If you ever find yourself in the region of West Camel (near Yeovil), Somerset and you need somewhere comfortable to rest your head, then you could do worse than check out this little gem. A pub/restaurant/hotel, it has 14 comfortable, albeit small rooms, a very cosy bar and a good quality restaurant. The rooms are furnished with big floral patterns in a very olde worlde fashion. Most rooms, and I've stayed in most rooms by now, have big soft double beds, a desk, tea/coffee facilities and a well appointed en-suite. The bar is right downstairs and is staffed by pleasent freindly individuals. The restaurant is lovely and the food id very tasty. Evening meal will cost around £25 for everything. The rooms are £55 per night, which seems a bit steep, considering it's a pub and in the middle of nowhere, but there you are. It is the best around. Very nice, comfortable place to stay for a few days.
Glencot House Hotel, Wookey Hole If you fancy a relaxing, romantic weekend away, then Glencot House could be just what you’re looking for. I discovered it on www.information-britain.co.uk, when I was looking for a hideaway to take Mr Cheesemonster for our second wedding anniversary. Located just outside the village of Wookey Hole, in Somerset, it’s a little oasis of luxury hidden away down a leafy lane. The house, which is a gorgeous Victorian mansion, is set in 18 acres of grounds and parkland, and looks out over the river. With only 13 rooms, it is small enough to have those little personal touches that make it special. We booked a four poster room, with ensuite facilities. Each room has a colour TV, and ‘hospitality tray’, containing coffee and tea making facilities. Our room even had a rocking chair!! We received a warm welcome on our arrival, and booked a table in the restaurant for dinner. The restaurant is also open to non-residents, but was quite spacious and very comfortable. You have the option of taking your pre-dinner drinks in the drawing room, which has a lovely panoramic views of the garden and river. Your order is taken while you enjoy your drink, then you are taken through to the dining room. The menu was quite varied, and catered for vegetarians, and was a set price of £25 per person. Well worth it – the food was gorgeous!! I had duck and leek terrine, while Mr Cheesemonster had mushroom and garlic soup. Both were accompanied by warm bread rolls. Then we both had lamb shank, on a bed of lentils, peppers and red onion. The lamb was beautifully tender, and big enough even to satisfy my appetite! For dessert, we had crème brulee, which was really thick and creamy, followed by coffee and hand made chocolates. You can also order wine from the extensive wine list. Breakfast was just as delicious. There was cereal, fruit and yogurt, then you could order a cooked breakfast of your c hoice from the selection available – bacon, eggs (fried, poached, scrambled or boiled), sausage, tomato and mushrooms, or a vegetarian cooked breakfast. This was all accompanied by tea or coffee, fruit juice and toast (made from home-made bread). The hotel also has a sauna, swimming pool, table tennis room and snooker room. We took advantage of the table tennis and snooker, but didn’t quite make it to the pool or sauna…. We did go for a walk in the grounds though, which was lovely. Although a little on the pricey side, Glencot House is a perfect place for getting away from it all. It’s close to Bath, Bristol,Wells, Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge, which makes it an ideal base for tourists. The hotel welcomes well behaved children and dogs (there are two resident dogs, which love sleeping in the entrance hall and tripping people up!). And they take credit cards, so payment is easy….