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The Old Priory

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6 bedrooms
8 bathrooms
18 guests
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Situated just 20 minutes from Bath, Wells and Glastonbury, in the market town of Midsomer Norton, The Old Priory is reputed to be one of the oldest houses in Somerset, with records showing that it was first established in 1170. This historically significant building was an Augustinian Priory in early medieval times, later being seized by Henry VIII and bequeathed to Christchurch College, Oxford. It was owned by Christchurch until 1712 when it was sold to a private local buyer. A secret tunnel is said to have existed linking the nearby 15th century church to The Old Priory, which was possibly used for escape and refuge in the days of religious persecution. The building was later used as a school for young ladies in the Victorian and Edwardian era.Today, the ancient honeyed stonework and a b...Situated just 20 minutes from Bath, Wells and Glastonbury, in the market town of Midsomer Norton, The Old Priory is reputed to be one of the oldest houses in Somerset, with records showing that it was first established in 1170. This historically significant building was an Augustinian Priory in early medieval times, later being seized by Henry VIII and bequeathed to Christchurch College, Oxford. It was owned by Christchurch until 1712 when it was sold to a private local buyer. A secret tunnel is said to have existed linking the nearby 15th century church to The Old Priory, which was possibly used for escape and refuge in the days of religious persecution. The building was later used as a school for young ladies in the Victorian and Edwardian era.Today, the ancient honeyed stonework and a beautiful walled garden bursting with colour in the summer months greet you upon entering the gravelled driveway. Within this Grade II* building many original architectural features are retained, including large inglenook fireplaces, flagstone floors and original oak beamed ceilings.More
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Melody R
Languages spoken:English
Response Rate:85%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:January 2015
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We live next door and will meet you when you arrive to give you the keys and show you around. We can provide breakfasts, cream teas through to seven course tasting menu fine dining if required. Other groups have brought chefs in from outside and the kitchen is ideally set up for this. Otherwise we are usually around to help out if anything doesn't work or you just need help or advice.
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Date of stay: August 2016
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
TV
Corporate Bookings
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Telephone
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Local Guides/Maps
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Central Heating
Blender
Dryer
Dishwasher
Fax
Freezer
Housekeeping Optional
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Fireplace
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About the neighbourhood
Situated in the market town of Midsomer Norton, The Old Priory is a hideaway south of Bath, ideally located for exploring the areas finest landmarks and attractions including: -- The world heritage Georgian city of Bath -- The beautiful cathedral city of Wells -- Glastonbury – associated with the legends of King Arthur, the Holy Grail and site of one of the largest outdoor festivals -- Cheddar Gorge -- Wookey Hole -- Longleat Safari park and House -- Stourhead House/Gardens -- The Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton -- Pretty country village touring: Wellow – Norton St. Phillip – Farley Hungerford – Bradford on Avon – Lacock – Castle Combe
Getting around
We have a large car park for up to 10 cars in from of the building. Buses go from the town centre around two minutes walk to Bath, Bristol and Wells. The nearest train station is in Bath and there are plenty of local taxi firms. There are cycle paths on disused railway lines going off to Bath and Frome.
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