Gurney Manor

Cannington, Somerset - Sleeps 9

About the property

This mainly late medieval manor house has a large walled garden next to a river on the edge of Cannington. It is a place filled with ancient architectural detail and has an intriguing history to unravel.

Dog Beds 1 Single, 2 Twin, 2 Double

  • Sleeps9
  • 4 nights from£598
  • equivalent to £16.61 per person per night

Facilities & features

This is a large house with bedrooms below the timber-frame and the dining table in front of an inglenook fireplace.

  • Cot
  • Fire or Stove
  • Open Space
  • Logs available
  • Parking Available
Find out more

‘Enjoyed the sound of rain cascading from the lead spouts into the courtyard – very medieval.’

‘He who stays in Gurney Manor must give thanks in the chapel to the Landmark Trust.’

From the logbook

Facilities & features

This is a large house with bedrooms below the timber-frame and the dining table in front of an inglenook fireplace.

  • 1 Single, 2 Twin, 2 Double
  • Dogs Allowed
  • Cot
  • Fire or Stove
  • Open Space
  • Logs available
  • Parking Available
  • Bath
  • Dishwasher
  • Outside Dining Furniture
  • Table Tennis Table

A late medieval manor house

Gurney Manor is mainly late medieval and built, unusually, round a courtyard. Apart from the hall roof, which was renewed in about 1900 and Tudor windows and fireplaces in the adjoining solar block, the best medieval work survives unaltered, including a tiny oratory and a pentice, or covered passage, across the yard. The medieval house in its final and most fully developed form, with its balance of private and communal rooms, was a comfortable and convenient one. There can be few better ways of learning this than by staying here, in this tranquil and enclosed place.

Divided into flats

The man responsible was, as so often, a lawyer, William Dodisham, son of a Gurney daughter. His heirs, the Mitchells, faded out before the Civil War and life thereafter as a tenant farm kept the house from major rebuilding. In the 1940s it was bought by a local developer, who divided it up into flats.

Employing traditional building techniques

When we first saw Gurney Manor it was divided into seven run-down flats. We have returned the house itself to its original undivided state. Its repair took eight years, carried out under the careful eye of our foreman, Philip Ford. New roof trusses were made in the traditional way, from oak shaped with an adze (a tool used for smoothing or carving rough-cut wood in hand woodworking). The walls are rendered with lime plaster, buttered to a thinness equal to that achieved by medieval craftsmen. Staying here you can wonder at the skills of craftsmen, both ancient and modern, who have created beautiful but functional objects from wood and stone.

‘Enjoyed the sound of rain cascading from the lead spouts into the courtyard – very medieval.’

‘He who stays in Gurney Manor must give thanks in the chapel to the Landmark Trust.’

From the logbook

Floor plans

Map & local info

Gurney Manor stands in a quiet, peaceful location on the edge of the village of Cannington, not far from the Quantock Hills and the Somerset coast.

Burrow Mump is within driving distance from Gurney Manor, where you can enjoy walks and fantastic views in this unique area of the Somerset countryside. 

Equally close by are The Walled Gardens of Cannington in the beautiful grounds of a Medieval Priory. Look out for special events for children and outdoor theatre performances throughout the summer months. 

Glastonbury Abbey is perhaps the most famous and well loved site in Somerset. Today you can simply enjoy the peace and tranquility of this ancient abbey, or get involved with workshops and exhibitions, as well as children's activities. 

For even more ideas and information on things to see and do suring your stay at Gurney Manor, take a look at our Pinterest Map

Gurney Manor
Cannington, Somerset - Sleeps 9
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‘Enjoyed the sound of rain cascading from the lead spouts into the courtyard – very medieval.’

‘He who stays in Gurney Manor must give thanks in the chapel to the Landmark Trust.’

From the logbook

Your questions answered

    What you need to know about this building

  • Does the property allow dogs?

    Yes.
  • How is the property accessed?

    Via a short unmade track from the main road.
  • What is the nearest railway station and how far away is it?

    Bridgwater – 4 miles.
  • Is there car parking specifically for Landmark guests?

    There is parking for four cars adjacent to the property.
  • What type of heating does the property have?

    A gas fired boiler heats the property in winter and electric night storage heaters heat the property in summer. There are two open fires.
  • How can I get fuel for the open fire or stove?

    Logs may be purchased and delivered under a private arrangement. Further details will be provided with your booking confirmation.
  • What are the kitchen facilities?

    The kitchen is fully equipped with all plates, cutlery, fridge etc.
    There is also a gas cooker and a dishwasher.
  • What are the bathroom facilities?

    There are three bathrooms, all with baths.
  • Does this Landmark have steep, narrow or spiral stairs?

    Yes.
  • Is there a garden or outside space?

    There is an enclosed garden. Please note that the river runs (unfenced) directly the other side of the garden gate.

    Booking and Payment

  • Can I pay a deposit?

    If your stay starts more than three months from the date you make the booking, you are required to pay a deposit of one third of the cost of your stay (or £100 per booking, if greater) at the time of booking. Camping on Lundy must be paid for in full at the time of booking.
  • How can I pay?

    We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard, direct transfer and sterling cheques drawn on a UK bank. Cheques should be made payable to the Landmark Trust except for Lundy stays and boat/helicopter tickets which should be payable to The Lundy Company Ltd. All payments must be in sterling.
  • How do I pick up the key?

    There are various arrangements for picking up keys. To arrange to get into the Landmark, please contact the housekeeper at least two days before your stay
  • How can I cancel or change my booking?

    If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Booking Office on 01628 825925
  • What if I arrive late?

    Please let the housekeeper know if you are going to arrive late and s/he will leave a key for you in a suitable place.
  • Do you accept payment in other currencies?

