Fabulous Mad March Offer – 3 for 2
Wave goodbye to winter and step into spring with a fabulous break in the West Country. Shed the winter blues and embrace the light. It’s time to escape the confines of home and have a night or two (what the heck, let’s say three) in a gorgeous setting with lashings of style, comfort, and fabulous local food and drink to boot. All the Stay Original Co., coaching-inns offer an inspiring setting with a characterful history, chic retreats which are the perfect base from which to explore the glories of the West Country. Yomp through glorious countryside, explore medieval towns, get close to nature, and relax. Whether you’re seeking culture, nature, or a huge comfy bed for indulgent long lie-ins and squashy sofas to lounge on, we have it covered.
Those seeking a cultural fix should head to The Grosvenor Arms in Shaftesbury. It is hosting the town’s first book festival on the weekend of 11th-13th March. Reading the Land will celebrate the very best of nature writing. Join leading authors including Keggie Carew, (winner of Costa Biography 2016), award-winning travel writer and author Philip Marsden, and broadcaster, writer and wildlife television producer Stephen Moss for what promises to be an unforgettable weekend.
Timbrell’s Yard is easily accessible without a car. A two-minute walk from the train station and a hop-skip and jump away from its big sister Bath (the train journey is a less than10 minutes.) Come face-to-face with Henry VIII and his infamous clan at Bath’s Holburne Museum’s exhibition The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics. In Bradford-On-Avon, hire bikes or charter a narrow boat and explore the Kennet and Avon Canal, venture along the Great West Way, duck into the mixture of independent shops and cafés, or brush up on history at the Saxon church and tithe barn.
The King’s Arms situated on the High Street in Dorchester is in a prime spot to explore the delights of the town and the surrounding countryside. Follow in Hardy’s footsteps and explore the Maumbury Rings, just a short walk away. Or lace up the walking boots and stride on the splendid 10-mile Dorchester to Weymouth trail with its sweeping coastal views and quiet valleys.
Sip award-winning Dorset wines at the nearby Furleigh estate. The vineyard which produces outstanding sparkling and fine wine from their 22,000 vines, is set in 85 beautiful acres of land teaming with wildlife. The knowledgeable and friendly team begin tours of the vineyard and winery in March.
The White Hart is a traditional village pub with a contemporary twist and lovely rooms. The hotspot town of Bruton is nearby. Stroll around the stately gardens of The Newt or set the alarm for a Dawn Walk. They offer lots of unique workshops from Botany Days to creating a Herbarum! Or pop down the road to soak up creativity at the town’s international contemporary art gallery Hauser and Wirth. Art lovers are well catered for with fabulous exhibition space ACEARTS across the road from The White Hart showcasing local and national artists.
For relaxation, comfort and country ease, head to the lovely Swan in Wedmore. There’s great walking from the doorstep to the magical Avalon Marshes and the beguiling Somerset Levels. Only five miles from the magnificent Cheddar Gorge and 10 miles from the wide beaches of Burnham-on-Sea and Brean. For a Somerset tipple, our lovely team can arrange a cider tasting at several local breweries and farms.