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  Stonnwall Manor - Somerset
Stonnwall Manor - Somerset

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Large holiday cottage self catering for big groups in Somerset 3 miles from Wiltshire border. This 1604 Elizabethan Manor House Sleeps 19 plus a further 8 guests close by in the Coach House. 9 double Bedrooms, 1 family room, 8 rooms have 4 poster beds, all have views over grounds, window seat, and some are suites. Many bedrooms have wash basin and shower. Three Bathrooms, 7 showers, 4 toilets. Games Room, 2 Kitchens, Pantry, Breakfast Room. Five Reception rooms, Dining Room, Lounge, Drawing Room, Library, Music Room. Central staircase, 2 galleried landings. Folly dolls room. Giant chess table and pieces, secret cupboards and passageway. Beautiful landscaped and formal gardens, croquet lawn, terrace, gazebo, BBQ, themed original underground bomb shelter, ornamental pond and fountain. Many original features. Novelty double base cocktail cabinet and grandfather clock music system. Luxury five-star interior and decor; gold leaf, oil paintings, tapestry and oak panelling, wall hangings, busts. Comfort and ease: Central heating throughout. Gas, electric, towels and bedding included. Home contains automated lighting in most communal rooms, electric gates and digital keyless entry. Ample secure parking within the grounds. Close to Longleat, Bath, Stourhead, Wookey Hole.

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Large Holiday Cottage:
Sleeps 19+
in Somerset near Longleat


Smaller cottage available sleeps 8

Stonnwall Manor in Somerset

What's Included: • Gas • Electric • Towels • Bedding
Heating System: Central Heating


APPLIANCES:

All less than 18 months old.

• Large six burner gas range / dual oven
• Several microwaves
• Washing machine
• Tumble dryer
• Dishwasher
• Large fridge
• Freezer


OUTDOOR FEATURES:


• Private Landscaped formal gardens
• Garden furniture
• Barbecue equipment and utensils
• Gazebo Terrace
• Underground bomb shelter
• Landscaped grounds 1.7 acres
• Pond with fish and statue fountain
• Elevated Croquet lawn
• Electric Gates



ENTERTAINMENT:


• Games room with air-hockey, table football and darts
• Television
• Freeview 100+ channels
• DVD player
• VHS Video recorder
• Music system CD Player / Radio
• Extensive Library (large selection for children)
• Large collection of board games
• Oversized chess table and pieces


OTHER FACILITIES


• Power showers
• Detached building
• Parking for 16 cars
• Shops less than half a mile
• Entertainment services arranged
• Catering services available
• Pubs nearby
• Restaurants nearby
• Nightclubs nearby
• Short breaks 365 days
• No pets
• No smoking inside
• CCTV Protection


ENVIRONMENT

Low energy 'natural hue' bulbs throughout. Automated sensor lighting. Automated air extraction. Low energy appliances (where possible).

Waste management, for your convenience all waste can be disposed of in one central wheely bin. We pay for the contents to be sorted by a local recycling centre.


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Call us on

0845 257 1510

or

0117 230 9879

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0117 904 2645



WHAT TO DO - WHERE TO GO NEAR FROME


FROME: If you have never been to Frome before then head down to the Frome Museum. Here you can learn how the town was started and its vibrant history. If your area of interest is the arts then there are two galleries to explore. Black Swan Arts is a contemporary craft centre with galleries, workshops and even a café. Rook Lane Arts is a grade 1 listed chapel which provides an ideal setting for the performing and visual art exhibitions that they provide. There are an abundance of cute little shops in Frome including book shops, furniture shops, music shops and big name stores. There are several sweet cafes and cosy old tea shops to stop at and enjoy refreshments and home-made snacks, cakes and meals.


STONEHENGE: Still one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world! How did those stones get there? How did they stand them on end like that? Many have put forward sensible theories but no one can actually really know. Still used as a place of worship for the modern druids. If your group are in the area for midsummer then watching the summer solstice celebrations at sunrise is an absolute must.


LONGLEAT HOUSE & SAFARI PARK: Longleat first opened in 1966 and was the first safari park outside of Africa. For the first time ever the animals were roaming freely and the humans in their car shaped cages. As well as visiting the animals there is plenty more to do. The house is a pleasure to see, with exhibits such as clothing and furniture throughout the ages. You can also view the art that has been created by Lord Bath. In the gardens you will find rare flowers and manicured lawns. The kids will love the maze!


