15 bedrooms - 14 bathrooms - large kitchen plus secondary kitchen - dining room - huge family sitting room - games room - cards room - TV room - 8 x TVs with satellite or Freeview - wifi - 6 acres of grounds - terrace - tennis court - tennis pavilion - fly fishing lake - lawns - gas barbecue x 2 - plenty of parking - please note this property owner may require a cautionary deposit three weeks prior to your arrival.
One of the biggest houses on the whole of Exmoor, Bossington Hall is a beautiful Edwardian country residence sitting in a commanding position high above the scenic Porlock Vale. The backdrop is of mixed woodland and heather topped heaths; the views from the front of the house are utterly breathtaking, stretching for miles and miles across Exmoor National Park, taking in Dunkery Beacon and Porlock Bay.
It's exquisite; full of taste and style, original features abound; locally crafted curtain poles and door fittings, ornate cornicing, feature fireplaces, leaded windows, heritage Little Green paint colours, and all the comforts you could want - central heating, black out blinds, luxurious bedding and beautiful bathrooms.
Stepping into the main hall, it's all very welcoming; antique rugs on oak floors, and big reclaimed timbers. There's a card room, a TV Room with gorgeous velvet Chesterfield sofas, a generously sized boot room with a dog cleaning room (smaller dogs), and further down the hall, past the wide main starcase with its carved oak balustrade, is a lovely open Breakfast Area. At the end of the hall, step down into the magnificent Big Room - the main sitting room for the house. And wow, what a room! Equally perfect for celebrating or relaxing together, there's a big marble fireplace, a piano for impromptu sing-songs, and plenty of comfy chairs and sofas.
Enjoy a lavish feast in the Dining Room - the refectory style table comfortably seats all 30 guests, and a huge picture window has a glorious outlook of the moors and Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor's highest point.
Rustle up something tasty in the main kitchen; it's certainly well equipped, with locally crafted units housing all the crockery you'll need, an ultra-modern range with 3 ovens and an induction hob, an American style fridge-freezer, a separate drinks fridge, and two dishwashers - plus kettles, toasters and coffee machines. A secondary kitchen (the former servant's kitchen) has a further fridge-freezer and a dishwasher, and in true country house style, there's a big walk in pantry, now home to 3 more fridges and 3 more freezers - so heaps of space for perishables! Across the rear cobbled courtyard is a laundry room with 2 washing machines and 2 tumble driers.
A superb space for the youngsters, the Games Room has a big TV, a football table and a pool table, and French doors opening onto the terrace.
The 15 bedrooms are named after rivers and waters of Exmoor. All are individually styled with classic furnishings; of the 3 ground floor rooms Ash Cove is access friendly, with a commodious wet room. There are 10 bedrooms on the first floor, including the master bedroom, Heddon River; a huge room with gorgeous Arts & Crafts furniture and the most amazing en suite bathroom with a double ended roll top bath and walk in shower. There are 2 further bedrooms on the top floor with a shared shower room and a spacious kitchenette. The bedrooms ooze period grandeur, with ornate cast iron beds, fabulous French sleigh beds, beautiful antique wardrobes, feature fireplaces, and an outlook up over the woodland, or of those incredible panoramic Exmoor vistas.
Most bedrooms have en suite bathrooms; for those that don't, it's just a few steps across the landing; bathrooms have all been refurbished and are generously sized and gorgeously styled, with modern fittings and roomy showers or sumptuous freestanding baths.
A terrace wraps around the house and is the most enchanting spot for breakfast, afternoon tea or a barbecue. Look out over the grounds and feast your eyes upon those spectacular far reaching views. Breathe in the scent of the magnolia and wisteria that clads the front of the house; if the sun gets too strong retreat to the cool shade of the stone porch. It's all just so perfect.
The grounds are yours to explore and are idyllic; little paths meander, lawns roll gently down to the water garden and the leat that feeds the restored working mill (privately owned); cyclamen grow beneath the bowing branches of mature trees, hundreds of daffodils nod their heads on the lawns in the spring breeze. Bridges take you over the leat to a meadow - a wonderful spot for a game of cricket or for lying in the grass with a book and a picnic; there's a small lake where you can fish for trout and take your catch back to the house to cook for lunch. Have a game of tennis on the hardstanding court - there's plenty of room for spectators in the thatched courtside pavilion.