A contemporary, relaxing, convivial bar and a stylish restaurant. There is a small patio area and dogs/children are welcome. The New Inn is a great venue for a few drinks, a wonderful dinner or a relaxing Sunday lunchtime drink with the children!
The Globe is a great eating pub! It is the buzz pub of the moment! Serving great food in a calm bar and restaurant. It has more of a wine bar feel than other locals.
Crowcombe is another stunning conservation village, nestling at the bottom of the Quantocks. This thriving, large village pub has a lovely, child friendly garden with stunning views and a spacious skittle alley with a pool table. Both the bar and restaurant food is delicious.
The Rising Sun is another super pub, in the foothills of the Quantocks. It has a lovely menu, no garden but delightful benches at the front of the pub on the lane.
The Farmers Arms is in a great position, within sight of the West Somerset Steam Railway, perfect for trainspotters, young and old! It is a thatched pub, very family friendly, serving good pub food in a great spot.
This lovely pub is the closest to the Cottage, good food and beer, always something going on!
The Fitzhead Inn is a traditional country pub - small and with a charming coutryard covered seating area. It is a 30 minute flatish malk from The Treehouse, Cornflower Cottage, Cherry Tree Farmhouse and Lavender Barn.
Raleghs Cross Inn is a traditional coaching inn set in a wonderful location on the edge of Exmoor. It serves a wonderful carvery as well as other great meals andhas a large garden with wooden play area and lots of parking. A great stop off if you are walking or exploring Exmoor.
The Orchard is a grear family pub close to the Halse properties- a five min drive or an hour fairly flat walk.
This stylish wine bar style restaurant offers a great lunch and evening menu. The restaurant is in the heart of town, in a charming period building on a side street. The restaurant is both quirky and comfy, combining the best of both styles. The food is delicious, with scrummy puds!
This is our favourite restaurant! Situated in a simple barn Podshavers is a delightful, popular resturant but you need to book well in advance, I believe it is one of the area's best kept secrets! It serves exquisite food in contemporary surroundings.
This restaurant is in the stunning Quantock Hills. It is a great venue, either for a Sunday lunch or a dinner. Serving home grown meat and vegetables.
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West Somerset Railway
Steam Trains to the seaside. England’s longest and best heritage railway. 10 stations linked by a 20 mile scenic journey through the Quantocks onto the seaside. www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk
Cheddar Gorge and Caves
Visit the world famous caves and gorge. A major tourist attraction with plenty to do below and above ground. www.cheddarcaves.co.uk
Haynes International Motor Museum
Sparkford in Somerset is the UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world. For the kids there is a Themed adventure playground. Very close to the Fleet Air Arm Museum. www.haynesmotormuseum.com
An adventure and animal park for younger children. www.tropiquaria.co.uk
Wookey Hole Caves and Paper Mill
Wookey Hole, near Wells, offer a guided tour of spectacular caves, learn about the Witch of Wookey and step back in time in the penny arcade and hall of mirrors. www.wookey.co.uk
Brunel’s SS Great Britain at Bristol
Tickets also allow entry to the dry dock, museum, Maritime Heritage Centre. http://visitbristol.co.uk
A true 21st century science centre combining the best of hands-on activities. http://visitbristol.co.uk
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Visit the new Monkey Jungle! www.bristolzoo.org.uk
Noah's Ark Zoo Farm - near Bristol
See the big zoo animals such as giraffes, rhinos, camels, deer and llamas at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm. Feed, stroke and hold many of the friendly animals or learn interesting facts in their animal shows and keeper talks. www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk
Horse World - near Bristol
Make friends with rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and farm animals at HorseWorld - enjoy touching and grooming sessions and learn all about the animals. (South of Bristol) www.horseworld.org.uk
Crealy Adventure Park
A favorite theme park for children of all ages. www.crealy.co.uk
There is plenty of quality fishing to enjoyed in Somerset, whether it is coarse fishing in rivers, ponds and canals, fly fishing in lakes, rivers and reservoirs and a trip out to sea from Minehead. This link provides a listing of ponds, lakes and fisheries in Somerset. www.go-fish.co.uk/somerset.htm
Here are some links to companies providing adventure activities:
- Barle Valley Safaris on the Dunster Estate see the Esate's varied wildlife with an expert and access parts of the Estate open to no other vehicles http://www.exmoorwildlifesafaris.co.uk
- Exmoor Adventures - Dan French can take you on all sorts of outdoor advenutres http://www.exmooradventures.co.uk
- Active Exmoor - A guide to outdoor activities and events http://www.activeexmoor.com
- Xtreme MotorSport - choose from a huge range of motor and non-motor activities - www.xtremeoffroad.co.uk
There are some beautiful golf clubs nearby:
- Oake Manor Golf Club, Taunton - www.oakemanor.wd-uk.com
- Taunton and Pickeridge Golf Club - www.pickeridgegolf.co.uk
- Taunton Vale Golf Club - www.tauntonvalegolf.co.uk
- Vivary Park Golf Course - http://www.tauntontowncentre.co.uk/Entertainment_vivary_golf.htm Also at Vivary Park is a 18-hole mini golf course, putting green and tennis courts
Hot Air Ballooning
Drifting serenely over the countryside - www.devonandsomersetballoons.co.uk
Places To Visit
Visit Dunster and its ancient castle with fine interiors and subtropical gardens. Dramatic hilltop location with sweeping views over Exmoor and the Bristol Channel. Dunster has a most interesting range of shops and plenty of places to eat and drink.
Taunton, The county town of Somerset, host to first class cricket and Theatre, enjoy quality shopping and restaurants.
Visit Barrington Court with its beautiful Jekyll-inspired gardens, working kitchen garden and Tudor manor house let to Stuart Interiors
Montacute House is a magnificent Elizabethan stone-built house, incorporating National Portrait Gallery exhibition, garden and park
Experience the stunning national park and wildlife of Exmoor. Stunning landscapes, wilderness and tranquillity. www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
The first site in England to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, inspiring the poetry of both Coleridge and Wordsworth. Also very popular for mountain bike riding and walking. www.quantockonline.co.uk
The legendary Isle of Avalon. Visit Glastonbury Tor, the Abbey the Chalice Well & Gardens. Glastonbury also has a number of interesting museums. www.glastonbury.co.uk
A unique collection of three gardens spanning three centuries of garden history and design. All have undergone acclaimed restoration works. www.hestercombegardens.com/gardens
There are many other lovely gardens to visit in Somerset listed here are just a few:
World Heritage Site. Bath is a unique city; its hot springs, Roman Baths, splendid Abbey and Georgian stone crescents have attracted visitors for centuries. www.visitbath.co.uk
Clarks Shopping Village
Clarks Shopping Village, Street. Visit the ninety outlet stores, restaurants and cafes. www.clarksvillage.co.uk
Visit this thriving cosmopolitan city. Bristol's range of attractions are second to none. If you're looking for ideas for days out there is plenty for all ages. http://visitbristol.co.uk/site/things-to-do/attractions