If we are not wrong, we believe South Somerset houses some of the most beautiful villages you may visit in the country and Ilminster is one of them.

But there is so much to explore in and around Ilminster. Here are some of the prettiest villages you must visit –


All the buildings and cottages here are made of scenic, glowing ham stone due to which the village has several appearances on the media, including 1995 variant of Jane Austen Sensibility and Sense. This is one of the most happening and beautiful villages in the country. It has St. Catherine’s church, thriving village hall, a post office with a lot of amenities, a primary school, a garage and two pubs. It is known to be just one of its kinds in the nation.

Corton Denham

Despite being small in size, Corton Denham surely doesn’t lack the character. It has all the modern amenities in the nearest towns of Yeovil and Sherborne. The tight-knit community of the village has plenty going on all the year round. St. Andrew’s Church runs weekly services. This building was built in 1869 and has amazing stained glass windows designed by none other than Jeanne-Baptiste Capronnier.

Queens Arms is an award-winning destination where you can rest your tired legs once you explore the nearby countryside of the village. The pub also has amazing dishes with locally reared and sourced produce and unique drinks menu. Try gin gliders to taste three of the amazing gins in the pub.


The cottages of this small village are also thatched by gorgeous ham stone. It is nestled on the south of Somerset Levels. Here you can spot 13th century St. Mary’s Church with unique octagonal tower that has been designated as Grade 1 English Heritage building. It also has a village hall to pick home grown veggies and various local produces.

Located in the heart of village, The Barrington Boar has generous range of hearty pubs and well-kept ales. It is an archetypal village pub which gives warm welcome to the newcomers and loyal locals. You can also admire its pleasant environment.


It is placed around 3 miles from the striking market town of Crewkerne on the banks of River Axe. This sleepy village boasts picturesque properties and cottages, along with 13th century St. Michael Church. The fairy doors of Wayford woods led a stir a couple of years ago when most of the visitors descended on the village to witness the handcrafted doors. There were 200 doors on tree trunks along the area.

South Petherton

The South Petherton streets are lined well with beautiful ham stone buildings, occasional thatched cottage, and picturesque properties like most of the villages in south Somerset. This friendly village houses a host of local shops and businesses, award-winning pub, two schools, and The Old Bakehouse and The Brewers Arms restaurants. Along with getting the full potential after Lottery grant, The David Hall is an amazing live music venue which attract audiences from different parts of the county.

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