A meal at Olio should not be missed. Expect a Mediterranean style mix of plancha and skillet…
Our Inspector's view
This hotel has a delightful location in attractive parkland, close to Bath and the Longleat estate. The new owners have transformed the hotel recently with impressive additions including a delightful terrace with outdoor dining and sumptuous lounges. Bedrooms are stylishly and comfortably appointed, and many enjoy splendid countryside views. The spa and leisure facilities are notable, and a meal in the Olio restaurant should not be missed.
Facilities – at a glance
- En-suite rooms: 21
- Family rooms:
- Double room, minimum price: £175
- Open all year
- Holds a civil ceremony licence
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About the area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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