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Somerset

At the heart of the West Country, Somerset''s rolling hills, deep gorges and flowing rivers tell the tales of myths and legends.

From castles, abbeys and museums, to classic English houses and gardens, this is rural England at its best, and with such a wide range of things to see and do, a cottage holiday here provides the perfect base from which to explore the area.

Begin your visit to Somerset by exploring some of the area''s rich heritage, starting off with the enigmatic Glastonbury Tor. Sitting high above the land like a beacon, it holds stories of the legends of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. At the base of the Tor lie the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, set in 36 acres of beautiful parkland and ponds it''s the perfect destination for a family day out. There''s an abundance of historical places in the region so take the time to explore as many as possible, especially Wells Cathedral and the Roman Baths and its museum.

If you can tear yourself away from exploring Somerset''s past there’s a lot more to explore. Longleat Safari Park is just one of the many animal attractions in the area, but you can also get up close and personal with magnificent shire horses birds of prey and marine life.

From the open expanses of gardens and ancient oak woodlands to sparkling rivers and sandy beaches, Somerset is a haven for lovers of the great outdoors. There are some great natural wonders to explore and with its steep inclines, dramatic peaks and amazing views, Cheddar Gorge makes an ideal location for walkers, climbers, cavers and sightseers alike. Lazy afternoon picnics can be enjoyed, and there''s a superb selection of pubs, restaurants and cafes cooking up fresh local produce so you can take a night off from cooking. You could even make a night of it and go see a show at the 17th century Theatre Royal in Bath.

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  • Steel’Suffolks - Shire House

    Hambridge, nr. Langport

    Grade
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    Ref: 26413

    In South Somerset, midway between the north and south coast and in the quaint village of Hambridge, on the Somerset levels, these two well presented holiday cottages, one for four and one for two (one attached to the owners farmhouse), offer a great location to enjoy the rich diversity of scenery and attractions to be found in this popular area. There are a wealth of family venues, such as the famous Cheddar Gorge and caves, the enchanting Glastonbury Tor with its fantastic views over Somerset, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the scenic West Somerset Steam Railway to Minehead to name a few. Or visit many historic houses such as Fyne Court (NT), Barrington Court (NT) and Montacute House and gardens (NT), or simply relax with country walking, cycling, golf and coarse fishing (in season) on the owners river bank. For days out explore Lyme Bay with its popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Bridport and Seaton, the Blackdown Hills, or not too far the Exmoor National Park. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with beams/kitchen. First floor: One double (5ft, zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included).

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed shared garden with private patio with sitting-out area and furniture. 12 acres of shared grounds. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: River in grounds, 500 yards.

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  • Rode Farm Cottages - Stable Cottage

    Rode, nr. Bath

    Grade
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    Ref: W43592


    These attractive holiday cottages (refs W43592 and W43593) are situated on the owners’ dairy farm, surrounded by fields and open views. They have been renovated and converted from old farm buildings, and each stands detached with its own private patio and seating area. They are ideally situated for exploring the many attractions in this beautiful part of the West Country, rich in history and heritage. The surrounding countryside is ideal for walking, cycles can be hired nearby at Bradford-on-Avon, where you can go for lovely rides along the canal towpath, or perhaps you would prefer to hire a narrow boat. Within easy reach are the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge; Avebury is the focus of a cluster of ancient monuments including West Kennet Long Barrow, one of Britain’s largest Stone Age burial sites, and Silbury Hill. Stonehenge, monolithic and mysterious, is part of the same World Heritage site as Avebury and is the most sophisticated stone circle in the world. The beautiful Georgian city of Bath, 8 miles, provides a fantastic day out. Visit the Roman Baths, The Pump Rooms, the beautiful Abbey, relax and be pampered at the Thermae Spa or just go shopping! There are open topped bus tours to take you around the city and also boat trips along the River Avon. The attractive town of Bradford-on-Avon, 3 miles, dates back to the 1600s, and its Tithe Barn and Saxon Church are well worth a visit. The streets provide a wonderful selection of shops, tearooms, pubs and restaurants. Cheddar Gorge has limestone cliffs towering 450 feet above a gorge which is 3 miles long, and its caves are underground cathedrals of stalagmites and stalactites. Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is a an ideal day out for all the family. Wiltshire’s most famous gardens are found at Stourhead (NT), where a central lake and classical temples were laid out between 1741 and 1780. Lacock and Castle Combe are often used as historic filming locations, and the cathedrals at Wells and Salisbury are within easy reach. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Use of freezer in outbuilding.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Luccombe Manor Cottages - Horner Cottage

    Luccombe, nr. Porlock

    Grade
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    Ref: EWX

    Spacious living room with electric ‘coal-effect fire’. Kitchen/dining area with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft zip and link bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity ‘coal-effect’ fire included
    • Enclosed courtyard with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 1 car)

