Only a short drive from the Farmhouse, The Newt in Somerset is a working country estate like no other. The perfect day out for couples and families, the estate is surrounded by acres of magnificent woodland, farmland and gardens. Enjoy a fresh and delectable lunch in The Garden Café, discover garden attractions, or even book a Cyder tasting tour. There truly is something for everyone.
There’s so many local treasures to discover when booking a stay with us, including National Trust sites, stunning gardens and incredible restaurants.
Places to Visit
Discover the best places to visit in Somerset, just a short walk or drive from the Farmhouse.
King Alfred’s Tower is a folly linked to the Stourhead estate built in 1772. Its size and beauty make it an imposing addition to the landscape, and the views from the top are breath-taking. The tower was intended to commemorate the end of the Seven Years’ War against France and supposedly stands near the location where it is believed that Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, rallied the Saxons in 878 before defeating the Danish army. The tower is 49 metres high and has 205 steps to the top, where visitors can enjoy the fantastic 360-degree views.
When Stourhead first opened in the 1740s, a magazine described it as ‘a living work of art’. A unique Palladian mansion it has a world-famous landscape garden complete with a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes, and rare and exotic trees. The Hoare family (who were also previous owners of Durslade Farm, the site in which Hauser & Wirth Somerset is located) history can be uncovered in Stourhead House, which features a Regency library and fabulous collections of Chippendale furniture and paintings, all set amid delightful lawns, parkland and a 1,072-hectare nature conservation estate.
Cranmore Tower is an old folly prominently sited on a high point of the East Mendip range in Somerset. Built in the 1860’s the Tower still stands today proudly overlooking the countryside and offering spectacular views from an elevation of 1050 ft above sea level. As well as climbing the towers steps, visitors can also enjoy walking through the deciduous Cranmore woods and tea, coffee and cakes at the Tower Tea Rooms.
Packed to the rafters with artisans, historic buildings, beautiful independent shops and creative people, Frome is a wonderfully vibrant and eventful town. Frome is a town with a charming historic centre and has a wealth of architectural interest. Frome hosts regular markets every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Then on the first Sunday of each month from March to December, ‘The Frome Independent’ comes to town. The Frome Independent is a mini festival that takes over the whole town attracting thousands of visitors. It brings together the best artisan food and drink, local artists and designers, local produce, plants, flowers, retro, vintage, collectables, homewares and street entertainment and is well worth a visit.
Shearwater is a man-made freshwater lake near Crockerton village, close to the town of Warminster in Wiltshire. Part of the Longleat Estate, the lake is surrounded by mature woodland and is popular with anglers, walkers and cyclists.
The smallest city in England, with its splendid 12th Century Cathedral and Bishops Palace, 14th Century Vicars’ Close, and 18th Century Town Hall. A traditional open-air market is held every Wednesday and Saturday at the old Market Place, and the city boasts a wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants.
Places to Eat
We’re extremely fortunate to be surrounded by a host of restaurants that serve mouthwatering dishes, made with only the very best fresh and local produce.
Situated just across the courtyard from Durslade Farmhouse, the Roth Bar & Grill combines seasonal food with contemporary art and is a vibrant, informal and convivial eating-place, serving honest food. The restaurant, led by husband and wife team Steve and Jules Horrell, works closely with local farmers, gamekeepers and gardeners, to use ethical British produce with a focus on sustainability.
Previously a 17th-century coaching inn, located on Bruton’s High Street, At the Chapel houses a bakery, wine shop and restaurant. A warm and friendly place to shop and experience a Mediterranean style menu.
Informal and cosy, Matt’s Kitchen offers a warm, relaxed environment with a simple menu of a single ‘dish-of-the-day’ along with a selection of starters and desserts. Matt’s kitchen is based in Matt’s own house and must be booked in advance.
Recently awarded a Michelin star, Osip is an intimate farm-to-table restaurant, serving dishes that celebrate a time and place in Somerset, using only the best local and hand grown ingredients.
The Old Pharmacy is a wine bar, bistro and grocery store housed in a 500 year old building that was previously a Pharmacy. A daily changing blackboard menu offers a selection of small dishes to share using homegrown ingredients from our farm and the tiny adjacent shop sells grocery items to take away as well as Roundhill coffee, organic wines and local cider.
There’s ample dining options when visiting The Newt in Somerset. You can enjoy fresh and seasonal produce in their Garden Café, which serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week, whilst their Botanical Gardens invites you to feast on estate vegetables, succulent cuts from their salt room and dayboat fish from the Dorset coast.