STOURHEAD HOUSE & GARDENS: This impressive 2,650 acre site is spectacular. A fine Palladian manor filled to the brim with Georgian treasures, beautiful Chippendale furniture and fine works of art. At certain times of the year you can enjoy themed classical evening concerts in this magical setting. In the beautiful gardens you will find temples of worship, rare plants and flowers, two Iron Age forts, enchanting monuments and temples all placed around a tranquil lake.


CHEDDAR GORGE:
Is home of cheddar cheese. Whilst visiting cheddar your group can watch cheddar cheese being made in the traditional way. They can also watch hard sweets being made in the traditional way. If you are feeling adventurous then try your hand at rock climbing or caving at the gorge to the north of the village. It is the largest in England and attracts more the 500,000 visitors each year at its highest point it is 113m with an almost vertical cliff face. There are two main caves to explore, Gough's and Cox's. It is believed that Gough's cave was used in medieval times to make cheese. Cheddar man also resides in the caves. At 9,000 years old, he is the oldest complete skeleton in Britain. This is also the only accredited cannibalistic site in the UK.


WELLS CATHEDRAL: Described as a prayer in stone and glass, Wells Cathedral is the seat of the famous Bishop of Bath and Wells. The Bishop resides in the adjacent Bishops Palace. Although this is primarily a place of worship, guided group tours are available or you can elect to just wander among the beautiful and most substantial collection of medieval stained glass windows. To hear the ten bells ring is worth waiting for. The ten bells are the heaviest collection in one place in the entire world. They are also unusual in the fact that the circle runs anti clockwise as opposed to the traditional English clockwise circle.


BATH: That great Royal City and Spa. There are so many things to see and do in Bath. The most famous is probably the Roman Baths. Here your group may wish to see how the natural hot springs were used for bathing and medicinal purposes. If it is pampering you are after look no further than the Bath Thermae Spa. Here the natural hot spring water used in the Roman Baths will be used in your treatments. Within the Roman Baths are the famous Pump Rooms. Here your group can indulge in afternoon tea whilst a string quartet plays beautiful music, or a fabulous dinner set in wonderful surroundings. You can also taste the spring water. No trip to Bath is complete without a trip to the Sally Lunn Tea Room to taste the traditionally made Sally Lunn Bun alternatively a Bath Bun. You may also visit the equally famous American museum in Britain. Here your family can view the exhibits, the house and the gardens. You can also purchase traditional American recipes.


WOOKEY HOLE CAVES:
As well as the world famous caves and underground rivers and lakes, groups can explore the history of man himself. These caves were once inhabited by Stone Age cavemen and later by the Celts. Other local attractions include Britain's last surviving traditional paper mill, dinosaur valley, fairy garden, a mirror maze and a Victorian penny arcade with real old pennies. It's a whole fun packed family day out. If you enjoy scuba diving then why not take lessons in cave diving.


GLASTONBURY: Glastonbury is not just home to one of the greatest music festivals in the world. Visiting the Tor is quite spectacular. This bulk of a hill rises up from Somerset's flat landscape. Glastonbury is also rumoured to be the mythical home of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, Avalon. The local shops reflect this history in their stock. In the original legends King Arthur is portrayed as the keeper and protector of the Holy Grail, the chalice that holds the blood of Jesus Christ. Glastonbury Abbey is the oldest "above ground" Christian church and was rumoured to have been built to house the Holy Grail. At the base of Glastonbury Tor is the chalice well. This holy well has been in constant use for at least two thousand years. The twenty five thousand gallons of water that flow from this spring every single day. It has never failed, even in times of drought.


EAST SOMERSET RAILWAY:
Take a trip through the rolling Somerset countryside on an authentic steam train. Starting from just £5 you can take the controls and become the driver. Or you can enjoy an evening murder mystery on board one of the locomotives. If booked in advance you can dine on the trains. Enjoy either Sunday lunch or afternoon tea.

Other local quaint towns to visit include Warminster, Westbury, Devizes, Midsomer Norton and amongst others Farleigh Hungerford with the famous castle.


