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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.


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. There’s a strong community feel and the annual Packhorse Fair in May is fun.


Meet friends for coffee, cocktails, dining, fresh bread and pizzas At The Chapel. Cocktails and dining at The Roth Bar & Grill; dish of the day at Matt’s Kitchen, coffee with books (and sometimes live music) at Stripy Duck; On the Brook after a walk through the woods. For when you fancy Michelin star dining, head to Osip, owned by the youngest chef to win a star, Merlin Labron-Johnson or you can eat at his deli and wine bar The Old Pharmacy next door.


All the basics plus a growing number of tasteful shops include women’s wear Rose & Lyon; lifestyle store Caro; funky interiors PureXSmouk; gifts and kids’ stuff Ape or Eden?; Swan Vintage; beautiful, practical, craftsmanship for the home at The Hole and Corner Shop and assorted little galleries. Godminster Cheese for cheese and more. The Mulberry factory shop is close by. Waitrose 10 mins away in Gillingham.


International art gallery Hauser & Wirth, owned by art world power couple Iwan Wirth and Manuela Hauser, on the edge of town lies in one direction; super chic The Newt in Somerset country house hotel, restaurant and spa with gorgeous grounds open to the public (and 267 varieties of apples) is 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.


Properties, from cutting-edge eco-houses to period properties and newer builds, are very hard to come by here. Average house price over the past year was £382,909 with detached properties, selling for an average of £501,354, terraced for £323,656 and semis for £304,250.


The chance to be the king (or queen) of the castle: the iconic Bruton pub on the high street is up for grabs at £1m.


The state primary is ‘Good’, Sexey’s state secondary (with boarding options) is improving. There are two excellent independents in Bruton: Bruton School for Girls, (which accepts boys in the nursery and pre-prep) and King’s Bruton. Outstanding for its music (and much else), Wells Cathedral School is just 12 miles away, renowned for sport (but not just sport) Millfield Prep and Millfield Senior are in Glastonbury and Street respectively, are about 16 miles away. Hazlegrove Prep is about 8 miles.


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


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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Thriving laid back indies and a spirit to match on the edge of the Somerset Levels (and with the possible return of the railway it could be a good time to buy).


Sleepy Somerset market town which just happens to house the HQ (with shop and bar) of one of the UK's top designers.

Castle Cary

Enjoy all that this pretty South Somerset town has to offer and Bruton's culture/foodie scene on the doorstep (but without the price tag to live there).

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Bear Flat, Bath

The best of both worlds in this 'village' to the south of the city centre, with a lovely community feel and lots of indy shops – yet with everything the World Heritage City of Bath has to offer on your doorstep.


The community-minded town’s packed with arty, artisan indy businesses and cafes, and hosts the best street market in the West.


The Notting Hill of the South West has more than its fair share of cultural highlights, great food and famous people.

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