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Sleeps 6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms 2
Pets 2

Maunsel House Estate Cottages - Front Lodge

Bridgwater, Somerset | UKC1682 4 Grade:
5 years


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A converted gatehouse overlooking Maunsel Estate’s parkland, which guests have free access to during their stay.

Ground Floor:
Living/dining room: With Sky TV and wooden floor.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer.
Bedroom 1: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
Separate toilet.
First Floor:
Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (can be super kingsize on request).
Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
Bathroom: With free standing roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Please note: There are unfenced lakes and fenced ponds in the grounds.

All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Courtyard with terrace and garden furniture (shared with other properties on-site). 270-acres of natural, unspoilt woodland and pasture (shared with owner and other properties on-site). 2 dogs welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times. Fishing on-site (licence required). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

Set within the magnificent Estate of Maunsel House, which was built in the 13th century and is the ancestral home of the Slade Family. The house and grounds are steeped in tremendous history, with more than a touch of eccentricity, a reflection of its owner, Sir Benjamin Slade, 7th Baronet, whom if around will welcome you to look around the main house with a tour and a glass of champagne. Mill Farmhouse (ref UKC1679) is a spacious house with oak floors and doors and a wood burner, great for the winter evenings. In years gone by Barn Owl Cottage (ref UKC1683) was the site of Maunsel’s own wheelwright who kept a barn owl as a pet. Since then it has been converted into a beautiful cottage with great views overlooking the estates many lakes. Dairy Mead Lodge (ref UKC1680) is a thatched converted dairy situated within a minute’s walk of Maunsel House. It’s in a great position overlooking the fishing lakes and the ornamental ponds. Front Lodge (ref UKC1682) is a stunning, quaint, converted gatehouse, originally the home of the estate grounds keeper. The lodge is situated at the top of the drive, overlooking Maunsel House Estate’s beautiful parkland, with its roaming shetland ponies and birdlife. Finally, The Old Corn Mill (ref UKC1681) as the name suggests was the old corn mill and the wheel is still visible, parts of which are kept as a feature in the house. With a reverse layout it has a sunny living space upstairs overlooking the church and one of the four fishing lakes and a meadow.
The properties, all detached, are set within stunning parkland and the estate sprawls across 2000-acres, comprising farms, lakes, woodlands, walnut groves, orchards, Somerset wetlands, a church and an ancient barn, and you are free to roam to your hearts content. If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, Maunsel House is very close to all the great attractions of Somerset as it is situated not far from Bridgwater and the M5, which gives you easy access to Taunton and the Quantocks, Burnham-on-Sea, Glastonbury and Wells. Beach 17 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 300 yards.
The properties can be booked together to accommodate up to 30 guests.

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  • Detached Property
    Detached Property
  • Ground Floor Facilities
    Ground Floor Facilities
  • Golf nearby
    Golf nearby
  • Pub within 1 mile
    Pub within 1 mile
  • Pets – no charge
    Pets – no charge
  • Rural Location
    Rural Location
  • WiFi
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site
    Fishing Nearby/On-site
  • Heritage Collection
    Heritage Collection
  • Parking - On Site
    Parking - On Site

Customer Comments

  • 5


    Confirmed guest, 29/02/2020
    This is a 6 person cottage and had settee for 2 people ! The hire company phoned and the owner assured us there would be a second when we got there. We arrived to find the living room was very cramped for 4 people. The heating was not working and although the owners came straight away the problem wasn’t fixed until after 9pm with men in and out. It was freezing and took another 24 hours to feel warm. Where the room was cramped we had to keep moving our chairs while eating dinner for them to get by. Maintenance was poor with rotten door frames. The front door would not lock and we had to do a bit of DIY to make it secure. The kitchen was the most poorly equipped I have ever come across. The owner did bring us a casserole mixing bowl and dish to use. Thank goodness I’d taken my own knife as there wasn’t one that cut more than butter. I guess you aren’t expected to cook and eat in self catering places ! There was a downstairs bedroom which was not negotiable for me being partially disabled. I could get in bed but could not get across room to use very small chest of drawers. I had to live out of my bag all week. There was a clothes rail and the corner of the bed was almost in the fire place. The shower had a step up and there was nothing to hold. The toilet downstairs was small and not at all suitable. I had to leave the door open so my husband could come and hoist me up. Embarrassing as it was next to kitchen. We had to wash up plates and cutlery between courses. The back door cannot be opened as there is a meter box stopping it. Dangerous as there is no way out should there be a fire in kitchen !!!! Our friends were comfortable upstairs but it was hopeless for us - even though I had phoned and asked relevant questions several times. After a very cramped dinner we had to stack chairs and table to be able to get the four of us on two such low settees only one of us could get out of them without help. The big house is fabulous and if you do go ask for a tour. Amazing. We found out that the cottages are set up for overnight wedding guests. No good for a weeks stay. Six of you and there’d be nowhere to sit ! Shame as area is good and it could be really nice.

  • 8


    Confirmed guest, 22/02/2020
    We had a lovely week at Front Lodge, it is spacious and was very clean. Although it advertised as having Sky, it does in fact only have Freeview, but that is a minor matter. The beds were comfortable, and the bedroom and shower room downstairs would be helpful if a member of the party has mobility issues. We were offered a tour of the main house and that was well worth doing.

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7.5 out of 10 – based on 4 reviews collected by reevoo
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