London, New York, Los Angeles, Zurich... Bruton. The Hauser & Wirth gallery hosts exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of events in a refurbished set of old farm buildings on the outskirts of town, and it’s surrounded by stunning gardens by internationally-renowned landscape designer Piet Oudolf. It’s a wonderful place to spend some time – and stay for lunch (see restaurants).
There are gorgeous riverside walks in the area along the Brue Valley, to Castle Cary and on to Somerton, easy enough for all the family – book advance train tickets online for your journey back from one of those stations or further down the line.
Bruton is a quintessentially lovely town to explore, so take time to sample its shopping, eating and drinking treats, all activities that are catered for in At The Chapel, an impeccably restored old church. If you’re after more purposeful activity in the stunning scenery around Bruton, King Alfred’s Tower is a 49 metre high folly with breathtaking views from the top of its 205 steps. It’s linked to the Stourhead Estate, an 18th century Palladian mansion with a genuinely world-famous landscape garden full of temples, grottoes and exotic plants to discover.
And talking of discoveries, Kilver Court, just 15 minutes away, is a real find – an old textile mill, now home to exclusive designer shops.