Upside House

Upside house is the main part of Topside House (Please see our other property listing). It offers fewer bedrooms, bathrooms and indoor/outdoor space but is still suitable for up to 14 guests. The beautiful period property dates back to the Strode-Barrington family who lived here in the 16th century.  It has been recently renovated to offer modern amenities in comfortable historic surroundings.  The drawing room offers a large socialising space with deep comfortable sofas, a games table, bar and additional seating.  There are a selection of board games, a games console, Netflix and other streaming services alongside the wireless broadband.  The bedrooms offer accommodation for up to 14 guests with 5 bedrooms.  The bedrooms offer such features as four poster beds, pearl inlay woodwork, intricate carved headboards and a log burner. The dining room offers seating around the large dining table with plenty of crockery and glassware for all.  The kitchen has an American style fridge freezer, a separate free standing drinks fridge, a dishwasher and electric cooker all fitted around the worktop manufactured from recycled glass bottles.  The 4 bathrooms have been recently updated with beautiful Calacatta marble and limestone alongside new fittings.  The leisure facilities offer something for everyone.  Whether it be the large premium hot tub with jets, fountains and waterfalls, or the games room with something for all ages.  This property offers the perfect place to celebrate with your friends and family.

About this space

Open the main front door into a stunning spacious hallway to access to all of the ground floor rooms. Featuring 5 bedrooms, kitchen with large fridges and dishwasher, dining room with large dining table and drawing room for entertaining, this has everything you would need for your country escape. In addition it has a lounge, games room and premium hot tub to offer comfort and enjoyment for all.

The drawing room is a generous 32m squared and offers a fireplace and beautiful large windows. The bedrooms feature tall ceilings, original features and beautiful furniture. The dining room has a large farmhouse dining table. The kitchen boasts an American style fridge and freezer, a separate drinks fridge, a dishwasher and electric oven.

The lounge is large and light, features an original fireplace and can be used as one of the bedrooms if required. The games room offers a good selection of games in addition to the games console and board games available in the drawing room. The garden is large and offers space for outdoor games to keep all of the family entertained.

The property is for your exclusive and private use during your stay, there is an attached property with shared parking so we ask that guests park considerately.

– The outdoor areas close at 9pm and we ask that music is only played inside. Noise should be limited after midnight out of respect for our neighbours.
– Groups of under 25s and New Years Eve guests will be asked for a behaviour bond which is refunded on checkout.
– Early check-in and late check-out can on occasion be accommodated, this is chargeable at the same hourly rate as your stay

This property is great for:

Family holidays – There is a great selection of activities to keep all of the family entertained for your stay.  For those sunny days there are many outdoor activities including football, swings, croquet, netball and badminton. Dont forget the large premium hot tub to relax after a day full of fun outside. When the weather isnt as good try the wide array of board and card games, darts, the chess table, pool table, table tennis, an xbox with over 50 games and even a roulette table should you fancy a flutter.  Locally there are loads of attractions including Wookey Hole, Cheddar Gorge caves, Longleat Safari Park, go karting, paintball, museums, water based activities and much more.  Also the cities of Wells, Bath and Bristol offer culture and kids activities.

Celebrations and kids parties – There is loads of space both inside and outside the property to host your special birthday or anniversary celebration or kids party. There are two outdoor terraces with tables and seating for over 25 guests, while inside there is a huge main dining table in the dining room as well as a smaller dining table should you need to dine out of the rain and cold. For the kids, there is space for bouncy castles on the lawn (Enquire for pricing) and kids entertainment.

Stag Dos and Hen parties – The large socialising space makes this property perfect for hosting and entertaining a group for a hen or stag do.  Bedrooms for everyone, including sleeping space for up to 14.  If your stags/hens dont want to share a double bed there is an attached lodge which can be rented separately to sleep an additional 6 guests.  The hot tub is great for relaxing and there is terrace space for additional hot tubs if the one premium hot tub is not quite enough (Enquire for pricing).  For a list of local activities while you are staying please get in touch.

Yoga and Pilates retreats – For the summer the large, flat front lawn offers a great space for an outdoor retreat. Should the weather not be as comfortable, the large drawing room is over 30m squared and offers plenty of space to lay out your matts in the warm. The hot tub helps soothe the muscles and further relax the mind after a good workout.

