Cricket St. Thomas is a grand, Regency country mansion surrounded by 160 acres of gardens with beautiful lakes. A fully equipped leisure club with sauna, steam room and pool invites you to sit back, relax and forget about everyday life. After your trip to the pool, take a leisurely stroll in the peaceful gardens and continue the feeling of calm.
With its rolling green hills and picturesque landscapes peppered with quiet farming communities, Somerset is a county which provides the perfect environment for a relaxing getaway.
As well as the countryside Somerset is best known for, neighbouring Dorset provides a coast that very much holds its own. Enjoy classic sandy and shingle beaches at Lyme Regis on the historic Jurassic coast. This part of England's coastline opens up plenty of opportunities to feel the fresh sea air and sunshine on your face.
Spa hotels in the Southwest can be accessed easily; many in beautiful country houses set in lush green grounds. Luxury hotels can be found in the likes of Taunton, Henlade and Chard offering getaways focusing on unwinding in a warm pool, followed by a steam room and a treatment or two.
Ways to relax in the South West
Somerset is perhaps best known for its green surroundings and production of cheddar and cider and the nearby counties of Devon and Dorset are big on the beach scene. The coastal town of Lyme Regis is a popular place for a leisurely afternoon where you can stroll by the seaside with an ice cream and pop in and out of independent shops as you please. As well as this, the Jurassic coast is littered with fossils to discover.
East Lambrook Manor Gardens
The neighbouring town of South Pertherton hides an idyllic cottage with spectacular gardens. East Lambrook Manor Gardens was created by celebrated gardening writer Margery Fish between 1938 and 1969. The Garden is home to winding paths, a babbling brook and many species of British plants. It’s a great place for meandering on a warm spring day and taking a pit stop at The Malthouse café to relax with a cup of tea and locally made cakes
Stay at Cricket St. Thomas
If you prefer to relax in the comfort of your hotel, there are plenty of places offering great service to make your countryside stay truly relaxing. A break at Warner’s Regency hotel, Cricket St. Thomas boasts a delicious three course dinner every evening. For an afternoon of lazy lounging during your stay, book an afternoon tea in the Orangery and you’ll be looked after by our welcoming and friendly team
Cricket St. Thomas has a variety of room options to ensure you have a fantastic stay. From contemporary, fresh décor in our standard and Signature rooms to classic Historic rooms you’ll find the ideal one for you. All of the rooms have large beds, soft towels and a selection of toiletries to help you relax. Enjoy tea and coffee making facilities which are refreshed daily too
Fine dining in the South West
If you are looking for places to eat in Somerset, you will not be disappointed by a stay at Cricket St. Thomas. Just 10 minutes’ drive from the beautiful town of Chard, you have plenty of opportunities to eat delicious, fresh food and enjoy a great dining experience.
If you are looking for places to eat in Somerset, you will not be disappointed by a stay at Cricket St. Thomas. Just 10 minutes’ drive from the beautiful town of Chard, you have plenty of opportunities to eat delicious, fresh food and enjoy a great dining experience. A few minutes’ drive out from the hotel will take you to the Windwhistle Inn, a 17th century public house with a traditional bar. The pub has been extended to include a restaurant area for quiet dining and a large conservatory. Enjoy a variety of traditional British favourites such as pie and mash and fish and chips, all with a more refined twist.
If you’re happy with a longer drive out, 25 minutes away is River Cottage in Axminster, owned by tv chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The award-winning restaurant is surrounded by countryside despite being in a thriving market town, making it a great choice for a leisurely lunch followed by a spot of shopping.