From London leaving on M3
M3 to A303 exit No.8 Take B3081 signed Bruton and Charlton Musgrove. (This is the exit after Mere/Stourhead exit). Enter Bruton on the one-way system. At end of the High Street take the left hand turning up Coombe Street. At the top of the hill there is a right hand fork signed Batcombe. Follow signs to Batcombe (approx.2 ½ miles). Enter the village at the cross roads and turn right. The church will now be on your left hand side behind you. Follow the road down the hill and round a sharp right hand bend as if you are travelling out the village. Continue for approx. 1/2 mile where you will see on your right hand side some garages slightly back from the road. The cottage is is located just beyond this, the main house is called Shortwood Farmhouse.
From London leaving on the M4
From M4 take Chippenham exit 17 following Frome direction A361. After Frome bypass follow signs to Shepton Mallet and at Nunney Catch roundabout take the first exit left onto A359 to Bruton. Pass through village of Wanstrow. Approx. 1 ½ miles after take right hand fork to Batcombe. Follow road into Batcombe, just as you come up a slight hill into the start of the village you will pass a long stone house, named Shortwood Farmhouse, immediately after this is the drive down towards Little Shortwood. Park your car closest to the cottage.
Take Exit 15 onto M4. Take next exit 19 onto M32. Follow signs to Bath and then onto A37 to Shepton Mallet ( N.B. surprise left hand fork just before Ston Easton where A37 leaves A39) Through Gurney Slade. See left hand fork to Bath A367 and immediately after on brow of hill take left hand turn signed FROME. (You do not have to go into Shepton Mallet) This is a minor road but very straight; an old Roman Road. Go past Waggon and Horses pub. At T junction turn right and continue down to main Shepton Mallet /Frome road. Go straight across. Stay on this small country road, do not leave, and follow signs to Batcombe. As you drop down into the village, the road has steep sides with overhanging trees. Continue through the village passing the church on your left hand side. Follow the road down the hill and round a sharp right hand bend and continue along the road. You will feel as if you are heading out of the village.
Coming from Ireland – car ferry -Travelling from Pembroke Dock or Haverford West
Take road to Bristol. Leave on A37 signed Shepton Mallet. Pick up directions above from M5 Ston Easton and Gurney Slade etc.
From the Bath and West Showground (site of New Wine, Bath and West Show, Antiques Fair etc.)
We are approx. a ten minute drive away. Almost opposite the main entrance gates see the turning to Evercreech. Take this road into Evercreech. Take first turning left in main square ( just past the pharmacy). At the cross roads turn right followed by second left, following signposts to Batcombe. Pass through open countryside for 2 ½ miles through Westcombe and keep on the SAME road to rather awkward offset cross roads with a white house (with green windows) perched in the middle of a triangle of roads. Go straight across here into Back Lane. This is a very narrow lane so please take care. Follow it to the end and trun left, comtinuing up and out of the village. As you come up a lsight hill there will be a set of garages on the right hand side and just beyond this is Shortwood Farmhouse. Little Shortwood is located down the driveway on the left hand side.
The nearest train station is approximately 5 miles away at Castle Cary, which is on the main line to London Paddington. There are usually taxis waiting at the station. It is probably essential for one member of a visiting party to have a car while staying at Little Shortwood (or bicycle).