Chew Magna Church

Clevedon Pier

Sailing boats on the lake

Somerset Windmill




Local Attractions

Woodbarn Farm is ideally located as a quiet rural retreat or a base from which to explore the surrounding countryside, sea-side, historic cities, cultural destinations and fulfilling retail therapy. Listed below are a number of local attractions you may be interested in visiting during your stay.

Chew Valley Lake, a 1,200 acre reservoir with a perimeter of around 10 miles was built to provide water for Bristol. The lake is nationally famous for the huge number of birds that live and visit, from tiny reed warblers to Bewick's Swans. Other activities available include nature trails, a tea shop and Woodford Lodge Restaurant.

Local places of interest are Chew Magna with it's medieval Church House and Norman church and Chew Stoke having the smallest street in Britain. Also the Stanton Drew Standing Stones are near by.

For those in search of history, culture or simply a little retail therapy there are some great towns and cities nearby. Bristol, the largest city in the South-West is just 8 miles away. With great shopping at The Mall and Cabot Circus, renown theatres, clubs, pubs and history - no visit to the South-West is complete without a trip to Bristol.

Just 12 miles away is the World Heritage Site - the City of Bath, most well known for the  famous Roman baths of Bath. However, Bath is not just known for its history, it is a recognised destination for shoppers - with a mix of high street standards and smaller, diverse shops.

Wells, England's smallest city is 10 miles to the South. Wells has been a city since 1205, has a fabulous cathedral and a really interesting history. The city centre plays host to an eclectic range of small shops together with a few well known brands. Nearby is Clarks Village, a designer outlet shopping complex in Street with more than 90 shops and restraunts, mostly selling goods at heavily discounted prices.

Cheddar Gorge is the largest gorge in the UK - 371ft deep and is near the village of Cheddar - home to the world famous caves where Britain's oldest complete human skeleton (the 9,000 year old Cheddar Man was found in 1903). If caves are your thing, then you might also want to take a trip to Wookey Hole to visit the Witch of Wookey Hole and other attractions.

The Cotswolds starts just a short drive away around Bath and is the country's largest officially designated "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty". The region is known for its gentle hillsides, outstanding countryside and sleepy villages - typically English in other words. The Mendip hills are also easily accessible with it's wonderful scenery ranging from the limestone Mendip Hills to the tranquil Somerset Levels

Weston super Mare is just 20 miles away. This great seaside resort with miles of clean sandy beach, famous donkeys, level promenade together with the traditional seaside attractions that no English seaside could be without.

Slightly further afield (about a 45 minute drive) is the stately home and safari park of  Longleat - sitting in over 900 acres of parkland, landscaped by Capability Brown and home to Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath.

For those looking to explore, the Quantock Hills is about an hour away, an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Wills Neck, the highest point provides outstanding views of the surrounding countryside whilst the Exmoor National Park, which comprises of 268sq miles of hilly, open moorland and 34 miles of coast is a further half hour away.

There's also a variety of National Trust properties within easy reach, Tyntesfield is a Victorian Gothic Revival estate just 7 miles from Bristol and was built for the Gibbs family  of traders, Clevedon Court, a manor house in Clevedon (also known for its pier) was built in the early 14th century for the de Clevedon family who can trace their history back to the Norman Conquest whilst the baroque mansion of Dyrham Park is set in 274 acres of garden and parkland, a former deer park to the north of Bath and is known for a number of important collections.