Bruton, Somerset

Found in Somerset, burrowed between Yeovil and Frome, Bruton’s historic streets are home to 3,000 residents and a patchwork of trendy boutiques, cafes and restaurants. All tucked together and overlooked by the town’s famous 16th Century dovecote, it draws a cultivated crowd seeking to enjoy the beautiful architecture, abundant creativity and stunning surrounds.

With its name originating from a river, Bruton is dissected by the River Bruce. Near Packhorse Bridge, stepping stones crossing the river can be found. Although often submerged, when the water is low it is an ideal spot for children to paddle and to bathe hot feet whilst breathing in the serene setting.

If you take a stroll through the town, the 14th Century St Mary’s Church is a wonderful time capsule and worth a visit. For great eats with a high class vibe, try Roth Bar & Grill found at Hauser & Wirth, At the Chapel and Matt’s Kitchen, where cook Matt Watson serves a unique dish of the day from his own front room.

For a dream getaway the town provides countless possibilities for days exploring and evenings out, and also acts a wonderful base to explore the nearby towns and villages too, with Wells and Bath short drives away.

If you make your way to Somerset’s best worst-kept secret, keep in mind some of American author John Steinbeck’s last words when talking about Burton: “Time loses all its meaning. The peace I have dreamed about is here… It was a fortunate accident which drew me to this place.”

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