VISIT OATLEY VINEYARD

Summer Visiting


Regular Summer opening on Fridays, Saturdays and Bank Holidays has started for 2016 11 am - 5pm. NB:


Visits at other times are welcome by appointment:  01278 671340 or email >> . Or you can try on spec. If we’re here, and we usually are, we’re open!


Walk the vineyard with us, taste our wines, take some home if you like. Visiting and tasting are free.


You can buy by the case, 6-pack, presentation 3-pack, bottle or glass. Our wines are our own, single-vineyard still, dry whites. Case prices are on our Wines/Shop>> page. Bottle prices are £12 - £15, with reductions if you buy 3 or 6. We take credit cards, Paypal Check-in, contactless and ApplePay as well as cash and cheques.


Google map here >>. Free onsite car parking. Directions on our Contact page>> .




Our outdoor, tented tasting area in front of the farmhouse is a peaceful spot to relax and explore the wines. We enjoy introducing our vintages and showing you the vineyard, explaining how we work our venerable, 25 year old vines. Children (accompanied) are welcome.


We are dog-friendly. Dogs (under control) are welcome in the vineyard and you can walk with them around the nature area beyond. We also welcome riders and cyclists. If you want to buy wine and are walking, cycling or riding, we can deliver locally for you after your visit.


Please wear sensible footwear for mown, but still roughish, grass, and bear in mind that our tasting area is out of doors under a tent so you’ll need a jacket if the weather’s cold. Bring wellies to walk the vines in the winter. If the weather is really bad you can taste the wines in the farmhouse - we can usually rustle up a log fire.


The approach to Oatley is down a narrow sunken country lane, completely arched over with trees at the end.  The lane is not passable for coaches and we don't have facilities for coach parties, but we love to see you in smaller groups when we can give you the welcome we would wish.


For parties of 8 or more we ask for a contribution of £10 per person, which covers tasting of our current releases (normally 4 x 50ml tastings), talk and tour of the vineyard guided in person by Iain or Jane. A group visit normally lasts one and a half to two hours.


You can buy gift vouchers for a personally-conducted tour and full tutored tasting which include 3 or 6 bottles of your recipients’ choice to take home with them, here>>.


Fancy following a vineyard trail? A map of trading vineyards is produced by the SW Vineyards Association here>>

                             


Local Places to Eat


Pubs:

The Cottage, Keenthorne>> (2 miles west)

The Lamb, Spaxton>> (evenings and Sunday lunches) (2 miles south)


Cafés, Tea rooms:

Blackmore Farm Shop and Café>> (1.5 miles east)

Walled Gardens of Cannington tea room >> (2 miles east)

Quantock Tea rooms, Nether Stowey >> (4 miles west)

Cricketer Farm Shop and Café, Nether Stowey>> (4 miles west)


Restaurant: Clavelshay Barn>> evenings and Sunday lunches.  Award-winning restaurant up in the hills this end of the Quantocks, using local produce, including Oatley wine. (8 miles south)


Or  picnic in the vines? If the weather’s nice, how about buying a picnic lunch at Blackmore Farm Shop or Cricketer Farm Shop and eating it among our vines with a cold bottle of Oatley? We can lend you glasses and a rug or set out chairs and tables for you. In summer we keep café tables under the trees (below) or you can eat at the tables under our awning (above left)


Things to do in Somerset


Want to combine your vineyard visit with other activities?


Check out Jane’s Pinterest Board about visiting Somerset and Exmoor (mainly round us) >> (opens in a new window),


and this lovely series of videos about rural Somerset’s COOL Rural Tourism experiences >> to give you ideas.


Attractions close to us (click on the links for more info):


The Walled Gardens of Cannington, with tea room and occasional weekend outdoor theatre events >> (2 miles east)


Cannington Golf Centre >> (2 miles east)


The beautiful Quantock villages of Over Stowey and Nether Stowey with the National Trust-run Coleridge Cottage>> where the writing of  “Kubla Khan” was famously interrupted by the Person from Porlock. (4 miles west).


Start of The Coleridge Way walking trail>> (4 miles west). Video about the Coleridge Way here >>


Steart Marshes nature reserve >> - internationally important birdwatching site, beautiful, peaceful coastal saltmarsh landscapes, walking, cycling, bridle paths (4.5 miles northeast)


The Quantock Hills - Area of Outstanding National Beauty >>, breathtaking views and varied forest, hill and moorland walks on a manageable scale: walking, mountain biking, riding and other outdoor activities. Just lovely. (5 miles southwest)


Kilve Beach >> No sand but completely unspoilt, dog-friendly, great views and amazing geology and fossils - and just a few hundred yards back from the beach, the Chantry tea rooms >> (10 miles west)


Music on the Quantocks >> Amazing, international-level mostly classical or sometimes jazz music in tiny, postcard-pretty Broomfield Village Hall and local churches and country house gardens.  Very informal, you can go in your jeans, but no compromise on exceptional performance quality. All booked through Facebook/email. Subscribe to their page to get advance details.



Nearby Accommodation


Oatley visitors have told us they have enjoyed staying at:


Blackmore Farm, Cannington (1.5 miles) 15th Century, Grade 1 Listed Manor House, self-catering and bed & breakfast accommodation. Winner of  the AA  award for best guest accommodation in England  2011-12. Farm shop.


The Old Cider House, Nether Stowey (3 miles), dog-friendly bed and breakfast accommodation in picturesque Nether Stowey, within a mile of Quantock Hills walking country and mountain bike trails


Gurney Manor, Cannington (2 miles): Self catering, sleeps 9, good place for a group. Landmark Trust medieval manor with its own walled garden next to the river on the edge of Cannington, filled with ancient architectural detail and with an intriguing history to unravel.


Model Farm, Wembdon (3 miles). Self catering accommodation for large groups of up to 18. Accommodation is in the imposing, spacious, south facing Victorian front of the 17th C farm and the more rustic Cider Barn. Lovely gardens and grounds for guests to use.


Stogursey Castle (4 miles - or 2.5 by footpath). Landmark Trust restored moated castle gatehouse with back garden enclosed by ruined 11th C castle walls. Extraordinarily beautiful and romantic hideaway for 2-4, self-catering.

 


COME AND VISIT US! WE LOVE SHARING OUR ENTHUSIASM FOR OATLEY VINES AND WINES.


Visits are free. You can taste our wines and we can show you around the vineyard.

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