June/July 2019 - We‘ve had a lovely week and visited lots of interesting places seeing plenty of wildlife. The cottage was as good as we remembered it and Charles and Rachael very welcoming.

July 2019

June 2019 - Thank you Rachael and Charles . We have had a great week in a lovely cottage with beautiful surroundings. Our daughter fell in love with Rense - thank you so much for the horse shoe.

Hopefully we will be back again.

June 2019 - Many thanks to our hosts. Quern Barn is perfect! We. Have had a lovely week . Reserves ,Ham Wall ,Shapwick we’re perfect too. So good to be so close to Steart Marshes. We shall use the facilities here again.

June 2019 - Wonderful holiday ,same as last time all thanks to Rachael and Charles. Special thanks to Rense, he knows why! Be seeing you again soon.

June 2019 - Thank you both for another splendid week in Quern Barn. It could not be any better.

June 2019

May 2019 - A good stay. Comfortable accommodation. Would recommend 

May 2019 - Thank you both for providing such a lovely comfortable place to stay in. We have really enjoyed ourselves. It is so peaceful- just the sounds of birds and wafts of scents from the roses and Lavender - wonderful , added to that the badgers and wonderful weather. Thank you again.

May 2019

April 2019 - We have spent a very enjoyable week. The Barn is very comfortable and watching the birds (especially the Avocets) on the reserve has been great.

April 2019 - Quern Barn is a superb quiet and peaceful place to be when seeking a relaxing holiday. So many places to explore we must come back. 

April 2019 - Thank you Charles and Rachael for booking the wonderful weather. We have explored hills,beaches,woods,castles . Oh ....and a certain marsh. See you again soon.

April 2019 - In the footsteps of the Romantic Poets .....The Quantocks ~ full of hidden gems~ including Quern Barn!Thank you Charles and Rachael for such a comfortable stay in your lovely home.

All nature seems at work, slugs leave their lair-

The bees are stirring-birds are on the wing-

And winter, slumbering in the open air,

Wears on his smiling face a dream of Spring!       Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1772 - 1834.

April 2019

March 2019 - A lovely place to stay calm and quiet - unfortunately we shared our holiday with Storm Gareth but still had a good time. A lovely welcome from Rachael and Charles and being entertained by Rense. Will return in October.

March 2019 - A second perfect week, this time with perfect weather as well! Plenty of birds and good walks... even saw the first swallow of the year. As a tip... visit Stockland Marsh if you like birds while everyone else is on the main Marsh.

March 2019

February 2019 - Superb weather for February! We’ve had a brilliant time; lots of walking, lots of eating .....great food at The Hood in Kilve.

Many many thanks for making everything happen Charles and Rachael. See you again soon.

February 2019

December 2018 - Very comfortable cottage, especially the double bed. Visited all of the bird hides plus Wells Cathedral, Yeovil air Museum, Bishops Plaace and Glastonbury. Enjoyed all of these places....the lanes to get there not so much!! 

Thanks Charles and Rachael for a very comfortable stay.

December 2018

Nov / December 2018 - A perfect holiday cottage in a perfect setting. Being able to walk without getting the car out is a bonus! Forty two different birds on the first day was brilliant. Thanks for everything. We shall return.

November 2018 - Another blissful week and have been so lucky with the weather. So many beautiful sights and wonderful to see our favourite places in a different light. Thank you To Rachael and Charles for being so Rachael and Charles. :)

See you next year......

November 2018

October 2018 - Many thanks again Rachael and Charles for a lovely week in your charming and beautiful Quern Barn. Great hosts! Happy hours spent at Ham Wall RSPB plus visits to Wells, Dunster Castle, Red Stag safari on Enmore and picturesque train ride from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead.

Will be back again soon hopefully!!

