Good Hotel Guide Review
Lynne Vincent is the perfect hostess and a mine of information at Roy Copeland’s Grade II listed Georgian country house B&B on the edge of a market town, a former capital of Wessex. It has ‘lots of character’, views across the Somerset countryside from the belvedere. The coach house, with its own separate entrance, has ground-level rooms, while those in the main house range from Goldington, with antique oak four-poster, to snug Alderly, under the eaves, with starlight windows, a roll-top bath and hand-held shower. You can wander in the ‘lovely grounds’, where ducks and black swans glide on the lake, specimen trees cast their shade, and a rill runs through. Breakfast, served in an orangery flooded with light through tall Venetian arched windows, includes freshly squeezed orange juice, dry-cured Wiltshire bacon, Clonakilty black and white pudding, and Loch Fyne smoked salmon, roasted tomatoes, fluffy scrambled eggs. It is all ‘very comfy’ and they are flexible about timing. A grand piano and jazz memorabilia recall Mr Copeland’s career as a jazz saxophonist. And if the look and fittings are here and there a bit dated, so what? ‘A very good B&B.’ (M M-D)
4 Behind Berry
9. 4, in coach house, on ground floor.
all year, only coach house rooms at Christmas and New Year, no breakfast 25/26 Dec, 1 Jan.
breakfast room, small sitting area, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), ¾-acre grounds (lake), unsuitable for disabled.
all ages welcomed.
allowed (not unattended) in 1 coach house room, not in public rooms.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £70–£95. double £80–£125.