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Kick back and relax at Guinevere, our charming Shepherds Hut on the bank of Redlynch Pond. Ready to take bookings soon, the site is currently undergoing extensive refurbishment with the huts being finished to a high standard and fully insulated so you will be comfortable come rain or shine. Please take a look at our images - we will bring you updates as the work progresses!
Guinevere is named after a character in a John Steinbeck novel. This famous American author came to live close by - at Discove Cottage in Redlynch - to pursue his work in a quiet rural retreat from March to September 1959. The task in hand, a retelling of the King Arthur legends!
Perfect for lovers of the great outdoors, Guinevere boasts views from the bank of Redlynch Pond, a private four acre lake. There are two canoes which you may use for fun on the lake during your stay. Please feel free to bring your own canoe, kayak or paddle board too! Surrounded by private fields, guests can enjoy an abundance of wildlife - you may be lucky enough to spot deer, foxes and a wide variety of birds and water life.
Guinevere contains a double 4'6" bed and all bedding, bed linen and towels are included. Guinevere also features a wooden deck with outdoor furniture and a barbecue area alongside, offering a secluded space for soaking up the sun and al fresco dining.
Facilities include a bathroom with a shower, sink and wc with open glazed side in a nearby converted shed. There is also an outdoor kitchen shelter providing a cooking area with camping gas stove, cool box, running water for drinking and washing up, tea and coffee making facilities, food storage facilities as well as pots and pans. Then there is another wooden conversion with comfy seating and indoor dining facilities.
When staying at Guinevere, you will be met by the friendly owner at Redlynch Agricultural Engineering JCB. The Shepherds Hut is located about a quarter of a mile over partly rough terrain, and it is inadvisable to traverse in a low chassis car.
You can also book Guinevere with Sir Lancelot to accommodate an additional two guests. Located 50 metres apart, Sir Lancelot contains two single beds. Please see our listing for Redlynch Ponds Shepherds Huts if you are interested in this option.
Guinevere is situated 5 minutes’ drive from Bruton town centre, a happening small Saxon town just off the A303. In terms of desirable destinations, Bruton High Street punches well above its weight. The medieval street is lined with an eclectic range of small, independent shops, restaurants and art galleries. A short walk further on is Hauser and Wirth, an internationally renowned contemporary art gallery with a changing program of fascinating exhibitions as well as an excellent bar, restaurant and farm shop.
St. Mary's church, Sexey's Hospital with its old almshouses and delightful gardens, ancient bartons (steep passageways), riverside walks and the 15th Dovecote will enhance a lovely stay in this intriguing town. Bruton station has a regular train service between Weymouth and Bristol via Bath.
The Newt is with its much-publicised gardens, restaurants, shops and spa is a seven minute drive west. From the serene pinnacles of Cadbury Castle and Glastonbury Tor to the bustle of Georgian Bath, an abundance of truly beautiful historic destinations are easily accessible from the Shepherds Huts for inspiring days out. Head ten miles east to the Stourhead Estate with Capability Brown’s famous, Italianate gardens. The National Trust's Lytes Cary is a 20 minute drive, and Longleat half an hour away. Also easy to get to are Wells, Glastonbury, Frome and Sherborne. Take yourself further afield and explore the Jurassic coast, accessible in just over an hour’s drive, where you can see some beautiful beaches, go fossil hunting and visit picturesque seaside resorts such as Lyme Regis.
Bruton (a five minute’s drive) is a bit of a one off, a tiny and intense place, with shops, houses and chapels crowded close together even though it stands in the middle of tracts of rolling hills, and this gives it a very special character.
Arts and crafts flourish here in terraced streets of historic houses, and it’s one of Somerset’s local centres of creativity, punching far above its weight. As well as all the local artistic ventures, it now boasts the exciting new Hauser and Wirth gallery, ingeniously installed in a restored farm just outside the town, with it’s Piet Oudolf designed garden and constantly changing exhibitions.
Bruton is a great town for exploring. Its name refers to the River Brue, which flowed dramatically fast through this hill country, and often flooded the town. Nowadays, you can follow any of the alleys which lead behind the houses, and you’ll see the now tamed and picturesque river winding through a deceptively deep valley in the heart of the town.
In medieval times, Bruton Abbey was one of the great religious houses of Somerset, and the town owes its success to that.
Bruton has its famous dovecote. Built in the the 16th century, catering for over 200 pigeons, and now managed by the National Trust, it’s visible from everywhere in the town on a neighbouring hilltop, and is the best place from which to view the town.
Bruton is surprisingly cosmopolitan because it’s easily reached from London, by rail and from the A303.
