Claiming number one spot for 2023 and for the second time since launching Top 50 Boutique Hotels, The Newt is truly a magnificent venue worthy of the accolade of the top hotel in the UK.
Luxury meets nature at the Newt in Somerset, a boutique hotel nestled in the grounds of an alluring working estate that is home to acres of resplendent gardens, enchanting woodland and traditional cyder orchards.
This stunning venue is worth more than a day and night of your time, offering sanctuary and refuge from the busy modern world through beautiful landscapes that change in harmony with the seasons.
Imagine pottering around the kitchen gardens in spring; sipping a summer gin and tonic in the luscious green grounds; rambling through the majestic autumnal woodlands with trees adorned in beautiful coppers and golds; or savouring a homegrown cyder by a fire in the warmth of the welcoming Georgian hotel during the chill of winter. You really can have it all.
The limestone boutique hotel, which the Newt experience centres around, is the colour of burnt honey and the seat of the Hobhouse family for more than two centuries. Named Hadspen House, the main dwelling was built in the 17th century and remodelled in the Georgian period.
For over 300 years the land and its buildings have been nurtured and loved, with the family home and original working stable yard turned into luxury accommodation. Choose to stay in the main house or one of the stunning Farmyard or Farmhouse rooms. But be sure to book soon.
Both the accommodation and common rooms in the house and surrounding buildings have been sensitively designed to showcase the Newt’s history but have not compromised on comfort and offer guests true luxury.
If the beguiling natural surroundings don’t calm you, then a relaxing spa with an indoor-outdoor pool, steam room, sauna and treatment rooms will be sure to work their magic. Choose from a range of treatments including mud therapy, deep tissue massage or an earth repair facial – to list just a few.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, dine in the Botanical Rooms, where Chef Ben Champkin prepares feasts made using vegetables from the estate, cuts of meat from the drying room and day boat fish caught from the Dorset coast.
Although you’re unlikely to tire from the beautiful surroundings of the Newt, outside the grounds Somerset awaits to imbue you with more wonderment. A true slice of thriving English culture and countryside, Somerset offers a lot.
From historic cities, grand cathedrals and mysterious castles to fine and contemporary art and, of course, more cyder made from the bounty of this alluring region.
While you’ll never truly be ready to say goodbye to the Newt once your stay is over, the option to become a member is available to all and offers unlimited yearly access to the gardens and grounds. Members will also be first to hear about exclusive classes, events and workshops made available by the Newt, including Bee Safaris, A Day in the Woods and seasonal workshops such as Mushroom Masterclasses.