Somerset is a county of contrasts, with rocky Exmoor to the west, together with the gentler Quantocks, Brendon and Blackdown Hills and the limestone Mendip Hills and Cheddar Gorge to the North-East. In between are the wetlands around Glastonbury, ideal for apple growing, the resorts of Burnham and Weston-super-Mare, and the county town of Taunton, scene of bitter Civil War struggles.
Bristol, the largest city in Somerset and a former capital of England, is steeped in history. You can stroll down King Street, famous for its Theatre Royal, Almshouses and sup in the Llandoger Trow. The city docks are of great interest, providing a home for the SS Great Britain, Brunel’s famous iron ship, the Industrial Museum and the Watershed shopping area.
A few miles up the river Avon is Britain’s only World Heritage City – Bath, whose Roman Baths have just been re-opened. Bath’s second great era was the Regency period, characterised by the Assembly Rooms and Royal Crescent. Tea in Pump Room, with a trio playing, should not be missed, nearby Wells is England's smallest cathedral city. Nearby Wells is England’s smallest cathedral city. Its cathedral’s west wall dates from 1230 and the Bishop’s Palace is one of England’s oldest inhabited houses. We help you find the best place to stay in a hotel in Somerset.
Farthings is a charming small country house hotel in Somerset, set in the picturesque village of Hatch Beauchamp, just three miles from the M5 at Taunton. Bedrooms are individually furnished. Our favourites are the four on the front with views across open meadow. The bathroom of one is approached via a spiral staircase. There are also self-catering apartments and a cottage for longer stays in a hotel in Somerset. Downstairs there is a cosy lounge with newspapers, a friendly bar and three dining rooms, one available for private dining or for meetings. Farthings is set in its own gardens and fresh eggs are provided by the house poultry.