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About Somerset

There is more to Somerset than famous music festivals and cider. From the long sweeping beaches of its coast to the rolling hills of its interior, Somerset is dotted with pretty and interesting places.

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For our list of the best places to stay in Somerset we have selected a wide choice from the new and already deservedly popular Talbot Inn, a pub with rooms run by Charlie Luxford to the uber cool Babington House, favourite hang out of townies looking for a spot of "rural" escape.

Rural Hotspots

The Talbot Inn in Mells, a sister pub to the popular Beckford Arms in Wiltshire, is run with all the style, comfort and great food that has made the Beckford Arms so popular.

Modern but rural with natural materials and soothing homely fabrics setting off the clean white walls and wood and stone floors. Being at the Talbot is like staying with your fun-est grooviest, most hospitable country cousin. Food is local, expertly prepared and imaginative.

Bath

Heading into lovely Bath, the newly opened Harington's Hotel in Queen Street is close to all the major attractions. It is modern, immaculate and comfortable and has guest parking which in Bath is like gold dust.

Situated in an attractive cobbled street, the bedrooms are a good size and can sleep up to four making it an excellent and great value choice for families. There is an outdoor hot tub and breakfast is made to order until a civilised 10 am.

The owners of the Kennard hotel, located on a typically elegant Bath terrace, are one of the many aspects that make this one of our best places to stay in Somerset. Energentic and cheerful, their attention to detail in this lovely property is exceptional. The tiny formal garden, interesting pictures on the walls, free newspapers and breakfast with all ingredients sourced from local farmers make any stay a pleasure.

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The coastal resorts at Minehead, Weston-super-Mare and Clevedon make for a great bucket and spade holiday whilst the historic towns of Taunton and Yeovil and the many rural villages provide quality, comfortable, interesting and great value; indeed some of the best places to stay in Somerset.

Taunton

In Taunton we suggest The Castle, one of England's oldest hostelries which has a reputation for great food.

Yeovil

Little Barwick House in Yeovil is a charming restaurant with rooms - 3 AA rosette standard cuisine in a very relaxed atmosphere.

Wells

For those wanting to be within spitting distance of Wells Cathedral, The Swan is a great place to stay - nicely decorated bedrooms, stunning view and affordable too!

Off the beaten track places to stay

Somerset's interior hosts a National Park and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Levels and Moors are a rural idyll, where traditional crafts and local ciders still epitomize West Country Life.

For the best places to stay in Somerset that are slightly off the beaten track:

  • Langford Fivehead is a historic and stylish country B&B. Book the whole place and have a weekend party to remember!
  • The Devonshire Arms is a good spot for exploring the Levels - quiet country pub on the outside, it is very much upmarket bistro style with rooms on the inside.

Its patchwork of historic towns and unadulterated villages provide a diverse selection of places to stay Somerset, all in beautiful settings.

The Old Priory, just 15 minutes from Bath, another restaurant with rooms in a beautiful old building with stacks of period features or for something slightly different check into the Archangel in Frome. A chic and sophisticated proposition, think Bath quality and style but not the prices - very glamourous and with imaginative English cuisine to boot!

Nothing in our selection of the best places to stay in Somerset that fits the bill? Why not check out our choices in the neighbouring counties of Dorset or Devon.

Best Hotels in Somerset

  • The White Hart, Somerset 7 rooms from $87

    Somerton, Somerset

    A charming gastro pub with impeccably decorated rooms and fantastic food. Rooms and one suite attractively furnished with lots of natural light and luxurious bedding. Lovely dining area and bar, big garden, lots to do in the surrounds. Ideal for couples or families.

    Sights nearby  -  Glastonbury Abbey.
    Fishing  -  Viaduct fishery.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Brindleys 6 rooms from $102

    Bath (Somerset)

    This six bed property is tucked away in a quiet residential nook, yet walking distance from Bath centre. Rooms are decorated in a French country style with white linens and pastel throws. There is a sunny courtyard and cosy living room to relax. A full organic breakfast awaits you each morning.