EATING & DRINKING
Bruton has very fine places to eat, such as At The Chapel, the Roth Bar And Grill and the Michelin starred Osip:-
Roth Bar & Grill, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane, Bruton BA10 0NL (1.6 miles) - www.rothbarandgrill.co.uk
Osip restaurant, 1 High St, Bruton BA10 0AB (2 miles) - osiprestaurant.com
At The Chapel, High Street, Bruton (2 miles). A highly-rated all day restaurant and bar located in a converted 17th century former chapel, this restaurant is well worth a visit, for dinner or for lunch, perhaps in combination with a trip to the Hauser and Wirth modern art gallery in Bruton - atthechapel.co.uk
The Newt in Somerset, Hadspen, Bruton BA7 7NG (3.3 miles) is a great place to eat and has elaborate gardens as well as selling its own fine cider, made from the huge number of different apples that grow there - thenewtinsomerset.com
The Sun Inn, 33 High St, Bruton BA10 0AH (2 miles) - thesuninnbruton.co.uk
The Montague Inn, Shepton Montague, Wincanton BA9 8JW (2 miles) - themontagueinn.co.uk
Rickshaw (Chinese Takeaway) West End, Bruton BA10 0BQ (2.3 miles)
FUN FOR KIDS
Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford, Yeovil (7.5 miles). An all weather attraction, with over 400 cars and bikes in the museum from the 1800s, through the nostalgic classics, to modern super cars like the Jaguar XJ220.
South West Karting - Haynes, Haynes Motor Museum, Sparkford (7.5 minutes). Somerset's number one indoor kart centre.
Fleet Air Arm Museum, RNAS Yeovilton (11.5 miles). A major naval aviation museum, great for kids of all ages, with a large collection of aircraft and interactive displays including a replica of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal and a Concorde, both of which you can explore.Wookey Hole, Somerset (17 miles). Around an hour’s drive away, Wookey Hole is famous for it’s amazing caves, but also other indoor fun, from a hall of mirrors, to penny arcades, an indoor play castle and some outdoor crazy golf.
Ferne Animal Sanctuary Wambrook, Chard (35 miles). Set in 51 acres of stunning Somerset countryside the Sanctuary is a great place to come and explore.
Axe Valley Wildlife Park, Summerleaze Farm, Kilmington (38.5 miles). An hour's drive away, the Axe Valley Wildlife Centre is a small, friendly zoo that’s home to a variety of small animals from around the world, from antelopes to zebra. It’s a great to visit with kids and can also be combined with a trip to Lyme Regis beach and the Jurassic coast.
Fossil hunting from Lyme Regis and Charmouth beaches (41.5 miles).
HOUSES & GARDENS
Stourhead, Stourton, Warminster BA12 6QF (7 miles). Stourhead is the most notable National Trust property and it’s gardens are laid out to create incredible vistas, with temples, lakes and waterfalls.
Lytes Cary Manor, Lytes Cary, Manor near, Somerton TA11 7HU - National Trust - (14 miles)
Longleat House, gardens and Safari Park, Longleat (14.5 miles). For a wonderful day out visit Longleat Wildlife and Safari Park and marvel at the incredible animals that now have a home here, explore the huge Elizabethan house or catch one of the many events hosted here each year.
Montacute House, Montacute (20 miles). Another National Trust house, this one a 20 minute drive, it is of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design and features striking walls of stone-mullioned ham-stone windows.
National Trust - The Courts Garden, Holt, Bradford-on-Avon BA14 6RR (National Trust), near Bradford-on-Avon (26 miles).
Mapperton House & Gardens, Mapperton, Beaminster DT8 3NR (30 miles).
Forde Abbey, Chard TA20 4LS (33 miles). Forde Abbey is a fascinating combination of a medieval monastery and a family home. Beautiful grounds, gardens and tea room are open daily throughout the year.
Hestercombe House & Gardens, Hestercombe, Taunton TA2 8LG (35 miles). This wonderful garden restoration, featuring temples, lakes and formal beds, is the joint work of design greats Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edward Lutyens.
National Trust - Mompesson House, The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EL (National Trust), (TV’s ‘Sense & Sensibility’), Salisbury (34 miles).Wilton House, parklands, woodland and water gardens (used in film ‘Sense and Sensibility’), Wilton, Salisbury (31 miles).
Make Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton (2 miles). A pioneering world-class modern art gallery and multi-purpose arts centre set in some converted old (and new) stone farm buildings. There is also an on-site restaurant, the Roth Bar & Grill.
The Bath & West Showground, The Showground, Shepton Mallet BA4 6QN (7 miles) is one of Britain's major agricultural shows is held here annually in May/June, and many other events are staged throughout the year.
Glastonbury Tor (16 miles). The Tor is a prominent hill overlooking Glastonbury and Somerset, topped by the roofless St Michael’s Tower, and situated near the town of Glastonbury, with tea rooms and it’s ruined abbey.
Glastonbury Abbey (16 miles) - Hidden away in the centre Glastonbury are the awe-inspiring ruins of what was one of the largest and richest Abbeys in England. Set amongst 36 acres of beautiful Somerset parkland and ponds, the Abbey ruins are magnificent and filled with history, legend and myth.
Somerset Cider Brandy Co, Burrow Hill (23 miles). The Temperley’s beautiful and ramshackle cider orchard and press and award winning cider brandy distillery, Also the home of the Cider Bus, famous for its appearances at Glastonbury and other festivals.
