These comfy, cottagey bedrooms above a 17th-century thatched pub are accessed through an external staircase and have lovely countryside views. Adam the manager/chef and his Italian wife Cinzia live in the cottage next door and are friendly and enthusiastic.
Come for the food – it attracts diners for miles – and you can eat in the garden next to masses of fragrant herbs. Food’s locally sourced as much as possible – sausages, eggs, homemade bread and jams for breakfast, and a pub menu influenced by English comfort food and Italian cuisine: paella with mussel arancini, king prawn and chorizo mayo; crisp belly of cider braised pork, creamed potato, baby red chard and broccolini.
It’s the perfect point to break a journey between London and Cornwall, but only seven miles from Glastonbury and you’re well-placed to explore the spectacular Dorset and Somerset countryside. It’s also great walking and cycling country and off the beaten track so you may want to stay a few nights.