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Sitting alongside the River Parrett, the quaint rural town of Crewkerne is nine miles south west of Yeovil and home to 7,000 residents. Steeped in cloth making traditions, Crewkerne's roaring trade delivered everything from webbing to Royal Navy sails in the 1800s.
For a relatively small area, Crewkerne is teeming with attractions. Topping the list is a celebrated Deer Rescue sanctuary, where five different species roam freely. It is set across 100 acres of glorious countryside. Visitors come into contact with Red, Fallow, Axis, Roe and Sika deer alike, making for an unforgettable trip.
Sticking with the animal theme, a Llama Experience gives constituents an opportunity to walk a lesser spotted creature through the countryside before settling down to enjoy a picnic with their newfound friend.
Elsewhere the thriving Antiques Bazaar draws traders with a thirst for antiques and vintage collectibles. Collaborative trading takes place amidst a light-hearted, jovial atmosphere.
Given its size, it may surprise you to learn Crewkerne boasts its own museum – one run by local volunteers passionate about educating newcomers on both the town itself and nearby villages. Children meanwhile revel in the excitement of Crewkerne Aqua Centre, which also encompasses a studio and gym.
Short ventures to the outskirts of Crewkerne offer even more in the way of excitement. Montacute House – one of the most beautiful in Elizabethan England and home to 16th century lawyer and politician Sir Edward Phelips – is open for public viewing. A National Trust building, its beautiful garden and inspiring parkland justify the six-mile jaunt.
Slightly closer to home is Perry’s Cider Brewery and Museum, a popular haunt for tourists. The breathtaking Church of St George meanwhile should also be taken in first-hand, a place of worship understandably cherished by villagers.
Crewkerne is made up primarily of Georgian-style buildings which create an oldy-worldly feel its residents take great pride in.
The Orchards is located at the centre of Crewkerne. A purpose-built, 44-bed home with nursing, it boasts separate lounges, spacious gardens and an impressive dining area.
Laundry, chiropody and hairdressing services are available on site, while all bedrooms come complete with en suite facilities.
As with all of Amica homes, consistent activities ensure residents remain active and build relationships with fellow guests and staff alike. Dedicated away-days also ensure they make the most of the aforementioned attractions.
To learn more about The Orchards click here.