I must be frank and say that I didn't have high expectations of this 1950s bungalow. But I was very wrong. It's in a great spot, with a wonderful view from the back garden (and the back bedroom, propped up in bed with the double doors open) across the field to the oak itself. We checked with Rob that it was OK, then climbed over the fence and took a picnic up to the oak. You can see Glastonbury Tor from up there. So peaceful.
The house is really well equipped, comfy beds, lovely social kitchen.
Across the road (hang onto little hands tightly) and up the drive is the manor house, chickens (egg collecting a big hit), play area (though my six year old preferred our own garden at Lone Oak, with its slide and pedal car) and the pretty pool in the old walled garden. Best of all is the River Brue. Sally will show you how to find your way down to the most wonderful spot. We all became avid fossil hunters and came home with some fine specimens. My daughter has a new hobby.
From Lone Oak you can drive into Castle Cary - 5 minutes - which has a good selection of shops. All you really need for essentials, plus some interesting independents to browse. It had a good friendly feel on a Saturday morning. We also went to Wells, Cheddar Gorge, Longleat and caught the train from Castle Cary (a very scenic station) to Weymouth. All great days out.
In summary, when I told my daughter I was writing a review for Lone Oak she said I should say 'best holiday ever'. So, thank you Sally and Rob for the great memories. I have to say, I miss that oak.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Georgian farmhouse with 'self-service' B&B and outdoor heated pool in summer (June, July and August). Sorry, the WiFi isn't high speed (we are two miles from the nearest high speed box) but it's perfectly adequate, and in compensation you get dark skies at night and birdsong in the mornings! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Clanville Manor Castle Cary, Somerset