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Longs Park Castle - Wiltshire
Longs Park Castle - Wiltshire

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Stunning self catering holiday house. Impressive Grade 2 listed folly castle boasting most of its original features. Located in west Wiltshire, near Bath. Sleeps 12 in main castle and an extra 4 in the Clock House 50 feet away which is a completely self contained property ideal for an entire family. Castle boasts 6 double bedrooms all with four poster beds, most en-suite (shower and wash basin only). Five communal rooms; Lounge / Conservatory, Study, Drawing Room, Library, Great Hall. Dining: Great Hall features long dining table which will accommodate up to twenty guests together. Ideal for a medieval themed feast, banquet, murder mystery weekend venue. Lounge: Four leather sofa’s in a sociable engaging U-shape. Kitchen: Latest mod cons including dishwasher, Aga and solid granite worktops. Features: Rupunzel's tower with themed bedroom. Central turret with Observatory for star gazing. Beautiful tapestry panelled hallways lead to the east and west wings. For the infirm: Ground floor en-suite bedroom, W/C not in bedroom but next door. Grounds: 2 acres of landscaped and natural gardens teeming with wildlife. Total Privacy – nearest neighbour 1 mile. Out buildings to discover: Game Keeper’s Cottage (Games Barn). Old former Kennels. Summer House overlooking Duck Pond. Victorian Potting Shed. Orchard, equipped children’s play area. Walking distance: Ruins, large pond, paddock, woodland. Ideally situated off the A350 for Stonehenge, Stourhead, Glastonbury, Longleat House.


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Castle - Sleeps 12+4 (16)
Large holiday house in Wiltshire



What's Included: • Oil • Electric • Towels • Heating • Bedding

Heating System: Central Heating

• Electricity included
• Central heating included
• Oil fired Aga included
• Linen and towels included
• Full kitchen inventory (crockery, pans etc)


OUTDOOR FACILITIES

• Enclosed landscaped and natural gardens
• Garden furniture (seating / tables - benches)
• Barbecue
• Play area with climbing frame, swing and rope ladder etc
• Natural grounds of 2 acres
• Summerhouse overlooking large Duck Pond
• Orchard with apple, pear and Victoria plum trees (seasonal)
• Small lake nearby (not in main grounds) well stocked with fish
• Games barn with pool, darts, table air-hockey, football, giant jenga
• Observatory
• Victorian Potting House - converted to covered seating area
• Privacy – nearest neighbour 1 mile


ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES

• Large Flat Screen TV
• 100+ channel FreeView Digital Receiver
• DVD Player
• VHS Video recorder / player (on request)
• CD Music System (in Dining Room)
• Chess table and pieces


APPLIANCES

All matching and modern

• Washing machine (located in Clock house)
• Large Oil fired Aga
• Several microwaves
• Automatic Dishwasher
• Large tall fridge
• Deep chest freezer
• Kettle, toaster etc


OTHER FACILITIES / FEATURES

• Power showers
• Detached property
• Ample secure parking for up to 15 cars
• Nearest Shop 2 miles
• Catering services available
• Entertainment services available
• No pets
• Pub nearby
• Rural
• Short breaks all year
• No smoking inside
• CCTV





We loved it thanks. It was so relaxing and peaceful, the lads spent all day in the games room. As it was a big reunion we booked some caterers you advertised and had a fabulous medieval banquet. We all got dressed up and had a right scream.
Amy Forest in Yorkshire


We found the castle accomodation to be fantastic, it now ranks in the top five of our favourite destinations. It's was great to escape from the hassles of modern day life, it really brought the group together. We will definitely be back.
Joseph Lake in Wales


The castle accommodation was brilliant. As it was near Longleat we took the kids and us girls went to the spa in Bath for a day. The kids loved the chickens with their little chicks and kept trying to get them to come to the fence.
Lynne Peak in Ireland


