The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A traditional pub serving pub grub in a friendly atmosphere. There's a large car park opposite and outdoor garden seating for warmer months. Open every day and Sunday lunch is available.
Charmouth West Beach runs the mile and a half from the mouth of the river Char all the way to Lyme Regis. Although hammering at the cliffs is not allowed, the shores of Charmouth West Beach are well known for their fossils and often keen-eyed visitors are rewarded with a treat. With the gentle slope of the beach and natural sea pools forming in certain conditions the beach lends itself nicely to paddling and swimming. A heritage centre, cafe and shops are nearby, although there are no lifeguards on duty.
Lovely beach, brilliant for fossil hunting
Take a fossil hunting guided walk or boat trip. No sand but plenty to keep the kids amused.
The hours seem to have a habit of slipping by while you're wandering along hunting for fossils on this stretch of coast. The kids love the excitement of finding an ammonite or debating the authenticity of possible 'dinosaur bones'. Great way to spend an afternoon.
Monthly walks are arranged by locals who ask for volunteers to help with clearing overgrown footpaths whilst enjoying the scenery. Take a look at the chaffcome.com website for details of walks in the area.
Deep in the rolling Somerset countryside, Ilminster, with its imposing church and the winding River Ile, is a vision of pastoral beauty. One of the town’s best-loved attractions is Barrington Court, a well-preserved manor house with stunning formal gardens, an arboretum and traditional kitchen gardens.
With a cider works, farm shop and tea room, you will find plenty to keep you occupied here. The shop offers cider tasting so you can be sure of your choice before you buy.
I bought a barrel...
A tiny Somerset hamlet called Dowlish Wake is home to this traditional cider making centre. Tempting samples from the barrels are a must before you decide on which variety to take home. I am afraid it had to be a gallon for us and even more unfortunate – it is within easy reach of home for return trips to refill the container ! There is a shop, café and all things apple making museum here too. This place feels like a step back in time, even down to crossing the ford from the orchard parking area !
An exceptional Elizabethan house filled with treasures, including 17th Century textile samplers and Elizabethan art. This house featured in the 1995 film ‘Sense and Sensibility’.
Absolutely wonderful in every way. We enjoyed many hours here. A must visit property.
A lovely house and location . It was a pity it was spoilt by a very heavy handed and hard sell approach in the ticket office to join the N.T. I had to be very persistent to get into the house and gardens without joining up .
Once we had managed to get in we had another issue with an officious lady in the long room who basically told us off for taking the wrong staircase up . It turned out that a rope had not been put in place . How were we to know! Other staff members tried to make up for this and were excellent but the impression overall was poor.
Another West Country gem to consider when in the Somerset or Dorset areas. Although the house was endowed to NT as an empty shell much work has been done by introducing surplus items from other properties and there is a current fascinating exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery which is a must.
A former Cistercian monastery dating back to the 1100s. The gardens are breathtaking, while inside must-sees include the cloisters and the upper refectory.
A lovely place to visit.
We’ve just had a very pleasant few hours at Forde Abbey on a scorching hot day. The house is very interesting to walk around and the gardens are beautiful, it’s worth waiting to see the fountain, especially if you stand downwind of it on such a hot day.
The ginger cake in the cafe was a great way to end our visit.
A place to unwind
We visited these delightful gardens as part of a circular walk from Thorncombe village. It was the perfect place for a leisurely lunch followed by a stroll around the gardens before continuing on our way. The highlight of the day.
Well worth a visit
We really loved the gardens and the interior. It was the highlight of our week. We spent several hours there and felt there was plenty to see both in the house and gardens. The tearoom provides excellent lunches for those who want to make a day of it.
Stately home and splendid gardens
Fascinating former abbey dating back to 12thC. One of the greatest Westcountry gardens (according to Alan Titchmarsh), plant sales and a good restaurant serving really local food from the estate. A good day's outing.
Children, dogs and welly boots are all welcome in this newly refurbished pub, all watched over by Alan the Barrington Boar. The bar and restaurant both have good food, and the location in the centre of the village makes it a social hub for local events.
Fantastic, Fantastic, friendly pub with delicious food.
friends and I visited the Barrington Boar whilst staying in the village this weekend. We first visited Fri eve where we enjoyed whole baked plaice in a caper sauce, fish pie, & stuffed aubergine with salad. The main courses were absolutely delicious. Having a coeliac in our party, we asked about gluten free & were told the sauce would not be made with wheat flour. The accompanying salads were huge, fresh and excellent - no rubbish bit of iceberg lettuce & tomato here! A mixture and abundance of salad leaves really impressed us. Desserts of lemon posset were divine, and although the brownie was overcooked, we were cheerily offered something else - no bad atmosphere here! We throughly enjoyed our meal and service was excellent - so much so that we returned on Sunday for lunch after a country ramble with moments of mild to moderate peril gave us a huge appetite. We enjoyed our meal in the garden and again, our coeliac and pescatarian friends were catered to by the owners and chef happily offering the roast dinner with no meat & extra roasties for the coeliac, and homemade Thai style fishcakes with the roast potatoes, for our other friend. An unusual combination, but the didn't phase the Barrington Boar! Again we enjoyed the divine lemon posset, and our chocolate loving friend asked for the brownie again - which was baked to perfection! Again friendly, helpful staff made our meal a very enjoyable experience. We all agreed that we would heartily recommend The Barrington Boar to all our friends visiting the area and look forward to eating there again when we return to Somerset. Thanks to all at The Barrington Boar for two truly delicious and welcoming visits!
The Perry family have been making cider for over 500 years here. Learn about the art of traditional cider making in the heart of Somerset cider country and pick up a couple of flagons to take home.
Excellent local cider and free museum/exhibition about cider making
An unexacting outing for those wanting just to potter/ recharge batteries. Amateur but fascinating exhibition including ancient carts and farm vehicles. Refreshments available. We took very elderly parents there for a short, sunny outing to yesteryear - ideal!
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