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.

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Featured hotels in Somerset

Little Barwick House, BARWICK, Somerset

'Top quality.' In large, wooded grounds close to the Somerset/Dorset border, Tim and Emma Ford's restaurant-with-rooms is liked for the 'simple warm welcome, comfort and good, imaginative cooking'.

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Hotels in Somerset

  • Apsley House, BATH, Somerset

    'Everything is carefully thought out' at Claire and Nicholas Potts's 'delightful' Georgian house built for the Duke of Wellington (and, allegedly, his mistress) after the battle of Waterloo. In

  • The Bath Priory, BATH, Somerset

    With Edwardian sporting paintings in the lounge, and croquet to be played on the 'immaculate' lawns, there is a 'comfortable country house feel' at Andrew and Christina Brownsword's luxury hotel near

  • Blackmore Farm, CANNINGTON, Somerset

    Working farmers with a large dairy herd (as well as cereal crops), Ann and Ian Dyer welcome B&B guests to their Grade I listed 15th-century manor house. It stands at the foot of the Quantock hills.

  • The Crown, EXFORD, Somerset

    'Very attractive in that quiet, practical way - no grand statements.' Surrounded by 'splendid' countryside and heather-clad moorland, where deer and Exmoor ponies roam free, Sara and Dan Whittaker's

  • The Oaks, PORLOCK, Somerset

    'First class in all aspects', Tim and Anne Riley's small traditional hotel is a gabled Edwardian house which stands above Porlock Bay, within the Exmoor national park. 'Standards are high and the

  • The Lynch Country House, SOMERTON, Somerset

    The 'attention to detail' is praised at this 'beautiful' Georgian country house. It is run as a B&B by Mike and Chris McKenzie ('lovely hosts') for the owner, former jazz musician Roy Copeland. On

  • The Carpenter's Arms, STANTON WICK, Somerset

    In a 'great location' in the rural Chew valley, this stone-built inn is well placed for travel to Bath or Bristol: it is 20 minutes from the airport. 'It is more like a small hotel than a cosy pub,'

  • The Castle at Taunton, TAUNTON, Somerset

    In the centre of Taunton, this 'venerable' hotel has welcomed travellers since the 12th century. 'It is an excellent town hotel which fulfils its function well,' say Guide inspectors in 2014. Marc

  • Harington's Hotel, BATH, Somerset

    Close to Bath's attractions, Melissa and Peter O'Sullivan's small, modern hotel is formed from three Georgian town houses on a picturesque, cobbled side street. It is managed by Julian Mather.

  • The Queensberry, BATH, Somerset

    'An excellent place to stay.' Praise this year from Guide inspectors for Laurence and Helen Beere's boutique hotel. It occupies four 18th-century town houses, all 'high ceilings and Georgian

  • Tasburgh House, BATH, Somerset

    In a row of imposing mansions on a hill facing the city, this red brick Victorian guest house is owned and run by Susan Keeling, 'an elegant and kind hostess'; Dalila Ganna Nasri is the manager. It

  • Beachlands Hotel, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

    Close to the beach, overlooking sand dunes and a golf course, this family-friendly hotel is run by welcoming owners Charles and Beverly Porter. Comfortable, simply furnished bedrooms have tea- and

  • Aquae Sulis, BATH, Somerset

    A pleasant 30-minute stroll along the river, or a short bus ride, leads guests from the town centre to David and Jane Carnegie's traditional guest house, in an Edwardian building in the suburbs; there

  • Dorian House, BATH, Somerset

    In a Victorian stone house with 'fabulous' views over the Royal Crescent, cellist Tim Hugh and his wife, Kathryn, have imbued their stylish B&B with a musical atmosphere. Robert and Lize Briers are

  • The Kennard, BATH, Somerset

    'We were impressed.' Conveniently situated just over Pulteney Bridge, Mary and Giovanni Baiano's 'attractively decorated' 18th-century town house B&B has an Italianate air. There are Venetian

  • Three Acres Country House, DULVERTON, Somerset

    Overlooking a peaceful village on the edge of Exmoor, Julie and Edward Christian's 'peaceful, comfortable, beautifully furnished' B&B is set in mature grounds. 'It was like staying with friends.'

