Places to visit
Always living in Somerset, the Sheppy family still continues the ancient combination of farming with cider-making.
A unique landscape of moorland, woodland, valleys and farmland, shaped by people and nature over thousands of years.
Cotleigh have been brewing in the West Country for over 35 years and have an extensive line up based around their core brands, Tawny Owl, Commando Hoofing, Golden Seahawk, Buzzard and Barn Owl, all of which are available in cask and 500ml bottles.
Exmoor Ales typically would be categorised as a small regional brewer.
Founded in 1980, it was then amongst the first wave of "Micro Breweries". The business has invested and expanded progressively becoming the leading cask ale supplier in the immediate region, directly delivering to around 300 outlets and nationally well represented in the well known pub companies on a regular or guest ale basis.
The Bakelite Museum is an enormous collection of vintage plastics, from the earliest experimental materials to 1970s kitsch. It includes Bakelite objects in a huge variety of shapes, colours and functions - radios, telephones, eggcups, musical instruments, toys, tie-presses and even a coffin.
The Longest Heritage Railway in England
Things to do
The facilities at this majestic Lake in Exmoor National Park offer first class facilities both on and off the water.
Horse Riding on Exmoor
Shalden Shooting School offers coaching in clay pigeon shooting on the Devon/Somerset border near the small town of Bampton.
Birds Hill Days events are not just about the experience of archery, clay shooting or fencing and country activities in Somerset. They’re also about gaining and building on your skills. Whatever age you are, we want you to come away with a sense of achievement and feeling more confident and more adept.
Food & Drink
Just a 5 minute walk from the house, excellent food, real ale and log fires. Booking essential
With it’s delicious cakes is ideal for afternoon tea or morning coffee. You might also be tempted by the Courthouse’s wonderful shopping experience (specialising in rugs and fabrics).
You will always find good food and a friendly welcome at The White Hart in Wiveliscombe
Days by the Sea
A charming little coastal town on the route of the West Somerset Steam Railway. There is an active Marina, an Old Port, quaint houses, shops and a new creative quarter named ‘Container Art’.
‘Kilve’s delightful shore’ (as described by the poet Wordsworth ) is within easy reach of Watchet and The Quantocks . Kilve is a A Site of Special Scientific interest (SSSI) with a wealth of rock pools and fossils to captivate explorers (young and old)
The historic village of Dunster is the gateway to Exmoor and while it is famous for it’s castle, Dunster also boast of a wonderful sand and shingle beach and good fishing.
Blue Anchor, famous for it’s sand and shingle beach has good reason to boast of the utterly charming Driftwood Cafe; the perfect seaside cafe.
Farm Shops & Shopping
Groceries, including local produce can be bought in nearby Wiveliscombe.
(with a weekday delivery service for orders over £20 )
The award winning Thornes Butchers
And a small, but beautifully formed, Saturday morning farmers’ market, where stalls include Tracebridge Sourdough
A steam railway service from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead, with many places en route that are well worth a visit, including Dunster, Blue Anchor, Watchet and more.