Best luxury and boutique hotels in Somerset

Hotels, B&Bs, country houses, inns, restaurants with rooms

Somerset has rolling hills, beautiful gardens and historic jewels. There’s the perfect countryside for rambling or walking, including the beautiful coastline around Porlock Bay and Exmoor’s majestic wildness. There are historic houses including Dunster Castle and Coleridge Cottage (the poet Samuel Coleridge’s home), picturesque towns including Somerton and Dunster - worth visiting for a relaxing potter around - and charming Wells, the smallest city in the UK. Bath’s beautiful architecture and history and Bristol’s vibrant arts scene make these ideal for a hotel break.

GHG offers 31 selected hostels in Somerset – an eclectic mix of unusual, luxury and boutique hotels, from quaint converted cottages to majestic castles. While in the cider-producing county visit Glastonbury, not for the festival, but to climb the iconic tor and visit the ancient abbey. Cheddar Gorge is a popular tourist spot with two interesting caves to visit and a museum telling the story of the ancient site.

For holiday ideas in Somerset, see VisitEngland

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Featured hotels in Somerset

Little Barwick House, BARWICK, Somerset

‘In a lovely Alice in Wonderland setting’ close to the Somerset/Dorset border, Tim and Emma Ford’s restaurant-with-rooms is liked for the ‘guaranteed comfort, relaxation and good food’. The ‘rolling


Stoberry House, WELLS, Somerset

‘Finer views are hard to find,’ says a visitor to this elegant B&B. It stands in a ‘beautifully laid-out’ garden with sculptures, wildlife ponds, a gazebo and plenty of


Hotels in Somerset

  • Apsley House, BATH, Somerset

    Built in 1830 by the Duke of Wellington as a (rumoured) retreat for his mistress, this elegant Georgian B&B is ‘a model of its kind’. Owned by Claire and Nicholas Potts, managed by

  • Blackmore Farm, CANNINGTON, Somerset

    At the foot of the Quantock hills, ‘Blachamore’ estate is listed in the Domesday Book. Today the (relatively newer) Grade I listed 15th-century manor house and converted outbuildings

  • The Crown Hotel, EXFORD, Somerset

    In large gardens opposite the green of a pretty Exmoor village, this ‘interesting’ coaching inn has been run by the owners, Sara and Dan Whittaker and her father, Chris Kirkbride, for almost ten

  • The Oaks, PORLOCK, Somerset

    On the edge of a village where Exmoor national park meets the sea, Tim and Anne Riley’s small, traditional hotel attracts many return visitors. ‘We can do no better than confirm that they are

  • The Lynch Country House, SOMERTON, Somerset

    On the edge of a medieval market, this ‘beautiful’ country house has ‘understated Georgian elegance’. On the top of a ridge leading down to the River Cary (Lynch means ‘terrace on the face of a

  • The Carpenter's Arms, STANTON WICK, Somerset

    ‘One of the pleasures of the Guide is that it introduces us to delightful places which we would not otherwise have found. This most appealing pub, well away from main roads and towns, is one such

  • The Castle at Taunton, TAUNTON, Somerset

    There has been ‘regime change’ at this ‘excellent town hotel’ as Kit Chapman has stepped down as chairman to allow ‘younger generation stepping into the driving

  • Harington's Hotel, BATH, Somerset

    In a listed Georgian building on a cobbled side street, Melissa and Peter O’Sullivan’s stylish small hotel is within walking distance of many of the city’s attractions. The brightly decorated bedrooms

  • Paradise House, BATH, Somerset

    There are panoramic views across the city from this elegantly furnished, honey-coloured Georgian mansion standing in award-winning walled gardens. It is owned by David and Annie Lanz. B&B

  • The Queensberry, BATH, Somerset

    A conversion of four 18th-century town houses in a handsome street off the Circus, Laurence and Helen Beere’s hotel is ‘excellent and good value’, says a visitor in 2015. The ‘positive, friendly’

  • Tasburgh House, BATH, Somerset

    With wide views over Bath and the surrounding countryside, this hilltop red brick Victorian guest house is owned and run by Susan Keeling, ‘a kind hostess’ who provides ‘a personal

  • Beachlands Hotel, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

    At the southern end of Weston Bay, this family-friendly hotel overlooks sand dunes and a golf course; a sandy beach is close by. Charles Porter is the hands-on owner. Comfortable, simply furnished

  • Aquae Sulis, BATH, Somerset

    David and Jane Carnegie’s traditional guest house, in an Edwardian building two miles west of the centre, is a pleasant 30-minute stroll along the river, or a short bus ride into town; there is easy

  • Dorian House, BATH, Somerset

    Up the hill from the city centre, this modern B&B has ‘fabulous’ views over the Royal Crescent. It is owned by Timothy Hugh, a cellist; Robert and Lize Briers are the managers. The Victorian stone

  • The Kennard, BATH, Somerset

    In a ‘superb location’ just across Pulteney Bridge, this long-established hotel is ‘clearly in safe hands’ under its ‘delightful’ new owners, Natalie and Guy Woods.