October 2018 - Thank you Charles and Rachael for your warm welcome and hospitality . We have enjoyed a restful week at Quern Barn- a delightful and comfortable cottage . Lots of walks around the levels and WWT Reserves produced a wealth of wildlife including sightings of Marsh Harrier, Spoonbill,Great White Egrets and Hobby to name but a few of the 58 bird species recorded. Hare and Roe Deer were in the adjoining fields and around the barn and the paddock - fox and badgers. Missed out on the Barn owl but did photograph a beautiful Southern Hawker dragonfly in the garden.
Think we will be back in the Spring when the summer visitors have arrived.

Oct/Sept 2018 - What can we say? Year 4 for us and it is great! Lovely to see Rachael and Charles again who always make us feel welcome. Cottage as always spotless. Wonderful walks with lots of sit down spots for the old girls so we slower but just as far as usual. Lots of wildlife even a Spoonbill which was a treat.weather super again and lots of lovely pub lunches. Thanks for a wonderful week.

October 2018

September 2018 - Another lovely week at Quern Barn. We have spent the week just wandering around our favourite places but it is still lovely’s to see them again. Steart Marshes are starting to mature nicely. When we first visited years ago the project was just starting so it is nice to see everything going so well. Thank you for arranging the sunshine for us Rachael.

September 2018 - Our second stay at Quern Barn and won’t be our last. It was lovely to meet Rachael and Charles as they were on holiday the first time we were here “such a lovely couple” . Thank you for a lovely holiday it has been so relaxing . It is a little piece of heaven here on earth. Thank you again it is such a beautiful place to stay.

September 2018 - Quern Barn is definitely the best self catering accommodation we have stayed in over the last 30 years. The location is fantastic for wildlife watching. Thanks Rachael and Charles for making our stay so enjoyable and looking after us so well.

September 2018

July 2018 - Once again we go home having been spoilt and well rested. Huge thank you to Rachael and Charles for your many many kindnesses. We spent a long time yesterday watching a pair of hares scampering around the field - an absolute delight! Fell totally in love with East Quantockhead -parking at the church and wandering down to the beach and than on to the beach at Kilve. Great for fossils.
Very sad to leave but will soon be back.

July 2018 - Thank you for making us feel so welcome and for inviting us into your home to see the badgers , something we will always hold on to as a memory.  The Barn has been very comfortable.

July 2018

June 2018 - Lovely holiday again with a smashing couple (Charles and Rachael). Lovely to see the badgers again ,lovely walking , so peaceful.

Who could ask for anything more - Old England at her very best!

June 2018 - Thank you both for another wonderful week this time in Tropical weather! Quern Barn is as beautifully maintained and equipped as ever, and what a location!

June 2018

May 2018 - Thank you for making us so welcome. Lovely cottage and so much wildlife right on the doorstep. So much to do we must come back.

( Guest has now booked a further week for later in the year)

May 2018 - A wonderfully sunny week at a beautifully kept and stunning property (cannot fault it!) - wildlife in abundance locally and at the various reserves.

Many thanks to Rachael and Charles (very attentive!)

Badger watch on last evening was great!

May 2018

April 2018 - Another restful week on the beautiful Marshes. We have seen all sorts of wildlife -hares (near main car park) avocets (a pair spent the day in front of the Quantock Hide). Homer.......

The Barn was spotless as usual. Many thanks to Rachael and Charles for making it all happen.

April 2018

October 2017

October 2017- Another fantastic week here . We are already counting the weeks until April!

Must flag up a really beautiful walk at Holford (off A39) if f you have a device with you google “Woodlands Hill Holford” for a brilliant walk taking in amazing views.

