The spy who loved…Exmoor!

To link with our history as a safe house and training centre for intelligence staff in the 1960s and 1970s, we’re offering a New Year’s Eve spy style break, where the only things to die for are the views.

Our high-end, New Year’s package includes a James Bond theme quiz and information on the house’s own connections with Mi5/6 too.

houseTo fit the theme we’re also offering New Year’s Eve pre-dinner martinis – shaken not stirred – and an evening menu, you’d be hard pushed to say Dr. No to, in our award-winning à la carte restaurant, which uses, wherever possible, home-grown ingredients or those sourced nearby.

You are invited to arrive on Wednesday, December 30 and will be greeted with a glass of hot mulled wine and homemade cake served in our lounge, where you can also warm yourself in front of our log burner.

In the evening, our Coleridge Restaurant will serve a seasonal three-course meal.

On New Year’s Eve morning you will wake up to stunning views looking out across the rolling countryside and moor, and the smell of freshly baked bread made from flour from the nearby working mill in the medieval town of Dunster.

After a traditional, hearty breakfast, there’s a chance to explore Dunster with its quaint shops and picturesque castle and views to the sea or go for a walk or a scenic drive and discover the beauty of Exmoor with its rolling hills, deep, wooded coombes and pretty chocolate-box villages.

After an afternoon admiring the view, reading a good book or snoozing in front of the lounge fire, you can start the evening celebrations in true Bond style with a martini before sitting down to enjoy a delectable black tie spy-themed dinner.

During the evening each table will be invited to join in with a Bond quiz and the highest point scorer will win a bottle of Berry’s Claret or Sauvignon Blanc. As the midnight hour approaches, the corks will fly and you’ll be invited to welcome in the New Year with a glass of champagne.

After a restful night’s sleep, breakfast will be served later on New Year’s Day morning to allow for a much needed lie-in.

Those wishing to immerse themselves in country pursuits are invited to follow the New Year’s Day hunt, which will be meeting in nearby Exford, or to take a trip on the West Somerset Railway aboard one of the steam trains running a special itinerary throughout the day. In the evening a further three-course meal will be served in the restaurant.

On Saturday, January 2 you can partake of a full Somerset breakfast at the normal time.

We pride ourselves on offering luxury accommodation for those wishing to escape the humdrum of day-to-day life and to unwind in a truly tranquil location with stunning scenery all around.

You can go for lovely walks, star gaze in the evenings, as we’re one of the few areas where there is very little light pollution in the UK, or just sit still and enjoy the gorgeous views and breath in the fresh, Exmoor air.

If you want to bring your dog for a break too, then you can. Just get in touch and let us know what your requirements are.

Our restaurant offers relaxed yet sophisticated dining with a seasonally changing, à la carte menu and a focus on locally-sourced produce. Our exclusive wine list is supplied by top London wine merchants Berry Bros. & Rudd and we think we’re the only establishment in the area to have such an exclusive wine selection available to diners.

Prices for the three-night stay during New Year (based on double occupancy) start at £299 per person. A luxury first floor four poster suite is priced at £398 per person for the three-night stay.

All rooms are en-suite apart from the second Floor Twin which has its own private shower room.

Two dog-friendly rooms are available at a small additional charge of £5 per night per pet.

To find out more, please call us on 01643 841 241.