The Rectory

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Sleeps: 12 - 14 Bedrooms: 7 Bathrooms: 5


Pool Manor Wellness Great Value
Heritage Collection
Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request
Walk to Village Laptop Friendly Workspace All Bedrooms En-Suite Romantic

Nestled in one acre of glorious gardens in the quintessential English hamlet of Hinton Blewett, deep in Somerset’s magnificent Mendip Hills, The Rectory is just perfect for family get togethers and groups of friends having something special to celebrate. It is a sublime oasis of gracious living with an endless list of qualities and treats. This superb retreat sleeps up to fourteen adults and two children in luxurious comfort and entertains them like few others. The Rectory boasts an indoor pool, a home gym, a family room with TV, croquet on the lawn, access to Netflix and Amazon Prime, the most amazing, characterful living spaces and a beautifully planted garden. Dinner and drinks can be enjoyed in lavish style inside and out, you can sing along with the Bluetooth, you can enjoy a ‘Come Dine With Me’ experience in the kitchen with guests cooking on the gas-fired Aga, the electric Aga oven, the combi microwave oven or even in the top-floor kitchenette or even better, you can pop along to the award-winning Ring O’Bells pub for some steamed Fowey mussels.

In a land of fresh cream teas, scrumpy cider and breathtaking countryside, Hinton Blewett, is as peaceful as they come. This pretty, charming hamlet sits in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty enjoying a fabulous village pub full of oak beams, inglenook fireplaces and welcome smiles. If you want to stay in the splendour of your atmospheric, panelled dining room, the pub even offers delicious five-course, full tasting journeys as takeaways. The hamlet offers a lush, one and a half hour, three mile circular walk by Litton Reservoirs, taking in the fresh country smells, mesmerising, beautiful valley and rolling farmlands. You will quickly get lost in the bird song and country air when staying in The Rectory. Not far away is the elegant Georgian city of Bath with its traditional heritage of ancient Roman Baths, its iconic Royal Crescent, remarkable galleries, contemporary culture, year-round festivals, green spaces and some of the finest independent shops in Britain. The Cathedral City of Wells enjoys its unique moated Bishop’s Palace, its magnificent cathedral and a fine dining scene which will get your tastebuds tingling. Your holiday will be complete with trips to Stonehenge, Avebury, Longleat Safari Park, Cheddar Gorge, the phenomenal Wookey Hole Caves and Glastonbury Abbey.

Behind the ancient stone walls that ensure your total holiday privacy, the lush lawns, towering trees, well-established colourful shrubs and glorious wisteria of The Rectory, you will discover an enormous country house that exudes charm, period character and a warm, welcoming ambience. The Rectory maintains its elegance, tradition and character whilst having been brought bang up to date with the modern magic of technology and luxurious indulgence.

Its magnicent drawing room is brimming with sumptuous sofas where you can retreat with the Sunday newspapers and a cup of tea, cosy up next to the roaring fire or bring the generations together for some family board games. With heavy drapes at the period sash windows, a chandelier hanging from the ceiling and glorious Mendip garden views from the windows, it takes you back to a time of Byron and Jane Austen. The warm, panelled dining room boasts Georgian splendour and another period fire offering a crackling atmosphere. There are four reception rooms in total on the ground floor which radiate from the flagstone hallway, offering beautiful spaces to mingle or slide away. The children’s lounge or family room enjoys an enormous television, the perfect spot for a lazy evening after an energetic day. The drawing room television is discreetly hidden behind a mirror. In addition to the formal dining room, the breakfast room enjoys a country kitchen table, perfect for breakfasts or alternatively guests can dine alfresco on the terrace while enjoying glorious garden views. The kitchen will impress the most discerning of chefs with its five-door gas Aga with hotplates, it electric Aga double oven, its combi microwave and oven in the pastry room, its chilling cabinet for your smooth Sancerre, its American double fridge freezer with ice-maker, its Nespresso coffee maker and other fabulous appliances. The kitchen is a beautiful, sociable space with plenty of spots where you can entertain the chef! The upper floor of the house also boasts a super kitchenette.

The Rectory enjoys a home gym, complete with treadmill and recumbent bike, where you can keep up your fitness levels and later drink as much wine and eat as much local cheddar as you like. There is a fridge in the gym for your cool bottled water. The lower floor is also home to the seven-metre indoor pool which is heated to a toasty thirty degrees and perfect for a few lengths.

