The Carew Arms is the perfect meeting place for family or friends, boasting scenic views and captivating history. The pub has a diverse and delicious menu, ranging from Thai style fish cakes to butternut squash lasagne. Beautiful views are visible from the restaurant and the front bar still has its original flagstone flooring, as well as a cosy wood burner. The staff at The Carew are friendly and dedicated to great service.
The Farmers Arms in Combe Florey dates all the way back to the 15th century, boasting tonnes of character of charm as well as a traditional charcoal fired josper oven. The menu contains many unique dishes including jerk chicken burgers, sweet potato falafel wraps and seafood linguine. The pub is also known for its live music and delicious roast dinners as well as being dog friendly.
Known for its friendly staff and mouth-watering food, The Bicknoller Inn is a classic thatched pub with flagstone flooring and a welcoming fireplace. The pub has many cosy nooks and crannies to eat and try the range of real ales. The delightful little pub also has a beer garden with a decked area with patio heaters to keep you warm on those chilly evenings.
The Notley Arms Inn, Monksilver, was built around 1870 but has been recently refurbished back into a classic country inn. The pub serves a selection of Somerset’s finest ciders, beers and ales as well as freshly cooked, delicious food prepared by an award winning team of chefs. The Notley Arms has a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere with its open fires and beautiful beer garden which is perfect for enjoying on sunny evenings.
The Luttrell Arms is a charming, privately owned hotel in the famously beautiful town of Dunster. Psalter’s is an enticing à la carte restaurant which uses local produce involving as little food miles as possible. The excellent team of chefs strive to produce beautifully cooked, seasonal food. As well as Psalter’s, there is a bar and garden area perfect for cosy or alfresco dining on the warmer days. The bar is open daily from 8am to 9pm, serving traditional bar food, from breakfast to dinner.
Hiking on the Quantocks is perfect for people who want to view a vast and amazing range of scenery. Many different views can be experienced from the Quantocks including the Bristol channel, Wales, Exmoor, The Blackdown Hills and many more captivating places. There are many circular and linear planned routes to be walked on the Quantocks from as little or as long as you please. Popular routes include the Coleridge Way which is 51 miles long, originally starting in Porlock but now Lynmouth
The Quantock School of Riding is based just outside of Crowcombe on an beautiful 50-acre farm. The school is situated perfectly in this stunning location, with breath-taking views and access directly on to the hills. The centre is run by a friendly and experienced team of riders to help put any level of riding ability at ease, whether you’ve been riding for years or it is your first time. For children that love horses, the centre is perfect for a birthday party, or individual lessons from anyone from the age of 6 upwards.
The Quantocks feature some of the best mountain bike routes in the South West. A popular trek for cyclist is Dead Women’s Mountain Bike Trail. This circular route begins with a quick drop down through Holford Combe, before climbing up through Hodders Combe and then on to Lady’s Edge, Bicknoller Post and Crowcombe Park Gate before returning to Dead Women’s Ditch. The loop allows cyclists to see some of the beautiful Quantocks scenery.
Many other routes can be found within the Quantock Hills and the nearby area.
There are bike shops in both Bridgewater and Taunton to fulfil any cycle needs, and onsite at Quantock Hills Apartments you will find bike racks and a wash down area. CLick here to find out more at mtbtrails
The village of Crowcombe is situated at the foot of the steep south-western slopes of The Quantocks. The small but charming village can be traced back as far as 854, when it was spelt ‘Cerawicombe’, and has a low population of about 600 but has a volunteer run shop and a 17th century inn- The Carew Arms. The village has a school built in 1870, a newly built village hall and a church house, which is a popular West Somerset wedding venue. Nearby is the famous West Somerset Railway,
The medieval village of Dunster is situated within the many hills of Exmoor National Park. The unique village has a huge selection of historic locations and is home to over 200 listed buildings. Visit Dunster Memorial Hall on the high street to see the doll museum, which is home to a beautiful collection of 1,300 dolls from across the years. Dunster Castle (National Trust) is also a must-see, dramatically placed on a wooded hill, the castle has been there since at least Norman times and is now open to the public. Tours are available at the castle as well as a children’s quiz/trail, a gift shop and tea rooms.
