Where to go in the Cotswolds and surrounding areas

The Cotswolds

One of the most beautiful parts of SW England, but close at hand if you want great shops, restaurants and nightlife are Bath and Bristol. Our local town – Chipping Sodbury – boasts its own artisan bakers Hobbs House Bakery (The Fabulous Baker Boys), Waitrose, local butchers and greengrocers as well as a great Deli/coffee shop called Hamptons, which serves a great brunch!

The free Park and Ride service into Bath is around 15 mins drive located at the top of Lansdown, near the Racecourse.

There are a host of places to visit close at hand; Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury and Cirencester, Malmsbury Abbey, Berkeley Castle, Bristol Zoo and Aquarium, @Bristol to name a few.

The Cotswolds Way cuts through the farm and there a many local footpaths and walks which take you through some of the beautiful local countryside.

There is a cinema and sports centre with a indoor pool in Yate, which is 15 mins away, and Yate also offers a train service to Bristol Parkway.

Things to do at the Farm

We feed the chickens and ducks and collect eggs every afternoon at around 4pm. Guests are welcome to join us. If guests are interested in feeding sheep (or pigs when we have them) we can arrange this. We will be lambing during March so guests may come and watch – we can't always guarantee any action, but we may have lambs to watch!

Rainy days out

Bath and Bristol provide a wealth or ‘wet weather’ entertainment.

The Roman Baths, Fashion Museum, The Assembly Rooms, The Jane Austen Museum Bath Abbey, The Holburne Museum, The American Museum to name a few in Bath.

The new Tivoili Cinema is great – big comfy sofas and seating, food and drink served at your seat.

Bristol offers SS Great Britain,

@Bristol and The Aquarium,

Bristol Cathedral, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery which are all fascinating.

Malmesbury Abbey, Berkeley Castle, Lacock Abbey are all close by – try to work out which movies are filmed on location here!!

Other places to visit

As well as Bath and Bristol, Cirencester, Cardiff, Ross on Wye, Oxford and Salisbury are all less than 2 hours drive away.

Longleat of course is a fabulous day out, as well as Bristol Zoo, Adam’s Farm, Noah’s Ark Zoo and Slimbridge Wetlands.

And anyone who loves a knickerbocker glory can't miss The Vintage Birdcage Bakery near Kingsgate Park in Yate!!

Outdoor & Active

As the Cotswolds Way cuts straight across Woodcock Farm, you would be hard pressed to find a more perfect walking location! Whilst 15 mins drive takes you to Westonbirt Arboretum, where the array of trees and plants offer a glorious backdrop regardless of the time of year.

For a beautiful river trip along the Avon in Bath, try the Bath Boating Station  Here you can hire rowing boats, punts and canoes and take a glorious trip up or down river at your own pace.  Stop at The Bathampton Mill for coffee or paddle down to Pulteney Brigde at Bath, either way the riverbank holds a wonderful array of wildlife and the backdrop of Bath and the outlying villages.

For the cycling fans, the Cotswolds are ready to be explored.  You can ride your own or hire a new e-bike and immerse yourself in the glorious countyside on the Macmillan Way, or a number of guided cycling tours from Wild Carrot.  Set next door to the magnificent Chavenage House (you may recognise it as Trenwith in Poldark), Wild Carrot is a perfect location to start exploring.  The cake and coffee is amazing too!

If you are keen on the water then a visit to The Wave in Bristol is a must!  The Wave is the first inland-surfing destination of its kind, where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can experience the joy of surfing on consistent, safe waves all year round! All levels and beginners and spectators are all welcome.

Just outside Bristol is Oldbury Court and Snuff Mills.  Oldbury Court is a beautiful and diverse estate, combining woodland and riverside paths with historic parkland and excellent children's play facilities.  Beyond the parkland, you can follow the path down to the river Frome, where paths lead either towards Frenchay, or in the other direction, towards Snuff Mills, a beautiful and historic section of the Frome Valley Walkway. You'll find it hard to believe that you are so close the the centre of a bustling city, on a walk that could see you catch a glimpse of kingfishers, herons, foxes, owls, bats and even deer.

Badminton Horse Trials the world’s premier 3-day event and highlight of the equine eventing calendar is within 10 mins drive. The Badminton estate can be accessed by foot and horse from Woodcock Farm.

For the music lovers Woodcock Farm is close to WOMAD and Westonbirt Forest Live.

Chipping Sodbury Golf Course is open to non members and around 3 miles away. It's a friendly club with comfortable clubhouse.

If you fancy a swim… try the Parlour Pool just down the road. A beautiful pool created in an old milking parlour, you can book a private session for just you!

Around 45 mins drive is The Cotswolds Water Park, with its beach, Inflatable Obstacle Course, waterskiing, and boating.

We also have OS Walking Maps of the local areas if you'd like to borrow one and explore on your own.

Shopping

Bath and Bristol offer fantastic shopping with a wide mix of independent shops as well as all the High Street and high-end brands.

Chipping Sodbury offer a great food shopping location; Waitrose, Hobbs House Bakery, Jon Howell and Artingstalls Butchers, Ian’s Fruit and Veg are all in the Town. There is free parking, but it is about a 3 mile walk.

The petrol station across the fields from the farm sells newspapers, alcohol and some basics.

Where to eat

The Bull at Hinton: Hinton SN14 8HG 0117 937 2332. The best Sunday lunch around! Definitely need to book for this, but great food any time.

