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Cossington Park

Somerset, England

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When you enter the front garden through the red gate the high stone wall separates the property from the village, providing plenty of privacy. The path leads to a door that opens into a red-walled vestibule, and then to a large oak door with carved panels, brought here from China by the owner's ancestors.  

The Chinese door opens into a sunflower-yellow entry hall.  There is an old carved bench, a grandfather clock, and very old, charming "Marriage a la Mode" framed engravings hanging on the wall.  A staircase leads to the bedrooms in the old part of the house.  Down a hall on the right, another stairway leads to the newer wing, built in 1901 by the current owner's great grandfather.

One of the best things about this house is that there is so much to look at!  This is not an austere atmosphere; there is family history here, and it’s all being shared with you.  This is a wonderful home with a true fell of the family who own it.

The large, impressive sitting room is on the left of the entrance hall.   It is comfortable and homey.  A sofa, upholstered in plaid fabric, faces the fireplace.  A chaise lounge, covered in reds, sits under the leaded glass windows that look out to the walled front garden. A second chaise lounge, upholstered in red and creme stripes, sits by a curio cabinet that holds many fine family heirlooms.  Three Adams-style chairs, and a wing chair, provide additional seating. The large stone fireplace has a heavy wood mantle.  A small, round antique table is perfect for cards, or board games.  A TV/VCR is tucked in beside the fireplace.  A rare piano may be used with prior permission.  The blue china bowl under the piano was used to bathe the owner's grandfather onboard the ship he was brought back on from India as a baby.  French doors open onto the beautifully manicured main garden.

The dining room is across the hall.  It seats 14 at an extended round oak table.  Walls are pomegranate red with crisp white woodwork.  An oak dresser holds antique china, and a collection of beer mugs.  A decorative fireplace has a carved wood mantle, and bookcases on both sides.  Views, through textured creme curtains, are of the manicured back gardens.

The library, added in 1901, is a wonderful room.  It has two sofas, a wing chair upholstered in gold and green brocade, and there is a large brown leather sofa.  All of these face the fireplace.  A blue, red, and green Oriental rug decorates the gleaming wood floor, and the light yellow walls have damask panels.  There are antiques, art, family mementos, a large TV, and a DVD player.  Bay windows look out to the lawn.  A door opens into the main garden.  The gem of this room is the wall-to-wall bookcase.  It holds many of the over 5000 books that are in every room of the house.  The collection was started by the owner's ancestors over 300 years ago.  These books are still highly valued  - and read - by the current residents.

The large, friendly farmhouse kitchen has modern appliances: a fabulous blue Britannia 6-burner stove, a microwave-grill-oven combination, a dishwasher, an old pine cupboard and a dresser that holds antique dishes and crockery.   The table seats 8 on blue chairs.  Floors are terra cotta tile.  The window looks out to the front garden.

The breakfast room, the former pantry, has a country table that can seat six. It features a tile floor, bookcase filled with interesting books, yellow walls, a chandelier with purple drop details, and a large dresser with antique china.  This is a great room for afternoon tea and children's meals.  The back hallway is lined with racks holding antique parasols, rifles, and canes.  There is another bookcase here that holds rare books. 

The guest powder room has a hand-stitched cloth with the names and marriage dates of the owner's family members from 1608 – 1909. 

Upstairs are the six bedrooms and bathrooms.  Three of the bedrooms, Chaucer, The Nursery and The Trusty Servant, are in the oldest part of the house.

Chaucer, the oldest bedroom, has a super-king-size bed (6'6") that is covered with a collection of beautiful old fabrics.  There is also a single bed on which a child could sleep.  The antique furniture includes a mahogany desk and dressing table, a bench, and a drop-down desk.  There is a decorative fireplace and a comfortable antique rocker.  This lovely and warm room looks onto the front garden, and the gorgeous main gardens to the south. 

The en suite bathroom has a tub with a hand-held shower.  There is a dressing area, and built-in cupboards.

The Nursery has a king bed that can be converted to twin beds.  Beautiful fabrics are used in this room too.  There is a decorative fireplace, an antique chest of drawers, wood floor, a beamed ceiling and interesting art.  And books, of course! In addition to a collection of children's books, there are books on adventure and travel.  We do not suggest that you put babies in the antique rocking cot, but a modern baby's cot is available.  The Nursery looks south over the gardens and can be accessed from both the old and new wings of the house.

The en suite bathroom has a shower.

The Trusty Servant bedroom has a queen bed with a sage fabric headboard, and a beautiful hand-made coverlet in creme and sage.  There is a mahogany dressing table with a mirror, an oak chest of drawers, a large oak armoire with inlay design,  a mirror, a charming corner desk nook, a small bookcase , and a decorative Victorian fireplace. This large room has pine floors, sage green and white patterned wallpaper, a sloping ceiling, green and beige area rug.

The other three bedrooms, Jolly Monks, The Cobbler and The Pump Room, are in the “new” 1901 wing, 

Jolly Monks has antique twin beds.  Plaid blankets and comfy duvets provide warmth.  There is a chest of drawers,  an armoire, a dressing table with a mirror.  The mantle on the decorative fireplace holds books.  Walls are glazed pink and wood work is crisp white.  This large bedroom faces south over the garden.  The current owner was born in this bedroom.  

