Barbrook's Victorian chapel & school flourished for many years, but when we came to live here in 1998 the building needed careful repair and a new use. We fell in love with this place and project, slowly converting it into a large, comfy, and hospitable home for our family and friends to enjoy. Now we'd like to share our enjoyment of our special home with you. Choose from 2 rooms (see also Annie's Room @ Chapel Hill) for a great base - and breakfast! - while you explore Exmoor by the sea.
Camilla's Room is on the top floor, with two windows offering great light and woodland views. The bed is a 6ft double, which can be separated to make two 3ft singles - just let us know what you prefer. This room is also available as a single room.
There is a washbasin in the room, but the large bathroom/walk-in-shower/WC is separate and shared with guests in our other letting room (see Annie's Room @ Chapel Hill). We provide chunky towelling dressing gowns if you need them.
A tea/coffee-making kit is provided in your room, and there are plenty of power sockets, including a USB charging socket.
Items like hairdrier and iron are available on request, and we can also help you with washing or drying small items of laundry, drying and storing coats and boots, etc.
Accès des voyageurs
We would like you to feel at home - the bedroom is your private space with two comfy chairs, but you are welcome to use our two sitting rooms and the garden too. We can serve your breakfast in the kitchen or in the dining room. Our garden dissolves seamlessly into 11 acres of fairly steep but beautiful woodland behind the house, and you are welcome to wander there too.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
We live and work at the house, so we're nearly always here to help, but we'll respect your privacy too. We have very friendly pets - a cat and a dog (plus some elderly chickens in the garden) - who are also happy to interact with you, but we can keep them out of your way if you prefer.
We welcome families and children as well as couples and individuals. If you have a child under two, please provide your own travel cot and bedding. We can provide support such as heating babyfood, etc, by arrangement.
We are happy to cook for special diets if needed, if you let us know in advance. In addition to breakfast (inclusive) we can offer packed lunches and/or evening meals by arrangement.
Because of our own pets' needs, we regret we can't have other pets to stay.
We have a reasonable broadband signal here, which we hope will soon be upgraded to superfast broadband which should give us good quality TV reception. It is possible to access some TV programmes via iplayer, and the TV in your room is also a DVD player and you're welcome to borrow from our collection.
In my working life I was an architect, and I still like to draw, paint, and make all kinds of things. At home I'm a wife and mum, and Nana to seven grandchildren. I love music and dance, and I play the organ for several local churches, and keyboards in a local jazz band. I also love to read, for interest and pleasure, and our home is full of books. I enjoy cooking, baking and entertaining, whether it's a Medieval Feast for seventy people or cosy supper at home.
My husband Roland is a painter who says he doesn't ever see himself retiring. We love living in this wonderful green part of the country, so close to the river and to the sea, and we feel privileged to experience the wildlife and the changing seasons so closely.
When we can tear ourselves away, we also love to travel, and have family and friends in many parts of the world. I would say our favourite place is Venice, where we once took a boat and rented a flat for a whole summer - it's always very special going back there.
We belong to our local Twinning association and love our yearly visits with our counterparts in Benouville, France. In the UK we also have a lot of fun taking Humpfree the Camel (we are the humans inside him) to various summer festivals which book him/us to give rides to children.
We think you will find us, as your hosts, to be warm, hospitable, caring and kind, with a good sense of humour and an imaginative but practical approach to life. We enjoy meeting people and making new friends, and we will do our best to make your stay here as enjoyable as we can.