Somerset

Area guide

A rural county of stunning coastline, rolling hills and historic urban centres, Somerset truly earns its reputation as the jewel of the South West.

Exeter

24 Southernhay West
Exeter
EX1 1PR

+44 1392 215 631

Salisbury

41 Milford Street
Salisbury
SP1 2BP

+44 1722 328 741

A county of contrasts, Somerset is considered one of the most beautiful counties in England, boasting everything from beaches, moors, national parks and caves through to the awe-inspiring architecture of its towns and cities. As the seventh largest county in the UK in its size, the population of Somerset is relatively low, resulting in tranquil, unspoilt green spaces that are perfect for exploration.

As well as natural splendour, Somerset is also host to some iconic places, including the town of Bruton which is nestled in the valley of the River Brue and the world-famous music festival town of Glastonbury. As such, property in Somerset is becoming more and more popular for young professionals and families looking to get that perfect balance of green space and urban life.

Find out more

To help you discover more about this striking and varied county, we have put together a guide to Somerset that outlines what visitors can do, what the local educational facilities are like, transport links, property prices and more.

If you’re looking for a Somerset property, Strutt & Parker’s Salisbury and Exeter offices are on hand to help with everything from impressive country mansions, new homes and quaint cottages through to farms, estates and land management.

Thins to do in Somerset

Whether you’re a lover of the great outdoors or a fan of historic settlement, there’s no shortage of things to do in Somerset.

Exploration and the outdoors

If you love rambling through vast green spaces, climbing hills for stunning views or enjoying the fresh sea air, then Somerset is the place for you. One of the most popular destinations for visitors looking to get away from it all, Exmoor National Park is a unique and sprawling green haven made up of woodland, moorland, valleys and farmland, dotted with picturesque villages, towns and hamlets. More than 37 miles of coastland borders the Western side, making a home for a spectrum of flora and fauna. Cheddar Gorge is also a notable destination, created over millions of years with caves, cliffs and incredible prehistoric beauty.

Action and adventure

With so much open space waiting to be enjoyed, Somerset is a fantastic place for those looking for sports, hobbies and outdoor activities. Fishing, golfing, mountain biking, horse-riding, archery and rock climbing to name just a few! Whether you’re a beginner from the city looking to try something different or a pro looking for your next adrenaline hit, there’s bound to be something that catches your attention.

Historic towns and cities

As well as all of the natural splendour, Somerset is also home to a number of amazing towns and cities, a key area is the town of Bruton which has become an unexpectedly glamourous area being home to a whole host of celebrities. Somerset’s second city, Wells also has its own Roman roots which have resulted in similar architecture and grandeur. Cities aside, Somerset is also home to dozens of charming market towns, villages and hamlets which offer everything you would expect from rural destinations, with local food, pubs and small-town charm.

Why we love Somerset

The perfect balance of outdoor splendour, adventure, culture and history

There’s a lot to love about Somerset – talk to anyone that lives there and they will have their own personal favourites. For anyone coming in from a larger city, Somerset is an ocean of green with trees, hedgerows and fields which only add to its allure.

Making a residency in all of this nature is a wonderful array of wildlife – some of the best in Britain. There are over 72 nature reserves throughout the county, covering more than 1700 hectares of land that are home to otters, red deer, starlings, ravens and dozens of other species not seen in other urban areas.

Whilst the countryside takes centre stage for Somerset, the towns and cities have their rightful share of the spotlight. The historic and vibrant environment of Bruton is home to some of the UK’s most ancient and historical sites. Then there are all of the villages, towns and hamlets, all of which offer their own unique country charm to visitors with farmers markets, boutique shopping and local pubs.

There’s always something happening in Somerset. From the world-famous Glastonbury music festival and Weston-Super-Mare Carnival through to food and drink events and outdoor gatherings, you’ll never be short of things to do.

Key villages & towns in Somerset

Transport links

By train

Somerset is also easily reached by rail. You can choose from a few different options from Bristol, Bath or the Southern route from London Paddington which takes just 90 minutes to Bath.

By train

If coming by road, you can take the M5 from London or the Midlands; alternatively you can also take the M4 or A4 to Bath, the 138 through Bristol or the A303 from London.