The immediate location is dominated by Ham Hill, an ancient iron-age hill-fort, now a country park with 120 acres of open access and the Prince of Wales pub. Nestled around the hill are villages, including Odcombe, all with churches, most with pubs and some with shops. One of these villages, Montacute, is home to the National Trust’s Montacute House, a stately home with gardens, grounds and park. Somerset and Dorset are laced with footpaths, trackways, bridle-paths and green lanes. At the end of the driveway you can join the Pitt Lane bridleway and from there walk to your hearts content. For local paths follow link to Ordnance Survey a brilliant website.
The outskirts of Yeovil are 2 miles away where Asda, Palmers Garden Centre, café and fish-and-chip restaurant are located as well as KFC, Subway and other stores on a small trading estate. The centre of Yeovil is 4 miles away and provides the full range of facilities of a market town, including a golf-club, theatre and swimming pool, as well as open areas such as Nine-Springs Country Park.
Meandering through the lanes and villages is a good antidote to stress! There are gardens, stately homes and tourist attractions such as the Naval Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton. Visitsouthsomerset.com provides full details of events and activities.
One of the beauties of this location is that it is central to Dorset, Somerset and parts of Devon and Hampshire, all within comfortable day-trip undertaking. The villages and countryside of West Dorset, the Jurassic Coast with seaside destinations such as Weymouth and Lyme Regis, and attractive towns such as Dorchester and Sherborne provide a wide choice. Cranborne Chase, Marshwood Vale and the AONB around Beaminster have distinct and impressive scenery. To the north Minehead, Quantoxhead, Weston-super-Mare and Burnham give a different seaside experience and Cheddar, Wookey Hole and the Mendips are absorbing. Wells, with it’s cathedral, the Somerset Levels, and Glastonbury will not fail to impress the visitor. Not far away are Exmoor and Dartmoor and a day in Exeter is very rewarding – you can travel there by train – or go in the opposite direction to Salisbury.