Imagine a truly festive holiday relaxing within a grand country house, surrounded by beautiful Somerset countryside. Add the prospect of exploring a wealth of local sites and attractions, including a bustling Saxon town and an idyllic fishing village with a world-famous landmark, and you have an early Christmas treat to remember.
Detailed Overview

Price includes

  • 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast

  • 3-course evening meals

  • Sumptuous Christmas dinner with traditional trimmings

  • Nightly live music or shows

  • Selection of activities, sports and leisure facilities

  • Free use of the hotel’s facilities

Tour Itinerary
Day 1

We take a leisurely drive westward to our hotel near Chard, stopping en route for lunch. On arrival, you may recognise our historic hotel as the scene of TV's 'To The Manor Born', while it has also previously played host to Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton. There will be plenty of time to settle in and explore the facilities before dinner.

Day 2

Taunton
Today we visit Taunton, a bustling town dating back to Saxon times. The parish church of St Mary Magdalene, with its superbly decorated tower, dominates the town. From here, you can follow the Taunton Heritage Trail around the centre and discover the town's architectural gems and hidden corners. We make a scenic drive back to the hotel through the Somerset countryside.

Day 3

Day of Leisure
Spend a full day at leisure to enjoy all the facilities at our resort hotel.

Day 4

Lyme Regis & Chard
Our excursion today takes us to Lyme Regis, an exquisite picture-book fishing village packed with charming tearooms and shops. Make sure to see The Cobb, the iconic harbour wall made famous by Jane Austen's Persuasion and John Fowles' The French Lieutenant's Woman. On our return to the hotel we stop off in Chard.

Day 5

After breakfast, we depart the hotel and commence our homeward journey.

Other Information

Hotel

4* Cricket St Thomas, Chard

Nestled in its own picturesque valley, this charming Grade II listed mansion’s facilities include swimming pool, steam room, sauna, health and beauty salon and fitness studio. En-suite rooms include a TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee facilities.

 

• Charming Grade II listed mansion • Picturesque valley setting • Lift • TV • Hairdryer • Tea/coffee and biscuits in room • Iron & ironing board • Granary restaurant • Tree Tops restaurant • Hamiltons tea room • Terrace bar • Balcony bar & lounge • Indoor pool, sauna and steam room • Salon Spa • Fitness studio • Bowls • Pitch & putt • Croquet • Archery • Snooker • Rifle shooting • Nordic walking • Tennis •

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