With a breathtaking coastline, lovely cities and the Exmoor National Park, Somerset is a very special south west county. For a luxurious break, Chic Retreats recommends several luxury hotels in Somerset including Babington House, part of the Soho House Group, which is set in 18-acres of parkland and surrounded by rolling countryside. Rooms at this boutique hotel come with original wooden beams and Victorian tubs; there’s a Cowshed spa, tennis court, a cricket pitch and croquet, and a cinema for chilled-out movie nights. Children are very welcome (the family rooms are in the stable block so you don’t have to worry about disturbing the other guests) and there’s a free crèche for those over the age of one. The newest boutique hotel in Somerset to open is THE PIG-near Bath just a few miles from the city of Bath, this 29 room country house hotel welcomes children and has a signature greenhouse restaurant serving the best cuts of pig complemented by locally sourced seasonal ingredients, most of which are from the Kitchen Garden.
If you’d prefer something more low-key, then The Talbot, a coaching inn in Mells, and another of our boutique hotels in Somerset is perfect. It has just 8 gorgeously designed rooms (even the ‘small’ room comes with a kingsize bed) and is managed by Matt (ex Babington House) and his wife Clare. It has a cosy sitting room, a pretty courtyard and garden and the Coach House Grill Room where on weekends, food such as locally caught trout is simply grilled on an open fire and eaten at long shared tables. Chic Retreats has selected plenty of Somerset boutique hotels to choose from so do scan our entire collection.
What to do and where to go in Somerset
Nearby Shepton Mallet is a draw for anyone who likes antiques or designer labels. The former should head to the Royal Bath & West Showground, which regularly hosts one of the best antiques markets in the UK while the latter will love Kilver Court, a designer village best known for its Mulberry factory shop. From there, it’s a short drive to Glastonbury, home to the annual Glastonbury Festival (the traffic during this time is horrendous, so avoid at all costs), Glastonbury Abbey and the Tor.
More Somerset highlights are Wells Cathedral, Wookey Hole and the Cheddar Gorge caves. Even if you don’t venture into the caves, do drive through the area: the scenery, from the heather-clad moorlands of Exmoor National Park to the giant rocks themselves, is amazing. If you want to join the scores of climbers you’ll see scaling the rocks, there are plenty of companies offering lessons so you can have a go.
Where to eat in Somerset
It’s also worth making day trips to Taunton, Wellington and the market town of Frome. Just outside Frome, you’ll find The Grange, a renowned cookery school offering residential courses on how to create Asian and Mediterranean influenced food, run by Jane Averill, plus a restaurant. At The Grange, pizzas are cooked on a log fired oven; there are open sandwiches for lunch, delicious Sunday roasts and everything from pheasant to herb crusted cod on the dinner menu.
Another town on the Somerset map when it comes to food is Bruton - home to the soon-to-open, highly anticipated outpost of theHauser & Wirth gallery at Durslade Farm - and popular restaurant At the Chapel. Go for buttermilk pancakes and banana smoothies at breakfast, parsnip soup and Dorset crab spaghetti at lunch and roast chicken with lemon and thyme for dinner (there’s a children’s menu too, so you can take your brood). If you aren't staying at THE PIG-near Bath, the newest boutique hotel to open in Somerset, be sure to eat there during your visit as it has an authentic reproduced greenhouse restaurant with a fabulous British menu.
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BROOKS GUESTHOUSE BATH
bath, united kingdom
Brooks Guesthouse Bath represents affordable luxury right in the centre of the stunning city of Bath. Located a couple of minutes walk from the Royal Crescent and a leisurely stroll from the shops, sites and sounds of the city, this Chic Retreat is the ideal base during your visit to one of the most beautiful cities in England.
Babington House is a luxury boutique hotel in the rolling Somerset countryside. Enjoy the gorgeous interiors, the surrounding parkland, luxury spa, 2 swimming pools, cinema, tennis courts & restaurant and rejuvenate in the fresh country air.
Get ready to squeal with delight at the newest boutique hotel in Somerset: THE PIG-near Bath. True to piggy form this 29 room country house hotel is shabby chic in style with a menu full of flavour overseen by Chef Kamil Oseka with support from his forager and Head Gardener Ollie.
One of the best luxury hotels in England, The Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath sits in majestic glory along the world's most famous crescent. Guests can enjoy an award-winning spa and restaurant and 45 beautiful rooms with period features and furnishings.
Situated in Mells in SomersetThe TalbotInn opened its doors in 2013 and has been full every weekend since. Voted hotel of the year by the Sunday Times, the Talbot is a breath of fresh air for locals, the media crowd and for those looking for good honest food and chic boutique hotel rooms to match.