    At the moment we only accept payment in sterling.
  • How far in advance do I need to book?

    It depends. Some of our most popular Landmarks are booked up a long time in advance, but many can be booked at short notice. We will always have Landmarks free for the coming weekend so it’s always worth checking our availability list.
  • Do you have to be a member to book a Landmark?

    No, Landmarks are available to be booked for anyone.
  • Do I need a Handbook to be able to book?

    No, all the information you need can be found on our website, although we’d like you to buy one anyway as it will be a pleasure to own!
  • What happens if I can’t get to the Landmark due to bad weather?

    If the weather is bad, please contact our booking office who will advise you as to whether the Landmark is accessible. If the housekeeper can safely get to the building to carry out the changeover then we consider that it is open and available. However if we cannot undertake a changeover then we will do our utmost to transfer your stay to another Landmark, which may not be of a similar size or in the same part of the country as your original booking.

    Staying at a Landmark

  • Are Landmarks only available as self-catering accommodation?

    Yes, Landmarks are only available as self-catering accommodation. We do not offer bed and breakfast.
  • Do you provide catering?

    Landmark does not provide catering, but we can recommend Greycoat Lumleys who can arrange for expert and well-trained staff to cater for one evening or for your entire holiday. Their cooks and chefs are able to work with you to meet your specific requirements
  • Do you allow dogs?

    You may bring up to two dogs to properties where dogs are allowed (please see specific property details for exemptions however dogs are not permitted on Lundy except assistance dogs). They must be kept off the furniture and under proper control.
  • Can I bring a pet?

    Apart from two dogs (see above) no other pets are permitted.
  • Insured if I break something?

    We do not carry insurance for breakages. However we appreciate that accidents do sometimes happen. If you have a breakage during your stay, please let the housekeeper know and if appropriate we reserve the right to invoice you accordingly.
  • Are Landmarks suitable for children?

    Yes, most of our Landmarks are perfect for children, with gardens to play in and secret places to discover. Our furniture is surprisingly robust and we positively encourage families to stay. However, some of our buildings may not be suitable for small children; for example, some of them have steep or uneven spiral staircases. We recommend that you call the Booking Enquiries team if you would like to find out the suitability of any of our Landmarks for young children.
  • Are Landmarks accessible for people with disabilities or limited mobility?

    Some of our Landmarks are suitable for people with disabilities or limited mobility. However, many Landmarks have steep or narrow staircases, uneven floors and thresholds, changes of level, low ceilings or beams, as well as indistinct colours on steps and in corridors. We recommend that you call Booking Enquiries if you would like to find out the suitability of a particular Landmark for anyone with a specific disability.
  • Can I get married in a Landmark?

    Unfortunately, most of our Landmarks are not licensed for weddings. However, you may get married on Lundy.
  • Can I hold a big party in a Landmark?

    All our larger Landmarks are perfect for gatherings of family or friends. You may invite an additional two guests to visit you during your stay, however they must not stay overnight. This is very important because our fire regulations specifically note the maximum number of people in any one building. In addition our properties are prepared, furnished and equipped for the number of people specified and greater numbers cause damage and excessive wear and tear to vulnerable buildings. Should this condition be ignored we shall make a retrospective charge per person per day (whether or not they stay overnight) for each guest over the permitted limit, the charge being pro-rated on the total cost of your booking.
  • Is it true there are no televisions in the buildings?

    We deliberately do not provide televisions and find that most people appreciate this.
  • Why are your access tracks sometimes difficult?

    One of the challenges of restoring unloved buildings is gaining access to them. We frequently have to negotiate rights with our neighbours and share tracks with them. In many cases tracks do not belong to us and we have no right to maintain them. Wherever possible we work with our neighbours to provide you with a good quality surface, but where this is a problem then you will be warned at the time of booking.
  • Will there be sockets for my electrical appliances?

    Yes, we have standard electricity sockets for UK appliances. If you are coming from outside the UK, you will need to bring your own adaptor plug(s).

    Facilities

  • Are the kitchens and bathrooms restored to a modern standard?

    Sometimes our kitchens and bathrooms have to be imaginatively fitted into the available space in buildings where before there were none, but they are all planned and equipped to a high and modern standard.
  • Is linen provided?

    Yes, Landmarks are fully equipped with sheets and towels. All the beds are fully made up for your arrival.
  • Are the kitchens fully equipped?

    Yes, our kitchens are well equipped with cookers and fridges. There are freezers and dishwashers (in larger buildings) and, where space allows, microwaves as well as a wide and standard range of utensils. A full equipment list is available at time of booking.
  • Do you provide logs for the open fire/stove?

    Logs are provided at many of our Landmarks for an additional cost.
  • Will there be a mobile signal in the Landmark I book?

    Mobile coverage varies. Some Landmarks have an excellent signal, but others have none at all. If you are concerned, you can check with the housekeeper before your arrival.
  • Is there Wi-Fi in your buildings?

    No. At the moment, we have decided not to implement Wi-Fi in our buildings following a consultation with our customers. Many said that they would find it useful, but many also felt that it would somehow damage the experience of staying in a Landmark. As the responses were so split, and as we have so many other initiatives requiring funding, we have decided to put this on hold for the time being.
  • What should I bring with me? Are there lavatory rolls, soap, shampoo, milk, teabags, coffee, hairdryer?

    A welcome tray with tea and sugar awaits your arrival and you will find a pint of milk in the fridge. We also provide lavatory rolls and a bar of soap, per basin but no other toiletries. We do not provide hairdryers.

Select a changeover day to start your booking...

QuestionWhat's a changeover day? and Why can't I select other dates?

A changeover day is a particular day of the week when holidays start and end at our properties. These tend to be on a Friday or a Monday but can sometimes vary. All stays run from one changeover day until another changeover day.