Photos courtesy of The Castle at Taunton
44 rooms; 6 suites
Double rooms: £157–250
Rates include breakfast and VAT
Open: all year
Taunton is easily reached by the M-5 motorway. The castle is located in the center of town. Taunton is linked by train to London’s Paddington Station.
Nearby: Exmoor National Park; Wells Cathedral, and Glastonbury Abbey—the legendary burial site of King Arthur and Guinevere.
A romantic English country hotel, Taunton is most known for the gorgeous lavender wisteria that covers the entire front façade. Still, enough medieval touches remain to remind you that the castle once had a turbulent history.
Guest rooms have floral fabrics or mahogany and walnut accents, and many feature four-poster canopy beds and antique furnishings. Thoughtful touches such as small bouquets of flowers and miniature bottles of sherry are found in each room.
The Bow Suite, named for its position just above the castle bow, contains a master bedroom, two bathrooms, and a sitting room with a fireplace.
The restaurant’s dining room—with its high ceilings, chandeliers, tall windows draped with velvet curtains, and tables covered with white cloths—is known for its cuisine and extensive wine cellar.
An award-winning restaurant