This luxury holiday lodge in the Somerset village of Bishopswood makes a fantastic base if you want to explore this quiet corner of the West Country. There's no shortage of things to see and do nearby, but you might just want to stay put because it's so relaxing at Flossy Brook and there's all you need and more besides - plenty of space indoors and out, a well equipped kitchen, a commodous light and airy open-plan living/entertaining room, spacious bedrooms to sleep 12, and a fantastic indoor pool, as well as grounds of an acre with a big patio, play equipment and a wildlife area. It's an undeniably lovely house; art lovers will adore the original prints and paintings that hang on the walls - the work of the owner's parents who are renowned local artists.
Flossy Brook sits in an old meadow in the Blackdown Hills AONB on the borders of Somerset and Devon, within easy reach of the A303 and M5. This luxury group accommodation is perfectly placed for exploring the glorious countryside around these parts; just down the road are Bishopswood Meadows, a former lime quarry that's now a nature reserve and home to a wealth of wildlife. You'll find plenty of good walks in these beautiful hills; put on your boots and take a picnic to Castle Neroche, Otterhead Lakes or Staple Hill where there's an easy access trail with the most incredible views. A little further afield you can take the young 'uns to Ferne Animal Sanctuary or the South West Deer Rescue and Study Centre where they can hand feed the deer. Discover the time honoured tradition of cider making at Perry's Cider Mills, or enjoy some of the many historic houses dotted throughout the area, including Forde Abbey, Montacute House and Barrington Court. Garden lovers will delight in East Lambrook Manor and Hestercombe House, and Stourhead House & Gardens aren't too far either.
Have a day out; catch a steam train from Bishops Lydeard with the West Somerset Railway and alight at Blue Anchor, Watchet or Minehead for some sea air. Head over to the world famous Jurassic coast to Lyme Regis or Beer for a mackerel fishing trip, or to Regency Sidmouth for a stroll along the promenade. Spend time in the Quantock Hills where you can explore on foot or by bike, or book up with Quantock Trekking and see the hills on horseback; climb to the highest summit, Wills Neck or up through the woods at Holford Combe for gorgeous views out over the heather clad hilltops. Visit Coleridge Cottage at Nether Stowey or play Giant Jenga at Fyne Court. Have a day on Exmoor; go to Watersmeet for a cream tea and a stroll along the river, see the unusual clapper bridge over the River Barle at Tarr Steps, enjoy the tranquility at Porlock Weir, and soak up centuries of history at Dunster Castle.
If you shopping's your thing you'll like Taunton, Exeter, and Clark's Village, but for a more leisurely browse round a traditional market town go to Ilminster or Honiton. For family fun or amusing the youngsters, Crealy Adventure Park, Haynes Motor Museum, and Wookey Hole are all within easy reach. Sometimes though, you just want the simple pleasure of a iaid back pub lunch and you'll find plenty within a few miles of Flossy Brook; within walking distance is the Candlelight Inn, a few miles up the road is The Holman Clavel; the Greyhound at Staple Fitzpaine is close by, and the Half Moon at Clayhidon isn't far. Relaxing days, happy memories, book your stay today.