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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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  • Wellington Farm - Ramscliff Cottage

    Nr. Wells

    Grade
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    Ref: EGA


    Set in a secluded position high in the Mendips above Cheddar Gorge and just 3 miles from Cheddar, these attractive barn conversions make an excellent base for walkers and nature lovers. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is rich in bird and wildlife, including badgers and deer (which visit the farm). Animals on the farm include calves, pygmy goats, alpacas and guinea pigs. Nature trails criss-cross the surrounding hills, easily accessible from the farm, and the whole area is one of immense historical and geological interest.
    Among the many places of interest to visit are Wells cathedral in England’s smallest city, Glastonbury Tor, the caves at Cheddar and Wookey, Longleat and several NT properties including Montacute House and Stourhead and King John’s Hunting Lodge in pretty Axbridge. Excellent beaches and seaside entertainment can be enjoyed at Weston Super Mare and Brean, and there are many charming villages to be explored, along with the rugged landscape of Exmoor National Park, famous for the native ponies. The Georgian Heritage city of Bath is easily reached with its beautiful architecture, Roman Baths, Abbey and fine selection of shops and restaurants. Several golf clubs are available locally together with horse riding, coarse fishing and trout fishing at Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes. Very good local inns and places to eat. Please note: Ramscliff Cottage (ref EGA) and Long Wood (ref EPH) can be booked together to accommodate up to 7 guests.

    All on one floor: Spacious, open-plan sitting-room with kitchen area, breakfast bar at one end and electric log-effect fire. Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • NSH included

    • Electric log-effect fire included
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot and high chair on request
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed children’s play area with seesaw, climbing frame, slide and swings
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Twin Barns

    Upper Weare, near Axbridge

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: UKC727


    This attractive cottage is attached to the owners’ barn conversion and is set in a secluded position. Close to the property you can enjoy fantastic views to the Mendips and Quantock Hills. This makes an excellent base for walkers and nature lovers alike. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, you are surrounded by beautiful countryside, and on a clear day you can even see Cheddar Gorge. The views are breathtaking.
    The market town of Axbridge is only 2 miles away, and the bustling village of Wedmore, with its unique shops, restaurants, and tea rooms is only 4 miles away. Among the many places of interest to visit are Wells Cathedral in England’s smallest city, Glastonbury Tor, the famous caves of Wookey Hole and the wonders of Cheddar Gorge. Beach 10 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on the ground floor:
    Living/dining room: With Freeview Smart TV, double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements) and beams.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, beams and slate floor.
    Bedroom: With double bed, Freeview TV and beams.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Underfloor heating by ground source heat pump, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Large garden with patio, terrace, garden furniture and barbecue. Shared natural grounds. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: There is 1 step in the garden.

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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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  • The Doll’s House

    Claverton, nr. Bath

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: EXU


    This attractive holiday cottage is around 200 years old and has been sympathetically renovated to provide contemporary living without losing its cosy charm. It lies in the heart of Claverton, a very quiet, small, picturesque village only one mile from the city of Bath, yet worlds away in terms of peace and tranquillity. Just above the cottage is part of the famous Bath Skyline pathway, which offers a stunning six-mile marked pathway with extensive views over Bath and the Blackdown Hills. Also behind the cottage amongst woodland is the American museum which takes you on a journey through the history of America, from its early settlers to the twentieth century. A short stroll below the cottage and you have the Kennet and Avon Canal, a particularly pretty part of the canal with boat hire, walking and cycling all available. The city of Bath itself has many attractions, to suit all ages, and the selection of architectural gems such as the Royal Crescent, The Circus, the abbey, Pulteney Bridge along with the parks, individual shops, museums, galleries, restaurants, theatre, cultural events and nightlife are what make Bath so unique. Within an hour’s drive you can easily visit the city of Bristol, Cheddar Gorge and caves, Glastonbury, Wells, the beaches of Weston super Mare and Burnham on Sea, Lacock and Castle Combe. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Step to entrance. Living room with dining area, wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Kitchen. Wet room with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Double bedroom.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full electricity rads (underfloor in living room), bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Patio with furniture
    • Roadside parking
    • No smoking

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  • Smokeacre Farm Cottage

    Yeovil Marsh, nr. Yeovil

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: 28760

    Situated in South Somerset just north of Yeovil, this delightful, ground floor, 18th-century, self-contained holiday cottage, which is set in the wing of the owner’s home, is in an excellent location to explore the many and varied attractions of South Somerset and nearby West Dorset. Discover the many historic houses including Montacute House, Forde Abbey, Sherborne Castle and Abbey. Spend time at Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Village (outlet shopping), Cheddar Gorge and Bath, or enjoy days out down on the famous World Heritage Coast. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating (underfloor in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. 40 acres of shared natural woodland grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Ship Bungalow and Mews - No. 4 The Ship’s Mews

