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Clanville Manor
Ranked #3 of 8 Castle Cary B&B and Inns
Reviewed 28 August 2013

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.

Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Clanville_Manor, Owner at Clanville Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 3 September 2013

Thank you so much for your very detailed review of Lone Oak-it is often a hit with families despite its rather basic outward appearance, and I'm glad you all enjoyed sampling all that we have to offer at Clanville Manor. It was lovely to meet you all and to start a fossil hunting hobby! I hope you will return again to Lone Oak or The Tallet for your holidays...

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Reviewed 24 August 2013

Our large party (21 including 10 children!) have recently returned from Clanville Manor where we spent a truly fantastic week. We also rented the Tallet, the cottage next to Clanville (as well as the bungalow down the lane, but I didn't see that!).
The Manor house was superb - it housed three couples and 7 children and there was plenty of room, plenty of bathrooms (very important) and overall the facilities for children were spot on. The house is very child friendly, but done is a very discreet and tasteful way - stairgates on the staircases that were almost invisible when they weren't being used; the large room we used as a 'dormitory' that housed 4 young children had bars on the bottom half of the sash window (no sleepness nights for anxious parents) but weren't intrusive or unpleasant to look at. There was a lovely area at the back of the house (that is shared with the Tallet) with a couple of swings, a slide, a jungle gym, playhouse, rocker toys - all clean and well maintained. The pool, of course, was a huge hit - warm enough to be not too chilly which was a bonus, and large enough for us all to get in and take full advantage of the water pistols.
The rooms were spacious, lovely and clean and the beds incredibly comfortable (I've taken a note of the mattress brand as it was so comfy!). The bathrooms were well maintained and no-one had a cold shower - no mean feat keeping 13 people in hot water - and the kitchen / garden room were wonderful for the communal aspect of our holiday. Lots of late nights around the kitchen catching up with news - was fantastic.
Our hosts were great - Sally took our children egg hunting on the first evening, a job they relished for the rest of the week, as well as showing us the best parts of the river for paddling and fossil hunting. All over the house there were notes explaining things - great for quick references - and very helpful not having to run up and down stairs reading large chunks of instruction booklets!
We had a few days out (the roadworks don't really help, but they're temporary!) to Wells (beautiful), Wookey Hole and an agricultural fair in Shepton Mallet. The shops in Castle Cary are perfectly adequate and it's great to see independent retailers thriving - the free parking helped too!
All in all this was a superb break in a wonderful part of the world. The Manor house and surroundings are just pure escapism. Thank you Sally and family for a great holiday.

Room Tip: Room three is the four poster, amazingly comfy bed!
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Clanville_Manor, Owner at Clanville Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2013

...it was an absolute pleasure to host your family reunion! We thoroughly enjoyed having you to stay in our family home and sharing it with you. Thank you very much for looking after it!
We currently have one more weekend available for the summer of 2013 and next year will only be offering the two bedroom Tallet and three bedroomed Lone Oak for self-catering holidays-we hope to see some of you again.......

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Reviewed 7 November 2012

We had the most wonderful time in the Tallet Holliday Cottage of Clanville Manor.
Sally and Rob are fantastic hosts and do everything to make their guests feel home and welcome. The Tallet Holliday Cottage is a great self-catering place with absolutely everything you can dream of. The beds are fantastic! It has a huge garden! It has all the equipment in the world! Everything is nice and clean and perfect! It is located on a working farm and one can enjoy the farm atmosphere. Farmer Rob is a great person, who will take guests into the farm-life. There are beautiful chicken, cows, dogs, cats, goose - and they are all happy and healthy and perfectly kept.
We have spent time ot the pool, which is a great thing to have in the summer months.
Sally and Rob offering all comfort that one can possible think of. As a guest you could order organic local farm grown groceries, you can have a great breakfast in the main house, Sally would take care of reservations for restaurants, beauty treatments... you name it - it will be available.
Somerset is a very beautiful place. The city of Wells is nearby. Wells has a must see cathedral and is a wonderful little market town. The city of Bath is very nearby. The city of Bristol is nearby. Castle Cary is a pretty place. In Shepton Mallet is regularly a large antiques fair.

