Last weekend Jack and I stayed at At the Chapel in Bruton, Somerset for his birthday. Although we live nearby we’d never been to Bruton, which is definitely somewhere worth visiting for its beautiful buildings alongside a couple of excellent restaurants, shops and Hauser and Wirth’s art gallery, it’s recently become a bit of a hub for contemporary design and food.
The bedrooms are beautifully simple, which shows off the arches and quirks of the building. The whole place has a classically modern feel that compliments the heritage of the building.
We stayed in the ground floor room, which has its own private terrace – which would be lovely in the summer, and useful if you have a four legged friend you’d like to bring (it’s the only room which allows dogs). There’s a large tv (although a little outdated – I was disappointed that we couldn’t load up Netflix), and the bed is extremely comfortable. There’s some nice extra touches too, they leave you fresh croissants from their bakery hanging on your bedroom door in the morning – heaven!
But the real show stopper is the bathroom. I have never stayed anywhere with a bathroom as luxurious. The size of it is almost as large as the room itself – with a gigantic bath large enough for 2 as well as a whole extra shower room, I was glad that we had enough time there for me to test out both!
We’d booked in for an evening meal at their restaurant, although it was the middle of February it was extremely busy – so definitely book ahead! The prices are very reasonable, and we both opted for stone baked pizzas cooked in their pizza oven. I am a bit of a pizza connoisseur and I can confirm that they were incredibly tasty – even without cheese (since I’m vegan). I also had a side of roasted purple broccoli which was the perfect accompaniment. However we were pretty disappointed by the service, everyone was very pleasant but everything seemed to take ages to arrive and we always had to ask a waiter to come over to us, they weren’t offering us drinks or asking if everything was ok. Since we weren’t in any hurry we were happy to wait – but it did let the meal down a bit.
The next day we chose not to order breakfast and instead get some pastries and bread from the bakery (the bakewell slice was AMAZING). It was raining by the time we left so we didn’t get to wander around Bruton but we’ll have to go back so I can visit Caro (a homeware store) and Make (a maker’s gallery). We reluctantly checked out of the Chapel and headed over to Hauser and Wirth. I wasn’t too much a fan of the artwork, but the building is beautiful and I enjoyed looking around their gift shop.
I definitely want to visit Bruton again, there’s still more I need to explore and I’d love to see it in the summer so we can wander around a bit more leisurely and enjoy being in such a beautiful part of the country.