Our guide to luxury Somerset holidays

The local lilt draws you in, but it’s the West Country’s wild expanses of coast and country that linger long in the memory. Here, slow travel finds new meaning; this is our Unique guide to luxury Somerset holidays.

Home to five AONBs and dotted with historic cities – including Wells and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath – all a hop, skip, and a jump from London, it’s no wonder so many seek the serenity of Somerset. Long associated with Arthurian legend and romantic roots, this is a county moving forward; once agrarian villages like Frome are serving brunches more akin to Bondi than bucolic Britain, whilst a former farmstead in Bruton hosts world-class contemporary art. Of course, cheddar and cider are on the menu, but there’s change afoot on the local food scene, with Michelin-starred restaurants putting Somerset firmly on the culinary map.

One thing that remains reassuringly unchanged is the landscape; offering the best of ocean and inland, it’s hard to resist the county’s evergreen pull. From Cheddar Gorge’s ragged cliffs to the woodlands of the Quantock Hills, the warren of walks along the South West Coast Path to musical Glastonbury, it’s a good place to dine, dance, and capture the whole experience on film. So, whether you’re here for a last-minute weekend to escape the city sounds or a long-term let in a charming village setting to finish that first novel, we’ve uncovered everything to see, do, and where to eat while in the West Country in our guide to luxury Somerset holidays.