Not just a B&B, more a holiday destination
Built in 1911 by one of the last 19th century ship owners, Bossington Hall is a stunning mansion in Exmoor. Comforts are extreme, views are of the sea, and the grounds contain a startling variety of sporting facilities – including the UK’s oldest private squash court.
First the rooms. There are nine, all luxuriously decorated and many with sea views across to Porlock Weir. All are well-equipped – think fluffy white bathrobes, fresh milk in the fridge with the teas and coffees, and super-comfy beds. All are en-suite or with private bathrooms, with free-standing rolltop baths or wonderful rainfall showers.
Downstairs the decor is true to the era, with period furnishings, a stately guest sitting room and even a private ‘cine-bar’ with sumptuous leather armchairs and classic movies playing quietly in the background. Relax in the honesty bar which is stocked with Exmoor Gin and Exmoor Vodka made by local artisan distillers Wicked Wolf.
Bossington Hall has been thoroughly renovated and there are also little practical elements too, such as a boot room by the front door stocked with dog towels for guests with four legs. Uniquely, there is a Massage and Sauna suite for a little extra pampering
Breakfasts are served in the dining room, with towering oak mullioned windows looking out over the grounds and coast. The choice is superb, fresh fruits and cereals and the traditional ‘Full English’ frequently upstaged by poached egg on avocado toast or bacon pancakes. Evening meals are not served, but there is a well stocked cheese, charcuterie and crackers selection of nibbles for a lighter meal option.
Step outside and there’s even more. There’s plenty of parking, of course, as well as an EV charger, and an expansive terrace with the perfect aspect for sunset drinks. Then there are eight acres of informal gardens and woodland to explore. In amongst the millpond, river and waterfall you’ll discover tennis and badminton courts, the Grade II listed squash court, and plenty of space to wander.
What makes the place ultimately special is the welcome you get, with dogs gladly included. Page after page of internet reviews make it clear that your hosts really enjoy entertaining guests and are full of information about what to see and do. Though quietly and rurally set within Exmoor National Park, there are plenty of pubs and restaurants – as well as the coast itself – within easy reach.
Bossington Hall suggests
Take a walk. The South West Coast Path is ten minutes away, and the Coleridge Way not much further.
- Building of Historical Interest
- Children by Arrangement
- Disabled Access
- Dogs by Arrangement
- Electric Vehicle Charger
- Free off-street parking
- Free Wifi
- Ground Floor Bedroom
- Packed Lunch
- Air Sports (gliding/ballooning etc)
- Bird Watching
- Museums & Galleries
- National Park
- Places of Historical Interest
- Water Activities
- Wild Swimming
Price per room per night, based on two sharing, including breakfast from £135
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Bossington Hall is in Exmoor National Park, and less than a mile from the shingle beach at Bossington. Though quietly and rurally set, it is only a mile from Porlock Village and Porlock Weir, so within easy walking distance you can find a range of shops, restaurants, museums and galleries. On every side are the moors, with the iconic Exmoor ponies known locally as Mousies. This part of the southwest is particularly accessible: either London and Birmingham can be reached in three hours by car.
"Bossington Hall is a beautiful house, in a stunning location and easily one of the best places we have ever stayed! We stayed for 4 nights with our dog, and were made to feel very welcome from the moment we arrived, with nothing being too much trouble. Breakfast was of a very high standard, with an assortment of fresh fruit, juices and a made to order menu offering quality choices, including avocado and egg on toast, salmon and scrambled egg on toast, a traditional English breakfast or porridge with a dash of whiskey; each as devine as the next! The house is superbly presented, with incredible views of the rolling hills and Bristol Channel. Within the house's grounds there are lots of hidden areas, which make for a great evening walk, especially with a dog. We cannot wait to get back here as 4 nights were nowhere near enough for us to get the most of our Bossington Hall and the surrounding area!"
Dominic Sedgwick, 2021