Where to stay in Wells
Whether you choose to stay in or just outside the historic city of Wells in Somerset there are numerous excellent hotels and bed and breakfast establishments offering comfortable– and in some cases luxurious – accommodation.
One of those at the top end of the scale is Stoberry House, overlooking Wells Cathedral and the Vale of Avalon, which is surrounded by 6.5 acres of night-lit gardens featuring a changing collection of sculptures by local artists. Ponds, flower walks and a walled garden provide places to walk and rest.
If it is luxury that you want, then consider this: guests can choose from a pillow library; they have access to a pantry with unlimited tea, coffee and biscuits; and each room is supplied with bathrobes and slippers.
Breakfasts feature local ingredients, while picnic hampers and a specialist healthy option menu is available.
Another luxury bed and breakfast place which comes highly recommended is ‘Beryl’, a small Victorian Gothic mansion, built in 1838 and still standing in its original parkland of 13 acres overlooking Wells Cathedral and countryside and just one mile from the city centre.
If you prefer to stay outside the city, the The Post House could be just the place for you. A Grade II listed building five miles from Wells, it was once the post office and bakery and has been beautifully renovated to give it a very charming, rustic appearance with a very stylist interior.
Here you can have a full English breakfast comprising locally sourced produce served in a flag-stoned dining room, with a blazing fire in the winter time. In warmer weather you can eat in the Mediterranean-style courtyard.
Some people prefer accommodation that is more homely and if you are such a person, Beltane bed and breakfast just 20 minutes’ walk from the centre of the city, is ideal.
As far as breakfast is concerned you cannot get much more local than the eggs which are served here – they are laid by the B&B’s own free-range hens! A continental breakfast is available and special dietary requirements are catered for whenever possible.
As for the rooms, each has a private bathroom, free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV and non-alcoholic mini bar.
Of the budget hotels two of the most popular are the Wookey Hole Hotel, next to Wookey Hole caves, two miles from Wells, and The Crown, a 15th century coaching inn with en-suite accommodation which is in Wells itself.
These are just a few of the many places to stay in and around Wells, and very often you will find special offers are available at certain times, especially with regard to early bookings, so it is advisable to shop around on the internet.