A traditional pub centrally located in the village. Both locals and visitors alike can enjoy activities including skittles, pool, darts and boules or for a more relaxed visit, sit by the fire. The menu offers lunch and dinner created from local produce (not open Monday's). Children and well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome.
A long shingle mile long beach stretching from Branscombe to Beer Head. You can walk there along the coastal path or park in the nearby car park (charges apply). There are facilities nearby and a dog exercise area.
A privately owned (but open to the public) woodland with lots of footpaths to explore. Let us know if you find the ruined tower!
Radiating out for over 140 miles from where we've marked as a centrepoint, this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty straddles the Devon and Somerset border. The Blackdown Hills paint a picture of the quintessential image of rural England. Rolling hills and deep valleys, sparsely populated except for the grazing cattle, it is the perfect destination for a classic countryside retreat. Criss-crossed with footpaths and country lanes linking the tiny hamlets and villages together, this is idyllic walking country.
If you're an aviation fanatic, this modern coffee bar and restaurant suitated on the edge of Dunkeswell Airfield, will be right up your street! It's also popular with families as it offers a warm welcome and extensive menu with something to suit everyone. Check out their live music events and themed nights if you fancy something different.
As my partner is a pilot it was inevitable we would need to visit the airfield.... usually these places are quite basic and food is obligatory greasy spoon type fare....but not here in Dunkeswell! Very impressed and very helpful staff. Food great and very reasonably priced too and dogs are welcome. The location of the outdoor seating also means you get an excellent view of aircraft both landing, taking off and parking up....
A family run pub and restaurant which offers local ales and ciders to compliment the locally sourced menu.
Excellent food and service
A wonderful Gothic pile with stunning formal gardens and beautiful interiors. The walled garden provides produce for the Stables restaurant where you can watch the gardeners at work or explore the woodland walks.
Free parking and walk for dog
We couldn't go in as we had the dog with us, but the car park was free and there's a nice woodland walk off the car park where dogs can walk off the lead. Nice setting and surrounding countryside.
One of the best national trust properties we've ever been to, something for all ages. The gardens are fantastic and offer both formal and woodland styles. Well worth a visit!
The gardens are the jewel of this property, with many different areas; woodland, formal garden, meadow, parkland and a stunning restored kitchen garden which provides produce for the lovely stables restaurant. Highly recommended and really easy access from the M5.
One of the finest surviving Gothic Revival houses, this rare example of the work of eccentric architect William Burges has extraordinary medieval romantic interiors. The beautiful garden includes a kitchen garden.
Glorious garden. Monster house, but interesting contents.
Good National Trust property
Interesting house and gardens, even kept the kids going for two hours.
With stunning views over the Culm Valley, The Half Moon is certainly worth a visit for its traditional homemade food and Real Ales. In the cooler months there is a lovely log fire to welcome you!
Lovely country Pub with a breathtaking view
good selection of beers and ciders. food is scrumptious and the sunday roasts delicous. nice atmosphere with friendly chatty people
Take a tour of this 200-year-old spinning mill and see yarn being produced on spinning frames and power looms. There is also a restaurant, picnic areas and a shop selling goods manufactured at the mill.
We visited this on a 'steam-up' day which I recommend. It would be interesting at any time as there will be few Victorian-era factories with so much of the original machinery still in place. However seeing and hearing all the machines clacking away, feeling the heat of the massive boiler and seeing (and smelling) the massive steam engines moving overhead really brings the tough lives of Victorian factory workers into close relief. Steam engine buffs will be in heaven but plenty for history enthusiasts. What wasn't explained was why anyone would choose to wear puttees instead of socks... Be aware that it does get really busy on steam up days so get there early.
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