We decided on Ash House as a convenient journey break from London en route to a classic car weekend and extended holiday in Cornwall but for a variety of reasons we left the old girl at home and travelled in a modern car. We were so glad we did because Cornish roads proved far from ideal for a big old car with no power steering.
And what a find Ash House was! It is very conveniently located for the A303 and other routes while the immediate area is simply plastered with country houses and gardens to visit. We managed to cram in Montacute House and Barrington Court - and there are lots more if staying longer in this lovely area.
Based on our experince of the first night's stay we made sure to book for the return leg. So what has Ash House got that makes it worth calling by? Apart from the location, this is a charming Queen Anne House set in its own secluded gardens. Mein Host is the genial Gordon who greeted us in reception and led us to our spacious rooms on each occasion. The rooms are simply furnished and decorated but lack nothing in modern amenities and comforts - although the TV was on the blink on our second night. That we can live with.
We dined one night in the formal dining room and one night in the Orangery where breakfast is also taken. Food on both occasions was of a high standard and the servers proved friendly and accommodating. Breakfast is outstanding - quite the best of four hotels stayed in over our 10 day tour of Cornwall. Ash House is certainly waiving the flag for Somerset.The local bacon was simply delicious and the black pudding albeit from Scotland so good that we asked for the name of the supplier.
And so Ash House proved the unexpectedly perfect start and finish to a welcome break of culture, gastronomy and classic cars. Now back to reality - and a diet!
- Also Known As:
- Ash Hotel Country
- Ash House Hotel Martock, Somerset, England
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ash House hotel is a stunning 300 year old manor house set in 1.5 acres of mature gardens. Conveniently situated under a mile off of the A303 at Yeovil, Ash House Hotel is the ideal stop over if traveling through the area or a base to explore from. All of our bedrooms have fine Italian cotton sheets, large fluffy towels and power showers, most rooms have baths also. Relax by the fire in the snug bar or enjoy our excellent locally sourced menu in the Orangery overlooking the flood lit garden. ... more less
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