Enjoying Your Stay
You can spend days exploring each of the towns and villages in the area. Applebarn is an excellent central location from which to explore the southwest with many attractions nearby but also those further afield still being within the possibility of a day trip.
The village of Cheddar is famous for its amazing gorge and caves, with all of the associated activities like potholing, rock climbing, abseiling and more. For the less adventurous you can wander up and down the gorge visiting the many cafes and pubs or take in a cave tour.
Wells is the smallest city in Europe and attracts visitors from all over the world to see the cathedral and shop in the many shops along the high street. Regular events are held in Wells including a comedy festival, a literature festival and more recently a food festival.
Frome is a popular destination for all with its winding alleys and streets full of boutique shops and it’s many night life locations including the excellent Cheese & Grain where you can watch international touring artists several nights a week.
Shepton Mallet is a short drive away and hosts a market every week as well as a larger independent market once a month. The fabulous gardens of Kilver Court are definitely worth visiting.
The village of Street offers a more commercial alternative to Glastonbury with the HQ of Clarks Shoes in the middle of the village surrounded by the very popular outlet shopping of Clarks Village. Head into the high street for charity shops and cafes.
Glastonbury town is a short drive – or invigorating walk for the adventurous – from Applebarn. Famous for its alternative lifestyle and creative vibe, Glastonbury offers a wonderful mix of cafes, pubs, restaurants and things to discover.
A visit to Somerset puts you within some of the most unique landscapes in the country.
Ancient monuments, scientifically and culturally significant wetlands and historically important sites all within a short distance of each other.
Shapwick Heath and Ham Wall are absolutely spectacular RSPB nature reserves and are only two of several in the area.
With hundreds of walks to choose from you could literally walk for weeks throughout Somerset. Locally you are particularly spoiled with walks that take you via the Tor, the many bird sanctuaries and the spectacular Somerset Levels.
Wells Cathedral attracts thousands of visitors a year and is an amazing day out for the whole family. You can hear the choir practise as well as explore the many rooms and walkways within the grounds. Also check out the Bishops Palace and the streets around the cathedral.
A stunning location only a short drive away from Applebarn. Explore the caves, get a lesson in rock climbing or abseiling or just walk the gorge. Don’t forget to visit the village for some cheese!
You can spend an entire day wandering the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey. It’s extensive gardens, orchards and wildlife offer something for everyone as well as regular events and activites.
Glastonbury Tor offers amazing views and an exceptional walk. Explore the area around the Tor to learn more about the area
While both the Applebarn and the Dairy have beautiful, modern kitchens you may just want to hit the town and see what the local restaurants and pubs have to offer.
Subhouse in Wells is a reasonably recent addition to the area and has quickly made a name for itself as THE burger restaurant in Somerset. Great vibe and great food. Check it out.
Don’t let the outside fool you, inside the Sheppey hides a restaurant of exceptional quality. Call ahead to book and give yourself enough time to have a stroll in the countryside around the pub before hand. Another Sunday roast of amazing quality in the area.
Our local! Quality food in a friendly environment. Great real ales and wine. Take an evening stroll and spend an hour (or two, or three…) in the Red Lion.
The Hawthorns in Glastonbury offers a diverse menu from Sandwiches during the day to a full evening menu and a very popular Curry Club every Thursday. The Sunday carvery is exceptional and you have the added bonus in that there is often live music on in the back room (and sometimes in the bar).
Bocabar Glastonbury offers an exceptional dining experience no matter the time of day. Best advised to book ahead as the restaurant is very busy and is often full. Also serving excellent coffee and cakes, the Bocabar is a great stop if you walk from Glastonbury to Street.
For during the day mostly, The Blue Note Cafe in Glastonbury offers some of the finest vegetarian food you will find anywhere. The Schnitzel Burger is spectacular and if you go for the Nacho’s you had better have brought your appetite. Opens in the evenings occasionally.