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STON EASTON PARK, near Bath, Somerset

At-a-Glance Guide

22 bedrooms, inc 3 suites in the Gardener’s Cottage
AA 2 Rosette restaurant, private dining
saloon, library, drawing room
billiard room
32 acres parkland and garden, ice house, cascade, croquet lawn, tennis court
weddings/events/meetings
Check in / out: 2pm / 11am


STON EASTON PARK, near Bath, Somerset

THE PAST:

The magnificent Grade I listed building dates from the 1740s – the architect is not known, but the 30-acre classical landscape in which it stands is attributed to Humphry Repton. Ston Easton Park was once the home of the Hippisley family, and their family crest still adorns the ornate ceiling of the saloon.

Richard John Bayntun Hippisley, who inherited the estate in 1885, aged 19, was regarded as one of the men who really won the First World War, by discovering a way to intercept U-boat messages – and was awarded the OBE in 1918. After his death, faced with mounting repair bills and punitive death duties, his son John Hippisley sold the house and much of the land to local timber merchants, who felled many of the trees on the estate. The house, neglected by these and later owners, fell into disrepair and was vandalised. The contents were sold at auction and demolition was threatened by plans for a new road through the estate. With the discovery of a rare 18th Century plunge pool in the gardens, those plans were rejected, and the house was made the subject of a Preservation Order.

Ston Easton Park was then bought by the shoe-firm heir, Stephen Clark, who began its painstaking restoration. The next owner of the still almost-derelict house was William Rees-Mogg, then deputy editor of The Times. As well as continuing with the restoration, he was able to track down some of the original contents which had been auctioned off, due to an antiques dealer who had recorded the names of all buyers at the time. In 1977, he sold the house to Peter Smedley, whose family firm introduced the first frozen foods into Britain. He did much more work on the house, and brought in the renowned garden designer, Penelope Hobhouse, to re-plan the gardens.

As costs spiralled, the decision was taken to turn Ston Easton Park into a luxury hotel. It opened to guests in 1982 and, soon afterwards, won the Egon Ronay Hotel of the Year Award. In the late 1990s, the property was put it on the market; its buyer outbid Countess Raine Spencer, stepmother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

THE PRESENT:

This Palladian mansion and its romantic estate exude elegance and luxury, and its antique furniture and exquisite paintings evoke memories of a more leisured age. A warm welcome is underscored by the traditional country-house comforts, including log fires on colder days.

THE PLACE FOR YOU?

Choose this hotel to admire the restoration of a magnificent house and its noted surroundings, to enjoy the experience – albeit brief - of living there, and as a good base for a Somerset touring holiday, with Bath and Bristol within a 30-minute drive, and Wells within a 20-minute drive. Farrington Golf and Country Club is just 5 minutes away.
Ston Easton Park is licensed to perform civil wedding ceremonies.

THE PROPERTY IN DETAIL:

RELAXING
The palatial Saloon, the Drawing Room and the elegant Library offer luxurious comfort and restful calm. The noted Print Room – in which prints are stuck directly to the walls – is one of England's earliest surviving examples.

EATING & DRINKING
Ston Easton’s outstanding, award-winning cuisine is available in both formal and relaxed settings. The Georgian, oak-panelled Sorrel Restaurant, overlooking the cascading River Norr, is perfect for intimate dining. The lounge menu offers light meals, morning coffee and afternoon tea. In summer, lunches can be served outside on the front terrace; and prepared picnics and rugs are available for guests who wish to dine in the grounds.
Head Chef, Daniel Moon is passionate about developing menus that use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. He works closely with local suppliers and even more closely with the hotel garden team, sourcing almost 60% of the fresh produce used in the menus from the hotel's Victorian kitchen gardens.
To complement the award-winning cuisine, the hotel’s cellars are famed for their selection of fine wines, vintages and extensive range of New World and table wines.
Guests can go 'below stairs' to the Edwardian kitchen, still preserved as it was in its Georgian heyday, complete with sparkling copper pans and cooking facilities of the period. There is a calendar of cookery days and demonstrations.

SLEEPING
The 19 historic bedrooms at Ston Easton park feature decor, antique furnishings and works of art that remains true to the building's grand past, impressive bathrooms and such contemporary features as LCD TVs and DVD players, plus complimentary Wi-Fi access.

The five comfortable Classic rooms are located on the first or second floor, and are perfect for shorter stays. Each is beautifully decorated and furnished with fine antiques. All have either king size or twin beds and comfortable seating areas. They overlook either the old maids’ courtyard, or the immaculate croquet lawn and picturesque village of Ston Easton.
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The five sumptuous Superior rooms, located on the first or second floor, offer a little more space than Classic rooms. They have either a four-poster or a king-size bed, feature beautiful antiques and works of art, and have a comfortable seating area. They overlook either the old maids’ courtyard, or the immaculate croquet lawn and picturesque village of Ston Easton.
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The five Deluxe rooms, located on the first or third floor, are extremely spacious, with king-size beds and large seating areas. Their magnificent antique furniture is combined with lavish contemporary fabrics to create a luxury haven. These rooms overlook either the ancient parkland and the cascading River Norr, or the immaculate croquet lawn and picturesque village of Ston Easton.
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The four State rooms, located on the first floor, are the largest and most well-appointed rooms in the house. They feature opulent decor, magnificently ornate high ceilings, the very finest antiques including original four-poster Chippendale beds, and spacious seating areas. These rooms overlook either the ancient parkland and the cascading River Norr, or the immaculate croquet lawn and picturesque village of Ston Easton.
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In addition to the 19 bedrooms in the main house, there are also 3 suites in The Gardener’s Cottage, a separate hideaway in the beautiful gardens on the banks of the River Norr, offering an idyllic private retreat.
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NO SPA BUT...
...a range of beauty treatments and massages can be arranged in the comfort and privacy of your room.

OUTDOORS
There is a croquet lawn and a tennis court, as well as acres of parkland to explore – and the house Spaniel, Oscar, is always happy to oblige guests who would like to do so with four-legged companionship.
The rose garden, Victorian kitchen garden and cutting garden invite close inspection; garden tours with the head gardener are given throughout the spring and summer months - and should be booked in advance. Of particular note in the grounds are the 18th-Century ice house, a ruined grotto fountain, a sham castle, the romantic Palladian bridges that span the river and the rare 18th Century plunge pool - discovery of which, in the 1950s, helped to save Ston Easton Park from demolition. The parkland at Ston Easton Park is now the only remaining Humphry Repton landscape in Somerset. A facsimile of his Red Book, showing his plans in ‘before’ and ‘after’ stages, illustrated with watercolours, is available to view in the hotel reception.

The adjacent Farrington Golf and Country Club has an 18-hole championship course, a 9-hole course and a driving range

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