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“B&B with Olde World Charm” 5 of 5 stars
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The Old Parsonage
Main Street, Farrington Gurney BS39 6UB, England   |  
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“B&B with Olde World Charm”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013 via mobile

We stayed three nights at The Old Parsonage to wind down before returning to New Zealand after a very busy 6 week holiday in UK and Europe. We loved the house with its olde world charm and interesting history. Our hosts were very welcoming and our stay in The Green room was a wonderful experience with its four poster bed. We found the location very central to Bristol, Bath and Wells. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and offers lots of old English pubs within easy reach of the B&B to dine in as we explored. Would stay there again readily and recommend it to others wholeheartedly. Such a relaxing end to a wonderful holiday.

Two happy kiwis

Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, it was lovely to have you to stay for 3 nights, we enjoy getting to know guests who stay longer than just one night.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Bristol, UK
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

If it is possible to find the exact opposite of the chain hotels with their standardised room layouts and decor, this delightful B&B does it in spades. The whole ambience of this place is of good country living with welcoming hosts - who provide a pot of tea and biscuits on arrival and you have to love that touch.

For most this will be a stopover point on a trip and the temptation could be to head for the larger towns in the area or even Bath, but you would be missing a treat if you did not stay here.

Cannot recommend this place enough - 5 stars across the board

Room Tip: The red room has a four poster bed and large bathroom (not sure why previous reviewers say it has a...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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UK
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

We stayed in the Red room and had a very comfortable night. The room is huge and the bathroom basic but more than adequate. This is very much 'country house' living and we loved it.
The hosts were friendly, welcoming and helpful, but never intrusive. The breakfasts a wonderful treat; perfectly prepared. We loved it and will return.

Room Tip: Courtyard side is quietest.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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8 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I stayed for just one night in the blue room. The bed was very comfortable and the room full of character.our breakfast was great, the best scrambled eggs I have ever eaten. The only negative was the bathroom could have been cleaner. This said I would stay again and recommend the old parsonage.

Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

This is a splendid B&B with loads of character, surrounded by a beautiful garden. We stayed for four nights - two nights in the 'green' room and two nights in the 'red' room. The red room is smaller, and the bathroom is a little cramped, but fine for two people. As there were three of us (my wife, daughter and I), we asked if we could move to the red room when it became available. Our hosts were happy to accommodate this change, and moved our bags for us when we were out for the day.
The red room is more spacious, with a larger, carpeted bathroom, although the beds were not quite as comfortable as in the green room. Both rooms were well maintained and beautifully furnished, and had lovely views of the garden. The heavy drapes over the windows cut out the sound of early morning traffic in the front room, (and are also good blackout curtains if you do not wish to wake at the crack of dawn).
Our hosts, Brian and Charlotte, provided friendly, professional service, and were most helpful throughout our stay at this unique B&B. Breakfasts, prepared by Charlotte, were excellent in every respect, and Brian's home baked bread was such a treat each morning that it has inspired me to start baking bread again.
The Old Parsonage was also a good base from which to explore Bath, Wells, Stonehenge and many other attractions - and be able to escape from the traffic and chaos to peaceful, serene surroundings each evening. There is no shortage of good pubs and restaurants to choose from nearby. Charlotte had many suggestions about where to eat, and also has a good stock of menus on hand,

Room Tip: The red room is not small by any means, and has a great view of the garden, but if you want to sprea...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

Don't expect your GPS to help you because it lands you at the other end of Main Street. Drive right at the other end by the cul de sac and the house is on the left - and what a house, mansion more like. It is under the aegis of English Heritage or some such and great efforts have been made to to maintain this historic property.

We got out of the car on arrival and chatted to our landlady Charlotte who had a wealth of experience on local knowledge, tips for housebuyers, the eccentricities of the local council, the need to check for radon gas when buying a property and more or less any subject under the sun.

The bedroom had a fourposter bed, the bathroom and toilet were so large I felt a little self-conscious sitting there if you understand me, the breakfast was cooked to perfection to order and bread was home made.

Although less than 50 m from the main road our room was as quiet as a grave and we had a wonderful night's sleep.

I think we spent a total of 1 1/2 hours in conversation with Charlotte and it was a great pleasure to be in contact with someone who had time for their guests. She had been doing this for 25 years so obviously enjoys it. We paid £82 a night and worth every penny.

Most conveniently there was Internet in the sitting room which people could just use when they felt like it, good for Internet junkies like myself. I was really sorry to go. I stayed up to 11 AM, chucking out time, on the last two days because it was so nice there and anyway who wants to go out in the rain?

Room Tip: ask for a room at the back
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

Great little find via late rooms, on arrival you pull on to a lovely gravel driveway, I was greeted by the owner who welcomed me in and offered me a cup of tea (nice touch) and then showed me to my room, typical furniture for the period, decent enough size room, (I had the cheapest room) it is near the road but when you close the shutters it's ok. after coming back from a dinner out, i noticed the owner had come in and turned the room down (nice touch), in the morning came down for breakfast which was really homely, breakfast was really tasty freshly cooked scrambled egg and bacon and especially the home made bread. The only negative was the shower not the pressure was pretty much not existent. i did tell the owner on leaving and was advised she was aware and it was only this room, and if i returned i could choose another room.

Room Tip: The shower in the blue room is not very good
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Main Street, Farrington Gurney BS39 6UB, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Farrington Gurney
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Farrington Gurney
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Number of rooms: 5
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