Dustings used to be the stable block for the racehorses that ran in the point to point in the field across the lane; following an extensive transformation it's now an absolute gem of a large group holiday home sleeping 16 in a glorious setting on a working (arable) farm amidst miles and miles of Somerset countryside in the foothills of the Quantocks.
The village of Kingston St Mary is about a mile and a half away, nice for a stroll around and lunch at The Swan Inn. Bishops Lydeard is close too, with a couple of shops, a cafe, a pub, a working flour mill and museum, and a top-notch restaurant. It’s also where the West Somerset Railway starts; hop on board and take a trip on a good old-fashioned steam train to the seaside.
If you don’t fancy driving anywhere, that’s fine; step out from the door at Dustings and you can walk for miles through private farmland and into the Quantock Hills; the chances are you won’t see a soul and you’ll feel like it’s a world of your own. A five minute stroll from the house there’s a pond* where you can go for a lazy summer picnic and feed the ducks - just what holidays are made of. *The pond isn't safe for swimming, and you must keep a close eye on the little ones as it’s unfenced.
Make a day of it, venture a little further, deep into Quantock country; go to Cothelstone and see the pretty church and the old manor house, or walk from Cothelstone Hill to Wills Neck, the highest point in the hills where the views are spectacular, stretching across the whole of Somerset, into Devon and across to Wales. Climb up through the woods at Holford Combe and walk the ridgewhere wild ponies contentedly graze.
If you do want to take in some of the local attractions it’s not far at all to Hestercombe House and Gardens, and the Somerset coast is within easy reach; spend the day on the sands at Minehead or Blue Anchor, walk the dog at Watchet Harbour, the rugged bays of East Quantoxhead and St Audries, or go to Kilve rockpooling and fossil hunting. If shopping’s your thing you'll love Clarks Village; otherwise, the county town of Taunton isn’t far, and you can tie it in with afternoon tea at The Castle Hotel and a stroll around Vivary Park. Have a day out on Exmoor, see Tarr Steps, Porlock Weir and Selworthy Green; take the kids to Tropiquaria Zoo Animals and Fun or to Dunster Castle. If you like cycling it’s handy that Dustings is more or less right on the Taunton Cycle Trail so no excuse for not getting out, and if there’s a group of you booking up for a shoot at one of the local estates, Dustings is the perfect accommodation, being just a very short drive away from all of them.
There are plenty of places to eat nearby – the Swan Inn at Kingston St Mary, Daisy Cottage Tea Rooms at Bishops Lydeard for afternoon tea, the Lethbridge Arms for home cooked pub fare, or within a few miles are the Farmers Arms at Combe Florey, the Rising Sun at West Bagborough and the New Inn at Halse. Of course, there’s always the option to hire one of our recommended caterers to come and cook for you, lots of our guests do that for special occasions.
You’ll have a wonderful time at Dustings, and if you get stuck with anything, don’t fret because the lovely owners live on site and they’ll be happy to help. Come and stay, come and play!