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Autumn at Tilbury Farm

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Tilbury Farm and the surrounding area.  Here are 10 reasons why!

The 10 best things about Autumn at Tilbury Farm:

1. Stargaze.

Tilbury Farm offers big skies and stunning views from a variety of accommodation.  Curl up under a blanket on a sheepskin throw from your shepherd hut deck to watch stunning sunsets across Exmoor.  Enjoy a glass of wine from your cottage terrace and watch the twinkling stars.  The Quantock Hills offer dark skies and spectacular star displays.

2. Relax.

Curl up by the log fire in Richards Cottage and enjoy a good book.  Play scrabble or cards snuggled on your comfy sofa in one of our cottages.  Light the log burner in your shepherd hut, sit back and relax on your daybed.  Tilbury Farm offers peace, quiet and beautiful scenery to make your Autumn break relaxing.

3. Sleep.

Enjoy a good night’s sleep!  We believe in a good night’s sleep and this is reflected in our choice of bedding in your accommodation.  This includes crisp cotton sheets and warm woollen blankets, devon sourced wool duvets (and thick woollen mattress toppers in the huts).  Take advantage of the earlier sunsets and have an early night, wake refreshed ready to explore!

4. Walk.

The Quantock Hills offer perfect walking country.  Follow in Coleridge and Wordsworth’s footsteps and experience the spectacular scenery.    Use our supply of maps and guides to plan the perfect expedition.  Choose from a network of footpaths through fields and villages to the open moorland of the hills or the wooden valleys and combs.  Further afield Exmoor offers stunning scenery and the coastal path has dramatic views.

5. Adventure.

Try something new – learn to kayak, windsurf or sail at Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor or on the coast at Minehead.  Take the steam train from our local station in Bishops Lydeard.  Visit spectacular Cheddar Gorge, take a scenic coastal drive to visit the wild goats in the Valley of the Rocks.  Visit the ancient clapper bridge at Tarr Steps and enjoy a delicious lunch at Woods in Dulverton.

6. Experience the Quantock Hills.

Autumn in the ideal time to witness the beauty of the changing foliage colours on the Quantock Hills.  The moorland heather is displayed in its full glory, and fungi are abundant.  The hedgerows are studded with berries and local orchards are full of fruit.  The Quantock Hills are quiet at this time of year, free from visiting tourists and families back at school.

7. Wildlife.

Autumn provides ideal conditions to wildlife-watch.  Stormy nights and cooler temperatures bring the red deer into our Shepherd Hut field.  Take time to sit and observe the circling buzzards, watch the squirrels busy collecting their winter hoards.  Explore the local heathland on Lydeard Hill and bird-watch kestrals and peregrine falcons.  Local game birds including pheasant and partridge often take refuge at Tilbury Farm!

8 Explore.

Tilbury Farm offers a perfect location to explore many historic and picture perfect villages and towns.  The local roads are quiet after the summer tourists have left making exploring and parking easy and stress-free.  The beautiful medieval village of Dunster with it’s majestic castle and fully working water-mill is well worth a visit.  Enjoy a delicious lunch in the ancient and cosy Luttrell Arms pub.  Visit Wells with it’s famous Cathedral and pretty stone architecture.  Our county town of Taunton is home to a fabulous musuem, subject to a recent extensive renovation and expansion programme.

9. Food.

Autumn provides a wonderful selection of local produce.  Many of our local restaurants showcase this supply including our local pub in West Bagborough – The Rising Sun.  Enjoy game, fungi, seasonal vegetables, berries and fruit.  Apples are a famous regional crop and our local Cider Farm  Sheppey’s offers cider-making tours, tastings and delicious meals using local produce in their restaurant.  Visit a farmers market in Taunton, Minehead or Wiveliscombe.

10. Culture.

If the weather deteriorates, this is the perfect excuse to visit the theatre or an art exhibition.  Hestercombe House and Gardens supports an impressive gallery with various exhibitions.  The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton offers a selection of theatre and cinema together with an exhibition.  Various local artists participate in Somerset Arts Week providing an opportunity to view and purchase work.

Whatever the weather, Tilbury Farm provides the perfect location for a short or longer stay.  Check our availability and book now at www.tilburyfarm.co.uk