Nine miles southeast of the roman city of Bath, in the valley of the River Frome, is the enchanting village of Farleigh Hungerford. At the heart of the village is the ruin of a 14th century stone castle with a fascinating history. This English Heritage site is the perfect place to spend a day exploring.
Pop to Stowford Manor Farm’s garden and tearoom to enjoy a delicious cream tea, with homemade scones and cream straight from the farm’s Jersey cows. Or, if you fancy something stronger, head for the Hungerford Arms: a charming 14th century Inn with views of the castle and Westwood Valley.
One of the best ways to enjoy the River Frome is to join the village’s river swimming club and take a dip. If you don’t fancy getting wet, head seven miles up the road and rent a canal boat from Castaway Canal Boats, in Bathampton.
Where to eat?
In nearby Holt is the award winning Tollgate Inn. Set in an acre of its own land and renowned for its commitment to local produce and fresh fish, it is not just any old pub. Or, take lunch on the deck of The Mill at Rode bar and restaurant and watch the trout and ducks in the millstream.
Where to stay?
Stowford Manor has a delightful Bed and Breakfast in the old Mill House. There is also a small campsite available, right next to the River Frome, with good facilities for a reasonable cost. Alternatively, rent a Farleigh Wood self-catering holiday cottage, which includes the exclusive use of 80 acres of completely private woodland.
Did you know?
Sir Edward Hungerford sold the castle to Henry Bayntun in 1686 for £56,000.
Tell us a local secret
In 1518, Agnes Hungerford had her husband murdered and his remains burnt in the castle’s kitchen furnace.