We're a large group who annually treat ourselves to a little luxury accomodation. The Manor was everything we expected it to be and more. We especially loved having a medieval feast served to us around that huge great table.
Chester Wright in Newquay


What an amazing house, every bedroom had a theme for some one in the party, shame there wasn't a 'grumpy' theme for grand dad! We put our twins in the Teddy Bear Room and they loved it, we hardly heard a peep again. Everyone loved something different about the house but I personally licked the old Library and stuffed animal cabinet with the fox and pheasant.
Lindsay Irish in Cork


A superb vacation house, it was love at first sight. Nobody wanted to leave the manor. Dad enjoyed the bomb shelter and said it was very authentic. It was wonderful to get the whole group together.
Joan Seaton in New York


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This large holiday house is available as follows:

Short breaks from 3 - 14 nights or more
• 3 nights start on Friday
• 4 nights start on Monday
• 7 nights start on Friday


Want less than three Nights?
Unfortunately we cannot take bookings for less than 3 nights stay. You can however, leave the property early. If you just want to stay Friday and Saturday night and depart on Sunday then you would have to book 3 nights. Where you would normally leave on Monday at 10am, you can depart at any time on Sunday.


You can book with us direct

Tel: 0845 257 1510 or email us (link at bottom of this page)


• Telephone support 7 days a week - plenty of skilled operators
• ABTA bonded (No. Y0662) - your money is safe
• Optional Insurance - superb rates, better than we could offer
• Quality Assured - they carry out inspections at regular intervals
• Safety Assured - strict safety standard criteria
• Virtual Tours (short video which plays on any PC)
• Satisfaction Guarantee - see website for details

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Smaller cottage available (Coach House) sleeping 8 on the grounds. Both cottages may be booked individually or together to house 19+8=27


Large Holiday Cottage:

Large Cottage in Somerset
Stonnwall Manor has been described as one of the most exquisite examples of an Elizabethan stone built manor. Set within a local preservation area, within several acres of its own private landscaped gardens. This four hundred year old impressively large holiday cottage hides behind tall stone walls, hedges and tall trees. The house is a Grade I listed treasure and is the last remaining intact manor in Frome.

Entrance is through electronic gates and down a sweeping gravel driveway flanked by 500 year old giant beech trees. Stonnwall Manor has kept almost all of its original features including mullioned and leaded windows, decorative plaster ceiling mouldings, stone gabled roofs, historic fireplaces, 15th century oak panelling, oak stripped floors, large beamed ceilings, roof trusses and original entrance doors.

A recent refit sympathetically integrates the latest technology such as digital keyless entry systems, stained glass windows that become backlit at night and communal rooms that automatically light up on entry. Thermostatic central heating in every room including corridors.

This large holiday cottage is arranged over three floors with a total of nine double bedrooms including a large family bedroom. Two bedrooms are on the ground floor and ideal for the infirm. This allows luxury accommodation for a group of nineteen guests, a further eight guests can take accommodation in the coach House nearby if required. This large self catering house boasts five reception rooms, three bathrooms, two kitchens, seven showers, four WC's and a host of other communal rooms.

There are plenty of activities that can be enjoyed selfcatering at the manor house. Enjoy afternoon tea on the elevated gazebo and enjoy the views of the grounds. Take a walk around the estates formal gardens, pond and rockeries or enjoy a game of croquet on the elevated croquet lawn. Try a barbecue on the original Elizabethan patio where the barbecue, utensils and garden furniture are set ready to go. We know what you want to make your holiday perfect.

The manor's underground bomb shelter was once just a boring room. With help from the locals this has now been themed and decorated as a 1940s living room to give you an idea of life during the war. There are also several pleasant walks that lead from Stonnwall Manor to the town centre which pass many of the delightful cottages in Frome.

Stonnwall Manor is ideally located to explore many of the top attractions in Somerset including Longleat House with Britain's largest Safari Park, Stonehenge, Bath, Cheddar caves and gorge, Stourhead House and Gardens, Glastonbury, Wookey Hole Caves and Wells Cathedral to name but a few.

Tour:

After entering through a large wooden entrance door you are greeted by the lobby with panelled ceiling. Its plush chairs, tables with gold leaf fittings, wall hangings and framed oil paintings start with a style that is continued throughout the house. Below the impressive grand staircase you will find a cupboard which contains a humorous living room with doll sized period furniture. The impressive galleried oak staircase ascends to both the east and west wings. On the first floor you will find the panelled library with its extensive wall to wall book collection and large decorative bibles. There is even an entire section for children. A reading table overlooking the courtyard sets the mood. It is in the library that you will also find an extensive collection of board games for adults and children too.

