Local Area Guide: Bruton, Somerset

November 23, 2023

Located in the heart of Somerset lies Bruton, a town rich in history and culture. From streets filled with historic buildings and period homes, to independent boutiques and outstanding eateries, Bruton is often referred to as ‘the new Notting Hill’ with a number of celebrities residing there and has previously been declared ‘the most fashionable place to live in the UK’ by The Times.

The town is settled on the River Brue, with charming narrow alleys linking the high street to a picturesque riverside walk and features iconic historic places such as the Dovecote in Jubilee Park, a former 18th century Watchtower, and King Alfred’s Tower. It boasts a vibrant village centre, with an electric mix of shops, including a butcher, mini-supermarkets, hardware store, and shops of all kinds selling antiques, vintage clothes and organic foods.

Here are our top reasons to fall in love with Bruton:

The Food Scene

There are several restaurants and eateries, all known for their delicious food and locally sourced products. The Michelin-starred restaurant, Osip, is located on the High Street and is famous for being a farm-to-table restaurant, where guests can go knowing the ingredients used have been cultivated by them and the menu is forever in a state of change. You can also enjoy a meal ‘At The Chapel,’ a converted listed chapel serving modern classics that also hosts regular events and live music.

What really puts Bruton on the map is Hauser and Wirth, located in a stunning rural setting on the site of a former farm, it has now been transformed into a destination for experiencing art, architecture and the remarkable Somerset landscape through new and innovative exhibitions of contemporary art.  Visitors can enjoy the on-site restaurant; Roth Bar & Grill – a site-specific bar created by Bjorn and Oddur Roth, serving seasonal, locally sourced produce.

Three miles outside of Bruton, near Castle Cary, lies The Newt – a luxury estate nestled within 300 acres of rolling hills featuring a beautifully restored Georgian mansion and extensive gardens. A true retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life, it offers its guests a chance to unravel and connect with nature.

It’s well connected

Bruton also features great transport links, offering a vast selection of nearby great places to visit. Located just off the A303, it is well connected to the South West, being less than 30 miles from both Bristol and Bath, and the railway station offers direct trains to London in under two hours.

Great schools

Bruton is served by an excellent choice of schools. In Bruton itself we have King’s Bruton – an independent, fully co-educational, secondary, boarding & day school, for 13-18 year olds, as well as Sexey’s – a co-educational state boarding and day school for 11-18 year olds. Not far from Bruton is Wells Cathedral School – an excellent music specialist independent day and boarding school for 2 – 18 year olds, and Milfield – a leading UK independent school for boys and girls, aged 2-18 years famous for producing many high flying sporting alumni.

Bruton offers a unique blend of rural charm and high quality of life, the perfect location to escape to the countryside and make your home.

For more information on our development in Bruton visit our development page here.

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