Room Tip: All the rooms a nice.
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled with friends
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Clanville_Manor, Owner at Clanville Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2012

Thank you Todd, for your kind review of The Tallet cottage. It was great to meet you and I hope you will return in the future. As you say, breakfasts are available to order for guests in the Tallet when the B&B is open.

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Reviewed 16 September 2012

Stay here! It's brilliant! Sally is wonderful, the house is full of charm and very very comfortable, the food is delicious, and the grounds are lovely. We took the place over for our wedding weekend, and Sally made it such an amazing place to have as our base. A little haven from the pandemonium of a wedding! My wife (!) Nikki really appreciated Sally's efforts to accommodate the hair and make-up on the morning of the wedding, and the very excited bridesmaids! It really was a wonderful place to stay while we got married, and we whole-heartedly recommend you stay here! Thanks to Sally again for being a super star!

- Mr and Mrs Hall

  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Clanville_Manor, Owner at Clanville Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2012

Thank you Mr & Mrs Hall, for a wonderful review! We enjoyed having you all here for your special weekend and we are glad that Clanville Manor provided a haven from the chaos of wedding preparations.
We hope to welcome wedding parties in 2013 to Clanville Manor.

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Reviewed 13 September 2012

This is by far the best B&B I've ever stayed at and must surely be the best B&B in Somerset. Everything was excellent, from the warm welcome to the beautiful antique furniture and from the idyllic location to the wonderful breakfast. And most important of all - the room was extremely quiet and the bed incredibly comfortable. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Clanville_Manor, Owner at Clanville Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2012

Thank you so much, Cinderella1301! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay here at Clanville Manor whilst it is a B&B.
We shall continue to offer B&B outside the school holidays but will let the whole house for self-catering stays in 2013 for Easter, the May Bank Holidays and from 24th May until mid September.

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Reviewed 31 July 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights and had a very comfortable stay. Clanville Manor is the original farmhouse on a working farm in a beautiful part of Somerset.
The house has lots of character, our room was lovely with a VERY comfortable 4 poster bed and the breakfasts superb. Sally is a very charming and hospitable hostess.
If all B&B's were like this we would never stay in a hotel.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Clanville_Manor, Owner at Clanville Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2012

Thank you very much-we enjoyed meeting you and your family. B&B will continue to be offered out of school holidays at Clanville Manor so do please return!

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Reviewed 26 July 2012

We have recently returned from renting Clanville manor exclusively for 4 days. We are 2 adults, a 5 year old, a 3 year old and a 1 year old. The reviews on this site are completely accurate so go ahead and book Clanville! Not only is it excellent value but it is comfortable and tranquil, private and accessible. The rooms have extremely comfortable beds and furnishings and the house is usable and inviting.
However, our hosts are what really made our stay. Rob & Sally are supremely friendly without being intrusive. Sally had baked us a beautiful cake on arrival and generally made us feel so welcome. Rob very kindly showed us around the cattle farm, helped the kids feed the chickens and collect the eggs and was generally great company when we saw him around the farm.
For the kids: Longleat (and it's safari park), Lyme Regis coast plus the house has the loveliest swimming pool (walled & secure). And this was during a rainy spell so even better when it is sunny!
Somerset at its absolute best. We would love to return.

Room Tip: The 4 Poster is massive and the Triple is also lovely. Or take the new single if travelling solo.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Clanville_Manor, Owner at Clanville Manor, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2012

We loved, loved, loved having you to stay too! We are so glad that you and your family enjoyed our spacious farmhouse and the pool-even though 2012 weather wasn't the best! We hope you come to stay again and tell your friends about our new venture for school holidays.

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Additional Information about Clanville Manor

Address: Clanville | Castle Cary, Castle Cary BA7 7PJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Castle Cary
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Castle Cary
Price Range: £70 - £110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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 
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