Kilve is a West Somerset village in the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, near the towns of Bridgwater and Minehead. It is formed of three settlements and has a beautiful beach, which is popular among fossil hunters.The Hood Arms, a 17th-century coaching inn, is just a stone's throw from holiday cottages in Kilve. The pub's menu is based on high-quality local ingredients, with some dishes incorporating cider or apples, which Somerset is renowned for. Kilve's proximity to the sea means its fish dishes are always fresh and its prime cuts of meat, such as the 10oz Somerset 28-day aged ribeye steak, are sourced from local farms.
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Set within the wild and rugged Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – the first to be established in England, in 1956 – there are plenty of walks to enjoy from your holiday cottage in Kilve. The Quantocks consist of heathland, ancient oak woodlands and vast, rolling countryside. Throughout the area, Bronze Age round barrows, field systems and Iron Age hill forts can be spotted, along with resident red deer, nightjars and grasshopper warblers. Self-catering holidays in Kilve are perfect for visitors who want to explore the county’s countryside and coast. Kilve is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, as its beach is renowned for fossils.
Visitors can trawl the shoreline looking for loose ammonites or belemnites, two of the most commonly found fossils. One of the area's most famous fossils, the skull of an Ichthyosaur, affectionately named Big Ben by locals, is on display at a local museum. A 25-minute drive along the A39 from Kilve will lead you to the bustling seaside town of Minehead. The town is home to the West Somerset Railway terminus, Somerset's oldest golf club and the start of the 600-mile South West Coast Path, which runs through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, before ending at Poole in Dorset.