Somerset

Somerset is a beautiful county in the south of England, with plenty to offer any prospective home buyers. The county has lush green fields and an abundance of wildlife, with some areas designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). For those looking for that quintessential English countryside experience, Somerset is hard to beat. With rolling hills, picturesque villages, and a wealth of activities on offer, prospective home buyers would be wise to consider this beautiful county.

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Best places to live in Somerset

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Exmoor in Somerset

Where is Somerset?

Somerset is located in the South West of England and is bordered by Devon to the west, Wiltshire to the northwest, Gloucestershire to the north, and Dorset and Hampshire to the east.

Areas in Somerset

Somerset is a large county, with plenty of areas to choose from depending on what you are looking for. If you’re after countryside living, the villages around Glastonbury and Street will be right up your alley, while Bristol is just a short drive away for those who want city amenities on their doorstep.

Bristol – a vibrant city with a great mix of shops, bars, and restaurants, Bristol is a great place to live for anyone looking for city life, but outside the hustle and bustle of London. It is also home to some fantastic schools.

Bath – an historic spa town with excellent transport links, Bath has been named one of the best places in England by The Sunday Times Best Places To Live list because of its great selection of shops, bars, and restaurants.

Yeovil – a market town in South Somerset, Yeovil has excellent transport links and an easy commute into Bristol or further south towards Taunton, making it popular with commuters who want the benefits of living away from busy cities but still having access to great amenities. The local area’s top schools are good enough for most parents to be happy with the choices available.

Wells Cathedral, Somerset

The New Forest – a popular place for families, The New Forest is in close proximity to Southampton and Bournemouth but also within easy reach of Bath via train or car, making it ideal for commuters who want an easier commute than those living closer to London yet still want to access city amenities.

Universities in Somerset

Bath Spa University and the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham both have campuses in Somerset, making it an excellent place to study.

Bath Spa University – popular for its courses in the arts and humanities, Bath Spa University has a campus just outside of Wells. It is well-known among universities as one that encourages students to take part in extracurricular activities such as music ensembles or sports teams. The university opened its doors in 1966 and now has over 17000 students from more than 120 countries enrolled between its three campuses (in Claverton Down, City and Newton Park) which are all within easy reach of Somerset’s other major towns including Bristol and Taunton. 

University for the Creative Arts at Farnham – founded in 1882 as the Farnham School of Art, it is now one of Britain’s leading art and design universities. Like Bath Spa University, UCA encourages students to take part in extracurricular activities such as sports teams or dance groups. It has a campus just outside of Wells and enrols around 38000 students every year from over 160 countries.

Top Schools in Somerset

There are a number of excellent schools located throughout Somerset, including Millfield School, Wells Cathedral School, The King’s School Bruton and Hazlegrove Preparatory School.

Almshouses in Wells, Somerset

Somerset. It is the largest co-educational boarding school in England. The school has been awarded ‘The Sunday Times’ Best School award four times and was voted number one co-educational boarding school in the world by Tatler magazine in 2016.

Wells Cathedral School – founded by Bishop Robert Belward sometime between 1175 and 1190, children have been educated at Wells Cathedral School for over a thousand years. It is a selective, independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.

The King’s School Bruton – founded in 1519 by John Selwood, the then Bishop of Wells, The King’s School Bruton is the oldest continuously running school in Somerset.

Hazlegrove Preparatory School – a co-educational preparatory school for pupils aged from three to thirteen years old. It is located on an eighty-acre campus near Sparkford, Somerset.

Population of Somerset

The population of Somerset is just over half a million people, making it a relatively small county but with plenty to offer residents.

 

Reviews in Somerset

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Moved in to our new home in Bath and we love it!

Review Date Jun 2022

Few minutes walk from a big Lidl, Mcdonalds and M&S Foodhall. Around 20 minutes walk to the city centre. The area is pleasant, quiet enough for a good night sleep even in Saturday night.

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I really like the apartment! I have just moved in for a week, already feel like home.

Bedroom: I like the green feature wall very much. The built in wardrobe is very spacious, love the big floor to ceiling sliding mirrors. The double bed mattress is also very comfortable.

Living room & kitchen: The dish washer could be bigger, but adequate for two people most of the time when not inviting guests. The furniture included also is very practical and matches very well with the color theme of the interior.

Overall: Fixings, heating, ventilation, windows are in very well condition. This apartment has a high value of its price!

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The dish washer could be bigger if you likes cooking.
Third floor above could see brilliant view of Bath with a lot of green and blue sky.

How has the building management responded to any problems or issues you have raised:

They usually respond to a email query within 1-2 hours.

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Perfect first flat.

Review Date Jun 2022

Lots of shops local to the place, and only a short 5 minute drive to the town centre for restaurants and such. From my flat I can barely hear the road bar a few motorbikes and some sirens every now and then. Private parking available at the property both inside and out but fees apply.

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Really really lovely apartment for a first time renter, with lots of helpful team on the management side of the property. It’s a new build flat, lovely kitchen and living area and a king size bed to boot! The team are so helpful to sort out any problems and also put effort into building a community clearly and it shows. Everyone around I’ve seen in the complex is so friendly. I did find the amount of information before the move in that was required of me a lot but I understand why it’s required.

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I was told everything I needed to know by the springwharf team I think!

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Helped out massively when I was being a dunce and couldn’t work a thermostat

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Good place- overpriced

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Review Date Jun 2022

Only 25 minute walk to the city centre. However it’s on a main road and it can be deafeningly loud when cars go past. Often have energy vehicles as well going past.

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Great place, but furniture in proper is pretty poor quality and have found it breaks easily. Reception staff are lovely and helpful. High up apartments get very very hot in summer and the ventilation isn’t great. No windows in the bathroom to let steam out.

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It’s very loud living on the road side, have to choose between having window open and extreme noise or windows closed, no noise but very hot.

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Yes, they have been quick to fix issues when repairs needed.

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The design of the apartments is great and very modern

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Review Date May 2022

The location is perfect if you are a non driver as it is so central to Bath City centre. There is a local shop within a 5 minute walking distance and the general feel and buzz of the place is amazing. Staff are so friendly. Windows are secure and there is absolutely no noise whatsoever when they are shut even when living on a main road. Really love living here.

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The design of the apartments is great and very modern. The apartment feels cosy and is very well insulated meaning the place stays very warm. I love the large windows as they make the apartment fill with light and the bathroom is beautiful.

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I don’t really have anything apart from slight smells near the bin room but it isn’t enough to put me off living here.

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I have always found management to be very friendly and easy to talk to with any concerns.

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Manager Response

Hello Natalie.

Thank you for your review,

Great to hear that the design and location of the apartment are ideal, along with the staff being friendly.

We appreciate all feedback provided.

Kind regards,
Emily & The Spring Wharf Team

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