The local area

The Manor is situated in the charming village of Holcombe in Somerset. It is a wonderful place to explore with a good range of country walks, picturesque villages, towns and attractions to discover nearby. So you can make the most of your time at The Manor, we have put together a list of our favourites to give you a guide:


LOCAL FOOD SHOPPING: There is a small local Co-op store in the neighbouring village of Radstock – Highbury St, Coleford, Radstock BA3 5NJ

NEAREST SUPERMARKET: The closest large supermarket is Tesco Superstore – Townsend Shopping Park, Townsend, Shepton Mallet BA4 5EG

NEAREST DOCTORS’ SURGERY: Mendip Country Practice, Church St, Coleford, Radstock BA3 5NQ, 01373 812244 (5 minutes’ drive from the house)

NEAREST PHARMACY: Crossways, Church Street, Coleford, Radstock, BA3 5NH, 01373 813895 (near the doctor’s surgery in Coleford)

NEAREST HOSPITAL: The Shepton Mallet Community Hospital, Old Wells Rd, Shepton Mallet BA4 4PG (15 minutes’ drive from the house)

NEAREST RESTAURANT & BAR: We are fortunate to be just a 5-minute walk from The Holcombe with its Michelin listed restaurant and bar. As it is popular, we suggest you book a table in advance for lunch or dinner. The Holcombe, Stratton Rd, Holcombe BA3 5EB, 01761 232478

NEAREST CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND: One the village green opposite our entrance is a children’s playground including a zip-wire.

LOCAL FARM SHOP, PUB CAFE & PLAY AREA: Open in May 2021, it is an easy 10-minute walk away. Duke of Cumberland Farm Shop and Kitchen, Edford Hill, Holcombe, BA3 5HQ www.

Spring bluebells in Somerset

Somerset woods © John-Mark Strange/Unsplash

A short drive away

Frome independent market

The Frome Independent Market

THE TALBOT INN:  About 10 minutes drive away in the lovely village of Mells. Opposite the pub there is also a walled garden with a cafe. The Talbot Inn, Selwood St, Mells, Frome BA11 3PN

BABINGTON HOUSE: if you are Soho house members, it is a short 10-minute drive away. Babington, Somerset, BA11 3RW

FROME: Just 20 minutes’ drive from The Manor is the charming and vibrant market town of Frome, with beautiful historic buildings, independent shops and an arty vibe. We love the artisan market on the Sunday of the first weekend of the month.

BATH: A handsome and welcoming city and well worth a visit. Walk to the magnificent Royal Crescent, see the Roman baths, Thermae Spa and find an array of excellent independent shops and restaurants. It is only 25 minutes away by car.

DIVOKY RIDING SCHOOL: Just 10 minutes drive from the house is a fabulous riding school with great instructors, horses and ponies available for lessons. Manor Farm, Downhead, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4LG

A bit further away (30 mins)

LONGLEAT: A fantastic day out for the family. It is an impressive Elizabethan country house set in 1,000 acres of parkland landscaped by Capability Brown. It has a wonderful large huge maze and safari park which is home to over 500 animals, including giraffe, monkeys, rhino, lion, tigers, cheetahs and wolves. Longleat, Warminster, BA12 7NW

CHEDDAR GORGE: Spectacular cliffs and subterranean stalactite show caves to explore as well as caving and rock climbing. Cheddar BS27 3QF

MILL ON THE BRUE: A fun outdoor activity centre with over 40 activities to choose, from canoeing to climbing. Mill on the Brue, Trendle Farm, Somerset BA10 0BA

HAYNES MOTOR MUSEUM: For classic car enthusiasts this place is a must. There is also an amazing outdoor karting track. Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7LH

GLASTONBURY TOR: One of the most famous landmarks in Somerset and well worth a visit. Visible for miles around, the Torr and distinctive terraced hill date back to Neolithic times while the tower is part of a church built in 1323. Glastonbury Tor, Glastonbury BA6 8BG

Glastonbury Tor © Niklas Weiss/Unsplash

Recommended restaurants

© At The Chapel

THE NEWT IN SOMERSET: A beautiful setting for lunch, highly recommended. A359, Hadspen, Bruton, Castle Cary BA7 7NG

AT THE CHAPEL: Very good for lunch. 28 High St, Bruton BA10 0AE

THE ROTH BAR & GRILL RESTAURANT: Excellent dining at Hauser & Wirth galleries and garden. Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton BA10 0NL

THE BATH PRIORY: A wonderful restaurant set in a country house hotel, within walking distance of the city centre. The Bath Priory, Weston Rd, Bath BA1 2XT

THE PIG-NEAR BATH: Top quality food from fresh produce grown in the kitchen garden of a country house. Hunstrete House, Hunstrete, Pensford, Bath BS39 4NS

PONY & TRAP: First rate dining using locally sourced produce in a country pub setting. Moorledge Road, Newtown, Chew Magna, Bristol BS40 8TQ