    Local markets  -  From the once a year Christmas market to the year round farmer's markets
    Sights nearby  -  The world famous Roman Baths are an absolute must visit
    Great walks  -  'Bizarre Bath' organises guided walks around the city
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 12's only
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Stoberry House 5 rooms from $104

    Somerset

    This luxurious boutique bed and breakfast is in a rural setting yet just a walk from the historic city of Wells. Traditional decor features sumptuous fabrics and antique furnishings. The property offers up delicious breakfasts, indulgent afternoon teas and bespoke dinners on request.

    Views  -  Stunning views over the city of Wells
    Sights nearby  -  Wells, the smallest city in the UK, is walking distance from the hotel and offers many sights including a cathedral
    Great walks  -  Take a walk around the National Trust property gardens of Stourhead House or Montecute House
    Local markets  -  Visit the twlice weekly market of Wells (Wednesday and Saturday)
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
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  • Tasburgh House 14 rooms from $104

    Bath

    A Victorian house set in 7 acres of stunningly beautiful countryside close to the city of Bath. The interior is elegantly designed with well chosen wallpapers and fabrics. Breakfasts include local produce. An idyllic spot for exploring the city and its surrounding area.

    Great walks  -  Many options for walking whether it be a historic city walk, a canal walk or an amble in the surrounding countryside
    Views  -  Panoramic views over the city of Bath
    Sights nearby  -  20 mins walk from the centre of Bath
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • The Swan from $104

    Wedmore, Somerset

    A gourmet little pub in a charming village with gorgeous rooms. Luxurious rooms have enormous stand alone bath tubs, contemporary furnishings and DVD players. Fabulous restaurant and acclaimed chef. The perfect spot for a romantic jaunt in the Somerset countryside.

    Foodies  -  Fantastic food from River Cottage's Tom Blake.
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  The medieval cathedral in Wells.
    Great walks  -  Mendip Hills to the north.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
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  • Harington's Hotel 13 rooms from $108

    Bath

    Excellent value town centre hotel a stone's throw from the best that Bath has to offer. No restaurant, but in this city there's plenty of choice elsewhere. Great for families and those on a budget.

    Private Hot Tub  -  You can hire the courtyard hot tub by the hour for private usage.
    Sights nearby  -  Closest hotel to the Thermae Spa
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  • Red Lion Inn 6 rooms from $110

    Babcary, Somerset

    Traditional thatched country pub in the heart of Somerset. Six individually designed rooms with super comfy beds, smart linen and toiletries. Award winning food with daily changing menus. Great location for exploring the area and just 50 mins from Bath. Perfect for a country escape.

    Sights nearby  -  Great base for exploring the surrounds including Glastonbury Tor and Lytes Cary Manor. Only 50 mins from Bath.
    Full of character
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Frog Street Farmhouse 3 rooms from $110

    Somerset

    Enveloped in Somerset's finest countryside lies this Jacobean property dating back to 1436. Rooms are decorated with antique furniture in creams and pastel hues. There are 130 acres of farmland to explore in summer months and a log fire for the winters. A full English breakfast is served daily.

    Village
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the historic properties of Tyntesfield, Montacute House or Barrington Court
    Cooking classes  -  At "The Canteen"
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Good Hotel Guide
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  • Henrietta House 18 rooms from $116

    Bath

    Step back into Georgian Bath but in a hotel with all mod cons. Elegant listed house with high-ceilinged rooms and shuttered windows, sleigh beds, antique furniture and traditional bathrooms. An unbeatable breakfast. Classy choice for those seeking a touch of Georgian authenticity.

    Sights nearby  -  Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths, Thermae Bath Spa, The Jane Austen Centre
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  • The Devonshire Arms 9 rooms from $116

    Langport, Somerset

    This former hunting lodge, overlooking the village green, is an intimate stay for food and nature lovers. Rooms are contemporary and light offering en suite bathrooms. The restaurant prides itself on using only the finest produce and a menu revolving around this, matched with a well-stocked bar.