Family break - January is the only time we get everyone together as Christmas is not an option for our group. Superb Selfcatering cottage (well Castle actually!). Novel, fun, querky - it was just something different. The kids loved the grounds, and we liked the peace and quite. We shoved the kids in the Clockhouse and we lorded over in the Castle. Use their outside caterers for a Medieval banquet which to be honest was superb and better than we expected (we have used outside caterers before). Its a good base for Longleat and Stonehenge although we never managed to get to them as planned (too relaxed!) All in all a good place if you want something different than the usual cottage. Would love to say we'll come back but we always go to a new place every year however if we were to come back then YES we would come here.
Anne C in Somerset


Fabulous Place full of charm and novelty. Had my 50th here with close friends and family. We actually stayed in the whole weekend and didn't even venture out! It was just what the doctor ordered, peace and quiet in the middle of nowhere surrounded by loving people and plenty of stories. The Castle itself I couldn't fault really, clean and well maintained. It wasn't as big as I thought but that just made it cosier.
Sean Spanner in England



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IMPORTANT !

The following information is very important. It is provided to help you have a safe and enjoyable self catering stay at the property. The Special Notices section is to offer you more detailed information in the hope that you will not become over expectant with the property. It covers:

Fire Risk Assessment

Health & Safety Assessment

Special Notices




Fire Risk Assessment for Long’s Park Castle

Risk assessed by Sam Cook

Use of the Building

The building is occasionally used to provide single unit self catering holiday accommodation for groups of up to 16 persons.


Descriptor

Long’s Park Castle is a two-storey building with lounges, a kitchen Dining Hall Library and Lobby at ground floor level. At first floor are bedrooms and bathrooms. The first floor is served by two stairs. The principle stair leads from an entrance hall at ground floor and communicates with a first floor corridor serving the bedrooms. The second stair leads from a small hall at ground floor which leads to one bedroom. This stair is open at the head and communicates with the first floor corridor which serves the bedrooms.

A self-contained flat dwelling clockhouse at ground floor has its own entrance/egress. There are no combustible materials, flammable liquids or gases stored on the premises. All portable electrical equipment is inspected regularly and fitted with correctly rated fuses. Electrical wiring is inspected periodically by a competent person. The use of extension leads is kept to a minimum. All flexes are run in safe places where they will not be damaged. All upholstery of furniture is in good condition and flame proof. All rubbish is contained.


Fire Detection

The smoke detectors are located in the corridors at both ground and first floor and are interlinked. This effectively means that smoke from a fire at ground floor which enters this corridor would activate the sounder elements in the detectors at first floor and vice-versa. Smoke detectors within sleeping compartments are provided. A carbon monoxide detector (mains) is located in each of the nearest bedrooms to the oil boilers (both housed in outhouses)

There are an adequate number of regularly serviced fire extinguishers and a fire blanket in kitchen.


Emergency Lighting

Above each stairwell is a push to operate battery light to provide emergency lighting in the building.


Means of Escape

There are six final exit doors at ground floor. The two principle final exit doors for escape purposes are the entrance door to the lobby three in the conservatory lounge and two in the dining hall.


Identification of potential sources of ignition

Ignition Source Control Measure
Aga C1
Applicants in kitchen C2
Smoking materials C3
Portable electrical appliances C4
Electrical circuitry C5
Candles (not permitted) C6

Control Measures

C1 Aga stove is oil fired and installed in accordance with approved document J of the building regulations 2000. Chimneys are sealed and not in use. And Aga is serviced at regular intervals.

C2 Night-time safety routine includes instructions for ensuring that the Aga and other kitchen appliances are made safe before retiring.
C3 NO SMOKING IS PERMITTED IN THE PREMISES
C4 All portable electrical devices are PAT tested annually or receive an appropriate visual examination
C5 Electrical circuits have been tested to ensure compliance with current regulations.
C6 Candles are not permitted


Important: If any risks are introduced into the building which are not covered by this risk assessment e.g. Christmas trees, then a separate risk assessment will be carried out in order to consider their suitability for this location. The fire routine is made known to all residents by the erection of the 'In case of Fire' sign placed at the front door and a second copy in the visitors book.

