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 eight, all luxuriously decorated and many with sea views across to Porlock Weir. All are well-equipped – think fluffy white bathrobes, fresh milk 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 huge 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 children and 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