    Country Escape  -  With fantastic gourmet pub food, a fine selection of booze, comfy beds and plenty of outdoor activities.
    Birdwatching  -  Witness the yearly starling murmurations, where Somerset starlings flock together over the Levels.
    Great walks  -  Get out and explore the coastal walks all along the Somerset Levels.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • The Old Priory 6 rooms from $116

    Midsomer Norton, Somerset

    12th Century house turned cosy B&B is one of the oldest properties in Somerset let alone the quaint village of Midsomer Norton. Six charming bedrooms are comfortable and exude the dated charm. Enjoy breakfast in the garden or in your room, before exploring the local area.

    Groups  -  Can be privately hired for special events such as hen parties and family gatherings.
    Great walks  -  Wonderful walking all around this area, ask your hosts for a few pointers.
    Sights nearby  -  Head to the nearby National Trust Stourhead House and Gardens.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • The Talbot Inn 8 rooms from $116

    Frome, Somerset

    Charming village pub run by a proven team. Friendly local feel backed up by excellent food for all ages. Bedrooms are country style with egyptian cotton and siberian goose down duvets. Chillax.

    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
  • Archangel 10 rooms from $122

    Frome, Somerset

    A chic and sophisticated restaurant with rooms in the quaint town of Frome. Contemporary rooms still feature exposed beams and stone yet new frescoes and freestanding baths now hold centre stage. A wonderfully renovated restaurant serves exemplary cuisine. Great for a weekend away.

    Foodies  -  A trendy restaurant serving up excellent local cuisine in an old hay barn, with French windows leading out to a sunny courtyard.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Stourhead and wander around its pretty gardens and surrounding forests that house Alfred's Tower.
    Great walks  -  A perfect base for exploring the charming historic market town of Frome.
    Full of character
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  • Grays 12 rooms from $122

    Bath

    Come here for a weekend away that’s like visiting old friends. Styled as a contemporary classic, this B&B just outside the city centre is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. It’s super comfortable with great views and a British feel.

    Value chic
    Views  -  Fabulous views across the city and the spectacular Royal Crescent
    Sights nearby  -  15 minute stroll down to the centre of Bath
    Restrictions on children  -  No children under 12
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  • The Crown 16 rooms from $129

    Exford, Somerset

    This 17th century former coaching inn is ideally situated for the rugged terrain of Exmoor. The surprisingly grand rooms are decorated with antique pieces like Empire style armchairs, dark woods and ornate fabrics. The restaurant, serving real ales and traditional pub grub is one of the highlights.

    Great walks  -  Exmoor has some of the most beautiful moorlands in the country, the UK's highest cliffs and rugged coastlines - take your pick!
    Fishing  -  Hidden amongst this property's 3 acre grounds is a trout stream.
    Full of character
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • The Carpenter's Arms 12 rooms from $129

    Somerset

    This chocolate box property, a collection of converted miner's cottages is located down a quiet lane in the Somerset village of Stanton Wick. Rooms are decorated in a neutral decor with cream walls and earthy fabrics. There is a restaurant with a courtyard garden serving unfussy food and real ales.

    Sights nearby  -  The Wookey Hole Caves and Wells Cathedral are a short drive away.
    Fishing  -  Go fly fishing on the Chew Lakes.
    Full of character
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
  • Kennard 12 rooms from $135

    Bath

    A charming Georgian townhouse in the heart of Bath, minutes from the sights. The hotel stays true to its history with ornate decor and a pretty Jane Austen inspired garden. A splendid breakfast is served in the chandelier decked dining room. Perfection, at a very reasonable price.

