This page probably gives you a lot of information about our surrounding area, please dip in and out of the information and if you need more details we can expand on various aspects that you may find more interesting. Here at Stoberry our aim is to be as helpful as we can to create a perfect stay for you.
Wells & Surrounding Area
Wells City (www.wells-uk.com) is within walking distance, and there are many attractions with a variety of interest for the visitor including Wells Cathedral, The Bishop's Palace and a twice weekly market (Wednesdays and Saturdays) in the Market Place. (more)
Gardens & National Trust
There are other gardens in the locality open for charity under the National Gardens Scheme (www.ngs.org.uk).
There are several National Trust Properties within easy reach, to name a few: Stourhead House or Montecute House, both only about 45 minutes drive away (www.nationaltrust.org.uk).
Rosemoor (a day’s round trip),
an RHS Garden (www.rhs.org.uk); or take a tour around Forde
Abbey, Hestercombe Gardens, Wilton House near Salisbury, all provide a
variety of ancient monuments and houses and gardens to visit.
Cheddar Gorge & Wookey Hole
Cheddar Gorge and the famous Cheddar caves provide a unique experience, only 20 minutes drive away. (www.cheddarcaves.co.uk)
Wookey Hole caves is just around the corner, a five minute drive (www.wookey.co.uk).
Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is a loved attraction with its Stately Home, the Seat of the Marquis of Bath. The Safari park first opened in 1966 and was the drive through safari park outside Africa. It is the home of the BBCs animal park and was the beginning of a revolution in zoological collections. (www.longleat.co.uk).
Visiting and Shopping in Market Towns and Villages
If you enjoy exploring the villages and Market Towns of Somerset, then pick up one of the Village of Somerset books which are part of our selection of books located in the sitting room to help our guests enjoy their stay and plan your day.
The Market towns of Bruton, Caste Cary, Crewkerne, Wincanton, and the ancient Royal Town of Wessex, Somerton, can be explored. You may like to pop in to Clark’s Outlet village in Street with its large range of discount shops. Or, venture to the Mulberry Factory shop in Shepton Mallet and also stroll around the Kilver Court designer Outlets that often offer significant discounts. Roger Saul calls it ‘Smart Shopping’
Aviation, Motor and Steam
Europe’s largest naval aviation museum at Yeovilton is a great day out.
If motoring is of more interest to you, then the Hays Motor Museum where every car has a story to tell is a good ‘all weather’ destination.
If trains are a hobby, East Somerset Railway Steam Trains run through the Mendip Hills on a five mile round trip, or West Somerset railway run various events. The season starts at the end of March, and os open on weekends and Bank Holidays.
If miniature railways are of interest, the 5” gauge miniature railway course near Bristol cold be for you.
Stonehenge and Avebury and Stanton Drew
Stonehenge can be visited from Stoberry House also taking in Salisbury Cathedral on the way. There is now a transformed Visitors centre housing permanent and temporary exhibitions.
This most famous pre-historic monument was built in several stages. Stonehenge evolved in several construction phases spanning at least 1,500 years. This saw the development of an early Henge into its final form.
Avebury is a most impressive pre-historic site built but altered from about 2850 BC to 2200 BC. It appears as a huge circular bank and ditch. Avebury is part of a wider complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age Monuments.Some circles are believed to have played an important part in social and religious life and it is thought somewhere aligned with major events of the solar and lunar calendar.
Avebury with Stonehenge have recognition as a World Heritage site.
The third largest collection of standing stones in England is a little off the beaten track and is known as Stanton Drew. This Great Circle is a complete contrast to Stonehenge and Avebury but its obscurity has protected the solitude of the standing stones of which there are 26 surviving upright stones.
Clifton Suspension Bridge
East Somerset Railway
Photograph 'Midsummer Morning on the River Brue' (Glastonbury Tor view) supplied by and copyright of Jake Vincent of Pennybatch Gallery.