The Beauty of Bruton, Somerset

April 9, 2024

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.

Celia Willis, Sales Advisor at Longcroft, Cubis Bruton shares her thoughts on the beauty of Bruton as part of a feature in the latest issue of Bath Life

How would you describe Bruton’s aesthetic? 

Bruton’s charm lies in its blend of old and new. A classic Somerset market town in many ways with cobbled lanes and historic buildings which underpin the town’s character. Bruton has a modern spirit running through it too with art installations and intriguing contemporary architecture adding colour and variety for anyone who visits.

View over Bruton

How would you describe its heart / identity? 

Bruton certainly has a unique feel and there’s always a real buzz about the town, no matter what time of day you’re there. Whether it’s the amazing selection of independent shops, restaurants and cafés, or the artists that live here or even the charming mix of vernacular and modern architecture, Bruton has a really strong creative feel.  At our Bruton

development, Longcroft, we’ve mirrored this forward thinking ethos by achieving an EPC rating of A thanks to a host of sustainable features like PV panels, triple glazed windows and a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system.

How does being in Bruton benefit / suit your business? 

Bruton’s creativity and innovative spirit is something we pride ourselves on here at Acorn Property Group too, our Longcroft development felt like a perfect match of values. As a result, we’ve been able to design homes that integrate into the immediate rural landscape and offer 3 & 4 bed houses which offer a flexible and dynamic approach to modern rural living.

Why are people attracted to Bruton? 

Apart from its rural charm, Bruton has a thriving and warm community that welcomes you into the town. The friendly people coupled with a unique high street with boutique shops and cafés as well as excellent schools for families, provides a really high quality of life; the perfect location to escape to the countryside and make your home.

Photo: Jason Ingram / Hauser & Wirth
Photo Credit: Jason Ingram / Hauser & Wirth

At the edge of the town sits Hauser & Wirth, the renowned art gallery, which opened in Bruton in 2014. It has a rolling program of events, residencies, exhibitions and coupled with the delightful Piet Odulf’s garden, fosters a strong connection with local communities and surrounding landscape.

Where’s your own favourite shop/ restaurant/ retailer / space in Bruton? 

There are so many great spots in Bruton, but The Old Pharmacy and the Michelin starred Osip always deliver an amazing culinary experience.

What are your own favourite (secret / not so secret) beauty spots Bruton?

Definitely not a secret, but you can’t beat climbing up to the 16th century Bruton Dovecote, to enjoy the amazing views of the town below.  Just up the road is King Alfred’s Tower, measuring 49m high, at the site where King Alfred rallied his troops in 878 AD.  The tower commemorates the accession of George III in 1760 and the end of the Seven Years’ War. The local walks are seemingly endless and beautiful, and are a delight to discover.

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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