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MELLS

Mells, with its hamlets of Little Green and Mells Green, is situated in a green valley on the edge of the Mendips in Somerset, four miles north-west of Frome and a scenic half-hour drive from Bath.

The area's lovely old stone houses are a result of the prosperity of the wool trade, and their preservation is thanks to the long stewardship of the Horner family. Following the Horners’ links at the turn of the nineteen–twentieth centuries with the fields of arts and politics, the village boasts a number of notable works of art and monuments.

What to seeSassoon's tombstone

Bullet Lovely old stone houses and cottages lining the unspoilt streets.

Bullet St Andrew’s Church, containing works by Munnings, Lutyens, Eric Gill, Burne-Jones, William Nicholson (web icon Christian Worship, St Andrew's Church Clock).

Bullet The churchyard with the graves of Siegfried Sassoon and Fr Ronald Knox, and the Lutyens McKenna tomb.

Bullet Fifteenth-century New Street, a pioneering example of town planning.

Bullet The Lutyens War Memorial and Horner Memorial.

What to do

Bullet Buy a Village Trail leaflet and follow the trail round Mells, its houses and its monuments.

Bullet Buy a drink in the Talbot’s former tythe barn bar with its mural depicting life in Mells through the ages, and relax in the ancient flower-filled courtyard.

Bullet Join the crowds at the annual Easter Monday Daffodil Festival (web icon Daffodil Day).

Bullet Pick up some postcards, maps and information on local walks from Mells Village Shop and Post Office (web icon Mells Post Office and Village Shop).

Bullet Explore the ruins of the former Fussells ironworks site in the wooded Mells Valley.

Bullet Follow one of the recommended walks on local footpaths showcasing the limestone scenery.

Bullet Cycle, ride or walk along scenic Colliers Way, a former railway line linking Radstock and Frome, accessible half a mile north of the village and wheelchair friendly.

Where to stay

Bullet The Talbot Inn, Selwood Street, Mells web icon www.talbotinn.com tel icon 01373 812254

Bullet Clavey's Farm B&B, Mells Green web icon www.sawdays.co.uk/search/display.php?PlaceID=PL40386

Bullet Babington House web icon www.babingtonhouse.co.uk tel icon 01373 812266

Where to eat and drink

Bullet The Talbot Inn (bar and restaurant) web icon www.talbotinn.com tel icon 01373 812254

Bullet Mells Café, Woodlands End (Italian coffee, tea, cold drinks, soups, salads, sandwiches, snacks and cakes) tel icon 01373 812251

VOBSTER

Four miles from Radstock and one mile south-west of Mells, the picturesque Mendip village of Vobster is divided into Upper Vobster and Lower Vobster. Lower Vobster, whose church, St Edmund’s, is now a private dwelling, was once a satellite village for Mells Park, home of the Horner family in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and clustered round a farm. Upper Vobster grew up around a colliery, railway and quarry.

What to seeVobster

Bullet Upper Vobster, the relics of its industrial past amid its peaceful rural landscape.

Bullet Lower Vobster, a pretty former farming community nestling round Mells Stream.

What to do

Bullet Follow one of the recommended scenic walks which highlight Vobster’s relics of the nineteenth-century coal and quarrying industry.

Bullet Enrol for a diving course at Vobster Diving Schoolweb icon www.vobster.com.

Where to stay

Bullet The Vobster Inn, Lower Vobster web icon www.vobsterinn.co.uk tel icon 01373 812920

Where to eat and drink

Bullet The Vobster Inn, Lower Vobster web icon www.vobsterinn.co.uk tel icon 01373 812920