While the world waits for long-haul travel to restart, a domestic staycation may be the answer for a lot of people searching for a summer break to alleviate their cabin fever. But what if we told you you could get the best of both worlds? Enter The Newt in Somerset, a former Georgian home full of English charm, found deep in the Somerset countryside. However, thanks to its status as the younger sister of Babylonstoren in South Africa (one of our absolute favourites), it has the same splash of colour, panache and character as its Cape Winelands counterpart. It’s like Dutch farmstead meets very English country garden.
When you escape to the countryside, that’s exactly what you want to do: escape. The Newt delivers that throughout the whole estate, its Georgian house now housing traditional, elegant and cosy rooms that are like your own quintessentially English cocoon. By day, there’s plenty to do. Getting lost while you wander the expansive gardens should be number one on your list, as it gorgeously segues from a vegetable patch to walled garden and plenty of woodland walks beyond. Garden tours cast an expert eye on this manicured paradise, while the Cyder Press & Cellar, organised bee safaris and farm shops only serve to add to the English theme.
The Newt is the English countryside at its very best, along with a splash of South African Cape charm. It offers everything we look for in a Turquoise experience (many of our team have enjoyed it first-hand, too) and as a result, we’re delighted to announce The Newt as our exclusive British hotel partner. We recognise that everyone needs something to look forward to in times like these, so if you book a long-haul holiday with Turquoise (that’s seven nights or more) between 1st-30th June, we’ll offer you a one-night stay at The Newt for £150. It’s time for a very English staycation of your own!