If you’re looking for a big holiday house for 30 with a private pool and hot tub, somewhere you can completely get away from it all, Croftview in Somerset will suit you down to the ground. High on a hill surrounded by glorious countryside, Croftview sleeps 26 people in 13 en suite bedrooms, with room for 4 more guests at an extra charge per person. There's a games room, children’s play area, and the luxury of a stunning spa hall with a heated pool, sunken hot tub and sauna – yours, all yours for the duration of your stay.
And when we say get away from it all, we mean it, because Croftview can only be reached by a long private drive that takes you through open farmland on a 1,200 acre estate that’s tucked away near the picturesque village of Hinton St George not far from the Somerset/Dorset border. Whatever kind of large group stay you’re planning, this house will serve you well – it’s perfect for big family holidays, corporate team building or hospitality, hen weekends, and joyful celebrations like milestone birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, whatever; get a group of close friends or your nearest and dearest family members and head for the country.
You can stay in this enormous holiday house for up to 30 with a private pool and hot tub for a whole week, a midweek break or for a weekend; everyone will be happy as there’s something for all ages. Teenagers (and Dads!) can hang out in the games room, the littl’uns can romp about on the lawns and the play equipment, and you can all have a lark in the pool together. There’s heaps of space and if you’re here celebrating and you get a little carried away, there’s room to dance and socialise in the huge kitchen/diner so no-one need miss out on the fun.
You can unwind in the hot tub, ease your worries away in the sauna, and if the sun is shining, you can get out on the patio and laze the hours away – perhaps a leisurely barbecue or afternoon tea, with the backdrop of miles and miles of beautiful open countryside that seems to stretch to infinity. That private land is yours to explore, with walks on footpaths through the fields and over the hills right from the doorstep; stride out on a spring morning with a big smile in your step and your dog bounding along beside you. In the autumn or winter have a stroll wrapped in warm coats and scarves and come back to Croftview to light the wood-burner and gather round with thick slices of hot buttery toast and big mugs of tea. Ah, bliss!
You’ll find the entire design of Croftview has been so well thought out, not just the light and the space, but things like the small kitchens on the top floor landings (very handy – it’s a long way downstairs!), the two staircases, the huge floor to ceiling doors that open onto the patio, and the spa hall accessed without having to go outdoors – brilliantly thought out!
So, you know, we’ll understand if you don’t feel like going out anywhere when you’re staying at Croftview, but if you do you’ll find plenty in the local area to interest you. You should at least stroll down to the village; it’s one of those idyllic places where the streets are lined with gorgeous old Hamstone houses and thatched cottages, and the pub, The Lord Poulett Arms is excellent. There’s also the charming Dorothy’s Tea Room, and a little shop-cum-post-office where you can buy essentials.
Have a browse around the nearby town of Crewkerne, see the 15th century church and find vintage delights at the Antiques Bazaar. If you have a thing for historic houses and beautiful gardens, well, what a choice there is in these parts – East Lambrook Manor, Forde Abbey, Barrington Court and Montacute House are all wonderful. Petrolheads will love Haynes Motor Museum, those with a passion for aviation will like Fleet Air Arm Museum. For family days out there’s Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Barleymow’s Maize Maze, and further afield but still within easy reach are Wookey Hole, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Crealy Adventure Park and Diggerland.
Head off to explore the wilds of the rugged Quantock Hills, or the diverse beauty of Exmoor National Park. Spend a day in the city at Exeter, where you can grab a bit of retail therapy, see the cathedral, wonder at the collections in the RAM Museum, and take a tour of the underground passages beneath the streets. But one of the best things, surely, is a trip to the seaside and with the Jurassic Coast only about half an hour away you can take your pick of busier sandy beaches, quiet bays and rockpools. Lyme Regis is a must; stroll along the historic Cobb, visit the marine aquarium, play crazy golf and go on a mackerel fishing trip. Beer and Branscombe are quiet fishing villages with beach cafes and clifftop walks; go to Sidmouth or Exmouth for watersports and the more traditional seaside fun.
The other thing is, that if you’re staying at Croftview there’ll be no shortage of good places to eat; the village pub, as we said, is excellent, but within a few miles are gorgeous country pubs where you’ll get a friendly welcome and delicious homemade food. The Dinnington Docks is lovely, The White Horse at Haselbury Plucknett divine, and The Prince of Wales at Ham Hill Country Park is good to tie in with a walk around the ramparts of the Iron Age fort. If you’d rather stay in then take a look at our Extras page where you’ll find details of private caterers who can come and create a feast for you; book the guys at Coombe Farm Organic to come over with their Shepherd’s Hut or Asado cooker. Treat yourselves – you’re well worth it!
Just up the road is Cricket St Thomas Golf Club, and within a five minute drive are Hillview Riding Stables; go fishing at Stillwaters Lake over the hill at Yarcombe, practice your target skills at Rifleman Ranges, have a falconry experience at Sharandy’s Birds of Prey. Heaps to do whatever your tastes!
Croftview is well in demand with bookings flooding for this year and into 2022 and even 2023, so if you’re planning a large group holiday in the West Country, get in fast; check availability and book Croftview today!