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The Barrington Boar

The Barrington Boar

A traditional Somerset pub in the pretty village of Barrington with exceptional food. The Barrington Boar is an award-winning restaurant & pub, offering a warm welcome, refined Modern British dining & a deep connection with Somerset’s rich culinary heritage.

Starling Murmurations

Starling Murmurations

Truly a wonder of the natural wild, thousands upon thousands of starlings migrate from Northern Europe and spend the winter months on Shapwick Heath and Ham Wall RSPB nature reserves. At dusk every evening they settle to roost in the reed beds on the levels and put on the most amazing display. You can also go at sunrise to see them take off. Make sure to call the starling hotline to ensure you go the right spot. Seasonal between December - March. Check info. here

Basket Making Workshop

Basket Making Workshop

Learn how to use Somerset withies (willow) to make a basket. The Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre is the home of P. H. Coate & Son, founded by willow grower and merchant Robert Coate in 1819, and still run by the Coate family today. Book a workshop here

The Wyndham Arms

The Wyndham Arms

The most perfect, authentic Somerset watering hole. Great choice of local ciders and beers and always a few characters at the bar. No food served but some delicious local pies and pastries at the bar. Flagstone floors and open fires ready to welcome you after a long walk down on the moors and it's just at the end of the track from Craftsman's Cabin. 

The Bridge Bakery and Café

The Bridge Bakery and Café

Our absolute favourite bakery. Hands down the best sourdough around (and the same as the loaf provided in the cabin.) Perched on the edge of the River Parrett in Langport, it's the perfect spot to start you exploration of Langport. Bakery, canteen and coffee shop.

HOLM Somerset

HOLM Somerset

Holm is the best place to eat in Somerset. Inspired by nature and the surroundings in the beautiful South West of England. Their focus is on provenance, sustainability and warm hospitality. Outstanding modern, local food and drinks in a casual yet refined environment. In the pretty village of South Petherton only 4 miles away.

Brown and Forrest Smokery & Shop

Brown and Forrest Smokery & Shop

Just over the moor in Hambridge is Brown and Forrest smokery. For over 30 years the master smokers have been smoking the finest hot & cold smoked foods, including smoked salmon, trout, duck, chicken & delicious cheese. Buy smoked goodies online or visit the Hambridge shop. There is also a café.

Temperley, Somerset

Temperley, Somerset

Alice Temperley grew up at the Burrow Hill cider farm few fields away from Craftsman's Cabin and over three decades has created the eponymous and illustrious Temperley London. With a unique blend of British eccentricity, a strong signature aesthetic, ethos and bohemian spirit, and an iconic tribe of muses, the independent brand has reached almost heritage status. Visit the Temperley HQ at Phoenix Studios, in the main square of the picturesque town of Ilminster. The brand’s design atelier, training workshop and flagship store, offers both current collections and archive pieces, as well as bridal and is an exclusive brand outlet, where you can sift through past season treasures. Check opening times and get directions.      

Cider Bus Saturdays (April-September)

Cider Bus Saturdays (April-September)

Wander up to Burrow Hill cider farm and enjoy a slice of Glastonbury Festival. The iconic cider bus serves refreshing ciders and cocktails that you can enjoy wandering their orchards. Live music appearances from local bands and there is usually (not always, check on Instagram @somersetciderbrandy) a foody offering, everything from stone-fired pizzas to mouth-watering Mexican from Basement 17 Tacos.

Horrell and Horrell

Horrell and Horrell

Enjoy a dining experience like no other with our friends Jules and Steve in their beautiful old cow barn. You will be looked after by the absolute best in the business Jules, and Steve will cook up a feast using the very best local and seasonal produce. Booking essential.

Pip’s Railway Carriage

Pip’s Railway Carriage

A café and restaurant where food is served in the refurbished 1850’s train carriage booths, double-decker bus & marquee, or the beautiful garden. A laser focus on local, ethical & sustainability it's a really popular place so make sure you book.

The Trading Post Farm Shop

The Trading Post Farm Shop

Dubbed a "mini Borough Market" The Trading Post is a really really well stocked farm shop and much more. With a focus on organic, local, delicious food and drink you can also pick up some world flavours and interesting ingredients. Well worth a stop off to stock up on supplies.

The Lord Poulett Arms

The Lord Poulett Arms

A wonderfully cosy and stylish pub with really excellent food. In the pretty village of Hinton St. George just a short drive away, the Lord Poulett really knows what it's doing and everything is just right. Perfect for dinner or to stop off on your way back from the Dorset coast.

Alfredo’s Restaurant, Bar & Bakery

Alfredo’s Restaurant, Bar & Bakery

A beautiful restaurant in the heart of Somerton serving you a taste of Italy, made from the finest local ingredients. Expect everything you love about Italian food with a pinch of Somerset.

Muchelney Pottery & Shop

Muchelney Pottery & Shop

In the neighbouring village of Muchelney is the pottery studio established by the late John Leach, eldest grandson of acclaimed potter Bernard Leach. Today Mark Melbourne makes the classic forms with the distinctive ‘toasted’ glazes with a Japanese reference. Three huge kilns are packed three times a year – if you’re lucky enough to be there when they’re firing make sure you ask to have a look.

