Ilminster, just off the A303 and midway between Taunton and Yeovil, is 2½ hours drive from London. Nearest stations are Crewkerne (5 miles) and Taunton (14 miles).
Airports are Bristol 1 hour and Exeter 45 mins.
Shudrick Barn is ideally placed for wedding and event venues at Hornsbury Mill, Dillington House, Cricket St Thomas and Haselbury Mill.
In the town, you will find unique and interesting shops, an Art Centre and a Theatre.
Nearby, in the village of Dowlish Wake, you can taste and buy real Somerset cider at Perry's family run Cider Mill with its cider-making museum and café.
Food and Drink
Several pubs in Ilminster serve food, and, there are Indian restaurants, Fish & Chip shops and Chinese take-aways, plus a Kebab shop.
During the day, a number of cafés are open. Particularly recommended are No.57 in East Street, The Green House in Silver Street, and The Meeting House which also houses art exhibitions, local crafts, concerts and tourist information.
We would also recommend The New Inn at Dowlish Wake, The Five Dials at Horton Cross, Dinnington Docks (near Hinton St George), The Lord Poulett at Hinton St George and The Windwhistle Inn.
Walking, cycling, tennis, golf, horse riding and fishing are all available nearby.
Ilminster is on the National cycle routes no 30 and 33 and there are several footpaths in the area. Also nearby are the Parrett, Liberty and Leland Trails which link together at
Nearest swimming pool is at Crewkerne.
Boat trips, sea fishing and sailing are available at West Bay and Lyme Regis.
Shopping and Leisure
Nearby large towns are Taunton and Yeovil each with a theatre and cinema complex. Major shopping outlets are Clarks Village and Cribb's Causeway near Bristol.
Surrounding picturesque towns and villages are worth a visit. For local crafts, try Yandle's Gallery and Hobby shop at Martock, John Leach's Pottery at Muchelney, willow baskets at the Willows & Wetlands Centre, or Broadwindsor Craft & Design Centre.
Burrow Hill Farm is home to Burrow Hill Cider and the Somerset Cider Brandy Company.
Further afield is Glastonbury with its Tor and Abbey.
Exeter and Bath are each approx 1½ hours away.
There are several National Trust properties and their gardens in the surrounding area - Barrington Court, Montacute House, Lytes Cary, Tintinhull and Stourhead
At East Lambrook Manor you can visit the grade one listed, cottage garden created by Margery Fish.
To the north are the Mendips, Cheddar Gorge, and the Somerset Levels with a wealth of birds and wildlife. Read about The Great Crane Project.
The Blackdown Hills are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the west.
Dartmoor and Exmoor are each approx 1½ hours drive.
Lyme Regis, and the Jurassic coast are approx 18 miles south.
Nearby are Seaton, Charmouth, West Bay and Burton Bradstock. Just inland from West Bay is Bridport which hosts a large market on Saturdays and Wednesdays.
Further west are Beer with its famous limestone caves, Branscombe and Sidmouth, and to the east, are Abbotsbury, Weymouth,and Lulworth cove.
To the north approx 1 hour's drive away are Minehead, Porlock, Watchet, Lynton and Lynmouth.