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Yeovil is a great base for enjoying the charms of South Somerset - the sparkling apple cider enjoyed picnic-style overlooking green, rural hills and the occasional ancient church or ruin of something older. The best places to stay in Yeovil tend to be relaxed places where the food is good and the country air is all around. Most charmingly, and thanks to the Victorian rail planners, Yeovil has two stations, Yeovil Pen Mill on the Bristol to Weymouth line and Yeovil Junction on the London to Exeter line. Both are close to the centre of town and these days there's a courtesy bus service between them.
What Not To Miss
- Yeovil is also home to the Museum of South Somerset, which has some fascinating pieces from the region's colourful history,
- And several listed buildings, including the amusing Barwick follies. All very nice outlooks for your cider and ploughman's picnic.
- Brace for impact at the Fleet Air Arm Museum - Europe's largest collection of naval aircraft. There's also the first British Concorde and a nuclear bomb - thankfully not still functional.
- Take a stroll around the tranquil Tintinhull Garden with beautifully manicured lawns and a couple of ponds. There's also a tea room where you can put the feet up after exploring.
- On top of Yeovil's two railway stations, there's also the Yeovil Railway Centre with a functional steam engine and a miniature railway.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Yeovil are wonderful old properties that offer visitors the best of South Somerset life.
- Little Barwick House is a six bedroom restaurant with rooms in a pretty dower house with a lovely garden. Bedrooms are homely and drinks and canapés are served before dinner - in front of an open, crackling fire if the weather requires it.
Out of town
- The Queen's Arms is a simple country treasure with bare boards big open fires and Moor Queens on tap. You're out in the countryside, close to the Macmillan and Monarch Ways and there's excellent fishing nearby. The eight rooms start from £85 per night.
For an apartment or cottage
- If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday, don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a range of quaint properties ideal for exploring the town.
- Fly to Exeter Airport located 70km (44 miles) from Yeovil with a range of domestic and European connections.
- Alternatively, catch a train to Yeovil with direct rail links to London.
- If you want to rent a car to explore the charming town and county - for prices visit our online partner, Rentalcars
- Best time to visit - the summer months from June to early September provides the best weather for enjoying a sparkling cider in the sun overlooking the rolling hills.
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Best Hotels in Yeovil
Little Barwick House 7 rooms from £121Yeovil, Somerset
An award-winning restaurant with rooms set in three-acres of beautiful Somerset gardens. This unpretentious property is intimate and relaxing, with comfortable rooms and hideaway qualities. Enjoy the wine list and delicious, seasonal dishes on offer. A great place to explore English countryside.Foodies - They have won a Double Gold Award from 2014 Taste of The West Awards, not to mention the extensive winelist.Total relaxation - Wonderful food, charming rooms and unbeatable service ensure you will leave refreshed.Sights nearby - Plenty of historic houses in the area including Minterne, Mapperton House and Gardens & Sherborne Abbey.Great walks - Explore the 3 acres of beautiful mature gardens, or ask your hosts about walks further afield.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
The Queen's Arms 8 rooms from £125Corton Denham, Somerset
Quintessentially English Georgian Inn nestled in the Dorset/Somerset countryside welcomes guests with winter fires, bare boards and comfortable rooms. Enjoy the Moor Queen’s on tap and extremely enjoyable food. A little country treasure, with great walks from the front door.Foodies - They rear their own pigs, sell their own eggs, as well as dry-curing and smoking their meats and fish- local, seasonal heaven!Value chic - Well priced elegant rooms with an even better priced gourmet cuisine downstairs, a real find.Sights nearby - National Trust properties close by include King Alfred Tower, Lytes Cary, Tintinhull House, Forde Abbey and Montacute House.Great walks - For a lovely long walk Macmillan and Monarch ways are close by, plus the pub will pack your lunch.Recommended by - Sawdays