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Wootton House

(Ref. 975935)

Butleigh Wootton, near Compton Dundon, Somerset Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 16 Guests

  • 8 Bedrooms

  • 5 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes


  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Games Room
  • Broadband / WiFi

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43 Customer Reviews

  • "Wootton House was reminiscent of a bygone era and a bit tired,yet it remains proud and comfortably wraps you up in its large size and tangible family history."

    The house facilities were perfectly adequate for a large group and the expansive gardens greatly appreciated. The object of a Grade II listing is to curb unwarranted change; that is true of it's character too. Sure, have an information pack somewhere, sort out the roof leak in the toyroom, the broken shower control handles and clear the tennis court of beech nuts, and maybe even a judicious lick of paint, but whatever you do, don't destroy this quintessential English country house by modernising it.

    Thank you for all of those comments. I'll put out a search for the Visitors Book - it should be there! And the shower handles and leaks have already been dealt with. The Painting remains a Forth Bridge task, particularly as it has to be slipped in between visitors, but please be assured that we are on it, and it will be done absolutely in keeping with the historic feel of the house. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Robin3.8Aug 2023

  • "Excellent outside space for children and adults."

    Plenty of inside space and well equipped kitchen & utility. Bathrooms excellent with plenty of hot water. Reception room sofas and chairs adequate but very tired. Decor and carpets also tired but clean. A large amount of family history in the shape of pictures and mementos in every room on all horizontal surfaces and walls which leant to an overall interesting appearance but susceptible to accidental damage. A bit like staying in an old museum. Overall all party members (adults and children) enjoyed the holiday.

    Reviewed by Philip4.7Aug 2023

  • "Had an amazing weekend at Wootton house celebrating our first anniversary with family and friends ."

    Great time playing tennis and croquet and table tennis . Spacious and great for entertaining. Loved the personal artefacts in each room and books and artwork . Will be rebooking. Thank you to Michael the lovely caretaker who was so helpful .

    Reviewed by Anne4.4Jul 2023

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Wootton House."

    Plenty of equipment in the kitchen. Loads of games in the games room. Only thing which let it down was the very high, not very long double bed on wheels to the left as you go up the stairs. My son in law found the double bed with the en-suite short as well, but he is 6 foot 2 inches tall!

    Reviewed by Rose4.4Jun 2023

  • "We had a wonderful extended family holiday."

    Wootton House was ideal for us; plenty of space and comfortable accommodation and exactly as described.

    Reviewed by Paul4.7Jun 2023

  • "Beautiful old house and fabulous gardens, we really enjoyed our stay at Wootton House."

    Reviewed by Gillian4.7Apr 2023

  • "It's a lovely old house full of history."

    We had a family gathering of 16 there was plenty of room for everyone plus the house was heated very well. The only thing was it could do with a good hover and clean everywhere especially under the beds.

    Reviewed by David3.4Mar 2023

  • "We found the property to be wonderfully warm and inviting, everything about the property was just amazing and very interesting, thank you for trusting us with your family history and your posessions."

    We loved the aga, the kitchen where we spent most of our time as a family. The grounds are beautiful, unfortunately the weather was too cold and frosty to use the well maintained tennis court. We did manage a small football tournament which was enjoyed by everyone. The bathrooms were very nicely presented and plenty of hot water for everyone. The games room was a huge success with the small people and the big people. Thank you.

    4.7Jan 2023

  • "Any worries we had shout cleanliness from earlier reviews, and the warmth of the house, were quickly dispelled!"

    ! Just fantastic and a bonus was the unlimited supply of firewood provided… we had both fires blazing, and the central heating could be turned down!! Everything was perfect for our big family getogether from the initial warm welcome from the caretaker, to the amazing kitchen and ambience of this grand Manor House.

    Reviewed by Paul5.0Nov 2022

  • "This is a wonderful house for a family get together, you feel the history."

    Yes some of it is a little shabby but that adds to the charm and stops you feeling afraid to be there. Very warm and the aga is wonderful. The garden is a great place to wander, play and I’m sure in the summer would allow great barbecues and relaxing in the sun. The children loved the playroom and our pianist was blown away by the Steinway. Very comfortable.

    Reviewed by Maggi4.1Nov 2022

  • "An excellent property, facilities are great and the games room is a godsend for younger family."

