Location and the local area
There is lots to see and do near The Walnut Tree Hotel
Enmore Golf Club
Prices to play start from £38.00 per round. Please ring 01278 672100 Option 3 for Pro Shop.
There is a fully-stocked Pro Shop, with something for everyone and you can develop your game with a course of golf lessons from our friendly club professional. When the time comes to relax, you can rest assured that their friendly and efficient staff will provide the best of service in a comfortable clubhouse where you can enjoy a quiet drink and maybe a bar snack.
Conveniently located close to junctions 23 or 24 of the M5 motorway, you will find them 3 miles to the west of Bridgwater.
Maunsel House is a magnificent 13th Century Manor set in 100 acres of stunning parkland at the heart of a sprawling 2,000 acre estate, comprising of farms, lakes, woodlands, walnut groves, orchards, Somerset wetlands, cottages and ancient barns.
Currently the Ancestral seat of the Slade Family and home of Sir Benjamin Slade Bt. and Kirsty, the house can boast such visitors as Geoffrey Chaucer, who wrote part of the Canterbury Tales whilst staying here.
The beautiful grounds and spacious rooms provide both privacy and a unique atmosphere for any event. Available for exclusive hire, to host weddings, house parties and corporate events with the house serving as a luxurious venue for groups of all sizes.
The in-house wedding planners can organise every detail of your day - your ceremony and reception, catering and accommodation tailored to your specifications.
Maunsel House serves equally well as a conference venue, with a range of facilities for corporate events and activity days. In addition to the house’s 13 bedrooms, the estate includes three holiday cottages available for wedding guests and self-catering midweek breaks. Based near Taunton, Somerset, the estate is accessible from around the South West.
Maunsel House is situated in the next village approximately 10 minutes by car.
Historic Sites and attractions
Taunton Heritage Trail
This is a self-guided circular walk leading visitors past some great places of interest. Some of these amazing places date right back to 1614.
It doesn’t take long at all to get to Taunton, only about 10-15 minutes depending on traffic.
Further afield there is the magnificence of Exmoor and the Seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare.
This Tor features the roofless St Michael’s tower; this hill has even been called the ‘holy hill’.
In early-medieval times there was a small monks' retreat on top of the Tor, thought to be founded in the time of St Patrick in the mid-400s.
The Tor is now owned and cared for by the National Trust and there is free access to the public at all times.
To get to Glastonbury it takes about 25-30 minutes, depending on traffic.
Brean Leisure Park
This adventure Park is in Brean, near Burnham-on-Sea. This Park is of all ages, it is filled with a variety of rides, no matter how young or old there is something for everybody. There is also a swimming complex, outside and in.
To get to Brean it will take around 20-25 minutes depending on traffic.
In Cheddar there are a variety of attractions for example:
Open top tour bus
See the mill-ponds, which drove gunpowder manufacturing, and the rocky crags, which delighted the Romantic Movement.
Cheddar Man- Museum of Prehistory
The mysterious burial place of Cheddar Man, a Mesolithic hunter gatherer.
Visit Gough's Cave
With its beautiful stalactites and stalagmites or Cox's cave and the crystal quest, a fantasy adventure for adults and children alike. website cheddarcaves.co.uk
The County town of Somerset. Taunton is a 15 minute car journey with ample parking. Taunton Cricket Ground hosts many national and international cricket teams throughout the summer. Vivary Park Gardens the venue for the annual Taunton Flower show a blooming good day out. In the centre of Taunton visit the museum which is part of the 12th Century castle. It achieved notoriety in 1685 as the setting for Judge Jeffrey’s “bloody assizes” following the Monmouth rebellion.
Enjoy a great day out, lose yourself in over 40 acres of walks, streams, formal terraces, woodlands and lakes. These magnificent gardens a unique combination of three period gardens, the Georgian landscape, Victorian terrace and Edwardian formal garden, these have all been restored to their original splendor. Hestercombe is situated just off the A38 and is signposted from all main roads.
Dunster Castle & Gardens
1000 years of history and a castle full of stories, Duster is situated on A39 heading towards Minehead, approximately 30 miles. Various weekend activities throughout the year, with the ever popular “Dunster by Candlelight”
Animal Farm Adventure Park
This park caters for the younger generation, it has play areas, cuddle time where the children can pet various animals and it even has an education centre to help the children learn at the same time as having fun.
This park is situated in Burnham on Sea and it takes approximately 15-20 minutes from the hotel.
This zoo is the place for both adults and children. It varies from animals to a radio museum to a children’s play area. The children can even meet the keepers at work. It’s hours of fun, rain or shine.
This zoo is situated in Watchet and it takes 25-30 minutes from the hotel.
Other attractions and sights to see and do
Dunster by candlelight
This event takes place the first Friday and Saturday in December, when the remarkably preserved medieval village turns its back on the present and lights it’s streets with candles. It begins at 5:30pm, and then people on stilts in fantastic costumes put up the lanterns. There is a brass band, a choir in the Parish Church; there are a variety of shops which can especially help due to the run up of Christmas. It truly is a magical event.
It can take up to 40 minutes to get there, however it will definitely be worth the trip.
Wookey Hole Caves
This is a great day out for the whole family; it ranges from golf, to seeing the witch that haunts the caves to Dinosaur Valley featuring twenty life-size dinosaurs.
It takes a round 30-40 minutes to get there.