Any final exit doors which form part of the dedicated escape routes are secured by means of fastenings which are not reliant on a key when operated from within the building. The fire smoke detectors are tested weekly to ensure effective operation and the results of these tests recorded in a log book.




Health & Safety Risk Assessment

We have a zero accident record and we aim to keep it that way. There are no overwhelming or extraordinary dangers at the property but like anywhere new we would like to point out some obvious areas of possible concern. When arriving with children you may suggest an area where they can initially play and then later on go round with them and point out any dangers or agree any 'no go' areas rather than let them roam around before you have assessed potential dangers.

Below is a condensed version containing the main points of the risk assessment. A fully copy is in the visitors book and a copy can be forwarded to you if necessary.


Risks:

Falling: Main staircase is a spiral open tread design. Rapunzel Tower staircase has steep and narrow steps. Steps to the Observatory become narrow towards the top. Observatory is cramped, access can be gained to the outside.

Hitting your head: Some doorway heights are lower than modern doors, especially; entrance to Games Barn, outside WC. Low tree branches especially yew trees which have formed a beautiful huge canopy area in the children's play area. Low branches are reduced to a minimum but any more pruning will spoil the character of some of these beautiful old trees which have existed for hundreds of years.

Tripping: Uneven surfaces, flag stone floors on ground floor, Gravel walkways outside. Uneven / undulating grass and pathways. Worn / uneven stone steps to entrances.

Falling into Pond: This is effectively a large marshy pond as such it does not have or require any form of barrier. Banked on some sides and less than 2 feet deep but care should be taken with toddlers. Summer House is partly suspended over pond. Toddlers could slip underneath the safety rail on decking. Children's play area is at the furthest point away from the pond. There is an ideal grassed area for toddlers to play right outside the conservatory, ideal viewing distance from within the lounge / conservatory and kitchen so toddlers can be monitored. It is partially enclosed with obvious hedging as perimeters which children should easily understand such confines.

Falling branches: Lot's of old trees, occasionally after a storm branches may fall down. This is extremely rare and we are constantly monitoring them.

Bumping into obstacles: Most lighting is from wall lights thus lower than normal lighting levels. This creates a mood and ambiance enjoyed by many but care should be taken until you are familiar with the property. Extra high wattage lighting is available on request.

Scalding: Hot but not boiling water is available from most taps, showers and baths.

Burning: Aga is permanently on and hot to touch in places. Keep the ring lids down when not in use. Do not worry too much about this, the Aga is well insulated and in terms of heat. If a child touched the outside they will not be instantly burned, it is just like touching a hot radiator at home.

Electric Gates: Controlled by a digital keypad requiring a code. Electronic sensors prevent them closing on an obstruction eg a human or car. In any event the gates have been adjusted not to exert a crushing power to an extent that it could seriously hurt a person.



Special Notices

The Castle is effectively a gate house. It is a folly and was not built as a fortification. As such it is not a large dwelling, proportions are small and homely. Turrets on the whole are unusable and are for decoration.

There are no longer any chickens at the Castle. We were continually battling to outwit the foxes to secure the chickens but were just fighting a loosing battle. Do not be alarmed. The foxes are shy and timid and not like the city foxes we have all read about in the papers. We have yet to see a fox! They have never attacked whilst the property was occupied, it is always when it is vacant for a few days (eg mid week when there are few bookings). When they did get to the chickens they sadly killed them all. We then had to await a break in the bookings so we could refortify the compound where they got in and restock. This was a large undertaking and as such we can no longer support chickens. We are truly sorry about this.

The bedrooms are particularly small as they were not originally built as bedrooms encompassing showers and sinks. To save room, showers and sinks are open plan to the bedrooms, some squeezed into corners and cleverly hidden by paneling. Some beds have access only from one side. Rapunzel's Tower bedroom is some distance from the WC.