    Lovely garden, tennis court and play area. The property is beginning to show its age but overall an excellent stay.

    Reviewed by Alan4.7Oct 2022

  • "We had a wonderful week at Wootton House."

    The house was very comfortable, with warm rooms, comfy beds and beautiful grounds. It is a beautiful old house with some need of attention and repair. The games room was a great addition with lots of children's toys and games and was well used by us. We loved the grounds which were beautifully maintained and had a lot of fun with the children's play area and on the tennis court. The outdoor seating area was great. The house was really well equipped, lots of chairs in all rooms the kitchen had everything you could need. It would be a good idea to clean out all the drawers of the various chests/cupboards as it gave the house a very mucky feel. We had a great week and would definitely return .

    Reviewed by Christine3.1Sep 2022

  • "We loved the character of Wootten House and enjoyed our stay there."

    The house is huge and generally well appointed with a well equipped kitchen. The grounds are lovely and we would have made more use of them had it been drier.We appreciated the way the upstairs bathrooms have been updated and these were clean and well appointed. However the downstairs bath was not usable as it did not drain properly. We made good use of the dining room which was a nice place to eat. The larger sitting room was very comfortable. The musicians in the party made use of the pianos but would recommend that they are tuned. We enjoyed the collection of interesting books, pictures etc. The location of the property is beautiful. The property is slightly lacking in terms of cleanliness-for example there were dog hairs on some of the downstairs carpets and it was a little dusty and cobwebby in places. We would recommend more cleaning materials are provided-broom, dustpan and brush, dusters, mop and bucket, cordless vacuum cleaner, cleaning products etc. We would have been happy to do more cleaning before departure if we had had the means. Some of our party found some of the beds uncomfortable as has been commented before.Overall there were lots of good things about this lovely house and we think the few downsides could be easily addressed to make for a more comfortable stay for visitors.

    Reviewed by Hannah4.1Sep 2022

  • "We had a fabulous family holiday here."

    The garden is amazing. Beautiful grounds and great equipment for the children to play on. Lovely rural location but still close to local amenities. Cleanliness of bathrooms, kitchens, main rooms etc. fine though bit dusty with cobwebs in some areas of the house. Children enjoyed the playroom but it does need a clean and sort out. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in this great, character property. Would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Dennis4.1Jul 2022

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this lovely house and we will definitely come again."

    Some of the beds were not comfortable but overall there were far more good things about the house than bad ones. There was not much in the way of cleaning equipment that we could find- no brush and pan, no long extension for the Henry, but nothing that spoiled the holiday and we’d love to come back when the swimming pond is ready!

    Reviewed by Eleanor4.7Jan 2022

  • "A truly great historic family house to host family and friends celebrations."

    Our guests loved their stay as did we. It was truly a spectacular week, spent playing games and chatting by roaring log fires in a magnificent setting. A little run down, but all the better for its shabby chic. Making for a comfortable and relaxed country stay in a great part of Somerset. We loved learning about the houses history and family. Having rented houses all over the world this is definately up there with our favourites. Thank you.

    Reviewed by Glenn4.7Dec 2021

  • "A great party house, large enough for 16 Adults."

    The facilities and location are great, exceeding expectation. The comfort and particularly the cleanliness left a lot to be desired. There is a difference between being old and quaint and being worn out and dirty for things like mattresses and carpets. I would recommend more zip-link beds for when there are more couples and less children as it gives greater flexibility.

    Thank you for your feedback, we are glad to hear you enjoyed the facilities and location. The owner's are in the process of updating the mattresses and the carpets have recently been restored. Property Owner

    Reviewed by George3.1Sep 2021

  • "One of the best holidays ever!"

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Aug 2021

  • "Lovely large house being renovated so some of it old and faded but somehow this adds to the whole experience."

    Priority has been bathrooms which are all lovely but do need to be well cleaned to prevent them deteriorating. Lots of space for large groups, games room, tennis court, climbing frame all great and the gardens are lovely. Kitchen is very well equipped and was fun to use. Mattresses a bit past their sell by date so not particularly comfortable. However we had a great time here and felt lucky to have found the property and thanks to the owners were able to roll over last years booking due to pandemic. Sykes most unhelpful in relation to that. So thanks to the owners and good luck with future renovation.