  • Farthings, HATCH BEAUCHAMP, Somerset

    John Seeger runs this small country hotel and restaurant in a white-painted Georgian house with curved bays and shuttered windows. The lounge has crackling log fires in winter; individually decorated

  • Frog Street Farmhouse, HATCH BEAUCHAMP, Somerset

    In a 'peaceful' setting in the Somerset countryside, yet only five miles from the county town of Taunton, Louise and David Farrance's small guest house is 'highly recommended' by Guide readers. The

  • Stoberry House, WELLS, Somerset

    'The hospitality is outstanding' at Frances and Tim Young's elegant B&B standing in parkland with grazing sheep and a 'beautifully laid-out' garden. 'We were delighted,' returning guests said this

  • 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 Bath. Handsome bedrooms retain original features such as wood panelling and

  • The Swan, WEDMORE, Somerset

    In a lovely village, this popular pub-with-rooms (Draco Pub Company) has 'smart', modern bedrooms, and a bustling bar and dining room where snacks, drinks and home-made cake are served all day.

  • Brindleys, BATH, Somerset

    In an 'ideal' location within walking distance of the city centre, this 'attractive' Victorian villa filled with white-painted furniture, pretty fabrics and fresh flowers has a contemporary French

  • The Post House, CHEWTON MENDIP, Somerset

    Close to Bath and the cathedral city of Wells, 'excellent hostess' Karen Price offers B&B accommodation in her 'beautifully' renovated Grade II listed former post office and village bakery. The

  • Holbrook House, WINCANTON, Somerset

    Returning guests praise the relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff at this historic Georgian country house and spa, once a gentleman's residence, in the heart of the Wessex countryside. It is owned by

  • The Wheatsheaf, COMBE HAY, Somerset

    Ian Barton and his son, James, have updated this traditional pub and restaurant in contemporary rustic style. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the white-painted 18th-century inn is in large

  • Abbey Hotel, BATH, Somerset

    Close to the Abbey, this handsome stone building has been transformed by hands-on owners Christa and Ian Taylor into a stylish hotel and popular venue. It has an all-day restaurant, a lively cocktail

  • The Kings Arms, SHERBORNE, Somerset

    In the centre of a pretty village on the Somerset/Dorset border, this stately Edwardian building has been transformed by Anthony and Sarah Lethbridge into a modern pub and restaurant, with rooms

  • The Talbot Inn, MELLS, Somerset

    In a 'fascinating' Domesday village, this former coaching inn 'has a pleasing ambience, cheerful and helpful young staff, and good food'. It wins a Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015. Guide inspectors

  • The Pig near Bath, PENSFORD, Somerset

    In 'glorious' grounds on the edge of the Mendip hills, this honey-stone building has been turned 'with bags of style' into a 'dynamic' reinvention of the country house hotel by Robin and Judy Hutson

  • At the Chapel, BRUTON, Somerset

    Drawing a modish congregation, this 19th-century chapel has been converted with great style by Catherine Butler and her husband, Ahmed Sidki, into a multi-use space hosting bedrooms, a

  • Dunkery Beacon Country House, WOOTTON COURTENAY, Somerset

    In the heart of Exmoor, this immaculate Edwardian hunting lodge is the home of chef/proprietor John Bradley and his wife, Jane. There are dramatic views across the moor and toward the summit of

  • The White Hart, SOMERTON, Somerset

    Beside a church on an attractive market square, this 16th-century pub has been revamped with flair by the Draco Pub Company, owners of The Swan, Wedmore (see Shortlist, below). It is managed by

  • Grays, BATH, Somerset

    On the southern slopes of the city, this charming B&B -- under the same ownership as Brindleys (above) -- has good views over Bath, and convenient on-site parking. The large Victorian villa is in