At the end of a country lane, behind the electric gates, beyond the clutches of everyday life, sits Duchy Court. Leave your wellies at the door and get your party gear on. You’ll be clinking glasses in front of a woodburning stove, beneath medieval candle chandeliers and at banquet-style tables.
Need more party fun? We can wheel out the yurts. But you might prefer the canvas canopy. Centre-stage in the formal gardens, with the wild meadows and the Black Mountains beyond, it makes for a very English celebration.
Fancy a safari? Take an overnight adventure on a luxurious, boutique camp with fine food and cosy beds. Chase the Severn Bore. Shoot some game. Fish the rivers. Trek the Black Mountains.
Duchy Court is set in fifteen acres of beautiful grounds, with far reaching views over the Black Mountains. The estate is surrounded by a thousand acres of Duchy of Cornwall land, which has open bridleways throughout.
The private lake sits at the front of Duchy Court and overlooks the small parish church, as well as the lovely open paddocks.
Walk through the delightful mix of formal landscaped gardens and expansive wild flower meadows. Or wander over to the old oak tree and play in the children’s tree house and big tree swing. A great little hide out for old fashioned fun.
Enter into the Grand Hall, and take your pick from the four squishy sofas surrounding the large open wood fire. Get cosy with a classic novel or throw open the large double wooden doors and enjoy the views over to the Black Mountains.
For a moment of quiet head to the Study, a traditional room with original oak panelled walls, complete with an open fireplace. The books and chaise loungue should definitely be made the most of with a glass of wine and good company.
The Snug is a cosy, family room which brings Duchy Court right up to the 21st Century. Snuggle up on the huge squishy sofas and make the most of the wide screen TV, DVD library and Wii games console.
Shuffle the cards and count out the chips, the basement provides a little hideaway with a games table and benches. You’ll find a little treat of old in the corner, a vintage pin ball table.
The beautiful dining spaces make meal times a real pleasure. Enjoy breakfast in the kitchen, lunch in the dining room with hand painted silk wallpapers and dinner in the spectacular Orangery.
Duchy Court’s heart lies in the large flagstoned kitchen. With an open log fire, four oven AGA and seating for twelve at the chef’s big wooden table, the traditional country kitchen makes the ideal spot for cooking up a storm. Or invite your chef in to the fully fitted catering kitchen next door, creating a delicious celebration meal during your stay.
The spectacular views of the orangery style conservatory make it a pleasurable experience from starter to coffees. With seating for up to 40 people.
For an intimate evening meal the formal dining room is a must. Decorated with unique hand painted silk chinoiserie and a period fireplace, the period style and elegant sophistication seamlessly combine to provide the perfect backdrop for fine dining.
Duchy Court has ten uniquely designed bedrooms, each with their own feature en suite bathroom. From French roll tops to Big Bertha with Harley Davidson Chromed pipes, there is no getting the short straw with bedrooms here.
The Master Bedroom Suite has an emperor size bed for an emperor size room. The Suite has three separate rooms, the main bedroom with a huge bed and flat screen TV delicately hidden in an antique trunk, the bathroom, with a large antique stone bath and separate walk in shower, and the private sitting room, which can be converted into a further double bedroom if required.
There are nine further, equally as impressive rooms including the Four Poster Bedroom Suite, the Granary Suite with exposed oak beams and the Winch Suite with original granary winch. With each having their own en suite bathroom, the choice of which room you want will get a little tricky! Choose from one of the french roll top baths, the Dorchester bath and spray shower or the Onken Japanese style bath which fills from the ceiling.
The Wain House is a beautiful stone and wooden pillared barn with a large wood burning stove, medieval candle chandeliers and banquet style tables. It is perfect for events, weddings and parties and can seat up to 100 diners. The capacity can be increased by adding Duchy Court’s special hand-cleaved yurts and/or marquee walls on the side. The Conservatory in the main house can also seat up to 40 guests for a spectacular evening meal.
It is possible to have a civil ceremony in the house or grounds at Duchy Court, and, by prior negotiation, you can have a blessing in the parish church at the bottom of the garden.
For yoga, the barn studio offers a quiet, calm place for your daily practice or, weather permitting, the acres of space allow private practice throughout the grounds. We can provide you with a teacher if you should need one.
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