Blackmore Farmhouse, Cannington
Fancy a stay in a medieval manor house in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty? We've got just the place: Blackmore Farmhouse in Somerset's Quantock Hills.
Ann and Ian Dyer have opened up the family dairy farm, a 15th century, Grade I listed manor house – complete with ancient chapel – as a rather special B&B.
Located in Cannington, near Bridgwater, on the edge of the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the place was mentioned in the Domesday Book as ‘Blachamore’ and is imbued with history. Stone walls, mullioned windows, soaring ceilings, oak beams and suits of armour and ancient weaponry. And there’s that chapel with its simple white-washed walls. Totes atmospheric!
There’s a choice of accommodation: three large bedrooms in the main house (four-poster anyone?), barn conversions the Wagon House (three suites) and the Cider Press (sleeping four and with its own working Aga) and the Retreat, a super cosy shepherd’s hut for two.
Eat breakfasts (said to be spectacular) sitting at a carved oak refectory table in the Great Hall. Have a stroll around the one-acre garden, maybe fish the stream or chill in the lounge/TV room. Sip a barista coffee or a local beer in the farm cafe. Browse and buy local produce in the farm shop.
Jaunts out: walks in the Quantock Hills, along the West Somerset Coast and the Coleridge Way; visit the National Trust’s Coleridge House and Dunster Castle; bird-watching on the Steart Marches and the Somerset Levels.
Children of all ages welcome; dogs by prior arrangement.
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