Compton Bishop

Compton Bishop is a small parish in Somerset, on the edge of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is eight miles or a 20-minute drive from the charming seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare, and two miles from the bustling market town of Axbridge. The parish of Compton Bishop includes the sleepy hamlets of Newtown, Rackley, Cross and Webbington. Holiday cottages in Compton Bishop are a stone’s throw from the Mendip Hills, where footpaths and bridleways wind their way through some of the county’s most idyllic countryside. In the settlement of Cross, there is a cosy pub, The New Inn, which has been featured in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Its spacious beer garden overlooks the hills, towards Glastonbury Tor. The pub serves hearty, seasonal British dishes such as slow roasted belly pork and ploughman’s lunch, as well as locally-sourced West Country steaks.

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Self-catering holidays in Compton Bishop are perfect for exploring some of the region’s top attractions. The famous Cheddar Gorge, which was formed over 1.2 million years, is only five miles away, and is home to Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton, the Cheddar Man, estimated to be more than 9,000 years old. Visitors can explore the caves and sample Cheddar cheese from the only remaining cheese makers in the area.  The town of Axbridge is within walking distance of your Compton Bishop holiday cottage, where narrow streets are lined with half-timbered buildings. Axbridge is famous for its medieval architecture and was once a thriving river port. For days out by the sea, the coastal resort of Weston-Super-Mare is a short drive from Compton Bishop. The seaside town is best-known for its Grand Pier. During the summer, visitors can enjoy an ice cream or fish and chips on the seafront, or take an invigorating swim in the sea.