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Overview

Tucked down twisting narrow lanes in a hidden valley just 15 minutes south of Bath and perched on a hillside looking across the village, the 16th-century Wheatsheaf at Combe Hay is as pretty as a picture. Admire its cream painted façade adorned in flowers, step inside and be surprised to find a very contemporary-smart interior with whitewashed beams, painted stone walls, statement wallpaper and high-backed Lloyd Loom wicker dining chairs in the stripped-back bar area.

The raised log fire in the old stone fireplace hints at the inn's age, so bag one of the squashy sofas and peruse the papers with a pint. There's local art on the walls, jugs of garden flowers, guidebooks and foodie magazines to read, all adding to a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Outdoors, big benches and cream brollies draw the crowds on sunny days - it's the perfect spot for summer eating, drinking and unwinding.

Rooms from

Doubles £120


Good to know

  • Amex not accepted, Visa / Mastercard / Maestro all accepted

  • Disabled access
  • Parking available
  • Alfresco dining

Dog-friendly
Dogs are welcome throughout the inn and can expect a friendly greeting from the owner's three dogs, too!

A touch of culture
Close to the historic city of Bath, full of art galleries, stunning architecture and history, there's plenty to keep culture buffs occupied in this part of the world.

Scenic and serene
Set on two lush grassy terraces, replete with bright flower borders, veg plots and chickens, the stunning south-facing garden makes the most of the tranquil valley view.

Rooms

Descend the stone steps from the garden to find the three cosy rooms housed in a detached stone building. Furnished in contemporary rustic style, all have a soothing white and oatmeal décor, super comfortable beds with Egyptian linen and goose down duvets and swish tiled bathrooms with storm showers and top toiletries.

If you're thirsty and peckish on arrival, there's a good choice of tea, fresh coffee and goodies in the 'tuckbox', plus the all-important corkscrew should you wish to explore the stocked mini-bar. Equally enticing is the Wendy House, a secluded superior king suite, offering fabulous valley views over Combe Hay.

Restaurant & bar

With its own distinctive style and identity showcased through its monthly-changing à la carte and the popular weekly Market Menu, The Wheatsheaf has earned an excellent reputation for its food. Produce is locally sourced, vegetables and herbs grow in the garden, and eggs and honey comes from the inn's hens and bees. Bold, well-defined flavours can be seen across a range of dishes - some sophisticated and refined, others classic and comforting. Don't miss the great value Sunday lunch menu.

Scour the wine-laden shelves for a glass of something European - the owner is passionate about French wines, so expect some interesting vintages among the Bordeaux and Burgundy selections. There's also room on the shelf for a delicious white wine from Combe Hay's own vineyard, just across the fields. Ale aficionados will find Otter Ale and local Butcombe on tap and there's local Honey's Midford and Aston Still Traditional for the cider drinker.
Things to do

Bath is a fabulous city for walking, with a compact centre and some hills if you want more of a challenge. There's the canal path for the Kennet & Avon Canal which quickly takes you out ion to rolling fields and pretty countryside. For those looking to enjoy the valley views, don't miss The Bath Skyline Walk - six miles of way-marked footpaths, beech woodlands and limestone-rich valleys full of flowers, interspersed with extensive views over Bath and towards the Blackdown Hills.

Or, head to the pretty town of Frome and potter around the Frome Independent Market - a justly famous and very fashionable weekly market celebrating local, independent producers, designers and craftspeople. Or explore Frome's 'artisan quarter', St Catherine's, where you'll find designer-makers, vintage specialists, and people selling arts and craft supplies.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station:Bath Spa
Taxi from station: 9min
Drive: 36min from Bristol, 55min from Salisbury

Address

Combe Hay, Somerset, BA2 7AG

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