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Wootton House

Butleigh Wootton, near Compton Dundon, Somerset (Ref. 975935)

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  • Sleeps 16

  • Bedrooms 8

  • Bathrooms 5

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Four-poster Bed Four poster bed
  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Washing machine Washing machine
  • Icon/Feature/Dishwasher Dishwasher
  • Icon/Feature/Games room Games Room
  • Icon/Feature/WiFi Broadband / WiFi


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6 Customer Review(s)

  • Henso
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    “Another great stay- shame they haven't dealt with probelsm from last year.”

    This is a great place for a family reunion, with space, peace, character and good facilities so that people can do things together or on their own as they wish. Our family loved it ...

    This is a great place for a family reunion, with space, peace, character and good facilities so that people can do things together or on their own as they wish. Our family loved it! As you can see below, we used this house last year and everyone looked forward to coming again- this time to get the family together to celebrate my wife's 70th Birthday. It's well equipped and clean, with a great kitchen where 12 of us could eat together. We didn't bother using the very dark and rather "heavy" dining room! The (mostly) teenage kids loved playing the grand piano (carefully) and accompanying it with their guitars, while adults enjoyed some peace and quiet in the 2 lounges or went for walks down the neighbouring lanes. The family also made good use of the play room and tennis courts- and especially enjoyed the croquet, where matches got very competitive! They also tackled a very complicated jigsaw puzzle until the (not so) early hours of the morning! What a nice change from smartphones and tablets. The property is a bit run-down and needs a bit of TLC, but this has the advantage that you can be yourself without having to be over careful. However, it also meant some things fell short of our requirements. We knew from last year that the windows were unacceptably dirty and asked for assurances that they would be cleaned- but they are still filthy. That spoils the vista, especially from the back bedrooms. The drawers in the bedrooms were lined with dirty paper or even newspapers. Again, we asked for assurances that these would be improved, but they weren't, so most of our guests left their clothes in their cases. Some wallpaper is falling off the walls and some ceilings have large cracks- and one passageway ceiling leaked in heavy rain. A couple of carbon monoxide alarms also weren't working properly, but we told the person in charge of maintenance and he has promised to correct this quickly. We don't want to overplay the problems, as we felt privileged to be able to use this lovely historic house- and we would love to come again sometime! We just hope something can be done to make the place feel a little more loved.

    - Henso, September 2018
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The property

Wootton House is a fine country house on the edge of Butleigh Wootton, overlooked by the monument of Admiral Sir Samuel Hood high on Polden Ridge.

The house has evolved since its construction in the 18th cent.

for the Hood family.

It sits on a 1,000 acre estate comprising gardens, woods, parkland and working farms.

Large mature garden (all yours) with croquet lawn, hard tennis court, climbing frames, slides and swings.The house is comfortable, elegant, delightful - if a little frayed around the edges - with modern facilities.

Downstairs: large front hall (wood floors, oak panelling) and equally large back hall (Steinway grand piano and upright piano) with French windows to paved terrace and the garden (table/chairs).

Off the front hall, with views across parkland to the monument, step down to drawing room (open fire) with damask wallpaper and French windows to the front garden, and a sitting room (marble open fireplace, fine paintings, TV/DVD).At the back, overlooking the garden, large formal dining room (long oak dining table, enormous Jacobean-style ornamental fireplace); large kitchen/dining room (dishwasher, microwave, fridge-freezer, terrazzo flooring, 4-door Aga plus electric cooker, farmhouse table/chairs, TV, door to garden) and pantry (washing machine, tumble drier, larder fridge, sink).

Partially adjoining the kitchen, but completely private from the house, is a tenant-occupied cottage.

From the back hall, passage to French windows to the rear garden, a downstairs bathroom (suite) and step up to the Abbot’s Room (an enormous games room with table tennis, children's snooker table, darts, TV, PlayStation 2).Upstairs: oak stairs from the front hall up to a landing (original William Morris wallpaper, library area with window seats), off which are eight bedrooms: - double with en suite bathroom (suite)- double with hand-carved mahogany four-poster (5') with beautiful drapes- double with four-poster (6')- double- twin (zip-linkable to 6' double) with en suite shower-room (suite)- twin (2'6" beds zip-linkable to 5' double)- twin (washbasin)- twin (washbasin)Two bathrooms (suites, one with roll-top bath) and shower-room (shower, washbasin, WC).

Professional catering available.

Damages Deposit £250.

Arrival after 4pm.

A magical place that's been in the same family for generations, with extensive grounds that children and adults both enjoy. Butleigh Wootton: hamlet (stone cottages) in unspoilt countryside on the Somerset Levels, 1½ miles from Butleigh (pub, PO/shop, church).

Glastonbury (small town, famous tor), 3 miles; Street (shopping, outdoor swimming pool), 2; Wells (cathedral city), 10; Wookey Hole Caves, 11; the north Somerset coast, 20; Bath (historic city), about 30.

Several Nat.

Trust houses/gardens nearby.

Excellent walking, cycling, golf and horse riding on the Somerset Levels.


1st FloorGround Floor

Kitchen Dining Room Living Room Study Pantry Bathroom Games Room Store Lobby Back Hall Drawing Room Hall


  • Eight bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double with four poster bed, 1 x king size double with four poster bed, 1 x double with en suite bathroom, 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip-linkable to 6’ double on request) with en suite shower-room, 1 x twin (2’6” beds zip-linkable to 5’ double), 2 x twin with washbasin
  • Drawing room with open fire and French windows to garden
  • Sitting room with marble fireplace
  • Dining room( with long oak dining table
  • Kitchen with 4-door Aga, farmhouse table/chairs and pantry
  • Games room
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Shower-room with shower and basin.
  • Central heating with open fire
  • Microwave, fridge, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request, Off road parking for eight cars
  • Enclosed garden with tennis court, children's play area
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome, more by arrangement
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Note: Check in time 4pm
  • Note: This property only permits bookings starting on its usual changeover day of Friday.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

About the location


A rural village nestling at the head of the dreamy Somerset levels. Lush green meadows, meandering rivers, abundant wildlife all surrounded by steep and wooded hills; the countryside doesn't come much better than this! Just 7 miles away, Glastonbury Abbey and Tor is famous for its pre-history, Ley lines and music festival. The majestic Wells Cathedral is also well worth a visit, and shopaholics are excellently catered for in Street. Further afield, the Regency City of Bath, Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge are all an easy drive away. Overall, an outstandingly beautiful and easily accessible area with much to do and see.

Note: Professional catering available.
Note: Arrival after 4pm.
Note: This property only permits bookings starting on its usual changeover day of Friday.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season