The chairs in the Dining Hall are very heavy, they are very old solid rosewood. Lighter chairs can be taken from the bedrooms if required but must be put back.

The Clock house has a modern interior despite it's ye-olde exterior, it in no way reflects the character or quality of the Castle. It is clean, comfortable and functional and is purely used as overflow accommodation where necessary.

This self catering Castle is situated alongside a busy main road. It is mostly hidden behind tall trees, hedging, high banking and high fencing to reduce noise. It is almost impossible to see the Castle from the road making it difficult to find.

We say all this at detriment to putting you off but we do not want guests to believe they will be entering a vast, fairy tale castle with soaring turrets, battlements and draw bridges. The Castle is a wonderful place and full of character.




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Available for Short breaks from 3 - 14 nights or more
• 3 nights start on Friday
• 4 nights start on Monday
• 7 nights start on Friday

Want less than three Nights?
Unfortunately we cannot take bookings for less than 3 nights stay. You can however, leave the property early. If you just want to stay Friday and Saturday night and depart on Sunday then you would have to book 3 nights. Where you would normally leave on Monday at 10am, you can depart at any time on Sunday.
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Sleeps 12 + 4 Self Catering


Large Holiday House Details:

Set proudly within several acres of its own private grounds and surrounded by 500 year old oak trees, this imposing Grade 2 listed folly castle is a wonder to behold. This awe inspiring property fell into many different hands over the years providing this large holiday house with a unique and vibrant history. Long's Park Castle exudes an atmosphere of charm and elegance of yesteryear which lives on in it's guests hearts and memories long after their stay.

You enter the castle via a sweeping gravel driveway. Two enormous wooden gates open electronically to reveal the old courtyard. Even though many changes have been made to improve the living standards, all modern technology has been discreetly integrated so as not to deflect from the castle's charm. Long's Park Castle still boasts many of its original features. These include thick stone walls, beamed ceilings, gargoils, leaded and mullioned windows some with the Long's Family crest and inspiring historic fireplaces. Some of the modern features include communal rooms that automatically light up on entry and keyless digital electronic entry systems. Twenty four hour CCTV security.

The heart of the house is the Great Hall. This majestic dining room boasts an enormous long table which will actually accommodate up to twenty guests together. Crowning this impressive medieval type setting is a chandelier which hangs from the high vaulted ceiling embellished with stone lion heads. The backdrop is made up of two giant portcullis gates which have been discreetly glazed giving an almost invisible seam to the front lawn. To the rear, a tall conservatory style atrium offers diners uninterrupted views of the court yard and Clock House. The music system and speakers have been discreetly housed to give this room deep and echo like resonance worthy of a medieval feast. Outside catering services available.

The lounge / conservatory is ideal for social gatherings with four leather sofa's in an engaging U-shape, moveable tables for board games and activities. A large flat screen TV and entertainment system is housed here.

The kitchen features good storage space for provisions and it is well stocked with cutlery, crockery, utensils and many mod cons including dishwasher. For cooking - an original oil fired Aga still stands pride of place and provides the perfect place for tea and toast in the morning. Most guests find it interactive and spirited to prepare dinners and stews on the Aga. The custom rosewood cabinetry overlaid with granite worktops provide are perfect for food preparation.

The bathroom has been cleverly decorated in rustic style with a modern twist. Panelled wipe down walls complimented by luxury slipper bath.

Tour
Entering through the lobby, two medieval style thrones flank an original hand carved table. Rustic pictures on the wall detail it's history. Continue through to a small library known as the study with modest book collection. Novel giant books piled high act as stools around the chess board table and make an ideal place of solitude. From here a spiral staircase leads to Rupunzels tower, at the top a cosy bedroom which is adored by all especially little prince and princesses.

The library leads to the drawing room with its rustic cocktail cabinet and crystal decanters, chesterfield sofa's and deep chair offer quiet alternatives to the groups activities.

