Undulating green countryside and classic ‘chocolate box’ cottages are what characterise this part of the County. Complementing the gorgeous rural vistas is the distinctive local Ham stone, which is the colour of honeycomb. The area boasts more than its fair share of grand homes and landscaped gardens that thankfully are now open to the public for all to enjoy. Examples are Barrington Court and Montacute House – beloved of film companies who cannot believe their luck when they find them.
Lesser known perhaps than the Mendips or Quantocks, the Blackdown Hills which shelter so many of the villages here are popular with walkers and nature lovers and support a thriving food and drinks industry.
As classically Somerset as you can find, Somerton evokes memories of country life at its most quintessential. It’s conveniently walkable: start at the historical heart of Market Square and take in the town’s many landmarks like the rare octagonal-tower Church of St Michael and All Angels.
The quintessential English village, with wide streets and glowing hamstone buildings, many of which are thatched which welcomes visitors to its many attactions.
Known as Ivell in Thomas Hardy’s Wessex, Yeovil is mentioned in the Domesday Book as a thriving market community and is still a country town at heart surrounded by beautiful countryside. An important centre for the leather industry in the 19th century, the town is famous for its glove-making with its football club nick-named the Glovers and for making helicopters. It has numerous shops, a country park, theatre and entertainment centre.Settled in ancient times on a major Roman route through the West Country, Yeovil means ‘town on the river’. It’s south Somerset’s centre for entertainment and shopping, and is a centre for everything from top-league football to leather goods to military technology.
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Bruton is a bit of a one off, even more so than every Somerset town.Miles from anywhere, it’s a tiny and intense place, with shops, houses and chapels crowded close together even though it stands in the middle of tracts of rolling hills, and this gives it a very special character.