Swing around the compass and nothing seems far from Perry's Paddock. Bristol, Bath and the Mendip Hills, for example, and Frome, Wells and Longleat House... they're all comfortably within a half-hour drive. And yet the paddock, a 10-minute walk outside the village of Paulton, is just that. A quiet paddock. A patch of hilltop countryside, with views back down over the shallow valley. It's rural yet accessible and, thanks to the Perry family, it's now a very comfortable place to glamp too.
Just east of the Mendip Hills, this well drained meadow, formerly a pony paddock and now parcelled up with horses still grazing at the far end, is home to three modern cabins, with jaunty roofs and wood-clad exteriors. Each is fully furnished with bedside tables, storage, and a super king-size bed. (With space to sleep 2 children) 21st-century touches include the plush en-suite, with heated towel rails and a dual-head shower, and a smart TV (though there's no WiFi, so you'll need to hotspot from your phone). Glass doors let in plenty of natural light from the covered deck area outside, where there's also a table and outdoor chairs, and you're welcome to try cooking over the firepit (there's a Co-op within easy walking distance in the village, which is very handy for stocking up on supplies).
Paulton isn't the only place to walk. Cross the country road at the paddock's entrance and you can follow footpaths into Midsomer Norton and Radstock or take a path north and join the Limestone Link trail, a picturesque long-distance bridleway that links the Mendip Hills with the Cotswolds and, here, follows the little stream of Cam Brook. Bring bikes, meanwhile, and you can hop on a popular Colliers Way that follows a former railway line towards Bath, nine miles away. You can end your ride in the town or stay on the old line to the beautiful Dundas Aqueduct crossing over the River Avon.
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