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Hotel of the week: The Mount Somerset – A glorious regency hotel in Taunton

The Mount Somerset

Stay, Spa and Dine in Somerset 

Sometimes, the stresses and strains of day to day life can become all too overwhelming, and the only cure is a break away from it all to rest up, relax, and get some much-needed respite. Whilst there are plenty of places to get away from it all without straying too far from home, the countryside holds in it a special magic when it comes to curing a maxed-out mind, and a bit of fresh air and natural beauty are often all it takes to restore you to your former glory.

Thankfully, the UK is home to an abundance of beautiful countryside spots, from endless rolling hills and pretty forests, to our stunning coastline and the plethora of breath-taking beaches. But when it comes to finding somewhere you can truly sit back, relax, and allow those worries to just melt away, there are few places quite like the endless greenery of Somerset.

The Mount Somerset
Experience luxury accommodation in Somerset in bedrooms immaculately furnished with a unique mix of traditional Regency features and stylish, boutique decor

The beautiful Mount Somerset Hotel is a jewel in the county’s crown; a glorious regency building offering luxury accommodation in Taunton. Set in the heart of the county’s lush and sprawling countryside, the 19 room property boasts an impressive four acres of its own grounds – sitting high upon its mount between the Quantock and Blackdown Hills and affording guests some of the best views in Somerset.

With its high ceilings, sweeping spiral staircase, opulent decor and a feeling of gentle elegance and luxury, The Mount Somerset has all the characteristics you’d expect of a quintessential English Regency mansion. Perhaps most importantly of all, each of the hotel’s bedrooms is the epitome of comfort – boasting cloud-like beds and even the occasional private hot tub – and promising a great night’s sleep and endless reasons to luxuriate, undisturbed, for the ultimate in battery recharging stays.

A luxurious destination that makes for the perfect weekend hideaway, The Mount Somerset is home to its very own award-winning 3 AA Rosette restaurant, headed up by talented head chef Mark Potts and winning a flurry of compliments from impressed guests each and every day. Add to that a sumptuous boutique spa which comes complete with thermal suites, a bubbling hydrotherapy pool, and relaxing ESPA treatments – and you’ve got all the right ingredients for a truly restful stay. A break should be all about a little bit of indulgence, and here, that is exactly what you’ll get.

The Mount Somerset
The Somerset Dining Room holds three coveted AA Rosettes

If the promise of spa treatments, great food, and even luxury bedrooms is not quite enough to sway you, then rest assured that it’s not all that’s on offer at The Mount Somerset. You can expect outstanding service from the hotel’s friendly team throughout every moment of your stay, whether it’s help with a room request, directions to a local attraction, or organising a taxi to help you explore the area.

Step outside the hotel, and the beauty of the Somerset countryside is something you can’t ignore. Steeped in culture and history and with a plethora of breath-taking attractions right on your doorstep – from Glastonbury and Wells Cathedral, Hestercombe Gardens and Barrington Court, to the West Somerset Steam Railway and Dunster Castle – The Mount Somerset makes for the perfect hub when it comes to exploring this beautiful part of the country.

Travel slightly further afield, and you can even explore the startlingly beautiful Cheddar Gorge or the Jurassic Coast. The wide-open spaces of Exmoor and the Somerset Levels, abundant with wildlife, are only a short drive away, too – as are the glorious South West coastal paths overlooking the fossil-rich beaches of Charmouth and Lyme Regis.

Mount Spa
There is an atmosphere of calm and serenity at the luxurious Elan Spa at The Mount Somerset Hotel

Meandering through fields and across moorland is a calming way to spend your days, giving you all the detox time you could possibly need from the digital demands of day to day life – and from cycling to rambling, there are plenty of ways for more energetic visitors to keep themselves entertained, too. It’s the perfect chance to get truly lost and absorbed in nature, and there’s no better remedy for an exhausted and frazzled mind.

Few can deny that it’s an attractive proposition, and for those in search of that much-needed dose of serenity, the Somerset countryside is something of a gift. The Mount Somerset Hotel makes for a unique and luxurious base for visitors from across the country and beyond – and you’ll feel just as content during your time indoors at the hotel as you will outside. Offering up all the ingredients required for the perfect luxury break whilst making the most of our nation’s natural beauty, it’s a winning combination – and one that is certain to have you booking that return visit soon after you first set foot inside.

Address: Lower Henlade, Taunton, Somerset TA3 5NB
Phone: 01823 442500