In 40 beautiful autumnal square miles shared across South Somerset and East Devon between Taunton and Exeter, Tiverton and Yeovil, you can create your own Historic House and Pub Lunch Challenge all in one wonderful visitor package!
There are 6 National Trust houses and gardens - each encompassing ancient woodland, managed forests and visitor friendly parkland – in this swathe of land roughly between the M5 and the A303 (This is not to forget the same number of privately owned houses and gardens in the same area) Get in quick before the end of October and make the most of this spectacular Indian Summer.
Some of our cottages are within walking distance of these peaceful estates now glorious in their leafy colours. The crowds have gone, the footpaths are all yours! You can often walk for miles without seeing a soul until you seek out lunch in one of the country pubs or farm shops along the way and off the beaten track. Favourites are the Ashclyst Forest, 800 acres of grand oak and beech trees rising up above the Killerton Estate near Exeter – exploring the paths and byways here go hand in hand with a special take on a ploughman’s lunch at foodie pub, The Five Bells at Clyst Hydon.
South Petherton is a fabulous place to stop for a delicious lunch in the Provender Café – highly recommended and impossible to leave without some local cheese and a bottle of wine for later! After lunch it’s worth a visit to Barrington Court in South Somerset with interesting artisan workshops, or located in the village, try the Barrington Garlic farm shop for locally grown produce, perfect to take back to your cosy holiday cottage for a seasonal supper by a wood burning stove.
Autumn here is packed with history, rich colour, misty mornings and then sunshine, the smell and crunch of leaves starting to fall – a short break is all it takes to breathe this in, but perhaps we can tempt you with a week!