October 2017- We had a nice chilled out holiday and Quern Barn is one of the best properties we have stayed in. Enjoyed the WWT walks, village life, and finding new places to visit. We would love to stay again

October 2017– What a fantastic holiday. Stayed in lots of holiday homes but never one like this. It is perfect, everything is catered for and the area is beautiful. Lovely easy walking, good dog friendly pubs with good food. What more could you want? Charles and Rachael are such lovely people, and even the weather was fantastic

October 2017– “This is the third time we have been to Quern Barn and it is now our holiday home. Always assured of a warm welcome form Rachael and Charles. Lovely walks across the W.W.T reserve with many additional hikes over the Quantock Hills. This year we visited Hestercombe and Fyne Court which both welcome dogs and have lovely walks around the grounds. Pubs we enjoyed : Sunday carvery at The Anchor (Combwich) The Malt Shovel on Blackmoor Lane, The Friendly Spirit (Cannington) and The Hood at Kilve which has only recently reopened with very good food. We will be back next year”

September 2017– “We enjoyed our stay here and spent some lovely lazy days recharging our batteries. The cottage has been delightful and comfortable to stay in. The local walks were lovely and peaceful. We enjoyed a couple of day trips to Cheddar Gorge and Bath. Our 5 month old son found the travel cot very comfortable to sleep in. We hope to come again one day.

September 2017

September 2017– “We enjoyed our stay here and spent some lovely lazy days recharging our batteries. The cottage has been delightful and comfortable to stay in. The local walks were lovely and peaceful. We enjoyed a couple of day trips to Cheddar Gorge and Bath. Our 5 month old son found the travel cot very comfortable to sleep in. We hope to come again one day.

September 2017– “We have had a most enjoyable holiday. This is an amazing cottage and in a beautiful location. Thank you Rachael and Charles for making us so welcome. We shall certainly recommend this to our friends”

September 2017– “Thank you Charles and Rachael for a wonderful welcome and stay at Quern Barn. Beautiful accommodation in an enviable location. We enjoyed seaside walks with our dog  and visiting the city of Bath during our stay here. We hoe to return again!

September 2017– “Great to get away from everyday life to a lovely cosy retreat, Quern Barn. A very handy location for lots of different day trips, along the coast and over to Wookey Hole. Lovely to see Rense who is so friendly ( although slightly unnerving for our son who is not used to horses)- however soon became more confident!

Wonderful weather and quiet country walks all round this holiday was just what was needed”

August 2017

August 2017– ”We can only reiterate what has been said before. A wonderfully appointed cottage in a beautiful and restful part of the country. Thank you Charles and Rachael for your kindness and hospitality. Seeing the badgers was an unexpected bonus.

We would recommend Dunster Castle and village for a great day out”

August 2017– “We have enjoyed a wonderful week in Quern Barn. It is a beautiful place finished to a high standard in a lovely setting. We have been lucky to have had good weather and have loved having breakfast in among the flowers, bees, butterflies and swallows. The summerhouse and orchard are good fun and Rense good company whilst walking there.

Charles and Rachael have been lovely hosts and have been attentive without being obtrusive. It was nice to know they were always there if we needed anything.

From 16 to 88, three generations of our family have had a wonderful holiday”

August 2017– “A great  time was had by all of us in this lovely cottage which is very comfortable, well appointed and in a superb location.

Our hosts Charles and Rachael have been so friendly and generous. Rense has been a fun neighbour for the week. We have enjoyed many walks and bike rides around the nature reserve and local area. we have had fun venturing further afield to the Quantock Hills, Cheddar, Dunster, Watchet and the local fossil beaches. We have had some very nice food at The Hood at Kilve, The Rising Sun at West Bagborough, The Friendly Spirit in Cannington to name a few. The Anchor around the corner is very friendly with good food and an excellent carvery”

July / August 2017– “We have had such an enjoyable time staying in Quern Barn – a real home from home with everything so thoughtfully provided. Thank you Rachael and Charles for your hospitality and to Rense for being so enjoyable to watch.

We have loved our daily walks through the marshes, a visit to Dunster Castle, the West Somerset steam Railway and a lovely day at Tyntesfield National Trust.

Such a calm and quiet part of the country. We have enjoyed every moment”

July 2017– “What a treat to see the marshes again. Thank you for every kindness you have shown us.

