February Featured Venue: Ston Easton Park
A Glorious Country Home From Home...
When you visit the magnificent Ston Easton Park, you really do feel as though you've stepped into a page of a Jane Austen novel, or onto the set of Downton Abbey. It is bursting with antique furniture and fine art and the house has a long and interesting history.
The original house appears to date back to Tudor times, however, the structures as they can be seen today were built around 1739 and towards the end of the 18th Century, the East and West Wings were added. Ston Easton now stands proud as one of the most glorious luxury hotels in Somerset.
The Hippisley family made Ston Easton Park their home from 1544 and continued to live there until 1956. After the Hippisley family relinquished the property, it changed hands a number of times before it eventually fell into disrepair and narrowly avoided a demolition order. Thankfully, under the ownership of Stephen Clark and then the Rees-Mogg family, the house under-went extensive restoration work to bring it back to its former glory.
The house was first opened as a hotel in 1982 by Mr and Mrs Smedley and today, Ston Easton Park is well renowned as being one of the best luxury hotels near Bath.
Ston Easton Park is home to 20 luxurious rooms. However, it is so much more than just somewhere to rest your head – the antique furnishings and works of art combine perfectly with the bold and lavish fabrics. Contemporary touches have been carefully interjected into these historic rooms whilst ensuring the decor remains true to the building’s grand past. The bathrooms are equally as impressive, and every room has complimentary WiFi access, LCD TVs and DVD players.
In addition to the 20 opulent rooms in the main house, The Gardener’s Cottage is a three-bedroom hideaway in the beautiful gardens on the banks of the River Norr, offering a peaceful private retreat.
Ston Easton Park holds the culinary crown when it comes to serving award-winning cuisine in the most exquisite surroundings. The Sorrel Restaurant, open every day to non-residents and hotel guests, is regarded as one of the best restaurants near Bath. It attracts diners from far and wide for special occasions, family celebrations and gourmet dining experiences. The hotel’s Kitchen Team are incredibly passionate about cooking and about choosing from only the freshest seasonal ingredients.
As you might imagine, the meeting rooms at Ston Easton Park are impressive; the setting of the house makes it an ideal location for private meetings, product launches or the perfect conference venue to impress that all important client. The extensive gardens and grounds also make the hotel the ideal venue for team building and outdoor events.
Not only is the house beautiful inside, it also boasts impressive grounds and gardens including 36 acres of 18th century parkland as well as Victorian kitchen gardens. The gardens hold a fascinating history with the parkland surrounding the house having been designed by the famous 18th Century landscape architect, Humphry Repton. Today, the parkland and gardens are looked after by dedicated Gardeners, Steve and Dale.
From Murder Mystery Dinners, to History Tours and even Flower Arranging Workshops, Ston Easton Park is also home to some of the most sought-after events in Somerset.
For more information on what Ston Easton Park has to offer please go to www.stoneaston.co.uk or call 01761 241631.