From in-house gin distilleries to microbreweries and cider presses on site, hotels are taking the thirst for artisan gins and craft beer and cider to new heights by producing their own. If you’re seeking a staycation where you can toast in style (and roll up to bed after a night of drinking), these innovative hotels may well be just the thing.
The Newt, Somerset
Cyder, rather than champagne, used to be the tipple of Somerset gentry (note the spelling with the ‘y’ to denote the difference between the premium version of the drink and ‘cider’, the latter of which was made using off cuts of apple and only served to workers). Nowadays, guests staying at what is perhaps the county’s finest hotel, The Newt, can celebrate in similar style and sample Somerset Gold or perhaps a rosé cyder produced on site. They have also just launched a new edition, ‘The Winston’ cyder, made using the traditional sparkling method (the same method used to make champagne), and the first ever cyder to be bottled in a 568ml imperial pint bottle. Seventy varieties of apples grown in the 65-acre orchard are crushed in the presse before being pumped into the cellar – take a tour and tasting to see the process for yourself. Stay in the 17th-century main house, the Stable Yard or the new boutique property the Farmyard, which has a pool and all-day kitchen. Rooms from £375; read the full hotel review here.