Wiveliscombe is a picturesque market town located in Somerset, and is situated 9 miles west of Taunton. Wiveliscombe prides itself on its friendly community. For such a small town it offers a surprising abundance of independent stores. It also has a free local newspaper that details local life and even an independent radio station for the area, ensuring guests can easily discover information about the latest events and activities in this corneer of Someerset. It is situated in beautiful rolling countryside at the foot of Exmoor; making it a fantastic place for a holiday in a traditional cottage close to some scenic moorland walks.
The Quad is a large and luxurious Somerset holiday cottage with a hot tub in a rural setting. It features a secure walled garden, 3 fireplaces, underfloor heating, four poster bed, huge Aga kitchen, roulette table and masses of communal space. Sleeps 16. Pets welcome.
Surridge Farmhouse is a Grade II listed rural cottage at the foot of the Brandon Hills near Waterrow in Somerset. The pet-friendly cottage sits on 80 acres of grounds and is steeped in tradition with exposed beams and fireplaces, and offers a games room, modern comforts and an Iron Age Fort.
Wiveliscombe is well known for its independent and unique shops, many still with their original Victorian frontages. The Court House in particular is one of the most popular, and is brimming with fabrics, furniture and gifts, along with a quaint coffee shop with traditional period elements. A farmers market also takes place in the square every Saturday, offering some of the best produce from around Somerset.
There are plenty of places to eat out on those days when you don’t feel like doing the ‘self catering‘ thing. With choices ranging from a delicious fish and chip shop, several other pubs, cafes and other takeaways. The town has three pubs, where real ale lovers can quaff some of the beers from local brewers, Cotleigh Bales and Exmoor Ales
The community feel continues through Wiveliscombe with a great variety of events throughout the year. One of the more popular events is the 10 Parishes Festival, which celebrates the best in arts and crafts with over 100 exhibits in paintings, drawing, pottery, music, film and much more. With the majority of events being free, there’s plenty to get involved in within little more than a short walk of your traditional holiday cottage in Wiveliscombe.
Less than 10 miles east from the town is the thriving town of Taunton. It’s the retail capital of the county with an incredible amount of places to enjoy shopping, eating and drinking along with a mix of specialist and independent retailers. In summer enjoy a day’s first class cricket at The County Ground, or a riverside walk through gardens along the Rover Tone and a picnic in the wonderfully preserved Victorian Vivary Park. For those that want to explore the culture and history of Taunton the Taunton Castle still remains today and today is host to the Museum of Somerset which tells the story of Somerset from prehistoric times to today.
Other places within easy reach are the West Somerset Railway, Britain’s longest preserved steam railway, running from nearby Bishop’s Lydeard to Minehead and villages along the Somerset Coast. These include Dunster with its magnificent castle and the quaint harbour village of Watchet – all stops reachable by steam train!