Rode & the Local Area
The historic village of Rode has been a thriving community since the time of The Domesday Book. An important West Country wool centre up to the 19th Century, today its mixture of picture postcard cottages and elegant merchants’ homes makes it one of the most sought after locations in North Somerset. Just five miles from Bradford on Avon and 12 miles south of Bath, Rode is a rural retreat that’s never too far from every convenience you need.
Postcode: BA11 6PW
Things to see & do
With wonderful open countryside at your doorstep, it might be tempting to stay close to home, but there’s lots more to discover in North Somerset.
The World Heritage City of Bath is internationally famous as a centre of arts and culture. The architecture is peerless. The Roman Baths is one of the finest historic sites in Europe. The Theatre Royal plays host to top quality productions. There are museums, festivals and Premiership rugby. And then there are the shops, bars and restaurants that make Bath a vivid, cosmopolitan and exciting contemporary city today.
Five miles from Rode, Bradford on Avon is a jewel. Built on six centuries of wealth from the wool trade, the town’s mix of glorious medieval and Georgian history tumbles down steep streets to the River Avon. Crammed with unusual shops and some fabulous bars and restaurants, ‘Beautiful Bradford’ is an ideal place to browse away the day.
From Church Farm, the Mendip hills rise invitingly over the Somerset countryside. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Mendips is a place of green hills and spectacular gorges, crossed by hidden trails and walkways and dotted with hundreds of ancient monuments. It’s a landscape that’s just waiting to be explored.
Local Leisure Amenities
Closer to home, there’s plenty to do. You’ll find multi-screen cinemas in Frome and Trowbridge. You’re close to Orchardleigh Golf Club and a variety of leisure and sports centres and gyms. Historic Babington House is nearby, as well as a great range of local bars, country pubs and tempting restaurants. In Rode itself, the Cross Keys is the heart of the local community, while Rode Mill is a stylish spot right on the riverside.
Shopping & Retail Therapy
Church Farm is perfectly placed for local shops and markets, as well as just a short drive away from the regional shopping centres of Bath and Bristol.
From Church Farm, it’s a short walk down to the Rode Post Office and Village Store – an old-fashioned village shop serving the local community, just next to the handmade chocolate factory. Mes Amis Café and delicatessen, the White Row Farm Shop and a Marks and Spencer Simply Food store are all close by in Beckington. And to stock up, you’re less than ten minutes’ drive from several major supermarkets.
Nearby Frome is a vibrant market town full of wonderful independent shops as well as plenty of famous chains. Wednesday and Saturday are regular market days packed with local produce, with the Frome Independent, bringing together independent food and drink producers, contemporary designers and makers, vintage fashion, collectibles and furniture, on the first Sunday of every month. Wander through the streets of St Catherine’s to discover something special.
Historic Bath is a shopaholic’s heaven. You’ll find all the big names, and plenty of one-of-a-kind hidden gems, within easy strolling distance of the city centre. The Artisan Quarter offers an alternative to the high street, while SouthGate is home to over 50 popular brands.
Shopping in Bristol comes in all shapes and sizes, from unexpected pop-ups to largest malls in the South West. The Bristol Shopping Quarter is in the heart of the city, but every area of town has its own unique personality and the shops to match it with countless independent boutiques and great local markets.
North Somerset offers excellent education facilities for students of all ages, beginning with a wonderful village primary school right on your doorstep.
Rode Methodist VC First School is a short walk from Church Farm. A quintessential village school, it’s also twinned with Norton St Philip First School, extending local facilities. Springmead independent prep school and Beckington Church of England First School are Ofsted rated Outstanding, and there are a number of pre-schools and nurseries close by.
The local area is well served by a variety of state and independent sector secondary schools, academies and sixth form colleges, including Selwood Academy and Frome College in Frome, St Augustine’s College and Clarendon Academy in Trowbridge, Maltravers School in Westbury and a host of options in and around Bath.
Rode is within easy distance of the universities of Bath, Bristol and the West of England, as well as Bath College and Wiltshire College campus in Trowbridge.
Rode is conveniently served by road and rail links, making a daily commute, or shopping trips, to Bath, Bristol or Salisbury straightforward.
Excellent local road links will take you to Bradford on Avon in under ten minutes, Bath within 30 minutes and Bristol or Salisbury in less than an hour. The M4 junctions 17 and 18 are approximately 20 miles away, as is the A303, with both routes to London taking a little over two hours.
Rode is less than 15 minutes from Frome and Trowbridge stations, with regular Great Western commuter services to both Bath and Bristol. Westbury is also 15 minutes away, with direct services reaching London Paddington in just an hour and 20 minutes.
If you’re travelling further afield, Bristol Airport is under an hour away, and with easy access to the M4 and A303/M3, you’ll be at Heathrow in under two hours.