Glastonbury outside the festival: The best places to stay year-round

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Elegant country houses, witchy B&Bs and cosy high street hotels host those musically – and holistically – inclined as bases to explore the southwest settlement away from the main stage.

Alternatively, to stay true to the beloved pitches of Glasto, there are luxury glamping tipis, back-to-nature treetop homes and rooms with a view above buzzing live music bars for an off-season slice of the action.

With safari lodges, pub bedrooms and converted churches available in the Somerset town year-round, here are the digs that dance to their own beat in Glastonbury.

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Tall Trees Glamping, Coxbridge

At Tall Trees Glamping, four safari lodges offer an elevated camping experience in a wildflower meadow on the edge of the Somerset Levels. Forget back-to-basics camping, here the home comforts are plenty – think double beds, plump pillows and a cosy log burner within the rustic interiors just a 10-minute drive from Glastonbury town. There’s even a cast iron BBQ for families of six to grill up a storm, a dream way for guests to refuel during active getaways to the Somerset countryside.

The Covenstead, Glastonbury

To immerse yourself in the rich myths of the area, Glastonbury’s witchiest accommodation is The Covenstead, a pagan-themed B&B. Just five minutes from Glastonbury Abbey, the listed building is studded with artefacts, curiosities and a riot of magical grimoires and the scent of burning incense lingers in the air from the antique dining room to the characterful bedrooms. As for breakfast, a hearty full English (with vegetarian and vegan options available)style awaits guests who spent the night in rooms such as the ‘Halloween Honeymoon’ and ‘Hernes Hideaway’.

Pomeroy Treehouse, Wells

This treehouse for two is nestled between Glastonbury and Wells, with vintage Dutch bikes ideal for exploring the area (including the tor) on two wheels. Inside the intimate retreat, a king-size bed and moody lounge enjoy a sprawling countryside view beyond the outdoor bathtub and Finnish electric sauna. Up the spiral staircase, a roof terrace, complete with a fire pit, outdoor TV and a pizza oven are the cherry on top of summer nights in the Somerset stay.

If you long to hear the live music of Glastonbury Festival year-round, The Sheppey Pub’s live music offerings are a solid second-best. Better still, upstairs there are three eccentric boutique rooms complete with ensuites, soundproofing and memory foam mattresses to rest your head after a night of singing, feasting on modern European food and sipping a whole roster of ales at one of the musical haunts’ soulful events.

Beryl Country House, Wells

For a regal, adults-only escape in the Mendip Hills, the grand rooms of Beryl Country House are a four-poster affair complete with views of the gardens, Wells Cathedral and the Italianate swimming pool. True to Glastonbury’s quirks, this isn’t the quintessential English country haunt. Instead, antique furnishings and elegant reception rooms designed in Gothic Revival style feature Georgian and Cantonese furnishings, and there are a pride of bronze lions in the Tea Room.

Middlewick Holiday Cottages, Glastonbury

At the base of Glastonbury Tor, The Middlewick farm is a maze of self-catering cottages, eco-friendly wood cabins and glamping pods – all served by local delicacies from the on-site farm shop, a steamy converted shepherd hut spa and a heated swimming pool. With home-from-home spaces that sleep up to eight (all just a seven-minute drive from the town centre), and furry friends welcome to come along, these cottages are ideal for families looking to discover the draw of the magical tor.

The Lion, West Pennard

Comfort is king at The Lion at West Pennard, from the heartwarming plates of home-cooked fish and chips in the 19th-century country inn to the 12 spacious en-suite bedrooms blessed with bed and breakfast status in the converted barn. Contemporary interiors, period architecture and free-standing tubs greet guests who retire to rooms after post-tipple of Glastonbury Gin, Moon’s Cider or wine from Wootton Vineyard.

Haydn House, Glastonbury

Haydn House sits in the heart of the action, just a minute’s walk from the eclectic collection of witchcraft, crystal and Tibetan drum shops on Glastonbury High Street. Ideally located for rejuvenating after days spent sightseeing, each airy and affordable room has its own breakfast area, modern en suite and inviting double beds. The flagship suite welcomes in views of the Abbey Ruins.

The Gothic Church, Wells

Gather a group to embrace Glastonbury’s quirks in a converted 19th-century Gothic church in the middle of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Grade II-listed property in Wells comes complete with a hot tub, vaulted living room and formal banqueting gallery with original stained-glass windows overlooking the tor. With six bedrooms, a wood-burning stove and a 44ft kitchen, this is a go-to place for a family feast and celebrations.

From £800 per night, minimum two-night stay.