Batcombe is a pretty village in rural Somerset. It lies in a steep valley just outside the historic town of Shepton Mallet, and a stone's throw from Pilton, the site of Glastonbury Festival. A mile from Batcombe, there is an Iron Age hill fort on Smalldown Knoll, and parts of the village are recorded in the Domesday Book. Holiday cottages in Batcombe have beautiful views over the Somerset countryside and are within walking distance of The Three Horseshoes Inn, a 17th-century pub with an inglenook fireplace, a beer garden and a delicious selection of food and drinks. Westcombe cheddar cheese features in the traditional Ploughman's lunch and burgers, among other locally-sourced ingredients. Well worth a visit, Wild Beer brewery is nearby, on the edge of the village of Westcombe.
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Self-catering holidays in Batcombe are perfect for exploring Somerset’s unspoiled countryside and market towns. Shepton Mallet, once the production hub for fashion house Mulberry and cider-makers Thatchers, is just five miles from Batcombe. The town is home to Britain's oldest prison, which is now a unique attraction. Visitors can explore the cells and learn about their fascinating history. Around eight miles north-east of Batcombe is the quirky town of Frome. Named one of the best places to live in Britain by The Times, it is a charming Somerset town packed with historic buildings, independent shops and boutiques. It is an excellent place to browse locally made arts and crafts and enjoy the finest Somerset food.
One of the best ways to experience the Somerset countryside is by walking, and there are plenty of beautiful routes to enjoy from your Batcombe holiday cottage. The Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is also nearby, covering 380 square miles of chalk grassland, ancient woodlands and chalk river valleys.