I love our little corner of Somerset and there’s some real gems here in the county of cider and rolling hills where legend has it King Arthur set up his kingdom of Camelot.

The Newt

Whether you visit for the day or are lucky enough to stay, you can’t fail to be impressed by this rural idyll.  The garden is the incredible product of six years of transformation by its South African owners.  Breathtakingly beautiful, there’s much to explore with different areas including vast cultivated gardens, a forest, a deer park and a garden museum.  A visit to the restaurant is a must to sample delights from the estate.  The Newt is a celebration of all things apple, 3,500 apple trees are planted in the gardens, 500 of which are trained immaculately in a striking walled garden and cider (or cyder as known at the Newt) is produced before your very eyes on site in the Autumn.

Once a working farm and now an art gallery showing ground breaking art, Hauser and Wirth Somerset is a feast for the eyes.  At the back of the gallery you’ll find a riot of colour in the form of a perennial meadow designed by the Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf.  If you manage to get a spot at the Roth Bar & Grill Restaurant, you’ll enjoy truly delicious food but don’t forget to book early or you’ll miss out!

Cadbury Castle

Cadbury Castle is a beautiful ancient hill fort, steeped in history and mythology.  Thought to have been the stronghold for King Arthur’s Camelot kingdom, there are several ley line passing through the site making it very special.  Blow the cobwebs away admiring the magical views and you’ll forget any traffic on the A303!  Its my most favourite place to walk with our dog Bramble! It was voted as the 2nd best place to walk in the UK by the Times (should really have been number 1!) and if you’re heading west, why not stop off to climb the hill and afterwards enjoy a visit to the award winning farm shop Teals, one of our favourite stockists!