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The Location

Neighbourhood overview

The Somerset Levels are world renowned for their wildlife, especially wetland birds. RSPB Greylake, Swell Wood and West Sedgemoor are nearby, along with Avalon Marshes, Ham Wall and Shapwick Heath Nature Reserves. Westhay Moor National Nature Reserve is the last surviving South West lowland acid mire, and West Sedgemoor (just 1/2 mile away)is England’s largest remaining wet meadow system. You may get the opportunity to spot Eurasian Cranes, starling murmurations, barn owls and other birds of prey, egrets and migratory swans, to name just a few. We’ve heard cuckoos in the Spring too!

Alternatively, find out more about the traditional skills of willow growing and weaving at the Willow and Wetland Centre in Stoke St Gregory which has a museum, walks, cafe and artisan shops to browse. The centre also runs willow weaving courses all year round.

Somerset is home to several National Trust properties with nearby sites including the Priest’s House at Mulcheney, Barrington Court at Ilminster, and not forgetting Wellington Monument (the tallest three sided obelisk in the world) and the famous Glastonbury Tor.

Other attractions, all within reasonable driving distance for a day out include the West Somerset Steam Railway, Well’s Cathedral, Bristol Wave Park, Clark’s Village, Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge. The beautiful Quantock Hills and Exmoor are also not far.

The Quantocks

Closer to home, there is a pub within walking distance – The Royal Oak, which is owned and run by the community of Stoke St Gregory, along with the village shop “Stoke Stores”, which stocks all your daily basics and has been shortlisted for the Farm Shop and Deli Awards 2021.

The location is very rural and therefore generally quiet, but please be aware that the countryside isn’t always totally peaceful….it is a working agricultural environment so you will hear tractors, combine harvesters and other farm noises.

Getting around

Only 8 miles from Junction 25 of the M5, or 11 miles fromTaunton Train Station (mainline). By prior arrangement, we can provide a free transfer from/ to the station.

A regular bus service runs from Taunton Bus Station right past the front door (number 51, Hatch Green Coaches).

There are two electric vehicle charging points located in the car park of the village hall, which is about 1/2 mile away. The points are for use by residents and visitors to Stoke St Gregory and are accessible via an app.

An extensive network of local footpaths start from our back garden, and many lead to some long distance walks including the River Parrett Trail, the East Deane Way and the Macmillan Way West.

Canoeing on the River Parrett

Routes 3, 339, 30 and 33 of the National Cycle Network are all nearby.

Our central location makes exploring the wider countryside possible, with Glastonbury, Cheddar Gorge, the Quantocks and the North or South coasts all within easy driving distance.

We really enjoyed our stay here. It’s a great base location for Somerset and North Devon. The kitchen is really well equipped making it easy to make meals. Great hosts who provided some nice touches upon arrival and kindly did a last minute request for us when they didn’t have to. Also really appreciated they provided recycling facilities including food waste. I often have to take items home so it’s great to see hosts who are taking additional steps to help the environment.

Jenny McHale, 5 Stars