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Lantern and Larks, Kittisford Barton

Kittisford Barton is set amongst the stunning scenery of Somerset, just half an hour west of Taunton.

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Kittisford Barton is set amongst the stunning scenery of Somerset, just half an hour west of Taunton. Though surrounded by unspoilt countryside, the site is just 10 minutes from junction 26 of the M5, making it easily accessible and well located for local amenities.

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  • Lantern & Larks have chosen this secluded spot on the Somerset-Devon border as one that oozes peace and tranquility. With the Blackdown Hills AONB creating an incredible backdrop, Kittisford Barton is spoilt for choice when it comes to country walks and patchwork scenery. The organic farm alone is 260 acres of ponds, woodlands, fields and trails for keen adventurers to wander. Guests to the site will be able to see the farm's animal inhabitants, meet the friendly goats or collect eggs from the chickens that live in the orchard – a firm favourite with all ages!

    Further afield there is even more on offer. Grab a map of the local area provided on site and venture into the countryside. You are in a prime position for spotting local wildlife, so keep your eyes peeled for deer and an endless supply of birdlife. Join one of the many walking routes crisscrossing the Blackdown Hills and immerse yourself in the wooded valleys or riverside scenery. An ongoing programme of events means there is always something going on to take your fancy.

    From Kittisford Barton you can easily explore the coastal areas of Devon and Somerset. Within an hour from your base you will find the golden sands of family-friendly Minehead or the saltmarshes of Bridgwater Bay National Nature Reserve, a haven for waders and waterfowl located at the mouth of the River Parrett. The south coast offers Sidmouth's popular sandy beach and the famous coastal town of Lyme Regis which is loved for its stunning location amongst the iconic Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

    You won't be short of places to visit. Somerset is a haven for gentle country walks, quiet evenings and peaceful wildlife, but you're never too far from civilisation either. If you fancy getting back to the city for a while Taunton and Exeter are both an easy drive away and offer a fantastic range of retail centres, independent shops, supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and attractions. Staying closer to home you will also find a handful of towns and villages to explore such as Appley and Wiveliscombe, so if you need to grab a few essentials, you needn't worry!

  • Kittisford Barton is centrally situated on the Somerset-Devon border, ideally located for guests to take advantage of countryside, coast and the surrounding towns. Here you have a destination for all the family with lots to see and do during your relaxing escape to the country.

    History and Heritage:

    Cothay Manor Historic House and Gardens
    The manor, which dates back to the 14th century, is a good half hour walk from Kittisford Barton and is set within 12 acres of atmospheric medieval-style gardens on the banks of the river Tone. This charming building is open for guests to explore and its old rooms include The Great Hall which has vaulted ceilings and 15th century wall paintings. There are often guided house tours available for if you're interested in delving a little deeper into the history.

    Cleeve Abbey
    English Heritage-owned Cleeve Abbey is located in Washford. The stunning building gives visitors a glimpse into monastic life 800 years ago and parts of it date back to the 13th century with a 15th century refectory building still remarkably intact. This Cistercian abbey displays wonderful cloister buildings and provides a charming site of tranquility.

    Hestercombe Gardens
    Located in Taunton, these gardens surround an impressive Grade II* listed country house which was originally built in the 16th century. The spectacular landscape gardens were designed and laid in the 18th century. Different sections have been created over the years, including a formal Victorian parterre and an Edwardian garden, giving the whole space a range of moods that you will discover as you move through. The restored watermill has been transformed into the visitor centre and there are a number of beautiful buildings, called seats, carefully placed throughout the 100 acre grounds, all offering breathtaking views.


    Family Fun:

    Go Ape
    In Exeter's Haldon Forest, Go Ape is a fantastic one for those seeking adventure and fun. You can really let loose on the Tree Top Adventure with zip-wires, swings, bridges and high ropes to master. There are courses for a range of ages so the whole family can enjoy a day of excitement together. Alternatively explore the forest at ground level and have a segway adventure.

    Mansell Raceway
    Roughly half an hour's drive from Kittisford Barton the Mansell Raceway welcomes those who are keen to get their hearts pumping. This karting circuit is 750 metres long and is a great option for friends looking for a good (if slightly competitive) day out.

    Birds Hill Days
    Bring the activities to you instead with Birds Hill Days. Based near Taunton, this company provides a whole range of activities onsite at Kittisford Barton, so you can inject a little excitement into your holiday without having to venture far from the comfort of your tent. The company provides archery, fencing, pistol shooting and clay shooting for young and old.

    Quad World
    Quad World takes things to the next level. This multi-award winning quad biking company has a large circular track that is great for people of any ability. If you've never been before, no problem, you can get one-on-one tutoring and then explore the track at your own pace.

    Crealy Great Adventure Park is spread over 100 acres and has more than 60 attractions that are great for a family day out. Youngsters will enjoy all the different rides on offer or can spend some time meeting all the animals and enjoying petting the friendlier residents. There is a soft play area for smaller visitors and an ongoing programme of events throughout the year.

    Devon Railway Centre
    For railway-themed fun, this Exe Valley attraction includes inside and outside activities including train rides along the River Exe and around the centre, a miniature railway, a model Edwardian village and a model railway exhibition. There are outdoor and indoor play areas for youngsters and the whole site is a great way to delve into the history of the area.

    For animal lovers, this is a day out that you'll remember; there is a range of animals to see and fun to be had at Tropiquaria. The little zoo has a number of zones including the Tropical Hall which is home to different reptiles, the Aquarium, which features fish from all over the world and the outdoor enclosures, which sit within five and a half acres of land. Outside you'll find several aviaries and a range of mammals. There is also a selection of inside attractions for younger guests.

    Longleat is home to the UK's number 1 safari park and is a firm favourite with all ages. There is an incredible range of animals to see from across the world and different zones to discover too. Some you can visit on foot, and others are drive-through. Also here you have the grounds, gardens and Longleat house. Throughout the year there is a range of events taking place; this is a day out with something for everyone.

    West Somerset Railway
    At just 20-30 minutes away, this railway is very popular with visitors to the area. It is the longest heritage railway in England and will take you all the way to Minehead where you can spend a fun day out on the north-Somerset coast. There are often special events, galas and days out to enjoy throughout the year. Bishops Lydeard station has a little museum with a model railway, and a station shop.

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Lantern and Larks, Kittisford Barton

Tel: 01638 563478


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