On a quick trip to Somerset a while back, I was lucky enough to spend a night at At the Chapel, a former Congregational church dating from the 17th century in the village of Bruton. On the premises: a bakery, a wine shop, a cafe, bar, and restaurant, and upstairs, five recently renovated bedrooms for drowsy diners; some with views over Bruton’s 12th-century Saxon rooftops. As Matthew Norman wrote in The Guardian, “It was as close to a religious experience as this rampant atheist is ever likely to have in a house of the Lord.”
Owned by former Notting Hill denizens Catherine Butler, a restaurateur, and her husband, architect and furniture designer Ahmed Sidki, At the Chapel gives nearby Babington House a run for the money. For more information, go to At the Chapel.
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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on January 9, 2013.