Cherry Tree Estates is centrally based in the popular Chew Valley area which lies in the South West of England and falls into the territories of Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset and Mendip councils. The area is sprinkled with lovely small towns, villages and hamlets; many of the local villages date back to the time of the Domesday Book and there is evidence of human occupation in the area since the Stone Age. Stanton Drew has the third largest collection of prehistoric standing stones in England, the three circles and three-stone 'cove' of Stanton Drew are surprisingly little-known.
The bordering Mendip Hills are designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offer a diverse habitat for flora and fauna and boasts the natural attractions of Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves.
The largest village in the area is Chew Magna, voted 'Best Village in Britain' in 2011 in the Sunday Times and has a population of approximately 1,200. With its quaint raised Medieval pavements and historical buildings it traces its history back to Saxon times. It has excellent local amenities with a mini supermarket, local butchers, bank, two cash machines, pubs, pharmacy, dentist, opticians, post office, café and gift shops. It is a popular village for those who wish to live in a rural village community but still be within commutable distance of a city; Bristol is only 10 miles away with its mainline railway and links to the M4 and M5 motorway network. Bristol International Airport is also within easy reach for those quick get-aways. The historic Roman City of Bath, with its hot water springs and Georgian architecture; and medieval Wells, England's smallest City with its cathedral, and unique moated Bishop's Palace, are approximately 12 miles from Chew Magna.
The Chew Valley and surrounding areas are well known for offering a wide variety of sporting and leisure activities and is a popular area for mountain biking; hiking/rambling; fishing; bird watching and sailing. Chew Valley Lake, an important site for wildlife and wild fowl, has been dedicated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area. The Salt n Malt fish cafe, tearoom & takeaway at the picnic site, which is owned and run by Josh and Holly Eggleton of the Michelin stared local pub The Pony & Trap, is situated in an idyllic spot on the edge of Chew Valley Lake. Neighboring Blagdon Lake also offers fishing and has a Victorian pumping station and Visitor Centre which includes science and environment exhibits and hands-on displays. There are leisure and sport centers at Chew Stoke, Winford, Midsomer Norton and Farrington Gurney.
For those who prefer something slightly less energetic the cities of Bristol and Bath offer an excellent selection of shops ranging from high street chains to more bespoke designer outlets for that little bit of retail therapy. If you are in the Roman City of Bath and fancy a different kind of therapy after a hard day's shopping then a trip to the Thermae Bath Spa is a must for a pamper session and cup of tea!
The area boasts an excellent selection of public and private schools at both primary and secondary levels, as well as some excellent universities, such as Bristol, Bath and Bath Spa. The majority of the local villages in the area have their own primary schools and Chew Valley School, rated 'Good' for Years 7 - 10 and 'Outstanding' for their Sixth form by Ofstead is the very popular secondary school.
The staff at Cherry Tree Estates are local residents and have lived in the area for many years so know the region and its hidden gems; from local farm shops and farmers markets to hair dressers and beauty salons, so don't be afraid to ask them questions as they are more than happy to assist you in your search for your dream home in an area you will love!