If the pace of daily life is getting you down, perhaps now is the perfect time to escape the hustle and bustle for a few days of well-earned relaxation. Escape the city for a destination which can offer you a slower pace of life, albeit temporarily, to return home feeling refreshed. Why not consider Somerset for your next dash to the countryside? Yes it’s a county full of culture and activities but Somerset is also perfectly geared up for a totally relaxing break.
Follow our guide to ensure you return home feeling relaxed after your holiday in Somerset.
Get out and about
Renting one of the high quality self-catering holiday cottages in Somerset is a great way to guarantee some peace and quiet. With your own front door and kitchen, you don’t have to worry about what time meals are served or reception closes. Enjoy long, lazy lie-ins for the ideal start to your holiday in Somerset before heading out to explore the county. Somerset boasts pretty fantastic walking country with the Somerset Levels and the designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty of the Blackdown and Quantock Hills. Where better to blow the cobwebs away than by following in the footsteps of some of the UK’s most successful poets, Wordsworth and Coleridge? There are also trails along quiet and unspoilt sandy beaches with breathtaking views. Find a route as taxing as you fancy and enjoy the views across the Bristol Channel to Wales. Choose a holiday cottage with an open fire and enjoy a cosy evening in after a day in the countryside.
For complete relaxation and a real treat, cast your cares away at a spa. In Somerset, you’ll find many excellent spas offering everything from a one-off treatment to a day package. The Spa at Babington House just outside of Frome dedicates half the treatment areas for those in need of relaxation and pampering. Alternatively, try the Thermae Spa in the historic city of Bath and bathe in the mineral-rich waters said to have special healing properties for centuries. After just a few hours, you’ll certainly leave feeling like all your cares have been washed away.
Enjoy the local fare
Let someone else take the strain at one of Somerset’s excellent restaurants. The region is home to wonderful local produce such as cheddar cheese, apples and cider for the ultimate Ploughman’s lunch. If you’d rather something a little more special, Somerset has a number of award-winning and Michelin-starred restaurants ideal for a memorable evening. Take your time getting to know Somerset through its food and you’ll certainly feel relaxed if a little full too!
Go at your own pace
If you do decide to venture slightly further afield from your holiday cottage, Somerset has plenty of attractions to explore at your own pace. Choose a National Trust property such as Montacute House or Dunster Castle with plenty of history and a tea shop for a reviving brew at the end of your visit. Those with green fingers will enjoy Hestercombe Gardens not far from Taunton with its separate Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian gardens.
However you choose to enjoy your holiday in Somerset, I guarantee you’ll leave with a lasting feeling of relaxation. Return home with wonderful memories of this beautiful county no doubt planning your next visit to Somerset.