Templecombe is a quiet village in Somerset, five miles south of Wincanton. Self-catering holidays in Templecombe are perfect for visitors who want to experience life in a traditional Westcountry community, surrounded by gently rolling countryside. Several sites of historic interest can be explored in the village, including the Church of St Mary, dating from the 12th century. The church holds a panel painting discovered in a local cottage which has been dated to around 1280, when the Knights Templar held the village./dorset/shaftesbury
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There are several historic pubs within walking distance of your holiday cottage in Templecombe. The Half Moon Inn, with its cosy fireplace and bare stone walls, is the picture of a traditional Somerset inn. In the opposite direction, towards Henstridge, Virginia Ash is another excellent pub serving delicious food and local ales and ciders. However, any of the area's ancient pubs would suffice as the perfect end or halfway point to a walk around Templecombe. There are many beautiful routes from the village to Dinton, Wincanton and Fontmell Down, from which spectacular views can be enjoyed.
Holiday cottages in Templecombe are also an ideal base from which to explore Dorset. The pretty town of Shaftesbury, home to the iconic Gold Hill – made famous by the Hovis advert – is just 11 miles away. For shopping, Taunton is less than an hour's drive away. The town is famous for its impressive selection of independent shops and eateries, set on the River Tone. For beach days, the Jurassic Coast is just an hour's drive from the village to the south, while the coast of North Somerset is almost equidistant. Each with its own character, the two coasts are both home to sandy beaches and rocky coves for rockpooling, swimming, kayaking and sunbathing.