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The King’s Arms, Charlton Horethorne

Muddy says: A five star country pub and hotel in the village of Charlton Horethorne, right on the Dorset/Somerset border and ideally positioned for all the two counties have to offer

Food & Drink

The Litton

Muddy says: 15th century village pub (with suit of armour in the corner) reborn as a cool country destination with Modern British food, incl a vegan menu, and boutique rooms.

Boutique rooms

The Bristol Lido

Muddy says: With an infinity pool, poolside restaurant and bar, outdoor hot tub and spa, it's the closest you'll get to the Med in the city

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Henry’s, Bath

Muddy says: Innovative, beautifully presented, unpretentious – simply some of the best food in Bath for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. A Michelin star in the making?

Food & Drink

Dunkery Beacon Country House

Muddy says: Award-winning luxury hotel and fine dining restaurant, open to non-residents, in the heart of Exmoor – with food that's as spectacular as the moorland views

Food & Drink

The Griffin Inn, Bath

Muddy says: Stylishly revamped Georgian inn with eclectic menu, 300 spirits and liqueurs and eight comfy bedrooms in the centre of the city

Food & Drink

The Bull Inn, Bruton

Muddy says: Sister to the Roth Bar & Grill, this is a good ol' traditional Somerset pub through and through, with beams, brasses, cut-above pub grub – right down to the highly patterned carpet.

Food & Drink

Steve James, personal chef

Muddy says – Exquisite fine dining and party catering in your own home without lifting a finger (apart from dialling up Steve) and pop-ups throughout the year

Catering

Esme’s Escape

Muddy says: A luxury shepherd’s hut with log-fired hot tub in the village of Haselbury Plucknett, inspired by a 1940s land girl's love story

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Little Barwick House

Muddy says: Michelin-listed fine dining and rooms in a Georgian country house amidst verdant gardens just south of Yeovil – an eminently civilised experience

Food & Drink

Strawberryfield Park

Muddy says: Luxury eco lodges with hot tubs, close to the Cheddar Gorge, one of the UK's most spectacular landscapes – shall I stop there? Wait, there's more...

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The Five Dials Inn, Horton

Muddy says: Come for the great food, drink, cosy rooms and warm welcome at this family-owned village pub on the slopes of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, near Ilminster

Food & Drink

The Beckford Bottle Shop, Bath

Muddy says: Taste, buy and quaff 250 wines accompanied by inventive small plates, British cheese and charcuterie in an atmospheric Georgian townhouse

Bars

The Old Crown Inn, Kelston

Muddy says: A 400-year-old pub within striking distance of Bath with award-winning food (and garden) and walks into the Cotswold hills on the doorstep – bring your dog

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The Strawberry Thief

Muddy says: Wisteria-clad stone cottage outside; luxe mid-century modern inside with wood-burner, monsoon shower, vinyl collection... yes please!

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The Candlelight Inn, Bishopswood

Muddy says: 17th century inn nestled in the beautiful Blackdown Hills, with cosy atmos, good food – and their very own artisan gin

Food & Drink

The Queensberry Hotel, Bath

Muddy says: Elegant Georgian townhouse hotel with (very handily) Bath's only Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement

Food & Drink

The Wheatsheaf Combe Hay

Muddy says: Bucolic 16th century farmhouse now pub with gardens, views, fabulous fine dining restaurant (and just 10 mins from Bath city centre)

Boutique rooms

The Langford, nr Taunton

Muddy says: Informal fine dining and restful rooms in a beautiful 15th century manor house on the Somerset Levels

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The Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton St George

Muddy says: Trad pub with added comfort and style, excellent grub and its own petanque piste and rare pelota wall (bet you don't know what that is)

Boutique rooms

The Abbey Hotel, Bath

Muddy says: Super central Georgian hotel, with Pierre Koffmann & Marco Pierre White brasserie, ArtBar cocktail bar and a winter ski lodge

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Georgian coaching inn

The Swan, Wedmore

Muddy says: Laid back but stylish, this former Georgian coaching house has an ex-River Cottage chef in the kitchen, pretty gardens and bedrooms.

