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best places to live Somerton Somerset

WHY?

The small town has a European feel with an historic market square, some wide, tree-lined streets, gorgeous blue lias stone houses and a clutch of indy shops.

EAT

There are several pubs and cafes but head to the market square for chic rustic The White Hart and upmarket but relaxed West Country dining at 28 Market Place (run by Ben Crofton, ex-Soho House and wife Vanessa, ex-Gordon Ramsay, with chef Great British Menu finalist Dan Fletcher). Another couple of pubs with good food and rooms are The Devonshire Arms less than four miles out of town in Long Sutton and The Kingsdon Inn, six miles away in Kingsdon.

SHOP

Artisan chocolatier Craft House Chocolate, Mary Hossack interiors, Market Bakery, bakery, gelateria and wine shop at 28 Market Place.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

Close to old wool town of Langport, the Somerset Levels, mystical Glastonbury and Street (Greenbank Art Deco open air swimming pool, Clarks Village shopping and the Atkinson Gallery).

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICES

£281,290 in 2019. Semis, £247,864, detached, £357,821 and terraced, £256,497. Estate agents include George James.

HOT PROPERTY

SCHOOLS

State schools Charlton Mackerell and Huish Episcopi Academy are ‘Good’ while Strode College in Street is ‘Outstanding.’ Nearby private options include the co-ed Hazlegrove Prep (200 acres of parkland, just saying) and Sherborne School (educating boys since the 12th century), Millfield, Sherborne Prep, Sherborne Girls and Leweston School.

BEST KEPT SECRET

It’s reputed to be the ancient Saxon capital of Wessex.

COMMUTE

Head to Castle Cary (20 mins), where you can hop on a train and get to London Paddington from 1 hour 32 mins.

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