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WHAT WE LOVE...

A superb spot for a relaxed getaway in Somerset, The Carpenters Arms is set in the quiet village of Stanton Wick, a rural idyll in the heart of the Chew Valley. It's the kind of chocolate box countryside pub that offers an entirely relaxed escape, perfect if you want to press pause, switch off and stow away to somewhere wonderfully remote for a weekend. The pub is home to 13 characterful bedrooms, pretty countryside views, hearty seasonal food, and an extensive wine list, as well as a great selection of local ales, gins and whiskies. Think long lunches by an open fire, followed by wholesome country walks straight from the front door - the perfect base to hunker down and reboot for a couple of days.

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Natalie Millar-Partridge
Travel writer, hotel reviewer and destination expert
For over 15-years, Natalie has written extensively for regional, national and global publications, offering an inside track on unusual and exciting destinations; a highly curated approach to the most groundbreaking places to stay – from the super-luxe to the quirky, curiously different and considered properties to have on your radar. Natalie is based in South West England.

THE DETAILS

Location

Step out onto country lanes that take you through fields and woodland, along the River Chew to the Stanton Drew Circle - the third largest complex of prehistoric standing stones in England.

On the outskirts of the Mendip Hills, you'll find plenty of picturesque walks. Both Bristol and Bath are a short drive away.
By car: over 1 hour from Cardiff, under 3 hours from London and 4 hours from Manchester. Free parking on-site.
By train: trains from London Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads take 1 hour 30 minutes. The hotel is a 25-minute drive from the station. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

Suited to couples and walkers, as well as anyone looking for a peaceful countryside escape with plenty of idyllic hiking and biking opportunities. The cosiest nook - with its superior leather wingback chairs - is a brilliant spot for winding down with a night-cap after a hearty meal.

Service & Facilities

It's hard to beat the simplicity of drinking wine by the log burner, playing board games and relishing the peace.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Board games
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

We loved the cosy attic room with its quirky set up, boasting huge beams, recessed ceiling lights and a contemporary white brick-tiled walk-in shower room. Its skylight overlooks the chimney tops of the village, with the gloriously remote countryside views beyond.

Rooms 1-12, Attic Room
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

Wholesome and delicious, you can't beat the West Country beef, mushroom and ale pie, served with chips and peas; we loved the nostalgia of a traditional pub classic, and the Brixham fish and chips, cooked in cider batter with crushed peas and tartare sauce, ticked all the boxes.

The Carpenters Arms: pub, restaurant and terrace. Locally sourced ingredients, classics include beef burger and ham, egg & chips. All-day dining, open daily.

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