This beautiful and historic property has been refurbished to the highest standard whilst truly celebrating its history and character. Castle House, part of the original 12th Century castle at the heart of Taunton, Somerset’s vibrant county capital, is now home to the multi-million pound premises of The Museum of Somerset. Not only will you have the unique opportunity to stay in a house with medieval origins, but you will also have access to the wonderful range of cultural events – literally on your doorstep – that are presented by the museum throughout the year. Plus, it’s only a short walking distance to the bustling town centre’s cafes, restaurants and shops. As you would expect with such an historic property, some of the beautiful original floorboards and the stairs have some uneven places and some of the doorways have low lintels – all adding to the incredible experience of staying here. Christmas or New Year in Castle House has a magic of its own that will be memorable. The Museum of Somerset across the courtyard holds special concerts, exhibitions and talks in the panelled meeting room below the Tudor Room so you will have a perfect opportunity to enjoy all that is on offer.
Castle House is spread over two spacious floors, with the entrance on the ground floor level. Once inside, through your own front door in the hall, a flight of stairs takes you up to the first floor where you will find the 'Tudor Room' sitting-room, the elegant dining-room and the kitchen, as well as two of the bedrooms and a large shower-room. The kitchen is a very clever contemporary design that suits the house and yet is fitted out for all your needs. It has a lovely view out over the gardens of the Castle Hotel – where you can sit and enjoy a morning coffee or afternoon tea. Another bonus of being next to the hotel is that you can order gorgeous meals which will be brought over to you, or of course you can stroll next door to dine in the hotel. The second floor is home to two further bedrooms – including the master four-poster bedroom – and their bathroom. You will certainly be invited to have a tour of the tower and to see the rooms on the third floor too. If you are staying out-of-season, you need have no fear of the cold that our ancestors had to cope with, as there is full mains gas central heating throughout the house. The museum’s courtyard cafe is another treat where you can sit and take in the atmosphere of this special place. If you are staying when the annual courtyard theatre production is on, you will be presented with courtesy tickets as Castle House is the backdrop to the stage – joining in with the spirit of the event means turning off your lights during the performance to help with the authenticity of the setting!
Sitting-room with TV/DVD player, CD player and ornamental wood-burner
Kitchen with gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine/drier and dishwasher
Bedroom 1 with double bed
Bedroom 2 with single bed
Shower-room with shower, WC and wash-basin
Bedroom 3 with four-poster bed
Bedroom 4 with twin beds
Bathroom with bath, shower attachment, WC and wash-basin
Take care, some uneven floors and low lintels. Due to its very central location there may be some noise, particularly on Friday and Saturday evenings. *Cots are not provided, bring your own travel cots.
- Regret no pets
- High chair and 2 stair-gates
- Arrive/Depart Friday
- Short breaks available
- Private parking for 1 car at Castle Hotel, additional parking at cost (£10 per day)
- No smoking
- Pub 100 yds
- Patio furniture
- Full gas-fired CH
Castle House, taken from the gardens of the Castle Hotel. The castle itself continues on the far side of Castle House.
The Tudor Room is now your stunning living-room. The door in the corner is to the castle tower! The musuem staff will give you a tour if you wish.
Using the dining-room is a must for a family gathering or celebration.
The four-poster room is on the third floor and is huge!
This is the courtyard setting with Castle House to the left of the tower - you can see the windows of the first floor living-room. In the foreground is a fully restored medieval Alms House.
There is a stylish kitchen with views over the gardens of the Castle Hotel.
The central island is a real feature in this room.
The wood-burner is ornamental only - some lovely candles have been provided to give a great atmosphere.
Another view of the four-poster bedroom, which has views over the castle courtyard and the museum.
All the beds have hotel quality linens.
This lovely double bedroom is on the second floor and has views over Castle Square at the front of the building.
The original fireplace is a lovely ornamental feature in this bedroom.
Stylish soft furnishings compliment the room.
This bathroom is on the third floor. The bath is free-standing and there is a hand held shower.
Another view of the bathroom which looks out over the Castle Hotel gardens.
This is the twin room on the first floor, with its lovely antique wooden beds.
This bedroom looks out over Castle Square.
The single bedroom reallly celebrates the history of Castle House with its ancient exposed wall beams.
At the same time this room has been made cosy and welcoming.
This is the first floor shower-room with a really large shower. There is a separate cloakroom on this floor as well.
The shower-room has a super-size shower cubicle and a rainfall shower head.
Castle House has its own outside area at the front where you can sit out if you wish.
From the gardens of the Castle Hotel you can get an idea of the grandeur of Castle House.
In front of Taunton Castle is a wide square with other historic buildings and some great places to dine al fresco on a summer's evening.
Taunton Castle - what a unique setting for a holiday base!
This historic buiding has a wonderful contemporary kitchen with all mod-cons.