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by Tom Tide (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath every day, and sometimes about travels in Ireland.
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Stunning, Sunny Stowford Manor Cream Teas
Something really special starts every Easter Sunday (in eight days time), and lasts all Summer long. Cream Teas! Where, you ask? Stowford Manor Farm is situated in the Frome Valley, just eight miles from Bath. This family-run farm has a stunning Sixteenth Century manor house, surrounded by artists workshops and fields. Traditional Wiltshire Cream Teas are served from 3-6 pm, in the beautiful Manor House gardens.

Cream Tea
The wonderful gardens at Stowford Manor Farm


A traditional West Country Cream Tea consists of plain or fruit scones, strawberry Jam and Clotted cream. Almost a meal in itself, this is always washed down with several cups of tea. Different counties argue fiercely about whether the cream or jam go on first, but the result is delicious either way!

Cream Tea
A fine example of a traditional Cream Tea


Stowford Manor Farm is also the home to the only Wild River Swimming club in the UK, and the riverside swimming place, just behind a picturesque weir, is a mere two fields away from the farm. Making this place the perfect weekend destination is the campsite within the farm grounds. The Bryant family who live on and own the farm even sell their produce to campers, swimmers and cream tea visitors. This place is stunning, and visitors say that they can really feel the sense of history that this place has.

Swimming Club
A poster for the still popular Farleigh Swimming Club


Farleigh Swimming club
Enjoying the diving and jumping platforms at Farleigh


Whether or not you choose to swim or to camp, the cream teas at Stowford are very special. Sitting in the garden surrounded by birdsong and beautifully kept flowers, you can easily imagine that you are in the 1930s. The gardens are a real suntrap, and the staff very friendly. Should it rain, then the front room is also part of the tearooms, and this haven also looks like it could be from many decades ago when life was more simple and peaceful. Perhaps this is the most lovely thing about Stowford. It is timelessly beautiful.

Cake
A young visitor enjoying a Blackberry Sponge


The Manor Garden
Cream Tea Garden


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Why? Superb traditional Cream Teas in a stunning location
When: Easter Sunday to September, 3-6pm
Phone: 01225 752253
Where: Farleigh Hungerford, 8 miles from Bath
Cost: Very reasonable cost.
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