The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Set In the beautiful village of Batcombe, this 400 year old county pub uses fresh, local and seasonal produce to create a changing menu with both modern and traditional pub classic food. With a spacious bar and lovely dining room, this pub caters for all and is child and dog friendly. ***currently closed, re-opening September 2021****
Gutted that the local pub is currently closed
We were gutted to discover this well rated pub is currently closed. New owners apparently, due to reopen in September
Review by C. Pimiento
Chanced upon a great place near Bruton - The Three Horseshoes Batcombe - oldy wordly. Just a great pub - had a great lunch then went for a walk - Beautiful 5 stars
Burnham-on-Sea's beaches are comprised of everything you could need for a quintessential day by the sea, including ice cream galore, donkey rides, cafes and, most importantly, oodles of golden sand. Being Europe's second longest stretch of sand, the beaches offer lots of space to play and explore. For a beach in the heart of the action, visit Burnham Main Beach, also home to Britain's shortest pier.
*Recommended by a Classic Owner* Park in the hamlet of Spargrove and take a circular walk on footpaths and pretty lanes through the surrounding villages of Westcombe, Honeycliff and into Batcombe. Take the footpath along the pretty river of Alham for your return through Batcombe Bottom. Approximately 4 miles.
A little but pretty market town in the Somerset countryside, full of little, unique shops and ancient market buildings. It's a quiet town, with lots of history to discover in the stone streets, home to one of only four ancient roundhouse lock-ups in the country. Walks abound with spectacular views and The Macmillan Way passing through the town centre.
Visit the world-famous gardens at Stourhead and sit amongst tranquil scenes. Described as ‘a living work of art’, the gardens lead visitors on a breath-taking journey. Spend a while in the 18th Century Palladian villa and Hoare family home, before wending your way around the grounds, falling in love with the beautifully thought out landscapes and classical architecture.
Beautiful landscapes to explore
A short drive away and you're in the impressive landscape of Stourhead, with its magnificent trees, lake and iconic garden structures. We visited early November when the autumn colours were blazing. A perfect morning out, whether for a lazy amble round the lake or exploring the footpaths to viewpoints and monuments. Good National Trust cafe and shop too.
A highlight of our 5 night stay
We stayed in nearby Nunney for 5 nights. Stourhead was definitely our top pick. On a sunny day it was absolutely beautiful. The scenery is stunning and it was nice to have a well-earned ice-cream in the pretty courtyard of the pub after a good walk. There are plenty of spots for taking beautiful pictures. We'd be interested to return one Autumn or see it covered in snow too.
This is the most beautiful place you can imagine - the walk around the lake, dropping into the various buildings and grottoes, is breathtaking. All I can say is you really must visit.
A wonderful must in Dorset. Great gardens and interesting house. Well worth a visit.
A fantastic 13th Century building with 14 acres of exquisite, tranquil gardens.
Bishop Palace Gardens and Wells
These are just the most beautiful gardens to wander around, even if you are not an avid garden enthusiast! The bubbling springs feeding the wells and river, the tranquility, the ramparts and the setting adjacent to the Bishops Palace, plus the imaginative planting make it a great place to visit any time of the year - November for us. Right in the centre of Wells too, so lots to explore.
A great place to visit
A beautiful garden to walk around with great views of the cathedral.
Wells is a lovely small city to spend the day in.
Make sure you go to the cathedral and Vicars Close as well.
On the first weekend of June, the country's biggest rural festival takes place. And it's not just livestock. See their Web site for this event and other all year round events.
Why not take a walk up this iconic, legendary Tor? Well worth the effort, you will have spectacular views across 3 counties. Dogs must be on a lead and there are no public conveniences.
It's well worth the initially steep climb up the tor for the amazing panoramic views from the summit - we parked in Glastonbury itself, walked up through the town and past the Chalice Well to tackle the steepest slope first, which meant an easier walk down the 'back' of the tor and a stroll through countryside to get back to the top of the town. Plenty of tea shops and cafes to refuel at when you get back!
Housed within a beautiful Somerset stone building, the pretty exterior is in-keeping with the village surroundings and reflected in the duck pond out front.
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