Surrounded by the River Ile is the town and civil parish of Ilminster, enveloped in the beautiful landscape of South Somerset. A proud market town, Ilminster is the perfect place for a romantic retreat or weekend break, offering quaint shops and pubs, with plenty of easily-accessible walking and cycling paths. If a relaxed few days of golf is what you are looking for, a self-catered cottage in Ilminster means you’re only ever a short drive from the luscious green fields of Blackdown Hill. Spend an afternoon in the local pubs or, for the true cider fans, at Perry’s Cider Brewery and Museum. Ilminster is known for its independent boutiques and high quality shops, such as Dyers’, a haberdasher that’s stayed true to its roots for 145 years!
Ilminster goes far back in history, having been mentioned in the Domesday book in 1086. By 1645, Ilminster was playing its part in during the English Civil War. If this unique town’s history speaks to your heart, there’s also the Ilminster Meeting House to visit, a beautifully-kept 16th century grammar school. Better still, the space is being kept alive and thriving, and now functions as the town’s art gallery and concert hall, sure to make for a great night out. For more culture, Ilminster offers plenty of smaller musical festivals, ideal for the summer season, as well as plays and shows, to enjoy with the kids.
If seeing the natural world is what you prefer, a romantic meal for two could be a picnic by the River Ile; go to the greengrocers for fresh, locally-caught fish, and then swing by the wine merchants’ and ask for their best bottle, to be enjoyed at your own leisure, either by the riverbank or from the comfort of your very own holiday cottage. A wonderful place for a serene trip, Ilminster never fails to capture the heart.