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Country Escapes

The Newt in Somerset

Country Escapes

The Newt in Somerset

Country Escapes

The Newt in Somerset

The Visionary Escape

Hadspen, Bruton, Castle Cary BA7 7N

Is this new Somerset hotel the future of British country house hospitality? Step out of the 350-year-old Palladian fronted home onto the sprawling lawns, through the baroque-style maze of newly planted apple trees – 267 varieties of them – and we dare you to disagree.

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In everything from the oversized Tom Dixon chandeliers to the elegant Scandinavian inspired interiors – from the intermingling of old and new, of foreign and distinctly British – there is a sense of vital curation and greater purpose. No doubt much of this can be attributed to the unrelenting vision of the hotel’s owners, former editor of Elle Decorations South Africa Karen Roos and her media tycoon husband Koos Bekker.

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Six years in the making, the state-of-the-art wellness centre, featuring a divine Rasul mud chamber and Himalayan salt room, makes for the ultimate relaxation experience. Follow up blissful spa treatments with a meal in The Botanical Rooms, where each of the dishes champion at least one ingredient grown or foraged on the estate’s vast gardens. Those looking for a dining experience like no other should make their way to Horns & Pigtails, the house’s original vaulted cellar, where private Georgian feasts are held serving culinary creations inspired by 200-year-old documents discovered on the property. The whole endeavour is hard to fault.

“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

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