Burnworthy Manor, a 13th Century family run estate surrounded by 1,200 acres of woodlands, valleys, streams, ponds and open meadows nestling in the Blackdown Hills of Somerset. We invite you into the manor house to experience our friendly and familiar, high standards of hospitality. ‘The ideal getaway for discerning shooters, corporate escapes and intimate conferences’
Burnworthy is pleased to be introducing simulated shooting to experienced guns seeking an affordable alternative to game shooting all year round, those wanting an introduction into the world of shooting with quality tuition and companies looking for the perfect corporate day out. Simulated game shooting has all the thrills, all the fun, all the scenery and all the good companionship, It's an ideal way to entertain your friends or make new ones. Simulated game days have all the trappings of a traditional game shoot but the targets are clay pigeons. The experienced on site gamekeeper is able to re create a variety of different drives catering for all levels of abilities.
In the past and presently, Burnworthy’s facilities are enjoyed by the directors of our existing company clients for its intimate and relaxing environment. Seats up to twenty comfortably with a wireless system in place allowing ease of access for your online requirements. Projector and flip chart provided upon request. Refreshments provided throughout the day with lunch and afternoon tea included.
Here at Burnworthy we are proud to be members of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust. We are keen to support and encourage all wild game and other wildlife throughout the Estate. We have recently re-planted areas of woodland to continue the sustainability of woodland growth whilst developing new areas of woodland for support of natural habitats and will continue to do so.
Corporate team building can be organised and tailored to upon the client’s request with a flexible ranges of exercises. We also cater for stag and hen events providing a fun and competitive day out . Groups can be between 8 - 20 people of any age and ability, quality tuition is a must for those with limited or no experience. The simulated clay experience will give you everything you are looking for on these one off special days out, looking after the social able, enjoyable and memorable aspects of these parties.
The manor house kitchen dates from 1270 with the rest of the house having additional work carried out through the centuries with the most recent being the sitting room which was built on during the late 1940s. The Phillips family have owned the estate and 1200 acres since 1923when it was purchased by James and Mabel Phillips (Rupert’s Grandparents) and originally operated with 22 ground staff, two grooms and six house staff. Parts of the estate have since been tenanted giving more economical management of the 1200 acres.
Rupert and Lizzie Phillips (3rd Generation) married in 1986 and now have a son (Jake) and a daughter (Chloe), born in 1986 and 1988 respectively.
Apart from the manor house, there are two farms and seven cottages, and the water supply for them comes from seven natural springs which feed into a central reservoir. This is then pumped 800 metres to a main reservoir and subsequently to the properties.
There is an interesting piece of recent history concerning Burnworthy water supply, dating from World War 2. From information gleaned from German intelligence files, it seems that Burnworthy was targeted as an HQ in the event of an invasion. The reason being that if local water supplies were tampered with and contaminated, the German Command would be self sufficient with Burnworthy’s private source.
It says much for the German intelligence that they were aware of private water supplies in what was then remote rural Somerset!
What is doubly intriguing is that the army officer who discovered the file in Berlin was none other than James W. Phillips, Rupert’s father.
For every question, information or just to say "Hi", here is how you can get in touch with us. Send us an email or make an appointment to visit us!
Burnworthy Manor, Taunton, TA3 7DR
Phone: 01823 601588