Diving within crisp cottons, you will enjoy some serious shut-eye in seven beautiful bedrooms, five double rooms, one twin and one nursery room. All enjoying contemporary, natural colour palettes they are full of sumptuous vintage furnishings and sensational soft furnishings. Bedroom one comes with a romantic, super king-size, four poster bed and an en-suite bathroom, bedroom two boasts a beautifully dressed super king-size bed and a bathroom next door and bedroom three offers another super king-size four-poster and an adjacent spacious bathroom with an original decorative fireplace. The nursery for three little ones is accessed via bedroom three, so it makes an ideal family suite. Bedroom four also boasts an adjacent bathroom together with a lavish king-size bed and bedroom five also offers a king-size bed. Bedroom six is a beautiful twin, sharing a bathroom with bedroom five. Finally, if you need extra space, the family room enjoys a fold-down, wall-mounted double bed that you are welcome to use. Guests making use of this room would have access to the downstairs loo and pool shower or would need to share the upstairs bathrooms.

An additional two bedroom adjoining apartment is also available for larger groups at an extra fee.

Outside, you can dine al fresco in the walled garden with a huge table seating twelve guests, or on the terrace with wonderful views. It is the place for champagne, strawberries and cream and games of croquet. During the evening, the terrace is warmed by a firepit and lit by pretty lanterns. It is just perfect, watch the twinkling stars and enjoy the tranquility. The one acre of grounds are stunning and perfect for all guests, no matter the age. Children will scramble for the swings, slide and hammock while looking for places suitable for hide and seek. Your barbecue masters can stock up on meat and vegetables from the delightful New Manor Farm Shop and start grilling on the barbecue. You almost certainly will not want to leave The Rectory at the end of your week!

* Please note the last 12 photographs in the carousel are of the Apartment. This is only included in the rental of the property for an additional cost.

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What you should know…

  • Two dogs are welcome to stay for an additional charge. Please note the pet policy in place
  • There is a garden cottage to the rear of the main house with its own garden and parking which the owners occasionally use. The Rectory’s gardens, terraces and play areas are not overlooked at all
  • The heated swimming pool is available from 9.30am daily and earlier when the owners are not staying at the cottage. Please bring your own pool towels

This home is a part of our Great Value and Heritage Collection!

This is a historic home, and as such:

  • It has probably been standing for over 100 years, which means it's full of historic value and charm but it may also have one or two quirks!
  • Some of the decor and furnishings may not be brand new, but that should not detract from your holiday experience in this unique setting that allows you to take a step back in time!

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Indoor Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Laptop Friendly Workspace BBQ Washing Machine Tumble Dryer Dishwasher Microwave AGA Coffee Machine Electric Car Charger Hairdryer All Bedrooms En-Suite Smart TV TV Gym/Fitness Room Outdoor Games DVD Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Caretaker/Owner on Site

Ground Floor
- Drawing room
- Family TV room
- Fully-equipped kitchen with Aga, 2 x hotplates, electric double oven Aga, microwave, wine cooler, 2 x dishwashers, American-style fridge freezer
- Breakfast room with seating for 12
- Dining room with seating for 12
- Cloakroom
- Home gym
- Heated swimming pool*

First Floor
- Master bedroom with super-king four poster bed, en-suite bathroom and stunning views through two original 28 pane Georgian windows
- Bedroom with super-king bed
- Large elegant bathroom with decorative bathroom
- Bedroom with super-king four poster bed
- Nursery with low-level small double bed (accessed via the bedroom above)
- Family bathroom with walk in shower and bath

Second Floor
- Bedroom with king-size bed and stunning views
- Large bathroom with walk in shower and bath

Third Floor
- Bedroom with king-size bed, excellent views
- Bedroom with twin beds
- Small family shower room
- Galley kitchen

Exterior Grounds
- Dining table seating 12
- Gas barbecue (starter gas provided, additional bottles can be purchased for an additional charge of £40 per bottle)
- Croquet & children’s cricket set
- Children’s play area with swings and slide
- Walled garden with seating for 12
- 1 acre of gardens
- Next door to a historic church with a sacred Yew tree for tree lovers and Yogis

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi
- TV
- Library of books
- Basket of logs provided (October - May)
- Hairdryers in all bedrooms
- 1 x large wooden cot, 1 x travel cot & 2 x highchairs available on request
- EV Charger (fees apply)
- Parking for up to 5 cars

* The pool is available for guest use at any time from 9.30am daily. However, when the owners are not staying in the garden cottage guests are welcome to use the pool at any time.


About the surrounding area of The Rectory
Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Golf Nearby Cycling Horse Riding Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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The Rectory enjoys an idyllic location deep in Somerset’s Mendip Hills in the quaint village of Hinton Blewett. It is a wonderful countryside location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with numerous attractions within very easy reach. Whether you are looking for an active holiday, a cultural one, an indulgent one or a foodie one, this area has it all. You can participate in clay pigeon shooting at Mill Farm Shoot, golf at Farrington Park or Fosseway, horse riding at Hay Street Stables or you can head to the coast for some surf and seaside fun. There are luxury spa treatments to be enjoyed at Green Apple Day spa or in Bath. Those that love shopping will be in heaven in Bath and children love the lions and tigers at Longleat Safari Park, the limestone caverns at Wookey Hole Caves, the fish at Bristol Aquarium, the gorillas, penguins and pandas at Bristol Zoo and the play barn at Farrington Farm Shop.

The elegant city of Bath was built for pleasure and relaxation. It has been a wellbeing destination since the Roman times and the waters are still a big draw. The ancient Roman Baths are incredible, as is the thoroughly modern Thermae Bath Spa. If you feel you need some pampering, it is definitely the place to head to with the only natural thermal hot springs in Britain that you can bathe in. Bath’s stunning honey-coloured Georgian architecture is absolutely beautiful. It looks as though it has come straight from a Jane Austen novel. It offers much culture, fine dining, theatre, festivals, museums, galleries and brilliant shopping.

The cathedral city of Wells is compact, full of cobbled streets, medieval architecture and fabulous eateries. It is the smallest city in England and offers a magical market square and the commanding Wells Cathedral. Its name comes from the three wells within the beautiful Bishops’s Palace.

There are so many places nearby to visit and many activities. You will probably have to come back to fit it all in. You can head to Stonehenge, take a steamy trip back in time on the Mendip main line with the Somerset and Dorset Railway Heritage Trust, enjoy the thrill of bouldering at the Climbing Academy Boulder Club, head to Bath Racecourse for National Hunt racing, fish or sail on the Chew Valley Lake, catch premiership rugby at Bristol or Bath or enjoy a track day at Castle Coombe race circuit. The list is endless!

Those that love to fish are very lucky with trout, carp, roach and bream fishing at Litton Lakes and coarse-fishing and still-water trout fly-fishing at Blagdon. There are hire boats at Blagdon too but you need to look out for enormous pike. Walkers and hikers love the beauty of the Mendip Hills and the Somerset Levels.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Bristol Airport


Nearest City Bristol or Bath

(20km - 24km)

Nearest Town Midsomer Norton


Nearest Village Hinton Blewett


Nearest Restaurant Ring O' Bells, Hinton Blewett


Nearest Supermarket Tesco Superstore, Midsomer Norton


Nearest Golf Farrington Park


Nearest Beach Weston-super-Mare


Nearest Train Station Bristol Temple Meads



As one of the sunniest and most rural counties in the UK, there’s plenty in Somerset to make a summer break totally memorable (and it’s still amazing picturesque no matter the season when you visit!).

And when you are staying in one of our luxury holiday homes in Somerset, you’ll want to make sure you’re visiting all the places and trying all the stuff that really makes the region unique. To that end, we’ve put together this brilliant Somerset travel guide – whether you’ve already booked or you’re just browsing, it’s full of handy info and indispensable tips!

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

The Rectory is a dream property for children and families. There is plenty to do and plenty of room. Children enjoy board games, movies, croquet, football and cricket on the lawn with equipment provided and the children’s playground area is a massive hit. The swimming pool is also another wonderful bonus.

The area is brilliant for families with some of the favourite excursions being to Bristol Aquarium, trips on the Somerset and Dorset Railway, the Chew Valley Animal Park, Cheddar Gorge Caves, the Crockadoodle Pottery Painting on a wet weather day, the Roman Baths in Bath, Longleat Safari Park, Kilver Court Gardens, Farrington’s Farm Park, Shepton Mallet Lido and Congo Falls Adventure Golf but the list is endless.

