BERYL Country House is and was the epitome of English country living and from its start it has played host to an array of high society, from the Bishop to many well-known personalities.
Built in the 1840s as a hunting lodge, Beryl is the design of architect Benjamin Ferry, a pupil of Pugin, who was Diocesan Architect to the Diocese of Bath & Wells, carrying out much of the restoration of Wells Cathedral.
The property lights up when it's full of people and the fact that it is now run as a 14-bedroom guest house by Holly Nowell and her daughter Mary-Ellen means that it is constantly illuminated.
Eddie and Holly Nowell fell in love with Beryl the first time they set eyes on it in July 1979. It was only five days later with not even time for a survey, due to it coming up for auction, that they became the proud and slightly daunted owners; had they had time for a survey they may not have gone ahead!
They went about tackling the restoration project by splitting it into phases, the first lasting three years, which included restoring the Welsh slate roof, rewiring, plumbing (there was only one bathroom), installing central heating, moving the kitchen from north to south facing, not to mention starting to tackle the overgrown 13 acres of paddock, parkland and gardens. The finishing touches are still in place today, such as the magnificent hand printed Gothic arch design wallpaper that adorns the walls of the tiled entrance hall where you are greeted on a cold day by a roaring log fire. After the first phase it became clear that if the family were to continue, an extra income would need to be found. It was decided that following in the steps of the previous owners, The Jenkins Family, who had taken in guests during and after the war (a few of whom still frequent), Beryl would open its doors to paying guests. Holly, Mary-Ellen and the delightful members of Beryl staff work tirelessly to ensure that their guests enjoy the most welcoming, unforgettable and comfortable experience; the house is theirs to enjoy. In 'the snug ', a cosy room displaying collections of stone and ceramic Lions (Holly and Eddie both being Leos) tea is served from silver tea pots, poured into vintage fine bone china cups, accompanied by a slice of homemade cake.
Each individually decorated bedroom offers a television with DVD player, a selection of teas & coffees, telephone & hairdryer.
Wifi internet is avalliable throughout the house (including bedrooms).
A choice of wonderful views - the gardens, Wells Cathedral, or the peaceful countryside.
We have a chair-lift to the First Floor and The Wing. The Second Floor is accessible by stairs only.
After a good nights sleep in a comfortable bed, you can enjoy the friendly atmosphere over an Aga cooked English breakfast in the traditional dining room overlooking the main lawns.
Top of Hawkers Lane
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