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Dillington House


And Somerset soars up the league...

DILLINGTON HOUSE, Somerset’s flagship residential business conference centre, has been awarded a unique five star rating by VisitBritain, the official website of the British Tourist Authority.

Guest accommodation at the beautiful hamstone country house set in acres of parkland near Ilminster, was judged as “exceptional, with a degree of luxury.”

The former home of George III’s Prime Minister, Lord North, Dillington came top of a list of 36 college and universities in the campus section; the only one awarded a five-star billing. The website is viewed by tens of thousands of potential visitors every year.

It was a good day for Somerset. The county itself soared to second in the VisitBritain league of “most visited” destinations. In fact it topped everything south of Yorkshire...

VisitBritain, impressed by the quality their independent assessors found at Dillington, said people were looking for somewhere different to visit and had woken up to the ancient charms of Somerset. It was now providing competition for its Cotswolds’ neighbours.

Dillington House, while providing first class conference facilities for up to 160 delegates, is also the county’s prestigious seat of adult residential learning.

It is an ideal base to explore the region’s great attractions. And, said VisitBritain, at a surprisingly reasonable cost.

“This house is a true gem in a jewel of a county. Both are well worth discovering,” said a spokesman. “People are now looking for somewhere different to go and Dillington and Somerset are providing fresh, exciting locations for the discerning traveller.”

The Mendips, Wells, Glastonbury, West Somerset, Bath and Bristol, Dorset’s Jurassic coastline, Plymouth and access to Devon and Cornwall, Stonehenge and Avebury, and the region’s famous gardens are all within easy reach of Dillington House.

“Dillington is perhaps unique in offering wonderful accommodation and conference facilities, while not losing its charming, homely atmosphere, whether for the business guest or student.”

Manager Wayne Bennett is delighted with the award.

“Dillington House is an amazing venue for business. A wide range of rooms and settings together with all the technology and customer support make any meeting away from the office a complete breeze.,” he says.

“It is a creative place where colleagues can work together and get things done without the usual distractions.

“Come and see us and you will be hooked from the moment you arrive.”

That is an offer which comes with a free small matter. Dillington’s home-cooked cuisine, much from the estate’s walled garden run by former Fleet St editor and organic grower Rosie Boycott ,is a mouth-watering favourite with all who venture inside this classic architectural country house.

But alongside the old something amazingly contemporary is emerging. At the end of the year the historic buildings will be complimented by a new building adding two large studio rooms and fifteen bedrooms complete with stylish wet room facilities.

Mr Bennett adds: “Our approach has been to create the ultimate sense of warmth and privacy. Taking in the amazing views towards to the Brendon Hills and The Quantocks, the new bedrooms will provide quite rooms in which to think and dream.”

Dillington House is blending the old with the new in ways that bridge the divide between the best of the past and the world in which we live today.

For further details and or photographs, please contact:

Wayne Bennett: 01460 52427

Carol Crocker : 01460 258608

Issued by prone on behalf of Dillington House, Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 9DT

0208 1333016

0044(0)7956 909415

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