1. Bath City Barbour jacket? Check. Hunter boots? Check. Burberry scarf? Check. Once these English country essentials are in the suitcase, the quickest way to get to Somerset is by flying to Bristol. Just an hour’s drive from Bristol airport we reach Bath, one of the most beautiful cities in England, which owes its name […]
1. Bath City
Barbour jacket? Check. Hunter boots? Check. Burberry scarf? Check. Once these English country essentials are in the suitcase, the quickest way to get to Somerset is by flying to Bristol. Just an hour’s drive from Bristol airport we reach Bath, one of the most beautiful cities in England, which owes its name to the thermal baths that the Romans built here and the remains of which are open to visitors. In the eighteenth century, the city saw a revival as the favourite spa town of the upper class population. Much of the neoclassical architecture dates back to that era. Bath still has something chic about it and offers an abundance of culture, shopping, food and drink to fill a romantic weekend.
2.Stay: The Gainsborough Bath Spa
This luxurious hotel in the centre of Bath is situated in a stately 1820 building and has beautiful rooms, an imposing marble lobby and a restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal. What makes the hotel unique is the Romanesque Spa Village with three thermal baths, saunas, a steam room, a gym and an extensive menu of spa treatments giving you the real ‘Bath experience’, as it were.
Beau Street, Bath, thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk
Brindleys has only six rooms, all of which are equally tasteful, light and decorated with an eye for detail. Thanks to its unique location, in just under five minutes you’re right in the centre of Bath, and if you go in the other direction you can walk for hours along the Kennet and Avon Canal towards picturesque Widcombe.
14 Pulteney Gardens, Bath, brindleysbath.co.uk
Eat & Drink
4.King William Pub
Rainy Sunday afternoon? No problem. Do as the English do by settling down to a traditional Sunday lunch in a pub. The King William has been in business since 1867 and has long been known as one of the best pubs to eat at in England. Definitely worth it if you enjoy a traditional Sunday roast, and the slow-cooked lamb in particular seems to be a real experience.
36 Thomas Street, Bath, kingwilliampub.com
More interested in plants? Go to Acorn, which only serves vegetarian and vegan food but in such a way that carnivores certainly don’t get scared off. What’s more, carnivores should taste how innovative, surprising and delicious their green food can be.
2 North Passage, Bath, acornrestaurant.co.uk
6.The Pig Hotel
If there’s one hotel in Somerset that you simply have to visit, it’s this charming little pig. The furnishing of the 29 rooms (spread over the main building, the coach house and the renovated barns) is a perfect mix of simple and rugged with comfort and luxury. After a brisk walk in the nearby Mendip Hills and Leigh Woods, The Pig’s restaurant serves great food with ingredients from its own vegetable garden and orchard – and what’s not available can always be found within forty kilometres.
Hunstrete House, Hunstrete, Pensford, thepighotel.co.uk
The town of Wells only has ten thousand inhabitants, but because it has a cathedral it can call itself a city. The impressive 12th-century Gothic cathedral alone is worth a visit, but the farmer’s market on Wednesday (one of the best in the county) and the oldest house in England that is still lived in also makes a trip to Wells a must for anyone visiting Somerset.
Yes, Glastonbury is also in Somerset. We know it from the legendary festival that goes by the same name. Every six years, there is no festival so that the countryside has a chance to recover from the hundreds of thousands of Hunter and Dr. Martens boots dancing in the mud. There was no festival in 2018, so this summer we will be able to return with renewed energy from 26 to 30 June.
9.The Langford Fivehead
The restaurant of this fifteenth century country house also serves food using produce from the vegetable garden and local farms. If you want to know exactly how the food is prepared, you can book the Kitchen Table so that you can see what’s going on and ask the chef questions. The Langford has six luxurious rooms and if you really want to travel back in time, book one with a classic four-poster bed and a bathtub on legs.
Lower Swell, Nr Taunton, langfordfivehead.co.uk
No visit to Somerset would be complete without taking time to soak up the beautiful landscape. From charming, rolling, golden-green landscapes to the dramatic Cheddar Gorge. A spectacular gorge with towering cliffs where the caverns and caves in the mountain walls were probably home to the earliest inhabitants of England. There’s enough to see and do, so enjoy!
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