The Quantock Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) located in Somerset, England. These Quantock hills are perfect for walking and cycling and stretch between Taunton and Bridgwater, extending to the sea at the Bristol Channel. Despite their compact size—measuring just twelve miles by four—they offer extensive views over much of Somerset and across to the Welsh coast.

The Quantocks were the first place in Britain to be designated an AONB. They served as inspiration for renowned poets of the Romantic Movement, including Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. Coleridge and Wordsworth, along with Wordsworth’s sister Dorothy, would wander through the woods, rolling hills, and coastal paths, finding inspiration for some of their finest verses. Much of the landscape they admired remains unchanged.

Walking and Cycling on the Quantock Hills

Characterised by deep wooded valleys (known as “combes”), open heathland, and rich flora and fauna, the Quantocks are ideal for outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, and horse riding. The area’s special quality led to its designation as an AONB in 1956. Among the picturesque villages within the Quantocks are Kingston St Mary, Bishops Lydeard, Holford, Crowcombe, and Nether Stowey—the latter being the starting point of the 51-mile Coleridge Way.

Fyne Court, near Broomfield, was once the home of Andrew Crosse, an early pioneer of electricity, and now serves as the main visitor center for the Quantock Hills1. Whether you’re exploring on foot or by bike, the Quantocks offer a captivating natural landscape waiting to be discovered!

Bed and Breakfast (B&B):

  • The B&B features two luxury bedrooms that were once frequented by the romantic poet Samuel Coleridge. Imagine staying in the same rooms that inspired literary creativity!
  • Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly welcomed by the host, Manor, who will guide you through your stay and explain breakfast procedures.
  • The tranquil walled garden provides a perfect setting for relaxation, reflection, and rejuvenation.
Walking and Cycling Holidays - Bed and Breakfast Cottages on the Quantock Hills

Self-Catering Cottages on the Quantock Hills:

  • Stable Cottage (Sleeps 4): A charming rose-covered stable conversion with character. It offers a double bedroom and a twin bedroom.
  • The Garden Wing (Sleeps 2): A stunning ground-floor cottage overlooking the delightful walled garden, complete with a double bedroom.
  • The House Keeper’s Quarters (Sleeps 4/5): Located on the top floor of The Old House, this historical gem features a double bedroom and a twin bedroom.
Walking and Cycling Holiday Cottages on the Quantock Hills

Walking and Cycling on the Quantock Hills

  • The Quantock Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty—a perfect backdrop for a rural holiday.
  • Activities include walking, riding, mountain biking, and fishing. The Coleridge Way, a 3–5 day walk, has become a favorite trail in recent years.
  • Local attractions include beautiful gardens, monuments, and high-quality Quantock-influenced art and crafts outlets.
  • Don’t miss the National Trust Coleridge Cottage in the village, which draws thousands of visitors annually.

Whether you’re seeking literary inspiration, outdoor adventures, or peaceful retreats, The Old House near the Quantock Hills awaits you!

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