The Old Court guesthouse, nr Bath, Bristol and the South West

Nancy Hampson, proprietor of The Old Court guesthouse

About The Old Court

The wealth and pomp of Empire shines through in this Victorian Gothic wedding cake of a building. Constructed in 1857 as a Divisional Magistrates’ Court and Police Station, Nancy, and an army of specialist craftsmen, have now given the building considerable chic!

The Magistrates' Court, a magnificent baronial room nearly fifty foot long and almost as tall, is approached via a grand entrance hall and sweeping staircase designed originally for the dignitaries – the public still has an outside stairway and the felons came up from the nether regions by a dank stone stair which still emerges through a trapdoor

The three jail cells, which are now unique bedrooms, contain original features and character with their vaulted brick ceilings and original doors. It is not uncommon to be awakened with coffee extended to you through the original access panel located on your jail cell door! These rooms were recently featured on a popular television show when two unacquainted persons were locked up for a week!

If you feel like something more romantic, why not stay in one of our luxury rooms beautifully decorated with various rooms offering such amenities as working fireplaces, a Jacuzzi, sitting area, and even extra sleeping capacity for the young family. Whether you choose our standard double or a room fit for a king….or even the local judge, everyone can avail themselves of our special Roman Bathroom, with large Jacuzzi leading to our circular staircase to the tower where you can relax in the sauna room whilst taking in the views of the outstanding countryside! The only thing our guests are short of when they come to The Old Court is TIME!

Children very welcome along with the approved pet! Fantastic restaurants abound close to The Old Court as well as fast food within walking distance. There is a second kitchen for your use and following dinner, you don’t have far to go to have a pint at the local pub across the street! Should you prefer to have dinner in-house, this is available by arrangement most evenings – simple or elaborate.



The Old Court, Main Road, Temple Cloud, Somerset, BS39 5DA         01761  451101