We believe our location is one of the best things about Cookswood. If you want to wander further afield, there are many treasures in the local villages surrounding the estate. Countless landmarks and attractions can be discovered in the local towns and cities, with the Somerset and Dorset coasts also being within easy reach.
We believe our local community is one of the best things about Cookswood. From annual local village fetes to unique one-off celebrations, there's always something to get involved in during your stay with us. As a business we've donated over £10,000 across the last 5 years to various events and projects to do our part in looking after our community.
There are many treasures in the local villages surrounding Cookswood. Just a handful of examples include the village of Mells: only 5 minutes away and known for its stunning walled gardens, thatched cottages, stylish pubs and annual daffodil festival. Located in the pretty village of Nunney is the picturesque Nunney Castle, a well preserved 13th-century castle open all year for visitors.
In Cranmore, you are able to visit the Cranmore tower, the highest point on the Mendip Way with breathtaking panoramic views of Somerset and surrounding counties.
The historic city of Bath is a mere 20 minutes away from Cookswood. Holding a prestigious UNESCO world heritage title, the picturesque city known for its outstanding Roman and Georgian architecture and beautiful Bath Stone has everything you need. Filled with museums, galleries, and sites of interest like the famous Roman Baths. It’s easy to see why Jane Austen made Bath her home in the early 18th Century and made the city a setting for two of her novels. As well as the history, Bath is also a vibrant and modern city, with all the metropolitan amenities you would expect. With a fantastic reputation for food and drink, Bath has a plethora of restaurants and bars (including several awarded Michelin stars) gastropubs and artisan delis. You can also discover food and drink festivals, as well as incredible farmers, artisan and Christmas markets.
A shopper’s dream, Bath offers an abundance of high end and independent boutiques, set in the historic high street and discoverable alleyways and courtyards. Of course, a visit to Bath isn’t complete without relaxing at the famous spa and Roman Baths. The natural hot springs have been attracting visitors for thousands of years. Finally, Bath is known as being one of the safest cities in the UK, plus its compact size means you can explore all it has to offer freely on foot. In the heart of Bath is the Kennet and Avon Canal, a unique Georgian canal, offering pretty walks and the opportunity to hire a canal or narrowboat.
Just 10 minutes away from Cookswood, beautiful Frome has so much to offer. Not only has The Sunday times voted Frome as the best place to live in the UK, it has also been voted the most stylish place to live in England. The vast amount of independently owned shops that dot the cobbled streets, combined with a constant flow of unique events create a wonderful sense of community.
Weekly markets and beautiful antique and vintage shops, combined with delicious artisan eateries make it the ultimate shopping destination in the South West.
Wells, the smallest city in England, has so much to offer visitors. Just 20 minutes from Cookswood, Wells is famous for its grand 13th centuary cathedral, the first example of gothic architecture in the UK. Adjoining the cathedral is Vicars close, believed to be the only complete medieval street left in England.
The Bishops Palace, surrounded by a large moat (and made famous by the bell-ringing swans!) boasts 14 acres of tranquil gardens for you to discover, and the medieval market place hosts a twice-weekly market offering the best in local produce.
If you'd like to wander further afield from the estate, take a pilgrimage to the mystical town of Glastonbury. Only 25 minutes away from Cookswood, it boasts a rich history and alternative culture, as well as many world-famous landmarks. Take a hike up the Glastonbury Tor, a famous Somerset hill that protrudes from the surrounding flat Somerset Levels. Looking particularly stunning on misty spring mornings, the Tor, that is topped with St Michael's tower, not only offers spectacular views but is also a much-loved part of the landscape that can be seen in the distance from miles away. Glastonbury is the go-to place for anything newage, with a vastly colourful and independent high street, focusing on natural healing, quirky clothing and jewellery stores.
Glastonbury is also home to one of Britains most ancient holy wells, The Chalice Well, which is situated near the foot of the Tor and surrounded by beautiful gardens. Not only is the Chalice Well site a designated world peace garden, visitors are able to drink the water which is rumoured to have healing properties. The magnificent ruins of Glastonbury Abbey are just one example of Glastonbury's connections to famous English legends and historical folklore as they are the rumoured final resting place of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, and can be accessed from the centre of the town.