The Local area

Explore Somerset

Sitting in the glorious Somerset countryside, our hideaways form the ideal base to go and explore our county from! Filled with cider farms, rolling green hills, museums, cricket clubs, National Trust sites, and so much more, you’ll struggle to fit it all in during your stay! Here are some of our closest Somerset attractions…

The Museum of Somerset

Sitting in the heart of Taunton just 3 miles away, The Museum of Somerset lies within the 12th century walls of Taunton Castle, and serves as a perfect day out on a rainy day. Travel back in time to prehistoric Somerset and learn all about the history, geology, and archaeology of the county, and see the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain. Also on offer are a whole host of permanent galleries, as well as changing exhibitions, activities, talks, live music, and other events.

Sheppy’s Cider Farm and Museum

Somerset is known around the world for its fantastic cider, and that’s certainly the case for Sheppy’s Cider who have over 200 years of history. Their farm and museum teach visitors all about the ancient process of making cider, with so many interesting tools and machines (both old and new) to get hands on with. You also have the chance to meet the farm animals, stroll through their stunning apple orchards, and enjoy all the surrounding wildlife such as geese, ducks, and swans.

Somerset County Cricket Club

Just 4 miles away in the historic town of Taunton is Somerset County Cricket Club where fans can come to see some of the best cricket on offer in the UK. The Cooper Associates County Ground makes the perfect day out all year round, so whether you’re a family of seasoned cricket fans, or a couple on holiday looking to try something new, you’re sure to enjoy your first visit to Somerset’s cricket club! 

Photo credit: Photo credit: SCCC

Hestercombe Gardens

Known as ‘Somerset’s jewel in the crown’, Hestercombe is a collection of world-renowned gardens that spread over 50 acres, and with so many beautiful plants, activities, talks, exhibitions, and other events to see, it’s no surprise that it’s one of the county’s most popular destinations. Wonder through 300 years of garden designs, learn about plants from all over the world, and even buy some flowers to take home and plant yourself!

Tropiquaria Wildlife Park

Featuring a tropical hall, nocturnal house, aquarium, indoor and outdoor play facilities, a café and plenty of animals to get up close to, Tropiquaria in Watchet is a brilliant day out for all the family. As well as animals, the park boasts two life-size pirate ships and an adventure castle for little ones to explore, as well as an indoor play area for rainy days! With 8 daily talks around the park and 4 animal encounters, make sure to plan your day to get the most out of this excellent wildlife park!

National Trust - Dunster Castle and Watermill

The historic castle, watermill and gardens of Dunster are only 24 miles away from us at Cosy Barn, and serve as a fantastic day out for anyone visiting Somerset. Explore the fully restored 18th-century watermill, as well as the surrounding rivers and woodland. After that, take a stroll through the stunning River Gardens which are overlooked by Dunster Castle, and take a break in the on-site tea-room where you can enjoy drinks, cakes, ice creams and light refreshments.

Photo credit: Craig Stone