Bed and Breakfast at Hartwood House. Ideally situated between Taunton, Exmoor and the sea. The Quantock Hills are still an undiscovered peaceful part of Somerset. Our B and B is warmly recommended in Trip Advisor for the comfort of our rooms, the friendliness of our welcome, the beautiful garden and the quiet sheltered location of our house. Special mention is also made of our delicious breakfasts and the tea and home made cakes each afternoon.
Your hosts are David and Rosemary Freemantle, whose main aim is to give you the best holiday possible while you are with them. Having entertained guests for twenty years they are experienced at looking after you and have a wide knowledge of Somerset to aid your enjoyment of the area.
Guests sitting Room
Our house exudes warmth and comfort. Our guests have a large sitting room, heated in season by a cosy woodburner, a sprawl of easy chairs and stacks of books and jigsaws plus a digital television.
We are a non-smoking house but guests may use the veranda or garden. We have a good drying room for walkers and bikers clothes and always lots of hot water for baths.
set in an eight acre woodland glade’
The house nestles in a 8 acre woodland glade. Exceptionally quiet at night, only disturbed by owls or foxes. Red and roe deer are often seen in our fields and woodland. Birdsong fills the garden throughout the day.
We are enthusiastic amateur gardeners and have planted a wealth of trees, shrubs and perennials over the last 23 years - and in Somerset everything grows apace!
The garden has much to interest the plantsman, as well as having many quiet sitting areas and space for children to play.
Come down to Breakfast and make your choice.
Fresh squeezed orange juice, grapefruit, stewed fruit, various cereals (porridge in winter) home made marmalade and jams together with a variety of teas and coffee.
Choose from bacon, sausages, mushrooms, tomato, black pudding, eggs – or enjoy a lighter option of smoked salmon with scrambled egg or cold ham with poached egg.
Where possible all ingredients are locally sourced. You will be greeted with tea and home made cakes on arrival.
Breakfast at Hartwood House
Bedrooms are traditional, comfortable and spacious, all ensuite, good mattresses, fresh flowers and tea and coffee making facilities with home made biscuits are provided. Toiletries available if needed.
Twin or Double.
Wifi is available.
Crowcombe Heathfield Station
This relatively unknown area of Somerset, designated
the first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1957,
has much to recommend it. The Quantock Hills offer
moor, woodland, farmland and winding streams, hill
and dale, ideal for walking, cycling, riding and
bird watching. The coast offers sandy beaches at
Minehead and strata rocks for fossil hunting at Doniford.
There are numerous lovely gardens to visit from Hestercombe
to Greencombe as well as many private gardens detailed
in the Yellow Book.
Convenient for the wedding venues of St Audries, Crowcombe Court and Bagborough House.
You can join The West Somerset Railway from Crowcombe Station a short stroll away. This is the longest steam railway in the country run by volunteers. It travels from Bishops Lydeard through beautiful countryside and along the coast to Minehead.
There are pretty villages with good Pubs all around the area and we can provide you with maps, guides and advice to help you enjoy your time with us.
There are nine pubs quite close by:
The county market town of Taunton is ten miles away with the County Cricket ground, a great Antique Market on Mondays (Rosemary loves it, David says its just more stuff!) and shops to fulfil most requirements. Somerset has villages to rival the Cotswolds and without the crowds. Enjoy cream teas with proper clotted cream. Travel a little further to the west to Exmoor, go north west to Dunster and Porlock. Which ever way you choose to travel there are gems to visit but there is no need to go far as there is so much to enjoy close by.
The croquet lawn is always available for games and we have a horse swing as well as a garden rocking horse for the younger guests.
The Croquet Lawn
Our midweek rate remains unchanged at £40 per person per night including breakfast. There is a £5 a head supplement for weekend nights and for any single night at our discretion. Children under 15 £20, toddlers free. Discount for stays of more than two nights.
No deposit required. Payment by cash, cheque or interbank transfer please
Under normal circumstances we like guests to arrive at about tea time. Departure should be in time for us to prepare the room for the following night.
Bottom Paddock March
Woodland walk May
Formal Garden June
Vegetable Garden August
Up the Drive November
We Seldom Close!
Anniversary Gate to the Woodland
If possible we prefer communication by E mail to firstname.lastname@example.org but enquiries by phone to
About 11 miles from Taunton on the A358 towards Williton and Minehead turn left towards Crowcombe Heathfield and Crowcombe Station. After about ½ mile cross railway bridge, at T junction turn right.
After ¼ mile the drive to Hartwood House will be found on the left hand side.
Note for GPS Users When coming from Taunton do not turn down Holford Lane but stay on A358 until next left hand turning signposted to Crowcombe Station. Cross bridge over railway line, when you get to T junction just past big white house turn right (some systems send you left) Hartwood House will be found on the left after 400 yds.
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