A southern Somerset market town, Yeovil has big links with aerospace and a strong reputation as a commuter hub.
Although a relatively small market town in the county of Somerset, Yeovil and its 45,000 population have significant commuter links. The town is based at an intersection of major A roads leading to Bristol, Exeter, Reading and London (A303). Not only does Yeovil corporate accommodation support a commuter lifestyle though. They also situate guests in an area lying in the centre of the Yeovil Scarplands, a major natural English region. This is also contained by three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Blackdown Hills, Cranborne Chase and Dorset.
Visitors to Yeovil can also appreciate the River Yeo. It passes to the east of the town along the Heart of Wessex railway line. On this line, Yeovil’s two train stations are based. They enable convenient commute travel as far as Bristol, Westbury and Castle Cary. Ultimately, with businesses located both in the town centre, as well as in the surrounding area, our perfectly located Yeovil serviced apartments give the business traveller the chance to be situated exactly where they need to be.
Yeovil is the prime economic driver in South Somerset. Many believe it possesses ‘the heart of the country… and the mind of a city’. Following the introduction of a Local Plan, representing the economic strategy of Somerset as a whole, Yeovil has continued to make progressive economic steps. For Yeovil in particular, this means creating thousands of new jobs, encouraging new businesses to support prominent industries such as aerospace or high tech, reinventing public transportation, allowing further housing development and expanding the amount of available office space. Each of these aspects are encouraging for external businesses and corporates. They will also be welcomed into an environment which supports some of the most important high-tech aerospace businesses in the region. Ultimately, with companies such as the Agusta-Westland, Normalair Garratt Screwfix and Wessex Water Ltd choosing to relocate here you can see why corporates would need Yeovil extended stay apartments when making their way down to this idyllic part of the country.
Business survival rates are high as well in southern Somerset, tending to topple county, regional or national averages. This is perhaps a consequence of many functioning business support groups who assist corporates and companies at all levels. Whether they be small start-up businesses or long-existing companies. Schemes include; The Heart of the South West Growth Hub, the Yeovil Chamber of Commerce, the Somerset Business Agency, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Yeovil Business Group. These platforms provide an array of business services. These include financial expertise, support with networking, invitations to workshops or just general advice. Its this spread of business support options combined with a pre-existing strong economy, a plan to keep building and progress and a welcoming, also commuter, climate that enables the town to be such an encouraging place to do business, further increasing the number of guests stays in Yeovil corporate housing.
The first mention of Yeovil came in the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was recorded under the name ‘Givle’. The town’s current name, however, is credited to the nearby River Yeo. It was around this time too that Yeovil was transforming from a village to a town settlement home. It had a flourishing community and a weekly market but the population was still only around 1,000. By 1801, the population had increased to around 2,800 according to the first census. This was despite the several plague outbreaks and a disastrous fire in the prior centuries.
The nineteenth century was then a period of expansion for Yeovil. In this century alone, Yeovil Pen Mill and Junction railway stations began operating, the Town Hall was opened, the town’s first piped water supply was introduced, affordable housing and terrace houses became more available and the population had reached around 9,600 by 1891. The ‘Yeovil Casuals’ football team was also established a few years later. They went on to become Yeovil Town Football Club (YTFC). They won the Nationwide Conference and Coca-Cola League Two in 2003 and 2004 respectively. To this day, the club is still a significant part of the town’s community and culture.
At the end of the day, modern-day Yeovil is a town founded on industry. This influence and World War air raids that destroyed much of the town lead many to believe Yeovil lacks historical attractions. However, upon deeper exploration, Yeovil truly is a town beaming with glimpses of heritage. There is no better place to view them from then SITU’s Yeovil aparthotels.
Whether visitors to Yeovil are history enthusiasts, fancy a stroll around a beautiful garden or wish to get their retail and market fix, the town has it all. First place to start is with perhaps Yeovil’s most iconic and historic buildings. The town is also home to RNAS Yeovilton, one of the Royal Navy most principal air bases. It is, therefore, one of the busiest airfields in the UK. Moreover, the airfield also includes the hugely popular Fleet Air Arm Museum. Across four exhibition halls on display are; ninety aircraft, two million records and thirty thousand artefacts. This makes Fleet Air Arm the largest naval aviation museum in Europe. Turning to a different mode of transportation, the Yeovil Railway Centre is also worth visiting. The small railway museum is based alongside Yeovil Junction station and was created in response to the decision from British Rail to remove the turntable from the Junction. Therefore, even guests in Yeovil short term accommodation can be within close vicinity of both a train station and iconic museum.
The town also takes great satisfaction from its great shopping and market scene. The renowned Quedam Centre boasts over forty popular shops. Whereas, the Emporium on Princes Street contains eighty independent retailers within a three-storey building. Across the historic market town is a wide range of national chain stores, independent retailers and sellers of traditional wares. They help create a diverse shopping experience unlike any other across the country. Recommended too is Pittards. Here the finest leather goods are on show, continuing the glove-making tradition the town was previously so famed for.
Of course, Yeovil also possesses a rural feel, exemplified by its range of parks, garden and accessible countryside. For example, corporates looking to explore beyond the comfort of their Yeovil furnished short lets sitting room can be within walking distance of Yeovil Country park. Although comprised of five main sections each with differing traits, the largest, most heavily used and accessible section is Ninesprings. Covering over twenty acres, it is the largest of its kind in South Somerset. It joins four other stretches of land. Riverside Walk, Penn Hill Park, Wyndham Hill and Summerhouse Hill, which all embrace their own Somerset countryside characteristics. It is Ninesprings though which includes the park’s one family and dog-friendly café as well as the sole information centre. All in all, Yeovil Country Park is well worth a visit. Its acceptance of a ‘Pride in Parks’ five-star award thus exemplifies its high-quality and ability to accommodate many tourists.
On the whole, it is evident that Yeovil has a lot to offer anyone that visits. Whether its corporates hoping to profit from the promising business climate and commuter lifestyle, or tourists looking to enjoy an exploration of a naturally beautiful town and the surrounding areas, SITU’s Yeovil serviced apartments are able to support any trip its guests have.
Yeovil has two railway stations within its town boundaries. These are Yeovil Pen Mill and Yeovil Junction.
Both stations are on the Heart of Wessex Line which runs as far as Bristol, Castle Cary, Westbury and Weymouth. Preceding and following stations to Yeovil Pen Mil and Junction include Castle Cary, Thornford, Sherborne and Crewkerne. Trains running through this station are also operated by South Western Railway.
Yeovil bus station is in the town centre on Central Road
Offering various routes from five different operators, passengers have access to a wide number of destinations in the local area.
Yeovil sits dead centre between three airports, all in different directions, each around fifty miles away. These are Exeter Airport (EXT) to the southwest, Bristol Airport (BRS) northwards and Bournemouth Airport (BOH) to the southwest.
Major ‘A’ roads run in each direction to enable straightforward car travel (approximately an hour journey) to each of these airports. These airports are also all relatively close to their respective nearby railway stations.