The very large en suite bathroom has a large Victorian claw-foot tub and a separate shower.

The Cobbler has an antique wood standard double bed.  There is an antique armoire-desk combination, and other antique furniture, a slipper chair, a decorative fireplace, and a bookcase.  Painted jonquil yellow with white woodwork, this is a very sunny room, facing south over the main gardens.  Unusual Dutch glass paintings hang on the walls.  The room adjoins Jolly Monks, and has a door to that room, and to the hall.  

The Pump Room has a modern, 4-poster queen bed, a small chest of drawers, a heart-shaped table, and a rack for hanging clothes. There is a decorative fireplace and wood floors covered with a pretty Dhurrie rug. This is a small and cozy room, a retreat. Windows look down onto the kitchen garden. 

The large hallway bathroom has a tub with shower over tub. The Pump Room, The Trusty Servant (and The Cobbler, if you want) share this bathroom. 

Pooh's Corner is a peaceful sitting area on a landing between Chaucer, and The Nursery, where some of the family papers and pictures are displayed.   There is a side table bursting with books and papers, a window bench, a gorgeous antique tapestry and books.

The house is on 22 beautifully-maintained acres of lawn, walled gardens, borders, rare specimen trees, fruit trees, three ponds.  These are spectacular gardens.  

Local Favorites
Favorite Local Pub
Name: The Red Tile
Interesting Facts: The Red Tile Inn in Cossington dates back to the early 18th century when it was known as the Cossington Inn. Originally a thatched building it was tiled during the 19th century at the height of the Bridgwater tile industry boom, and was apparently re –named the "Red Tile" by the American pilots in World War 2 who used it’s distinctive roof as a sighting point when bringing their Typhoon fighters in off the Bristol Channel to Westonzoyland airfield.
Unusual or interesting place in the area
Hot Air Ballooning - How about a champagne flight over Cheddar Gorge or the Somerset Levels, taking off from Cossington Park? Victorian Carriage Rides Through the Somerset Levels - Staff in Victorian costume collect you at Cossington Park for a ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the surrounding countryside. Pamper Sessions - Our beautician and aromatherapist offers relaxing beauty treatments at Cossington Park, followed by a glass of Champagne Falconry - A falconry display arranged for you at Cossington Park. A specialist bird-of-prey handler introduces the birds and shows them in flight. Guests may hold them whilst wearing a protective glove. Family Bonding - a weekend of family and individual development, discovery, dream-building and togetherness, facilitated by All Being Well which was co-founded by the Owner-Guardian of Cossington ParkOwl Prowls and Badger Watch - Join Chris Sperring MBE for a night calling and conversing with tawny owls or watching badgers; also bird watching, dawn chorus walks and all-night ‘wildlife safaris’. Extreme off road experiences for groups on trail bikes or 4 x4.Golf - For the golfing enthusiast we can arrange play at at the superb championship links course at Burnham & Berrow or the traditional parkland course at Enmore. This could include a lesson with the professional and or a video replay of your match back at Cossington Park. Fishing - We are well situated for coarse and river fishing. We can arrange tokens from Westcountry Angling and tuition.Archery on the Lawn - Archery can be arranged for small groups in the grounds of Cossington Park. Cosmic Delights - An evening visit to Charterhouse Centre on top of the Mendips for an introduction to the stars, observed through telescopes including an impressive18" reflector in its own observatory.Caving - The Mendips contain some of the deepest caves in Europe and provide opportunities for caving, climbing and abseiling.Gliding – One-off flights arranged at Mendip Gliding Club.Shooting - A visit to the Mendip Firing Range or clay shoot (off the premises)Bristol Channel Cruise – Summer cruises to Lundy Island
Favorite Local Restaurant
Name: Millers at Glencot House
Distance from Property: 14.00 Miles
Type of Restaurant: Smart casual
Type of Food: French and British
Interesting Facts: Nestling at the foot of the Mendip Hills, just where the River Axe emerges from the fathomless darkness of Wookey Hole, this grand Jacobean style mansion boasts the most elegantly theatrical interior. The aptly named Riverview Restaurant overlooks the gorgeous River Axe as it meanders through the extensive gardens and is the perfect setting in which to enjoy classic French and British cuisine with a contemporary twist. A la carte dinner and plat du jour lunches are offered every day with the exception of Sunday when the immensely popular, Miller's Traditional Sunday Lunch is offered from midday until 2pm. Private dining is available for up to 14.
One thing visitors should not miss
Wells, the smallest city in England, with its famous cathedral and school at the centre of the town and its community. The area around the cathedral is one of the largest medieval ecclesiastical precincts. Lots of old buildings to look at as you wander around, including the tithe barn and 15th century parish church. The town also has a cheese shop, Somerset cheese is made locally. There are markets in the medieval square twice a week with local delicacies on sale. Both the Bishop's Palace and the Cathedral are well worth a visit.
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