Situated in the centre of Taunton, the hotel is steeped in the drama and romance of English history. Once a Norman fortress, it has been welcoming travellers to the town since the 12th century. Owned by the Chapman family for the past 50 years, it is one of Britain`s most famous historic hotels. For those who wish to spoil themselves this is one of only a handful of hotels in the Southwest which has a red AA rosette for food. Due to the age of the hotel and its style, the bedrooms are all different sizes and shapes, however, all are well furnished.