BMW i3 on its way to The Newt BMW i3 on its way to The Newt

THE NEWT.

The Newt is a stunning country estate in Somerset with acres of splendid gardens, woodland, farmland and cyder orchards to explore.

The main Georgian house, Hadspen, was built in the 17th century and is surrounded by limestone buildings, a spa and flagship restaurant - The Botanical Rooms.

Beyond the cyder orchards, half a mile from Hadspen, is The Farmyard, a former dairy farm which houses private rooms, a heated pool and an all-day kitchen featuring seasonal and locally sourced produce cooked over a wood fire. For a more casual lunch, there is also the Garden Café, deli and farm shop.

Seasonal produce being picked at The Newt. Seasonal produce being picked at The Newt.

At around 100 miles from London, you can comfortably get to The Newt on a single charge in your all-electric BMW i3 and the great news is that if you’re a staying guest they have charging points on-site. If you are just visiting for the day though and need a supercharger, your best bet is the one located in Wincanton, less than 5 miles away. 

The Newt grows more than 350 varieties of fruits, vegetables and herbs on site. We spent a good few hours wandering around the gardens and woodlands - tasting herbs, berries, and a range of jams, cakes and ice creams.

Our meal started with beautiful Apple Waste Sourdough (bread made with apples from the orchard that would otherwise have been wasted) served with a delicious cultured butter made with milk from the local dairy farm. Roasted scallops are served with diced local apples and a delicate velouté. The stunning, wood-fired pork chop is served with roasted turnips and mustard with a cyder reduction. 

Our dessert at The Newt was an absolute shop-stopper! It sounded very simple on the menu, with the words ‘apple pie’. It turned out to be slowly roasted apples wrapped in crispy Kataifi pastry served with buffalo gelato, drizzled with hot cyder caramel sauce - simply amazing!

For those staying overnight, the rooms are beautifully designed - with either antique and period Georgian furniture (in the main Hadspen house) or charming country style decor in The Farmyard - both with views of the gardens. We highly recommend asking for a room with a roll top bath, or book a treatment or massage in the luxury spa. The heated pools are fantastic too. You also get to enjoy breakfast as a feast of dishes, including locally made honey, yoghurt, granola or a full english, with homemade croissants and jams.

Interior at Rothay Manor

“At around 100 miles from London, you can comfortably get to The Newt on a single charge in your BMW i3.”

We The Food Snobs.

BMW i3 on the road front view BMW i3 on the road front view

THE BMW i3.

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Fuel economy and CO2 results for the BMW i3 range: Mpg (l/100km) not applicable. CO2 emissions: 0 g/km. Electric energy consumption (combined) 3.8 - 4.1 miles/kWh. Electric range 173.4 -190.8 miles. These figures were obtained after the battery had been fully charged. The BMW i3 and i3s 120Ah is a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. These figures were achieved using the WLTP test procedure. Figures shown are for comparability purposes. Only compare fuel consumption, CO2, electric energy consumption and electric range figures with other cars tested to the same technical procedures. These figures may not reflect real life driving results, which will depend upon a number of factors including the starting charge of the battery, accessories fitted (post-registration), variations in weather, driving styles and vehicle load.