    Porlock, nr. Minehead

    Grade
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    Ref: 19398

    In the village of Porlock on Exmoor National Park and nestling between Porlock Hill and the sea, 1 mile, these converted ships mews, formerly stables, and detached dormer bungalow offer sea views of Porlock Bay and make an excellent holiday location to enjoy the natural wonders of Exmoor and the dramatic coastline in this region. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on the moors, and many places to visit to make a memorable holiday. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway are well worth a visit, or looking towards Minehead, you can go back in time on the scenic West Somerset Steam Railway, or visit the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle (NT), with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill making for an interesting day out. Nearer home you can wine and dine in the owner’s adjacent public house and restaurant, the 13th-century Ship Inn, or enjoy the fine selection of unusual shops in this pretty traditional village. There is also fishing, golf, horse riding and cycling all available, or further afield the resorts of Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Woolacombe are well worth a visit. Shops 200 yards, pub/restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with double bed. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • The Stable

    Charlton Musgrove, Wincanton

    Grade
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    Ref: W42340

    Peaceful location

    Set in a peaceful location, 1 mile north of Wincanton and ideally located for exploring Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset, this delightful converted stable is set within the owner’s pleasant grounds and is well presented and furnished. It makes an excellent base for enjoying many country walks and a variety of attractions within easy driving, such as Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead House, Glastonbury Tor, Yeovilton Air Museum and The Haynes Motor Museum. Wincanton Racecourse is a 5-minute drive. Further afield, spend a day in the famous city of Bath with its numerous shops, restaurants and museums including the Roman baths. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be double on request). Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Stable View

    Timberscombe, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    2
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    3
    1
    Ref: W41824

    Stable View is situated on a working farm, adjacent to the owner’s home, between the villages of Wheddon Cross and Timbercombe. Located on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, this area offers a haven away from the fast pace of everyday life. Within easy access to the coast and Exmoor as well as many other local attractions including Dunster Castle (NT) and Porlock Weir. From the cottage, there is an abundance of paths, bridleways and open fields to explore during your stay. Timberscombe is the nearest village, under 2 miles away - a village of ruby-red stone cottages and flower-filled gardens clustered around its church and real ale pub. Minehead, which is on the coast, has a wider range of shops and amenities available.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Mead Chapel

    Drayton, near Langport

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: UKC292

    This lovely, converted detached chapel dating back to 1925, lies in the village of Drayton, South Somerset and offers a great location to enjoy this ever popular area. There are lovely country walks, fishing, golf and quaint village pubs nearby. Many historic houses are within easy driving, such as Muchelney Abbey, Forde Abbey, and National Trust’s Montacute House and Tintinhull House, to name a few. The Somerset Levels, with their abundance of wildlife and nature reserves, are on the doorstep, or one can explore the many places of interest. Try some retail therapy at Clarks Village shopping outlet, discover the enchanting Glastonbury Tor and Abbey and Glastonbury itself, or on to the cathedral city of Wells with its Bishops Palace and character shops. Further afield the Roman Spa town of Bath is well worth a visit, the county town of Taunton and on to the Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park. If you have time, spend a day or two in west Dorset and explore the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. You will have much to do for a fulfilling holiday. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    4 steps to the entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space:
    With wooden floors.
    Living area:
    With 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric hob, electric oven, microwave and fridge.
    Shower room: With double shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor: With galleried double bedroom.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Welcome pack. Garden with patio and garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Dragonfly Barn - Dragonfly 1

    North Newton

    Grade
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    Ref: 26907

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyIn an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Set within the grounds of Newton House in the rural village of North Newton, Somerset. Dragonfly Barn is a charming barn conversion providing three self contained semi-detached holiday units (refs 26907, 26908 and 28845). Situated on the first floor by way of an external staircase, Dragonfly 1 offers bright accommodation with use of a delightful sunny lawned sitting out area. Dragonfly 2 has its own private patio garden. Interconnecting doors can be utilised if required to accommodate up to 6 guests. Dragonfly 3 is a charming detached single-storey barn conversion with enclosed private courtyard garden leading off from the bedroom. North Newton is situated between the Somerset Levels and the Quantock Hills, England’s first designated AONB. The Bridgwater/Taunton Canal runs alongside the village and is a popular area for many activities including fishing, cycling or a quiet stroll to enjoy the range of wildlife in this wetland habitat. Close by is Maunsel Lock where you can visit the tea rooms, take a boat trip or follow the Space Walk along the canal. The Quantock Hills, Exmoor National Park and Blackdown Hills are all within easy reach, making it ideal for cycling and walking. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    External stairs to first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen, all with wooden floors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Use of owner’s laundry facilities. Shared enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Electric central heating included (£20per week, £10 per short break, November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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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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  • The Old Sunday School

    Wookey Hole, Wells

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: E5203

    Lovingly restored by an artist and furnished with an eclectic range of antique furniture, this original Victorian Sunday school is set in the quaint village of Wookey Hall, world famous for its underground chambers and pools. Wells, with its magnificent cathedral, is just 1.5 miles and Cheddar Gorge and Caves, the renowned Clarks Village shopping outlet in Street, the wonderful gardens and lakeside walk at Stourhead (NT), the traditional resort of Weston-super-Mare and the Regency city of Bath with Roman baths are within easy reach. Further afield is Exmoor National Park and riding, golf, and sailing are available locally. There are pubs serving food and shop in the village.

    Ground floor: Bathroom with shower over roll-top bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Use of owner’s freezer. Wi-fi. Roof garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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