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The Notley Arms Inn
The Notley Arms Inn

Monksilver, Taunton TA4 4JB

4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (42 reviews)

Located in Exmoor National Park, this inn is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Combe Sydenham Hall and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Bakelite Museu …

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High Orchard
High Orchard

Maundown, Taunton TA4 2HL

3.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Situated in Clatworthy, this country house is within 9 mi (15 km) of Tarr Steps, Nettlecombe Court, and Combe Sydenham Hall …

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Dunster Castle Hotel
Dunster Castle Hotel

5 High Steet Exmoor National Park, Minehead TA24 6SF

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (145 reviews)

Located in Dunster, this inn is within a 5-minute walk of St George's Church and Dunster Castle. Dunster Dolls Museum and The …

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The Rock Inn
The Rock Inn

Waterrow, Taunton TA4 2AX

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (88 reviews)

Located in Waterrow, this inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of Cothay Manor, Tarr Steps, and Church of St. Stephen and All Angels. …

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Candlelight B&B
Candlelight B&B

3 Tregonwell Road, Minehead TA24 5DT

3.0 out of 5.0
5 out of 5 (11 reviews)

Located in Exmoor National Park, this bed & breakfast is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Minehead Beach and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Dunster …

£65
The Old Ship Aground
The Old Ship Aground

Quay Street, Minehead TA24 5UL

3.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (58 reviews)

Located in Exmoor National Park, this inn is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Minehead Beach and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Dunster Castle. …

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Blackmore Farm
Blackmore Farm

Blackmore Lane, Bridgwater TA5 2NE

4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Bridgwater, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Oatley Vineyard and Walled Gardens of Cannington. …

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The Kings Head
The Kings Head

High Street, Bridgwater TA5 2HE

3.0 out of 5.0
3.3 out of 5 (50 reviews)

Located in the heart of Bridgwater, this inn is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Walled Gardens of Cannington and 1.9 mi (3 km) from …

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Holnicote House
Holnicote House

Park Street, Minehead TA24 8TJ

4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Exmoor National Park, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Allerford Museum, Holnicote Estate, and Exmoor Owl …

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Days Inn Taunton
Days Inn Taunton

Taunton Deane Motorway Service, Taunton TA3 7PF

2.0 out of 5.0
3.7 out of 5 (231 reviews)

Set in Taunton, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Abbey Burton Clay Shooting, Cothay Manor, and AJ'z …

£31
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Pocket Guide: Exmoor National Park Combe Sydenham Hall Hotels

Combe Sydenham Hall was built in 1580 and is a fine example of a Tudor mansion. It actually incorporates an earlier gatehouse and was entirely rebuilt after the Restoration, in around 1660. It is mainly of interest because of its connections with Sir Francis Drake, although the house itself has interesting architectural details and is situated in some beautiful woodland scenery in an Exmoor valley.

Somerset Hotels for Sir Francis Drake

The Sydenham family resided here from the 1400s to the middle of the 18th Century, and George Sydenham's daughter married Sir Francis Drake in 1585. Folklore has surrounded this relationship ever since, and most of the stories of course feature cannon balls! In one of them, Drake disappeared on his Pelican soon after the marriage and his young wife understandably thought he must be dead and decided to remarry. Almost at the altar, however, a cannon ball fired from the other side of the world shot from the sky and the wedding was called off.

In another story, the girl's father tried to force a remarriage and again a cannon ball showed up as proof that Drake was still alive. A meteorite on display in the house is supposed to be that very ball. Visit the Hall from your Somerset B&B or hotel for slice of Elizabethan history, laced with a healthy dose of good, old-fashioned West Country hokum!

Combe Sydenham Hall Attractions from Somerset Hotels

There's another local legend about George Sydenham himself, as he apparently haunts the B3188 nearby. The story goes that during his lifetime he committed so many crimes that he's doomed to ride a headless horse forever towards Monksilver. It seems that in this part of Somerset the dead are not allowed to rest in peace, and Drake too is supposed to make his reappearance when the nation is under threat, beating his drum as he sails up the Thames to the rescue.

Combe Sydenham Hall is set in attractive gardens and is perfect as a summer destination if you're based in a nearby Somerset hotel or B&B. There's a great choice of these right across the region, from family-run guesthouses to smart historic hotels.

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