    Reviewed by Gillian4.1Aug 2021

  • "Great house and garden for big family holiday."

    Quiet with lots of space and excellent location. However house needs a DEEP clean-I can cope with many imperfections but marked dust under beds and furniture,mouse dirt in cupboards,filthy windows, shower dysfunction and larger rodents running outside are not what I expect for the weekly charge. It seems incongruous considering the money that has been spent on the wild swimming pool (not accessible to us). Nevertheless would I go back?- Yes John White

    Thank you for your feedback which we have discussed in detail with the owner who has advised us that he has since had a meeting with his housekeeping team. With the points raised the changeovers will be supervised. Moving forward this is to ensure that the issues highlighted will not be repeated. Despite your feedback we are pleased you enjoyed the large garden and outdoor space. We hope to welcome you back to the West Country in the near future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by John3.1Aug 2021

  • "This was a lovely period house set in stunning grounds."

    The garden was amazing with it's own Tennis court and croquet lawn. The house itself was like stepping into a Jane Austin novel, packed with caracter and period features. The only downside to the property was the cleanliness. The rooms were not cleaned properly and the kitchen looked like it had not been cleaned at all. After a good going over with anti bac wipes and some bleach in the sinks it was fine. It wasn't the start i expected but it didn't spoil the lovely time my family spent here. The WiFi could do with a boost as well.

    Reviewed by Julia3.4Jul 2021

  • "Absolutely loved our stay here!"

    We want to go back. Perfect for our family getaway with ages ranging from 87yrs to 3 months old. The bathrooms are all lovely. And the house and garden is a great size. Yes, its a littke rough around the edges, but theres a homely feel that didnt make you feel on edge.

    Reviewed by Faye5.0Jun 2021

  • "The holiday and accommodation was really good."

    Wootton House is an old building with lots of character. It is run down in places and needs updating but was ideal for our needs.

    Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed staying at Wootton House. As it is a large character property there is always work to do and the owners are invested in keeping the house well maintained. It's great to hear that Wootton House was ideal for your needs and we do hope to welcome you back in the future. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Mike3.8Aug 2020

  • "Fantastic venue for Christmas, are whole extended family loved it and said this is the best Christmas ever!"

    Beautiful grounds, lovely house, great kitchen especially and cooking of 16 every day no problem with the Aga! (Must get one at home). Very friendly help when needed, thank you to Mr Rendall who came over on his holiday to bring us more wood to keep us warm and happy.

    Reviewed by Leonard4.7Dec 2019

  • "We stayed at Wootton House with a party of 4 couples and 6 very young children for an early family Christmas celebration and the house couldn’t have been more perfect!"

    Wootton House is in a beautiful setting in the country with fantastic gardens and tennis court. The children loved the climbing frames and the playroom (you will not need to bring any toys for children!), and the abundance of space on both floors was perfect for a group of such mixed ages. Despite its grandeur the house has a wonderfully warm, cosy feel to it and the facilities are brilliant. We can’t wait to come back next year!

    Reviewed by Lois5.0Dec 2019

  • "A lovely place to stay for our large family gathering."

    For such a large house it was warm, and very comfortable. Everything was as described and the house had everything we needed to cater for 14 adults. The kids and dog loved the large back garden. The house was immaculatly clean with comfortable beds

    Reviewed by M5.0Nov 2019

  • "Great place for a large family gathering, kids loved the games room, the space inside and outside."

    the kitchen was the place to sit and chat while cooking. The whole house was warm, great facilities for everyone to do what they wanted either join in games or sit quietly watching tv or reading, huge and varied library lots of books, kids loved the whole experience , would love to go back at Christmas time with big Christmas trees and log fires

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.4Nov 2019

  • "Brilliant location and property very suited to large family group staying with great facilities especially for children of all ages."

    The property exceeded our expectations especially the beautiful grounds the property is situated in. We were a mixed group of 8 adults and 7 children ranging from 1 to 6 years. Only very minor issue was intermittent internet connection but in many ways we didn't really miss this as we were enjoying ourselves so much. We received a friendly welcome upon arrival and property was well appointed.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Oct 2019

  • "This was the third time that we have stayed at Wootton House with our family of 15 ranging from 2 - 70 years old."

