Though it may seem unbearable to pull yourself away from the home comforts of The Newt, we highly recommend getting out to explore the local life in the wider, quintessentially British surrounds. Here are our top three must-do experiences while you’re staying in Somerset.
Osip is a small farm-to-table concept restaurant, working with local friendly farmers in rural Somerset. There is a set menu served at lunch and supper time, which changes on a daily basis to reflect the very best of the environs of Somerset at any given moment. This gorgeous spot is very stylishly designed, with old beams and elegant patches where the original stone has been left rustic. Seating just 30 guests, expect your date night to be something special, complete with a hand-picked sloe negroni in hand.
Just 30 minutes away from The Newt is one of England’s most special places and a place of outstanding natural beauty… the Mendip Hills. This range of beautiful and striking limestone hills towers over the lakes of the Chew Valley. Be sure to visit some of the ancient monuments on the hilltops and watch for wildlife on the woodland floor. The well-known Cheddar Gorge is also found in the Mendip Hills, a great family activity to get your daily step count ticked off before retreating back to your luxury home at The Newt.
With its honey-coloured cottages and grand churches, Bruton (just five miles from The Newt) may just seem like a sleepy medieval market town on the face of it. While a stroll down its skinny main street is a delight, it’s far more than that. Bruton is filled with a creative energy that’s headed up by a number of Scandi-style boutique shops and the fine contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth, while a slew of sustainable farm-to-table restaurants make it a fantastic place for lunch, too.
If you are in need of quirky coffee shops, cobbled streets and local delicatessens, then the timeless beauty of bath in the Avon Valley is waiting to be explored. The biggest draw in this city is the Roman Baths, which were built on the ancient foundations the city lies on. While you are visiting Bath, make sure you wander down the Georgian marvels of the majestic Royal Crescent – simply stunning! The food scene is incredible, from some very atmospheric old pubs to your Michelin-starred smart spots. There’s a bit of everything!