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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!

Fun Finder

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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somerset pub

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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Bath Boutique Stays

Muddy says: The best way to discover a city is to live like a local; a local living in a gorgeous luxury house or apartment slap bang in the middle of the coolest part of town, that is.

Hen parties

Longleat

Muddy says – Could this be the very best family day out in the whole of Wilts? Yup, we reckon so!

Days Out

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

The Red Lion Inn, Babcary

Muddy says: The best of both worlds: trad thatched pub serving cut above classic pub food and al fresco pizzas plus sleekly chic guest rooms.

Boutique rooms

The Litton, 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

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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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)

Catering

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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Les Milandes

Muddy says – a large manoir and three cottages with private pools on the banks of the river Dordogne. Shall I book you in now?

Houses to rent

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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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ECT Travel

Muddy says – from 5 star luxury trips to Singapore's exotic gardens to a knitting workshop in the Shetlands and bespoke tours for like-minded friends, this Bath-based tour operator has you covered.

Bespoke holidays

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 Cross at Croscombe

Muddy says: The Cross bridges the gap between a small, boutique hotel and a traditional B&B, combining personal service and local knowledge with top notch fixtures and fittings

Accommodation

Sleeps 12

Muddy says: A fab selection of properties in Somerset and beyond, sleeping 12 or more. Many have private pools, hot tubs, games rooms – all of them perfect party houses.

Accommodation

Sun Kissed Campers

Muddy says: Jump in, drive off and park up by the beach, in the woods, in the hills - wherever. Then just press a button or two and you're set up for the night. You'll never want to sleep in a tent again.

Campervan hire

The Gardener’s Cottage, nr Yeovil

The Gardener’s Cottage is a lovely property built in 1711 with extensive views over the walled garden – blooming with produce, espaliered fruit trees and flowers – of Newton House, a Jacobean manor house with orchard and parkland.

Holiday accommodation

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.

Fun Finder

Caro

Lifestyle store, coffeehouse, B&B and interiors company Caro, takes residence in a lovingly restored 18th century stone-fronted cottage, remembered by locals as a former bakery. Sourcing contemporary objects and enticing home wares from the handmade mug that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand, to the woven throw that keeps you warm on a […]

B&Bs

Manor Cottages

Manor Cottages offer the widest selection of personally inspected, self-catering holiday cottages in the Cotswolds and Bath. The Cotswolds is the largest area of outstanding national beauty in England, with majestic rolling hills and traditional English villages providing the perfect getaway for people from all walks of life. With over 25 years of experience, let […]

Holiday cottages

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