The Cottage in Keenthorne serves great food and is very dog friendly”

July 2017– “It has been a great relaxing week made all the better by staying with Charles and Rachael in a superb cottage. Everything is catered for and not once did we say “wish I had brought that” Lovely holiday, lovely people and such a lovely location”

July 2017– “Had a great week. Lovely accommodation in a gorgeous setting. We needed a break from our “normal” life and we feel refreshed and ready to go back to “normal” again. Thank you for your kindness and for sharing your badgers with us. What delightful animals to watch! We leave our very best wishes and thanks”

July 2017– “We have had a lovely holiday, good weather, lovely cottage and a warm welcome from Charles and Rachael.

If in Dunster for village and castle The Yarn Market Hotel is excellent for lunch. Good food and good value. Cannington Walled Gardens well worth a visit”

July 2017       

June 2017 – ”We really had a great break in this fantastic cottage which is in such a great setting. We loved watching all of the wildlife not forgetting Rense. Thank you Charles and Rachael for making us feel so welcome”

June 2017 – ”Thank you so much for providing a perfect much needed holiday for us. Nothing was too much trouble and the barn has everything you need. Walks were wonderful and we even managed to tire our dogs out. Can’t thank you enough. Very sad to leave”

June 2017  – ”Another good weeks holiday at Quern barn in spite of some wet and windy weather.

June 2017

May 2017 – ”Thank you Rachael and Charles for a wonderful week. The stone barn has been perfect for us, it is so peaceful, beautifully decorated well equipped and spotless. We have really enjoyed sitting outside in the morning and evening watching Rense in the paddock. Such lovely walks on the doorstep through the nature reserve and so many places to visit near by. I’m sure our dog thinks this is home and will miss it – like us”

Young  daughter comments ” I enjoyed staying here very much. I loved my room and the garden. It really made my week. I hope to come back again and Rense is the best horse ever!”

May 2017 -”We have had a wonderful week with amazing weather. This was our third visit but the first at this time of year. We managed to see 30 different bird species including our first ever cuckoo! We also visited Fyne court and Dunster Castle. Thank you Rachael and Charles for this gem. We love coming here – it is a real favourite”

May 2017 ” Lovely, cosy, clean well equipped accommodation in beautiful surroundings with wonderful walks on the doorstep -) shame about the weather but we will come back and try again in the future! Thanks Rachael and Charles Dogs and not forgetting Rense for making us so welcome”

May 2017

April 2017 “ Another fantastic week here. This time we made more effort to identify the  amazing bird life here and have seen Ringed Plovers and Avocets”

The Barn  was closed from end October 2016 until April 2017.

April 2017

October 2016 “We loved the marshes in Summer but were not prepared for how beautiful they would be in the Autumn. We particularly enjoyed the coastal path walks. These can be accessed from Steart Village itself where there is a dedicated car park,the paths are superbly maintained and navigable even after much rain”

October 2016  “Lovely Quern Barn. Clean and welcoming. 20 years plus we have been holidaying, Quern Barn has been the best stay by far”

October 2016 “Another super week here, warm welcome, lovely well equipped cottage. Enjoyed some really good walks on the reserve and saw many varied birds. Good pub lunches at The Anchor, The Friendly Spirit, and Babbling Brook in Shurton. Visited Hestercombe – beautiful and well worth a visit.”

October 2016

September 2016 “Who could ask for anything more? Lovely people, plus animals (dogs and Horse) unique cottage,lovely garden. Walks wonderful and seeing Deer made it extra special”

September 2016 “Lovely cottage – so relaxing. Rense (Horse) was wonderful”

August/Sept 2016 “ Thank you very much for our stay in this beautiful accommodation. After a long day visiting many interesting places (Bath, Dunster Castle, Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral and many others) it was like coming home. Rachael and Charles, you are very friendly and welcoming and we have enjoyed staying with you.” ( Germany)

September 2016

August 2016 “We had a nice week in this very nice cottage” (Germany)

August 2016 “We had a fantastic stay at Quern Barn, it was lovely being able to use the summer house and grass area. Thank you for the Badminton set. It was nice having Rense around he is such a friendly horse.Thank you for such a warm welcome ,you really made us feel welcome and always on hand to help out. We visited Blue Anchor which has a nice beach and a lovely cafe, Weston super mare which has lots of rides and shops and Taunton which is perfect for shopping”

