The Old Stable

Self catering holiday cottage in South Somerset


"The Old Stable is lovely.  Gorgeous colours with a peaceful atmosphere - soon becoming our 'home from home! "

Helen Simmonds

This attractive recently renovated holiday cottage, which was once a stone stable, stands in the grounds of the owners' home, located in the tiny Somerset hamlet of Ilford, on the outskirts of the lovely market town of Ilminster, close to the East Devon and Dorset borders.    Within very easy reach of the M5, A358 and the A303, it is a perfect spot for short break by itself, or en route to the deeper West Country.  Two and a half hours drive from London, one hour from Bristol and 20 minutes from Taunton.

The entirely ground floor accommodation comprises: Open plan living/dining/kitchen area featuring wood burner, underfloor heating, Freesat TV,  WiFi,  electric easy clean hob, electric oven, microwave, dining table and four chairs, two seater sofa and two comfy chairs.   Two bedrooms: one room has a king-size bed and the other is a twin room.  Wet room with shower, toilet, sink, grab rails and shower seat. The accommodation is very flexible and can be adapted 

according to number of guests in your party and their individual abilities.

Patio with sitting-out area, furniture and storage.  Parking (2 cars).  Cycle store. Welcome pack. Wheelchair accessible. No smoking in the cottage or on the patio.  Well behaved dog welcome.   Use of owner’s large garden, orchard and young woodland for walking.

Underfloor heating throughout.  Electricity, bed linen, towels and beach towels included. Bed bumpers available for young children. 

There are a number of walks from the doorstep and we are within easy reach of the Mendip Way, Ham Hill Country Park, several National Trust properties including Barrington House, Montecute and Lytes Carys.   Lyme Regis is a 25 minute drive away, with Charmouth, West Bay, Seaton and Sidmouth a little further on (as well as the lovely town and beach at Sidmouth it is the also the home of the famous Donkey Sanctuary and the Assisted Donkey Therapy Riding Centre).  The town of Glastonbury is only a 40-minute drive away, with its 14th-century tower dominating the landscape of Glastonbury Tor.  Yeovilton Air Museum, Herstercombe Gardens and Haynes Motor Museum are also popular attractions within easy reach. 

For those with limited mobility:

The property was built around the needs of a young lady with Retts Syndrome.  It is wheelchair friendly, has 

wheelchair friendly floors in the living area and twin room.  It has a ramp on each side of the front door and level access from the patio to the parking area.  It has a good size wet room and a shower commode is available for use, as well as bed bumpers.  A hoist can be hired from a local company if required (additional cost).

The owners' garden, orchard and woodland areas are all flat.  We have a list of places to visit and walks that are suitable for wheelchairs/buggies.

Rett families receive a 10% discount.  

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions page and use the Contact Form to enquire about available dates.

"TA very comfortable, beautifully laid out accommodation with every facility you may need in a delightful location. Excellent dinner at nearby Barrington Boar - happy to stay again at any time of year.  Fabulous garden and outside space. "

Melinda and Andy



"Very comfy beds and lots of space to play!"

Will (age 10)


The Old Stable has two lovely bedrooms.  One contains a kingsize bed, lovely bedding and very comfy mattress topper.  The second bedroom is a twin room.  The two single beds can be positioned together, separately  or L-shaped.  


To Make You Feel At Home

Provided for you
To help you get started: Tea, coffee, sugar, milk, bread, eggs, herbs and spices, salt and pepper, olive oil, cereal, pasta and more.  
Outside space

Outside the Old Stable is a lovely patio with a table and seating, lots of lovely pots and incredible sunsets!


You have access to the owner's large and very interesting garden, which includes an orchard, a young native woodland and a large wildlife pond .


Ample parking for two cars

plus bike storage

Hot Tub

We don't have one yet....but coming soon!

Local places to eat

There are many delightful places within a few minutes drive.  Country pubs, smart restaurants, a vegetarian restaurant and somewhere for those special dinners.

Free Wifi

Secured Wifi throughout the cottage



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Snuggle up in style
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Cute and cosy living area
Cute and cosy living area
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Living area
Living area
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There are very many ways to entertain yourself  whilst staying at the Old Stable.  Lots of walks, cider mills, cycle paths and historic houses and gardens on the doorstep.  Off-road family friendly cycle paths, walking routes, assorted sports activities etc  close-by.  The Jurassic Coast just 35 minutes drive away.  Glastonbury Tor and Wells Cathedral less than 50 minutes away.    Exmoor and the Quantocks less than an hour away.  


Barrington Court
(National Trust)

Just a few minutes drive away.  Wonderful National Trust property with tea room, house, gardens and walks.  Also artisan workshops - patchwork, wood turning, silversmith  and more.

Buddleigh Salterton 

Wonderful seaside village.  Easy to park right by the beach.  Great flat walk to along the estuary to Otterton Mill, where you will find a tearoom, a gallery and a farm shop.  


Small and historic market town.  Lots of independent shops, lovely places to eat, fascinating Minster, petrol station and supermarket.

Perrys Cider Mill

Less than 15 mins drive away.  Free cider tasting, fantastic lunches, lovely shop and small museum.

Lyme Regis

Just 35 mins drive away, directly south.  A very special coastal town.  Stand on the end of the Cob like the French Lieutenant's Woman.  Lots of gorgeous little shops, great places to eat, dog-friendly beach all year round, theatre, carnival and lots of events throughout the year.

Langford at Fivehead

Superb dining for that special occasion.  Relaxed informal country house dining.  

Less than 10 mins drive away.  

Haynes Motor Museum
  30 mins drive away.

The Haynes International Motor Museum is the UK's largest collection of the greatest cars from around the world with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from the dawn of motoring in the late 1800s through nostalgic classics of the 1950s and 1960s, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to world renowned super cars like the Jaguar XJ220. 

Here are approximate driving times to various locations:


5-10 minutes drive:

Ilminster (small market town, lovely independent shops and the beautiful Minster church).

Barrington Court  - National Trust Property


15 minutes drive:

Perrys Cider Mill, shop and restaurant (cider tasting and lovely lunches!)

Curry Rivel Smokery

Willow and Wetland Centre (lovely café, river walk, shop and museum)


20 – 30 minutes drive:

Hestercombe Gardens


35 minutes drive:

Lyme Regis (beaches, cobb, museum)


60 minutes or less:

Charmouth (40 mins)

Sidmouth (Incl the Donkey Santuary) (40 mins)

Glastonbury (Tor and village) (45 mins)

Seaton (45 mins) – kayak or trams along the estuary

West Bay (50 mins) – location of ‘Broadchurch’ TV series

Wells (catherdral) (50 mins)

Bridport (45 mins)

Buddleigh Salterton (beach and lovely flat walk along the estuary to Otterton Mill) (45 mins)

Quantocks – walking, riding, cycling

Exmoor (Tarr Steps is very lovely – great circular walk and a fabulous food) (60 mins)

Exeter (Cathedral, shopping, river, cycle trails) (45 mins)

Topsham - (50 mins)