The Newt in Somerset is a country estate and working farm with splendid gardens, magnificent woodland, ponds, lakes, a spa, cafe and restaurant. The core is Georgian, with limestone buildings the colour of burnt orange, and was the seat of the Hobhouse family for more than two centuries. Innovative design is paired with the freshest produce, beautiful country walks, superb service and a garden-scented spa. Their gardens, farm shop, house and garden shop and, new for 2020, their delicious and authentic Gelateria are all open to day-visitors for a small fee (payable at the entrance).
Pioneering art gallery spanning five gallery spaces showcasing some of the world’s most expensive artworks in acres of grounds, including the Radić Pavilion. Gardens designed by influential garden designer Piet Oudolf. Open six days a week. FREE to visit. Hauser and Wirth Gallery is a must see (plus lunch or cocktails at the acclaimed Roth Bar and Grill).
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire was opened in 1966 as the first drive-through safari park outside Africa. The park is situated 16 miles (30 minutes) from Bruton in the grounds of Longleat House, an English stately home which is open to the public and is home to the wildly eccentric 7th Marquess of Bath. Today, Longleat is home to over 500 animals and the estate occupies 9,000 acres of bubolic countryside.
Grade I architectural delight located in the very heart of Bruton - the legacy of Hugh Sexey, a local landowner who became Auditor of the Exchequer to King James I. Built as alms-houses in the 16th century, the large terraced garden and allotments can be seen from the courtyard with views to the Dovecote.
This mysterious limestone tower with its 200 pigeon holes stands on a hill high above Bruton and was built between the 15th and 17th centuries. Set in lush green fields, it is a pleasant stroll from the cottage and an ideal picnic spot. Accessible from the children’s playground on Godminster Lane.
Palladian house and world-famous landscape garden. From Bruton, there’s a superb eight-mile walk to this glorious property set in extensive parklands which takes you through enchanting ancient woodland and past King Alfred’s Tower - a 160ft high folly, designed in 1772, which commemorates the accession of King George III to the throne in 1760.