    Local markets  -  Nearby Pulteney Bridge is one of a handful of historic bridges in the world with shops built into it.
    Great walks  -  Guests are welcome to take a stroll in the lovely Georgian Garden.
    Sights nearby  -  Just minutes from the Roman baths and Thermae Spa.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over eight years are welcome.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Dorian House 11 rooms from $141

    Bath (Somerset)

    Located in a quiet corner of town, yet just ten minutes walk from the city centre. Decorated with an eclectic array of Asian antiques from the owner's travels. Rooms are decorated in neutral colours, some with four-poster beds, claw-foot baths and power showers. Plus a tranquil garden to enjoy.

    Great walks  -  Meander along the Royal Crescent or the Avon canal. Further afield there are plenty of rural walking trails.
    Sights nearby  -  The picturesque Westonbirt, Stourhead and Dyrham Park are all close by.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children are not permitted at this hotel.
    Full of character
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  • Lavender Cottage B&B 3 rooms from $141

    Bath (Dunkerton)

    This former parish dating back to 1740 provides a secluded country haven just 15 minutes drive from bath. All three rooms are decorated in classic country style with antique pieces. There is a charming dining room overlooking the mature gardens. A full English Breakfast is served every morning.

    Sights nearby  -  Visit the famous Royal Crescent and pop in to the museum at Number 1 or visit Holburne Museum.
    Hideaway  -  Just 15 minutes drive from the historic city of Bath yet tucked away in a rural corner.
    Great walks  -  Through the local village of Dunkerton or take an audio walking tour of Bath.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children are not permitted.
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  • Little Barwick House 6 rooms from $148

    Yeovil, Somerset

    An award-winning restaurant with rooms set in three-acres of beautiful Somerset gardens. This unpretentious property is intimate and relaxing, with comfortable rooms and hideaway qualities. Enjoy the wine list and delicious, seasonal dishes on offer. A great place to explore English countryside.

    Exclusive offer  -  Midweek Sparkler
    Foodies  -  They have won a Double Gold Award from 2014 Taste of The West Awards, not to mention the extensive winelist.
    Total relaxation  -  Wonderful food, charming rooms and unbeatable service ensure you will leave refreshed.
    Sights nearby  -  Plenty of historic houses in the area including Minterne, Mapperton House and Gardens & Sherborne Abbey.
    Great walks  -  Explore the 3 acres of beautiful mature gardens, or ask your hosts about walks further afield.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
  • The Queen's Arms 8 rooms from $153

    Corton Denham, Somerset

    Quintessentially English Georgian Inn nestled in the Dorset/Somerset countryside welcomes guests with winter fires, bare boards and comfortable rooms. Enjoy the Moor Queen’s on tap and extremely enjoyable food. A little country treasure, with great walks from the front door.

    Foodies  -  They rear their own pigs, sell their own eggs, as well as dry-curing and smoking their meats and fish- local, seasonal heaven!
    Value chic  -  Well priced elegant rooms with an even better priced gourmet cuisine downstairs, a real find.
    Sights nearby  -  National Trust properties close by include King Alfred Tower, Lytes Cary, Tintinhull House, Forde Abbey and Montacute House.
    Great walks  -  For a lovely long walk Macmillan and Monarch ways are close by, plus the pub will pack your lunch.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Apsley House 12 rooms from $165

    Bath

    Grand yet homely - run with love, and attention to detail on the eastern fringes of Bath. This charming guest house has twelve elegantly decorated bedroom with a warm, cosy feel. A fine breakfast are with large airy windows and views over Bath.

    Total relaxation  -  A quiet and relaxing space to explore the city of Bath from
    Traditional  -  Furnished with antiques and fine paintings.
    Historic  -  Built by the Duke of Wellington
    Sights nearby  -  The Circus, Pulteney Bridge, Prior Park and Bath Abbey
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Good Hotel Guide
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  • The Pig near Bath 29 rooms from $170

    Bath, Somerset

    Charming boutique hotel. Quirky rooms sit within the Grade II listed building and cozy outhouses. Restaurant and kitchen garden, extensive spa, stunning grounds. Country walks and sights nearby make it the perfect romantic getaway.

