Tatler reveals why it's time to get an invite to the Somerset set!

Move over Chipping Norton, it’s all about the Somerset set! From Ben Goldsmith to Stella McCartney and newcomer George Osborne, Tatler reveals how stars and socialites are being drawn to the ‘quaint villages’ and ‘buzzy hotels’

  • Stars and celebrities have set up home in Somerset, making it the place to be
  • Tatler claims famous residents are drawn to ‘quaint villages’ and ‘buzzy hotels’
  • Nicholas Cage bought a castle there and Stella McCartney is a resident 
  • Local venue Babington House is the perfect destination for a luxe staycation 

While the Cotswolds has long been known as the starriest country destination for stars looking to escape the city, Tatler reveals Somerset is now giving it a run for its money. 

Though it might not have the all-out star power of its neighbour, where the Clooneys and Beckhams both have homes, Somerset still has more than its fair share of celebrity residents drawn to its ‘quaint villages’ and ‘buzzy hotel scene’, according to the society bible. 

Somerset has more than its fair share of celebrity residents drawn to its ‘quaint villages’ and ‘buzzy hotel scene’, according to Tatler. Above, a map illustrating where residents live. Clockwise from left: Phoebe Philo, Mariella Frostrup, Jemima and Ben Goldsmith, Gabriella Wilde, Stella McCartney, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, George Osborne, Alice Temperley 

Big names from the worlds of fashion (Stella McCartney), the arts (Sir Cameron Mackintosh) and British society (Ben and Jemima Goldsmith) have all snapped up properties in the area, with some even making the county their full-time home. 

George Osborne is set to be among the newest arrivals, after he had an offer accepted on £1.6million Georgian home in the town of Bruton, which was once described by British Vogue as ‘the new Notting Hill’.  

Here, FEMAIL offers a guide to what draws stars and socialites alike to Somerset… 

SOCIETY RESIDENTS AND FAMOUS FASHIONISTAS 


Poldark actress Gabriella Wilde (left), 31, who is also known as the half-sister of Cressia Bonas, has a place in Somerset, as does fashion designer Stella McCartney (right) 

Ben Goldsmith and wife Jemima are living on the family farm in Somerset with their daughter Vita, who was born in April. Pictured, the couple at Lady Gabriella Windsor’s wedding last year


Fashion heavyweights Phoebe Philo (left) and Alice Temperley (right) both have houses in Somerset. Temperley lives in a stunning eight-bedroom home near Ilminster

London might boast the social hotspots where well-heeled aristocrats and blue-blooded beauties can be photographed in their finery, but many also hold the charms of country life close to their hearts. 

Actress Gabriella Wilde, 31, who is also known as the half-sister of Cressia Bonas, has a place in Somerset, as do Ben Goldsmith, 39, and his wife Jemima, 33.

The couple are living on the family farm with their baby daughter Vita, who was born in April. Her arrival brought joy for Ben, who last year suffered the devastating loss of his daughter, Iris, 15. The couple are also parents to daughter Margot and son Arlo.  

Also living nearby are three of the biggest names in British fashion: Stella McCartney, Alice Temperley and Phoebe Philo, best known as the former creative director of Chloe and Celine. 

Temperley, who is a Somerset girl born and bred, is the proud owner of a stunning house that boasts a purple bathroom and a living room painted a deep aubergine.  

CELEBRITY NEIGHBOURS 


Journalist and TV presenter Mariella Frostrup, left, lives in Somerset. Right theatre heavyweight Sir Cameron Mackintosh, the producer behind hits like Cats, Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, owns the breathtaking Stavordale Priory in Charlton Musgrove

Film star Nicholas Cage bought 18th century Midford Castle in 2007, for a reported price of £5million. He went on to sell it two years later. Pictured, the castle in a stock image 

Journalist and TV presenter Mariella Frostrup, 57, lives in Somerset and has spoken warmly of her country home. 

Theatre heavyweight Sir Cameron Mackintosh, the producer behind hits like Cats, Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera, owns the breathtaking Stavordale Priory in Charlton Musgrove, which was built in the 13th century. 

Meanwhile Don McCullin is a long-time resident, having moved to the county decades ago.

Film star Nicholas Cage bought 18th century Midford Castle in 2007, for a reported price of £5million. He went on to sell it two years later.  

THE NEWCOMER  

Somerset made headlines last month when it was revealed former Chancellor George Osborne had an offer accepted on a five-bedroom, late 18th century, Grade II-listed house in Somerset. Pictured, with Emily Sheffield, David Cameron’s sister-in-law, who replaced him as editor of the Evening Standard when he was promoted to editor-in-chief last month 

Somerset made headlines last month when it was revealed former Chancellor George Osborne had an offer accepted on a five-bedroom, late 18th century, Grade II-listed house is set in three acres of grounds.

Mr Osborne, who revealed in May that he is dating Thea Rogers, the 38-year-old former chief of staff who overhauled his image while he was at the Treasury, reportedly ‘loved’ the house but, under policy he introduced in 2016 as chancellor could be hit by a three per cent stamp duty surcharge. This policy means he would face a tax bill of £153,750 rather than £105,750.

His prospective property is close to the railway station at Castle Cary, near Bruton, means that he will be able to commute to Paddington in 90 minutes for his main job as editor-in-chief of the Evening Standard.

He was promoted to the position last month, with Emily Sheffield, David Cameron’s sister-in-law, replacing him as editor.

‘BUZZY HOTELS’ 

Babington House – the first Soho House country retreat – is arguably the jewel in Somerset’s crown. Since 1999 it has been a go-to venue for celebrities tying the knot

Babington House – the first Soho House country retreat – is arguably the jewel in Somerset’s crown. Since 1999 it has been a go-to venue for celebrities tying the knot, with Eddie Redmayne and Millie Mackintosh among those who have exchanged vows at the stunning estate. 

Handily for A-list guests, the hotel also boasts a helicopter pads – making it the perfect choice for celebrities looking to arrive at nearby Glastonbury in style. 

Nearby is Durslade Farmhouse, the trendy six-bedroom retreat on the site of Hauser & Wirth Somerset’s gallery.  

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