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV (flatscreen)
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared external laundry room
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared enclosed courtyard
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 5 yrs
    • NB: Stream in grounds

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  • The Nest

    Blagdon, nr. Cheddar

    Grade
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    Ref: 30133


    This attractive, detached, single-storey barn conversion, adjacent to the owners’ home, is located in the village of Blagdon and enjoys stunning views over Blagdon Lake. The living room and bedroom both have patio doors facing out over the pretty garden and lake, and the patio area is the perfect spot from which to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and views. This holiday property is ideal for walkers, with footpaths leading from the village and around the lake, and the larger Chew Valley Lake nearby is a haven for wildlife. Cheddar is 7 miles, with England’s largest gorge and caves, a popular visitor attraction. The small city of Wells has a magnificent cathedral, medieval Bishop’s Palace and many historic buildings. It also hosts a thriving weekly market in the cobbled square, with a good array of shops, restaurants and cafes. The cities of Bristol and Bath are within a short drive, as are the coastal resorts of Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Burnham-on-Sea. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom with patio doors and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 3 steps to garden.

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  • Henley Farmhouse Studio

    Henley, nr. Bath

    Grade
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    Ref: 17243

    Situated adjacent to the owner’s listed farmhouse this 16th-century barn, with far reaching views over the countryside, has been converted to provide cosy holiday accommodation and an ideal base for exploring the area. Bath, 6 miles, offers shops, cafés, inns and many places of interest all in the magnificent surroundings of its Georgian and Roman Heritage. The abbey town of Lacock and Bradford-on-Avon are also nearby. There are many walks in the area, and the property is situated near the Macmillan Way. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double bed and beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Large shared garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Access is via steps and uneven surfaces.

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  • Windsmoor View

    Kingsdown, nr. Bath

    Grade
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    Ref: 25513

    This spacious single-storey annexe enjoys breathtaking views over rolling countryside, in a peaceful hamlet outside the city of Bath. Patio doors lead out to a private, fully enclosed decking area, an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Bath is full of famous sights and attractions, including the magnificent sweeping Georgian terraces, Pulteney Bridge, the Roman Spa, the Abbey, and its diverse collection of unique shops, cafes and museums. Walk and cycle along the River Avon, or the Kennet and Avon Canal. Or visit Bradford on Avon, Lacock and Castle Combe. Shops, pub and restaurant 1½ mile.

    5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: 2 steps to living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included, October-March). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed raised patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Mill Lane Holiday Cottage

    Inglesbatch, near Bath

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC725

    This delightful detached holiday cottage is located within the grounds of the owner’s home, which is a working livestock farm, set on the edge of a peaceful rural village, yet within minutes of the vibrant World Heritage city of Bath. The cottage is single-storey, and decorated to a good standard. With a large enclosed garden and patio area, it’s a perfect setting in the evening to enjoy some alfresco dining, whilst watching the glorious sunset. Situated only 1 mile from the pretty village of Priston, and also Priston Mill, which is very popular as a wedding venue. There is an abundance of beautiful walks to explore the area and cycle routes taking you around the hills of the beautiful, Georgian city of Bath, just 4 miles away. The park and ride is only a 5-minute drive from the cottage making it easily accessible. Bath is a bustling city with fantastic shopping, museums, galleries, the Roman Baths and Grand Pump Rooms and the award winning Thermae Bath Spa. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space:
    With laminate floor.
    Living area:
    With Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With breakfast area, electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace, patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Natural grounds. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Thickwood House Garden Cottages - Orchard View

    Colerne, nr. Bath

    Grade
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    Ref: 23934

    This pair of garden cottages are set in the grounds of the Jacobean Manor House - Thickwood House, dating back to the 1700’s. During the centuries it grew to become one of the most prosperous farms in the area, and its present owners maintain the stunning gardens and outbuildings in keeping with the house. The cottages were sympathetically converted from a Cotswold stone byre, and retain many traditional features. Cosy and comfortable, and with views over the magnificent garden and orchard, they provide a peaceful, countryside retreat and an excellent holiday base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and picturesque villages. Nearby Castle Combe is said to be the prettiest village in England, also famous for its motor racing circuit. Lacock is another picture postcard village, well loved by film-makers for its historical streets and buildings. Lacock Abbey was used in the Harry Potter films. This AONB enjoys easy access to the Cotswolds, Salisbury Plain and the Marlborough Downs offering stunning scenery for walking and cycling, and the Georgian Spa city of Bath is within half an hour’s drive. Shops and pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available at cost. Large shared, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. No children under 12 years. NB: Deep water feature in grounds.

