Somerset's pleasant climate and rich farmland have created a verdant landscape of apple orchards and picturesque villages which entice visitors from across the country at all times of year. Somerset's major cities of Bath and Wells are packed with all manner of historic and cultural treasures, and the Roman remains in Bath bring in visitors from around the world. Add to that the castles and stately homes, prehistoric standing stones and connections with King Arthur at Glastonbury and you have all the ingredients for a break full of interest and excitement. Choose a four star hotel in Somerset and you'll also have the perfect base to come home to.
Festivals from Somerset 4 Star Hotels
Somerset has colourful and noisy (and frequently quite ancient) festivals throughout the year which you can take part in from your Somerset four star hotel base. The Priddy Folk Festival in July, for instance, attracts lovers of real ale and choice ciders as well as folk who just enjoy a bit of traditional music. The September Priston Festival is conveniently close to Bristol and Bath and attracts progressive bands from around the country and abroad. From your four star hotel in Somerset you can also easily get along to the Godney Gathering at Glastonbury in July, a one-day event that involves over 70 acts and five live stages, with a circus and food market to boot. It's cheaper and more intimate than the legendary Glastonbury Music Festival, but just as much fun!
Somerset four star hotels such as Crossways Inn in Highbridge and Rookery Manor Hotel & Spa in Weston-super-Mare make ideal bases for your break in this most varied and attractive of United Kingdom counties. If you're in a city like Bath you'll have attractions such as the Roman bath remains right on your doorstep, and in Wells you have the magnificent cathedral and other cultural attractions. Weston-super-Mare is a traditional English seaside resort with all the fun shops and entertainments that you'd expect from such a place, and an excellent choice of seafood restaurants. Stay at a good four star hotel in Somerset to enjoy all the local delights.
Somerset 4 Star Hotels for Parks and Castles
If you feel like a walk on the wild side, head out to the wide-open spaces of Exmoor National Park for a wealth of choice in outdoor activities. Its cliffs plunge into the Atlantic along Somerset's northern coastline, and the forested valleys and moorland rivers are a refuge for all sorts of indigenous wildlife, including several endangered species. Horned sheep and Exmoor ponies share this unspoilt landscape with red deer whose ancestors were introduced to these shores back in the 12th Century. With buzzards and curlews wheeling above and a wonderfully wild, bracken-clad landscape at your feet, it's the perfect destination for a great day outdoors from your Somerset four star hotel.
Somerset is full of impressive medieval castles and the remains of magnificent old abbeys, mostly trashed during the Reformation. These are all well maintained and sometimes even still inhabited, with visitor centres and other facilities, and they make good destinations for days out from Somerset's four star hotels or guesthouses.