Then as happens the numbers slipped. Cox's Mill, opened by the Longleat Estate along with the Cheddar Gorge attractions with mutterings that it was to be redeveloped for a cable car. All that has gone quiet but the hotel remains closed.
Then the anchor pub in the main village, the Bath Arms (but know to everyone as the "BA") closed with the tenants moving on. And for the past two years we've been down to just five. But first a new Western themed bar opened (we're still to judge that), and now happily after a £500,000 refit the Bath Arms opens again today - refreshed, smarter, nicer pub garden and en-suite rooms. And so we are back to seven and that somehow feels balanced.