Somerset Accommodation Guide

The Roman Baths in Bath (UK)
The Roman Baths (Bath) – Flickr Commons Steven Brace

Somerset is a large rural county in the south west of England. Somerset, Formerly a shire (Somersetshire) is known for its beautiful expanses or rural countryside and UNESCO protected towns such as Bath. It is also famous for creating one of the world’s most famous cheeses (cheddar). With a huge number of apple orchards, Somerset has also become known as the home of British cider.

The pace of life in Somerset is slow and people come here for a relaxing holiday in some of the most beautiful countryside that the south of England has to offer. With so much to see and do it’s not surprising that Somerset attracts over 10 million day visitors and 1.5 million overnight visitors every year.

In this brief tourist guide, we will exhibit some of Somerset’s best accommodation. We will also explore some of the island’s key visitor attractions. These include Cheddar Gorge (the spiritual home of Cheddar cheese) and the town of Bath, which is famous for its Georgian architecture, and Britain’s only warm water natural / thermal spring.

Somerset’s main attractions are entirely natural however and created by Mother Nature. The Mendip Hills, the Blackdown Hills, the Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park all flow through Somerset’s large expanses of flat or level land. These natural treasures include the Somerset Levels which are a large area (160,000 acres or 650 km2) of marine clay ‘levels’ that run along the coast and into the coastal inland areas.

Somerset has many neighbours being land locked apart from its Northern boundary where it meets the Bristol Channel and the Atlantic Ocean. Somerset’s land boundaries meet Dorset to the south-east, Devon to the south-west, Gloucestershire and Bristol to the north and Wiltshire to the east.

Key Facts Of Somerset / Tourist Information

  • County Town: Taunton
  • Land Area: 4,171 km2 (1,610 square miles)
  • Population: 965,424 (2019)
  • Population Density: 232/km2 (600/square mile)
  • Average Temperature: (Summer 22 °C)
  • Days Of Rain: Dry for 162 days a year

Best Attractions Somerset

City of Bath: Named after and famed for its Roman-built warm water baths, Bath is the largest city in the county of Somerset. Due to its fascinating history and stunning Georgian architecture, The city became a World Heritage site in 1987. Visitors can still enjoy the warm water springs for bathing even today.

The New Royal Bath: Opened in 2006, the New Royal Bath is modern take on the Roman bathing concept. The numerous bathing pools are all fed by Bath’s naturally warm, mineral-rich spring. The geothermally heated water rises to the surface from deep underground a temperature of 46 °C and is then cooled to the optimum bathing temperature of 33.5 °C.

The Sweet Track: The Sweet Track is thought to be the oldest engineered road anywhere in the world. Located in a causeway on the Somerset Levels, this ancient road is believed to have been built between 3807 and 3806 BC. If you’re planning a weekend break in Somerset, why not go and explore this ancient landmark?

Cheddar Gorge: Cheddar Gorge is a limestone gorge in the Mendip Hills and is one of Britain’s greatest natural wonders. Unfortunately the gorge is not made from Cheddar cheese however! The gorge gets its name given its proximity to the village of Cheddar. The gorge is part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest called the Cheddar Complex which includes many spectacular underground caves containing many stalactites and stalagmites.

Best Accommodation Somerset

Rainsbury House, Dulverton, SomersetRainsbury House (Dulverton): This incredible holiday home is actually made up of two units which can be booked separately or together. When combined ‘The Barn’ and ‘Barn Owl Cottage’ sleep up to 13 people – there is an interconnecting door between the door cottages too. The house is set in 16 acres of open farmloand and adjoins the stunning Wimbleball Lake.

Hazel Lodge, Washford, SomersetHazel Lodge (Washford): If you are looking for a wooden lodge or log cabin in Sommerset, look no further! Hazel Lodge is one of our favourite holiday properties in the region and perfect for groups up to 8 people. Set in a beautiful rural location, the outside views from the outdoor hot tub are hard to beat. Highly recommended!

Cider Press Cottage, Bath, SomersetCider Press Cottage (Bath): Located just 10 minutes from the centre of Bath, this incredible cottage was totally renovated in 2015. Sleeping 4 people across 2 bedrooms, this quaint little cottage as built in the 18th century and is steeped in cider making history! Whilst you can quickly access the centre of Bath, the cottage’s rural location will also grant you instant access to the surrounding countryside.

Stay In Britain is the ultimate guide to places to stay and things to do in Great Britain. Whether you are looking for a luxury self-catering cottage, a cheap B&B for a weekend stay, a short break in a caravan park or a business-friendly hotel in the Somerset area, we have everything you need. Enjoy your stay in Britain!