Whimbrels Barton is perfect for large group holidays where you don’t all necessarily want to be together 100% of the time. 3 adjoining cottages that sleep 8, 4 and 4 guests give you your own space, and it’s brilliant for those with younger children who need an early bedtime, or even for grandparents who like to turn in a little earlier than the night owls. Get together as much as you want to, especially when it comes to feasting time; gather for breakfast at Shovellers, the communal dining room, hold your celebration dinners there – these are happy days at Whimbrels Barton.

It’s always good to see a bit of the local area when you’re on holiday, so go and explore. Just up the road at Stoke St Gregory is The Willows & Wetlands Centre, a few miles further is Taunton, Somerset’s county town, where you can have fun on the high ropes at Vivary Adventure Centre, go bowling or browse the Museum of Somerset. If you like walking you’re in luck because you can stride out from the doorstep and lose yourself in the beautiful countryside of the Somerset Levels. Stroll along the River Tone to Burrow Mump, then have a glass of cider at the King Alfred Inn, pootle down to Langport and amble along the River Parrett to Muchelney where you can go and see the abbey and The Priest’s House (NT).

Go to Somerset Boat Centre at Maunsel Lock and hire boats, canoes or paddle boards; rent bikes from Parret Trail Bikes, or go alpaca walking with Stoke Wood Alpacas. Within easy reach are Haynes Motor Museum, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Montacute House, Sherborne Castle and Glastonbury Abbey. Over on the Jurassic Coast you can visit Lyme Regis and try your hand at mackerel fishing, or hunt for fossils at Charmouth. It’s not far to Wells where you can see the glorious Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace, and a little further are the towering cliffs of Cheddar Gorge.

There’s so much to see and do, and cosy country pubs galore – like The Halfway House at Pitney, The Bird In Hand at North Curry, and The Firehouse at Curry Rivel. But if all you want to do is stay put, we don’t blame you at all; climb in the hot tub or the outdoor baths and chill whilst the sausages sizzle on the barbecue. Spend happy days together in the garden or feasting in Shovellers and just love it all. Make extra special memories!

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