You're staying in a beautiful old country manor home. The floor boards creak, and the furniture and decorating will constant remind you that you're staying in a special place. The gardens and setting are absolutely lovely. We very much enjoyed sitting out back each evening for cocktails.
Staff is friendly and very accommodating. Though the one window opened, our room didn't have much air circulation, and would have been uncomfortably hot and stuffy without a fan that the staff was nice enough to locate for us. We'd be reluctant to return during the warmer summer months.
Enjoyed the one dinner we had there, though (and we are foodies) the dishes were a little too over thought and unnecessarily complex. With the two of us having different plates each course, out of only 4 offerings per course, we sampled half of the available plates in one setting. Since the menu was identical the next night, it made me very glad we'd not chosen the dinner option over multiple nights included when booking. Just a personal preference, but would very much have preferred to see simpler preparations using the fresh local ingredients and providing a somewhat broader selection.
We really wanted to have our remaining dinners at local pubs, and asked at the front desk for recommendations. We were presented with a page of what turned out to be rather out of date suggestions, and it seemed that none of the available staff had ever actually eaten in the area restaurants. One of the two restaurants listed had actually been closed for months before our arrival. Another pub listed as a Steak House had actually been reopened with a completely different menu many months earlier. So don't rely on the staff to help with nearby dining options. But we'd personally recommend Mezze at the Warwick Arms in Clutton and The Somerset Wagon in Chilcompton. Both were superb and only a very short drive.
Breakfast was excellent every day and again the staff and service was wonderful.
We wondered if, as casual travelers, we were staying in an appropriate place, however beautiful. The other guests in the dining and lounge rooms were nearly all elderly and very well dressed. The wife commented that she felt uncomfortable walking through the common rooms in simple smart casual attire. I'm honestly not sure we are in Ston Easton's target market; and felt a little better each time we'd run across some similarly casual couple. Don't know exactly what the inn can do, but would help they'd broaden their appeal to a younger and somewhat more casual base a little over time.
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- Ston Easton Park Bath
- Hotel Ston Easton Park
- Ston Easton Park Hotel Somerset