Visit Ilminster and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Ilminster, Somerset, is an industrially-expanding small town on the A303. The most beautiful parts, however, are off this road: first a row of thatched and white-washed cottages like those often seen in Devon; then a mainly yellow Ham-stone square round a pillared market house; finally, on a perfect central site, a splendid Ham-stone church, floodlit in the evening. Mainly 15th-century, this church has perhaps the finest tower in southern Somerset, modelled off Wells Cathedral's central one, and, inside, a particularly beautiful south transept chapel. All light, high and simple under a tie-beam roof, this contains the fine tombs with outstanding brasses of Sir William Wadham (d. 1452), whose money built much of the church, and Nicholas and Dorothy Wadham (d. 1609 and 1618), who founded Wadham College, Oxford. Immediately North of the church, the old grammar school is basically Elizabethan. The lane past it, called Court Barton, leads to a pretty residential square. A plaque on the George Hotel says it was the first hotel Queen Victoria stayed in — she was aged seven months at the time.
A wool centre from the Middle Ages to the early 19th century, and till 1201 controlled by the monks of Muchelney.
About ½ mile North (2 miles round by road, turn off at Whitelackington 1¼ miles East), is Dillington House, a grand Tudor house enlarged in the 19th century. The house was the home of Lord North when he was Prime Minister, 1770—82.
All round Ilminster are exquisite Ham-stone villages, particularly Stocklinch, 2¼ miles North East, Dowlish Wake, 1½ miles South East, and Donyatt, 1¼ miles West (2¾ miles by road); and Whitelackington's church is worth a stop. About 4 miles North, the church at Isle Abbots has one of the finest Perpendicular towers in the county.
Six miles West, Castle Neroche is an impressive Norman earthwork amid fine beech trees 900 ft up in the Blackdown Hills, commanding wide views of willow plains to the North. And nearby, Staple Fitzpaine is a pretty village with a grand l5th-century church tower.
Nearby towns: Chard, Crewkerne, Langport, Martock, Taunton, Yeovil
Nearby villages: Beetham, Blackdown, Burstock, Chardstock, Chiselborough, Combe St. Nicholas, Creech St. Michael, Curland, Curry Mallet, Curry Rivel, Donyatt, Drayton, Fivehead, Greenham, Haselbury Plucknett, Hatch Beauchamp, Higher Wambrook, Hinton St. George, Hurcott, Ilton, Isle Abbotts, Isle Brewers, Kingsbury Episcopi, Lambrook, Long Load, Long Sutton, Lopen, Membury, Middle Chinnock, Misterton, Mosterton, Muchelney, North Curry, Shoreditch, South Perrott, South Petherton, Staple Fitzpaine, Stockland, Stocklinch, Stoke St. Gregory, Stoke-sub-Hamdon, Thorn Falcon, Thorncombe, Thorney, Wambrook, West Chinnock, West Hatch, Whitney, Yarcombe
Have you decided to visit Ilminster or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Ilminster bed and breakfast (a Ilminster B&B or Ilminster b and b)
- a Ilminster guesthouse
- a Ilminster hotel (or motel)
- a Ilminster self-catering establishment, or
- other Ilminster accommodation