All about Puckington
Set in the pretty village of Puckington, The Old Post Office is surrounded by pastoral beauty with an array of chocolate box cottages lining gorgeous country lanes that are encircled by open fields. The peaceful location means the cottage's garden and the local area are home to an array of magical wildlife, including hedgehogs, rabbits and badgers.
The Old Post Office is easily accessed from both the M5 and the A303 making it the ideal location for exploring the best areas, not only of Somerset, but also Dorset and Devon. Within easy reach of the cottage there are several excellent attractions, as well as a host of good pubs and award winning shops.
When staying at the cottage there are some very nice walks to explore directly from your front doorstep, including one that leads to the nearby village of Barrington, where you can enjoy a meal in the Barrington Boar, a pet and family friendly pub. Walk a little further along the lane and discover the National Trust property Barrington Court, which is an excellent example of a Tudor House.
Some other lovely pubs in the local area include the Smokery in Hambridge, The Castle Restaurant in Taunton and the Lord Poulett Arms at Hinton St George.
For local shops, Shepton Beauchamp is only a couple of miles away and has a general village store, post office and butcher. For more extensive shopping, Ilminster is a 10 minute drive and has a good range of shops, as well as a supermarket and bank. Situated in Ilminster are the excellent delicatessen, Sara's Dairy, and the award-winning Bonners Butchers, which is able to deliver within the local area.
The Old Post Office is only a 40 minute drive from both the north and south coast, so a day at the beach is a must. Visit Burnham-on-Sea in the north for a lovely sandy beach with pier and donkey rides, or search for fossils along the Jurassic Coast with a trip to Lyme Regis. Whichever beach you visit you are guaranteed a fun filled family day out.
For a day in the hills, the Mendips and Blackdowns are all within easy reach, as is the Exmoor National Park, which is situated just beyond Taunton. Follow the road from the town towards the seaside at Minehead or hop on board the train at Bishops Lydeard and ride the West Somerset Steam Railway through the open countryside admiring the views and coastline.
Other attractions in the nearby area include Mulchelney Abbey, Glastonbury Tor and Cheddar Gorge. For a wonderful shopping experience, Clarks Village at Street is within easy reach of the cottage and is home to more than 90 discount designer outlets. Many other villages and towns in Somerset are also able to provide a memorable day out, and the cities of Bath and Wells are not too far.
Many outdoor activities can be enjoyed in Somerset with several footpaths and cycle routes within the local region. There are also places to relax and enjoy a spot of fishing, local stable yards offering horse rides across the open countryside and several golf courses.
For more detailed information about some of the more notable places to visit in Somerset please see our Things to Do page.