An agricultural barn on the Blackdown Hills could become a 'bed and breakfast' hotel if freshly submitted plans are given the green light.

Rull Farm in Otterford, near Bishopswood, is seeking permission to convert a barn on the site into a hotel comprising three guest bedrooms in addition to accommodation and facilities for on-site staff.

The farm is located in the Blackdown Hills area of outstanding natural beauty, and is now bidding to serve as a base for travellers looking to take in the scenic surroundings.

The plans also include the construction of car parking spaces, including an electric charging point, and of a communal outdoor space. The proposals do not include any plans for bar or restaurant facilities at the site.

Floor plans for the new hotel have been submitted to Somerset Council
Floor plans for the new hotel have been submitted to Somerset Council (reDSGN)

The design is set to incorporate a number of elements that reflect the building's past use as an agricultural barn. In a statement to planners, planning firm JDPS said: "When designing this scheme one of the key considerations was to respect the existing building and to find ways of reflecting its former use within the design.

"This has been achieved through retaining the envelope, and appropriate use of materials. The split of materials between lower and upper sections of the elevations reflects the approach taken on many agricultural buildings.

"The use of reclaimed gates will serve as a visual reminder of the main double gates that served the building previously. The amount of openings proposed has been kept as limited as possible, aiming to balance the two objectives of a) reflecting the previous character and appearance of the building and b) providing appropriate openings and natural light to serve the interior."

The site has previously been granted prior approval, meaning that Somerset Council are likely to give the nod to the plans.