Thousands of Brits flock there every year, but do we know the real Glastonbury?
As festival fanatics begin stocking up on straw hats, UV paint and those essential wellies, the town of Glastonbury prepares for the chaos of its busiest weekend of the year.
But the stunning countryside, quaint market town, impressive Abbey and, of course, the famous Glastonbury Tor will be lost on many as they roll in the mud ‘til the early morning hours. LateRooms.com has taken a closer look beyond the fields of music, tents and merry campers and revealed hidden gems that surround the picturesque town that are perfect for exploring this British beauty spot all year round. And there’s not a sleeping bag or port-a-loo in sight!
Charlton House, Shepton Mallet
A magnificent country hotel credited as one of the finest in the South West, Charlton House is as beautiful as the countryside around it. Only a 20 minute drive from Glastonbury, the country house is the perfect setting for exploring Glastonbury. Each bedroom is bespoke and grand, from the four-poster beds to balconies and even boasts interiors input from Duncan Bannatyne. Whether you’re looking for a touring base or a luxurious spa break Charlton House makes an unforgettable stay.
From £140 per night
The Bothy at Manor Farm, Glastonbury
The Bothy at Manor Farm is an excellent base within easy reach of Glastonbury and Wells. This renovated barn is the perfect base for exploring the beautiful Somerset countryside. Situated at the heart of the music scene, The Bothy is a 10 minute stroll from the infamous Glastonbury festival site; perfect if you want to upgrade your accommodation. Your stay here will guarantee you experience everything Glastonbury has to offer, with local produce such as breads, jams and yoghurts for breakfast.
From £85 per night
Nestled in the Mendip hills, one mile from Wells, Beryl is set in 13 acres of parkland. With Victorian walled gardens, beautiful flowerbeds and old stone bridges, your stay will be peaceful and quaint with despite being less than 15 minutes from Glastonbury. Whether it’s relaxing with a book by the swimming pool, exploring the beautiful grounds, or heading to a nearby country pub, Beryl is the perfect place to get away from it all.
From £130 per night
Glebe House, Baltonsborough
At the heart of it all yet still tucked away, Glebe House is the perfect location for a quiet break close to the tourist attractions of Glastonbury. With antique, gardening and county fairs throughout the year and stunning views of Glastonbury Tor, this guesthouse is the perfect location for a true south country experience.
From £70 per night
Red Lion Inn, Babcary
The Red Lion Inn has a traditional pub feel with a homely touch. The beautiful thatched country pub is in the heart of Babcary, a typical unspoilt Somerset village and is a mere 25 minute drive to Glastonbury meaning you can explore it and the surrounding Somerset towns with ease. After a long day of adventuring the countryside you can enjoy some traditional pub food in the award winning restaurant and indulge in a good old Somerset cider in the beer garden.
From £110 per night
Will you be visiting Glasto outside of Festival season?!