LongleatEnter a land of adventure. Where lions roam. Tigers stalk. And monkeys swing. Travel through time in a grand stately home. Lose yourself in one of our magical mazes. Hold exotic creatures from the ends of the Earth. This is Longleat. Jump in.
BeachesBeaches nearby (1hr 15 mins) – Chesil Beach Burton on Bradstock Abbotsbury Swannery
Sacred Sites, Historic Houses and Gardens, Crop Circles
All within easy reach of Vale Centre (under 1hrs drive)
Stonehenge (45min drive)
Summer Solstice Monday 21st June 11.58am
(individuals to organize their own travel arrangements)
Stone Circle at AvebruryWorld-famous stone circle and on-site museum at the heart of a prehistoric landscape (1hour)
Glastonbury AbbeyGlastonbury Abbey – discover the history, legends and spirit. (45mins)
Chalice WellThe Chalice Well at Glastonbury is one of Britain’s most ancient wells (45mins)
Prominent hill overlooking the Isle of Avalon, Glastonbury and Somerset (45mins)
ShaftesburySteeped in history and tradition, Shaftesbury offers visitors breathtaking views and the warmest of welcomes.
Ancient Iron Age Forts
Maiden CastleMaiden Castle in Dorset is one of the largest and most complex Iron Age hillforts in Europe.
Cadbury Castle, said to be the legendary Camelot, stronghold of Kind Arthur.
Historic Houses & Gardens
The Roman Bath house is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing. Well worth a visit. (1hr 10 mins)
Charles Dowding Organic Gardening, the ‘Natural No Dig Way’ (10 min)
The magificant Durdle Door arch and beach is part of the Lulworth Estate and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
For specialized tours of the South West To un-earth some of the South West’s hidden treasures book with Peter Kight www.stoneseekers.net. Author of ‘The Wessex Astrum – Sacred Geometry in a Mystical Landscape’. Details on his website and with ‘Discover Dorset Tours’ to get some fabulous days out with guides (small numbers).www.discoverdorset.co.uk
We can help with taxi services or groups can get together to hire a car. The local buses are not that efficient.
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There are a numbber of village pubs, supermarkets and farm shops within a 10 min drive. See our guide for more information
Gillingham: Waitrose, Chantry Fields, Gillingham SP8 4UA
(delivery to Vale Centre cottages BA9 9PH)
Wincanton: Morrisons:Southgate Rd, Wincanton BA9 9EB
Lidl: Southgate Rd, Wincanton BA9 9EB
High Street Organics Community Co-Op Bruton run by locals stocks only organic foods and deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables from Devon (Riverford) on Tuesdays and Fridays. 57a High Street BRUTON BA10 0AW
Farm Shops local
Stourhead Farm Shop: High Street Stourton Wiltshire BA12 6QF 01747 841164 firstname.lastname@example.org. (great for cheese and organic beef)
Udder Farm shop and restaurant: Manor Farm, Front St, East Stour, Gillingham SP8 5LQ
Frome Farmer’s Market the second Saturday of each month
Fresh/freezer food, cakes and scone teas can also be ordered in advance from Cats Whiskers Company based in our courtyard (Tel: 07748 643783)
Our Favourite is At The Chapel at Bruton, patisserie (delicious croissants), breakfast and newspapers. They also have a proper bread oven and pizzas to take away. Lunch and Evening meals best to book. Good for families.
The Old Bake House, Castle Cary.
A big selection of pubs: The Stapleton Arms at Buckhorn Weston, Queen’s Arms at Cadbury, White Lion in Bourton, Bell and Crown at Zeals, Stag Head’s Inn at Yarlington, Kings Arms in Charlton Hawthorne, Spread Eagle at Stourhead. National Trust houses have their tea-rooms and restaurants. The Beckford Arms in Tisbury, The Manor House Inn at Ditcheat. Messums at Tisbury art gallery and coffee shop in tithe barn.
Ross Bar and Grill (in the Hauser & Wirth Modern Art Gallery) at Durslade Farm , Dropping Lane, Bruton BA10 ONL Tel 01749 814060 http://www.hauserwirthsomerset.com
Howard House Hotel Restaurant: http://www.howardshousehotel.co.uk
The Foresters at Donhead St Andrew has a good restaurant: http://www.theforesterdonheadstandrew.co.uk
Rose and Crown Restaurant in Trent: http://www.theroseandcrowntrent.co.uk
Little Barwick House has a very good reputation: http://www.littlebarwick.co.uk
The Green in Sherborne is good too: http://www.greenrestaurant.co.uk