The Old House at Home: Burton SN14 7LT 01454 218227. Lovely old pub in a pretty village. Good food and very cosy place with good beer.

Burton Farm Shop and Kitchen: Gorgeous new farm shop serving delicious breakfasts, lunches, coffee and cakes.  All local produce.  Thoroughly recommend

The Crosshands Hotel: standard pub grub, but the nearest if you’re hungry!

The Bodkin: Tel: 01454 238310 (A46 towards Tetbury – about 10 mins drive). Charming pub/restaurant with good food and friendly landlord. Good ales and beers, with local food on the menu. Since 1671 the Bodkin has provided sustenance to many famous guests including Jane Austen who remembered her visits in her novel Northanger Abbey.

The Crown Inn: Tolldown SN14 8HZ 01225 891166 (on A46 towards Bath) Nice food and atmosphere.

The Squire Inn: Chipping Sodbury 01454 312121 – has been recommended by other guests as a nice place to eat.

The Bell Inn: Chipping Sodbury 01454 325582 - has been recommended by other guests as a nice environment and lovely food. 

Fox and Hounds: Burton Road, Acton Turville GL9 1HW 01454 218224. Lovely warm, cosy country pub with good food.

The Rattlebone Inn: Church Street, Sherston, SN16 0LR 01666 840871. The Rattlebone Inn is a classic English country pub, oozing character out of every nook and cranny. It even has a ghost, the 11th century Saxon warrior John Rattlebones! Great pub with delicious food and local ales. May need to book in the evenings.

The Hare and Hounds: Lansdown Bath BA1 5TJ 01225 482682. Lovely pub with amazing views across Solsbury Hill and the east of Bath. Really good food, very child friendly, but usually need to book for evening meal. Great location with gardens and patios for outdoor eating.

The Charlcombe Inn: Lansdown Bath BA1 9BT 01225 421995. Good family pub near Bath racecourse. Lovely food, good value and excellent base for walking. with amazing views around the top of Lansdowne, Kelston and Sir Bevill Grenville's Monument.

The Tudor Raj: Chipping Sodbury 01454 321118. Good curry house. Take-away and eat in. Always reliable and good selection on the menu. The Horseshoes pub is a good ‘watering hole’ opposite while you’re waiting for your take-away!

The Gumstool Inn (Calcot Manor): 01666 890 391 Serving classic pub food with a twist, real ales and excellent wines.

Tetbury is about 20 mins drive away and has an excellent range of pubs, cafés and restaurants, including the well-know Snooty Fox. Café 53 is super with an interesting menu. Casa is a really lovely italian we love too.

Bath is around 25 mins drive into town, or about 15 mins to the well served Park and Ride on Lansdown Hill. Bath offers a wealth of dining options from The Ivy Brasserie, Wagamama’s Pizza Express, Nando’s, TGI’s etc. But there are many great independent bars, cafes and excellent restaurants, one of our favourites is the wonderful Nepalese Yak Yeti Yak,so it’s worth exploring rather than going for the obvious.

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The Farm
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Wonderful gem of a place, brilliant location so close to so many great places to visit, but still feeling totally rural and peaceful. Great communication from the owners and really cosy, we loved our stay.
Nov 21

Natalie

My partner and I stayed at Barn End over the Easter weekend, looking to get away from London after a few stressful weeks at work. Caroline and her family were so welcoming to us, we didn't want to leave after our trip! Barn End was absolutely beautiful and very stylishly decorated.

Kimberley April 2019

Overall quality
Rating 5/5
5*
Great place to stay for a trip to the Cotswolds and surrounding area. A bit off the beaten track, but has amazing views because of it.
Oct 21

Edmund

I have no hesitation in recommending you stay here. We had a wonderful time exploring the local area and were made to feel so welcome by Caroline!

Beth May 2019

We has a wonderful stay, you were extremely helpful and we felt very well supported. The apartment was well equipped, warm, and very comfortable. Excellent location for the Cotswolds Way and for walking, great idyllic setting for a perfect getaway.
Oct 21

Sarah

The Hall at Woodcock Farm is everything you could possibly want in a holiday let. It's in a quiet location but close to many places to visit. We were spoilt for choice. We could not have asked for more and the small touches of milk in the fridge and the essential staples in the kitchen were much appreciated. We will certainly be making a return visit.

Helen May 2019

Caroline's place is wonderful! The location is absolutely picture postcard perfect!! The nearby vistas are stunning. Lovely walks. Interesting history, beautiful villages. Tons of nearby conveniences... Waitrose, the picturesque high street of Chipping Sodbury closeby. 5 mins from the M4 yet so peaceful and serene.

Hannah

Overall quality
Rating 5/5
5*
We had the most wonderful stay here at Woodcock farm, Caroline was a great host. We will definitely be back again.
Nov 21

Issy

Thoroughly enjoyed our recent stay in Secret Garden. Perfect setting and loved having outdoor space too.

The accommodation was beautiful, tastefully furnished, comfortable and so well thought out. Everything we needed was provided. Also the milk and drinks etc provided on arrival were much appreciated.

July 21

Simon and Penny

Overall quality
Rating 5/5
5*
This is a lovely cosy 'cottage' style apartment. It has a great layout, plenty of space for a family and everything you need. Caroline and Jason were very welcoming (from a distance!) and made sure we were comfortable.
March 21

Jonny

Overall quality
Rating 5 out of 5

The Hall is a lovely little place to stay, well equipped and very cosy with the fire. Lots of local walks to surrounding areas and easy to get to.
Nov 21

Claire