Fitzhead, Somerset

A red sandstone village not far from Wiviliscombe or Milverton and only 6 miles from Taunton, with plenty of pretty cottages, some thatched, a few farmsteads and a pub, The Fitzhead Inn (not open to the public - exclusive rental only). There's a14th century Tithe Barn on the corner of the churchyard, now used as a parish hall, and a school house dating back to Victorian times. Note the old bus shelter with its brick floor and pews to sit on, and the staggering views out over the fields to the Quantock Hills. It's a good area for walking, with quiet narrow lanes and a net work of footpaths and bridleways. In the winter the villagers go sledging on the hills; in the summer they paddle in the stream that runs through the lower part of the village. it's utterly quaint and were it not for the cars you could easily think you'd stepped back in time.

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