The small but perfectly formed town of Bruton is mentioned in the Domesday Book, but today is a stylish bolthole with a strong sense of community.
Molly Gunn, founder of online parenting magazine Selfish Mother and philanthropic brand the FMLY Store, opens her first bricks-and-mortar shop the FMLY Store, opened her first bricks-and-mortar shop in Bruton in January 2016.
I love Swan Vintage in Bruton for one-off finds, and also the stepping stones in Bruton, where I can chill and paddle with my kids (for free).
THE FMLY STORE
Features our #GoodTees (raising funds for ace charities), alongside super independent brands. We have a café, kids’ area, workshops and even an old- school PhotoBooth (which I am particularly excited about). Come and see us and say hi!
The FMLY Store, West End, Bruton, BA10 0BQ
Hauser & Wirth
This global art gallery has put Bruton on the map with its West Country outpost. Currently showing Louise Bourgeois, there’s a shop, a Michelin-starred restaurant and family activities on the first Saturday of the month.
Natalie Jones, founder of lifestyle store Caro (9 Quaperlake Street), has her finger firmly on the creative pulse. The store has been edited to perfection: Hay stationery sits next to Aesop and interior pieces. It has a sit-up coffee (and cake) bar and hosts events, such as mood board design with The Owl & the Apothecary.
At The Chapel
This is the central hub of the town. A place of worship turned events space, At The Chapel offers a restaurant, bar, gallery, coffee shop, bakery, pizza oven and wine store, plus guest rooms.
Families love the Palladian grandeur of Stourhead House, and the gardens with grottoes, temples and the lake.
ON THE MOVE
BUY: A five-bed townhouse in the centre is priced at £645,000, but further out you can get a little more acreage for your money.
SCHOOLS: The historic Sexey’s is rated as one of the best state schools in the county and also offers boarding facilities. Private prep school Hazlegrove is a 15-minute drive away.
Photography: Heather Edwards