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I have spent a lot of time in Somerset over the years, with family and friends living locally and beautiful weddings at private homes throughout the countryside in the South West of England. There have been some seriously brilliant restaurants and luxury hotels opening in the area over the last few years, and is definitely a location to plan a weekend break, private party or destination wedding.

Whilst I live in the Cotswolds myself, I do love the slightly more laid back and less London centric feel of Somerset. It's elegant and refined when it wants to be, but never over manicured or with any expectations of you as guests or visitors.

Below I have listed some of my own favourite places to stay in Somerset, even if it's just a wonderful day trip for lunch!

The Newt

This fast became once of my favourite new hotels in the UK, opened by Karen Roos and Koos Bekker (the couple behind Babylonstoren) it opened in 2019 with high expectations, and did not disappoint! to lots of buzz. It's so much more than a hotel – there's a farm, gardens, orchards, a bakery, a gelateria, a restaurant and even a museum. The hotel itself is set in a stunning Georgian country house, with a library and drawing room and stylish bedrooms set in the old stables.