Mention the county of Somerset, the location of The Cross At Croscombe Bed & Breakfast, and the first things that you may think of are cider, cheese and the Glastonbury Festival. While these are all undoubtedly worth experiencing, there is far more to this idyllic piece of the South West. Rugged coastlines, picturesque villages, stunning countryside, historical cities, ancient monuments and a host of family attractions make any visit memorable. Little wonder then that Somerset recently featured in the National Geographic Traveller’s ‘Cool List’ of 16 places to visit in 2016. Somerset was placed ahead of Rio de Janeiro and the Great Barrier Reef!
The Cross at Croscombe Bed & Breakfast
Situated in the heart of Somerset, The Cross opened in 2014. This luxurious bed and breakfast bridges the gap between a small, intimate hotel and a traditional B&B. It harnesses the best aspects of each; the personal service and local knowledge that you would associate with a well run bed and breakfast and the high quality fixtures and fittings of a first-rate hotel.
Formerly the Bull Terrier public house, this 15th century listed building took a year to transform. There are now 5 beautiful en-suite bedrooms, a fantastic dining area and a quiet courtyard garden to enjoy.
Rooms at The Cross
There are five individually designed bedrooms. All are en-suite and most have king size beds. Two of the rooms are ideal for families. ‘Mells’ has its own kitchenette, dining area and lounge (the sofa in the lounge converts into an additional double bed). The other family room, ‘Chew’ is a delightful double room which interconnects with a twin room. Each of the three remaining double bedrooms, ‘Yeo’, ‘Sheppey’ and ‘Brue’ have their own special features.
The difficult part will be deciding what to do first! If you love the great outdoors you’re spoilt for choice. The Mendip Hills, (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) Cheddar Gorge and Ebbor Gorge are all just a couple of miles away.
Wells, England’s smallest cathedral city, is 3 miles from The Cross. As well as being home to a stunning cathedral the city also boasts the oldest continually inhabited residential street in Europe (Vicars’ Close) and the Bishop’s Palace. The vibrant high street contains a host of independent shops and there is an award-winning market (every Wednesday and Saturday).
Family favourites close by include Wookey Hole Caves, Longleat and the West Somerset Railway. If you like to shop then Bath and Bristol are a short drive away. If you still haven’t found a bargain the shopping outlets at Clarks Village and Kilver Court should do the trick.
Add in the numerous National Trust properties, the gallery at Bruton, the Abbey and Tor at Glastonbury and you might need to stay for a week!
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