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Hotel review: Coombe Lodge, Somerset

From its sweeping terrace to the panelled walls and staircase lit by gleaming chandeliers, Coombe Lodge evokes the grandeur of a bygone era and the excitement of the jazz age.

Dating from 1928 when the Wills tobacco family of Bristol commissioned a family home to reflect their wealth and status, this magnificent mansion nestles neatly amid the Mendip Hills with views down to Blagdon Lake.

No expense was spared by renowned Arts and Crafts architect Sir George Oatley on the intricate craftsmanship that remains satisfyingly polished and intact to this day, not least, one suspects, as the freehold remains in family hands.

Magnificent: Coombe Lodge is nestled neatly amid the Mendip Hills with views down to Blagdon Lake, Somerset 

Since 2009, Coombe Lodge has flourished as an exclusive wedding venue for up to 160 guests, but the Covid crisis postponed celebrations. Now, for the first time, its doors are open to overnight guests who can take advantage of the lull to experience an enchanting house that gleams as if brand new.

From the music room with grand piano to the billiards room and library, the sizeable rooms are sparingly decorated given their function – to host glamorous celebrations and dinners. Welcoming a maximum of 24 guests, Coombe Lodge is a romantic retreat, not a place to see and be seen, with staff who are private-house-attentive. Settle down fireside in the library on a velvety sofa with a gin and tonic and a jazzy soundscape while you contemplate the dinner menu.

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