The Arosfa Hotel is located in Weston Super Mare, a traditional Victorian seaside town in the historic county of Somerset. It is likely that many readers of this web site who have never been to the UK are still somewhat familiar with the county of Somerset or have at least heard of it. But what and where is Somerset exactly and why is it so popular.
The truth is that Somerset is not only famous for being a rural county with landmark features, such as the rolling hills of Blackdown and the Quantock Ridge. Many are aware of the opulent city of Bath, renowned for its natural hot springs, being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for its Georgian architecture and particularly popular in the 18th century, when many affluent families or members of the nobility spent their summer there in preparation for the rigid British winters.
Somerset is also famous for many other historical reasons, such as the evidence gathered by archeologists of human civilisations living there during the Paleolithic period. Also, there is plenty of evidence that during the Roman and Anglo Saxon periods there were many human settlements in the area, making it one of the places with the oldest civilisations in Europe. Speaking of history, Somerset played a primordial role in the consolidation and rise to power of Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, towards the end of the 7th century.
The inhabitants of Somerset and South West England played an important role in the English Civil War as well as the Monmouth Rebellion. South West England has a military strategic position in the country’s defences given its location by the South West Coast of England, flanking London to the west. Many forts, castles, citadels and fortresses were placed in the region, along the coast, repelling thousands of attacks and invasion attempts to the country.