Activity breaks/holidays – With such vast countryside around the property based in between Wells and Bath the property offers a great base for activity holidays.  Right on the edge of the Mendip Hills, the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty there are countless hikes, walks, caves and gorges to explore.  There are also excellent cycle routes for all abilities with hills and flats to keep everyone happy, and loads of local pubs/cafes for a well deserved rest along the way. There are other activities like clay pigeon shooting, paintball, rifle shooting, golf, go karting, racing and bubble football for those who wish to tire themselves out.

Business meetings, corporate events and small conferences – There are two large inside spaces suitable for meetings or small conferences.  The dining room offers workspace for up to 16 with good access to wifi along with plug sockets so everyone can plug in.  A projector and screen can be made available (Please enquire at time of booking to ensure availability) for presentations.  For a more casual meeting the huge drawing room offers comfortable seating with a large TV for displaying content.  If you need someone to serve refreshments or provide catering please get in touch. We are VAT Registered so you can claim the 20% VAT back to make your event even more cost effective.

Guest Access

You have your own private entrance which allows 24 hour check-in, we leave the key in a lock box (code supplied via email).

Interaction with Guests

We are available via call/text. We like to give our guests as much privacy as they like, therefore the keys are left in a secure location so you can check-in and check-out whenever you wish.

The Neighbourhood

Downside is located between Wells, the smallest city in England and the charming historic market town of Frome.  There is a huge array of local activities including Wookey Hole, Cheddar Gorge caves, Longleat Safari Park, museums, water based activities and much more. Wells is just over 10 mins away and has a huge amount to offer for any group of friends of family. Bath is around 25 minutes from the property (subject to traffic) and has an array of cultural sights and vibrant nightlife. Frome is 20 minutes away and offers access to a great selection of eateries, markets, parks, walled gardens and old cobbled streets.



Getting Around

There is free parking available at the property for 5/6 cars with additional parking locally.
There is a bus stop just 2 minutes walk from the property.
Travel to Bath is easy, there is a bus, or with a car you can use the park and ride (about 25 mins away) or you can park in the city (around 30 mins depending on traffic). An Uber costs around £7.50 per passenger into the centre of bath. A private minibus is around £9.

If your dates do not show as available just drop us an email as we can normally accommodate you:


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Upside house
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 11 reviews
 by Molly
Great house for a group! Had everything we needed

Great house for a group! Had everything we needed

 by Victor
Lovely house for a family gathering or a group of friends

Lovely house for a family gathering or a group of friends. There were nine of us and the space had ample room for everyone. The facilities were great lots to choose from, especially the hot tub and games room for the kids!

 by Thomas
The house had everything We needed for a fantastic weekend away and was very comfortable

A great stay. The house had everything We needed for a fantastic weekend away and was very comfortable. We booked very last minute and the owners couldn’t have made it easier. Many thanks!

 by Emily

Wonderful place to stay!

 by Angharad
All members of the family were very impressed with the location and the property

Me and my family spent a long weekend here to have a pre-christmas get together. All members of the family were very impressed with the location and the property. We were nicely surprised by the Christmas decorations and the children were very excited for the multiple trees. The property was as advertised and did not disappoint. We spent a lot of time inside and outside, especially in the hot tub. Owners were quick to respond to questions and any issues were responded to quickly. I would recommend and we will be returning!

 by Michael F
Such a lovely house with so much character

Such a lovely house with so much character. The gardens were beautiful, beds comfy and rooms beautifully decorated. I loved my stay here and would come again

 by Anindita
Stunning and beautiful property

Brilliant communication, stunning and beautiful property. Lots of warm gestures by wonderful host!

 by Pashenka R
A beautiful home for a stay so close to Bath!

A beautiful home for a stay so close to Bath! The house itself is lovely! Beautiful hot tub! Very clean house, comfy beds and all so clean. We absolutely loved it for a hen do and would definitely recommend to big trips

 by Anthony
All rooms spotlessly clean with crisp white linen

Massive house with large rooms, hard floors all round eliminating the worry of marking carpets. All rooms spotlessly clean with crisp white linen. Outside garden and BBQ area is suitable for large gatherings and areas for kids to explore, along with the outside games room.
Fully recommend - excellent value. Tony

 by Rawly Dibbles
We very much enjoyed staying at the house

We very much enjoyed staying at the house, and the location was really well located to visit the local town. Value is really good, and overall we would recommend staying here.

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