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The village of Hemyock
Hemyock lies on the river Culm, less than half a mile from Pounds Farm. The ancient village has been an established settlement since Saxon times and the name may be derived from Ham (enclosure) and Ock (oak tree).
 


 

The Village and the Castle

Hemyock is the largest village in the Blackdown Hills. It has a Post Office and a small grocery store, which carry most essentials, including a selection of local foods. On the edge of the village, Donna’s farm shop has tasty sausages, salamis and chorizo, and local traditional farmhouse cider can be delivered during your stay. 

Originally the Medieval Castle and moat may have been the site of a Roman stronghold. It is open some weekends. Please see www.hemyockcastle.co.uk. Hemyock has two hard tennis courts with floodlights, so bring your racket and we can book you in for a game.

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St Mary's Parish Church

St Mary’s Parish Church occupies a central position in the village, alongside the Castle. The first written record dates from the year 1268 but parts of the building are much older. The gentle peel of the bells sometimes drifts up to Shillings Cottage.

 

 

Pubs

Opposite the church, The Catherine Wheel (01823 680224) has a good choice of wines, spirits and a wide selection of West Country ales and local ciders. The restaurant has a reputation for great food with a reasonably priced menu. It is very popular, so it may be best to book a table for a Friday or Saturday night. The restaurant is closed on Sunday and Monday evenings. If you walk down to the pub, take a torch with you as there are no street lamps to guide you back. There is another excellent pub, The Ashill Inn, in a pretty village a short drive away, which is open for food every day apart from Sunday evenings. There are several other pubs within easy walking distance.

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Traditional farmland

Surrounding Hemyock is a tranquil landscape designated as an Area of Outstanding Beauty. The patchwork of small meadows within ancient hedgerows is intersected by gates, styles and footpaths. Each field ditch empties into a tumbling stream, which then feed the restless rivers as they hurry on their seaward journey. Many farms and cottages are on the spring line and are still fed with natural spring water.

 

 

Country Walks

Bring your walking boots and walk from the door of the cottage. Set off along deep lanes with high hedges, or through lush pastures beside streams and rivers, on a network of footpaths. The Valleyheads way runs alongside our field. Look out for wild flowers, listen to bird song, and watch for pheasants or a deer or gaze up at a buzzard, surfing the south westerly above you. There are several country pubs on circular walks within 5 miles, where walkers are always welcome. Routes of varying lengths and maps are available at the cottage or  Click here for printer friendly guides.

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Get closer to nature on horseback

Enjoy the magnificent views and get up close to wildlife while riding along the quiet lanes and bridleways. Please ask Diana or Jim for contact details to arrange a lesson or a hack in the hills.

 

 

Bring your bike or borrow ours
As keen cyclists ourselves we especially welcome cyclists so either bring your own bike, which we can store safely, or borrow one of ours. Feel deeply alive as you cycle up over the hills and down through steep valleys.
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Dunkeswell Abbey

Just over 1 mile away in the next spring lined valley lies Dunkeswell Abbey. It was founded in 1201 and occupied by monks until it was dissolved in 1539 on the orders of Henry VIII.

All that remains of the Abbey is the gatehouse and part of the kitchens. A church now stands on the site, which was built from the stone of the ruined Abbey.

 

 

The Wellington Monument

Visible from the cottage and overlooking the Vale of Taunton, this impressive stone obelisk is one of the West Country’s most noticeable and iconic landmarks. It was erected to honour the ‘Iron Duke’, Sir Arthur Wellesley.

A two mile walk from the cottage across fields takes you up to the Monument.

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Culmstock Beacon

This stone building can be seen from the cottage and provides an uninterrupted sight across a wide swathe of the West Country, from the Exe Estuary, over Dartmoor, Exmoor and round to the North Somerset coast. For this reason the prominent scarp was chosen as a place to light a bonfire signal, smoke by day and fire by night, as a means of messaging from one headland to the next or to raise an alarm. This is thought to have been used to warn of the approaching Armada. The views are well worth the climb.
 

 

Something for the artistic kind
There is a sense of calm and timelessness in the Blackdown Hills which provides inspiration for a wide range of artists and crafts people living and working in the area. See www.bhaam.org.uk. Join a workshop nearby at The Old Kennels. Courses available include; glass bead making, working with silver, basket making and stone or wood carving.
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Be adventurous

Just 5 minutes up the road, you can take to the skies and see the beautiful Devon countryside from up high as it stretches towards the North and South coasts. Then you could drop by parachute from Dunkeswell with Sky Dive UK.  Or why not just enjoy the view and float over fields and treetops in a hot air balloon. Go Off Road 4x4 driving at the Land Rover Experience centre or be a spectator and watch banger racing in the local stadium

 

 

Make the most of our garden

If its all too much effort, just enjoy a good book while you savour the peace and the scent of lavender and roses from one of the sheltered spots in the garden.

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When the evening comes, relax.

From the garden, orchard and balcony, You can watch the sun setting over the hills, then as darkness falls, see the stars appear in the night sky.

 



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