Tarnock Farm is an old Somerset farm that dates back to around 1650, located in the beautiful Somerset countryside between the Mendip Hills to the north and the Somerset Levels to the South.
Until the early to mid 1900’s it was a working dairy farm making cheese, keeping pigs and sheep, and with it’s own orchards for making cider. Census records from the 1800’s reveal that the farm once had 120 acres of land and employed several farm labourers, domestic servants and dairy staff.
Today it is a family home with 4½ acres of gardens, orchard and paddocks. Several of the attractive old stone barns set around the old farm yard have been lovingly renovated into independent holiday and residential accommodation keeping many of their original features. We still keep a few sheep and make cider from our orchard, although on a much smaller scale !
In the 1970’s the former barrel cellar attached to the Farmhouse was converted into a self contained annex to the main house and which is now known as The Cider House. For many years it has been used by extended family as a ‘granny’ annex.
In 2005 The Old Grain Store was formed from the old store barn and stables attached to the Farmhouse. The cottage has been very popular with guests from all over the world and was awarded a Gold Award in 2010 by Cottages4you.
Orchard Barn was converted in 2016 from a detached stone and brick built barn to a 2 bedroom residential property, presently occupied on a residential basis. It is apparent from old photographs that it was once much bigger than it is now, and it is thought that part of the roof may have collapsed and the remaining part repaired. The ground beneath the collapsed part of the roof has now become part of the garden, enclosed by the former shed walls. Amongst it’s earlier lives the barn was used as a cow shed, a tractor implement shed and used for general storage.
Planning permission has been granted for the conversion of another old stone building by the farm yard into a 2 bedroom residential dwelling and we look forward to progressing with that in the near future.