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Taunton and The Quantocks

The county of Somerset is renowned for its beautiful countryside, which is dotted with cider orchards and rural farmland. At the very heart of cider country, between the Quantock and Blackdown hills, is the bustling market town of Taunton.

Taunton is ideally situated for exploring the West Country. The town dates back to the Norman times and combines traditional architecture with modern facilities including a good choice of shops high street and independent shops that sell specialist and local produce, entertainment and places to eat and drink.

The Taunton Heritage tour is a fascinating guided walk through the some of the town''s most iconic buildings. Highlights include the Somerset Museum and the remains of the castle, the Cider press garden and two churches; St James, which dates back to medieval times and St Mary Magdalene, which originated in the 12th century.

A stroll along the high street will take you to Vivary Park with its extensive lawns, trees and flower displays. There is plenty to keep younger visitors amused including boating ponds, a play area and model railway. There is also a putting green and 18-hole golf course. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the River Tone and associated waterways, for a relaxing stroll along the tow path, a spot of angling or an opportunity to watch rare birds and other wildlife.

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  • Millgrove House

    Staplegrove, near Taunton

    Grade
    10
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: KAAM

    In a secluded, charming setting and with a pleasant countryside outlook, Millgrove House stands detached within spacious grounds and offers superb well-equipped family accommodation for the discerning holidaymaker. Individually designed, with a beautifully-presented interior, it benefits from a covered heated swimming pool with a hopper profile floor, set in a large sun terrace complete with loungers and barbecue, providing an ideal place in which to relax and dine al fresco. The thoughtful owners have also added charming extra touches including bathrobes, offering guests home from home comforts.
    Within the grounds, children are well-catered for with a lawned play area with swings and slide providing amusement, alongside a games room offering a pool table, air hockey and table tennis outside, so there are plenty of facilities to keep the family entertained.
    Just outside the county town of Taunton, the holiday property is conveniently located, with the town offering a wide range of shops, restaurants, sporting a wide range of facilities and entertainment opportunities in the local area. Close to the Quantock Hills, there is excellent walking to enjoy, golf nearby as well as horse riding. This accommodation requires sympathetic consideration of a neighbouring property.
    Within easy reach are Exmoor and the north Somerset coast, as well as Minehead, Watchet, Blue Anchor and the excellent beaches on the north Devon coast. Other attractions of note include the West Somerset Steam Railway, the National Trust properties of Dunster Castle, Barrington Court and Montecute House, as well as Hestercombe Gardens, Glastonbury, and Wells Cathedral.
    Beach 15 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Spacious living room with open fire. Sitting room. Spacious dining room. Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with electric Rangemaster (for cooking), breakfast area and TV. Utility. Conservatory. Games room with TV. Double bedroom with 6ft zip & link bed and TV. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Four double bedrooms, each with 6ft zip & link bed and TV; one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Open fire - fuel available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Nine satellite TVs
    • DVD
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Electric Rangemaster included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Two American-style fridge/freezers
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio area
    • Barbecue (April-October only)
    • Ample parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool (3ft 9in x 16ft 4in, depth 3ft 6in to 8ft)
    • Games room with pool table
    • Outdoor table tennis
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Richards Cottage

    West Bagborough, near Bridgwater

    Grade
    11
    6
    0
    4
    Ref: UKC979

    This quintessential Grade II listed thatched cottage is nestled on the edge of the Quantock Hills, in the pretty little village of West Bagborough, just 2 miles from Bishops Lydeard. Richards Cottage is a cosy family home, perfect for a large family or a group of friends looking for a totally quiet and peaceful location to relax. The south facing garden has a lovely large patio terrace with French doors leading back into the large living room and ground floor bedroom. As well as the family living room, there is a snug with a large wood burner for those cosy nights in. The kitchen has hand built wooden units and a breakfast area which leads out into a spacious utility room/boot room with a walk-in wet room. This house would suit a multi-generational family as there is a ground floor bedroom, ideal for grandparents and also a separate, first floor bedroom, away from the other bedrooms, at the far end of the house which may be helpful if you have a young baby. There is plenty of parking on site and the local pub is just a short walk down hill to the village. Beach 10 miles. Shop and restaurant 2 miles, pub ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With Freeview TV and French doors leading to garden.
    Snug: With wood burner and Freeview TV.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen/breakfast room:
    With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer leading to...
    Wet room: With shower and toilet.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and French doors leading to garden.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2:
    With kingsize bed, Juliet balcony and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 4: With double bed (for one).
    Bedroom 5: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.
    Second staircase leading to...
    Bedroom 6: With double bed and low, sloping ceiling.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Garden with terrace and garden furniture. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking. Please note: This property has a security deposit of £150 per week.

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  • Lyddons Mead

    Kingston St Mary, near Taunton

    Grade
    12
    5
    0
    3
    Ref: 30362


    Quietly situated on the edge of a hamlet, and accessed by a private road, this superb, very spacious holiday property enjoys an elevated position with wonderful, far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside towards the Quantock Hills. It forms one half of the entire property (the owners occupy the other half) and stands in beautiful landscaped gardens complete with an outdoor swimming pool, shared by the owner and his grandchildren, and private patio with furniture and barbecue. The house offers a spacious living room connected by an archway to a delightful sun room with pitched ceiling and large windows, allowing the superb rural views and magnificent sunsets to be enjoyed to the full. The lower ground floor is reached by a spiral staircase and houses an extra large bedroom with a quarter-sized snooker table. The county town of Taunton is nearby for shopping, restaurants and entertainment, while the Quantock hills are within walking distance and the Blackdown Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor are all a little further, offering superb walking, riding and wildlife. The gardens are a feature of the property at Lyddons Mead, which is well placed for visits to the internationally celebrated gardens at Hestercombe House, which is less than 3 miles away, the initimate garden rooms of Cothay Manor and the other Classic Gardens of Somerset. In addition, the West Somerset Steam Railway runs a regular, daily service from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead, calling at Watchet and its Harbour, Dunster for Dunster Castle and its grounds, together with various stops along the way. Travelling west from Minehead, there is superb coastal scenery which can be enjoyed from the coastal path, which leads on towards picturesque Porlock with Lynton and Lynmouth a few miles further. Visits can also be made to Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea and Brean Sands, on the north Somerset coast, all with long stretches of sandy beaches, whilst to the south is the Dorset coast with West Bay - location of the Broadchurch TV series, Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast. Cheddar Gorge with Wookey Hole Caves, Wells and Glastonbury are all within an hours drive as are several National Trust properties, such as Montacute House, Barrington Court, Killerton and Knightshayes, making this a very well situated holiday base. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor. Living room with patio door. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room. 4 bedrooms: 3 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with additional single. Shower room with toilet. Spiral open-tread stairs to lower ground floor: 1 twin (2ft 6in) bedroom with patio doors. Additional single folding bed available.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, oil, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Oil Aga. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1½-acre enclosed natural grounds. Ample parking. Shared unheated outdoor swimming pool (11.6m x 5.5m, depth 0.9m to 2.5m), open 21st May to 15th September, 9am-8pm. ¼-sized snooker table. No smoking. NB: 13 steps in grounds.

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