Tracebridge is a peaceful hamlet in the Somerset countryside. A friendly community, Tracebridge is part of a network of 10 rural parishes on the Somerset Devon borders. The area is a haven for wildlife including otters, bats and a wide variety of birds. The River Tone can just be heard as it meanders through the valley. Once past Tracebridge the lane rises to the ancient village of Ashbrittle.
Tracebridge Cottage is less than 5 miles from Wellington ( Junction 26 on the M5) between Taunton in Somerset and Tiverton in Devon. Tracebridge is conveniently situated for visiting areas of outstanding natural beauty such as The Quantocks, The Blackdown Hills and Exmoor National Park. A great location for walkers or cyclists. The proximity of the A38 and M5 make the area ideal for those touring by car.
Local attractions include Cothay Manor House and Gardens, Ashbrittle Ancient Yew, Sheppys Cider Farm.
Maps, leaflets and other publications on local attractions, places of interest, walks and cycle routes available for guests information.
Many North or South coast beaches are reached in an hour. The thriving university and cathedral City of Exeter is 50 minutes by car.
Getting around Cycling and walking are popular. Buses serving Tracebridge and surrounding areas are infrequent. Taxis are available in towns (Taunton, Wellington and Tiverton) and at railway stations. *Guests attending weddings and other scheduled events are advised to book local taxis in advance. An excellent train service runs between London Paddington and Cornwall stopping at Taunton and Tiverton. Tiverton Parkway station is closer to the cottage although both stations are easily reached by car.
Bristol city and airport is an hour and 20 minutes by car. Exeter city and airport is less than an hours drive. There are excellent motorway and railway links to London, Bristol or Exeter. Collection from Tiverton Parkway or Taunton station can be arranged if helpful.
Directions If coming from the North or taking the motorway from Taunton leave the M5 at J26 and head for Wellington. At the first roundabout take the first exit (A38 towards Exeter) cross a small roundabout and continue for a few miles until you reach another roundabout. Take the first exit signed A38 for Exeter. Continue on the link road passing the Beambridge Hotel on your left. As the road reaches the brow of the hill it becomes a dual carriageway. At the top of the hill immediately take the first right hand turn signposted Greenham, Appley, Holcombe Rogus, Ashbrittle. Follow this winding road towards Ashbrittle. After a mile or so you will see a sign for Appley and pass the Stawley Village Shop on your left. Continue slowly down the hill passing the Tracebridge wayside sign on your left. Tracebridge Cottage is the third cottage on the right opposite Old Mill Cottage. You can pull in outside the cottage to unload by the front gate. Tracebridge Cottage parking (marked by a tree mounted slate sign) is a few yards past the front gate on your right.
If coming from the South or taking the motorway from Tiverton leave the M5 at J27 and turn right taking the 3rd exit on the large roundabout signed Wellington A38. Follow this road for about 4 miles. There is an easily missed left turn for Greenham Appley Holcombe Rogus Ashbrittle. If you take this short one way road, turn left at the junction taking the Appley Ashbrittle road which leads to Tracebridge. If you miss the first sharp left turn from the link road dual carriageway, this is closely followed by a second turning (signed Greenham Appley Ashbrittle as before). This can often be an easier left turn onto the same winding road leading you to Tracebridge as above.
Safe Journey. Looking forward to meeting you or to welcoming you back to Tracebridge Cottage.