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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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  • Oak Tree Barn

    Thurloxton, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: EJK

    In a secluded setting with far reaching views over open countryside, this converted, individual barn dating back to 1767 displays a light open-plan design with lovely furnishings, retaining many original features. The holiday property, is set in its own south-facing garden and patio with separate access, away from the owner’s home, and walks from the doorstep into the Quantock foothills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hestercombe Gardens 4 miles. Sandy beaches 14 miles. Taunton 6 miles. Shops 2 miles, pub serving food 1 mile.

    Kitchen/dining room with flagstone floor. Beamed sitting-room with high vaulted ceiling, rugs on wooden floor, wood-burning stove, single pull-out bed (for +1) and large patio doors. Twin bedroom with wash-basin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Attractive, galleried double bedroom with wash basin and unusual hayloft-style windows overlooking the sitting-room.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Single pull-out bed (for +1)
    • Digital TV with intergrated DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with furniture and patio
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Shared use of owner’s hard tennis court
    • No smoking

    Please note: this property can be booked with EKQ to accomodate up to 8 guests

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  • Hearn Lodge

    West Bagborough

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EHE


    This holiday home boasts a magnificent farmhouse kitchen and a beautifully peaceful valley setting at the foot of the Quantocks. The Quantocks are a range of beautiful moorland hills stretching from the coast to Taunton with panoramic views of the Welsh coast, up to Glastonbury and across to Exmoor and the Brendon Hills. Hearn Lodge adjoins the owner’s property Hearn Farm and is completely self-contained with its own attractive gardens, apple tunnel and large conservatory. The property is exceptionally spacious and is ideal for family and friends to get together. There is also access to 12 acres of fields adjoining the property, making this ideal for bird watching and wildlife. This is marvellous walking country, and an ideal base for exploring Exmoor and the North Devon coast. Sandy beach 10 miles. Minehead and Dunster half an hour. Horse riding nearby. Shops 1 mile, cream teas, pub food ½ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With wood burner, Digital TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Conservatory.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with showe over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With super kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and satellite broadband Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included, remainder available locally. Towel hire, £4per person. Travel cot and highchair. Enclosed garden with garden furniture. Access to 12 acres of fields. Bike store. Parking.

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  • Somerset Country Escape - The Barn

    Wrantage, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 30860

    Surrounded by beautiful countryside in south Somerset, these three converted barns (refs 30858, 30859 and 30860) have been graded 4 star by Visit England, and offer very good holiday accommodation on the owners 100-acre beef and arable farm, which guests are welcome to roam around. Each cottage has shared use of a hot tub, or enjoy spa pampering, clay pigeon shooting, art classes, catering or dance classes, as well as a ’murder mystery’ evening and catering which are all available on site, by arrangement direct with the owner. Taunton and many attractions that abound in this lovely county are within easy driving distance. Take a trip to one of the UKs most dramatic natural features, the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves, and the nearby Wookey Hole which has some of Britain’s most spectacular caves. The cathedral city of Wells and Bishops Palace are worth a visit. Take a walk up to the top of the renown Glastonbury Tor, which has fantastic views over the county, or enjoy a walk around the Abbey, the legendary burial place of King Arthur. The Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Haynes Motor Museum make a fantastic day out, aswell as The Exmoor National Park and the West Somerset Steam Railway. The Old Mill (30858) and The Granary (30859) adjoin each other. The Barn (30860) is detached. The properties can be booked independently or together. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and wooden floor/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Small, enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

    All properties: Economy 7 central heating (first floor) and Electric heaters (ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 100-acre natural grounds. Barbecue. Cycle store. Shared hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds 30 yards. Pond in grounds 300 yards.

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  • Werescote View

    Wellington

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 28259

    Situated in a rural yet accessible location, right on the Somerset/Devon border. Werescote View is a delightful, ground floor holiday apartment located within the owners’ property but retaining privacy with its own garden. Enjoy, too, the property’s 22-acre grounds which lead on to plenty of walks. This is an ideal base for get-togethers with family or friends alike. Enjoy the breathtaking views over Whiteball. The Whiteball Tunnel is famous both for its designer, Brunel, and also as the scene of the first ever achievement of a speed of 100mph by a steam train, namely ’The City of Truro’ in May 1904. Discover Tiverton with its castle and bustling old market; a visit to Exmoor National Park is not be missed either. Minehead and North Devon, with sandy beaches, are within easy reach. The town of Wellington is within 3½ miles of the property, where an excellent range of shops can be found. Taunton is within 10 miles. The city of Exeter is approximately 22 miles; brimming with history and heritage, it offers many visitor attractions to keep you entertained for hours on end. From the magnificent cathedral to the historic quayside, there’s so much to see and do in this fascinating city. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft, one 6ft zip and link, can be twin), 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Radio. iPod dock. Electric range. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 22 acres of natural grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unprotected 3ft drop at front of property.

