a great perk to the day job!

Driving along the winding country lanes, we were excited to arrive and enjoy our very own perfect stay. Passing chocolate box villages, we were soon surrounded by rolling countryside and the seclusion of the area quickly became apparent.

We arrived just before dusk and were eager to enter and explore our home for the night. The evening sun poured in and illuminated the farmhouse in a warm glow, highlighting the traditional brickwork that backed the contemporary furnishings, it instantly felt like home.

        

Once we’d had a nosey around, we wanted to explore more of the local area and luckily our team of Property Advisors had some great suggestions based on their local knowledge of the area and their ability to provide a brilliant concierge service. We sampled some of the local nectar in a traditional country pub called The Spread Eagle on the Stourhead Estate, one of the National Trust’s most famous gardens, which was just a short drive away. We took a minute to watch the sunset over the breath-taking lake and vast gardens before exploring some more.

                

Feeling peckish, we ventured to the town of Bruton, just a 10 minute drive away from Stourhead Estate. Although Bruton claims the status of one of the smallest towns in England, the amount of amenities, boutique shops and restaurants were more than we expected and we were pleasantly surprised by the town itself and how friendly the locals were.

At the Chapel is a restaurant that comes highly recommended for its food and its decor, so we thought it only right to go and see for ourselves just how good the cuisine was, and we weren’t disappointed. With over 21 cocktails and an array of delectable starters, mains, and their specialty wood-fired pizzas, we were spoilt for choice.

We each sampled a different cocktail, just for guest recommendation purposes of course, and found that the quality and presentation was consistent, highly recommending the Somerset Bramble, packed with gin, lemon juice and blackcurrant and apple liquor. The majority of us opted for the Wiltshire Downs wood pigeon with watercress and pear to start, and although hesitant at first (with it being my first tasting of pigeon), I was astounded at the elegant presentation and the superb taste.

                                

Being the cultured creatures we are here at Perfect Stays, we all opted for the wood-fired pizzas and a side of fries for good measure. The aroma of the freshly cooked pizza flows through the restaurant while you watch them being freshly prepared in the open plan kitchen. Once the food arrived, we all had a sense that our eyes may have been slightly bigger than our stomachs, and that became apparent as we all left with pizza boxes, not wanting to waste a single slice.

Although full to the brim, we couldn’t resist sampling the desserts, with the salted caramel chocolate fondant with accompanying vanilla gelato and a chocolate and beetroot cake with clotted cream being the favourites of the night. In hindsight, I wish we’d picked up some pastries from their onsite bakery too!  

       

Unable to fit another morsel of food, pudding or cocktails in, we headed back to the estate, which was just a 20 minute drive, and the perfect place to come home to after an evening full of exploring and exquisite food. Our intention to retreat to our beds was soon postponed by the temptation of the games barn, packed with a pool table, table football and table tennis; things may have gotten competitive, naming no names…

After burning off not even a fraction of the food we’d eaten, we headed back to farmhouse and nestled into the sofas with the Sonos creating the perfect atmosphere to reminisce over the evening’s adventures before retreating to bed.

        

Waking up after a restful night’s sleep, the morning sun peeked through windows and the only sound around was the birds softly chirping. The view from each room was truly magnificent, with fields and valleys expanding as far as the eye could see, making even the groggiest of morning people wake up with a smile.

Wandering downstairs sporting the fresh out of bed look, we were pleasantly surprised by a mouthwatering delivery from the local Stourhead Farm Shop providing everything we needed to make the perfect breakfast with locally sourced produce. The facilities in Holt Farmhouse made it easy to cater for us as a large group, and although the morning air was crisp, we wanted to be surrounded by the beautiful view while we woke up fully. We wrapped up warm and ate breakfast on the expansive patio with a backdrop of the apple and plum orchards, and plotted the morning’s adventures.

       

Excited to see the grounds, the Property Manager Andy greeted us with the warmest of welcomes and personally showed us around some of the 140 acre estate. We were in awe of the nature surrounding the barn including the verdant woodlands, meandering walkways, orchards and a huge lake and duck pond. Andy proudly gave us an insight into the grand history of the estate, showing off photos of the barns before their renovation in 2004, and happy shots of wedding parties that have had the pleasure of celebrating their day in the exclusive Shoot Barn on site.

Andy also allowed us to take a sneak peek at the other barns on the estate, The Old Barn which sleeps 8 and The Calf House which sleeps 6. It was clear to see that the homely yet stylish feel weaved throughout each converted barn as well as the farmhouse, and it was obvious as to why the estate is popular with large groups, with up to 24 guests able to dine comfortably together in The Old Barn.

The proximity between the barns not only provided privacy but also gave the opportunity to come together and make everlasting memories. It’s definitely a majestic place to get married or have a large family reunion.

       

       

Situated just a couple of hours away from London and less than hour from Bristol and Bath, Holt Farm Estate is easily reachable and provides great access to famous spots like Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury Tor and Longleat Safari Park. There’s also an abundance of interesting places close by including one of only five Hauser & Wirth international galleries dedicated to contemporary and modern art found right in the heart of Somerset, with the others located in Zurich, London, New York and Los Angeles- how cosmopolitan!

All in all, the quaint features and natural beauty of the whole estate make Holt Farm so unforgettably enchanting and an instant home-from-home, so much so that we didn’t want to leave. We also found that Holt Farm Estate is the idyllic location for a peaceful escape, all the while still being in a fantastic location to explore the South West.

 

Rentals for Holt Farm start from £900 for one of the properties for a short break, or from £3150 for the whole estate: www.perfectstays.co.uk/property/holt-farm-estate/