If you went to university, you might recall some stellar cellar parties. Here at Ravenscroft Manor, you can relive that life in the renovated basement. Karaoke machine, bean bags and bar make for a boho escape. All sung out, you’ll emerge blinking into an elegant ground floor, reminding you that there’s no dissertation to finish for tomorrow.
The good news continues throughout. This is no student digs. It’s a modern marriage of historic charm and contemporary luxury tucked away in the shadow of Somerset’s Mendips and packed with toys. Join the country squirearchy amid Georgian ceilings, the gas AGA and the log-lit drawing room.
Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your hens or dogs. Yomp the hills, get hearty and wholesome in the country kitchen, or head out to the local pubs for stout beams, flagstone floors, crackling fires and wholesome nosh. Retire to rolltop baths, walk-in showers, king-size luxury beds and the deep silence that hangs over the hills.
Ravenscroft Manor pinches a quarter-acre of Somerset’s most alluring greenery and presents it to you for picnics, pre-prandial drinks or just for kids going cartwheel-crazy on the summer lawns.
Out on the terrace, there’s al-fresco dining around the table and chairs that sit beneath big skies as wholesome as slow-cooked AGA lamb. Or stick a few steaks and sausages on the charcoal barbie. When darkness descends, pile into the six-seat hot tub and stare at the best light show in town.
Quality, charm, and opulence combine in a modern reinvention of English country living. While there’s no boot room full of riding crops and muddy jodhpurs, you’ll enjoy the creature comforts that sit amidst the layers of historic charm. Deep skirting boards, solid architraves and heavy curtains tell of an English solidity.
Beneath high Georgian ceilings, you and up to 13 friends, family, hens (and two dogs) can get together or slide gracefully apart. Pile into the living room onto the modern sofas in a cosy squeeze for late-night cards and games or movies. Or retreat to the drawing room to feed the woodburner, dip into a book or tap into alternative viewing.
Fast wifi’s in place for streaming and downloading, and you can whistle up a tune or two on the Bluetooth speakers that dot the living areas. Head up to the games room to get competitive over table tennis, pool or darts. Or host a stellar cellar party complete with bean bags, karaoke and bar (BYOB).
Ravenscroft Manor is smart, civilised and renovated to the rafters. It’s tasteful, classy and opulent, yet it’s never stuffy. The modern combines with the traditional, and the seriously grown-up mixes with the big kid who lurks in all of us. Kick back on the leather sofas, top up your glass and toast the country life.
The four-oven and two-hob AGA keeps the place toasty, but if you feed it with locally reared organic meat, poultry and game, the end result is a hearty chunk of clean-eating wholesomeness. For best results, pair with local cider from Sheppy’s, strawberries and cream, and a bulging cheeseboard.
Top up your larder and American fridge with award-winning pies, quiches, savouries, ready meals, desserts and cakes from Jon Thorner’s Farm Shop. Or rip off the apron, top up your glass and call up the private chefs from Tobooka for flexible, personalised menus. They’ll even deal with the dishes and dole out the coffee.
You’ll get 14 beneath the chandelier in the dining room, or on the table and chairs on the terrace for summer salads beneath big skies and the dramatic murmuration of starlings. Alternatively, a pub called the Natterjack Inn in a place called Evercreech simply has to be visited. Fine wines, real ales and hearty fare won’t disappoint.
Picture a 17th-century, thatched country inn with open fires and a warm welcome at the heart of a delicious Somerset village. The Red Lion at Babcary is it. Help yourself to fresh seasonal food that’s won a Taste of the West Gold Award. Or head over to The Sheppey at Godney for fish stew, truffle gnocchi or sumac-roasted pumpkin.
Six large bedrooms and four bathrooms that seem to have leapt from the pages of the more upmarket interior magazines await. Walk the hills, then ease your aching limbs into rolltop baths, walk-in showers and sumptuous kingsize beds. Ravenscroft Manor sleeps twelve as standard, or 14 with zed-beds.
Bedroom one and two are kingsize en-suites, while bedrooms three and four are twins. Bedroom five is a kingsize, and bedroom six offers further twin accommodation.
They’re all lovely, so no unseemly squabbles. Sleep the sleep of the just in crisp white linen, wrapped in the weighty silence of the Western hills.