South Petherton is a picturesque village set amid fields, apple orchards and cider farms. It lies on the banks of the River Parrett, in the county of Somerset, on the low, gently rolling land of Yeovil Sands. Rising above the village, there is a limestone ridge where Petherton stone, sand and clay has been quarried. With its hamstone homes, along with the occasional thatched cottage, South Petherton is an idllyic base from which to explore this unspoiled corner of the Southwest. A variety of family-run businesses can be found in the village centre, and there are a couple of cosy old pubs serving good food and local cider.
For a Somerset rural retreat for two, take the stepping stone path through a beautiful garden and find the charming Idlers Cottage, a luxuriously warm and cosy ham stone studio with small kitchen area and double bed within the attractive conservation area of South Petherton in the heart of Somerset.
South Petherton is perfectly located for day trips into the surrounding countryside, with the Devon hills to its west, the Somerset Levels and moors to its north, and the hills and coast of Dorset to its south. There are a number of landmarks to look out for within walking distance of South Petherton holiday cottages, including the 14th century manor house of Silver Street, and 15th or 16th century Wigborough Manor House. Just outside the village, East Lambrook Manor Gardens were created by the ‘leading lady of gardening’ Margery Fish, and are home to the national collection of geraniums.
There are many beautiful walks to enjoy on self-catering holidays in South Petherton, including the 50-mile Parrett Way, which follows the river through the village and into some of Somerset’s most spectacular countryside. Deer, badgers and otters are often spotted by walkers. Well worth a visit during your stay in a South Petherton holiday cottage, David Hall is one of the region’s best performing arts venues, with a busy programme of live shows. South Petherton is located just off the A303, which runs west towards Devon and Cornwall, and east towards Salisbury and London.