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Detached Converted Barn with Heated Indoor Pool

Bedrooms 3
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Barn in Muchelney Ham, Nr. Langport, Somerset, England - Rural Location near Medieval Village

South Ham Barn is a converted wagon house in a peaceful rural location. It is conveniently located for many attractions. The area is ideal for cycling, walking, canoeing and fishing. Footpaths to other villages lead directly from the property. A private heated indoor pool was completed in December 2009. The property is situated near the owners old thatched farmhouse and parking is well off the road. Home-reared lamb and pork, home-made bread and eggs are usually available. No smoking.

P& E Nightingale
Member since: 2009
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About P& E Nightingale

We moved to South Ham Farm from another house in Muchelney in 1997 because of its peaceful location and surrounding land.

South Ham Barn was converted into a single dwelling from a wagon-house. We have a flock of sheep, 2 horses,a few hens and sometimes pigs. Our 3 children have left home and we retired from medical practice in 2008.

In December 2009, a heated indoor swimming pool was completed. It is available for the exclusive use of guests for at least 10 hours per day, and at other times by agreement.

Muchelney Ham is a very beautiful place and we feel privileged to live here.

P& E Nightingale purchased this barn in 1997

Why P& E Nightingale chose Muchelney

South Ham Farm is located at the edge of Muchelney Ham near the ancient village of Muchelney on the Somerset Levels an area of outstanding beauty and character. Having lived in the village for 20 years, we did not want to leave it so were very happy to move down the road when this property became available. The farm land attached has allowed us to pursue our interest in breeding sheep and keeping horses.

What makes this barn unique

Our peaceful location and heated indoor swimming pool make it an ideal holiday destination for everyone. We are ideally located for walking, cycling and canoeing from the garden. Golf and fishing are available in adjacent villages. Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury and many excellent gardens are nearby.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Have enjoyed a lovely week. Very peaceful. The cottage is very well equipped-especially liked the pool.'

'A wonderful and relaxing retreat-thanks to you both. The cottage is picturesque, comfortable and exactly.....'

'The cottage was spotless! Wonderful setting for our holiday. We have enjoyed many walks and the swimming pool is a real bonus.The dogs were made extremely welcome and have had the time of their lives. Hoping to visit again soon.'
Nov 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday barn rental in Muchelney, United Kingdom

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
  • 2 bathrooms. One with shower over bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1 double and 2 twins.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Many familes find the two sitting rooms very useful. Outside: The indoor pool (4X8.5m) is heated and the water temperature maintained at 28-30 degrees. It is available for the exclusive use of South Ham Barn guests for at least 10 hours per day. Garden and patio with picnic tables, bench seat and barbecue. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: First £35 electricity per week, 2 storage heaters, logs and coal included. Please enquire re pets. All linen and towels included. Cleaning on changeover. Fresh linen and towels replaced weekly. No smoking.


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Detached Converted Barn with Heated Indoor Pool
average rating of 4.7619047 based on 22 reviews

A real find

  • 5 of 5

This lovely barn conversion was just perfect for the three generations of our family.Peaceful and quiet but with plenty to do nearby. The pool was a real highlight it was so lovely and warm. The dogs loved the fact that footpaths ran straight from the farm .the wood burning stove made our evenings really cosy. Elizabeth and Peter are the perfect hosts, leaving us a lovely welcome pack which included a mouthwatering fruit cake which we are still talking about. Great stay we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 23/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou. We are pleased that you enjoyed yourselves and everything was up to scratch.
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Nice cottage, well equipped, loved the pool.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay, good location.

  • Review Submitted: 12/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxing & scenic break

  • 5 of 5

Lovely surroundings, a cosy well equipped cottage & a sublime swimming pool. Very helpful hosts.

  • Review Submitted: 02/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Swimming pool a haven of warmth!

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful week with our family in this very peaceful location. Elizabeth and Peter were very welcoming despite being very busy with lambing! Cottage is very well equipped and the essentials supplied, milk butter cake etc were a bonus. Found the two lounges very useful and the bedrooms comfortable . Used additional heating , log burner and electric fires/ radiators as it was chilly at times but we didn't need the full allowance of £35 . Pool area has been well designed with shower , toilet etc and was well used by us. Suited our needs perfectly and would definitely consider staying again .

  • Review Submitted: 11/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cosy cottage complete with a private pool!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time staying in South Ham Barn this December. We visited as a family looking to spend a quiet week away and we got exactly what we hoped for. Relaxing by the fire, playing board games and swimming in the pool.

The property was quite cold when we arrived on a cold winter night but once it had warmed up by the next morning it remained lovely for the rest of the week.

The pool area is fully heated so we didn't get a chill while finishing up after a swim. If anything it was too hot as we found we got quite sweaty putting our clothes back on!

The villages in the area are beautiful, particularly Langport which had Christmas decorations throughout and a Christmas fair while we were staying.

We would definitely be tempted to visit again if we were looking for similar criteria another year!

  • Review Submitted: 19/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back again.
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Wonderful weekend stay

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was beautiful and perfect for our group. Elizabeth was very welcoming and did not mind us coming back at the crack of dawn from our Halloween party. The cottage is easy to find although very remote this was not a problem when ordering taxis or going to shops. Next time we will make sure to use the pool!

  • Review Submitted: 03/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Kingsbury Episcopi
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Long Sutton
Nearest Train
12 Miles
Yeovil. Penn Mill
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Lyme Regis
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Ideal for cycling, walking, canoeing and fishing.

Sparkford motor museum and the Fleet air arm museum are within 20mins drive. Longleat safari park and Stonehenge within 1 hours drive


Short journeys by car will take you to either coast, Exmoor National Park and many National Trust properties.


From M5. Leave motorway at junction 23. Follow signs to Bridgwater. In Bridgwater, follow signs to Langport. On reaching Langport, turn L. at garage and then R. at roundabout. By church, turn R. and then first L. In Muchelney continue leaving church on R. and in 1/4 mile turn L. Continue for 1 mile and South Ham Barn is on the R. From A303. Turn off for Ash and Tintinhull. Take the road through Ash to traffic lights. Turn R and in 1 mile turn L. In 2 miles after bridge, property is second.


Footpaths to other villages lead directly from the property.

Further Details:

Conveniently located for many other attractions.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee AU$35.35

Booking Notes:
Deposit 25% to confirm booking please. Full payment 2 weeks before start of holiday.

Changeover Day: Usually Saturday
The normal start day is Saturday. We request that guests arrive after 4pm and depart by 10am to allow for cleaning etc.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
Shorter and longer periods negotiable. No VAT to pay. Electricity-2 storage heaters and first £35/week included. Dogs £20 each per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.