Places to stay and visit
National Trust, Coleridge Cottage
35 Lime Street, Nether Stowey
The 17th-century cottage was home to Coleridge for three years, from 1797. It was during his time here in Somerset that Coleridge wrote his finest works, including ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’, ‘Kubla Khan’, ‘Frost at Midnight’, ‘The Nightingale’, ‘Cristabel’ and ‘This Lime Tree Bower my Prison’.
This unique protected landscape is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Walkers and off-road bikers can enjoy secret wooded combes, wide open breezy heights with panoramic views of the Bristol Channel coast, and picturesque villages. Find out more about the Quantocks and forthcoming events by visiting www.quantockhills.com
The Somerset coast is world-renowned for its spectacular geology. At Kilve beach and Quantoxhead you and your family can search for fossils. Enjoy a range of breezy walks, too. Try parking at East Quantoxhead and then following a circular walk along the cliffs to Kilve and back across fields.
This historic Georgian landscape garden has been painstakingly and lovingly recreated. Explore fifty acres of lakes, temples, cascades, and panoramic views that will take your breath away. There is also a fine formal Victorian terrace and shrubbery, and a stunning Edwardian garden designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll.
This charming little coastal town and port is a few miles along the coast from Nether
Stowey. It has a marina, streets lined with shops and picturesque houses, and a small but fascinating museum.
The stunning medieval village of Dunster is on the borders of Exmoor National Park. Renowned as a tourist honeypot, it has a castle, yarn market, tithe barn and a labyrinth of back lanes with historic cottages.
Remember to visit the National Trust’s Dunster Castle. This ancient building has an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower, and is set in a dramatic position on the top of a wooded hill. Stand on the terrace and you can enjoy stunning vistas across the Bristol Channel. The Luttrell family lived there for over half a millennium.
The Steart peninsula, just a short drive from Nether Stowey, has long been a birdwatcher’s paradise. The area has recently undergone major developments. Hundreds of hectares have been transformed into new saltmarsh and freshwater habitats to attract wading birds and wildfowl.
PLACES TO STAY
Lime Street, Nether Stowey
The Old Cider House
25 Castle Street, Nether Stowey
The Old House
St Mary Street, Nether Stowey