August 2016 “We had an amazing time here at the barn, thank you for the warm welcome”

August 2016

July / August 2016  “We enjoyed a pretty stay here at the barn.We loved the green surroundings,  the presence of Rense and playing Boules on the hill. Thank you for your hospitality and warm welcome”

July 2016  “A peaceful and perfect base for a relaxing break from work and family. We had some lovely walks over the marshes and all without needing to use the car. Pub lunch highlights included The White Horse in at Washford with freshly cooked excellent fish and chips and very friendly people.The Luttrel Arms Hotel in Dunster another freshly cooked meal from an interesting menu. Brown and Forrest at Hambridge – Smokery and restaurant. Thanks to Charles and Rachael for making this a Welcome break”

July 2016  “What an enjoyable week that was! Fine weather, wonderful landscape, good walks and Blue Anchor beach for the dogs. Charles and Rachael were more than helpful to make this week perfect. The cottage was so well equipped, tastefully decorated and well fitted inside. We really felt at home” (Germany)

July 2016  “Very sad to be leaving. This time we spent a lot of time around Bridgwater Bay and hunting for sea shells , paddling in the soft sand. The marshes were stunning and it is a joy to see them mature. One of the many luxuries of staying at Quern is the warmth and thoughtfulness of Charles and Rachael. Thank you for everything. Counting the weeks until our next visit”

July 2016  “Good to come back again and the cottage was as comfortable as we remembered it.The nature reserve being on the doorstep is an added bonus. We have all enjoyed ourselves and hope to come again”

June / July 2016  “Another delightful week in the incomparable Quern Barn.Thank you Charles and Rachael for the warm reception, the wonderful care and consideration.Hope to be back”

July 2016

June 2016  “We have had a wonderful week in your very comfortable, beautifully furnished and well designed cottage, it has been a pleasure to visit here one of the best we have stayed in over many years. It has been a pleasure to meet Charles and Rachael who have been excellent hosts.A lovely day out is a trip on the West Somerset Steam Railway from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead with a stop off at Blue Anchor for a good meal at the Driftwood cafe. Thank you again for a lovely holiday.

June 2016  “We have totally recharged our batteries in this peaceful and relaxing place . Quern Barn is almost comfortable retreat and it’s situation is that you can walk straight out into a wildlife haven – can’t be bettered. We have enjoyed mostly local activities – long walks round different parts of Steart Marshes and have been rewarded by seeing up close and personal Ringed Necked Plovers, Skylarks Reed Bunting, Deer, Hare, Badgers, Egrets and Merlin.

Cannington is delightful! The church with the beautiful Kempe window was a real discovery – also The walled gardens part of Bridgwater College- a must see – needless to say we are going home with Cannington Roses for our garden acquired from the shop’s nursery. We have lived in Somerset in the past and know and love Porlock, Dunster, Exmoor and beyond. This area had been unknown to us – it has been a revelation!

June 2016  “We really enjoyed our stay at Quern Barn in the lovely grounds of Riverside Farm. The Farm was as perfect as the wonderful weather we had. Riverside Farm is teeming with wildlife (A special place ) and so peaceful.

Thanks so much to Rachael and Charles for their generous welcome. We would recommend:

  1. Dunster Village,Mills and Castle

  2. Tyntesfield Nr Bristol

  3. Stourhead Nr Mere

  4. Clark’s Village (Street) shopping

  5. The Malt Shovel. Cannington. ( for eating …yum!)

June 2016

May / June 2016 “Thank you for a lovely week in a beautiful cottage in an idyllic location. The cottage is immaculate and you’ve thought of everything. We’ve had a great time exploring the Quantocks and Steart Marshes. Thanks for lending us the bikes and maps. We would definitely recommend this to anyone. Thanks again”