    Exclusive offer  -  Upgrade
    Country House  -  Georgian Mansion, Hunstrete House, a Grade-II listed country house dating from 1820
    Foodies  -  All food in the restaurant is locally sourced within 25 miles
    Garden  -  Kitchen garden growing vegetables, herbs and fruit
    Spa  -  Potting Shed spa
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
  • Swan Hotel, Wells 48 rooms from $181

    Wells, Somerset

    Stunningly located old coaching inn opposite Wells Cathedral. Opulent rooms mix tradition with contemporary. Gold embellished wallpaper, chintz fabrics and some have free standing copper baths. Contemporary British fare served in an oak paneled room. Ideal for exploring Wells and its surrounds.

    Romantic Break  -  Original four poster beds, log fires and views of Wells Cathedral combine to create this unique and utterly romantic getaway.
    Local exploring  -  Well situated to explore the small historical city and the beautiful surrounding countryside.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the 13th century Wells Cathedral, this majestic sight is literally across the road.
    Local markets  -  Scour the bi-weekly farmers market, packed with the cream of the local produce.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers
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  • Cross Lane House 3 rooms from $184

    Somerset

    Picturesque and quaint, Cross Lane House is a charming B&B amidst the rolling beauty of Exmoor National Park. Individually decorated rooms have a homely, welcoming feel with comfortable beds and elegant decor. Sample delicious seasonal recipes in the hotel's restaurant. A stellar Somerset stay.

    Country Escape  -  Escape to Exmoor National Park - a place of natural beauty
    Local exploring  -  Plenty of areas to explore within driving distance
    Great walks  -  Excellent walking in the surrounding Exmoor National Park.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Dunster Castle.
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  • The Castle Hotel, Somerset 44 rooms from $196

    Taunton, Somerset

    Since the 12th Century this Norman Fortress has opened its doors to travelers with immaculate hospitality and spectacular countryside spot. Comfortable, classically decorated rooms offer all the mod-cons. BRAZZ, the contemporary brasserie and locally popular Bow Restaurant offers a range of dishes.

    Families  -  A great family stay, babysitting is available and the kids will love the novelty of staying in a castle with a moat to boot!
    Great walks  -  The nearby Hestercombe Gardens are recommended from those that know the area, plus the hotel will pack you a lunch.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens
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  • Langford Fivehead 6 rooms from $227

    Lower Swell, Somerset

    Historic and stylish 15th century country house turned restaurant with rooms in the Somerset Levels. Luxury bedrooms have a decadent feel and some feature four poster beds, rolltop bath tubs & original fireplaces. The restaurant serves a daily changing gourmet three course menu. Perfect rural escape

    Country Escape  -  A grown up getaway in this indulgent manor house, set in gorgeous parkland with cosy interiors and laid backed vibes.
    Local markets  -  Check out the local artisan food producers, Pitney Farm Shop, Brown & Forrest Smokery and the Somerset Distillery.
    Great walks  -  The seven acres of stunning parkland make for easy pretty walking.
    Birdwatching  -  Search for grey herons in the wetlands of the Somerset Levels.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • The Gainsborough Bath Spa 99 rooms from $312

    Bath

    A one of a kind thermal spa hotel in the heart of Bath. Each bedroom is elegantly decorated with period details and contemporary features. Luxurious bedding and modern appliances provide extra comfort. The hotel has a fine restaurant, chic bar and a pleasant afternoon tea lounge.

    Spa breaks  -  Tapping into Bath's original thermal springs
    Wellbeing  -  An extensive range of personalised therapies
    Total relaxation  -  Specialist aquatic body therapies
    Great walks  -  Bowood House and Gardens nearby
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  • Babington House 32 rooms from $355

    Nr Frome, Somerset

    Stunning country house and grounds. Immaculately chic interiors. Understated elegance and five-star luxury. Bar, restaurant, spa, and cinema.

    Private Hot Tub  -  The Wood Cabin features an outdoor hot tub
    Spa
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Kiwi Collection
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