We were visiting relatives in the area and booked this hotel mainly because we saw they welcomed dogs. We had our two terriers with us and we were given a garden room. There are about 8 garden rooms (two storeys) and they all seemed to be occupied by people who bring their pooches on holiday with them. (Our sort of people :))
The first impression of the hotel is very good, a beautiful big Edwardian house in local stone. Ilminster is a pretty, busy little town with some friendly pubs. Lots of beautiful countryside and seaside to visit.
The room and en suite were reasonably well furnished and equipped - Ive no doubt the non dog rooms in the hotel were bigger and more luxurious - but we were more than happy to have this decent sized room with immediate access to the outside with our dogs.
The food was delicious and the staff helpful and polite.
The car park was very big but gets crowded as there were functions both nights we stayed. This may be less of a problem if you go mid week.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ilminster in Somerset provides a fantastic base for breaks. Visit this quiet market town and enjoy the stunning countryside that lies on our doorstep. Ilminster is a charming town home to medieval streets, independent shops and regular markets. It is a great base to explore the many cycling routes, National Trust Houses & Gardens that Somerset has to offer. Located just half a mile from the A303 and 10 minutes from the M5, the hotel makes a great base from which to explore the beautiful county of Somerset. Individuals, tours and groups of varying sizes are welcome – the hotel has 23 bedrooms to choose from in a variety of styles. The hotel has ample car parking with easy access for guests. Recently, the hotel’s reception, bar and restaurant areas have all been refurbished. The bar, lounge and Revival restaurant are open all year around. Enjoy a simple snack, tasty carvery or more formal a la carte dining. This 3 star Edwardian Country House is a great venue for small intimate weddings, large receptions and civil wedding ceremonies. The hotel's ballroom (the largest in the area) can seat up to 250 guests for a wedding reception venue and there are 4 licensed rooms where a civil wedding ceremony can take place. Guests can stay in one of our 23 individually furnished en-suite bedrooms. We'll get involved from the initial planning stages right through to the big day itself. Our aim is to make your wedding day as special as it can be while alleviating some of the stresses along the way. For all enquiries, please contact the hotel directly. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Taunton
- Taunton Best Western
- Best Western Shrubbery Hotel Ilminster, Somerset, UK