We arrived to stay on the "farm" only be told that there were no animals at all.
The owner of the property appears to be recently separated from his animal-loving wife, and has little interest in animals himself - he has other business interests (some form of management consultant), and to refer to this place as a "working farm" is complete hogwash!
We were told that the sheep "had gone". After some questioning we were told that they had a "tendency to die" (!) and therefore he had sold them to a proper farmer.
Also, the horses had been taken away by the wife.
And the donkeys were nipping the children, so also needed to be taken care of (also gone...)
Since we have left, it seems as though (in response to our complaints) they have bought some chickens. So, go stay on this so-called farm if you want to see a few chickens... if you want some form of real farm, go somewhere else...
BTW, they market themselves as "5 star luxury" - our experience was far from that. If you want luxury, go somewhere else...
In fact, I cannot recommend this place for any reason.
- Also Known As:
- Pennard Hill Farm Shepton Mallet, Somerset
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Under New Ownership since August 2009. The multi award winning Pennard Hill Farm occupies a stunning position on the summit of the southernmost ridge of the Mendip hills and offers three luxury self catering cottages sleeping between 2 and 8 guests. The views are magnificent, taking in Glastonbury Tor, the Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills. The farm offers a superb heated indoor pool with a gothic window with spectacular views of the hills and beyond. Pennard Hill Farm is a great location to stay with many interesting places to visit. We are near Bath, Castle Cary, Cheddar, Glastonbury and Wells to name but a few. Historic houses such as Longleat, Lytes Cary Manor and Montacute House. ... more less