There's lots to do in our lovely part of Somerset but here are a few to start with.
If you have any questions or need any other information please feel free to ask.

Barrington Court

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Barrington, near Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ

We are very lucky to have Barrington Court in our village. An atmospheric fragment of old Somerset: an empty Tudor manor house, beautifully restored in the 1920s, with farm buildings, abundant flowers and orchards.

The Court features some beautiful walled gardens and the oak panelling collection of Colonel A.A. Lyle who rented the property in the 1920’s.

The estate also includes some wonderful artisans workshops in the old farm building. Here you’ll find Barrington Pottery, Jozef Mesar - Master Woodcarver, Holland Chairs, Andrew Clarke - Goldsmith and Barrington Patchwork.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/barrington-court

Montacute House

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Montacute, Somerset, TA15 6XP

A masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone and surrounding garden, it is a place of beauty and wonder. A stroll around Montacute House offers a glimpse of historic interiors, beautiful furniture and fantastic portraits.
 

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house

Lytes Cary Manor

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near Somerton, Somerset, TA11 7HU

Intimate manor house with Arts and Crafts-style garden. It was built by the Lytes family who owned it from the 13th to the 18th century. Sir Walter Jenner bought Lytes Cary in 1907 and rescued it from decay.  The gardens are looking fabulous in the summer with our bright borders and luscious lawns; go and soak up the gardens and get lost amongst the hedge rows. Take a walk through the orchard and see what is ripening on the trees, or find your own peaceful corner to relax and enjoy a glorious family picnic. 

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lytes-cary-manor

 

Somerset Cider BRANDY Company

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Burrow Hill TA12 6BU

Their farm in Somerset sits among 180 acres of cider apple orchards at the base of Burrow Hill. The farm has been pressing cider for over 200 years. You can visit the farm and depending on the season you may see them harvesting, making cider or distilling. There is an orchard walk and among the 170 year old vats in the cider house there are drinks to sample. Guided tours can be arranged and take an hour and a half and you will be guided through the whole process from harvesting the apples to distilling and maturing the brandy. Tours take approximately an hour and a half and there is a fee of £5 per person.

www.somersetciderbrandy.com

Dillington House

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Ilminster, Somerset TA19 9DT

Dillington is a stunning location set in beautiful parkland that offers conference facilities, wedding venue and also it offers a vast programme of short courses, workshops, lectures, concerts and other events. Whether your interest is in Art, the History of Art, Music, Dance, Philosophy, Flower Arranging, Craft, IT, Foreign Languages, Bookbinding or Poetry Dillington has something for you.

www.dillington.com

 

Cricket St Thomas Golf Club

A30 Near Chard, Somerset, TA20 4DG

Cricket St. Thomas Golf Club is located off the A30 near Chard in Somerset. The club has over 80 years of history and provides members and visitors alike the chance to play on a beautiful parkland course with outstanding views across the surrounding countryside. A gorgeous 19th-Century mansion set in the heart of Somerset’s cider country, Cricket St Thomas is noted for the glorious mature trees and shrubs in its 46 acres of Grade II-listed lakes and gardens, the 12th-Century parish church of St. Thomas, and centuries of noble ownership both famous and diverse.

www.cricketstthomasgolfclub.co.uk

RSBP at Swell Wood

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RSPB Swell Wood, A378, Taunton TA3 6PX

The ancient oaks of Swell Wood are part of a strip of woodland extending 10 miles along the ridge from Langport to the Blackdown Hills. Come to find nesting herons and little egrets between March and June, while nuthatches and woodpeckers feed at the car park bird feeders in winter. the woodland has a fantastic ground flora with bluebells and dog mercury carpeting the woodland floor and plants such as yellow archangel and herb paris scattered amongst them in the spring. A shrub layer of hazel provides habitat for the nocturnal and elusive doormouse and the old trees provide homes in cracks and crevices for many species of bat.

www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/swell-wood