Dropping Ln, Bruton BA10 0NL
Country livin’ meets contemporary art! Situated on the Hauser & Wirth estate in Bruton, Somerset, Durslade Farmhouse is the place to go if you like your rustic décor with some world class art installations mixed in. The house is only available for hire in its entirety (there are six double rooms in total), so get a group of friends and fam together and book in.
The property is about a 10-minute walk from the artistic farming town of Bruton. You can take a direct train from London to either Castle Cary or Gillingham stations, which are both about 15 minutes away by taxi.
Step outside your front door (literally) and you’re pretty much at the Hauser & Wirth gallery, so visiting is mandatory. Aside from that, the town itself is worth a wander. Head to Caro for a retail fix – a store which feels more Broadway Market than Bruton – and stock up on Aesop, Haeckels and Hay. If you’re feeling energetic, climb King Alfred’s Tower for some great views – it’s a local historical icon.
Food and Drink
If you want to sample the produce from the farm you’re staying on (but don’t feel like actually cooking it), head to seasonal eatery Roth Bar & Grill (also on the Hauser estate), or ask them to cater for you before your stay. They also offer different cookery courses, so check their events before you visit and pre-book.
The decor, of course. Durslade is a refreshing antidote to the stripped-back, minimalist aesthetic you’re used to seeing everywhere else. You aren’t just observing art here, you’re living amongst it. You can bet this is going to be an altogether different experience from the Tate. If you like your country house with a bit of Guillermo Kuitca mixed in, this is the place for you.