  • Three Acres Country House, DULVERTON, Somerset

    On the southern edge of Exmoor national park, Julie and Edward Christian’s B&B stands in secluded grounds, with stunning hillside views over the small farming village of Brushford. The 1930s house is

  • Farthings, HATCH BEAUCHAMP, Somerset

    In a quiet village, this small country hotel and restaurant is in a white-painted Georgian house with ironwork balustrades, bays and shuttered windows. It is owned by John Seeger. The lounge has

  • Frog Street Farmhouse, HATCH BEAUCHAMP, Somerset

    ‘We had an idyllic stay in picture-book English countryside.’ Praise this year for Louise and David Farrance’s B&B surrounded by gardens and farmland. ‘Perfect hosts’, the Farrances are ‘helpful,

  • Three Abbey Green, BATH, Somerset

    Nici and Alan Jones run their ‘very comfortable’ B&B in a Grade II listed town house on a quiet square in the centre of the city. Handsome bedrooms retain original features such as

  • The Swan, WEDMORE, Somerset

    >‘  We will visit again.’ In a pretty village, this popular pub-with-rooms has ‘well-appointed’, modern bedrooms, and a ‘lovely informal atmosphere’ in the

  • Brindleys, BATH, Somerset

    In a peaceful residential area, this ‘attractive’ Victorian villa is within walking distance of the city centre. It is owned by Michael and Sarah Jones, and run by David Roberts and Laura Warington,

  • The Post House, CHEWTON MENDIP, Somerset

    In a village close to the cathedral city of Wells, ‘excellent hostess’ Karen Price offers stylish B&B accommodation in her renovated Grade II listed former post office and bakery. Charming and

  • Abbey Hotel, BATH, Somerset

    In a ‘very convenient setting’, within walking distance of the Abbey and the Roman Baths, Christa and Ian Taylor have refurbished this large hotel with style. The light and airy public areas are

  • The Talbot Inn, MELLS, Somerset

    ‘Friendly and informal’, this former coaching inn has been renovated in ‘simple, modern style’ by the owners Charlie Luxton, Dan Brod and Matt Greenlees (the manager). The building is entered through

  • The Pig near Bath, PENSFORD, Somerset

    ‘Fresh and appealing’, this ‘glorious’ honey-stone Georgian mansion ‘with bags of style’ ‘fits the new sense of “cool”’, Guide inspectors

  • At the Chapel, BRUTON, Somerset

    On the main street of a small, fashionable Somerset town, this former congregational chapel is now a bakery, café, wine shop and restaurant with bedrooms. The Grade II listed 19th-century

  • Dunkery Beacon Country House, WOOTTON COURTENAY, Somerset

    ‘Ideal for walkers’, Jane and John Bradley’s Edwardian hunting lodge on Exmoor earns an upgrade from the Shortlist after a positive report from readers who had ‘another hugely enjoyable stay’. The

  • The White Hart, SOMERTON, Somerset

    In a historic town on the edge of the Somerset Levels, this 16th-century pub stands near a church on an attractive market square. It has been revamped with flair by the Draco Pub Company, owners of

  • Grays, BATH, Somerset

    A short downhill walk to the centre, this charming B&B is in a large Victorian villa with good views over Bath. It is under the same ownership as Brindleys (see left). Light, bright rooms, painted in

  • The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, BATH, Somerset

    In the middle of John Wood’s glorious crescent with ‘a magical vista’ across the city, this luxury hotel returns to the Guide under the ownership of the Topland group, which has

  • Villa Magdala, BATH, Somerset

    Overlooking Henrietta Park, this Victorian villa was recently acquired by Ian and Christa Taylor, owners of Abbey Hotel, nearby where guests can stroll for lunch and dinner.

  • Cross Lane House, Allerford, Somerset

    ‘We have found another home from home.’ In a pretty village below the Selworthy Woods, ‘dedicated’ owners Max Lawrence and Andrew Stinson run their restaurant-with-rooms by the

  • Swain House, Watchet, Somerset

    In the centre of a charming harbour town, Jason and Annie Robinson’s chic B&B was remodelled from an 18th-century town house and shop. Decorated in modern industrial grey, white and stone