East Harptree is in a conservation area on the northern slopes of the Mendip Hills 15 miles south of Bristol and the same distance south west of Bath. The village has a community shop (supported by c45 volunteers), hairdressing salon, primary school, preschool, public house and restaurant and village club, hall and theatre.
East Harptree had a population of 644 in the 2011 Census.
Among places of interest in the village are:
- Harptree Court, the setting for three series of the Great British Bake Off
- The ruins of Richmont Castle beseiged in 1138, and visited by King John in 1205 and demolished by Sir Henry Newton during the reign of Henry VIII
- The nearby Harptree Combe (a site of Special Scientific Interest and visited in 2019 by Clare Balding for her “Ramblings” radio programme
- Eastwood Manor and Farm with Grade 1 listed model Victorian Farm buildings
- The Clock Tower gifted to the village in 1897 by Mr W W Kettlewell to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
East Harptree is mentioned in the 1086 Doomsday Book as “Harpetreu” meaning “The military road by the wood”.