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Kingston Seymour is a small rural village on the coast between Clevedon and Weston super Mare. The village church is a grade 1 listed building and worth a visit. A walk to the seawall is also worth a trip - the area is a designated SSSI (site of special scientific interest) and is renowned for its bird-life so remember to bring your binoculars.
The town of Clevedon is 4.5 miles away with its grade 1 listed Victorian Pier and Bandstand, Poet’s Walk, Salt House Playing Fields and National Trust property Clevedon Court. Clevedon also featured heavily in the ITV series Broadchurch. The Strawberry Line is a very popular cycling trail converting the old railway line from Clevedon to Cranmore into a network of safe paths for walkers, cyclists, families and residents to enjoy.
Still on a cycling theme - if you're feeling energetic, we're a recommended place to stay in the excellent London to Land's End Cycling Guide - click here for further information. We're in a popular Dutch cycling guide too.
At Wraxall (halfway between Kingston Seymour & Bristol) is the recently acquired National Trust property Tyntesfield House - well worth a visit in our opinion.
Portishead has a nice marina - try parking near Waitrose and walking alongside the marina, past the lock gate and out to the seawall. You can eat at The Royal Hotel or Bottelino's or try Hall & Woodhouse, a pub with great views and an awarding-winning design of glass and shipping containers!
We are just 15 miles south of the city of Bristol with endless attractions such as the Cathedral, the Zoo, the SS Great Britain, The Matthew, Clifton Suspension Bridge, the Museum & M-Shed, the excellent @Bristol complex and Cabot Circus Shopping Centre. You can also visit annual events such as the fantastic, internationally renowned Bristol Balloon Fiesta which takes place at Ashton Court Estate every August and the Harbourside Festival with live music, food, family entertainment and lots going on on the water (funnily enough on the harbourside!). There are great entertainment venues too: Bristol's Colston Hall and Hippodrome attract world-class performers/stageshows and the O2 Academy is a smaller more intimate venue which also has really good bands performing there.
At Junction 17 of the M5 there is the very popular shopping mall at Cribbs Causeway.
The Visit Somerset website is a useful source of information of things to do and what's on in the local area. A fantastic annual event to visit is the North Somerset Agricultural Show which takes place in May on the showground in Wraxall - a really great day out for all the family.
Bath, with its many attractions is easily reached by car or by train - Yatton railway station is 2.5 miles away, 5 minutes drive from the cottages. The station is on the main Penzance to London Paddington line.
Other notable areas to visit are Cheddar Gorge and Caves; Wookey Hole and Caves; the historic City of Wells with its beautiful Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace; Glastonbury with its mystical Tor and lovely surrounding countryside; Burrington Combe and The Mendip Hills for walking. Have a look at the Hidden Somerset website for some interesting places too. There are also many good local walks.
Finally, we should mention our local Somerset cider! Our county is a traditional cider-making area and we are lucky enough to have some great producers close by. Beware though, it goes straight to your knees! Try Crossman's Cider from Mayfield Farm, Hewish about a 15 minute drive from us down the A370. Ben is Phil's second cousin and is a small traditional producer. Thatchers Cider is about a 20 minute drive away at Myrtle Farm in the village of Sandford. You may be familiar with Thatchers Gold but you really should try the Traditional or Cheddar Valley varieties which are cloudy in appearance. Thatchers now own The Railway Inn next door to Myrtle Farm where you can experience the cider menu as well as some excellent dining (booking recommended). Rich's Cider Farm can be found 2 miles from junction 22 of the M5.
For suggestions of where to eat and drink in the area click here.