Many years ago the drawing room was opened up to the lounge, this now offers a large open plan living room which is great for large social gatherings. Large Elizabethan style thrones face each other across an oversized chessboard coffee table with hand carved giant chess pieces. To the delight of many a secret door in the panelling leads to the central staircase. At the lounge end, leather chesterfield sofas and stools are arranged in a square around two coffee tables. This allows every guest to enjoy drinks and converse with one and other. The room boasts two original inglenook fire places and Tudor rose embellished ceilings. Several window seats provide views over the lawn, central to these is an authentic Manor House "must have" an ornamental full size suit of armour. In the east corner is a full size Grandfather clock which cleverly conceals the music system. At bewilderment to guests you can open the doors and control music to the lounge and dining room.

The main features of the dining room are the walk-in fireplace which is back lit in red with original bread oven and an original mahogany block floor which has been lovingly restored and polished. An enormous rosewood dining table with central tier for displaying food sets this dining room apart. Unlike traditional long tables where guest at one end can't see or hear guests at the other - this square shape allows all 19 guests to see and interact with each other. With rich red walls adorned with wall tapestries, drapes, torches flintlock guns and authentic animal heads (not real). Plus window seat and a gothic style chandelier hanging from a central beam crowning this amazing table. This room is just ideal for a banquet, murder mystery party, medieval feast or simple get together meal. Here you really can be Lord of the Manor.

Suitably located near the Dining Room is a farmhouse style kitchen that is well equipped and large enough to prepare a five course meal for twenty. Matching rosewood cabinetry has been overlaid with red granite to provide nice clean work surfaces. Complimenting modern granite sink and swivel tap provide a traditional look but modern feel. A large but simple to operate six burner gas range and double oven for cooking with overhead extraction. The kitchen has pleasant views over the enclosed back garden, ideal for monitoring toddlers in confinement from the Manors main sprawling grounds.

Travel around the corner and you'll find the breakfast room with an "L" shaped breakfast bar, matching rosewood cabinets containing all the crockery, plus a six foot shelved cupboard ideal for storing all the supplies in one area at a glance. Continue through an arch to find the Old Pantry with a Welsh dresser and a larger group friendly fridge.

Continue through the pantry past the second downstairs W/C and into a second utility type kitchen. This area is more functional with large restaurant style splash backs. It is in this kitchen that you find the deep freezer, dishwasher and washing machine amongst other appliances. It is an ideal place for outside caterers to organize their food, or to chuck all the messy dishes for later keeping the main kitchen clean. Opposite the second kitchen is the games room with table football, air hockey, darts and other games to entertain children and 'the boys' of the group.

The Music Room is decorated with ornamental instruments on the walls a piano, a window seat overlooking the driveway, central chandelier and stone fireplace. It also houses an ingenious full size double bass that opens up to reveal a fully useable cocktail cabinet, ready with decanters and glasses to great surprise of many a guest. This room is ideal for pre dinner drinks and when night comes a double bed, hidden inside a panelled wall, pulls down to instantly convert this room into a bedroom.

From the music room you can access the ground floor of the west wing. Along a corridor and into the rear lobby is the old servants' quarters. From here you will find a double bedroom and bathroom. Just like the other bedrooms, this bedroom has a view of the gardens and a double four poster bed. The bathroom is fitted with a traditional looking but modern slipper bath, separate shower cubicle, wash basin and toilet. Stone walls, dark wood panelled ceiling and clean wall to wall wipe clean synthetic flooring set off the matching pure white brand new conveniences.

All the bedrooms have their own individual and unique theme from ships to dogs to flowers, there is always a room for someone in your party. The teddy bear room has been a favourite of adults and children. It contains two spot lit cabinets with over 100 teddy bears each wearing very detailed different outfits eg doctor, postman, butcher etc.

All bedrooms feature four poster beds and window seats. Most of the bedrooms have their own wash basin, some have shower rooms and if not close to a shower room or bathroom. Most bedrooms are very large, some are almost grand suites with; fireplace, walk in wardrobe, writing desk, dressing table, occasional chairs, seating bench etc, one even has a grandfather clock.

There are three main bathrooms, all fitted with power showers, two contain traditional style luxury slipper bath and one contains a bidet.

This outstanding holiday home accommodation is ideally set up for large groups self catering, superb for clubs, organizations or a big family. With that personal home from home touch without all the hassle of hotels, motels, bedandbreakfast and apartments where everyone is split up.

Interesting Fact: The beautiful wisteria plant which encapsulates the whole front of this large cottage is probably the largest you'll ever see on a private house. It mentioned in ancient gardening book (on display in the Library) as one of the first successfully blooming wisteria plants in Britain.

The old Coach House on the estate is an additional large holiday cottage that can be booked with Stonnwall Manor to sleep an extra eight guests. This allows accommodations for a total of 27 guests (19+8).


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