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.
• 1 hour (approx) from M5
• Railway - Taunton
• West Somerset railway (private line) Dunster station
• Bus services from Taunton to Dunster Steep
• Berry buses- Hammersmith, London to Taunton or Bridgwater
• National Express coaches - Victoria, London to Taunton
• Airports - Bristol or Exeter
• Connections from Heathrow and Gatwick
B & B
THE OLD PRIORY
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