Somerset – known as the jewel of the South West. We are situated in a great position with so many different activities and things to see and do. We have beautiful open countryside, plantations, the amazing Cheddar Gorge, world famous cheeses and scrumptious Somerset cider. We have the famous Glastonbury Festival, illuminated carnivals, Mulberry handbags and the Roman Baths. Whether you come as an individual, couple or family the list of activities can be endless.

Within a short drive through stunning countryside we have the beautiful Georgian city of Bath designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Bath is home to some of the most impressive architectural sights in the world such as the Royal Crescent. The Roman Baths and Bath Abbey are a must if you plan to visit Bath and some of the attractions she has to offer.

Wells qualifies as England’s smallest, and Somerset’s only city and it does not disappoint. With its impressive Cathedral, Bishops Palace and Gardens, vibrant weekly markets (on a Wednesday and Saturday) it is a ‘must do’ destination. There is a lovely selection of eateries to choose from and some interesting shops to browse. If you fancy a sit-down it has a quaint cinema and small theatre.

If you fancy some exercise, with the reward of stunning views, a trip to Glastonbury and the Tor are recommended. Glastonbury sits on the Somerset levels and is a unique town to visit dating back Neolithic times. Today there are lots of myths and legends to soak up as well as wondering round the Abbey ruins. If you come at the right time of year maybe a day trip to the world famous ‘Glastonbury Festival’ would be a must.

We are lucky enough to live in close proximity to the Mendip Hills, boasting wild plateaus, fascinating gorges and calming stretches of water. It’s a great place to go for some beautiful walks, cycle or even observe the wildlife. We have the Mendip Activity Centre located on the Mendips which can offer all sorts of sporting fun! Within the Mendips is Cheddar Gorge and caves which boast some amazing views and stunning stalactite caverns, a great day out. Another great place to blow the cobwebs away on the Mendips is ‘Stockhill Woods’ near Priddy, A coniferous woodland, with winding paths and some open spaces.

Street is a small town one mile from Glastonbury and offers ‘Clarkes Village’ which is a large discount shopping outlet with many top brands. Well worth a visit if you like a bargain.

If you have an interest in old trains and the history of railways we have much to offer with both the East and West Somerset Railways. Both offer individual programmes of events and train journeys. There is a huge passion for preserving our past. Check their websites for information.

Bristol is about a 35min drive and offers so many more options such as the SS Great Britain, Bristol Zoo, Noahs Ark Zoo Farm, National Trust Tyntesfield House and the Clifton Suspension Bridge to mention a few.

Frome is another of our local towns and is about a 20min drive. It offers quirky charm and some shopping treasures from the famous Catherine Hill boutiques. Not far from Frome we have the amazing Longleat House and Safari Park which has much to offer. It is worth checking their website to see if they have any special events, we can thoroughly recommend the festival of light and Christmas events.

Also in the same area is Mells, a beautiful traditional village with a great walled garden and annual Daffodil Festival. Nunney Castle, in Nunney is an English Heritage property worth a wonder.

Shepton Mallet is a 10min drive and offers the large Bath and West Showground with its many events. There is also the Mulberry factory outlet shop and Kilver Court, a designer outlet village and shopping experience with some beautiful secret gardens as featured on BBC Gardeners World.

We have some stunning National Trust properties within easy reach including; Stourhead, Barrington Court, Lytes Cary and Montacute House to name a few. We also have English Heritage sites including a spectacular monastic stone barn at Bradford on Avon and Farleigh Hungerford Castle.

If you enjoy the great outdoors, we are spoilt for choice if you want a game of golf, or fancy some rock climbing or even some outdoor lido swimming. Chew Valley lakes offer some relaxing level walks.

We love living here in Somerset and embrace what is on offer. We hope you feel inspired enough to come and explore!

Wells Cathedral

Kilver Court

Lytes Cary



4 star self catering, Somerset Gold award holiday cottage



Tel: 07930430145


Downside House,
Wells Road,


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