We have provided just a flavour of the many local attractions, facilities and shopping in the local area. The tourist information centre is at the Cartgate Picnic Area on the A303, just west of Compton Pauncefoot. Telephone 01935 829 333.
RESTAURANTS AND PUBS
Most local pubs serve excellent meals not just bar snacks. My favourite local pubs within walking distance are:-
The Camelot, South Cadbury www.thecamelotpub.com 1 mile;
The Kings Arms, Charlton Horethorne www.thekingsarms.co.uk 2.5 miles;
The Old Inn, Holton www.theoldinnrestaurant.co.uk 2.5 miles;
Queens Arms, Corton Denham www.thequeensarms.com, 3 miles.
Further afield are:
The Stag at Yarlington www.stagsheadinn.co.uk
the Monague Inn at Shepton Montague www.themontagueinn.co.uk
The Stapleton Arms at Buckhorn Weston www.thestapletonarms.com
The Mitre Inn at Sandford Orcas www.themitreinn.co.uk
The Red Lion at Babcary www.redlionbabcary.co.uk
– as you can see you are spoilt for choice!
Recommended local restaurants include :-
at the chapel, Bruton www.atthechapel.co.uk
The Green Sherborne www.greenrestaurant.co.uk
Little Barwick House, Barwick www.littlebarwick.co.uk; to name a few.
There are many nearby take away food restaurants in Sherborne and Wincanton, some of which deliver. These include Indian, Chinese, Fish and Chips, Pizza and Kebabs.
The Chapel Cross Tea Rooms in South Cadbury, an easy walk away, is open from Wednesday to Sundays for scrummy cakes and light meals in an ancient chapel.
All telephone numbers and some sample menus are available in the cottage in your welcome pack.
You will want to know that Compton Pauncefoot does not have a shop or a pub but…
There is extensive general shopping in Wincanton (7 miles). As you arrive you will find a large Morrisons with petrol. Next door is Lidl. Go into the town, on the one way system and you will find an excellent butcher, Andrew Barclay, in the High Street, as well as a local beautician, Essence of Beauty, an Ironmonger, Florist, Post Office and a couple of banks.
Rather more sophisticated shopping in the nearby historic towns of Sherborne with its Abbey, Shaftesbury, Bath & Wells, which are all within in easy reach of the cottage.
The Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton www.fleetairarm.com
Haynes Motor Muesum, Sparkford www.haynesmotormuseum.com
Cycle Routes and Walks
Permanent Open Gardens www.visitclassicgardens.co.uk
Local gardens open on certain dates included in the National Garden Scheme www.ngs.org.uk
Somerset Wildlife Trust & Somerset Levels www.somersetwildlife.org
Hidden Somerset www.hiddensomerset.com
Swimming – pools at Wincanton, Yeovil and Street
Riding – at South Cheriton
Cinemas – at Yeovil and Strode,Street.
The Seaside is an easy drive away, including Chesil Beach, The Jurassic Coast, including Weymouth (site of the 2012 Olympics Sailing), Portland, Lulworth Cove, Lyme Regis, Studland, West Bay, Charmouth and many many more.
National Trust and English Heritageproperties nearby include Barrington Court, Glastonbury Tor, Ham Hill Country Park, Longleat, Lytes Cary Manor, Montacute House, Sherborne Castle, Stourhead House, Lake and Park. www.nationaltrust.org.uk www.hha.org.uk