The Ancient Barn and The Old Stables


 About the area

Area 1
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Castle Cary

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South Somerset... this is a very special place in an area of England that as yet has hardly been touched by tourism. The countryside is pretty, the pace of life is gentle and the local people are friendly and helpful. Many of our guests return again and again to this lovely part of the world.

Castle Cary... this delightful little market town dates back at least to Roman times. It used to have a Norman Castle but this was destroyed in the late 12th century…

Today it is a small friendly place, bustling with people visiting the interesting range of independent shops. In the town centre is The George – a traditional thatched pub with open fires and old beams, and opposit there is the magnificent gothic style Market House (market day is Tuesday morning) which houses the tourist information centre and upstairs the local museum (closed in winter). Beside this building the “pitching” (a rare survival of a pitched stone walkway), leads to the lock up – or Round House – a tiny 18th century cylindrical prison – said to be one of only 6 surviving in the UK.

On street parking (max 2hrs) is free – as are the two all day car parks.

There are no big supermarkets in the town and we encourage our guests to shop locally.

Throughout the year... Somerset has lots to offer: historic sites such as Glastonbury Abbey and Tor and Cadbury Camp (also known as Camelot - a hill fort made famous by King Arthur), ruined Castles and Abbeys, delightful country pubs offering delicious meals made from local produce, National Trust houses and famous gardens. The fascinating cities of Wells, Bath and Salisbury are also within easy reach. For those who enjoy shopping, there are numerous antique and craft shops in the area, and Clarks Shopping Village is a short drive away at Street. 

 Children... there are many places to interest younger ones too - such as Wookey Hole Caves and Longleat theme and safari park. 

Close by... This small cluster of medieval and later buildings is surrounded by pretty, typically English countryside; full of old track ways and thriving hedgerows. Here you can see deer, badgers, rabbits, foxes, bats, owls, buzzards and a wide range of other birds, and if you are lucky enough to visit between late June and August there are also glow worms. For those interested in history, the farmhouse has a 15th century medieval hall and wall paintings that can be viewed by arrangement.


Links to relevant web sites of interest: 

English Tourism website

Visit Britain Website

Celebrating Somerset website

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