We are within easy reach of National Trust properties such as Barrington Court, Tintinhull Gardens, Montecute House, and Lytes Cary Manor in one direction and into Devon there is Killerton House. See www.Nationaltrust.org.uk for information on events and opening times. Both Barrington Court and Montecute House were used in the filming of TV's "Wolf Hall". There is an exhibition of costumes worn in the making of Wolf Hall on display at Barrington Court until 1st November 2015.
Six and a half miles away lies Chard, the birthplace of powered flight. Visit Chard Museum which features John Stringfellow’s plane that flew in 1848, many examples of agricultural machinery and a collection of James Gillingham 19th century artificial limbs. Every Thursday morning an antique and collectors fair is held in the Guildhall, Chard. Chard Reservoir Local Nature Reserve is situated on the NE of Chard town centre and is the place to see Great Crested Grebes nesting along the margins. Chard is also our nearest shopping centre.
Going east along the A303 for 5 miles will bring you into Ilminster, an old market town, famously featured by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall in his TV programmes. Visit the Ilminster Art Centre at the Meeting House, and have a coffee there, or of an evening visit the Warehouse Theatre, see www.thewarehousetheatre.org.uk for what’s on. Or visit Perry’s Cider Mill, with it’s working cider farm, tearoom and rural museum. See www.perryscider.co.uk for more details.
Avoiding the main roads take the Corfe road to Taunton Race Course, www.tauntonracecourse.co.uk, for not only racing, but auto jumbles and the Sunday morning car boot. Also in Taunton, which is the historic county town of Somerset is the Somerset County Cricket Ground. See www.somersetcricketclub.co.uk for fixtures list. Every Monday there is an antiques market in Silver Street Taunton, from 9am to 4pm. The Taunton Flower Show is at the beginning of August every year, in Vivary Park; see www.heartofsomerset.com for full event listings.
We are also within easy driving distance of Axminster and into Devon, Honiton with it’s myriad of antique shops. Bridport, just a short drive into Dorset was featured in ITV's "Broadchurch" series.
Leaflets on all the above, plus other visitor attractions can be found in our visitor information folder, which we place in the guest bedroom, or from Chard or Taunton Tourist Information Centres.