Is this the perfect restaurant with rooms? We think it comes pretty close: the food is divine, the rooms are amazing and, crucially, it feels like a home, albeit a magnificent pre-Tudor manor house of a home, set in seven acres of glorious grounds. Remodelled in Arts and Crafts style, it numbers a Civil War Royalist, a famous harpsichord maker and a film director among its previous owners. It is also tucked away in a fascinating, lesser-known part of the country: the Somerset Levels. The six bedrooms are gorgeous and impeccably furnished with antiques, and with names that recall the colourful history of the house, such as Nathaniel Barnard (with a beautiful ceiling), Jessie de Mowbray and 10 July 1645. Olly and Rebecca Jackson offer the warmest of welcomes and Olly’s cooking is exceptional: delicate and full of flavour, using home-grown fruits, vegetables and herbs and local produce. In the morning, the secrets of this enigmatic part of the world await discovery. Doubles from £195.
Name to Know: Chef and owner, Olly, who is warm, welcoming and happy to share his creative secrets.
See: Head to the three areas of outstanding natural beauty, Quantock, the Mendip and the Blacksdown Hills, and enjoy this stunning landscape.
Eat: At the hotel’s restaurant and enjoy a meal made from scratch using only the freshest and local ingredients – even from our very own garden.
Buy: Shop to your heart’s content at Clarks Village or Kilver Court Designer village, or buy stellar smoked goods from Brown & Forrest in Hambridge.
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