Set in the thriving market town of Bruton, this Georgian townhouse turned hotel has 12 rooms set around a pretty courtyard (designed by Penelope Hobhouse). Somerset’s craft heritage is evident throughout: stay in the main house, with its rich colour palette, staircase that winds up to the eaves and aged elm floor; in one of the cottages, all warm stone floors and Morris textiles; or The Forge, which combines ancient beams and wooden cladding with cosy rugs and ticking stripes. There is a welcome package of local, edible treats including Westcombe cheddar, cider (blended for Number One by The Newt) and apple juice. The small-batch, bespoke organic toiletries in the bathroom are made in-house. Don’t miss breakfast at Osip – the Michelin-star restaurant run by Merlin Labron-Johnson in the old ironmonger’s shop on the ground floor – where the highlights are creamy rice pudding, soft boiled eggs and freshly baked brioche (it’s worth booking a table in advance for dinner too). As well as the lovely shops in Bruton to discover, there is plenty to see close by: the Hauser & Wirth gallery, The Newt, Stourhead and Frome are all within a ten-minute drive.

Doubles from £160

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