May 2016 “What a beautiful place! So quiet and relaxing we have had the perfect honeymoon! Charles and Rachael are a lovely couple and made us feel very welcome (Big thank you for the bubbly). Many thanks and hope to visit again soon”

May 2016 “We all had a great time – staying in comfortable well appointed and tasteful accommodation. A very enjoyable week”

May 2016 “We have used HelpfulHolidays for 15 years now and Charles and Rachael’s Quern Barn is one of the best we have stayed in, so comfortable and relaxing. We have had a super break. So cosy”

May 2016

April / May 2016 “Once again Home from Home with lots of extras.Charles and Rachael wonderful people. Enjoyed our stay so much”

April 2016  “We have had an enjoyable week staying in this delightful barn conversion. Exploring the reserve has been brilliant.We have seen so many birds (40+ see bird sighting log).

We have appreciated Charles and Rachael’s friendliness, especially the invitation to watch badgers with them”

April 2016  “A lovely comfortable barn set in wonderful surroundings. We wanted for nothing Charles and Rachael made us feel very welcome and told us to visit Cothelstone Hill in the Quantock Hills for the 360 degree view of Somerset- a site not to be missed on a fine day! The Castle Tea Rooms in Dunster is a good place to visit for lunch. Good value for money for home cooked meals. We had a lovely week and hope to return in the near future”

April 2016  “An immaculate and peaceful base for our few days walking break on the New England Coast Path. Charles was kind enough to give us a lift to the coast so that we could walk back – very much appreciated.Thank you to Rachael for her friendly welcome and the Lemonade to go with Charles’s homemade Cider”

April 2016

March / April 2016  “What an absolutely amazing cottage.Just what a nurse needed! The setting is beautiful and so much to do in the surrounding area. It was so lovely to wake up each morning and look out of the window to see Rense looking out over the paddock. Charles and Rachael are wonderful hosts.Thank you Rachael for your prompt to go to Street. One Prom dress purchased at a bargain price!

Thank you both again for an amazing holiday in what I can only describe as a Paradise home.

March 2016 “So very quiet and comfortable and very well and tastefully fitted out. We can’t see how it could have been done better. We have enjoyed our stay. Thank you”

The Barn was closed from end October 2015 until March 2016.

March 2016


October 2015 “Apparently we were the first and last visitors to Quern Barn in 2015 and I suspect we are among the most delighted to have been here.We really appreciate this comfortable well thought out accommodation and the warm welcome we received. As in February we have not travelled very far and have mostly been exploring WWT Steart Marshes which is a real wonder. The creation of the new Marshland habitat is a wonderful example of nature conservation and really captures the imagination.It has been a joy to see so many Shelduck, a Barn owl and also Great White Egrets for the first time.Mostly it has been wonderful to see farmland so quickly change into mudflats with new plant life and birds very quickly populating it”

October 2015 “Quern Barn is a superb retreat for dog lovers/walkers-our cocker has enjoyed every second of her holiday.

Have tried many local hostelries. Fantastic lunch at The Rising Sun at West Bagborough (huge portions). Amazing welcome at The Greyhound Stogursey- turned up on Sunday (when all they had was carvery- and we were late….they were so accommodating (even offering items not on the menu -fab..and very dog friendly. We love this area – Steart Marshes are phenomenal and the weather has been glorious. Thank you we go home rested!”

October 2015  “A beautifully decorated well appointed barn. A very warm welcome for ourselves and our dogs and we can honestly say we have had one of our best Somerset holidays here. Very quiet with bird life in abundance around the pond and in the paddock. The resident badgers even put in an appearance for my wife. Can recommend the beautiful walks around the WWT reserve with ample photographic opportunities. Also plenty more reserves around Westhay Moor. Best local pub was The Hood at Kilve – very friendly and welcome dogs. We will be back next year”

September / October 2015 “A wonderful week – the weather has been fantastic! Quern Barn is everything you could want – comfortable and beautifully equipped.Bath is a lovely place to visit as is the Walled Garden in Cannington. Thank you for a warm welcome. We hope to return”

