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The Best Hotels in Somerset

Take a trip to the rural county of rolling hills

Looking for ideas of where to plan your staycation? Why not visit Somerset, home to (amongst other things) some of the best cider and cheddar in the UK. These are the hotels to book if you fancy a trip to this scenic county.

The Daycation: Bath

The Best Hotels in Somerset

Some reviews are taken from this year’s Great British & Irish Hotels Guide. You can read the full reviews online or purchase your print Hotels Guide here


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The Farmyard The Newt in Somerset

The Newt in Somerset

You probably know The Newt: the Grade II-listed Georgian Estate, Hadspen House, with its 800-acres sprinkled with wildflowers and orchids. Their 17-bedroom offshoot from the main house, The Farmyard, is one of the most glamorous getaways in the UK countryside. Or, their new Gate Lodge, opening this summer, provides a unique, two-bedroom hideaway with unexpectedly high ceilings and sumptuous Farrow & Ball interiors. Walk, cycle, or drive with an electric golf buggy to reach the former stable, cheese barn, and grain store.


+44 (0)1963 577777 /

The Pig Near Bath, Pensford

This may be one of several rural-themed Pig hotels, but its launch back in 2014 broke new ground for the Home Grown Hotels group: a proper, grown-up hotel that has all the country house attributes (space, proportions, dreamy views), but none of the drawbacks (staid, formal, eye-wateringly expensive). It’s fun and glamorous without ever losing sight of comfort. ‘It’s The Pig on steroids,’ says owner Robin Hutson (though luckily not the price, which is the opposite of pumped-up).


+44 (0)1761 490490 /

Homewood, Somerset

Homewood, Bath

Eclectic, luxurious and slightly eccentric, this grand Georgian country house sits in 20 acres of magnificent gardens and grounds, filled with creative artworks and ultra-modern indulgences. It stands above the village of Freshford, with its picturesque viaduct and a train line that runs to both Bradford-on-Avon and Bath, just 15 minutes away. Harnessing the spirit of the Roman’s love of a good spa, Homewood has created a pampering haven for guests, offering some wonderful treatments, an indoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room as well as a heated outdoor pool.


+44 (0)1225 580439 /

The Langford Inn

In the heart of the pretty village of Lower Langford, on the edge of the rolling Mendip Hills, The Langford is a historic village pub dating back to the 17th century. Newly refurbished inside and out, the pub’s design is decidedly sophisticated and photogenic, with smart leather banquettes, floral patterned chairs and statement lighting. Here, the kitchen’s passion for field-to-fork sustainability is reflected in the menu, with innovative seasonal dishes sitting alongside hearty pub classics, all created from the best ingredients the local Somerset larder has to offer.


+44 (0)1934 446059 /

Talbot Inn, Somerset

The Talbot Inn, Mells

The owners of the excellent Beckford Arms and The Bath Arms at Longleat, Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton, and their third partner, Matt Greenlees, scored an immediate hit with this second atmospheric inn, in Mells, with its lovely old stone houses. Enter through the historic carriage arch, which leads to a cobbled courtyard backed by a succession of cosy dining areas – one a map room, another with a roaring fire and yet another with a bar. There’s a separate sitting room, fashioned from a 500-year-old barn. There’s excellent pub grub, from dayboat-landed fish and chips to well-aged steaks


+44 (0)1373 812254 /

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa – Bath

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath

In the heart of beautiful Bath (as seen on screen in Netflix hit Bridgerton), lies The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, a five-star destination expertly combining first-class service and meticulous attention to detail. John Wood the Younger’s 250-year-old Georgian terrace remains truly magnificent to this day. The hotel’s 45 suites and rooms, most of which offer unrivalled views over the hotel’s pretty herbaceous borders or the Crescent’s impressive lawn, are among the UK’s most memorable places to stay.


+44 (0)1225 823333 /

Broad Street Townhouse

Broad Street Townhouse, Bath

Just five minutes walk from the Roman Baths and Thermae Bath Spa, Broad Street Townhouse is the latest opening from Butcombe Brewery. Set in a Grade II-listed limestone building, it has 11 sumptuous, individually decorated bedrooms (choose from Snug, Signature or Signature Plus, which is set up for families with an extra sofa bed) split over three storeys. The look is modern-rustic; the colour palette calming and contemporary ranging from taupe walls to dusky pink suede headboards. Lovely details include photography and illustration art prints above the bed, and in the bathroom, colourful patterned floor tiles and organic Bramley products.


+44 (0)1225 485760 /

Featured image: Broad Street Townhouse


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