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Located in the heart of Wells, the 15th century Crown is within easy walking distance of the Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace, making it a great base from which to explore this wonderful part of Somerset. There is a choice of affordable en-suite rooms, including four poster and family rooms. All are comfortably furnished and have Egyptian cotton sheets and bath sheet towels as standard. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the building. A great selection of imaginative dishes, including tasty vegetarian options, are served in Anton’s Bistrot at The Crown and the Penn Bar throughout the day. All dishes are freshly prepared to order using the finest local produce, wherever possible.
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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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