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With rolling green hills and picturesque landscapes peppered with quiet farming communities, the south west corner of England offers the perfect environment for a relaxing getaway.

Somerset is perhaps best known for its mile upon mile of countryside, but neighbouring Dorset provides a coast that very much holds its own. Here, there are classic sandy and shingle beaches on the historic Jurassic coast and plenty of opportunities to engage in a spot of fossil hunting.

Spa breaks

Spa hotels in the south west 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 warm pools and steam rooms, maybe combined with a treatment or two.

Cricket St. Thomas is a grand Regency country mansion surrounded by 160 acres of gardens with beautiful lakes. There’s complimentary access to the hotel’s leisure club which has a large pool, sauna and steam room with the invitation to sit back, relax and forget about everyday life. Leisurely stroll in the peaceful gardens continue the feeling of calm.

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Ways to relax in the South West

Somerset is 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 for strolls by the seaside with an ice cream, popping in and out of independent shops. As well as this, the Jurassic coast is littered with fossils to discover.

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Luxury rooms

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

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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.

Fish and Chips

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.

River cottage

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.

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