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The Old Court

Temple Cloud, Somerset BS39 5DA
Tel. 01761 451101     Fax. 01761 451224

Web site: www.theoldcourt.com

palatial Court rooms or simple cells - the choice is yours

  Rooms: Total 8     En-suite 8     Family/Double/Twin/Single
Origin: Magistrates Court and Cells
Price Guide: 30.00 - 75.00 per person
Open: All year

Your Hosts: John and Nancy Hampson

The wealth and pomp of Empire shines through in this Victorian Gothic wedding cake of a building. Constructed in 1857 as a Divisional Magistrates Court and Police Station, Nancy and John have now given the building considerable chic.

Outside it retains its sombre yet exuberant exterior but inside the transformation is remarkable - modern colours, stained glass, spectacular bathrooms, Jacuzzi and Sauna.

Guests can use both the cells and the Magistrates' Court, a magnificent baronial room nearly fifty foot long and almost as tall. It is approached via a grand entrance hall and sweeping staircase designed originally for the dignitaries - the public had an outside stairway and the felons came up from the nether regions by a dank stone stair which still emerges through a trapdoor.

If you avoid a custodial sentence, try escaping to nearby BATH where you can take your partner to the Roman Baths - but don't try bathing or you will find yourselves in very hot water. The Thermae Spa is the place to go if you want a little steamy frolickingl BRISTOL is a similar distance away and gives you another, though less intimate, watery experience in the "Floating Harbour" particularly if you have over indulged at one of the many waterfront bars and nightclubs and take a trip too many! Other places with potential :- Wells, Wookey Hole Caves, Frome, Cheddar Gorge, Longleat, Stourhead, or if you really like planes - Bristol Airport.

Private parking without charge YesCredit cards accepted YesSpecialise in Vegetarian Food No
Dinner by arrangement YesOpen Christmas and New Year YesEntirely non-smoking house Yes
Pets accepted YesRestaurant NoWithin 1/2 mile of public transport or will collect Yes


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