Food & Drink

No. 15 Great Pulteney, Bath

Muddy says: Grade 1 listed Georgian townhouse turned luxury hotel, stuffed with artworks and quirky decor to amaze and delight

Bars

The Shed, Milverton

Muddy says: Vast luxury barn with indoor pool, cinema room, squashy sofas and roaring fires on the edge of Somerset's beautiful Blackdown Hills

Child-friendly accommodation

Upper Crannel Farm Barn

Muddy says: Architect-designed luxury barn, filled with light and artworks – and the iconic Glastonbury Tor as a backdrop

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Kingsdon Inn, Kingsdon

Muddy says: Chocolate box 17th century thatched pub with a menu inspired by English comfort food and southern Italian cuisine – wild boar bolognaise, anyone?

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The Queens Arms, Corton Denham

Muddy says: Classy Georgian inn on the undulating Somerset/Dorset border with fab food, luxury bedrooms and views of them thar hills.

Food & Drink

Kitchen at the Wharf, Langport

Muddy says: From freshly baked sourdough and croissants to scrummy breakfasts, lunches and weekend brunches, the riverside Kitchen has upped the food ante in Langport.

Cafes

The White Horse, Haselbury Plucknett

Muddy says: Village pub outside, Michelin Guide listed restaurant inside, with a chef from The Oxo Tower and Racine cooking up superb British/Mediterranean food.

Food & Drink

Secret Valley

Muddy says: Yurts, tipis, wigwams, lodges, tents and shepherd's huts ... take your pick at this friendly family-run glamping site in the beautiful Quantock Hills

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Middle Stone Farm

Muddy says: Nature lovers: come chill in a luxury safari lodge, deckhouse cabin or cottage (with your own hot tub) on a Somerset farm between Exmoor and The Quantocks

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Dimpsey Glamping

Muddy says: Commune with nature but still enjoy all the luxury of a boutique stay in this traditional Shepherd's Hut in the glorious Somerset countryside

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The White Hart, Somerton

Muddy says: The 16th century meets the 21st in the ancient capital of Wessex, with good food, relaxed ambience, and eight stylish guest rooms.

Bars

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Levant, Castle Cary

Muddy says: A gorgeous Arts and Crafts house in Castle Cary is transformed into a little corner of the eastern Mediterranean – and it's a boutique B&B, too.

B&Bs

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Duende, Wiveliscombe

Muddy says: A super successful pop-up restaurant finds a permanent home in Wiveliscombe.

Food & Drink

The Holcombe Inn, Holcombe

Muddy says: A 17th century inn with Michelin-listed restaurant, 5-star boutique bedrooms and a Tranquilty Garden just for adults ... yes please!

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The Chapel

Muddy says – Victorian Methodist chapel turned chic and luxurious country bolthole in the glorious north Somerset Chew Valley

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The Castle Hotel, Taunton

Muddy says: An historic 4-star hotel with a timeless English country hotel atmosphere – and possibly the most spectacular wisteria in the UK.

Bars

The White Post, Rimpton

Muddy says: Unassuming, out of the way and one of the UK's Top 50 Gastropubs with panoramic views and spectacular sunsets over the Somerset and Dorset countryside.

Bars

Grand bedroom with ornate furniture with Wells Cathedral through the large window

Swan Hotel, Wells

Muddy says: This 4-star independent hotel has been in the Michelin Guide since 1911, has over 100 gins in the bar – and one of the best views in the whole of the West Country.

Bars

The Duck at Burtle

Muddy says: Honest, homemade food in a pub perfectly positioned to explore the spectacular nature reserves on the Somerset Levels.

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The Yurt Retreat

Muddy says: Nestled at the foot of a medieval castle site, with four spacious luxury yurts and a stunning tree house surrounded by beautiful countryside and abundant wildlife, The Yurt Retreat is Adult Glamping at its finest.

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Ensemble, Wells

Muddy says: Full monty nosh or coffee and cake in a stylish place close to Wells Cathedral.

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