~ The Dower House ~
Based in the heart of The Somerset Levels, The Dower House offers self-catering accommodation in the middle of a working Dairy Farm, where it shares the courtyard entrance with the Farmhouse.
Set on one of the "Lost Islands" of Somerset and surrounded by ancient history - The Dower House was originally a barn, converted in the 1970s and modernised by us very recently. The original beams have been retained, together with the sandstone windows and mezzanine gallery bedroom.
Wake up to the sounds of call ducks and bantam chickens, often joined by our Grey Faced Dartmoor sheep, that range freely round the garden.
From the conservatory/sun room you can sit and admire the stunning views to the south of the property, enjoy all the nature passing by or just appreciate the dairy cows and the family's retired horses grazing quietly in the fields next to the garden.
Footpaths are just outside the conservatory door which will lead you to many and varied country walks, including access to the extensive Parrett Trail system - just ask for directions and maps.
A walled garden is available for guests with dogs and/or children to use.
Within the grounds of the farm is St Andrew's Church, Aller; where it is said King Alfred christened Guthrum the Dane in 878 AD, a Tithe barn and a three pipe decoy pond. The farmhouse is mentioned in the Doomsday book, as well as a range of historical texts, as it was formerly the site of the parish court which oversaw many local legal matters.
The historic market town of Langport, 2.5 miles away, consists of a small supermarket, a butcher selling local meat and vegetables, a chemist and a garage. The town of Somerton, known as the Capital of Ancient Wessex, is 5 miles away by car, again hosting all the necessities but also with some quirky shops and a wonderful Arts Gallery.
If you do not like farm smells and noises - this is not the place for you!