    It is a wonderful house for family gatherings with plenty of space inside, two lounges, a grand piano, large well equipped kitchen and a children's games room. Outside at the back there are extensive lawns for croquet, football, rounders, cricket and a tennis court. The front of the house has lawn and woods at one side for walks and den building. We stayed for a week and only left the house on two occasions because the children were happy playing in the grounds. For a family gathering it cannot be bettered.

    Reviewed by David5.0Aug 2019

  • "We had a party of 13 ages from 22months to 76."

    The House and garden suited us well and we had a very happy stay with lovely memories. It was our 3 rd visit and it won't be our last.

    Reviewed by John4.7Aug 2019

  • "Staying at Wootton House was a dream come true - used to visiting National Trust properties we were intrigued to be staying in a house with such a rich history."

    We were not disappointed and realty felt we had taken a step back in time ! Some visitors might be put off by the 'frayed edges' but we all agreed they added to the charm and authenticity of the property. What a privilege to stay somewhere with original William Morris wallpaper !! Initially worried about how the youngest children would cope with such a different property, we had unfounded fears. The owners introduction manual made it obvious that this is first and foremost a family home where children are welcome - and judging by the number of toys and games, children are certainly expected :) We particularly liked the kitchen (cooking on an Aga for the first time was a wonderful experience) and the cosy lounge where we had a fire each night whilst taking part in quizzes and parlour games. All family members have been googling to find more info about the Hood family and the history of the house - both the housekeeper and cleaner very kindly shared information freely and it was interesting to hear why certain portraits were hung outside of the main house !!! At every turn there was evidence of those who had lived here in the past - and we really felt we were living 'an experience' rather than taking a holiday. Being able to bring all generations together (including the dogs) was wonderful as we were celebrating a special 50th birthday. Thanks so much for a wonderful time - we'

    Reviewed by Di4.7Mar 2019

  • "Wootton House is a very special property steeped in history, would love to re-visit."

    Reviewed by Jane5.0Feb 2019

  • "Property can be difficult to find in the dark down muddy lanes."

    Well worth the effort though, but try to arrive in daylight. The house was formerly owned by Admiral Sir Alexander Hood and monument to Admiral Samuel Hood, his cousin, can be walked from the house. When you enter the Property you travel back in time by 200 years, which I found very appealing.

    Reviewed by Colin4.4Dec 2018

  • "We had a fantastic stay - many thanks."

    The house was perfect for us - spacious and incredibly well-equipped but also suitable for a large group with small kids. The toy stash was incredible! We would love to come back and stay again.

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Nov 2018

  • "Wootton House is really special."

    It’s much bigger than most weekend rentals, with two sitting rooms, a long dining room, large kitchen and an entrance hall big enough for a party. It is a little tatty in places, but it makes up for it with its unique charm. The housekeeper is welcoming and efficient.

    Reviewed by Cheryl5.0Nov 2018

  • "Non slip mats should be supplied for baths with shower attachments especially the roll top bath."

    Keys for the window locks should be checked as some did not fit the locks in the bedroom they were located in and some rooms had no keys. The house is a bit tired but the owners indicated they are striving to rectify this. This is not a criticism as we new it needed some TLC. The house was perfect for our reunion and the gardens were splendid. We enjoyed our stay very much.

    Reviewed by Barrie4.1Sep 2018

  • "We had an excellent holiday."

    We would definitely recommend Wootton House for large families. The children's climbing frames and swings need urgent attention. More fridge space in the kitchen and pantry would be useful for large families self catering. Cleaning the windows and fixing the wallpaper would make the house seem more cared for.

    Reviewed by Steven4.4Jul 2018

  • "We loved our time at wooton and can not wait to return."

    I did have to do some cleaning before my guests arrived but with the beauty of the house I was not to bothered, The gardens are amazing and I am going to book again next year. All the staff were helpful and amazing Thank you so much

    Reviewed by Rachael4.4Jun 2018

  • "Comfortable, elegant house with beautiful garden."

    Plenty to do on site for all ages - we learnt to play croquet - and walks from the house. A lovely cosy kitchen with Aga. Really needs more fridge and freezer space. Caretaker very helpful.

