Activities At Newton Surmaville

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Riding, caving, golfing, falconry, all within easy reach of the house

Newton Surmaville sits on the border of Dorset and Somerset and, as such, is well placed to pick the best from both counties. The coast line of Dorset, due south of the house is stunning and has all manner of seaside activities to enjoy. The rural interior is more pastoral, think Hardy or Austen novels, indeed many were filmed in the area. Either way, there is plenty to do and with Bristol and Bath no more than 90 minutes away, the lure of the bright lights are easily satisfied.

Wookey Hole Caves Waterfall
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Yeovil Golf Course is right next door to Newton Surmaville, so it couldn’t be easier. There are 2 courses, both of which are draped across two borders of Dorset and Somerset – 27  holes divided by the River Yeo. The Newton is a 9-hole course that winds through part of the  old Newton Surmaville estate and has some challenging ground to negotiate along the river.  The Old Course is a standard 18-hole course and has some beautiful views of the town and  the countryside around. 

A visit to the Somerset Cider Brandy Company is a must and only 20 minutes drive away.  Enjoy a private tour visiting the barrel bond, the distillery and learn all about the fascinating history whilst sampling some of the cider and Somerset cider brandy.  If you visit in the spring you will see the magnificent site of the orchard full of blossom.

Just under one hours drive away from Newton Surmaville is the Bronze Age site of the  World famous, Stonehenge. This prehistoric monument consists of an outer ring of vertical  standing stones of about 13 feet in height and 7 feet wide (weighing around 25 tons) with  horizontal lintel stones connecting the standing stones. This is an absolute ‘must see’ for any  visitor and if you go in the early morning, you can watch the sun rise, get a special guide and  have a private visit. 

Cheddar Gorge is pretty extraordinary. The gorge itself is spectacular with cliffs that rise  above the road but there is so much more to the area. It is home to an incredible subterranean  network of caves which you can explore in varying different ways, depending on your sense  of adventure and appetite for cramped spaces!  

Wookey Hole Caves are six miles south-east of Cheddar Gorge and a mile or so outside the  town of Wells. Here you will find Wookey Hole which has a series of caves that were  inhabited for 70,000 years. Plenty of adventure and fun for everyone including Adventure  Golf, a 4D cinema show and lots of information on the fascinating story of Wookey Hole.

Sherborne (15 mins away) is a lovely market town, typical of the area. It is full of old-world  charm and many interesting independent shops. It’s strong sense of history can be seen at  Sherborne Castle and Gardens and it is proud to support a burgeoning food scene where you  can find local producers and suppliers being well represented in cafes and food stores. 

If you’d like to have a riding lesson, Pevlings Farm Riding Stables are 25 mins away from  the house and they specialise in teaching children, though they do have some larger horses  for adults. 

The Big Shoot’s Sturminster Newton Clay Pigeon Shooting location has state of the art  equipment and is located on a private range so there is no waiting around and your session  can be tailored to your needs/desires. They will provide a huge variety of stands all in a  beautiful setting. 

Simulated clays in the stunning grounds of Cricket St Thomas (25 minutes away) is also an  exciting way to spend a morning. A great way to perfect your technique. 

At Pitcombe Rock Falconry, the focus is on the rescue and rehabilitation of birds of prey.  They are passionate about these birds and love to share their enthusiasm and knowledge.  You can get up close and personal with a long-eared owl, learning how to handle it and ‘fly  it’ or you can go the extreme and learn how to take a hawk hunting. If successful and your  hawk catches a rabbit, you will be able to take it home for supper once the falconer has  prepared it for you. 

Watersports at Langport (20 minutes away) on the River Parrett are very popular. You can  kayak or canoe on the beautiful river as well as paddleboarding and wild swimming for those  braver folk! 

Sutton Bingham Reservoir is set in the rolling hills of Somerset and Dorset, just 5 miles  outside Yeovil. A beautiful spot for fishing, sailing and walking providing a perfect day out  for all the family and an ideal chance to connect with nature. 

You can reach the Jurassic Coast within an hour from Newton Surmaville. A World  Heritage Site on the coast of the English Channel, at a length of 96 miles, it stretches from  Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset. There is so much to do along the coast from exploring and enjoying the beaches to fossil hunting. 

It can be great fun to hire bicycles and cycle along the canal towpaths which connect various  towns to each other. A relaxing way to spend an afternoon as the paths are flat and not hilly  so an ideal way to travel through the countryside enjoying the scenery. 

The Somerset Levels, a coastal plain and wetland area of Somerset, provide the perfect spot  for avid birdwatchers. The RSPB and other conservation organisations have restored this  ancient habitat to much of its former glory. Depending on the time of year there are  Lapwings, Starlings and Golden Plovers as well as several birds of prey to see.

Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum – in children’s activities section

Haynes Motor Museum – in children’s’ activities section

Newton Surmaville is a dream home for a large house party

…or an intimate gathering of family & friends with lots of different spaces for guests to enjoy both in the house and throughout the property.

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The house has accommodation for up to 20 people in 9 bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.
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There are 5 impressive reception rooms, a cinema room, a children’s playroom and 62 acres of grounds & gardens.
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Location

The house is 75 minutes by car from both Bristol and Exeter Airports and 2 hours from London Heathrow. There is helipad at the house for those wishing to arrive by helicopter from London or it is just over 2 hours by train.

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