The east Somerset town of Shepton Mallet in the Mendip Hills is a center for tourism, cider-making and farming. Site of the Royal Bath and West Showground, a venue for livestock and agricultural shows, it's also within 10 miles or less of such visitor attractions as Glastonbury, Wells Cathedral, the Wookey Hole Caves and Cheddar Gorge. Hotels near Shepton Mallet reflect the variety of reasons people visit this town in England's southwest.
The White Hart Hotel in Wells
A 15-room, 15th century coaching inn, The White Hart Hotel, near Wells Cathedral, is convenient for visitors touring the area or business travelers looking for simple, town center accommodations. Rooms have homey, old fashioned furnishings but are equipped with such necessities as Internet access and hair dryers. Hypoallergenic bedding is available on request. Prices for this hotel reflect its location, near Wells Cathedral and the Bishop's Palace. It is about four miles from Shepton Mallet.
Best Western Swan Hotel, Wells
The Swan Hotel faces the west front of Wells Cathedral in England's smallest cathedral city. A 15th century inn, the hotel has such original features as open fireplaces and oak four poster beds. Modern amenities include free wireless Internet in all rooms and fully equipped conference facilities for up to 120 people. The hotel's Cathedral Suite has a dining area and panoramic views of the cathedral. The hotel also has several small housekeeping cottages, suitable for longer stays.
Charlton House Spa Hotel, Shepton Mallet
Charlton House is a luxury country house hotel and spa just outside Shepton Mallet. Part of the Bannatyne Group, the house is owned by "Dragon's Den" entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne. The hotel has 25 rooms, ranging from what is described as "the tiny double" to a "grand suite." Rates include breakfast and use of the spa. A membership program, with discounts for accommodations, is available. "Duncan's Den," a feature suite designed by Bannatyne, includes a bathroom with a double rain shower, a twin bath and flat screen TV.
The Oakhill Inn
The Oakhill Inn is about three miles north of Shepton Mallet via the Bath Road and Long Hill. The inn includes a pub featured in the 2009 "Which? Good Food Guide" and five rooms with private baths. Rooms are individually decorated with character features and brass beds. Some bathrooms include free-standing, roll-top baths, others have colorful designer details. Rooms 2 and 3 can be joined to form a family suite for four.
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