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  • Linnets

    Fitzhead, nr Wivelscombe

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E3870


    Linnets is a rather special property in the heart of rural Somerset. Not only does it have its own private outdoor heated swimming pool, it also caters for guests who may have specific disabled requirements including a mobility scooter. The house is spacious and well-furnished with lots of natural light and does not feel at all clinical. The downstairs is completely laid out for disabled people, (except a hoist), with low level light and plug sockets. The downstairs double bedroom is located next to a spacious wheelchair friendly wet room with emergency alarm, raised toilet, grab rails, low level basin and two heights for shower (including moveable chair). The kitchen has areas with low level worktops, electric hob, sink and microwave set at appropriate levels with a larger main oven above. The large living room is fitted with an induction loop for the hard of hearing, and has wide patio doors leading out to the garden. Upstairs are two large bedrooms with zip and link super king beds which can be made up as twin beds on request, plus an extra single bed.
    The property is semi-detached, adjoining the friendly and very helpful owners’ home, yet it is completely private with its own entrance driveway and parking area and secluded garden with large heated outdoor swimming pool to the rear (9.7m x 4.8m). The pool is open and heated 3rd May to 27th September (on request), there is also a large patio area surrounding the pool and plenty of outdoor seating, garden furniture and a summer house with many items for all the family to sue including sun loungers, barbecue, numerous games and and swimming equipment.
    The pretty village of Fitzhead has a wonderful inn serving food on a daily basis, about ten minutes walking distance, and there is a play area for children near the village church. The West Somerset Steam Railway is approximately 3 miles away at Bishops Lydeard. Other nearby attractions include Minehead, Blue Anchor, Watchet and Porlock with its famous Weir which is close to the stunning coast and countryside of Exmoor National Park. Also the famous resorts of Lynton and Lynmouth, Valley of the Rocks, Dunster and Dunster Castle, are well worth a visit. While Tropiquaria near Watchet and many more interesting places to visit. Shop 3 miles and pub serving food 1/4 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with shower chair, grab rails and toilet. First floor: 2 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedrooms, one with additional single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden and furniture. Summerhouse. Barbecue. Parking. Outdoor heated swimming pool (9.7m x 4.8m), open 3rd May-27th September on request. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Somerset Country Escape - The Granary

    Wrantage, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 30859

    Surrounded by beautiful countryside in south Somerset, these three converted barns (refs 30858, 30859 and 30860) have been graded 4 star by Visit England, and offer very good holiday accommodation on the owners 100-acre beef and arable farm, which guests are welcome to roam around. Each cottage has shared use of a hot tub, or enjoy spa pampering, clay pigeon shooting, art classes, catering or dance classes, as well as a ’murder mystery’ evening and catering which are all available on site, by arrangement direct with the owner. Taunton and many attractions that abound in this lovely county are within easy driving distance. Take a trip to one of the UKs most dramatic natural features, the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves, and the nearby Wookey Hole which has some of Britain’s most spectacular caves. The cathedral city of Wells and Bishops Palace are worth a visit. Take a walk up to the top of the renown Glastonbury Tor, which has fantastic views over the county, or enjoy a walk around the Abbey, the legendary burial place of King Arthur. The Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Haynes Motor Museum make a fantastic day out, aswell as The Exmoor National Park and the West Somerset Steam Railway. The Old Mill (30858) and The Granary (30859) adjoin each other. The Barn (30860) is detached. The properties can be booked independently or together. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with additional single, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Shared, large, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking.

    All properties: Economy 7 central heating (first floor) and Electric heaters (ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 100-acre natural grounds. Barbecue. Cycle store. Shared hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds 30 yards. Pond in grounds 300 yards.

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  • Oddwell Cottage

    Brompton Ralph, nr. Wiveliscombe

    Grade
    7
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 68023

    This Grade II listed character holiday cottage dates back over 300 years. Surrounded by peaceful, unspoilt countryside it nestles in the foothills of the Brendon Hills, on the eastern edge of Exmoor. The large living room has a sit-in inglenook fireplace with original bread oven and a host of oak beams. The sandy beach at Blue Anchor Bay is 9 miles. Fishing on Clatworthy Reservoir, 3 miles. Quantock Hills to the east, Minehead and Dunster a short drive. Attached to the caretaker’s cottage. Shop ½ mile, pub 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (3ft 6in) and beams. Dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, spiral stone stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin with additional single. Cloakroom with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Induction range cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Garage. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Millgrove House

    Staplegrove, nr. 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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  • Somerset Country Escape - The Old Mill

    Wrantage, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    10
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: 30858

    Surrounded by beautiful countryside in south Somerset, these three converted barns (refs 30858, 30859 and 30860) have been graded 4 star by Visit England, and offer very good holiday accommodation on the owners 100-acre beef and arable farm, which guests are welcome to roam around. Each cottage has shared use of a hot tub, or enjoy spa pampering, clay pigeon shooting, art classes, catering or dance classes, as well as a ’murder mystery’ evening and catering which are all available on site, by arrangement direct with the owner. Taunton and many attractions that abound in this lovely county are within easy driving distance. Take a trip to one of the UKs most dramatic natural features, the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves, and the nearby Wookey Hole which has some of Britain’s most spectacular caves. The cathedral city of Wells and Bishops Palace are worth a visit. Take a walk up to the top of the renown Glastonbury Tor, which has fantastic views over the county, or enjoy a walk around the Abbey, the legendary burial place of King Arthur. The Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Haynes Motor Museum make a fantastic day out, aswell as The Exmoor National Park and the West Somerset Steam Railway. The Old Mill (30858) and The Granary (30859) adjoin each other. The Barn (30860) is detached. The properties can be booked independently or together. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with French doors/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. Spiral stairs to first floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single, 1 twin, 1 bunk with additional single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Shared, large, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking.

    All properties: Economy 7 central heating (first floor) and Electric heaters (ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 100-acre natural grounds. Barbecue. Cycle store. Shared hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds 30 yards. Pond in grounds 300 yards.

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  • Lyddons Mead

    Kingston St Mary, nr. 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 sofa bed and 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 bedroom with patio doors. Additional single folding bed available.

    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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