You’ll have the most perfect large group holidays in the UK when you stay at Kingshay Barton because this place ticks all the boxes for happy family holidays. A gorgeous setting, tucked away at the end of a no-through lane, 2 acres of grounds, snooze space for 20 guests (room for 3 more charged extra per person), a fabulous spa hall with a pool, hot tub and sauna, a games room, a stunning cinema room, and a rustic BBQ bothy.
Kingshay Barton has oodles of country character; the walls are of the local golden Ham stone, there are big thick beams, and lots of quirky features. Despite being snucked away from the road in the village of Misterton it’s only a short stroll to Cedric's, the local shop, and within a few minutes you can be in Crewkerne, the nearest town. There you’ll find supermarkets, independent shops, the kooky Antiques Bazaar, a beautiful 15th century church, and if you fancy a pint, The Crooked Swan or Oscar’s Wine Bar.
Just a few miles away is the Dorset border, which means the coast is within easy reach. Spend a day at Lyme Regis where you can book a mackerel fishing trip, have a family visit to Dinosaurland Fossil Museum or play crazy golf in the town gardens. Go fossil hunting at Charmouth, walk up over the cliffs on the South West Coast Path, watch the comings and goings in the harbour at West Bay, have lunch with the sea in front of you at Hive Beach Café at Burton Bradstock. If you prefer a quieter scene, check out Cogden, West Bexington, Seatown or Eype. The East Devon Coast is just as easy to get to, with the golden sands at Sidmouth, the peaceful villages of Beer and Branscombe, and the long pebbly beach at Seaton.
If you like walking your best bet are the fields and footpaths right at the end of the garden, but a little further away Ham Hill Country Park, Wayford Woods and Stonebarrow Hill will appeal. If you like historic houses with glorious gardens there’s Forde Abbey, Montacute House, Barrington Court and Mapperton House & Gardens all within easy reach. Have a day out exploring the Dorset heaths and see Thomas Hardy’s Cottage at Higher Bockhampton, have a stroll around Dorchester where you can visit The Dinosaur Museum, the Roman Town House, and the Teddy Bear Museum. Head to Sherborne, see the castle and the breathtaking abbey, go to Bridport and catch the eclectic street market on Saturdays, then browse the vintage quarter.
There are heaps of family attractions in this neck of the woods too – Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Haynes Motor Museum and Fleet Air Arm Museum. Among the many things to do are golf at Long Sutton or Cricket St Thomas, clay pigeon shooting and fishing at Coombe Farm Organic, pony trekking at Downclose Stables, and a falconry experience at Sharandy’s Birds of Prey.
Of course no holiday in the country is complete without a laid back lunch in a country pub, and round these parts you’ll find plenty; the Lord Poulett Arms at Hinton St George is excellent, but also worth finding are Dinnington Docks, the White Horse at Haselbury Plucknett and The Pymore Inn near Bridport. Good for families are Haselbury Mill and Winyard’s Gap Inn where the views will knock your socks off. Alternatively, stay put and call in the team from Coombe Farm Organic who will come and cook you something truly scrumptious.
Whatever you decide to do, we know it will be such a special time when you stay at Kingshay Barton. Check availability and book today!