Dillington House dates back to the sixteenth century, and is the former home of Prime Minister Lord North.
In the early nineteenth century, the House was remodelled in the so-called Jacobethan style and is now rated Grade 2* by English Heritage. The Mews building was constructed in 1875, while 2009 saw the opening of The Hyde - a spectacular example of contemporary architecture, overlooking the surrounding countryside.
Once a family home, since 1950 Dillington has served the South West region as a centre for adult education, for conferences and business meetings, and more recently as a beautiful venue for weddings and social events. Few people know that Dillington was a national centre for training for British Rail from the 1950s to the early 1970s. In 1995 Dillington became the second venue in Somerset to be licensed for Civil Ceremonies and today weddings of all descriptions form an important part of our business.
Dillington's idyllic setting amid mature parkland makes it the perfect place to learn, relax, and get away from the pressures of everyday life. Our accommodation is first rate - confirmed by the award of a prestigious Five Star rating by VisitEngland's National Quality Assurance Standard Campus Scheme. Add to this delicious cuisine, friendly staff and a diverse programme of courses and events, and Dillington House stands out as a special place.
There is ample free parking across the site, with disabled parking available in front of the Mews building.
We have excellent facilities for people with disabilities, but it is always wise to let us know of any special requirements. That way, we can ensure that all of your needs are catered for in advance.
Dillington is a member of the Historic Houses Association and a member of the Somerset Chamber of Commerce.
For such a peaceful place, with gracious buildings and landscape, Dillington is deceptive. You think you've come to a sleepy rural idyll, with gentle dim sheep grazing the neat lawns. But inside, it's all talk and ideas, enquiring minds and lively discussion. History, art, literature, music - whatever quickens the spirit and sharpens the mind: right here in Somerset.