September 2015  “Stunning cottage and location,it would be very difficult to find anywhere better. Regrets we didn’t get to meet Charles and Rachael as they were away, hope to do so when we return as they sound to be very special people from the comments we have read. Clarks village at Street is well worth a visit and Dunster is very pretty although quite small but well worth seeing. Visited Wells Cathedral- quite something. It has been a wonderful week and wish it was longer, be sad to leave”

September 2015 “We have worn our walking boots out with the stunning and varied walks, ending with a day riding the West Somerset Railway trains and then walking between stations. To return at the end of the day to the excellent Quern Barn where we have been made so welcome. An added extra for me was to sit at the days end and watch someone else do the horses! Charles and Rachael you should be very proud of what you provide”

August / September 2015 “A lovely bolt hole with peace and quiet and fantastic views. Although the weather was not at it’s best we had a great week exploring this part of Somerset and relaxing around the barn. Thank you for an enjoyable week. Sad to be leaving”

August 2015 “A wonderful oasis of peace and tranquility in an envious location. Rachael and Charles have been terrific hosts,available when needed with lots of useful information on the local area and beyond. The wildlife is awesome and we feel privileged to have been a part of it”

August 2015 “Really really lovely cottage with more than enough things for practicality and entertainment! During our visit we have been to Taunton which it’s a really nice place for high street shops and independent shops. We also visited Minehead and had some lovely burgers and milkshakes at The Hairy Dog and enjoyed a quiz night at the local pub The Anchor Inn. We visited Weston super mare which was 100% awesome! We went on the Grand Pier which had amusements and some awesome rides. Overall our visit has been very pleasant and with any concerns we had or just for a nice chat Rachael and Charles always able to provide and help out. Fantastic stay and would definitely come back again”

August 2015 “Great cottage with quaint rooms”Great biking and walking on the reserve. Amazing to see the badgers so close and we stayed out most evenings listening to them. Great experience.Would definitely recommend this cottage and hope to come back. Great being able to sit in the summerhouse and hammocks. Loved the horse – Rense is very human like for a horse. Brilliant cottage and will hope to come back”

August 2015 “We have had a fantastic week in a lovely setting. The Quern Barn is  beautiful with everything we needed and more. Charles and Rachael have been so welcoming and we so enjoyed watching the badgers from their conservatory with great company and wine! The badgers were a first for us. Our boys particularly enjoyed using the hammocks and we enjoyed the abundance of wildlife. Thank you to Rachael and Charles for lending us their bikes. We had a great morning cycling around the Nature Reserve. A wonderful holiday. Thank you”

August 2015 “We came here for a mere university visit but thanks to the lovely cottage it grew to be a lovely holiday in the countryside. An escape from school stress, I was able to appreciate the little things in life such as bike riding across the marshes and seeing badgers for the first time. Thank you to Rachael and Charles for being such welcoming hosts. I hope to come back soon and once again immerse into the wilderness of Devon (Somerset) and it’s surroundings”

July 2015 "Thank you so much for the amazing stay! I loved every bit of it! The horse grooming,stable setting up and horse tea making will stay with me forever! Not to forget all the rest such as newt fishing, snake hunting, badger feeding and playing with the dogs. You have taught me and shown me so much whilst my stay in Quern Barn and for that I am terribly grateful! Thank you Charles Rachael, Rense, Lily and terrible Homer for making this one of my favourite and most memorable holidays!” ( A French 12 year old boy from Paris)

We have had a lovely week, the weather has held up, the cottage is beautiful and the hosts kind and generous. Our son is delighted with the Horses, Dogs, grass snakes and of course the badgers – it was a great evening watching badgers and sipping wine with Charles and Rachael.

A week is too short to see everything but we have pounded the M5 between Exeter and Bristol and also really loved Lynmouth and the Valley of rocks,plus ammonite hunting on Kilve beach. A good car very at The Friendly Spirit in Cannington and of course a friendly welcome at The Anchor in Combwich. Thank you so much” (His parents)

July 2015 “Another wonderful week here, we feel so relaxed after all of our walks in the nature reserve.It is truly a luxury to simply tumble out of bed and be so close to so many birds (in fact 3 swallows invited themselves into the barn on our first night.) The barn itself is so spotlessly clean and perfectly equipped.

June / July 2015 “Charles and Rachael take care of all sorts of animals : dogs, birds, horses, badgers and humans. Riverside Farm has been for us a Noah’s Ark, safely away from a crazy world. Once again you made everything so perfect that it is hard to leave , we hope to come back again next year”

June 2015 “Nice accommodation, nice hosts, nice location and nice weather – what more could you ask for”

June 2015 “ Thank you for our stay in your lovely cottage. Very peaceful and beautiful views. Fallen in love with Rense..such a magnificent horse. Good food: The Friendly Spirit in Cannington. Will remember our very kind hosts always”

June 2015  “A lovely place. Much enjoyed our stay here.Every convenience. Best wishes for the future”

May / June 2015 “Friendly welcome, great cottage, ideal location with plenty to do in and around area of Steart Marshes – great walking and plenty of wildlife. Good food at Crossroads Inn Huntspill and Lime Kiln at Aller. Charles and Rachael make it an ideal holiday stay”

May 2015 “A very delightful converted building for a weeks holiday – comfortable with everything we could possibly need. Thank you. Enjoyed walks along the river, nature reserve and village. We enjoyed the cider and thank you for allowing us to see the badgers -a real treat. Lovely summerhouse enjoyed tea and cake on the decking.

May 2015 “Fantastic cottage. Lovely setting. Thank you for your kind hospitality. We have enjoyed ourselves very much. Visited Dunste Castle, Wells Cathedral, Cothelstone Hill, Fyne Court, Lyndon Lynmouthall of which were well worth visiting.Seeing the badgers was very memorable. It was our first time staying in Somerset- we have been very impressed and I am sure we will be back”.

May 2015 “Thank you Rachael and Charles for a great week in your lovely cottage which is so comfortable and relaxing- and also for letting us see the badgers on your patio -fantastic! We’ve enjoyed our walks on the nature reserve and into the Quantock Hills especially into the middle of Great Wood where there are picnic areas and a stream running through – beautiful. The Ancient Mariner pub opposite Coleridge cottage does excellent lunch (Nether Stowey). I’m sure we will be back to explore more”

May 2015 “Beautiful cottage with friendly animals and a superb location.A dream for bird watchers. Helpful and friendly hosts took care of everything for us”

May 2015 “We had a great time here. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness. Beautiful cottage “

April / May2015 “Many thanks to Charles and Rachael for making our visit to Quern Barn so enjoyable and relaxing. Look forward to staying here again”

April 2015 “What a wonderful week we had. Beautiful cottage.Loved the homely touch. Will recommend this cottage to everyone. Great hosts – Amazing walks. You have though of everything”

April 2015 “One of the best cottages/ bar n we’ve stayed in. A credit to our friendly hosts Charles and Rachael. Lots of good flat walks directly from front of property”

April 2015 “Quern barn has all the comforts of home, you have thought of everything”

April 2015 "Perfect base for Steart Marshes. Spent most of the time assisting daughter with her research on the marshes as part of her job with Cardiff University. Highly recommend The Friendly Spirit Pub for great food.”

March 2015 Lovely comfortable accommodation. Perfect.

Recommend places to go: Steart Marshes ( the bird hides are state of the art) and the Willows and Wetlands visitor centre an interesting place with a superb cafe”

February 2015 ”We have had a lovely week in this  amazing location right next to Steart Marshes. We spent most of the week exploring the newly created wetlands . Each day we returned to this perfect cottage/barn. Charles and Rachael have thought of absolutely everything that could be needed and provided it. We really appreciate the beautiful decoration and how spotlessly clean everything is.Thank you we are returning home relaxed and refreshed”

The Barn was closed from the end October 2014 until February 2015.