Renovated to the highest standards by the current owners, this gorgeous former rectory is the perfect place for a large family retreat. Dating back to the seventeenth century, the home is built from local honey-coloured stone and faces south across the Somerset countryside. Seven acres of grounds are dotted with chestnut trees and rolling lawns, while there’s also a children’s play area, a heated swimming pool and a croquet lawn, so there's no risk of running out of things to do. During the summer, the terraces are particularly inviting, while the clear skies provide fantastic stargazing opportunities come nighttime. Meanwhile, in winter, the thought of a brisk walk followed by lunch at the local pub is hard to resist — heading straight north from the property will get you to the pretty brooks that run off the River Cary, while the nearby villages of Corton Denham and Babcary are both home to excellent watering holes. The idyllic market town of Castle Cary is a ten-minute drive away, and just beyond that lies Bruton, which has been quietly remaking itself as a haven for artists, foodies and creatives. Located between the two towns, The Newt in Somerset is an extensive country estate, complete with fascinating cider-making and gardening exhibits, a Roman villa museum and plenty of parkland to explore.
Home truths: * The housekeeper will be available for two mornings a week and your host can also help organise a personal chef if desired
* The host may consider allowing smaller events if discussed in advance — see photos for how the dining room can be set up
* This home is only a fifteen-minute drive to the site of the world-famous Glastonbury festival — during the dates, it can be arranged for a chauffeur to pick you up from the festival and bring you home for the night
*Dogs are allowed on a case-by-case basis, so please enquire with the host beforehand
*There's plenty of space to park on the premises
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