The promise of fine food and luxurious rooms against a backdrop of some of Somerset's most stunning countryside was enough to convince me to book The Talbot for an early Autumnal getaway
An 8 bedroom, honey hued, traditional coaching inn with copious amounts of rustic charm, The Talbot is situated in the quaint village of Mells, a 5 minute drive from the market town of Frome (pronounced Froom)
The archway at the entrance leads to a higgledy piggledy cobblestoned courtyard where the site opens up to include the main bar, snug, and map rooms, a 500 year old beamed sitting room complete with fireplace, board games and books and the coach house grill where food is charred over coal at the weekends.
We stayed in gorgeous Room number 1 and were thrilled with both the size and standard.
The room was huge and bathed in sunlight, flooding in from the large sash windows at either end as we were shown inside.
A giant empress four poster bed, free standing roll top bath and large fire place added to the grandeur and the sitting area with sofa and coffee table gave the spacious impression of a suite.
At dinner we continued to be impressed, settling into a candle lit corner we were treated to bubbles in celebration of Mums special birthday.
The food was of fantastic quality and the popularity of the establishment as a dining destination in it's own right was clear to see.
With tummies full and heads light from the wine, we had little trouble floating upstairs and making ourselves comfortable as we sank into slumber, disappearing under mountains of fluffy goose down duvet.
Following a blissful nights sleep, stirring only to the sound of the neighbouring churchbells, our minds turned once again to food.
A generous offering of breads, pastries, cereals and juices await guests downstairs as well as a choice from the cooked breakfast menu.
Fuelled up for the morning, we headed off to explore the village and admire it's pretty cottages and thatched roofs
The Walled Garden and cafe sits across the road from the Talbot and although it was looking a little sad and dried up at the time of our visit, I'm sure in Summer it must look heavenly when in full bloom and with views across the sweeping meadows.
This old piano has clearly seen better days but what a charming way to appreciate it's decaying beauty as the plants and vines crawl around it.
If you're in luck the wood fired pizza oven might be smoking too.
Our train home to London was from Frome so we left ahead of time to give us a chance to explore.
There are some lovely independent boutiques and places to eat
Trains run directly from London to Frome from both Paddington & Waterloo stations.
Mells is a 5 minute drive from Frome.
The Talbot Inn, Mells, Somerset, BA11 3PN.
Rooms from £100 b&b.
The Walled Garden, Rectory Garden, Selwood Street, Mells, Somerset, BA11 3PN.
Open 7 days 10am-5pm, free entry
The Archangel, 1 King Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BH.
The 'welcome' was frosty but the Archangel redeemed itself with a great burger and incredible bloody mary ketchup.
Sam's Deli, 8 Stony Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BU.
Only stopped for coffee but just my kind of place. Exposed brick work, distressed finishes and industrial touches make for a rustic and cosy cafe.
Resident, 20 Paul Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1DT.
Stylishly curated boutique selling homewares and clothing from independent labels and sometimes used as a hosting space for occasional work shops and pop-ups.
Kobi & Teal, 57, Catherine Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1RR.
Shop, gallery, studio.
Co-founded by a design duo to showcase their own works alongside a carefully considered selection of small design brands, individual makers and contemporary artists, Kobi & Teal is a hub of creative talent.
Home accessories, gifts, lifestyle, art work, prints, furniture and lighting.
Seed, Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BB.
A diverse mix of homewares, jewellery, textiles and ceramics, vintage and antique finds all hand picked from across the UK and beyond.
What to take home from your trip . . .
Bramley Hand Wash, £12/250ml, The Talbot Inn
Smokey glasses (set of 2), £15, Resident
Ferm Living cast iron candle holder spotted, £19, Resident
Louise Madzia 'gentle' and 'toosh' cactus pots, £25, Resident
Emma Lacey Large Everyday Mug, £29 Kobi & Teal
Brass Tea Strainer and spoon in one ,£12.50, Seed
Cream Cornwall bone china nibbles dish, jelly fish/ lobster/octopus £10.50 each, Seed