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The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa

Lower Henlade, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 5NB

The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa

Lower Henlade, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 5NB

The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa is privately owned by the Eden Hotel Collection, winners of the ‘AA Small Hotel Group of the Year’ 2014-2015. This elegant regency country house, cradled by both the Quantocks and the Blackdown Hills, is noted for its elegance and warmth. The beautifully proportioned bedrooms are all named after the small villages that surround the hotel and have splendid views of the surrounding hills. Excellent food is one of the big attractions - the highly creative chefs combine classic favourites and imaginative new dishes. Everyone needs to get away from it all once in a while - and many, especially those who might feel deprived of fresh air and green fields, choose to do so at The Mount Somerset Hotel.

The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa also has a Spa and Restaurant:

Elan Spa at The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa (Spa Section)

The Somerset Dining Room at The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa (Restaurant Section)

The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa is part of the following Travel Ideas:

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"This 19-room hotel is a real find for anyone driving on the M5 to or from Devon and Cornwall. Hidden so close to the M5 that its existence comes as a complete surprise, the Mount was built near the village of Ruishton as Henlade House between 1805-1815. The owners were Robert Proctor Anderdon and his nephew and heir John Proctor Anderdon. They employed an Italian architect (name unknown) to build them a new gentleman’s residence with large bright windows and a remarkable octagonal lobby. At the time of its completion John Proctor Anderdon was commanding the City of London Militia at the battle of Waterloo. What a lovely house to come home to!

Today Henlade House is known as the Mount and it has been beautifully restored, if a bit overextended. The main building is Grade II listed but the dado frieze that loops up from the lobby over an elegant free-floating stone staircase is Grade I listed. Not many houses have a dado of such historic importance, but it seems this one was hand-stencilled in 1815 and has survived – remarkably – intact.

Leading off the octagonal lobby are various drawing rooms, including the hotel bar with its old fashioned corner unit between reception and the dining room. Here is a feeling of timeless comfort, especially on a winter’s evening, with deep sofas and overmantel mirrors. The head barman is Peter Molnar who offers a wine list running to 200 vintages including wines from Lebanon, Argentina, Sicily, and from New Hall in Essex. Twelve bottles are offered by the glass including Nyetimber’s vey superior sparkling wine. The bar also serves a Newton House gin, distilled in nearby Yeovil."

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"This Georgian country house ticks every box for a sophisticated Gatsby wedding. It has an air of opulent, genteel elegance reflected in its sweeping staircase, light pastel muted tone décor and sumptuous furnishings with terraces that lead on to the fountain garden, the perfect backdrop for cocktails and photographs. The crystal chandeliered drawing room is breathtaking for weddings whilst for grand parties a marquee can be placed in the grounds."

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"The Mount is a gorgeous Italianate house built between 1805 and 1815 for John Proctor Anderson and his uncle. Proctor Anderson was one of Wellington’s officers at the Battle of Waterloo and he subsequently retired here to enjoy hunting and shooting in the Quantock and Blackdown Hills. These days hotel guests can enjoy that same sense of getting away from it all at The Mount."

Information on The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa , Lower Henlade , Taunton

No. of bedrooms: Total: 19        
Types of room: Classic Twin/Double, Executive Twin/Double, Premier Suites, Barrington Suite
Room rates guide: Single:  £125.00-£245.00
Double/Twin:  £145.00-£305.00
Suites:  £205.00-£350.00
Room with Breakfast
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Amex, Diners, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed:  Open all year
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly:  Dogs Permitted (£15 per day charge applies)
Romantic Details: four-poster suite and honeymoon suite
Smoking Permitted:  No
Wheelchair Access:  Yes
Wheelchair Access Details: disabled access, lift to first floor
Accreditation: AA 4 Silver Stars, AA 3 Rosettes, Part of the Eden Hotel Collection, AA Small Hotel Group of the Year 2014 – 2015
Room facilities: Flat screen TV, Radio alarm, direct dial telephone, Four-poster beds available, Luxury toiletries, most rooms have roll-top baths, suites have roll-top baths and wet rooms
General facilities: Award-winning gardens, 2 treatment rooms, Hydrotherapy pool, experience showers, foot spas, Sauna, Steam room, Fitness suite, Award-winning restaurant, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, 3 meeting rooms, Conference facilities, For up to 72 delegates, Heli-pad, Private dining
Indoor activities: Luxury Spa - sauna, steam room, hydrotherpahy pool, experience showers, foot spa's, fitness suite and two treatment rooms
Outdoor activities on site: Croquet lawn, Countryside walks
Activities nearby: Cricket club, Golf, Polo club, Horse riding
Local directions: The Hotel is less than 2 miles from junction 25 of the M5 motorway. From Taunton motorway exit take the A358 signposted to Chard and Ilminster and after passing through Henlade, turn right into Stoke Road signposted Stoke St Mary and The Mount Somerset Hotel.
Nearest major city:
Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
Stratford Upon Avon
Bristol (32 miles) (45 mins)
Taunton (4 miles) (10 mins)

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