There’s more to Somerset than you might think! Somerset is a beautiful county, with a perfect mixture of peaceful rural landscapes and bustling activity. Of course, Somerset has long been famous as the home of Glastonbury Festival which attracts celebrities and music fans from all over the world to a farm in the tiny village of Pilton every year. This year the tickets sold out in just 25 minutes signalling that the popularity of the festival isn’t suffering after 45 years.
But it’s not just Glastonbury festival that causes people to flock to Somerset in search of a culture fix. This summer the Hauser & Wirth Gallery in Bruton celebrated its first birthday. Hauser & Wirth have renowned contemporary art galleries in New York, London and Zurich and so the opening of a gallery in an unknown town in Somerset came as a bit of a surprise. But over the last year it has attracted a range of celebrities and hosted a diverse schedule of events and exhibitions.
Another boost to the popularity and trendiness of Somerset came around 15 years ago with the opening of Babington House, the country off-shoot of London’s fashionable media hang-out, Soho House. Babington House is considered one of the ultimate UK spa destinations for those from the city looking to escape and unwind. The so called ‘Babington effect’ boosted popularity of homes in the Somerset villages and towns in the surrounding area.
The upcoming electrification of the Great Western Line is likely to make Somerset even more desirable. This huge railway modernisation project is bringing Somerset closer to London every day; by the time it is completed next year, London and Bath will be only an hour’s train ride apart. This is great news for those who want to live a more peaceful life, taking advantage of the beautiful rural landscapes of the West Country, but without giving up the benefits of being within easy reach of London.
Along with all of this new exciting news and stylish modern arrivals in Somerset, are of course the things that have made the county attractive for centuries. Quality of life is high in Somerset, with beautiful rural surroundings, a long list of outdoor activities to enjoy, low crime levels, low pollution, good schools and great transport links to the rest of the country. The countryside surrounding the picturesque towns and villages is teeming with wildlife ready to be explored by adventurous children.
With all the new and exciting news from Somerset, along with everything that has made it a great place to live for centuries, it is no wonder the beautiful county is more popular than ever.