Somerset, once called the “Land of the Summer People” has so much to offer whether it’s the beach, the moors, historic houses and castles, gardens, the levels and wetlands, Exmoor National Park, the Quantock Hills or its famous cider or cheese – it is a county of incredible contrasts and has something for everyone – you will never be short of something to do!
We have an impressive collection of gardens within an easy drive of Frog Street Farmhouse, be inspired by their different styles and characters:
Bishop’ s Palace and Gardens, The
Cothay Manor and Gardens
East Lambrook Manor Gardens
Forde Abbey and Gardens
Kilver Court Secret Gardens
Lytes Cary Manor
Walled Gardens of Cannington, The
Some great days out
You will never be short of something to do, whatever your interest you’ll be spoilt for choice:
Cheddar Gorge and Caves
Fleet Air Arm Museum
Haynes International Motor Museum
Museum of Somerset
West Somerset Railway
Frog Street Farmhouse is approximately 40 minutes drive to the coast. One of our favourites is Lyme Regis where you can escape the pace of twenty-first-century life. Famous for geology and fossils, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that remains unspoiled. You should be sure to visit the harbour at Lyme Regis, where there is a famous stone construction known as the Cobb that shelters the boats. A Literary Lyme Walking Tour might be more your thing, as the Cobb features in John Fowles’ novel “The French Lieutenant’s Women” as well as in Jane Austen’s “Persuasion. Or just enjoy a delicious portion of fish and chips followed off by some local ice cream.
The Somerset Levels
The Levels and Moors lie in the heart of Somerset. They are one of lowland Britain’s most unchanged landscapes. The remoteness of the area provides an ideal atmosphere for cycling or walking. The levels are a bird watchers paradise, it has the largest lowland population of breeding wading birds and is a great place to hear bittern, watch otters, and between Autumn and February see starling murmurations, surely one of nature’s best and most magnificent sights, the starlings form into sweeping ball like shapes in their thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands before flying down and roosting in the trees.
Anyone for a game of golf. Why not bring your clubs along and have a round at one of our local courses:
Enmore Park Golf Club
Oake Manor Golf Club
Swingrite Driving Range
Taunton and Pickeridge Golf Club
Vivary Park Golf Course
There is stunning horse riding to be had in Somerset. Those who enjoy hacking will be rewarded with idyllic surroundings if they head into the Quantock Hill. The riding schools can accommodate absolute beginners to experienced riders and will give you the experience of a lifetime.
So want to do something out of the norm or give your creative side a go, how about some of these:
With a flight in the Taunton area you are likely to see the vale of Taunton full of orchards, lush hedgerows, narrow lanes, hamlets and willows growing along the ditches and streams. Taunton flights have views stretching across Bridgwater, Wellington and the Blackdown, Quantock & Brendon Hills reaching up to Exmoor. Contact Aerosaurus Balloons, Tel 01404 823102
Willow Workshop and Sculpture Course
Why not sign up to a willow workshop and sculpture course and take home the ultimate garden decoration – Louise did a course and created a lovely life size deer! Contact: Sarah Le Breton Tel 01392 882165
Book a course at Frogmary Green Farm and join one of their many cookery courses, have a go at sausage making, bread making or one of the many others on offer. For more information check them out at www. cookitatfrogmary.co.uk
Try one of the craft courses being held at Lilac Barn, they range from upholstery to lampshade making. www.lilacbarn.co.uk
In addition to all this Somerset also plays host to the world famous Bridgwater Carnival (1st Saturday of November), it has a National Hunt Race course, a County Cricket ground, is the home to England’s smallest city Wells and of course has plenty of places producing Somerset cider!