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  • Little Quarme Cottages - Exford Cottage

    Wheddon Cross, nr. Minehead

    Grade
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    Ref: W44013

    Lying on the edge of Exmoor, Little Quarme Cottages are a delightful haven where you can enjoy the splendour of the area. You can choose to relax in one of the six comfortable cottages available on-site (refs: W44011, W44012, W44013, W44014, W44015, W44016). Set in well-maintained gardens and grounds, the cottages are ideal for those wanting to enjoy Exmoor and the surrounding countryside and places of local interest. With all the cottages accepting pets, the cottages are great for those looking for pet-friendly holiday accommodation. As well as a being a great holiday destination, Little Quarme Cottages is also a licensed wedding venue, where you and your party can hire the entire complex to celebrate that special occasion and is located just outside the village of Wheddon Cross, which has a pub serving food and a well-stocked shop. Venturing further on to Exmoor, Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor’s highest point, is a short drive or a good walk from the cottages. Other Exmoor highlights include Tarr Stepps, the river at Lanacre and the pretty village of Withypool. Further afield, the coastal town of Minehead had a good range of shops and other amenities. It is also home to the West Somerset Stream Railway for those wanting to indulge in a bit of nostalgia. The medieval village of Dunster is full of charm and has its imposing castle (NT) towering over the village centre. The seaside villages of Porlock and Porlock Weir are worth a visit, as are the Victorian towns of Lynton and Lynmouth with the famous cliff railway. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Horse riding, golf and fishing are all available locally. Breach 10 miles. Shop and pub 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Freeview TV. DVD. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Electric coal-effect fire in living room and electricity by £1 meter. Gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared 17 acres of natural landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Communal room with wi-fi. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond and stream in grounds.

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  • Dairy Barn

    Baltonsborough, Glastonbury

    Grade
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    Ref: EUT

    This attractive single storey detached barn is peacefully situated in a no through lane just minutes from the village of Baltonsborough. Surrounded by rolling countryside and set in an 8 acre plot, it enjoys glorious views of Glastonbury Tor and beyond. A former cattle shed, it has been beautifully renovated to offer spacious and light accommodation, with oak beams and underfloor heating throughout. It is an ideal holiday base for exploring the attractions nearby, such as the cathedral city of Wells and Cheddar Gorge and Caves. The Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels are perfect for walkers, cyclists and wildlife enthusiasts. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

    Spacious beamed living/dining room with French doors, double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), tiled floor and kitchen area with electric range (for cooking). Double bedroom. Shower room and toilet.

    • Electricity, full electric underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Electric range
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • 8-acre private natural grounds
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Quantock Hideaway

    Aley, Over Stowey

    Grade
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    Ref: E4765


    This exceptionally stylish barn conversion is ideally located for enjoying superb walking in the peaceful countryside of the Quantock Hills. The pretty and secluded garden with its own hot tub is perfect for relaxing after exploring the myriad delights of the area. Just 4 miles away is the fossil hunting beach at Kilve, and the seaside resorts of Burnham, Minehead and Watchet are all within easy reach. The lovely cathedral and Bishop’s Palace at Wells, the county town of Taunton, and Street with its Clarks Village shopping outlet, are a short drive as are the glories of Exmoor National Park. Here, as well as a spectacular coast, visitors will find Badgworthy Water (home to the legendary Doones), the unique cliff railway between Lynton and Lynmouth, Polock Weir’s harbour, and popular beauty spot of Watersmeet (NT). Shops and pub serving food 1.5 miles.
    Quantock Hideaway can be booked together with Quantock Rise (E5085) to accommodate up to 5 guests.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with 1 double (5ft four poster) bed. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Fully enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Hot tub. No smoking.

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  • Little Spring Barn

    Blackford, nr. Wedmore

    Grade
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    Ref: 29038

    This detached, converted holiday barn lies in the grounds of the owner’s beautifully landscaped garden, featuring ponds, waterfalls, seating areas and backs onto open fields. It is located in a tiny village, just 2 miles from Wedmore, which has an excellent range of clothing and food shops. Wedmore is about 20 miles south of Bristol and 30 miles south west of Bath. Wells (with its famous cathedral) is 8 miles away to the east. The Cheddar Gorge is only 3 miles to the north and the Somerset Levels lie just outside the village providing a fantastic range of wildlife and bird watching opportunities - as well as miles of peaceful roads and tracks for bicycling or walking. The coastal resorts of Burnham on Sea, Weston Super Mare and Clevedon are within a 30 minutes’ drive. The Mendip Hills, just a few miles to the north, are also an excellent place to walk or ride and is officially designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty. There are a number of golf clubs very close by including the Isle of Wedmore Golf Club in the village. Both Wells, with its cathedral, and Glastonbury are very close, and Cheddar is only 6 miles away, making Little Spring Barn the perfect place to enjoy Somerset at its best. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer (in outhouse). Wi-fi. Shared garden. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 2 ponds and waterfalls in garden.

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