Discover ‘real’ Somerset life in the picturesque town that gave the county its name. With the feel of days gone by and beautiful architecture that nods to the town’s history, Somerton holidays are perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle. This is the kind of town where life seems to slow down. You’ll spend your days wandering the local trails and enjoying the scenery, before stopping off in one of the friendly pubs to tuck into a plate full of yummy local produce. And best of all, you’ll have some of the region’s best-loved days out within easy reach.
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We all know that one of Somerset’s biggest draws is the food (and cider!). With a reputation for serving up fresh, local produce that tastes fantastic, the Somerton restaurants do the county proud. The Kingsdon Inn makes the perfect backdrop to a quiet lunch on a sunny day. With a thatched roof and traditional beer garden, it’s a place to soak up the sunshine while you feast. This one’s great for families or couples, and it’s as cosy inside during the cooler months as it is outside during summer.
The Courtyard Café is another favourite, and they bake their cakes on the premises for that gorgeous homemade taste. This is the spot to pop into for a picnic or a pitstop, and they’re great for vegans and veggies too. You’ve got to have fish and chips at least once during your break, and Tony’s Fish and Chips has a loyal following and glowing reviews to boot.
With its historic charm, you’d be forgiven for staying close to Somerton during your stay, but there’s plenty to keep you entertained when you’re feeling energetic. Start with a wander through the ancient town itself, and make sure you get a photo of the beautiful Edwardian water fountain that sits in Cow Square. The houses nearby date all the way back to the 17th and 18th century, so this is the place to get those olde worlde Somerset pics.
For that all-important National Trust day out, you’ll find Lytes Cary Manor just a short drive from the town. This intimate manor house is popular for its arts and crafts inspired garden, and the medieval manor house as fascinating stories to tell about the families who once called it home. Check out the seasonal events held at the house all year round, as the garden’s a great setting for a walk and some family fun.
Another of our favourite Somerton attractions involves all things horsey. World Horse Welfare at Glenda Spooner Farm will delight visitors of all ages. You’ll get to meet some of the beautiful horses who happily call the farm home, wander the walks and pathways around the farm and watch the residents strut their stuff in the arena. There is a café, but picnics are welcome too.
Further afield but still only a short 25-minute drive away, The Newt in Somerset is well worth the trip. A feast for the eyes as well as the belly, this extraordinarily beautiful 300 year old working estate features splendid gardens, woodland, farmyard and cider orchards, with limestone Georgian buildings housing a House and Garden shop, The Botanical Rooms Restaurant and a spa to name but a few.
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