A recently transformed cottage in the heart of the Dillington Estate. Little Bank is a former Estate cottage that has been renovated inside and out to create a luxurious retreat to match its stunning setting.
It is the perfect bolthole for enjoying the beautiful Somerset countryside.
Sitting in the heart of the Dillington Estate, Little Bank was historically the office and “bank” for the Estate’s cash and monthly wages. The house has now been transformed. It has been ensitively renovated to a very high standard and features four en-suite bedrooms, all beautifully designed and furnished, and a loft-style, open-plan kitchen and dining room which opens out through bi-fold doors onto the rear terrace and floral garden. The wood-fired hot-tub sits above the garden with views across the orchard to the woods beyond, and the Estate parkland surrounds the house, offering easy access to miles of footpaths to explore the Somerset countryside.
The kitchen bi-fold doors open onto the rear south-facing terrace and garden, where there is an outdoor table and chairs for dining – although these are hardly needed with the glass wall bringing the views into the dining room without even the need to step outside.
The house has four bedrooms on the ground floor, all with their own bathroom. All of the bedrooms are newly renovated and beautifully decorated. Two have modern walk-in showers, one a bath with a shower above it and one a freestanding cast iron bath. All of the bedrooms can be setup as either twins or super-king doubles.
The beds have comfortable, deep mattresses, fluffy, indulgent mattress toppers and 400 thread-count cotton bedding. We also provide soft bathroom robes, body-wash and shampoo in the bathrooms, and separate towels for use in the hot-tub.
In the garden there is an outdoor sofa so you can enjoy just being in the outdoors, as well as an outdoor dining table and charcoal bbq for al-fresco feasting under sunset skies, and a fire-pit to extend the evening long into the twilight. The wood-fired hot-tub overlooks the garden and the countryside beyond.
The house is equipped with a 55” internet-connected TV (which can be retracted into the furniture when not in use), a bluetooth soundbar in the living room and bluetooth / DAB radio in the kitchen. A Nespresso coffee machine, modern fan-assisted oven, dishwasher, a large induction hob and many other kitchen gadgets and implements. There is also a utility room with washing machine and a tumble dryer in case you need it.
Children are welcome and cots and high-chairs are available on request. Children aged 3 or below also don’t count towards the maximum occupancy of the property (which is 8) if they sleep in a cot.
Dogs are also welcome for an additional cleaning fee, but we ask that they stay off the furniture and out of the bedrooms please.
Little Bank overlooks the parkland around Dillington House and there is a footpath immediately outside the property, offering a wide choice of walks right on your doorstep. There is a cafe a minute’s walk from the house, with a deli-counter for anything you might be missing, and fresh barista coffee for a full-flavoured caffeine boost.
Nearby there are several pubs, some within walking distance – like the Barrington Boar – others a little further, but worth cycling or driving to, such as the Dinnington Docks or Lord Poulett Arms. You can see our recommendations for nearby places to eat, and others to visit, here.
Also nearby is Dillington House and Barrington House, the latter a National Trust property with gardens open to the public. The Dennis Chinaworks in Shepton Beauchamp are also very close and worth a visit – for the tea rooms as much as anything else.
There are several local cider producers whose orchards and presses are worth seeing, Perry’s Cider in Dowlish Wake being one, and the Temperley’s orchards and cider brandy distillery over at Burrow Hill another.
A little further away is the beach at Lyme Regis. Walks along the Jurassic coastline are 40mins or so to the South, and the Hauser and Wirth gallery near Bruton is 40 mins or so to the East.
The Dillington Estate is easily accessed by car just off the A303, and the house has private car parking space for four cars.
The train stations of Crewkerne (15 min drive), Castle Cary and Taunton (30 mins each) are all nearby.
Keys will be left at the house so you can check-in at your convenience, and the staff at the Dillington Estate are available to help with anything unexpected.