Nestled amidst the rolling hills and picturesque landscapes of England’s West Country lies Somerset, a county steeped in history and brimming with natural wonders. It offers a haven for discerning travellers seeking a taste of true luxury with grand castles, stately homes, and serene country estates.
Somerset is a county full of contrasts, with impressive limestone gorges contrasted by vibrant wildflower meadows and rugged, sandy beaches. From the jagged coastline of the Exmoor National Park to the serene Mendip Hills, the county’s diverse landscapes offer lovers of the outdoors plenty of space to explore.
Exmoor National Park is a must-visit. This vast expanse of moorland, woodland, and dramatic cliffs offers breathtaking hiking and cycling trails and the chance to glimpse the local wildlife, from ponies to red deer to rare butterfly species.
Cheddar Gorge is another natural marvel that has captivated visitors for centuries. Descend into the heart of this awe-inspiring canyon, marvel at its towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls, and explore the ancient caves that have yielded remarkable archaeological treasures.
Somerset’s quaint villages and towns are like stepping back in time. Wander cobbled streets and visit historic landmarks, museums and galleries. Discover the county’s fascinating Roman past in Bath, visit a 13th-century Gothic cathedral in Wells, or explore the medieval streets and 11th-century castle of Dunster.
Glastonbury is another must-visit town. Renowned for its annual Glastonbury Festival – the largest greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world – it is also home to the awe-inspiring Glastonbury Tor, a 518-foot hill rumoured to be the site of King Arthur’s tomb.
Somerset is a paradise for foodies, with abundant fresh, local produce and award-winning restaurants. Try the county’s famous cheddar cheese, indulge in a traditional Sunday roast, or savour the freshest seafood caught along the Jurassic Coast, then head to a cosy gastropub to sample the local cider.
A luxury holiday rental in Somerset is your ticket to a quintessential British experience in a truly stunning part of the UK.
- Panoramic views from the top of Glastonbury Tor
- Roman baths and Georgian streets in historic Bath
- Sandy beaches, wildflower meadows, and lush moorlands
- Explore the limestone cliffs and caves of Cheddar Gorge
- Taste zingy ciders and sharp cheeses
- Hike through Exmoor National Park