$712 / night
Price for guests, Nights approx:

The Old Priory – Home 5652258 House

  • 6 bedrooms
  • 18 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 40 mi
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner


Situated just 20 minutes from Bath, Wells and Glastonbury, in the market town of Midsomer Norton, The Old Priory is reputed to be one of the oldest houses in Somerset, with records showing that it was first established in 1170. This historically significant building was an Augustinian Priory in early medieval times, later being seized by Henry VIII and bequeathed to Christchurch College, Oxford. It was owned by Christchurch until 1712 when it was sold to a private local buyer. A secret tunnel is said to have existed linking the nearby 15th century church to The Old Priory, which was possibly used for escape and refuge in the days of religious persecution. The building was later used as a school for young ladies in the Victorian and Edwardian era.Today, the ancient honeyed stonework and a beautiful walled garden bursting with colour in the summer months greet you upon entering the gravelled driveway. Within this Grade II* building many original architectural features are retained, including large inglenook fireplaces, flagstone floors and original oak beamed ceilings.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Twin beds
    Bedroom 3: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 4: Full bed Twin bed
    Bedroom 5: Queen Bed Twin bed
    Bedroom 6: King bed 3 Twin beds
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa beds
  • 5 En suites, 2 Shower rooms, 1 Toilet Only


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Stove
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Fax machine
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

We have a large car park for up to 10 cars in from of the building. Buses go from the town centre around two minutes walk to Bath, Bristol and Wells. The nearest train station is in Bath and there are plenty of local taxi firms. There are cycle paths on disused railway lines going off to Bath and Frome.

Interaction with guest

We live next door and will meet you when you arrive to give you the keys and show you around. We can provide breakfasts, cream teas through to seven course tasting menu fine dining if required. Other groups have brought chefs in from outside and the kitchen is ideally set up for this. Otherwise we are usually around to help out if anything doesn't work or you just need help or advice.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
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No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 4 weeks before check-in.

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About the owner

Melody R.
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Calendar last updated:
16 Nov 2019
Years listed:
Based in:
United Kingdom
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Languages spoken: English


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Guest reviews

21 reviews

Very Good

“Mums birthday”

Reviewed 17 Apr 2018

Brilliant clean house Breakfast was lovely Location was perfect Melody was very responsive and helpful

“Birthday at the Old Priory”

Reviewed 8 Jan 2018

We have just had an amazing weekend at the Old Priory for my 60th Birthday. Such a wonderful old house, full of character and so warm and cosy. Matt and Melody couldn’t have been more helpful -plus they served a mouthwatering and imaginative Dinner on Saturday in the beautiful dining room. We were five couples, we all loved our rooms, the log fire in the sitting room was perfect for long chats with tea and cake and the kitchen was well stocked and great to work in. Of all the amazing choice of places to visit, we walked in Cheddar Gorge and visited Wells which we can recommend. We would love to come back.

“Perfect perfect perfect”

Reviewed 17 Nov 2017

The hidden gem of the West Country We had a great time and were looked after by the hosts. Croquet on the lawn and great location for cycling

“Fantastic venue!”

Reviewed 17 Jul 2017

We booked the Old Priory for a Hen Weekend with 15 ladies. Not only is the house beautiful, full of history and incredibly comfortable but it's perfectly laid out with an en suite in every room, … More

“beautiful house”

Reviewed 6 Jul 2017

Beautiful house and garden. Great place if you like cooking and entertaining for over 15. Very well located at just 30 minutes from Bath. Croquet on the lawn and barbecue

“Fantastic for big groups”

Reviewed 8 May 2017

We hired The Old Priory for the weekend for a hen party. It was perfect for our group, lots of bedrooms and communal areas to enjoy. Great to also have the garden and BBQ option. A big thank you to Melody for making it to easy and being so welcoming. We'll be sure to recommend it for future hens!

“In un angolo di Inghilterra”

Reviewed 17 Aug 2016

Abbiamo optato come tappa vicina a Bath in mancanza di posto, scelta eccellente, catapultati in un clima molto british, cordiale e molto discreto. I pavimenti non sono livellato, le porte borchiate in… More

“Beautiful house and friendly hosts”

Reviewed 12 May 2016

A perfect weekend for my 30th birthday. The house is stunning with fantastic kitchens and dining room for a dinner party, cosy living rooms and great bedrooms all with nice bathrooms. The gardens are … More

“Fulfilled all our expectations”

Reviewed 25 Apr 2016

We were 8 old school friends (all men 60+) and the Priory was perfect. Greeted and helped on arrival - Owners available if we needed them (only once to remind us how the Oven worked - Oh! and again t… More

“Brilliant Girls Weekend with the Ladies”

Reviewed 19 Mar 2016

We booked The Old Priory very last minute due to a cancelled weekend in Scotland that we should have been going on for Mums 65th. The owners were brilliant at helping us with the arrangements on such … More

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