Dunster by candlelight is a magical event that takes place on the first Friday and Saturday of December where the village turns its back on today’s technology and lights the streets with candles. No access or parking is available into the village on these days.
The West Somerset Railway is the longest heritage railway in England, offering you the opportunity to explore one of Somerset’s most scenic routes from the comfort of a traditional steam train. The line begins at Bishops Lydeard and finishes in the beautiful coastal town of Minehead. There are many historic scenes along the way, including Crowcombe Heathfield station where The Beatles filmed the videos for ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ as well as the beautiful, cobbled town of Dunster. ‘Day Rover’ tickets are available, allowing you to get on and off the train as you please, giving you the opportunity to discover some of England’s most beautiful and historic places.
Hestercombe Gardens is a magnificent combination of lakes, woodlands, temples, cascades, formal terraces and beautiful views. The gardens are a unique mix of three centuries of design- Coplestone Warre Bampfyldes Georgian Landscape Garden, the Victorian Terrace and shrubbery and the Edwardian Garden Design by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll. Award winning visitor facilities on site include a shop for beautiful items for the home and garden as well as a plant centre. There is also The Stables Kitchen Café, with its bright and lovely courtyard as well as the Column Room Restaurant which serves traditional British afternoon teas and light lunches.
Kilve Beach lies just about halfway between Minehead and Bridgewater, in the heart of the Quantocks. Kilve is a popular spot to search for fossils as the cliffs are formed from oil rich shale, making the area a site of scientific interest. The small and rocky beach is delightful all year around, allowing dogs and having its own small picnic area, perfect for a day of fossil hunting or dog walking. For fans of rock pooling, this beach is great, explore the rock pools and see if you can spot a crab!
A beautiful place packed with history, old thatched cottages, restaurants, cafes and shops, Porlock is a picturesque village with beautiful views of the bay.
Porlock Weir was once a busy port but is now a delightful and relaxing harbour for yachts and fishing boats. Porlock Weir is a popular starting place for many walks and hikes.
Watchet is a charmingly colourful coastal town with an active marina, a port and many beautiful and quaint shops and houses to admire. Some local places to visit include the mineral line, the museums, the fossil beach and paddling pool and the steam railway. The esplanade is a fantastic spot for relaxing with a locally made ice cream (or cider). Watchet is also home to Tropiquaria Wildlife and Theme Park, Doniford Farm Animal Centre and Park as well as being the base for a selection of fishing trips.
Tropiquaria Zoo is based in a 1930’s BBC Radio transmitter hall and is home to a variety of creatures from lemurs to caiman. For the kids the zoo has a number of indoor and outdoor play areas as well as ‘The Shadow String Puppet Theatre’. Venture down to the basement to see the collection of fish from around the world in the aquarium or head to the café for a cup of tea and a snack. The tropical hall is the place to go for an animal encounter, offering the opportunity several times a day to get up close and personal with a snake, a lizard or a creepy crawly.
Blue Anchor Bay is a peaceful, sandy beach surrounded by alabaster rocks and cliffs which are of great geological interest. The West Somerset Railway stops at Blue Anchor therefore making it easily accessible for some peace and quiet after visiting some of the busier locations. Blue Anchor Bay is also a great spot for sea anglers and walkers.
Dunkery Beacon is at the summit of Dunkery Hill and is well known as the highest point of Exmoor and Somerset. The sandstone hill is 1,705 feet from sea level and provides exceptional views over the moors, the Bristol Channel and all the way to Wales on a clear day. The hill is a site of scientific interest and is a common spot for walkers wanting to experience some of the South West’s best views
We hope you have a memorable time at Quantock Hills Apartments.Kate and David Kenyon