Berry House - Accommodation
It's elegant country living all round the minute you step through the front door of Berry House into the high-ceilinged hall. To the right is the dining room with heritage red walls, original period features, a cosy wood-burning stove, and centre place, a polished dining table where up to 16 people can dine in style. A big sash window gives wonderful views of the Batherm Valley, so you don’t need us to tell you what a wonderful setting this is for happy celebration feasts.
Step up from the dining room to the kitchen, big and well-equipped, with a 4 oven AGA set in an inglenook fireplace that still has its original bread oven. There’s plenty of room to prep and cook, but you might be tempted to book one of our recommended private caterers to come and create something seriously scrumptious for you, especially if you’re here for a special occasion, perhaps a notable birthday or a significant anniversary. Next to the kitchen is a utility room with a door leading outside – perfect for wet togs and muddy dogs after a country walk. Also off the kitchen there’s a secondary games room with table football, so if dinners not quite ready that should keep the younger folk amused.
To the left of the hall there’s a TV room/snug with original dado rails and marble surround fireplace (not working); snuggle up, watch a film, get your head in a good book, or have a quiet chat. Next to the snug is the games room where you can rustle up a spot of in-house competition with a pre-dinner pool match. Go through to the living room, a very elegant space with a decorative ceiling rose, a sparkling chandelier, original marble fireplace (not working) and sumptuous sofas.
Upstairs, there’s a long landing, typical of a rambling country house. Go left and right at the end is Bedroom 1 which has an ensuite bathroom with a freestanding bath and separate shower. Bedrooms 2 and 3 both have use of the family bathroom across the landing, and Bedrooms 4-6 have an ensuite shower room. The bedrooms at Berry House are all quite traditional in style, with super-comfy beds and gorgeous country views.
Just a few strides from the front door is the indoor saltwater pool, in a separate cedar-clad building. 3 sets of doors open onto a terrace above a pond, with incredible views across the valley. Next to the pool house are Bedrooms 7 and 8, each with an ensuite shower room. These rooms work well for people who like to have their own space, or for anyone who prefers to turn in earlier than the crowd. Behind the pool house in a Victorian stone barn there's a cinema room with original vintage theatre seats, floor cushions, a ceiling projector and 106" screen - and even a popcorn trolley! There’s table tennis for a pre-movie game, and because this room has a wooden floating floor it can also be put to good use as a yoga studio, making Berry House a brilliant choice for wellness retreats.
Outside an old wisteria and magnolia scramble up the front of the house, delighting your senses when in flower; the large grounds have an area of formal garden with topiary box and yew hedges and a field that can be used for rounders and football. There’s a play area for the little ones, and on the terrace, a barbecue and smoker, so it’s easy to while away those languid summer days. The hours are yours to wander round to your heart’s content; keep an eye out for wildlife because apart from several species of birds and butterflies, you might even see red deer that have come down from Exmoor to graze in the fields. You see, at Berry House it feels like you have a world of your own, far, far away from the push and shove; we wouldn't be surprised if you want to stay forever. Book today!