Churchill 30 stands in the peaceful hamlet of Cricket Malherbie, tucked away down a quiet lane close to the border of Somerset and Dorset. Original farm buildings that are hundreds of years old have been given a new lease of life to form part of this incredible contemporary holiday house that’s set amidst glorious countryside with views that stretch across the landscape for miles. If you like that mix of all mod cons and country living, where indoors and outdoors sometimes seem to roll into one, this is the place for you. Gather together your nearest and dearest and come and stay; 10 en suite bedrooms sleep 30 people, there’s an absolute belter of a spa hall with an indoor pool, hot tub, and sauna, and to boot, a games room and cinema room.
There’s plenty to see and do round this part of the West Country, but if you don’t feel the need to get the car out, just go for a stroll around the lanes, or climb the stile across the road and head through the fields to Dowlish Wake for a cream tea at Perry’s Cider or a pub lunch at The New Inn. Go into Ilminster where you can pick up your bits and pieces, browse the independent shops and feast your eyes on the vintage wares at No 57, but make sure you stop for a bite to eat whilst you’re there as the food is gorgeous; for an amazing dinner book the room upstairs at Todays Menu in the square.
Garden lovers will adore Barrington Court, Montacute House, Forde Abbey or East Lambrook Manor; animal lovers will be happy at Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Axe Valley Wildlife Park, The Donkey Sanctuary, and Wildwood Escot. If you fancy a day on the beach head to Seaton or Beer where you can take the family to Pecorama or escape the blaze of the sun at Beer Quarry Caves. Branscombe is idyllic, with a working forge, an old mill and a former bakery with a tea room. Just over the border in Dorset is Lyme Regis where you can stroll around the harbour, eat fish and chips on the beach, play crazy golf and visit Dinosaurland Fossil Museum.
There’s Haynes Motor Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Wells Cathedral and Wookey Hole all within easy reach, all jolly good ideas for days out. Pack a picnic and go exploring on Exmoor where you can discover the gems of the lush river valleys like Watersmeet and Tarr Steps, or those tucked away places like Culbone Church and Porlock Weir. Closer to home you can have a good walk around the ramparts at Ham Hill Country Park, on the forest trails at Castle Neroche and Staple Hill, or enjoy the tranquility of Otterhead Lakes and Wayford Woods. When you’re done, head back to Churchill 30, pop a few corks and sit out on the balcony as the sun sinks over the hills. Paradise in a rural setting. Book now!