The library also leads to the Great Hall, where the carraiges once trundled through. From here a wrought iron open tread spiral staircase leads to the first floor and continues soaring up to the central turret, the castles highest point. Rich tapestry style panelled hallways lead to the east and west wings. The east wing has two bedrooms and the west wing contains two bedrooms and the bathroom W/C. All bedrooms boast four poster beds and most have their own modern cubicle shower and wash basin ingeniously concealed behind tapestry panels. All bedrooms are furnished with traditional but tasteful furnishings, each with individual colour tapestry print panelling.

Continue up the staircase to the observatory. Devoid of light pollution from any towns and cities you can watch the blanket of stars that scar the pitch black night sky. Alternatively be king of the castle and enjoy the views during the day.

The castle's grounds are equally stunning with a number of interesting out buildings to discover. The original ground keeper's cottage has been transformed into a charming games room. There's plenty to keep the kids happy and the older 'boys' too with a pool table, dart board, air hockey, giant jenga. Next to the Clock House is the play area which is virtually canopied from the glaring sun and rain by severa; huge yew trees, one of them dating back four hundred years. The play area sports swings, ladder assisted climbing trees, a low level climbing frame, rope ladder, and basket ball hoop.

Duck Pond takes up a lot of the grounds low land. At the furthest end overlooking the pond with the castle in the background is the Summer House where cream teas can be enjoyed. En route and a good place to rest is the old Victorian Potting Shed, ideal for weary parents watching the kids on the swing. Plenty of wildlife can be observed in their natural environment, wild deer frequent the grounds regularly, herons visit the pond and in the mornings the grounds team with resident squirrels, badgers, rabbits and some beautiful birds. Just past the pond is the orchard where guests can pick their own fruit when it is in season, with cooking apples, delicious Victoria plumbs, pears, sweet eating apples. On most days an ancient herd of cows wanders past and will even come right to the fence to drink from their watering troughs which are supplied by the castle's ancient spring. Walking can be enjoyed here. There is a particularly pleasant two mile walk that leads through the paddock, wheat field, woodland and eventually to a large fishing lake. Instant permits are available from the farm house for a few pounds. Beyond this are the ruins of Rude Ashton Hall where you might notice a few stolen artefacts from the castle.

Situated off the A350, makes Long's Park Castle the perfect self catering holiday house to explore the surrounding area. Within easy reach are many unspoilt villages as well as Stonehenge, Glastonbury, Stourhead House and Gardens and Longleat Safari Park. Longleat House and Safari is a great whole day out for the whole family or group.

Further Accommodation - Clock House
On the grounds and just 50 feet from the castle is the Clock House which offers further self contained self catering accommodation for a further four guests. This is ideal for teenagers to be within a few hundred feet of their guardians whilst having the sense of independence. With its own modern fitted kitchen and living / dining room gives whoever stays here the pleasure of being able to decide whether to join the main party for meals or to prepare something themselves. The Clock House is also ideal for those wishing to do a lot of cooking / banquet preparation away from the group.


Local Attractions

What to do and where to go in Wiltshire

LACOCK: Lacock village is the pride of Wiltshire and completely under the care of National Trust. The village and abbey date back to the 13th century and remain largely untouched. Your group can still marvel at the lime washed, half timber and stone buildings that make up Lacock. There is plenty for your group to see and do in Lacock. Your group can shop at the many local craft and gift shops or stop to eat at the pub or tea rooms. Lacock Abbey is the perfect place to take your children as the abbey was featured in two of the Harry Potter films. Don't forget the obligatory photo of the famous White Horse on the side of the hill.

STONEHENGE: A world wonder that must be seen. How did the stones get there? How did they arrange them? Many have brought reasonable arguments to the table but no one can be sure. Still used as a place of worship for the modern druids. If your group are in the area for a mid summers day then watching the summer solstice celebrations at sunrise is a must.

