Klaxon alert! We've got the goss on four NEW local places only just opened up: a boutique hotel, a restaurant with a Michelin starred chef, a super luxury day spa and a quirky interiors shop
Number One and Osip in Bruton
A Georgian townhouse, a row of cottages and a medieval forge – just yer typical Somerset High Street then – in Bruton have been transformed into a luxury boutique hotel and a restaurant headed up by a Michelin starred chef.
The hotel, called Number One, is described as ‘a love letter to Somerset’. With just 12 bedrooms, it’s idiosyncratic, comfy, stylish (this is Bruton) and has artworks supplied by famous local residents Don McCullin, Bill Amberg and Candace Bahouth. Gardener designer extraordinaire Penelope Hobhouse of Hadspen House fame, will be working her magic in the courtyard garden. It’s so new, their website isn’t even properly live yet but they are taking bookings.
The chef at the new restaurant, Osip, is Merlin Labron-Johnson (Osip’s his Russian middle name). One of the youngest chefs to have earned a Michelin star (just 24, when he was Head Chef at the Portland), in this new farm-to-table restaurant, he’ll be focusing on seasonal ingredients from local farmers, growers, foragers and hunters.
Five star Monart Day Spa in Poundbury
One of the world’s best spas has landed in Dorset! From the people behind the Monart Destination Spa in Ireland comes the multi-million-pound luxury Monart Day Spa, in the Royal Pavilion in perfect Poundbury, Dorchester. I visited recently and it really is fabulous. Luxe velvet furnishings, Art Deco chandeliers, metalwork, mirrors and original artworks. A hydrotherapy infinity pool and state-of-the-art thermal suite, with three different types of sauna (sanarium, caldarium and er, sauna), Himalayan salt grotto, infrared cabin, aroma steam room and experience showers which will transport you (almost) to a Polynesian beach.
Chill on a chaise, lounge in an armchair or pop yourself into one of their futuristic pods (I did) and ponder what to have for lunch. Choose from a plethora of facials, massages, pedicures, manicures and more. Products? Pevonia, Made for Life, Zelens and Margaret Dabbs.
It’s a day spa, with no membership fees, so perfect for a half/full/evening sesh of pre-Christmas luxury pampering or as a gift to self – oops, I mean, for a friend.
Moss in Yeovil
Nice to see a new independent in Yeovil. Moss sells all sorts of interiors stuff, with a bit of green theme going on, so lots of cacti and other sculptural plants, cactus-shaped neon lights, as well as locally made concrete bowls for which they’re the only stockists, original artworks, quirky, gifty bits and bobs, jewellery and a rail of pre-loved jeans and other cheeky vintage clobber.