A: Yes, Bampton is a wonderful village just 5 miles away and has a few pubs and cafes. Highly recommended are the Toucan (www.toucanrestaurant.co.uk) which does great cakes, bacon butties and lunches and the Quarryman’s Rest (www.thequarrymansrest.co.uk) which does fantastic hearty pub food (amazing scotch eggs) and a fine selection of beer and ales. On your way back worth stopping off at the butcher’s too and getting a Cornish pasty – you’ll never eat a nicer one.
If you are after Michelin star food then The Mason’s Arms, Knowstowe (www.masonsarmsdevon.co.uk) is worth a trip.
A: The Quarryman’s Rest (www.thequarrymansrest.co.uk) and the Exeter Inn (www.the-exeter-inn.co.uk) serve a good pint and there are some local brews which can be bought by the barrel and served at your event too.
A: Our house capacity is 130 plus some staff at any one time. If you are having an event with 130 dining, then sadly we are unable to facilitate additional guests joining. If you are having a banquet for less than 130 people then you can have extra guests join the party after as long as the number never exceeds 130. For example, a wedding or party with 90 guests dining could have 40 people join after the meal. Often people who want to invite more people than 130, arrange a late check out on the sunday afternoon (or stay an extra day) and invite different non resident guest on the friday, saturday or sunday, so across a weekend everyone gets to come to a some part of the event.
A: We are surrounded by wonderful countryside between Exmoor and Dartmoor and 12 minutes from the M5, so you can arrange plenty of things to do at the House, in the area or even nip to the coast or the city for a day trip. Our supplier directory has a list of some of the best the area has to offer to suit your mood form sporty to relaxation, action to pampering.
A: 2 well behaved dogs are welcome, by prior arrangement.
A: A frequent question asked by corporate groups or retreats who don’t have couples sharing beds. Across the 35 bedrooms we can accommodate 55 people in separate beds ranging from huge fourposters to luxury twin beds. Some would be sharing rooms. We do additionally have some portable single.
A: We pride ourselves in being ready for everyone. We have 4 travel cots, 4 high chairs, children’s cutlery and crockery and one of our rooms has the flexibility of being a bedroom or set up as a play room. We have numerous adjoining rooms ideally suited as family suites or for older children we can create dorm rooms. There is a table tennis table, a 5 aside football area and oodles of space for a good game of hide and seek. We also have a great contact list for local things to do for children of all ages or the whole family. We also have the names of local childminders who can come up to the house.
A: Of course. We have three bedrooms all next to each other on the ground floor which are disabled friendly. Two share a bathroom and can be set up either as two bedrooms or a luxury suite with a bedroom and lounge. Perfect for people needing a carer close by too. These rooms have a shower room for the less able with a low threshold shower. The third room has a disabled persons alarm, reinforced bed, disabled shower room. All rooms easily link through to the main reception rooms with wide corridors and we have portable ramps for the outdoor steps. All areas of the garden are accessible without needing to use steps. The house is listed and old so we have been unable to fit a lift however.
A: Reception varies depending on the weather, so it ranges from very poor to nothing. We do have a complimentary house phone for your convenience during your stay so you can make and receive calls. Most guests like the fact that their guests can dial out if needed but otherwise the lack of mobile signal means everyone is in the moment!