Blossom Walk (May)

Blossom Walk (May)

Kingsbury Episcopi is in the heart of ciderland and has been an important cider apple growing region for hundreds of years thanks to the mild climate and sandy soil. In May the numerous orchards in the village and surrounding hamlets are spectacular when in blossom. There is a small OS Map in the cabin to help to find the best routes. Learn more about the history of orchards and cider making on the amazing resource about local history The Kingsbury Time Travellers.

   

Burrow Hill Cider Tour

Burrow Hill Cider Tour

Our friends and neighbours the Temperley family have been producing the finest ciders and the renowned Somerset Cider Brandy for 3 decades.  Have a tour around the cider presses and distillery on their family farm and sample some of their top notch produce. Within walking distance from the cabin. Book here

East Lambrook Manor Gardens

East Lambrook Manor Gardens

East Lambrook Manor Gardens is the iconic and quintessentially English cottage garden created by the celebrated 20th-century plantswoman and gardening writer Margery Fish. It was here that she developed her own style of gardening, combining old-fashioned and contemporary plants in a relaxed and informal manner to create a garden of immense beauty and charm.

Barrington Court

Barrington Court

A wonderful National Property with main house, formal gardens, orchards and estate grounds to explore. An atmospheric fragment of old Somerset. Barrington, near Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ.

Montacute House

Montacute House

Montecute is a National trust property and a wonderful example of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design, built in honey coloured Ham stone. Very pretty garden and grounds to while away a morning.

Tintinhull Gardens

Tintinhull Gardens

The National Trust gardens at Tintinhull are a place of floral beauty, tranquillity and innovation - a gardener's garden paradise.

Muchelney Abbey

Muchelney Abbey

Muchelney was once a wealthy Benedictine house and the second oldest religious foundation in Somerset, but as part of the dissolution the abbey’s principal buildings were demolished by Henry VIII in 1538. Oozing with history, you can just imagine the monks living there on their own Isle when the Somerset Moors were one body of water. 

Bicycle hire from Langport

Bicycle hire from Langport

Explore the Levels on bicycle and find the best foodie pit stops on two wheels. Book here

Paddle Boarding & Boat Trip on the River Parrett

Paddle Boarding & Boat Trip on the River Parrett

Meander along the River Parrett setting off from Langport, a really wonderful way to see the Levels and Moors. Book here.

Or book a river trip on The Duchess of Cocklemoor, a beautiful 1908 ferry and enjoy a unique view of the Somerset Levels, an area rich in history and legend. Look out for wildlife including otters and kingfishers, herons and the famous Somerset cranes, which can often be seen flying along the River Parrett. Book here

Pottery Lesson at Barrington Pottery

Pottery Lesson at Barrington Pottery

Try your hand at throwing on a potters wheel for a few hours or book a full day’s experience at Barrington Pottery. Paul will guide you through all the steps to create something beautiful of lump of clay. It’s alchemy! The studio is in the grounds of Barrington House, also worth a visit. Book here

Plein Air Painting with Frances Watts

Plein Air Painting with Frances Watts

½ or full day course £55/ £110 per person

Walk down onto West Moor, part of the Somerset Levels a few fields from the cabin with artist Frances Watts and have expert tuition of how to capture some of the magic of the landscape with oils. All materials supplied. Please email hello@craftsmanscabin.co.uk to arrange

Wildflower Walk

Wildflower Walk

A guided wildflower walk with farmer and conservationist Henry Lang with refreshments.A rare chance to have a guided walk around some of the best example of native wildflower meadows in the country. With over 56 species of flowers and grasses, the meadows offer a haven for wildlife.  Thanks to a 25 year regeneration program these meadows have been created to enhance biodiversity on a Decca’s family farm 4 miles away. Some of the rarest ancient cereals and rare pollinators, like the Shrill Carder bumblebee and the Brown Hairstreak butterfly can sometimes be spotted by the eagle eyed. They are very special. Don’t expect blousy poppies and bright cornflowers but far a more traditional mix from quaking grass, birdsfoot trefoil, oxeye daisies and a few species of orchids. Truly stunning and highly recommended.

May-July Please enquire to book hello@craftsmanscabin.co.uk

£40 each

 

Woodturning Workshop with Dan from Bevel

Woodturning Workshop with Dan from Bevel

Learn some basic wood turning skills with Dan, who has made the wooden plates, tray and boards in Craftsman’s Cabin. The one day course will take you through all the steps to create something beautiful and useful using time honoured techniques that has links with an ancient past. Please email to arrange hello@craftsmanscabin.co.uk

Stone carving and sculpture course with Tom Clark

Stone carving and sculpture course with Tom Clark

Tom Clark has been stone carving since 1974 and is a artisan craftsman in every sense of the word. Tom offers group classes or one-to-one sessions. His studio is a few miles away and it is the perfect chance to have a go this this forgotten skill and to create something of your own. Please book through Tom’s website

Come and stay to rest, switch off and reconnect to the natural beauty of this little explored and
mystical landscape. It’s magic.