First Class Post – The Post House B&B and Self-Catering, Somerset.

Posted on September 30, 2010


On a recent trip down to Somerset, I popped in at the truly wonderful Post House B&B and Self-Catering, in the charming village of Chewton Mendip.

Usually, when you hear the words Bed and Breakfast you immediately envisage cramped, chintzy rooms and a greasy breakfast, so to call The Post House a B&B is to almost do it a disservice. Bed and Breakfast is what is what it does, not what it is.

Upon arrival, I was greeted with genuine warmth by Karen Price, the owner of The Post House, and the person responsible for transforming this once dilapidated, grade II listed building from a crumbling ruin into the magnificent, French style rustic retreat that it is today.

The style here is distinctly influenced by the farmhouses of Provence, full of French rustic charm. However, Karen’s own personal style and keen eye for interior design sets The Post House apart from merely emulating a particular ethic. Here and there stylistic flourishes and design details give this building its own unique personality.

The soft, neutral colour palate is easy on the eye and makes for a soothing environment as well as making the best use of the plentiful natural light.

The furnishings are simple and unfussy, yet practical and comfortable. Everything here is finished to the highest standard, yet it never feels anything other than comfortable, relaxed and lived in. It isn’t opulent, but for those of us that delight in the luxury of quality and simplicity, this place is a slice of heaven.

As I mentioned before, The Post House is divided into B&B and Self-Catering accommodation. The three, double/twin B&B rooms are just delightful, offering all of the facilities you would expect from a luxury, boutique hotel, including en suite bathroom with hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, as well as a flat screen television with Freeview. As with the rest of the house, the light and spacious rooms are tastefully decorated in muted Farrow & Ball paint tones, and simple furnishings. The beds are extremely comfortable, too – and, let’s face it, in a Bed & Breakfast, that’s at least half of the reason you’re there.

The other half is the breakfast. Once again The Post House doesn’t disappoint and provides a wonderful selection of cereals and muesli, fruit and yoghurt, toast with jams and marmalade. Or, if you prefer something a little more hearty, a full English breakfast is available, with tea, coffee and fruit juices to help wash it all down.

The Post House also provides self-catering in the form of the newly converted Old Bakery, which annexes The Post House. The Old Bakery sleeps two, however, when combined with the other two rooms in The Post House, this allows for self-catering for up to six – ideal for large families, or a get together with friends.

The Old Bakery itself consists of a large, comfortable sitting room with an impressive stone feature fireplace, kitchen and double bedroom with en suite.

The sitting room leads out through French doors into a walled, private courtyard, just perfect for enjoying your morning breakfast. The sitting room also boasts a 32” plasma television, and can also accommodate a large dining table.

Downstairs is all open-plan, which really opens up the space and maximises the natural light. The galley-style kitchen, which leads right off from the living room, has all the mod cons you’d hope for whilst still retaining a sense of rustic charm.

Upstairs is a delightful double room with an en suite bathroom that includes a bath and a shower.  The bathroom’s compact and bijou, as Stephen Fry once said, but it manages to be both functional and luxurious.

All of this is just a stone’s throw from the beautiful and historic city of Wells, the Mendips, Cheddar Gorge and caves, Wookey Hole caves and Glastonbury.

Check out The Post House’s website for details of rates and availability.


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