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9 weekend breaks in Somerset you have to try

PUBLISHED: 11:41 16 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:33 23 December 2016

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From vibrant, bustling city centres to peaceful retreats in the heart of the countryside, Somerset boasts plenty of wonderful spots ideal for those who need a rest after the working week. Whether a luxurious hotel or quirky yurt is your bag, we pick 9 of the best weekend breaks in the region for you to try.

Escape reality at this fairytale hotel…

Sat on 500 acres of rolling greenery, the Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa in Chippenham is the perfect place to unwind and relax after a hectic working week. Expect 5* star luxury throughout: pamper yourself in the spa, recline by the pool and indulge in the Michelin starred Park restaurant boasting a country house style dining room. Explore Bath, only a short drive away, for views of gorgeous architecture, a stroll along the River Avon and plenty of shops to pick up something new. Why not enjoy a few cocktails in Bath while you’re there?


Get cosy in the countryside carriage retreat…

Adorned in kitsch 1950s décor and delightful vintage touches, snuggle up in the Long Hill Carriage tucked into the Somerset countryside. With views spanning the Blackmore Vale; in the summer soak in the scenery on the decking while you dine al fresco and enjoy a hot toddy inside in the colder months. The carriage is the perfect place to enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside with Bath, Glastonbury and Wells all nearby with plenty to see and do.

 

Summer afternoon #longhillcarriage #canopyandstars #carriage #vintage

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Enjoy the bustling Bath city centre…

For luxury in the heart of Bath, head to the award-winning Francis Hotel, with classic yet contemporary décor alongside a modern restaurant offering an extensive menu of delicious dishes. This hotel is the perfect spot to relax after spending the day exploring the beautiful city of Bath.


Experience ultimate relaxation…

Infamous for being a city of luxury, spend the weekend in Bath the way you’re supposed to: a relaxing spa break. The Gainsborough Bath Spa offers guests everything you would expect from an indulgent spa break: enjoy the healing powers of the thermal springs, relax in your tastefully decorated chic room and make your way down to the exquisite dining room for dinner. Perfection.


Embrace the countryside…

For those visiting Somerset for its stunning scenery, return to nature for the weekend at Frog Street Farmhouse, a luxury bed & breakfast near Taunton. This 15th century longhouse is completely surrounded by lush greenery and provides guests with a tranquil place to recuperate. There are four shabby chic rooms, a large lounge with exposed wooden beams and a roaring fire and a large dining area to enjoy breakfast in the morning. Continue the relaxing break away with a stroll round the pretty garden of Fyne Court and the neighbouring woodland, or visit the formidable Taunton Castle and Museum of Somerset.

 
Leave the working week behind…

Partially hidden in the trees and made of beautiful yellow Bath stone, Paradise House is the secret escape ideal for that off-grid feeling. The elegant boutique is a 10 minute walk from Bath city centre and is a delightful retreat after a day exploring the city. The quintessentially English gardens are perfect for a relaxing stroll, and a seat in the hotel provides mesmerising panoramic views across the sights of the city.

 

Beautiful day at work and beautiful ending with our weekend kids. Beers and Frisbee in the park 😍

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For a home away from home…

Buried in the beautiful Exmoor National Park, the old-world charm of Week cottage feels like something out of a Beatrix Potter book. Built in the late 17th century, the cottage stands just a few miles from the town of Dulverton. Before snuggling up in front of the wood-burner, explore the diverse scenery of Exmoor National Park or enjoy the many amenities the pretty town of Dulverton has to offer.  

 

Nice place to stop for lunch. #chargotwoods #exmoor #pheasantshooting #somerset #swisbest 🌲🍂🦁

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Glamping in style…

If being at one with nature is a requirement for your weekend break, spend your time away in the gorgeous Somerset countryside in one of the Somerset Yurts. The company bringing ‘glamping’ into Somerset offer four large yurts, each decorated uniquely and offering the perfect solace from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Positioned on top of a field five miles north of Taunton, stunning views over Taunton Vale and the Blackdown Hills can be enjoyed without even leaving your bed.

 

Home for the next 3 nights ❤️ #glamping #yurtlove #somerset

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Indulge in Somerset’s delicious fare…

Calling all foodies! The Wheatsheaf, nestled in the tiny village of Combe Hay, offers diners an ever-changing menu of delicious dinners all complemented with local ales or a tasty glass of wine. The countryside gastropub also offers accommodation; after indulging in a mouthwatering meal, relax in one of their gorgeously furnished bedrooms where all that can be heard is the hum of village activity. Explore the pretty village and soak in the stunning surrounding scenery or discover the nearby towns of Shepton Mallet, Frome and city of Bath for shopping, sightseeing and enjoying a few drinks.

 

 

Beautiful Bath beer garden

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