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Farmers Arms - Inn in Somerset

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West Hatch, Taunton, TA3 5RS, Somerset
England, United Kingdom

Alison Medley

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+44 (0)1823 480980(landline)

Characterful country inn close to the Blackdown Hills with friendly staff, a terrace for lunch in summer and views that stretch for miles

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A lovely inn lost in peaceful hills on the Somerset Levels with two acres of grounds and gardens, this is the perfect spot for a summer pint as glorious views from the beer garden drift downhill for miles. Inside: friendly staff in a light-filled timber-framed bar where one airy room rolls into another; beamed ceilings, tongue-and-groove panelling, logs piled high in alcoves. Great food flies from the kitchen, try pork, prune and apricot terrine, oven baked hake, a hot chocolate fondant; in summer you can eat in the courtyard garden. Bedrooms – of varying sizes – are just the ticket with whitewashed walls, pretty beds, the odd chaise longue, then power showers or double-ended baths. One has a daybed, others have sofas, another has a private courtyard. Ask for the room with the emperor bed for a night of affordable luxury. Taunton is close for cricket in summer, while the Jurassic coast is 40 minutes by car for a day of beach-combing and sea air before returning to your great base at the Farmers.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Local points of interest from Alison Medley:

Local points of interest from
Alison Medley:

  • The Herepath Trail is a 13 mile circular bridleway with horse riding available at Netherclay Livery Centre and Bickenhall Farm or bring your own horse. With views stretching for miles, it is also ideal for walking and mountain biking.
  • Somerset County Cricket Club and Taunton Race Course are less than 5 miles away.
  • There are 7 National Trust houses and gardens between 20 and 45 minutes away and Hestercombe Gardens are within easy reach.
  • West Somerset Railway runs between Taunton and Minehead.
  • The World Heritage Jurassic Coast is easily accessible at Lyme Regis, Beer and Sidmouth with the north Devon coast at Minehead, Lynton and Lynmouth suitable for a day trip.
  • 5 unique rooms
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"Staff very helpful and efficient. Beautiful location, Nice mix of old and new decor. Evening meal and breakfast were excellent. We were in room 4 which was very spacious and comfortable. The only small negatives: We found it a little awkward to plug in the kettle without placing it in front of the TV. Could have done with somewhere to put soap etc in the shower and a shelf would have been useful adjacent to the hand basin. Everything else was almost perfect. Direct access to outside was ideal as we have a dog."

Alan - Nr Bolton, United Kingdom

July 2017

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  • 4 Doubles
  • , 1 Twin/double
Price:(i) £105 to£125 per night

Singles £75. Extra bed £20.

Booking info:


Lunch & dinner from £5 - £35.


Never. No food Mon - Sat 2pm - 6pm and Sun 3pm - 6pm.

Paw prints Bringing your dog
Handy to know:

Secure garden, open field and woodland walks; information on walks available.

Dog treats:

Dog biscuits, water bowls, hose for washing muddy dogs after walks.

Dog fee:

Dogs £10 per stay.

Bringing your dog

West Hatch, Taunton, TA3 5RS, Somerset

Inn 4 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 105 to £ 125 per night
Inn 1 Twin/double room
Price: (i) £ 105 to £ 105 per night

Alison Medley

Visit website

+44 (0)1823 480980(landline)