STOURHEAD HOUSE & GARDENS: This 2,650 acre site is spectacular. A Palladian manor filled with Georgian treasures, mint condition Chippendale furniture and fine works of classical art. In the gardens you will find temples of worship for all religions, rare plants and flowers, two iron age hill forts, enchanting temples for Greek gods and monuments all set around a tranquil lake. The grotto is a delightful place that kids will adore.

LONGLEAT SAFARI PARK: Longleat opened in 1966 and was the first safari park outside of Africa, in fact the first of its kind in the world. For the first time ever the roles of animals and people were reversed. The animals roam freely and the humans in their car shaped cages. As well as visiting the exotic and dangerous animals there is plenty more to see and do. Longleat House is a pleasure too, with exhibits such as clothing and furniture throughout the ages. In the beautiful Longleat Gardens you will find rare flowers and manicured lawns. If you are feeling adventurous try the hedge maze!

CHEDDAR GORGE: The home of the world famous cheese. Whilst visiting cheddar you may watch the cheese being made in the time old manner. You can also watch boiled sweets being made in the traditional way. The gorge to the north of the village is the largest in England and attracts more the half a million visitors each year. At its highest point it is 113m with a near vertical cliff face. There are two main caves to explore, Gough's and Cox's. It is believed that Gough's cave was used in medieval times to make cheese. Cheddar man also resides in the caves. At 9,000 years old, he is the oldest complete skeleton in the UK. This is also the only accredited cannibalistic site in the UK.

WELLS CATHEDRAL: Described as a prayer in stone and glass, Wells Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. He resides in the adjacent Bishops Palace. Although this is primarily a place of worship, guided tours are available or you may elect to just wander among the beautiful and most substantial collection of medieval stained glass windows. To hear the ten bells ring is worth waiting for. The ten bells are the heaviest collection in one place in the entire world. They are also unusual in the fact that the circle runs anti clockwise as opposed to the traditional English clockwise circle.

BATH: There are so many things to see and do in Bath. The most famous is probably the Roman Baths. Here you will see how the natural hot springs were used for bathing and medicinal purposes. If it is pampering you are after look no further than the Bath Thermae Spa. Here the natural hot spring water used in the Roman Baths will be used in your treatments. Within the Roman Baths are the pump rooms. Here you may indulge in afternoon tea whilst a string quartet plays beautiful music. You can also taste the spring water. No trip to Bath is complete without a trip to the Sally Lunn Tea Room to taste the traditionally made Sally Lunn Bun or a Bath Bun. You can also visit the American museum in Britain. Here you must view the exhibits, the house and the gardens. You can also purchase traditional American recipes.

GLASTONBURY: Glastonbury is not just home to one of the greatest music festivals in the world. Visiting the Tor is quite spectacular. This bulk of a hill rises up from Somerset's flat landscape. Glastonbury is also rumoured to be the mythical home of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, Avalon. In the original legends King Arthur is portrayed as the keeper and protector of the Holy Grail, the chalice that holds the blood of Jesus Christ. Glastonbury Abbey is the oldest "above ground" Christian church and was rumoured to have been built to house the Holy Grail. At the base of the Tor is the chalice well. This holy well has been in constant use for at least two thousand years. The twenty five thousand gallons of water that issue from the spring every day has never failed, even in times of drought.

WOOKEY HOLE CAVES: As well as the world famous caves plus underground rivers and lakes, your group can explore the history of man himself. These caves were once inhabited by Cavemen and later by the Celts. Other attractions include Britain's last surviving traditional paper mill, dinosaur valley, fairy garden, a mirror maze plus a Victorian penny arcade with real old pennies.

EAST SOMERSET RAILWAY: Take a trip through the rolling Somerset countryside on an authentic steam train. Starting from just £5 your group can take the controls and become the driver. Or you can enjoy an evening murder mystery on board one of the locomotives. If booked in advance your group can dine on the trains. Enjoy either Sunday lunch or afternoon tea.

Other local quaint towns to visit include Devizes, Warminster, Westbury, Midsomer Norton and Farleigh Hungerford which is home to the famous castle.


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