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Once part of the Longleat estate, this Grade II listed house has been painstakingly restored by owners Christopher and Enid Richmond. He is the 'pleasant' front-of-house, meeting visitors and helping with baggage (guests who arrive before 5 pm are given complimentary afternoon tea and cake). Old features have been preserved in the building: a Georgian grandfather clock stands in the elegant hall; the handsome lounge has family antiques and new furnishings in keeping. The spacious bedrooms, on the first floor, have considerable character. The Silk Room, in the oldest part of the house, has a high ceiling; it overlooks a lane leading down to the old silk mill. The Heytesbury Suite is light and airy, with large windows facing the front and rear gardens. Hospitality trays have fresh coffee and milk. Mrs Richmond will cook dinner, by arrangement, on weekday evenings. It is served at a communal table by the inglenook; her set menu might include cheese souffle; slow-cooked beef in red wine with garden vegetables. No licence; bring your own wine. Breakfast has 'excellent' bread, home-made preserves; organic ingredients.

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Wolsey Lodges

Historic, luxurious, stylish, charming – words that just about sum up Crockerton House, but hardly do it justice. This house needs to be visited and enjoyed to fully appreciate it. It offers everything one could wish for – the warmest of welcomes with delicious afternoon tea, beautiful furnishings and décor, fabulous bedrooms and bathrooms equipped with every modern luxury, and the most attentive hosts.

Originally part of Lord Bath’s Longleat Estate, the house dates from 1669 and has been devotedly restored to provide a magnificent ‘home from home’ for guests. Restful colour schemes enhance the tranquil feel of the house and provide a perfect ambience for a candlelit dinner in the beautiful dining room in front of the inglenook fireplace.

Christopher and Enid have many years experience running an hotel in Devon and have used that expertise to great effect to ensure their guests experience the finest hospitality with delicious, mainly organic, locally sourced food supplemented by fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables from their outstanding garden.

Christopher and Enid are a most welcoming couple. Enid was awarded an AA rosette for culinary excellence six years running at their hotel in Devon and Christopher arranged UK tours for 30 years and will be happy to help guests plan their itineraries to make the most of this wonderful area of the country.

This is an ideal centre for exploring Wiltshire, Somerset and Dorset and is an area brimming with things to do and places to see. Longleat House, Safari Park and Forest, and easy access to Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge and Stourhead are just a few. There is also the opportunity for bird watching, fishing and horse riding and a choice of three golf courses nearby.

For over 25 years Wolsey Lodges have been welcoming guests into their homes. The name Wolsey Lodge recalls Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, Cardinal Wolsey who, when he toured the realm in the 16th century, expected to receive generous hospitality at suitable country houses along the way.