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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Gorgeous home – site management needs improvement

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Review Date Jan 2022

Local to the area so knew what it was like prior to buying. Brilliant transport links to bigger towns and beaches. Street is nice and quiet.

Have been some anti social issues partially due to the sales staff not informing us we’d be near social housing, and the social housing company don’t seem to vet any tenants.

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Ever since we walked into the show homes we loved the houses. Whether it a bungalow, 4 bed or 3 bed they all feel so spacious. We went for a 3 bed being a first home and couldn’t really ask for more as it’s very generously sized. Have a decent driveway for at least two cars with easy access to park on street. Very large garden which isn’t quite so common on new builds these days.

The road conditions though on the estate however has at times been near on un drivable however the site team deem it adequate. The road is full of potholes and bumps which even at 2 mph feel horrendous. The site team keep promising the road will be finished however every time they don’t deliver or do as they say. Then when you chase you get ‘selective responses’. Driving through the conditions just quite frankly frustrate us so much as you have a lovely home however at times have had to park on the road due to not being to able to get through, and then the groundworkers make you feel like you’re getting on their way.

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House has a lot of extras as standard where other developers would need to pay additional. Would be nice to see the options list prior as the sales lady we seen when buying told us there wasn’t a list we could see…

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Within the first 8 weeks when you have meetings with the site manager excellent. However site manager has left now and when you go via customer service you have to be prepared to chase and chase and chase as they don’t seem to pickup emails or follow up on anything.

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Nice place to live

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Review Date Jan 2022

Nice development the properties are nice. Moved in Feb and roads in estate only just now finished. Shops about 20 min walk bins have been good and it’s quiet

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Really nice property and quiet area to live in. I haven’t had any problems with the property. The builders were all nice people they have only just now finished we moved in during Feb 2021 and only just finished outside now but can’t complain its nice

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Sometimes the mix of social housing and private tenants can often cause problems. I would make sure private buyers know which plots are social and which plots are private so they understand as it doesn’t seem like they are made aware before they buy

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Good development

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Review Date Jan 2022

It’s a lovely development to love on although it is very far from and shops everything else, there’s one bud that stood outside on the road all the other you have to get from town which is approx 20 mins away

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The design is lovely although could do with improvements, there’s small issues that just seems like poor care or laziness. And repairs ect have taken a while. Communication with the developers had also been difficult. Overall the development is lovely there are just some small issues that can be resolved.

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It’s not very neighbourly unfortunately, although I feel this is due to me being housing association tenant in the middle off loads off private homes

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Review Date Jan 2022

First of all I must say the development is in a very nice location any the property design is pleasing on the eye. We are close to shops and amenities including a new leisure centre. The area is mostly quiet we the occasional noisy outbursts from the social housing tenants who also cause parking problems. Bin collections are regular and effective.

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First of all I must say the development is in a very nice location any the property design is pleasing on the eye, but that is where the positives end. We have been here 8 months now and still have numerous snags. The kitchen units are falling apart, we have been promised a visit from Symphony to look into it but so far no show! Insufficient drainage means our garage floods every time it rains, the front door does not fit the frame and the garden fences are so loose they are dangerous. We are consistently promised visits to resolve the issues but no one ever comes!

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Snags do not get dealt with effectively, not very good at answering emails

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So many snags, a few dealt with but many outstanding

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