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Set beside a quiet lane deep in the Somerset countryside south of Bath, the striking 17th-century Holcombe Inn has been lovingly restored with passion and pride over recent years.

West facing and with serene views across fields to Downside Abbey and the Mendip Hills beyond, it's now a popular country hideaway and perfect for visiting Wells, Glastonbury and Georgian Bath, just 12 miles away. The beamed bar and dining areas are full of traditional charm with stone-flagged floor, old settles, an eclectic mix of dining tables and chairs, and a wood burning stove pumps out heat on cold winter days.

Detail touches include fresh flowers on the bar and the daily papers and local magazines to peruse with your morning coffee or a lunchtime pint. A small lounge area with deep leather sofas fronting a log-burning stove offers a quiet haven away from the hubbub of the bar. The garden is fabulous and it's here you'll find a cool little cabin for two in the tranquility garden.

Rooms from:

11 doubles/twin: £150

Good to know

  • All credit cards taken
  • Disabled access
  • Alfresco & private dining
  • Parking available
  • Dog stay: £20


Dogs are allowed overnight in Barlake Lodge and Edford Lodge - £20 per night with dog bed, washing facilities and towels, doggie shampoos, poo bags and treats provided.


The fabulous gardens make the most of the rural setting, with great sunsets and views across fields. Enjoy a relaxing glass of wine in the tranquility garden, an adults-only haven with hammocks, 'snuggle beds' and luxury seating dotted around verdant flower borders and the raised vegetable beds.


Rooms are a real treat, all very different and individually designed. Upstairs, above the pub, choose the romantic African themed room with a gold roll top bath by the bed and an unusual circular wet room with rain shower.

Or, book the French-style 'Champagne' room with its rich fabrics, big brass bed, limestone bathroom and views across the gardens, or perhaps 'Pemberley', decorated in opulent country-house style with a mahogany four-poster bed. Front rooms enjoy gorgeous sunsets and views towards the Mendip Hills.

With it's own parking and French doors opening to a pretty patio with views across fields, Barlake Lodge is one of two ground floor lodge rooms and features its own heating system, a wood burning stove and a smart bathroom with French-style bath and separate walk-in shower. Or, why not book 'The Roost', a cosy cabin for two tucked away in the Tranquility Gardens. All rooms have Smart TVs, fresh coffee and milk, homemade cookies, excellent wi-fi and great bathrooms with locally made soaps and lotions.

Restaurant & bar

Appealing modern British menus combine pub classics and more inventive dishes and make sound use of locally sourced ingredients, including homegrown herbs, fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Breads, pasta, ice cream and smoked and cured meats and fish are made in the pub kitchen.

Fish is delivered daily from Brixham day boats and the aged steaks come from cattle reared on Somerset farms. A typical lunch and dinner may feature coarse pork terrine with red cabbage remoulade followed by lamb rump, shepherd's pie, clapshot mash, crispy anchovy, and redcurrant sauce, or Dexter beef burger with smoked Applewood cheese, pancetta, smoked garlic mayonnaise and fries, with rhubarb and orange trifle to finish. Lighter lunchtime extras include the Holcombe Club sandwich.

You'll find beers from Bath Ales and Butcombe breweries, alongside local ciders, a raft of malt whisky's and boutique gins, and a decent wine list that favours smaller producers.

Things to do

Bath is a beautiful Georgian city with fantastic architecture and lots to see and do, from the Abbey and Assembly Rooms to the Roman Baths that gave the place its name.

The jewel in the city of Wells crown is its historic cathedral - a masterpiece of medieval craftsmanship. Look out, too, for the moated, 13th-century Bishop's Palace and many other splendid buildings and fascinating landmarks around the city.

Situated just a short walk across the fields from the inn is the Old Church of St Andrews - known locally as the Plague Church. The church was recently used for for filming the BBC Series Poldark. The inn holds the key to the church so do ask if you wish to visit.

Getting here


Nearest railway station: Bath Spa

Taxi from station: 28min

Drive: Radstock 10min; Frome 21min; Wells 26min


Stratton Road, Holcombe, Radstock, Somerset BA3 5EB

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