One of my favourite things about living in the South West is the array of interesting places right on our doorstep. From quaint towns to gorgeous countryside, and everything in between.
On a chilly December weekend morning we decided to head into Somerset to visit England’s smallest city, Wells. I had heard a lot about this quintessential English city, with its cobbled streets, lively high street, market place and medieval architecture, however it’s big sister, Bath, has somewhat stolen the limelight. Wells may be small in comparison, but it punches above its weight when it comes to historic features and interesting architecture.
The impressive 13th century cathedral stands proud in the centre of this pretty city and the surrounding medieval buildings add to the atmosphere. We walked around the perimeter admiring the ornate statues and design until we found Vicars’ Close.
I love historic buildings and old houses. There is something romantic about walking along a cobbled street that has been relatively untouched by modern day, and Vicars’ Close is one of the best examples in England. Built over 650 years ago to house the Vicars Choral, the Close has been inhabited ever since and provides a physical link to the Cathedral.
After a stroll through the Close, taking far too many photos of pretty front doors adorned with holly wreaths, we were in need of a coffee fix. The high street was a hive of activity owing to the annual reindeer parade so we headed up to the Cathedral Café for a quiet moment and admired the views across the pretty rooftops.
Where to stay
There’s plenty to see and do in the area. You can visit Glastonbury Tor and take in the amazing 360 degree views or wander through the Mendip Hills and end in a country pub (my favourite pastime!).
Just 20 minutes from Wells, nestled amidst 40 acres of rolling countryside is Strawberryfield Park. A collection of 23 luxury lodges designed to make you forget the rest of the world the second you arrive. I’m talking sumptuous beds, high-tech design and, my favourite feature, bubbling hot tubs sunk into your private decking.
Each eco-friendly wooden clad lodge has been individually designed, so whether you’re drawn to the soft tones of Cheddar Pink or the vibrant cerise of Pomegranite, you can pick a home from home that suits you.
Laura Moss – Brand Director
I relocated to Devon ten years ago and I’ve spent most of this time exploring everything this wonderful county has to offer. I live on the edge of Dartmoor, so I can get onto the moor within minutes, something I try to do as often as I can. I’m passionate about food and local produce which means my weekends are usually spent visiting cosy pubs and cafés… it’s a tough job but someone has to do it!