    Reviewed by Peter4.7May 2018

  • "Very spacious house with fantastic gardens a real character home."

    Just a shame the Wifi was unusable most of the time!

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Apr 2018

  • "It would be good to have clearer instructions on the recycling particularly compostable items."

    We assumed that these are not collected so put it in with normal rubbish. A couple of the rooms are cooler than the others so is it worth having some free-standing heaters available to use. We always have two or three people who feel the cold more than others, but we also realise it's an old house and heating is notoriously difficult to get right for everyone.

    Reviewed by Sarah4.7Apr 2018

  • "Ideal location for our requirements."

    Reviewed by Rosemary5.0Apr 2018

  • "A lovely warm, cosy, house enjoyed by our large family group."

    Will definitely try and visit again .

    Reviewed by Louise5.0Mar 2018

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  • Eight bedrooms: 1 x super king-size double with four poster bed, 1 x king size double with four poster bed, 1 x double with en suite bathroom, 1 x double, 1 x twin (zip-linkable to 6' double on request) with en suite shower-room, 1 x twin (2'6 beds zip-linkable to 5' double), 2 x twin with washbasin
  • Drawing room with open fire and French windows to garden
  • Sitting room with marble fireplace
  • Dining room( with long oak dining table)
  • Kitchen with 4-door Aga, farmhouse table/chairs and pantry
  • Games room
  • Bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Ground floor bathroom with bath, basin and WC
  • Shower-room with shower and basin.
  • Central heating with open fire
  • Microwave, fridge, fridge-freezer, tumble dryer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with DVD, WiFi, Phone, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for eight cars
  • Enclosed garden with tennis court, children's play area
  • Three well-behaved dogs welcome, more by arrangement
  • Sorry no smoking
  • Note: Check in time 4pm
  • Note: This property only permits bookings starting on its usual changeover day of Friday.

The property

Wootton House is a superb country house on the edge of the unspoiled hamlet of Butleigh Wootton on the Somerset levels.

Constructed in the 18th cent., this striking house sits on a 1,000 acre estate comprising gardens, woods, parkland and working farms.

The house is comfortable, elegant, and well loved.

You enter through a large front hall with wood floors and oak panelling which leads to the equally impressive back hall with twin pianos; a handsome Steinway grand and an upright.

The house has two reception rooms; a sitting room with a marble fireplace and fine paintings and a lovely drawing room with damask wallpaper, an open fire and French windows to the front garden.

Overlooking the rear garden is a large formal dining room where the long oak dining table sits before an enormous Jacobean-style ornamental fireplace - perfect for dinner parties or that special occasion.

The kitchen is huge and very well equipped - there's everything you'll need here to cater for your group, including a 4-door Aga and pantry, and for something a bit special, professional catering can be arranged.

The Abbot’s Room, an enormous games room with table tennis, children's snooker table, darts, TV and PlayStation 2 will ensure that there's always plenty to do, even on those not so sunny days.

On the first floor is a library area with window seats and eight bedrooms, four double rooms, one with an en suite bathroom, and two four poster beds, and four twin rooms, one with an en suite shower room.

Outside is a large mature garden where you can play croquet on the lawn, a hard tennis court and climbing frames, slides and swings for the children.

Famous for its annual music festival and tor, the nearby town of Glastonbury has all the amenities you could need, and is well worth a visit.

The beautiful cathedral city of Wells, Wookey Hole Caves and historic Bath, are also within easy reach.

With so much to see and do, Wootton House is sure to be a real hit with all the family.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £250.

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About the location


A rural village nestling at the head of the dreamy Somerset levels. Lush green meadows, meandering rivers, abundant wildlife all surrounded by steep and wooded hills; the countryside doesn't come much better than this! Just 7 miles away, Glastonbury Abbey and Tor is famous for its pre-history, Ley lines and music festival. The majestic Wells Cathedral is also well worth a visit, and shopaholics are excellently catered for in Street. Further afield, the Regency City of Bath, Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge are all an easy drive away. Overall, an outstandingly beautiful and easily accessible area with much to do and see.

Note: Professional catering available.
Note: Arrival after 4pm.
Note: This property only permits bookings starting on its usual changeover day of Friday.
Note: The tennis court will not be available for the week of the 21st of March due to refurbishment. Please contact us for further information.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Off-season