Hurstone - Accommodation

Hurstone is a traditional country house that dates back to the 14th century. The setting is stunning; lush Somerset countryside all around and spectacular views across the valley; softly tumbling hills dotted with copses and farmsteads; it's a dream, and that's the kind of outlook you have from the main reception rooms, and from all bedrooms but one. You can sit on the terrace overlooking the lawns and gaze out over unspoilt farmland with ponds and lush water meadows where sheep graze.

Inside, the house is spacious, welcoming and homely, you’ll see that as soon as you step in through the porch to the wide hallway. To the left is the living room, all lovely and cosy with old ceiling beams and a wood-burner set in an inglenook fireplace; heritage red walls and elegant grey Chesterfield sofas add to the character. In the summer the room feels cool and airy; in the winter, light the fire, get together round the piano for a sing-song. 

Go through to the drawing room, kept cosy on colder days and nights with underfloor heating and the warmth of the wood-burner; there's no shortage of chairs and sofas so it's the perfect place to gather together for drinks before dinner. By day, natural light streams in through the big windows that give an outlook over the valley, in the evening when the curtains are pulled and the lamps switched on the room takes on a cosy ambience despite its size.

Straight ahead in the hall there’s a cloakroom and shower room and a door to a covered area - the perfect place for muddy boots and wet dogs after a rosy-cheeked walk in the fresh air. From here doors lead out to the back of the house and to the courtyard where there’s a hot tub and outdoor furniture. Follow the hall round to the left to the games room where there’s a half size snooker table, walk through to the dining room, also accessed from the hall. In the dining room there are comfy chairs beside an inglenook fireplace with a wood-burning stove, French doors open onto the terrace, and a big table sets the scene for happy celebrations feasts. Hire private caterers to come in and cook you a mid-winter feast or to serve you cocktails and canapes on a summer evening (see Extras). 

Off the dining room is the kitchen with a utility area and a scullery, all well equipped for catering for large groups with plenty of room for prepping and cooking. All those old country house feels at Hurstone blend so well with up-to-the-minute modern conveniences, including a big commercial cooker. 

Upstairs, off to the right of the long landing a lobby leads to Bedrooms 1 and 2; Bedroom 1 is a twin room, Bedroom 2 is a small double and both have use of a family bathroom that has a bath with an overhead shower. Bedroom 3 is straight ahead at the top of the stairs and has a double bed and ensuite bathroom. Left of the landing is Bedroom 4, another twin room with an ensuite bathroom, and further on are Bedrooms 5 and 6, both with double beds and ensuite bathrooms. Bedroom 7 is on a half landing as you climb the stairs; it has zip and link beds that can be arranged as a super king or two singles and shared use of the family bathroom. The bedrooms are all very traditional in style, which is charming because it's like staying at a rich elderly aunt's house in the country.

Available at an extra charge is a separate annexe which comprises of a double bedroom with doors that open onto the garden, and an ensuite wet room. This makes a great room for an elderly couple who like to turn in a little earlier than the rest of you. There’s something very special about Hurstone, which is why it’s so perfect for those big family holidays and celebrations; it’s a place to slow down, to reconnect, to make memories, to dream. Book now!

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