On the Estate
Wellesley Park is a 17.5 acre estate with pasture, arable, woodland, and a small lake. The communal grounds extend around Wellesley Park and include all areas other than the private gardens. You are welcome to use and enjoy these areas and children are welcome to play on the grass and lawn areas.
The woodland at Wellesley Park is a fabulous mix of mature Oak, Ash and Beech and is a great place to explore and have fun. You will find there are several tracks and footpaths through the woodland and numerous bike trails, and you are welcome to venture off and explore the wildest areas that Wellesley Park has to offer. The woodland area and paths are very steep and are not wheelchair accessible.
Things to see and do
We want you to make the most of your luxury spa break in Somerset. Guests arriving at The Cider Press at Wellesley Park will find our comprehensive guide to the surrounding area in the Guest Manual in the property along with local guide books and leaflets. But if you can’t wait, why not visit www.wellssomerset.com for some great local information.
Below are some of our favourite places to eat and drink, and top things to see and do, in and around Wells. Click on the titles to explore…
- The Swan at Wedmore. This wonderfully lively and quirky pub is a fantastic base from which to explore the Somerset levels, but only after a good meal. Their Sunday lunch is excellent.
- Goodfellows Restaurant, Sadler Street, Wells. Adam provides a warm welcome to the Sadler Street Café and to the Goodfellows Restaurant, which specialises in seafood. An excellent wine list also available.
- The Pig at Hunstrete. The Pig is the latest in this prestigious chain of hotels/restaurants. It has become a local destination restaurant with a cool relaxed country house setting.
- Ston Easton Park Hotel and Restaurant. Situated in one of Somerset’s most beautiful Grade II listed country houses, Ston Easton Park offers the very finest in fine dining experiences. However, be warned, it does come at a price!
- The Pony and Trap, Newtown, Chew Magna. The Chew Valley’s own Michelin starred restaurant. Booking in advance is essential. The pub is small and intimate with an excellent menu and very good service. Not at all pretentious!
- The Wookey Hole Inn, Wookey Hole, Wells. Situated opposite the famous Wookey Hole Caves, this pub is locally famous for celebrity spotting with the likes of Jonathan Ross, Jerry Hall and Fearne Cotton (to name but a few) popping in. The food is all locally sourced and well produced. Various festivals happen throughout the year. Booking in advance for the evening sitting is strongly recommended.
- The Waldegrave Arms, East Harptree. Fancy a proper old fashioned Sunday lunch in a traditional, unpretentious pub, with loud swirly carpets? You’ll find all of this, and a very warm welcome, here.
- The Pelican, Chew Magna. Great traditional English food – their liver and bacon is a particular favourite.
- The Fox and Badger, Wellow. A lovely little local pub tuced away in a delightful village near Bath; perfect to pop into after a hard day’s sightseeing.
- Wells has a local market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. The Wednesday market is populated by dozens of local food producers whose products range from trout to chocolate eclairs, cheese to sausages, venison to artisan bread. The variety and quality of the foods available is fabulous. It is a must for real foodies and a great example of the best of the West. The Saturday market is a little more touristy but still offers the same great local foods.
- Take a walk around Velvet Bottom. This is a Roman settlement with original Roman lead mines still visible. Some say that the Romans invaded Britain primarily because of the lead found in this area. There is a real sense of atmosphere where the imagination can run wild. The Wells Museum (free entry) gives a full detailed history of the surrounding area.
- Wander around mystical Glastonbury (15 minutes drive). Sample the witches shops with their potions and spells, walk up the famous Glastonbury Tor or wander through the beautiful Abbey. The sense of history is everywhere! From here take a short journey to Mudgeley, the home of Wilkins Cider and Cheese farm. Cider is traditionally made in large oak vats and tastings are free. Wilkins farm also makes the best Cheddar cheese in the area both unpasteurised and pasteurised are available to taste – free.
- Thermae Bath Spa: Take a warm twilight dip whilst enjoying unparalleled views over the Georgian splendour of Bath. The roof top pool is fed by natural hot springs, with rainwater from the Mendips being geothermally heated underground then forced up through fissues in the limestone at temperatures of up to 96 degrees centigrade. The springs are known to have been in use since the legendary King Bladud in 863 BC. Once you’ve dried off, enjoy one of Bath’s many fantastic bars or restaurants. Thermae Bath Spa twilight bookings are available in advance (not Saturdays).
- Visit the harbour-side in Bristol and dine in one of the numerous award winning restaurants on the quayside. Take the ferry ride under Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s famous Clifton Suspension Bridge by moonlight.
- Take the “High Places Tour” of Wells Cathedral (pre-booking essential) and marvel at the construction and views from this amazing tour. You will need to be active as there are over 250 stone steps to climb but its well worth the effort. Top it off with lunch in the magnificent new extension restaurant.
- Book into one of the numerous festivals in the area from the Bath Literary Festival, Glastonbury Music Extravaganza, the Chewton Mendip Festival of Art, Music and Flowers, Cider Festival, Bath German Christmas Market to the Worlds biggest Music Festival – Glastonbury – and truly embrace all this area has to offer.
- The Wells Cathedral Restaurant, Wells Cathedral. Lovely location in the new extension to the Cathedral. Great light lunchtime menu with something for everyone. Busy, bustling and lovely and light.
- Cook Shop, High Street. Home cooking without the hard work. Pick up great value meals and bring them home to heat up in private. Fantastic selection.
- Fenny Castle Tea Rooms, Fenny Castle. A tea room with a BIG difference. Located on the stunning Somerset Levels the tea rooms provide excellent lunchtime menus in a peaceful setting. Leave the car for a while and take a walk along the River Shepey or hire a bike for three hours and work off the fantastic scones with clotted cream and jam.
- Stable Tea Rooms, New Manor Farm, Bishop Sutton. Coupled together with one of the best farm shops in the area, this tea room is traditional in appearance and fare. Situated adjacent to Chew Valley Lake it’s a wonderful location for an afternoon walk.
And don’t forget…
Cheddar Gorge, the Roman Baths in Bath, Wookey Hole Caves, the M Shed in Bristol, Tyntesfield, the Avon Valley Railway, Dyrham Park
… and many more!