15 bedrooms - 14 bathrooms - large kitchen plus secondary kitchen - dining room - huge family sitting room - pool/games room - card room - cinema room - gaming room - laundry room - 6 acres of grounds - terrace - squash court - tennis court - tennis pavilion - fly fishing lake - lawns - play area - plenty of parking - further accommodation available at an extra charge for 6 people (see Extra Guests) - online grocery shopping available from Dart Fresh, Sainsburys, Waitrose, Morrisons, Asda or Tesco.
One of the biggest houses on the whole of Exmoor, Bossington Hall is a beautiful Edwardian country residence set in 6 acres of private grounds. The setting is a commanding one, high on a hillside above the tiny village of Bossington; the backdrop is of mixed woodland and heather topped heaths,and 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.
Inside, it's exquisite, of course; tasteful and stylish with no shortage of gorgeous original features, like the ornate cornicing, feature fireplaces and leaded windows. What's great is that everything is in keeping with what you'd expect in an Edwardian gentleman's residence; heritage paint colours from Little Green, locally crafted curtain poles and door fittings, and carefully chosen furniture. Yet the house has all the comforts you could want - central heating, black out blinds, luxurious bedding, beautiful bathrooms and well equipped kitchens.
Stepping in from the door at the side of the house, it's all very welcoming; antique rugs on oak floors, big thick walls, and chunky reclaimed timbers. Off to the right is the Card Room, and the Cinema Room, with gorgeous oxblood club chairs; to the left is a generously sized laundry room with a washing machine and tumble dryer. Further down the hall, past the wide main staircase with its carved oak balustrade, is a lovely open Breakfast Area, and at the end of the hall are steps down to the baronnial style Big Room - the main sitting room for the house. And wow, what a room! There's a big marble fireplace, a piano for impromptu sing-songs, and plenty of comfy chairs and sofas; it's a wonderful room for drinks, for a happy sing-song round the piano, or just for relaxing and chatting together.
The Dining Room is next to the Big Room, along a short corridor. Now here is somewhere you can celebrate that big anniversary or birthday in style; the refectory style table comfortably seats all 30 guests, and a huge picture window gives a glorious outlook of the moors and Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor's highest point. A superb setting to raise a glass to that significant occasion!
Whether you cater for yourselves or hire professional caterers to cook that celebration feast, you'll find the kitchen is more than man enough to cope with feeding a group of 30. There's all the crockery you'll need stored in the locally crafted units, plenty of room for slicing and dicing, and an ultra-modern range with 3 ovens and an induction hob. Add to that an American style fridge-freezer, a separate drinks fridge, and two dishwashers - plus kettles, toasters and coffee machines, and Bob's your uncle. A secondary kitchen (what used to be the servants 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 2 more freezers - so heaps of space for perishables! This part of the house is where all the work went on in days gone by - so Downton Abbey!
Also in the back part of the house is the Pool Room, and it's a fact that this is usually where the youngsters tend to hang out, plus a few Dads as well. There's a big TV, and a pool table, and French doors that open onto the terrace. An equally sociable spot is the Gaming Room on the first floor, where there's table football and games consoles. No chance of anyone getting bored here, oh no!
The 15 bedrooms are named after the 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.
Some of the 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 a wonderful spot for breakfast, a leisurely alfresco lunch, afternoon tea or an early evening barbecue. Imagine... the Exmoor landscape spread out before you, the wooded hillside rising behind the house, the air scented with the magnolia and wisteria that clambers up 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 6 acre grounds are yours to explore and are utterly idyllic; little paths meander round about, lawns slope 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, and after tennis on the court sip iced lemonade in the thatched pavilion. The kids can have a lark playing football, or younger ones will be happy in the play area. To boot, there's even a squash court - the oldest private one in England, and what a beauty, with its original stripped maple walls. Happy days all round! At the bottom of the drive is Gate Cottage, providing additional accommodation for up to 6 people (charged extra), so if there's more than 30 of you, no problem!
Main kitchen: Electric range with 3 ovens and induction hob - US style fridge-freezer - drinks fridge - 2 x dishwashers -Second kitchen: induction hob - fridge-freezer - dishwasher - Other: 3 extra fridges - 2 extra freezers - microwaves - kettles - toasters - coffee machines - washing machine - tumble dryer - Blu Ray/streaming/casting in the Cinema Room - 2 x TVs with Freeview - CD player - rural wifi - table football - pool table - games consoles - open fire (some logs provided) - BBQ (Easter to end October) - 2 x highchairs - duvets/linen.towels provided - badminton net - 2 x dogs by prior arrangement (extra charge) - no smoking - no fireworks, sky lanterns or drones. For additional accommodation for up to 6 people see our Extra Guests page. NB: This property has an unfenced pond and stream so toddlers and younger children must be supervised at all times.