North Cadbury Court Yacht Club

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 Somerset and surrounding areas

The Great Outdoors

You will be staying in the beautiful Somerset countryside which  surrounds the North Cadbury Court Estate, which offers our guests almost unlimited possibilities and ways to make the most of your stay.

If you’re looking for a country escape with time spent exploring the great outdoors, we have so many options right on our doorstep. Numerous footpaths surround our estate and Cadbury Castle, also part of the estate, is just a mile away. This famed ancient hill fort has had numerous archaeological digs and is thought by many to be the location of Camelot from the legend of King Arthur. From the top of the hill you can see for miles around and on a good clear day right out to Glastonbury Tor. With many fantastic country pubs within walking distance, you can easily plan a walk that takes in the scenery and includes a pub lunch.

Please note access to the main house and surrounding gardens is not available, unless you are staying as part of an event at the court.

Exmoor and Stonehenge

Just over an hour away is Exmoor National Park, sitting on the Somerset and Devon border. This ancient segment of the south west, stretched from sea to rocky hill scapes, has been a national park since 1954. Exmoor was traditionally an ancient royal hunting forest, renowned for the stags which lived there. The national park is abundant with different types of life, from the wild to the ancient woodland. It is also home to the highest point in Somerset, Dunkery Beakon, which is 519 metres above sea level.

If country houses and history is more your style, Stonehenge just 45 mins away, this world heritage site is the best known prehistoric monument in Europe and features a fantastic visitor centre. With a history spanning  4,500 years it has something for everyone, from history to spirituality.

A bit closer to North Cadbury village is the National Trust property of Stourhead. This grand country estate and landscaped gardens have been open to the public since the 1740s and is described as ‘a living work of art’. A trip to Stourhead makes a lovely afternoon out, where you can take a tour of the house and learn about its history, enjoy a picnic on the lawns and wonder around its beautiful lake and gardens. Closer still is Glastonbury Tor, which has splendid views and is basked in history itself, featuring tales of fairies, the Holy Grail and even King Arthur, again linking our local Cadbury Castle to the Arthurian legend.


We’re very lucky to not only have small and quaint market towns with splendid shops but also larger shopping destinations, all within easy reach of North Cadbury.

Bruton, fast becoming the coolest town in the west country, has had an influx of art galleries, lovely shops, hip places to eat and quirky places to stay in the last few years. It is 15 minutes away by car.

Sherborne, less than 10 miles away and just over the border into Dorset, is a small market town full of independent shops and lovely cafes and restaurants.  The town features old castle ruins, the newer Sherborne Castle, Sherborne Abbey and is home to several independent schools. 

Kilver Court Designer Village is just 20 minutes from North Cadbury and offers a range of designer brands. It was founded by Roger Saul, who was also the founder of iconic British clothing brand Mulberry, which is why the brand features so much in Somerset. Kilver Court was the Mulberry headquarters from 1996 until the brand moved its operations to London. In 2011 the shopping destination as it is known now was open, with the star attraction being the Mulberry factory shop and  other brands including  Toast.

Clarks Village

Another shopping destination in the heart of Somerset is Clarks Village, on the old factory site of the world famous Clarks shoes brand. Clarks Village has been open to the public for nearly 30 years and has visitors from all over the world, looking for deals on some of the latest fashion brands. People are always surprised by how many shops are located at Clarks, with brands such as Barbour, Le Creuset, Hobbs and many others, with more than 90 brands in total.

Other shopping destinations all within an hour of North Cadbury are: Bath – the largest and most beautiful city in Somerset. Bristol – with its two shopping centres, busy city centre and vibrant culture. Exeter – which has been heavily invested in to make it a shopping destination for many in the south west.

Arts and Culture

Somerset is home to some amazing destinations, just a few miles from Bruton you can find Hauser and Wirth Somerset, a pioneering world class gallery and multi purpose art centre which is a destination for those who visit to experience art, architecture and the Somerset landscape. Featuring an impressive garden and outdoor sculptures which change regularly with the seasons, galleries showcasing a range of art from artists around the world and the Roth Bar and Grill, serving seasonally locally sourced produce in their on site restaurant. There is also a well stocked farm shop.

Closer still is The Newt in Somerset, a country estate which has been stunningly renovated to feature landscaped gardens, woodland and farmland. Visitors are welcome to explore the grounds, view the artistically maintained gardens where produce is grown for the restaurant, farm shop and café and learn about modern and traditional farming methods.

The small market town of Glastonbury on the Somerset levels is steeped in history, myth and quirkiness. Filled with museums, shops and attractions it is like nowhere else, from visiting the Tor to looking round the eclectic mix of shops, museums and art galleries. Glastonbury is also home to the famous music festival, although the actual site is situated just outside in the village of Pylle, but the town itself is classically English, although its history and fables is unlike any other town.


Somerset and the surrounding area is home to some of the finest schools in England, and most are within half an hour’s drive of North Cadbury. So if you’re thinking of visiting to look around one of the local schools, our Yacht Club and Coach House cottages make the perfect location. If one of your children or grandchildren attends the local schools then staying in North Cadbury gives you the perfect opportunity to visit your loved ones. With Millfield School based in Street, Kings School and Bruton School for Girls in Bruton and Sherborne Boys School and Sherborne International School all based locally. North Cadbury Court Coach House and Yacht Club make the perfect location for visiting.