The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A traditional pub set high on the Mendip Hills with panoramic views over the Somerset countryside. With open log fires and exposed beams the pub offers friendly service and good quality home made food.
Sunday Lunch Sorted
A lovely place for Sunday lunch. Clean plates all round. My family thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Visited during COVID-19. The pub had all precautions in place to keep everyone safe.
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.
A two hour moderate walk that conveniently takes in two pubs along the way. It starts and ends in Shepton Mallet town centre, so plenty of parking and other things to do with the rest of the day. Beautiful views and countryside features take you to Doulting Water and a couple of picturesque ponds. Follow the fields and river back to your starting point (see Web site for deatils instructions).
With origins dating back to Roman times, Shepton Mallet is a hotchpotch of different architectural styles and historical sites. Short drives from both the Mendip Hills and Cranborne Chase AONB, visitors can make the most of the medieval market town and surrounding countryside.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Whether it's a stroll through the stunning gardens or a browse in the emporium, which offers designer brands at discount prices, you will be sure to enjoy a day out here. The farm shop sells superb organic or local produce whilst the cafe offers a delicious range of light lunches or afternoon tea and cake! Tours are only available for a handful of days a year, so check their Web site for details.
The gardens here are superb, and so well maintained, despite there being only two gardeners to maintain them. The grass had been mown in stripes! and the rockery and water falls were exceptional. A lovely peaceful garden. We also bought some plants. We didn't visit the tea room as this seemed to be busy and full at lunch time.
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