The area: Things to do & places to eat

Situated in the heart of Wessex - on the borders of Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire - Long Hill Carriage is a perfectly located rural retreat.


Things to do

The World Heritage Site of StoneHenge

The World Heritage Site of StoneHenge

Find out all about the world's most famous prehistoric monument in the impressive new visitor centre at Stonehenge, before walking round the iconic stone circle (35 minutes away).

The Royal Crescent, Bath

The Royal Crescent, Bath

Long Hill Carriage is within easy reach of the glorious historic cities of Bath, (50 minutes away) where there is so much to see and do, Salisbury and England's smallest city, Wells, which boasts one of its most beautiful cathedrals (40 minutes away).

Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Nearer to hand are the popular little towns of Sherborne with its two castles and magnificent Abbey (25 minutes away) and the hilltop town of Shaftesbury where you can walk down - and up - cobbled Gold Hill, lined with quintessential thatched cottages (15 minutes away).

Stourhead Gardens

Stourhead Gardens

The National Trust garden and house at Stourhead are just 10 minutes away. Stroll round the glistening lake and discover grottos, bridges, classical temples and a multitude of exotic trees which are especially fabulous in the autumn with colours galore.

Montacute House

Montacute House

Other nearby National Trust properties include Lytes Cary Manor, a jewel of a medieval manor house set in glorious gardens (25 minutes) and the magnificent Elizabethan house and gardens of Montacute, film setting for Wolf Hall and Pride and Prejudice, and home to over 60 Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery (30 minutes).

The Fleet Air Arm Museum

The Fleet Air Arm Museum

Extend your "railway experience" and travel by steam along a 2 mile track at the East Somerset Railway at Cranmore, (35 minutes away) or pay a visit to Europe's largest collection of naval aircraft and the first British Concorde at the Fleet Air Arm Museum (20 minutes away).


For some of the best views in the area, stride out across chalk downland at Fontmell Down (25 minutes away) or see the unending carpet of bluebells in the ancient nearby woodland of Duncliffe Woods (15 minutes away), rich in wildlife and said to have inspired Thomas Hardy to write the Woodlanders.



Places to eat

Enjoy a cosy home-made meal in the comfort of the carriage with its own wood burner or why not take a trip to one of the many excellent eateries in the local area. The list below gives you a flavour of a few of our favourite nearby restaurants and pubs; there is an in depth guide of good places to eat and drink available at Long Hill Carriage upon your arrival.


The Beckford Arms

The Beckford Arms is a traditional yet stylish country pub located on the edge of the stunning rolling parkland of the Fonthill Estate in south Wiltshire. The Beckford offers great food - varying from whole suckling pig spit roasted on the bar's open fire to their own home-smoked wild salmon - in a classic pub environment.

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The Roth Bar & Grill

Enjoy farm-to-table tasty meals and snacks made from local ingredients in the former Cowshed surrounded by a spectacular medley of modern art. Visit the pioneering world class gallery and arts centre of Hauser and Wirth, and whilst you are there, wander through stunning drifts of colourful perennials in the 1.5 acre landscaped meadow.

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At The Chapel

Stylish converted chapel with a laid back friendly vibe and delicious bistro menu. Wonderful artisan bakery, bar and restaurant. Excellent takeaway pizzas from their brick wood-fired oven. Open all day every day from 7am.

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The Queen's Arms

Surrounded by stunning countryside, this late 18th Century British pub with rooms will delight those in search of good drink, good food and real comfort. It was awarded Taste of Somerset Best Pub 2013.

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The Newt in Somerset

A country estate with magnificent woodland and gardens, the Newt in Somerset offers excellent dining at the Botanical Rooms restaurant with menus inspired by its Georgian heritage, or go for something lighter at one of their garden eateries.

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The White Lion Inn

Dating back to 1712, the White Lion Inn has a comfortable and relaxing environment, excellent beers and ciders, superb food with fine wines and a cosy bar with an open fire. Live music every Friday night.

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