At Longleat Safari Park, children will discover animal species from around the world including lions, tigers, wolves, koalas, porcupines and sea lions as they travel by road, rail, waterway and foot. You can wind up your windows and hide the sandwiches before going through a drive through wild, furry and growly safari. The deer park is home to two different types of deer, the native red British species and the Pere David’s deer which are native to China but are actually extinct in the wild. A grey wolf pack lives in the wolf wood though actually their coats are different colours. They are most active during the night and can often be seen curled up under trees during the day. The rhesus macaque monkeys are very intelligent, highly inquisitive and mischievous. They are on the look out for loose fitting car parts in the drive through safari so watch out! The Amur tigers are very beautiful and you may even be lucky enough to see some cubs. They can grow up to 3.5m in length and weigh 300kg, reaching speeds of up to 35mph. You can hear a lion’s roar as far as five miles away. The majestic lions arrived at Longleat when the park was opened in 1966 and are the star attraction. There are two prides in different enclosures in the park as they are highly territorial. The cheetahs are the fastest animals and are more active in the day than at night. They can accelerate to 60mph in less than three seconds! There is also a big game park, elephants and an African park. Longleat’s main square is home to otters, koala creek, an adventure castle, a rocking rhino, lorikeets that you can feed, jungle kingdom, a children’s play area, a maze, a river adventure, a family farmyard and the Longleat express train. Longleat House, the home to the 8th Marquess and Marchioness of Bath, is open for guided tours. It is a masterpiece of Elizabethan architecture and boasts beautiful gardens and Capability Brown landscaped grounds.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Food blender
  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Animal farm
  • Kid-friendly museum
  • Kid-friendly excursions
  • Caves/Pre-historic site
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Cycling
  • Horse Riding
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Swings
  • Slide
  • Climbing frame
  • Children's videos/DVDs
  • Children's books
  • Playground
  • Boules/Petanque
  • Board games
  • Croquet
  • Heated Pool
  • Indoor Pool
  • Outdoor Games
  • DVD
  • Toys
  • Fenced Grounds

Services Available

  • Catering Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Spa Treatments Available
  • Catering Available
  • Property host
  • Reiki, Breathwork, Rebirthing in the pool Available On Request
  • Executive Coaching & Holistic Massage Available On Request

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering (the property owners can recommend excellent caterers)
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Reiki, Breathwork, Rebirthing in the pool
- Executive Coaching & Holistic Massage

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!

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Make hosting a memorable dinner party at your villa an absolute breeze with our superb Chef Service. Our chefs will take care of everything for you from start to finish so you can just sit back and enjoy the gastronomic experience. They will bring all the necessary ingredients, cook and serve the food and even clean up afterwards. To find out more visit

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £2,000 charged to the client's credit card as a pre-authorisation at least 2 weeks prior to arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to a full inspection
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price. Please bring your own pool towels.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival.
Internet access? Yes, Wi-Fi is included in the rental price. Please note that this a rural connection, there is good reception on ground floor only, it is not available on upper floors.
Changeover day Friday
Minimum stay Please note that there is a 2-night minimum stay, this may be increased across peak dates
Pets welcome? A maximum of 2 well-behaved dogs are allowed on request at the time of booking for an additional charge of £20 per dog, per stay.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking
Other Ts and Cs Please note, the owners will sometimes be staying in the garden cottage within the grounds. It may be possible to rent the garden cottage or arrange for the owners to stay elsewhere during your stay for an additional charge. Please contact us to discuss.
Other 2 Fireworks are not permitted

Please note that this home is best suited for families. The property is strictly no stag, hen do’s, parties or single sex groups and the property owner reserves the right to cancel the booking and retain the security deposit if guests do not comply on arrival.

The owner would like to know the purpose of your visit at the time of booking.

Rental Rates

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • We were all sorry to leave

    on 10/02/2022

    We had a wonderful time at The Rectory in February despite rather disappointing weather and we were all very sorry to leave. The big hit was the wonderful indoor pool. We visited a lot of nearby local attractions (Longleat, Wookey Hole etc) but it was always easy to get the granddaughters back to the house with the promise of a swim. Their swimming skills improved enormously. The house itself was lovely, very spacious and just perfect for our family of 7 adults, 4 kids and 2 babies. Karen was excellent as the local manager and quick to respond and help if we needed it. The owner was also very helpful. The pub next door served great food and local cider and the Lazy Lobster at Chew Magna is definitely worth a visit.

  • A wonderful Christmas stay!

    on 30/12/2021

    The Rectory was exactly what we were hoping it would be, a fabulous Christmas retreat for my family, I particularly enjoyed finding old books to read in the library and the dining room was perfect for Christmas lunch – it was awesome!

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