If you’re looking for a stunning, tranquil area in which to enjoy the gorgeous surrounds of the county of Somerset, then the village of Broadway should suit your needs.
Although the village is small and quiet, there are a number of walks and nature spotting sites around the borders. The Tudor Cottage located on Broadway Street was originally built as a farmhouse in the 16th Century and is an amazing example of the architecture of the time, as is the amazing church.
The Church of St. Aldhel and St. Eadburgha stands as a 13th Century Grade 1 listed building, with an isolated position away from the village. This is largely believed to be due to an outbreak of the plague and keeping this in mind allows you to ponder the structure of the church. Being located in and Outstanding Area of Natural Beauty, Broadway is the perfect spot to enjoy a country break away from city distractions.
Forde Abbey & Gardens, Near Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU (01460) 220231
Located seven miles from Broadway, Forde Abbey and Gardens is a former monastery standing in 30 acres of gardens.
As well as being a family home, it is also a living, working estate of roughly 1,600 acres, allowing visitors a chance to pick their own fruit, see award-winning Ruby Red Devon cattle and enjoy a well-stocked nursery with a wide selection of herbaceous perennials.
Barrington Court, Barrington, near Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0NQ (01460) 242614
Just five miles from Broadway is Barrington Court, a National Trust-run Tudor manor house.
Largely left derelict after being destroyed by fire in the 19th Century, the National Trust took the house on in 1907.
Visitors are able to enjoy this fine house, its gardens and shop throughout the year.