Little Barwick House

    ‘We could not have asked for better. More

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    Little Barwick House
    Rexes Hollow Lane
    BA22 9TD
    01935 423902
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    7. 1 for week-long let.


    all year except three weeks Jan, restaurant closed Sun night, Mon.


    2 lounges, restaurant, conservatory, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), 3½-acre garden (terrace, paddock), unsuitable for disabled.

    Background music



    over-5s welcomed.


    allowed in bedrooms, only assistance dogs in restaurant.

    Credit cards

    MasterCard, Visa.


    [2016] per person B&B £60, D,B&B from £105. Set dinner £49.95. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

    Good Hotel Guide Review

    ‘We could not have asked for better.’ ‘We have never been disappointed.’ ‘It seems to get better every time.’ There is a chorus of praise this year for Tim and Emma Ford’s restaurant-with-rooms in a Georgian dower house down ‘a narrow road that could well have led to the Hobbits’ Shire’. As Hobbits might, guests arrive to a ‘sumptuous’ afternoon tea. ‘Smiling, efficient, informative, Emma sets the tone as front-of-house; Tim’s cooking is of a consistently high standard.’ After ‘delicious’ hors d’oeuvre in the ‘well-appointed’ lounge, taste ‘well-balanced’, ‘excellently executed’ dishes inspired by the seasons, perhaps an ‘extraordinarily good’ wild mushroom risotto. The ‘unusually wide’ selection of half bottles of wine makes a good accompaniment. Spend the night in ‘comfy’, ‘clean’, country-style bedrooms well equipped with cafetière coffee, fresh milk, home-made shortbread (‘we didn’t know what to do with the 13 scatter cushions’). Enjoy a leisurely morning after breakfast: ‘The peaceful garden is part of the charm.’ (Ron Greenman, Bryan and Mary Blaxall, Michael and Margaret Cross, Michael Gwinnell, WE Riddell)

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    £105.00 per person per night. Offer includes king size double room with en suite shower, afternoon tea, glass of champagne (or preferred aperitif), three-course dinner (full choice off menu) and full English breakfast. Based on a couple sharing, minimum two night stay. Upgrades Available valid Tuesday to Thursday. To benefit from this offer, please mention The Good Hotel Guide when booking.

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    Little Barwick House
    Rexes Hollow Lane
    BA22 9TD

    Guest comments

    'We fully support all the positive remarks in the 2017 Guide about this restaurant-with-rooms, and just want to add that being offered sheets & blankets as an alternative to a duvet, and then indeed having sheets and blankets, made our stay sheer heaven. ' - Charles M. Goldie - October, 2016
    'A charming, unpretentious small hotel which succeeds largely because it does not defer to fashion. Atmosphere of a friendly gathering at a modest country home. Its elegant, refined style is entirely appropriate. The food consists of quality ingredients presented in a creative way; the wine list caters for every conceivable taste. ' - Alfrred Lennon - September, 2016
    'A return visit after about fourteen years; an unalloyed pleasure. Restaurants with rooms run the risk of being OK, even good, at both elements of their class but truly excellent at neither: here, they manage excellence in every way. Our room had everything we wanted. The restaurant shows the same command of detail and a sure sense of style. Tim Ford’s kitchen works smoothly. Front of house staff are friendly, and Emma Ford does charm the way the rest of the human race does breathing – natural and delightful. There is clearly a commitment to improve, and we would guess this has been consistent from year to year throughout Little Barwick’s life under the Fords. ' - Tony & Ginny Ayers - May, 2016
    'The welcome is warm, the complimentary afternoon tea on arrival sumptuous. At dinner there were enough choices to be able to vary what we ordered. The food is quite traditional classic British, but excellently executed with some delicious sauces. However, the main strength of the restaurant is the wine list. There is an unusually wide selection of half bottles. The location is lovely, next to Barwick House itself, with footpaths through the estate and four amusing follies to be seen in its grounds. Overall this is a great place to stay. ' - Michael Gwinnell - March, 2016
    'One of Somerset’s hidden treasures, a first-class restaurant-with-rooms. The restaurant was magnificent, comfortable and tastefully decorated. We enjoyed one of the finest meals we have ever eaten. The menu was very well balanced and while I did not intend to have a sweet decided to finish with a simple slice of Apple Pie. Simple it was not, quite the most wonderful experience.The service was excellent thanks to Emma while every course was spot on and left a lasting memory thanks to husband Tim’s culinary skills. Not the cheapest place to eat but truly great value, a superb wine list. ' - Ron Grerenman - March, 2016

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