Maunsel House is a beautiful manor house steeped in tremendous history with, we feel, more than a touch of eccentricity.

A true reflection of its owner, Sir Benjamin Julian Alfred Slade, 7th Baronet. The house was built in the 13th century and is the ancestral home of the Slade family. In more recent years Sir Benjamin has restored Maunsel house to its former glory and created one of the most successful venues in Somerset.

It is a house that comes alive with when full of people. The atmosphere and flow of the rooms lend themselves to any occasion.

Maunsel house is set in 100 acres of stunning parkland at the heart of a sprawling 2,000 acre estate, including farms, lakes, woodlands, walnut groves, orchards, cottages and an ancient church.


Tours by appointment only due to the house being used for events and private hire. Any individuals who turn up without a prearranged meeting or tour will not be granted access. £10pp.

Find Us
Find us

Leave M5 at junction 24, follow signs towards North Petherton. Go through the village North Petherton, past the big church on the left and just before the large playing fields on the left, turn left into Newton Road towards North Newton. Continue 1/2 mile. Pass the school and Harvest moon pub on your left and turn left at the brown sign for Maunsel. Follow road until you see on the left a small lodge next to large iron gates with a long driveway. 

There is a regular service from London Paddington to Taunton station. Maunsel is about 6 miles from here and taxi's are available at the station.

  • Offers bike storage

Car park on site

  • Free


AAA Taxis, Taunton 01823 257999


Tours are £10 per person.

  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
Group Visits
Group Visits

Groups are welcome by prior arrangment, refreshments and meals can be provided. 

Please contact us to arrange:


01278 661076

Fun Facts

Geoffrey Chaucer lived in the house for 10years in the 1390's whilst he wrote The Canterbury Tales in which he based his tales on local characters.


Wedding in the pergola


Maunsel house is licensed for civil ceremonies, as well as weddings and civil partnerships in it's glorious Ballroom, the Victorian library and the elegant Bandstand on the lawns.

If it is an intimate ceremony you are looking for, you may wish to consider St Michael's church, an enchanting candlelit Saxon chapel within walking distance of the house.

Maunsel house can organise your day including arranging weddings planners, accommodation, catering, entertainment and more.


  • Suppliers list
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Wedding planner
  • Bridal suite
  • Guest parking
  • Accessible parking
  • In-house catering

I just wanted to send you a HUGE thank you for all that you did to make my daughters and son in laws wedding such a Special Day. Maunsel House is totally bonkers, but just wonderful, and particularly interesting for all those from abroad...a proper taste of an English Country House, they totally loved it.


Accommodation at Maunsel House is a unique experience, with 13 ravishing bedrooms full of charm and character (many complete with four poster bed), it is the perfect way to relax and end your perfect day.

Our newly renovated South Wing contains a further 4 bedrooms at ground level a few feet away from the house.

Maunsel House is filled with secret passages, rooms and hidden staircases that we keep finding. Recently we found a hidden Priest hole.

There are 5 self catering cottages within the estate available to hire for accommodation. The entire estate has the ability to sleep 66 guests.

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Maunsel House is an excellent venue for corporate functions, meetings and corporate team building events.

Set in the heart of Somerset, conveniently located off junction 24 of the M5, Maunsel house is accessible yet tranquil – the perfect place to de-stress and focus clearly.

Find out more.


  • Wifi
  • Plentiful parking
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Team building activities
  • Projector and screen
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch