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“Excellence in the West Country”
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Maunsel House
Ranked #1 of 1 North Newton B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Excellence in the West Country”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

No matter how you arrive at Maunsel - helicopter, collected in a 4x4 from Taunton Station, or by horse - you are met on arrival by members of a very polite team and immediately whisked into an atmosphere of an Edwardian house party. Our luggage was taken ahead of us as we were shown to our excellently appointed bedroom with ensuite bathroom. We noticed each day how the flowers in our room were freshened up too. On returning to the main entertaining rooms of the house we were greeted by footmen suitably equipped with trays of drinks at the entrance to each room. Our house party consisted of 60 guests over three days. Wonderful food at each meal and a never ending supply of drinks served from ice cold cellar buckets. You can only be impressed when nearly 200 guests sit down to dinner under the stars in the Secret Garden and are then entertained to both live band and disco music in the Ballroom. We were refreshed with eager hospitality at the bar, decked out as a typical west country pub where you sense the constant theme of shaggy dog tales well into the night, long after the house pets have gone to their own beds to sleep.

Room Tip: I advise ahead of time of your height, as the approach to some rooms are via turret staircases.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Stayed for a wedding in this magical place. Fantastic outdoor dining area, impeccable service, delicious food, and extraordinary stately home collection of arms, swords, stuffed bears and even an alligator wearing a german world war 2 helmet!
There's nowhere quite like it. They also have a helicopter landing area and can organise transfers to London and all major airports.
The bar has a very nice '76 Delemain Cognac.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

the whole week-end was perfectly organised with friendly staff, excellent food , wine, and wonderful accommodation in one of the beautifully furnished cottages with a superb bedroom and bathroom. there was also a wonderful band.
the host Sir Benjamin was on hand all week-end in his own inimitable style.
the house and grounds are very special indeed.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Ben Slade is the most GENEROUS host and we all LOVE him. Without him in the West Country, life would be very dull indeed. His parties offer an eclectic group of fascinating people from all his numerous circles of friends. You never know who you are going to meet but you can be sure you will have an excellent time. The food is superb, the flowers delicious, the music the best and the ambience perfect. Can't wait fro the next one.

Room Tip: The King's Bedroom.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed August 5, 2013

Maunsel house holds so much history and interest as well as being a beautiful location that staying there made me feel that I was somewhere really special rather than just another soul-less hotel. It is a truly versatile party / wedding venue with beautiful spaces both outdoors and indoors and endless items of interest to look at in every room. I recommend this venue without hesitation.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Sir Benji holds the best parties in the world, and at the finest venue. A laugh a minute, but seriously brilliant service / staff / food / wine. A fabulous house in a fabulous setting, with something to tittlilate and amuse wherever you look. Few hosts could look so fresh and still have a sparkle in the eye after hosting dinner, breakfast, lunch, dinner, breakfast, lunch in one weekend. Phew, well done Benji, support team, family and friends. Glorious.

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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Coming from Germany, I was among the very fortunate to attend last weekend’s exclusive parties at Maunsel House. The atmosphere was superb, including brilliant organisation with wonderful staff that managed the seemingly unending procession of guests with light-hearted perfection. Excellent food and wine, music plus beautiful interiors and exteriors, with that very special touch of eccentric charm. What a memorable event; a great place to celebrate a dream wedding or any grand anniversary. Congratulations to our host Sir Ben!

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Property: Maunsel House
Address: Maunsel House Maunsel Road, North Newton TA7 0BU, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > North Newton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in North Newton
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Maunsel House is a magnificent 13th-century manor set in 100 acres of stunning parkland at the heart of a sprawling 2,000 acre estate, comprising of farms, woodlands, walnut groves, orchards, Somerset wetlands, cottages and ancient barns. Maunsel is primarily a luxury weddings and events venue. Exclusively yours for the duration of your stay, with no restrictions on how you wish to celebrate. Maunsel has 13 exquisite bedrooms, all with their own story to tell and character and some with antique four poster beds. At Maunsel we also have 4 glorious cottages, all fully furnished to the highest of standards. At Maunsel you cannot book individual rooms, instead you can hire the whole house and cottages for your use. The cottages are available for mid week holiday breaks - so should you be after a relaxing getaway we have just the place for you! ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Maunsel House Hotel Taunton

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