The Old Parsonage is a wonderfully romantic-looking 17th Century Grade II*-listed house in the ancient village of Farrington Gurney. Its easily accessible location – just off the A37 between Bath, Bristol and Wells on the edge of the Mendip Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) – makes it a convenient place to stay for both the business traveller and tourists exploring the West Country. There are good public transport links to the property and there’s ample car parking for guests.
This beautiful, historic house is home to Brian and Charlotte Murray, who offer bed and breakfast accommodation in their three guest bedrooms.
Built in the 1680s, The Old Parsonage was owned by The Duchy of Cornwall for more than 200 years. During this period, the house would regularly receive royalty; King George VI visited in 1937 and, in 1934, the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, was entertained there. Steeped in history, the house retains an air of regal grandeur today, despite having fallen into disrepair when it was finally sold by The Duchy of Cornwall in 1993. In recent years, it has been lovingly restored to its former glory.
The cosy interior still has many of its original period features, including wooden panelling, shutters, open fireplaces and a wonderful original 17th century staircase. The rooms are decorated with an interesting collection of antique furniture and textiles, and beautiful chandeliers, which have been combined with modern facilities and finishing touches to ensure that guests have a comfortable and relaxing stay.
There’s a large, elegantly furnished sitting room for bed and breakfast guests to use. Smoking is not permitted in the house, but there’s a covered smoking area in the courtyard.
The four guest bedrooms all have tea and coffee making facilities; a flat-screen television; an iPod docking station; and free, wireless internet access. Visitors can choose from:
The green four-poster room, which is a large room with a double, four-poster bed, as well as a single bed, and an en suite shower room. It features a pretty toile wallpaper, antique linen and an attractive period fireplace.
The red four-poster room has a king-size, four-poster bed and a single bed. It features antique, French linen, and has a large en suite with both a bath and power shower.
The blue room has a wonderfully carved French mahogany bed and a period fireplace. It is decorated with pretty blue and white toile-print wallpaper and soft furnishings, and has an en suite shower room.
The ground floor panelled room has a king-sized sleigh bed; a private, luxury bath/power shower room and private kitchenette. It’s also available on a self-catering basis.
Children and babies are welcome, and cots can be provided.
Double room rates range from £78 to £84 per night, or from £55 to £58 per night for single occupancy.
For self-catering prices, please contact the owners direct.
A freshly cooked, traditional English breakfast is served in the beautiful, beamed dining room on very pretty Wedgwood Devon Rose china. There’s also homemade bread and jam, a choice of cereals, fruit juices, tea or coffee, yoghurt and fresh fruit.
The Old Parsonage is within easy reach of a number of nearby wedding venues, making it an ideal base for wedding guests. The Red Four Poster bedroom is a popular choice among brides and grooms celebrating their wedding night; it’s a large, luxurious room with a romantic king-sized four poster bed and spacious en suite bath and shower room. Bride and Groom are welcome to leave luggage and collect a key the day before to help the wedding to help ensure that everything runs smoothly on the day.
You have found a wonderful place to stay and Boutique and Breakfast is committed to giving you a personalised service so that you can find the right room at the right price. Simply fill in our enquiry form and within 24 hours you will receive a response from The Old Parsonage tailored to your needs. This will be in the form of either a telephone call or an email.