Places to visit
Park Farm Country Cottages are perfectly located for those who value the peace and tranquility of the countryside and yet wish to explore the many attractions that Bristol, Bath, Wells and the surrounding area have to offer.
Within 30 minute walk of the cottages is the ancient stone circle and toll house at Stanton Drew and Maes Knoll Tump an iron age hill-fort from which there are panoramic views of Bristol, The Severn Bridge/Estuary as well as the Chew Valley with it's lakes!
Maes Knoll Tump is part of the 3 Peaks Circular Walk, (Forest of Avon) the Community Forest Path also passes through the farm, as well as the National Cycle Route 3.
The village of Chew Magna (5 min drive,25 min walk) is our very attractive local centre, and has an interesting history. It was once a thriving woollen centre, it has raised pavements and many listed buildings, from pretty cottages to large Georgian houses and medieval buildings.
Chew Magna has 3 pubs all serving good food, a good village food store, a traditional butcher, 2 banks, a post office/gift shop and a cafe/gift shop, and is an excellent place to wander and explore.
Chew Valley Lake (2.5 miles) along with it's sister lakes are very popular with anglers and birdwatchers, with over 260 types of birds have been recorded there, the restaurant and picnic facilities at Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes provide a lovely setting for refreshment perhaps followed by a walk along a waterside trail.
Bristol 6.5 miles
Clifton suspension Bridge. www.clifton-suspension-bridge.org.uk The symbol of Bristol built by Brunel to span the Avon Gorge in1830.
S.S Great Britian. www.ssgreatbritain.org iron hulled ship with a screw propeller again designed by Brunel.Winner of "Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2007".
Explore @ Bristol. www.at-bristol.org.uk 21st century science centre, hands on activities and stunning visuals.
Bristol Zoo. www.bristolzoo.org.uk Monkey Jungle, Aquarium, Reptile House,Gorillas,Seal and Penguin Coast.
Bath 13.5 miles
Roman Baths. www.romanbaths.co.uk Thermal baths of the ancient world and Pump rooms. The social heart of Bath for two centuries.
Thermae Bath Spa. www.thermaebathspa.com The modern thermal spa, roof top pool with stunning views across the city.
The American Museum. www.americanmuseum.org Fifteen American period rooms all set within a manor house built in 1820 and surrounded by stunning grounds full of American trees and plants, gift shop, cafe and picnic area.
Prior Park. www.nationaltrust.org.uk 18th century landscaped gardens with fabulous views of the city.
Wells 15.5 miles
Wells Cathedral. www.wellscathedral.org.uk Magnificent medieval cathedral.
The Bishops Palace and gardens. www.bishopspalacewells.co.uk Medieval home of the Bishops of Bath and Wells.
Farmers Markets held every Wednesday and Saturday.
Glastonbury 21 miles
Glastonbury Abby and Tor. www.glastonburyabbey.com The fabled home of King Arthur, and the oldest remaining Christian Church above ground.
In the general area
Horseworld. (2.5 miles) www.horseworld.org.uk Horse rescue charity with award winning visitor centre, meet the animals, gift shop and playbarn.
Noah's Ark Zoo Farm. (10 miles) www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk A great day out for all the family, play barn, maze, feed the lambs, and many other large zoo animals.
Tyntesfield House. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/places/tyntesfield/ Spectacular Victorian country house and grounds (9.5 miles).
Barley Wood Walled Garden. (10 miles) www.walledgarden.co.uk Organic Victorian wall garden with cafe and shop.
Wookey Hole. (15 miles) www.wookey.co.uk Famous large caves, valley of the dinosaurs paper mill, penny arcade, mirror maze and pirate circus.
Clark's Village. (22 miles) www.clarksvillage.co.uk Large outlet shopping village
Longleate Animal Park. (28 miles) www.longleat.co.uk Animal park, Longleat House and landscaped grounds.
Iford Manor. The Peto Garden www.ifordarts.co.uk italian style hillside garden, with sculpture, terraces and magnificent rural views.
Somerset Lavender. www.somersetlavender.com A working lavender farm with shop and cafe. (see website for opening times)
Cheddar George and Caves. www.gitssontour.co.uk/gitsUK/caves (16.5 miles) Limestone cliffs 450ft high, gorge 3 miles long, with Gough's and Cox's cave.
Avon Valley and wildlife adventure park. (8 miles). www.avonvalleycountrypark.co.uk
Bowood www.bowood.org Adventure playground "Capability" Brown designed gardens and stately home.
Dyrham Park www.nationaltrust.org.uk (17 miles) Spectacular late 17th century mansion, garden and deer park.
Fleet Air Arm Museum. www.fleetairarm.com Europes largest collection of naval aircraft.