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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 (43 reviews)

Situated in Monksilver, this inn is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Combe Sydenham Hall and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Bakelite Museum. …

£58
Dunster Castle Hotel

Dunster Castle Hotel

5 High Steet Exmoor National Park, Minehead TA24 6SF

4.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (58 reviews)

Located in Dunster, this inn is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dunster Working Watermill and Dunster Castle. Minehead Beach is 2.4 mi …

£75
Wick House

Wick House

2 Brook Street, Taunton TA4 3SZ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (60 reviews)

Situated in a rural location, this guesthouse is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Combe Sydenham Hall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bakelite …

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The Castle at Taunton

The Castle at Taunton

Castle Green, Taunton TA1 1NF

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (31 reviews)

Located in Firepool, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from County Cricket Ground and within 12 mi (20 km) of Fyne Court and Will …

£100
Northfield Hotel

Northfield Hotel

Northfield Road, Minehead TA24 5PU

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (77 reviews)

Located in the heart of Minehead, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Minehead Beach and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Dunster Castle …

£96
Fitzhead Inn

Fitzhead Inn

Fitzhead, Taunton TA4 3JP

3.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (45 reviews)

Located in Fitzhead, this inn is within 9 mi (15 km) of Combe Sydenham Hall, Nettlecombe Court, and County Cricket Ground. …

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The Old Ship Aground

The Old Ship Aground

Quay Street, Minehead TA24 5UL

3.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (80 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this inn is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Minehead Beach and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Dunster Castle. …

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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 (93 reviews)

Located in Waterrow, this inn is within 12 mi (20 km) of Church of St. Stephen and All Angels, Combe Sydenham Hall, and …

£71
Steps Farmhouse - Guest house

Steps Farmhouse - Guest house

Steps Farmhouse, Minehead TA24 6HE

4.0 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (27 reviews)

Located in Bilbrook, this guesthouse is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Cleeve Abbey and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Bakelite Museum. Dunster …

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Huntstile Organic Farm

Huntstile Organic Farm

Goathurst, Bridgwater TA5 2DQ

4.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (52 reviews)

Situated in Bridgwater, this country house is within 9 mi (15 km) of Fyne Court, Admiral Blake Museum, and Wills Neck. County …

£71

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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