A lifestyle & travel blog written by Lou Archell, a writer, photographer and mum-of-two. Littlegreenshed features; travel & adventure both near and far, botanical inspiration and practical advice on simple living.
Forgive me… I am catching up on some of our family adventures. Day trips we did over the Summer. Back in June we visited the Walled garden in Mells, Somerset. Just an hour south of Bristol, it was a pleasant journey through leafy lanes to reach Mells.
A small picture perfect village, typically English with roses around the doors and honesty boxes on the road side, selling jams and garden produce.
The walled garden is beautiful and on a bright sunny day it felt like we were sitting in the South of France rather than deep Somerset. The crunch of the gravel underfoot and the smell of the wood fired pizza oven, gave us a feeling of foreign holidays.
We wandered the gardens, smelt the peonies and looked for goldfish in the pond. Then ordered a couple of pizzas. Delicious, wood fired, hand tossed pizzas, with the freshest of salad on the side. We sat in the back terrace, with the old wall behind us. Bee’s buzzing around the roses and a view across the fields in front.
After lunch we looked at the bric a brac in the greenhouse, a charming addition to the garden. I found a gorgeous 1930’s mirror and a few pots and vases. To the side is a small nursery, selling plants and flowers too.
The boys ran around the garden finding bugs and smelling the flowers. Calling to us to come and see. Dan and I just soaked up the beauty and sunshine, it really is beautiful there.
In the village we took a wander and found the much talked about Talbot Inn. A beautiful restored village pub and serving delicious food and with stunning bedrooms above. Mells seems to good to be true… a really idyllic village hidden away from traffic and the rest of the world. A real destination for food, and gardens. A perfect retreat.