Blackdown Hills-Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

A wide expanse of uplands offering constantly changing views!

Chilcott's Barn is set right in the heart of this stunning area.  It really is an ideal base to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a place where progress has apparently made little impact.  Go for a long (or short) walk through the woods, across the fields to work up an appetite for many of the great pubs you will come across along the way.  Walk back and enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot tub where you will still be able to appreciate the wonderful views the Blackdowns have to offer.

Rising steeply to a ridge from the valley of the Tone and declining gently down the south coast, the Blackdown Hills are a unique landscape feature embracing a wealth of different habitats, from ancient oak woodlands to towering beech hedges, deeply-infused valleys to windswept Dow land where 2 wartime airfields created a temporary intrusion into the area’s tranquil character. 

Lanes, tracks and byways offer plenty of scope for walking, cycling and horse riding while if you want to get really involved in the countryside, there are courses for everything from traditional crafts to hedgerow skills. 

The Blackdown Hills offer an impressive scope for pubs and restaurants with local food and drink of a rare and, thanks to the shear diversity of landscape types -variety.