Cheddar Gorge, Cheddar (25 miles). A beautiful and remarkable spot for walks, or for the more adventurous to explore its caves or climb its cliffs, there is also an “escape room” experience to try, as well as a museum of prehistory.
UK Llamas, New House Farm, Beaminster (29 miles) offers trekking around the county with Llamas.
TOWNS & CITIES
SHEPTON MALLET (10 miles) is a historic market town with delightful mixture of old and new, some wonderful old architecture and a weekly market, plus a variety of shops, pubs and eateries. Explore the 17th century jail of Shepton Mallet Prison, now operating captivating ghost tours and fun escape rooms.
FROME (13 miles), on the banks of the River Frome, offers a wide selection of shops, as well as cafés and pubs for delicious food. Take a stroll around Frome Museum to learn of the local history, or walk along the river for some beautiful waterside scenery.
SHERBORNE (14 miles) is a market town that is home to the famed Sherborne Steam and Waterwheel Centre, Sherborne Abbey with its impressive interiors, Sherborne Castle and many great restaurants including the Clock spire in nearby Milborne Port.
SHAFTESBURY (14.5 miles) is also a half hour drive away, where you can tour the Shaftesbury Abbey & Museum, explore the Gold Hill made famous by the Hovis Advert and walk in nearby Duncliffe Woods.
WELLS (15.5 miles) is known as England's smallest city, with its historic centre, the magnificent Cathedral situated within a most attractive Cathedral Close, which also boasts the unique moated Bishop's Palace. The Bishop's Palace hosts events throughout the year, please check their website for details. Close by, Vicars Close is home to the oldest complete medieval street in Europe, and the quaint market square offers an array of interesting shops, boutiques and restaurants, and a colourful twice weekly market.
GLASTONBURY (16.5 miles), with its plethora of legends, mysticism and folklore, dates back over 4000 years. With its ancient links to the Holy Grail, King Arthur and the Avalon legends, and Ley Lines, it is considered to be one of the quirkiest towns in England. Today, the attractive town, well known for its music festival, is a centre for religious tourism and pilgrimage, offering fascinating New Age shops and a mystical atmosphere. Located on the Somerset Levels, views across the town are dominated by the world famous Glastonbury Tor, with its enigmatic tower, now managed by the National Trust. Within the town, the ruined abbey offers a fascinating experience, brimming with ancient atmosphere, peace and tranquillity. The attractive market town has a large choice of places to eat and drink (please see our recommendations above), including quaint cafés for traditional English Cream Teas, fine-dining restaurants, cosy pubs and a range of delicious takeaways.
STREET (20 miles) boasts a major factory outlet shopping complex - Clarks Village - which attracts visitors from far and wide. It was the first purpose-built outlet shopping scheme in Britain (1993), and now offers over 90 outlet stores, restaurants and cafes. Street also houses The Greenbank heated outdoor swimming pool and The Shoe Museum which houses more than 1,500 shoes from Roman to modern day. Hecks Cider is a lovely farm shop and cider farm in Street. The Hecks family have been making traditional Somerset farmhouse cider in Street for 6 generations, since 1840.
CHEDDAR (24 miles) is a large village on the edge of the Mendip Hills, renowned for the Cheddar Gorge and Caves, a SSSI. This largest gorge in Britain includes several show caves such as Gough’s Cave, through which Britain’s biggest underground river runs. The Cheddar Gorge cliffs are Britain’s highest inland limestone crags and create a spectacular sight. The village gave its name to Cheddar cheese and has also been a centre for strawberry growing, the crop being transported on the railway, which now provides a fabulous cycle path, The Strawberry Line.
BATH (27 miles) is a beautiful, cosmopolitan city, a World Heritage Site which offers something for everyone. No matter the time of year you visit, you are likely to find events catering for all tastes, from the well-loved Christmas market to music, food and cultural festivals and world-class theatre productions on offer at the Theatre Royal. The streets are lined with every kind of restaurant and a wide range of quality bars and shops. The stunning and well-preserved architecture of the Georgian terraces such as The Royal Crescent are famous. A visit to the celebrated Roman Baths and wonderful Bath Abbey are a must. The American Museum at nearby Claverton Manor makes for an interesting visit, or you could hire a bike or take a gentle boat trip and explore the gorgeous scenery along the Avon and Kennet canal towpath.
BRISTOL (30 miles) is world renowned as a port and has a wide range of museums highlighting the city's history. Bristol can boast some impressive historical landmarks, too, in the shape Brunel’s awe-inspiring Clifton Suspension Bridge and his beautifully restored steamship, the SS Great Britain in Bristol's historic Harbourside. Visit Bristol Museum & Art Gallery which features outstanding collections of art and archaeology, geology and natural history and the interactive At-Bristol Science Centre. Bristol Zoo Gardens is an adventure into an exciting animal kingdom, all set within 12 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens.
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