Castle Hotel Taunton
Set in a magnificent castle, the Castle Hotel Taunton offers free Wi-Fi and features a stylish brasserie, luxurious bedrooms, and leafy gardens. The hotel is situated in Taunton, just a 10-minute drive from Hestercombe Gardens.
The elegant bedrooms of the Castle Hotel Taunton are individually decorated, and each has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. All rooms have a modern bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer.
The contemporary Castle Bow Restaurant uses fresh local ingredients, including locally caught seafood and game. It offers seasonal dishes and over 250 fine wines. Hearty breakfasts are available daily.
The family-run Castle Hotel Taunton is just 2 miles from the M5 motorway. Free on-site parking is available, and the beautiful Exmoor National Park can be reached in a 20-minute drive.
Guests recommend the Castle Hotel Taunton as one of the best hotels to stay in Taunton and offering an especially good breakfast.
Facilities of the Castle Hotel Taunton
Outdoors - Garden
Food & Drink - Bar, Breakfast in the room, Restaurant (à la carte), Snack bar, Special diet menus (on request)
Internet - Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Parking - Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs GBP 5 per day.
Services - Room service, Packed lunches, Car hire, 24-hour front desk, Express check-in/check-out, Luggage storage, Babysitting/child services, Laundry, Dry cleaning, Shoeshine, Meeting/banquet facilities, Fax/photocopying, VIP room facilities, Bridal suite
General - Newspapers, Non-smoking rooms, Facilities for disabled guests, Lift, Heating, Non-smoking throughout
The Castle Hotel, Taunton | Hotel Review: By Adriaane Pielou, Telegraph
The Castle Hotel in Taunton offers pleasantly-dated accommodation, locally-sourced fodder, and an odour of mingling furniture polish and port.
Halfway between London and Cornwall, a 10-minute drive from junction 25 on the M5, just off the high street in the centre of the old West Country town of Taunton. Remains of the Norman keep and moat in the small adjoining garden.
The wisteria-clad frontage sets up expectations that are not dashed inside, where you're met with much dark, carved wood, expensive carpet and an olde-English smell of mingling furniture polish, port and horseradish sauce. The behind-the-scenes account of life at the hotel, An Innkeeper's Diary, by Kit Chapman, The Castle's owner since 1976, should be on the bedside table of every bedroom – very entertaining.
There are 44, pleasantly dated but squashily comfortable: extra-wide mattress, decent bedside lamps, proper hangers, feather-cushioned sofa and plenty of space to put your stuff on. Tea- and coffee-making tray stocked with biscuits and fresh milk. Spotless bathroom but with shower over the bath, no magnifying mirror and dull amenities.
Not so keen
Why are the curtains all six inches too short? Clearly this makes life easy for the cleaners but long curtains should crumple elegantly on the floor. The Castle's all look as if they shrank in the wash.
The food and drink
Cheeringly good. Chef Richard Guest champions English food in the main Castle Restaurant, Brazz brasserie and modernist lounge, sourcing locally: Somerset cheeses, game from Exmoor and the Quantock Hills, herbs and vegetables grown by a smallholder five miles away. The carving trolley lives on here (hurrah), with the Great British Classics menu. The wine list is Chapman's pride and joy, and puddings are a special treat, especially the three-in-one chocolate number (tart, ganache, mousse).
Access for guests with disabilities
Ramp at the entrance, lift to bedrooms and no unexpected steps.
The other guests
Quiet European tourists, local farmers (the tweedy, doughty type who turn out to own half the county), and multi-generational family parties. Eavesdropping highlight: a hilariously detailed appraisal by two octogenarians of the new chairs at Taunton's Somerset County cricket club.
The bottom line
Doubles from £120 (plus £15.50 each for full English breakfast). Special packages include literary and musical events.
Telegraph rating: 8/10
The Castle Hotel, Taunton: hotel review - Good Hotel Guide
In the town centre, a ‘beautifully furnished, traditional, very comfortable and cheerfully run’ hotel stands inside a wisteria-festooned medieval castle. Extended and rebuilt over centuries, it has character and history to spare. The buzzy brasserie has ‘delicious’ food with inventive flavours and textures. Early-dining set menus, blackboard specials and sharing platters might include goat’s cheese, hazelnut, peach; Somerset lamb chops, green beans. ‘Individual and comfortable’, ‘airy’ bedrooms have high-quality bedlinen; a turn-down service at night. But lighting may be ‘rather dim’. ‘Excellent’ breakfasts include an extensive buffet with home-made bread and jams, muesli and ‘piping hot’ cooked dishes.