Hidden from the road, this charming historic
house, part of a very special setting, was built in the 12th
century as a small Benedictine priory. It was established
by the abbey at Bath and is now the home of the Forshaws.
Over the centuries it has been modified for different ways
of living. For instance, although it still remains attached
to St. Georges church at one corner, the cloisters between
the two buildings were dismantled and there is now the lovely
church memorial garden in its place. This is open to the public,
with private access from The Old Priory garden. The arched
coloured glass windows sadly, are no more, but the 14th century
fireplace remains. In the 17th century, ceilings and doorways
were added but some of the four-tier windbrace roof timbers
can still be seen, particularly in the four-poster bedroom.
The property is built in a L-shape, sitting at the far end of
a walled garden. The part with north-south elevations is referred
to as The Old Priory (B&B), the part facing west-east
as Old Priory Cottage (self-catering).
The Old Priory, including Old Priory Cottage (self-catering)
is located in Priory Green opposite the dovecote, north of
St George's church by the tithe barn. Road parking is normally
available but there is also off-road parking and one to two
spaces in the open garage. Bicycles etc. can be stored, wet
outdoor clothes dried in a small barn next to the cottage.
The church clock strikes the hour. Hippo and Horace, two friendly dogs, also live here.