From the moment you set eyes on Swain House, it's clear this is no ordinary B&B. This former Victorian shop in the ancient harbour town of Watchet in Somerset is owned by Jason and Annie Robinson, who have turned this period building into something more akin to a luxury boutique hotel.
What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Swain House?
Rooms, swathed cool tones of grey, cream and white, are matched with expensive-looking furniture like the impressive thick wood breakfast table and inviting king-sized beds. Arty folks will love the mammoth floor-to-ceiling murals in every bedroom from The National Gallery or National Portrait Gallery, while those looking to be pampered will coo over the slick bathrooms, which feature a rolltop slipper bath, walk-in shower, REN toiletries and piles of deep white towels. Snuggle under the sheets and watch your favourite DVD on the state-of-the-art Sony Bravia TV – and make your stay even more memorable by asking the owners to arrange fresh flowers, homemade chocolates or a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne on ice on your arrival.
What can guests enjoy when staying in the Watchet area?
The small coastal town of Watchet is nestled between the Quantock Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, and the Exmoor National Park, with its stunning undulating hills. Just a stone's thow away, you can break through the beautiful, dense forest, follow the meandering rivers and marvel at the ancient monuments of Landacre Bridge and Tarr Steps. Dunster Castle and Cleeve Abbey are also just a few minutes away.
Where can guests enjoy food and drink?
Breakfast is served from 8.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. and is made from locally sourced organic produce: cereal, homemade bread, ham and cheese, jam, marmalade, local bees' honey, muesli, fresh seasonal fruit, yoghurt and dried fruit compote is on offer. If you prefer to stay in for the evening, Swain House offers a light dinner with a choice of cheese or charcuterie boards, with a selection of olives, chutneys, cornichons and toasted Ciabatta.