Set within ~1 acre of garden, Trimnells House was built by William Poynder, once Governor of New Zealand. Now you can stay in its large rooms that are ideal for groups or families. Its off street location makes it quiet, secure and safe for children and the parking of cars. You may also want to be in a friendly village with a pub where landlord Stuart serves up competitively priced food, drink and often free musical talent. There are also 2 clubs that do drinks and music that welcome visitors for a small entrance fee, they offer country friendliness, and competitively priced drinks I might add. The village attracts people from the surrounding area and can be buzzing at the weekend. It is not unknown for the likes of Peter Gabriel and Nick Mason to visit 'Jigsaw' founder John Robison at his nearby home and wedding venue Euridge Manor.
Celebrities often stay at Lucknam Park Hotel. Whether you see a helicopter landing or not, it may be worth a visit for their Michelin starred cuisine, often enjoyed by Nicolas Cage when he owned a house in Bath. I am told Robbie Williams enjoyed the pool in the past.
Trimnells used to operate as a B&B (before we changed to holiday lets), and we once had Kate Middletons parents stay here to attend a local wedding. They were turned away at the local pub for food because they were too busy and nobody immediately recognised them. That's how crazy it gets here folks! I could go on about the time a Texan billionaires daughter took over Lucknam Park Hotel for her wedding but that's another story...or how a guest bumped into local Ex Bath Rugby star Chris Lilley and went home with a team strip!
Hopefully this gives you an idea of the ambience of the area. I will just mention that Colerne residents are known as Colerne donkeys. This relates to a story regarding the burial of a donkey in the graveyard with its hooves protruding. Don't ask me to explain, nor explain why there is no minute hand on the Church clock!
Now to the blurb. I'm sorry if its a bit repetitive or the pictures are a bit blurred.
Trimnells offers guests the chance to enjoy village life in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. They can enjoy traffic free roads whilst being at the hub of nearby tourist attractions. They can walk to country pubs in a friendly unspoiled village just off the tourist track where visitors of all kinds are welcomed including many overseas visitors who have described Colerne as "a bit of old England". We think by this they mean that locals will greet you and talk in the street and pub, and whilst some upmarket villages can be snooty at times, this is not the case in Colerne. Local facilities include golf, clay pigeon shooting, quad bikes, go karts etc. On their walk to the pub guests may walk past the paper shop and notice the aperture in the wall to the side used to allow a projector beam to pass through. Colerne's equivalent to 'Cinema Paradiso' back in the old days! There is also a play area within the village.
If you want more information on some points, just send an enquiry.
If you want to visit Bath you could go and see the new shiny shopping mall and enjoy the chain eateries or make use of the 'Bath Rewards Card' you will be supplied with that offers discounts on independent eating places and tourist attractions. I cant put a link here but if you search for BIGHA and find Bath Rewards card you will have more details. eg you can swim in the famous Bath hot mineral water and get 3 hours for the price of 2 midweek at Bath Therma Spa. You could also take advantage of our cheap rates if you book midweek. I would also recommend going on the Bath Frankenstein tour to find out what Bath was like when struggling authors like the Shelley's and Dickens frequented it.
Guests who have enjoyed Trimnells House and gardens the most have been families and other groups who seem to enjoy the peaceful walled gardens where children can play while adults can eat and drink. Another group has been Londoners, who seem to enjoy the contrast and leave with batteries recharged.
People have used the house and quiet gardens as a backdrop for videoed events, as it could be for your special event. The two local pubs both offer food and one can offer outside catering. Guests may be interested to use the local pub for Hen nights and other parties. They can be found on Facebook. The Fox and Hounds
You may wish to contact them to discuss what you need including takeaway or eat in food. The Fox and Hounds have a back room that was used by a hen party complete with a male entertainer! Another idea for a party could include a boat trip down river from Bath. Check out Bath City Boat Trips on Tripadvisor.
Trimnells offers guests the chance to enjoy village life in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. They can walk to country pub in a friendly unspoiled village just off the tourist track where visitors of all kinds are welcomed including many overseas visitors who have described Colerne as "a bit of old England". We think by this they mean that locals will greet you and talk in the street and pub. Local facilities include golf, clay pidgeon shooting, quad bikes, go karts etc. There is also a play area within the village.
Guests who have enjoyed Trimnells House and gardens the most have been families and other groups who seem to enjoy the peaceful walled gardens where children can play while adults can eat and drink. Another group has been Londoners, who seem to enjoy the contrast and leave with batteries recharged. Last but not least. Families with children have particularly enjoyed staying at Trimnells. Children seem very excited when they arrive. Perhaps its the imposing and slightly 'Hogwarts' exterior of the house which they explore energetically before moving on to the walled garden with its fish pond, fruit trees and chicken run where they find our chickens living in a children's playhouse converted into a chicken house. Our hens (~20-25) are rescue hens from battery units who enjoy virtual freedom in a large run to the side of the house. Children can feed the chickens and collect the eggs and seem to enjoy just watching them. (They are like little dinosaurs strutting around complete with the odd fight)!
We have also had alternative health seminars reviewed here that have used the house and quiet gardens as a backdrop for videoed events, as it could be for your special event. The local pub offers food. The Fox and Hounds have a back room that was used by a hen party complete with a male entertainer! Another idea for a party could include a boat trip down river from Bath. Check out Bath City Boat Trips on Tripadvisor.
The local Michelin starred Lucknam Park Hotel offers different dining opportunity including The Brasserie. The Hotel is popular with celebrities, as is Bath.
Trimnells offers large rooms (~20-30 sq mtrs) with en suites. Large off street car park. A quiet, safe location away from main roads but not far from major airports and the M4. Bath is a 20-30 minute drive to the center. We offer disabled facilities including a ground floor bedroom with level access shower. The accommodation is on the ground and first floor. The side annex and top floor are separate from the rest of the house including a seperate staircase and door. Noise is not a problem in a detached house if you want to party, and there will be no noise from other parts of the house if you want quiet.
Film buffs and families who want to keep children entertained may want to visit nearby Castle Combe where scenes from Stardust, the first Dr Doolittle and Warhorse were filmed, and Lacock where scenes from Harry Potter and numerous costume dramas were filmed. William Fox Talbot did some early pioneering work on photography in Lacock Abbey and there is a Museum of photography in Lacock. The village and Abbey are owned by the National Trust and preserved for posterity.
Trimnells House, Colerne, near Bath, is ideally placed for combining the enjoyment of rural South West England with the delights of exploring the areas’ rich and varied history. Both Georgian Bath and access to The Cotswold Way are only 5 miles away. Situated only 15 minutes drive from the M4 we are also within easy reach of Bristol & Swindon (within 30 minutes) and Cardiff & Cheltenham (within 1 hour).
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