9 unusual places to stay in Somerset for a quirky weekend break
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We’ve all heard of glamping, but where are the best places to go? From yurts and treehouses to a gypsy caravan – we pick the best escapes in rural Somerset
Want somewhere a little different to stay with your loved one? This 1950s style restored steam train carriage has been transformed into a sunny and bright breakfast room, comfy lounge and a Warhol-worthy kitchen, with a wall of windows offering marvellous views looking out onto the countryside. Most importantly, the carriage has a sumptuous double bed and surprisingly luxurious ensuite bathroom, with glazed doors leading out onto a large balcony and private lawn.
Whilst the traditional stone house you’ll arrive at looks fairly inconspicuous, it’s actually the small and cosy ‘stargazer’ in the garden where you’ll be spending the night. Situated in a quiet valley, you can be promised a silent night falling asleep with full view of the stars.
Perhaps you’re looking for something more spacious? How about this two pod yurt - perfect for both families or couples and decorated in a French-influenced 18th century style, with a king sized bed in one pod and two single beds in a connected bedroom pod. The rugs, lamps, paintings and beautiful fabrics that have been used to adorn the main house create a cosy feel; plus there is a wood-burner to keep you warm all-year round.
This stunning 52.6ft narrowboat has been decorated with love and care and comes furnished with oak flooring and walnut kitchen surfaces. The boat is a comfortable and romantic setting for couples with a wonderful view out onto the river – make sure to look out for the neighbourhood kingfisher!
This beautifully hand-crafted treehouse for two sits in a magical woodland in Somerset. The fabulous glamping destination with a superbly bespoke interior offers relaxation in a secluded and natural setting. The treehouse is fully furnished with a trendy and fully equipped kitchen, dining table and spacious ensuite bedroom.
Beckford’s Tower was designed by eccentric connoisseur and collector William Beckford as his museum and treasure trove, but the tower is just as stunning as the objects it once housed. Perched high - 276 feet to be exact - above Bath, the views from the tower across the valley are unlike anywhere else.
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Tucked away in the Somerset countryside, you’ll find a Romany style gypsy wagon sat in an old apple cider orchard. For those days too cold to cook around the open fire, there is a heated caravan nearby with a fridge and gas cooker. When you’re not cosied up inside, you can stroll around the farm where you can say hello to the full menagerie of animals, including ponies, a donkey, chickens, sheep and pigs.
For a completely different holiday experience, try this unusual wooden Somerset roundhouse, situated near the village of Stratton-on-the-Fosse at the eastern tip of the Mendip Hills and only 12 miles away from Bath town. The cottage is the perfect romantic retreat for couples or a small family who want to spend a couple of days together.
Staying in this beautifully-crafted Treehouse, you’ll wake up to views over the Mendips on one side and a field of Alpacas munching grass on the other, along with light streaming through the windows from the beaming sun ahead. The huge balcony and picnic tables are perfect for a little glass of something on calm, summer evenings; the comfy sofa by the wood burner is ideal for the cold, winter ones.
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Need ideas for things to do on a weekend break? Visit some of Somerset’s cider producers.