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Blackford Somerset The 'black ford', midway between Wincanton and Sparkford crossed a stream which now feeds the lake of Compton Castle. King Edgar (959-75) gave the estate h...

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Blackford Somerset

The 'black ford', midway between Wincanton and Sparkford crossed a stream which now feeds the lake of Compton Castle. King Edgar (959-75) gave the estate here to Glastonbury Abbey, but it had passed to Turstin FitzRolf before 1086. The manor was given up to the bishop under an agreement concluded in 1275 and was retained by Bath and Wells until its enforced sale to the Duke of Somerset in 1548.

The Manor was first given to Glastonbury by King Edwy of the Saxons, and, according to the Domesday Book, four hides were retained by Glastonbury and one went to the tenant of Thurstin Fitz Rolph, Lord of Cadbury. In 1284 it is recorded that Alma de Blackford held the ‘Ville of Blakeford’ from Roger de Moels, and in 1305 Lovel, Lord of Castle Cary, obtained a part of it. The whole manor was held by Nicholas de St Maur in 1362 and his son married into thc Erleigh family of Backington. Through lack of male heirs the property was again divided, but eventually came into the possession of two men who were cousins and who were jointly presented to the Rectory of Blackford in 1518; the manor remained in this situation until the end of the 17th century.

There are some fine historic buildings in Blackford and it now numbers some 30+ houses.

Blackford is in the heart of Thomas Hardy's Wessex with easy access to many of the locations used as a base for his books as well as the films.

There are many lovely towns and cities such as Sherborne, Glastonbury, Wells,  Dorchester, Bath - with fine buildings & churches as well as interesting shops and coffee houses.

There are many National Trust and English Heritage properties nearby offering fine houses, castles, gardens etc. including Stourhead, Montacute, Sherborne Castle amongst many others. See Local area for attractions, pubs, seeside, restaurants etc 

With coasts of Dorset, Devon & North Somerset there is a choice of sandy beaches to quiet coves and lovely walks.

You will also find numerous pubs & restaurants to make your stay memorable!

Towns in the area include: Bournemouth, Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Weymouth, Portland, Studland, Lyme Regis, Lyme Bay, Lulworth Cove near smaller towns and villages include: Templecombe, Charlton Horethorne, Maperton, Holton, Sparkford, North Cadbury, South Cadbury, Compton Pauncefoot, Woolston, Yarlington, Yeovil, Wincanton, Castle Cary, Sherborne (Dorset), Mere (Wiltshire)

Kingfisher Cottage is a detached house in the style of a converted barn (barn conversion), holiday let, letting, farm, farmhouse, apartment, rent, premier rural holiday, vacation rental, walk, walking, dog, short break, self catering, selfcatering, Short breaks & weekends available

Our local area is known as the Camelot are of Wessex and in the area you will also find Olympics sailing (Weymouth), Hauser & Wirth (Bruton), Montacute, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Stourhead, Longleat, Barrington House, Gardens, CenterParcs, (Centreparcs, centerparks, centreparks, centre parcs), the jurassic coast, explore Thomas Hardy country of Wessex, Clarks Village, Shepton Mallet, Bath & West Showground  and much more.


  • Kingfisher Cottage

    Prices from £300.00

    Kingfisher Cottage is a lovely english country cottage built in the style of a barn conversion with mellow stone and roses growing up the walls in a lovely setting. With a sunny garden in a small village of approximately 35 houses. The owners previous holiday home (which we now live in) was accredited with Enjoy England/Visit Britain who awarded Chapel Cottage 4* and in 2013 was further graded with a Gold Award to confirm the owners targets on quality of the accommodation, facilities and housekeeping. The owners aim for similar standards at Kingfisher Cottage and plan to arrange accreditation.

    • Sleeps up to 10 (7 in 4 bedrooms) and additional 3 on futons.
    • Exposed beams & oak flooring
    • Underfloor Heating
    • Decking by the stream
    • English country cottage - style of barn conversion