They call it the Notting Hill of the West, this sleepy Somerset town where tractors frequently rumble down the narrow High Street. A closer look tells you why: Bruton is lined with boho shops, selling just the kind of thing for artsy locals such as TV and radio presenter Mariella Frostrup and fashion designer Alice Temperley.
Catering to the creatives are some superb restaurants, while ten minutes’ walk away is the art gallery Hauser & Wirth, whose 2014 opening put Bruton on the map.
Now there is a hip new place where you can stay in town too – No 1 Bruton, named after its address on the High Street. And rather lovely it is too, with its yellow door opening on to an elegant interior that blends original Georgian fireplaces and wooden floors with modern artwork and artefacts.
Distinctive: No 1 Bruton’s yellow door opens on to an elegant interior that blends original Georgian fireplaces and wooden floors with modern artwork
Arty interior: You can buy pretty much anything you see in the hotel
The Grade II listed building has had a chequered past, most recently as a hardware emporium but also as a coaching inn and forge. It was here that the decorative ironwork for the curlicue staircase leading to five bedrooms in the main building was created. Local girl Claudia Waddams runs the hotel with husband Aled Rees, and wanted it to ‘feel like you were coming to stay in someone’s house’.
A trio of cottage rooms also open on to the Penelope Hobhouse-designed courtyard garden.