Take armfuls of books and DVDs and relax as the kids discover the play area complete with fort, Wendy house, swing, slide, basketball hoop and footy nets. Award-winning Cossington Park in rural Somerset is a place to get seriously chilled and rediscover your family and friends – lots of them.
With capacity for 16 and 22 sprawling acres, you can be as social or solitary as you please. Informal and relaxed yet full of history too with its portraits and artefacts from a family ship, Cossington Park offers a very warm welcome. One that’s set among nature reserves, historic abbeys, duck ponds and thatched roofs.
Cossington is located on the edge of the Somerset Levels and the Polden Hills, between Glastonbury and Bridgwater. It is only five minutes (three and a half miles) from the M5 motorway, 30 miles south of Bristol. Where better to rediscover your family and friends?
A garden called The Tilting Yard, a pond called Ha-ha, an orchard, a games field – you can find it all among Cossington’s 22 acres. Want to be entertained? We can fix archery and falconry in the gardens, a hot-air balloon over Cheddar Gorge or even horse-drawn carriage rides.
Around the house you will discover: The Tilting Yard – a small, pretty garden in front of the house; the Main Garden – situated on the south side of the house and featuring a large lawn; The Kitchen Garden and Barbeque– a pleasant area for the cook’s glass of wine.
Just beyond the stable yard is the games field – a grassy area for football, basket ball, badminton, plus a children’s play area with playhouse, slide and fort. Venture further through the gardens and you can find: the ‘Ha ha’ – a large pond that separates the Main Garden from the Orchard; the Orchard – a meadow with old apple trees, mature limes, abundant cowslips, a bog garden and a wild garden; Bushey Close – a field beyond the Orchard, sometimes used for horses, archery or falconry; various ponds that are abundantly supplied with newts, including many of the endangered great crested newts; and The Walled Garden.
The Drawing Room, Snug and Library Dining Room open onto very extensive and peaceful gardens, which in turn lead to fields beyond. There is little noise other than occasional ‘mooing’ or ‘crowing’ from Great Tree Farm next door and lots of space for the kids to let off steam.
The Library Dining Room seats up to 22, including a table for children’s teas in the Breakfast Room. There are two staircases to the first floor, one leading to the bedrooms in the old part of the house and the other to the wing built in 1901.
The Old Kitchen is a large, farmhouse-style kitchen overlooking the Tilting Yard. It is really well-equipped with a large range cooker, microwave, dishwashers and cooking utensils.
The Pantry is ideal as a breakfast room, for afternoon teas and children’s meals or as an alternative dining room and there are French windows out onto the kitchen garden. The Scullery joins onto the Old Kitchen and has a large refrigerator, freezer, a butler’s sink and a second dishwasher. The former Larder is now a laundry and has a washing machine and dryer and a second refrigerator. There is also a door to the Kitchen Garden, which makes this a good place to leave coats and boots.
We want you to enjoy every moment of your stay at Cossington Park so whatever your desire for food and drink, we can help. If you love cooking then help yourselves to the range cooker.
Alternatively, if you’d like a little or a lot of help then we offer everything from casseroles dropped off ready for the oven to waitress-served in-house catering. Or sample fine cuisine at a local gastro-pub or restaurant. Looking for a special meal without any fuss? Our highly rated chefs will prepare a celebratory meal to order, all cooked and cleared out of the way. Once the plates are cleared, they’ll leave you to enjoy the rest of the evening.
For special occasions, we can arrange all kinds of catering – from a simple buffet, to a summer BBQ or a fully catered holiday. Just let us know what you’re looking for and we’ll sort it out.
There are six bedrooms here. But numbers do no justice to the beauty of the experience. On the first floor of The Park House there are six luxuriously furnished bedrooms and four bathrooms. In addition, Pooh’s Corner has two single sofa-beds.
Chaucer and The Trusty Servant bedrooms are in the oldest part of the house. Jolly Monks, The Cobbler and The Pump Room are in the 1901 wing and The Nursery is accessible from both wings. There are full-size beds for up to 16 people and sofa-beds for three or four. There is also a put-u-up bed and two cots, so lots of combinations are possible.
All rooms except The Pump Room and The Nursery can take an extra bed or cot. At the end of the 1901 wing, the House Bathroom has a full size bath with high-level shower unit over it. It serves The Pump Room and The Trusty Servant and is an alternative bathroom for The Cobbler.
Cossington Park was built for kids. When they tire of the fort or Wendy house, there’s the swing and slide. For the sporty, there’s a basketball hoop and football nets. For serious family fun, the nearest beach is just eight miles away. And your dogs will also be very welcome.