Things to do nearby
With a garden that features an iconic Palladian house, a lake flanked by mature, rare trees, and plenty of picnic spots, Stourhead brings a spot of magic. Best enjoyed on a crisp autumn afternoon, when the hues of orange and russet reflect on the surface on the lake (how poetic of us) – and of course, followed by a pint or two back at the Bell.
If lions and tigers and bears (oh my) are your thing, head to Longleat. A short drive away, the lions snooze and the zebras roam about the grounds of this grand stately home. Despite the enchantment, watch out for the monkeys if driving through, they like a bit of windscreen wiper. It’s quite easy to get lost in their mazes too.
Easy to get to from the Bell, you just whizz up the A303. You can’t miss it, all the traffic slows; us locals get a little begrudged with it, but we shouldn’t, because we’re blessed to have it so nearby. It’s definitely worth a visit to see the stones up close.
Slightly further afield is The Medieval city of Salisbury - home to Salisbury Cathedral and also importantly, our little pizza shop. The 13th century cathedral sits amongst 80 acres of stunning grounds and has one of Europe’s tallest spires – it’s much larger than our nole, but a pizza and a pint on the market square at the end of your visit, might just do the job.