The best-value hotels in Somerset
Seekers of great-value accommodation in Somerset could look to the Premier Inn, Travelodge and Holiday Inn hotel chains for a deal. However, there are also many more characterful stays in Somerset that don’t cost the earth. See our pick of Somerset’s best budget boutique hotels, affordable inns and no-frills family hotels below.
Farthings Country House Hotel & Restaurant, Taunton
A three-star hotel with comfortable, traditionally dressed rooms and neat lawns outside. The communal lounge has a log fire to stoke on cold days plus there is a bar and dining rooms that are part of the respected restaurant, which has large windows overlooking the garden and specialises in home-grown produce.
Doubles from £99 a night.
The Sheppey Inn, not far from Glastonbury
With eclectically-styled rooms above a river, this lovely little boutique hotel in the heart of the Somerset Levels has views of surrounding fields. It’s a short drive from Glastonbury and the pub below offers a quirky menu bursting with local produce, a big sun terrace beside the river and occasional live music.
Doubles from £100 a night.
The Litton, not far from Wells
Once a mill, this hotel on the Mendip Hills has spacious rooms with contemporary furnishings and a large, stone-walled pub with log fires attached. Bedrooms have exposed wooden beams and upmarket bathrooms with deluge showers or freestanding baths. The menu offers elevated pub classics and in summer, the garden is somewhere to play boules or sup a cocktail served from a horsebox.
Doubles from £140 a night.
The Keep, Yeovil
Recognisable from its turret, this is a B&B-style boutique in the centre of Yeovil. It offers a variety of rooms as well as a studio apartment with a kitchenette that is available to hire without breakfast. Rooms are classically decorated, in muted colours.
Doubles from £89.50 a night.
No-frills family hotels
Bistro Lotte, Frome
The family suite at this bistro, at the top of Frome’s most popular shopping street, is chic for the price. Two bedrooms – a superking and a twin – connect through an archway and are dressed with luxury linens in a simple, French style. The full-sized beds are a bargain for four friends also. Downstairs, a continental breakfast is served in the friendly neighbourhood bistro which also offers great-value moules et frites and steak at night.
Family suite from £155 a night for four.
The Crooked Swan, near Ilminster
In the centre of Crewkerne, this sprawling, golden-stone pub has a welcoming atmosphere and bedrooms that are decorated with handpicked finds from antique auctions. The Family Room is spacious and good value, with bunk beds tucked away in one corner and a double bed set beneath an intricate carved wooden headboard. The food is also decent.
Family room with bunk beds from £140 a night.
The Old Pound Inn, Langport
A 16th-century pub in a pretty village just outside the interesting market town of Langport, on the Somerset Levels. The kitchen serves standard fare, with roasts on Sundays and steak night on Wednesday. The Family Room has a double bed, plus two single beds. Rooms are basic but bright with TVs and mini fridges.
Quadruple room from £116 a night.
The Ilchester Arms, Ilchester
In a prime location in the village, this inn has an attractive stone exterior and welcomes families. The restaurant serves British cuisine made from the best local produce and there is a childrens’ menu. There are two family rooms available, with a different set up of beds in each. A patio beer garden sits at the back.
Family room from £100 a night.
The Swan at Wedmore
In between Cheddar Gorge and Wells, The Swan is a traditional coaching inn with boutique hotel values. The old floorboards may slope a little but the seven bedrooms are all spacious, with statement patterned wallpaper and trendy armchairs. The restaurant serves flavoursome food in the vein of River Cottage, under executive chef Tom Blake.
Doubles from £88 a night.
The Lion at West Pennard, Glastonbury
The most affordable of the on-trend rooms at The Lion, a 12-minute drive outside Glastonbury, are found in a renovated barn on site. They feature modern bathrooms with Bramley toiletries and cushioned headboards. Others are situated above the restaurant. The cooking is assured and dishes are prettily plated.
Doubles from £95 a night.
The Archangel, Frome
Creaking with history, this fabulously renovated inn has snugs aplenty, a double-height mezzanine restaurant in a stone barn and an appealing courtyard garden at the back. The bedrooms tend to be dark and sophisticated, with purple walls, copper baths and gold baroque-style beds beneath ceiling beams. Frome’s independent shops are a few steps away.
Doubles from £80 a night.
The White Hart, near Ilchester
In the centre of historic Somerton, this stone-walled pub has cosy nooks and a collection of upstairs rooms with contemporary art on the walls. Some of the best rooms have freestanding bathtubs and wooden beams. The food is recommended, with a focus on fresh, locally-grown ingredients plus good vegan and vegetarian options.
Doubles from £85 a night.
The Hatch Inn, near Taunton
A smart, independent, 18th-century freehouse that is family-run and a ten-minute drive from Taunton. Menus attempt gourmet pub food, served amid exposed brickwork and open fires. Bedrooms, meanwhile, are comfortable and subtly stylish. Expect occasional live music and stonebaked pizza every Thursday.
Doubles from £80 a night.
The Bower Inn, Bridgwater
With a lawned beer garden, this inn in East Bower, on the eastern fringe of Bridgwater, is a relaxing spot and another of the many affordable, character-filled inns run by Bristol-based Butcombe Brewing Co. The 15 bedrooms are dressed in a modern country style and even the cosy rooms are a fair size.
Doubles from £110 a night.