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Top places to live in Somerset Bruton

The Notting Hill of the South West has more than its fair share of cultural highlights, great food and famous people. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

The Dovecote, Bruton

WHY?

Low key but cool Bruton, aka the Notting Hill of the South West, has more than its fair share of cultural highlights, great food and famous people. Strong community feel and the annual Packhorse Fair in May is fun.

EAT

Meet friends for coffee, cocktails, dining, fresh bread and pizzas At The Chapel. Cocktails and dining at The Roth Bar & Grill, single dish of the day at Matt’s Kitchen, cool cafe On the Brook through the woods. New kid on the block is Osip, owned by the youngest chef to win a Michelin star, Merlin Labron-Johnson.

SHOP

All the basics plus a handful of tasteful shops include women’s wear Rose & Lyon, lifestyle store Caro and beautiful, practical, craftsmanship for the home at Fifty High Street. Godminster Cheese for cheese and more. Designer outlets Kilver Court and the Mulberry factory shop are close by. Waitrose 10 mins away in Gillingham.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

International art gallery Hauser & Wirth, owned by art world power couple Iwan Wirth and Manuela Hauser, on the edge of town in one direction; super chic The Newt in Somerset country house hotel and spa with gorgeous grounds open to the public (and 267 varieties of apples) in the other. The brilliant 25-acre outdoor activity centre Mill on the Brue (zip wires, high ropes, canoeing, etc) is in the town. The National Trust’s Stourhead estate is up the road.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

£266,377 in 2019, with terraced houses, £288,625, flats, £85,860, detached houses, £364,800. Cutting-edge eco-houses alongside period properties. Best estate agent: Lodestone Property.

HOT PROPERTY

SCHOOLS

The state primary is ‘Good’, Sexey’s state secondary (with boarding options) is improving. Two excellent independents in Bruton: Bruton School for Girls, (which accepts boys in the nursery and pre-prep) and King’s Bruton, a co-ed for 13 to 18 year olds, which recently celebrated its 500th birthday with a visit from the Queen. Hazlegrove Prep is 15 mins drive.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Literary giant John Steinbeck once lived here. Loved by arty, media types like Mariella Frostrup, Sam Taylor-Wood, Alice Temperley, Cameron Mackintosh – and George Osborne, who’s just bought a £1.6m pad in the area.

COMMUTE

Direct trains to London Paddington from 1 hour 50 mins; to London Waterloo from nearby Gillingham from 2 hours 12 mins.

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