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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.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Somerset today.
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  • Bow Bridge Cottage

    Ashill, nr. Ilminster

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 29829


    This detached holiday home for four guests with a large garden, is situated midway between the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with Lyme Regis, Sidmouth and its spectacular scenery and beaches, and Bridgwater Bay to the north with Minehead and Weston-super-Mare. It is in a great location to enjoy so much and visit so many attractions such as Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Clarks Village factory outlet, Glastonbury Tor, and Cheddar Gorge which are just to name a few. There are many historic houses in the area including Barrington Court, Montacute House and gardens, Forde Abbey and gardens and further afield, Wells with its beautiful cathedral and Bishops Palace. You will have a wealth of memorable experiences to enjoy! Beach 16 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 2 single.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (£25per week, £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Dove Cottage

    Minehead

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 27023

    Dove Cottage is located on the outskirts of Minehead. The terraced holiday cottage forms part of a range of barn conversions called The Hopcott. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on the moors. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Visit Minehead and enjoy a walk along the promenade or an ice cream, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. A visit to enchanting Dunster Castle (NT) with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and mill will make for an interesting day out. Beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop 440 yards, pub and restaurant 760 yards.

    Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Payphone. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking, 43 yards. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Rose Cottage

    Norton-sub-Hamdon

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EHU

    This charming Grade II listed holiday cottage of traditional thatch and hamstone (all of building in photograph) is set in a conservation village on the Somerset/Dorset border. Comfortably furnished and attractively decorated, it has its own garden. Explore lovely walks in nearby Ham Hill Country Park, or attractions within easy reach including Cricket St Thomas Lakes and Gardens. Many other highly regarded gardens within easy reach include Tintinhul, Lambrook Manor, Forde Abbey and great houses such as 16th-century Montacute House (NT) with its formal garden and landscaped park (4 miles). Coast 20 miles. Pub within easy walking distance. Fishing locally. Shop 75 yards.

    Beamed sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove. Farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area. Shower room with toilet. Narrow staircase to first floor: Two pretty double bedrooms (one 5ft bed). Single bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Garden with furniture
    • Garage/parking

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  • Winyards View

    Crewkerne

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 30589

    Situated on the edge of Crewkerne and near to the west Dorset border, this single-storey, semi-detached property with lovely country views, offers a great location and is a well-presented holiday home. It has many family attractions nearby, including Forde Abbey and Gardens, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum with its array of classic cars, and Ham Hill Country Park with its superb views over Somerset. The famous World Heritage Coast towns of Lyme Regis and West Bay are nearby. There are many historic houses in the area, excellent walking, and ideally located to explore the many delights of South Somerset and West Dorset. Glastonbury, Cheddar Gorge and Bath make excellent days out. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    1 step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/conservatory. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Wet room (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 10 steps to garden.

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  • Spring Banks

    Badgworth, nr. Wedmore

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 26955

    This single storey holiday cottage enjoys an ideal location in a peaceful village on the edge of the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels. The garden is private and secluded, and with the sound of a babbling brook running along it’s edge is a delightful spot in which to relax. Large picture windows in the living room offer lovely views over the trees and village. The bustling and picturesque village of Wedmore is 3 miles, with it’s unique shops, restaurants, tea shops and golf course, and the wonders of Cheddar Gorge are within 10 minutes drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    13 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 5 steps, drop and stream in garden.

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  • Butterfly Cottage

    West Chinnock, nr. Crewkerne

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 27136

    This semi-detached, hamstone holiday cottage is located in the lovely village of West Chinnock, South Somerset and 4 miles from the Dorset border. It is an excellent family home to explore this popular area; enjoy country walking, visit family venues at Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, The Haynes Motor Museum, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Montacute House and Tintinhull House. Within easy driving are Lyme Regis and West Bay on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£20per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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  • Norton Barns - Cider Barn

    Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W42182

    Luxury barn conversions

    These well appointed and attractive detached holiday cottages lie in the village of Kewstoke, only 1.5 miles to a local unspoilt beach at Sandbay and the National Trust headland of Sand Point. They have been renovated and offer a comfortable and peaceful base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and resorts. Only 3 miles to Weston-super-Mare with its long sandy beaches, aquarium, shops and traditional family attractions, and the smaller resorts of Clevedon, Burnham-on-Sea and Brean. With easy access to the M5, it is a short drive to other coastal areas of North Devon and Wales. The surrounding countryside includes the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, and the Somerset levels and moors, providing ample opportunities for walking and cycling. Further afield places to visit include Cheddar Gorge and caves, Wookey Hole, the cities of Bath and Bristol, Glastonbury and Wells. The owners provide a free family ticket to Puxton Park Family Attractions for bookings of 3 nights or longer. Shops, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Dual sided staircase to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture.

    All properties: Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Hilltop Barn

    Kilve, nr. Watchet

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W43866

    Comfortable, thoughtfully appointed and well equipped are all ways to describe Hilltop Barn. Located on the outskirts of the village of Kilve, between the coast and the Quantock Hills, this delightful detached barn conversion is a real treat either for a quiet weekend getaway or as somewhere to look forward to returning to after a busy day of sightseeing. This holiday home has lovely views of the coast and surrounding countryside. There is a great courtyard overlooking the quiet country lane for guest to enjoy a drink or some al fresco dining.

    During your stay there is plenty to see and do. Explore Exmoor’s spectacular northern coast, the highest in Britain, where steep cliffs plunge into the sea. You can enjoy fantastic walks here along the cliff top coastal path, with dramatic views of the coastline and out to sea. From Dunkery Beacon at 1707ft there are panoramic views to Wales, Dartmoor and beyond. Minehead is only 10 miles away with a beach, harbour and fantastic steam railway. Historic Dunster with its medieval castle (NT) is one of the prettiest villages on Exmoor. Porlock, Watchet and Dulverton offer interesting shops and tea shops where you can enjoy a traditional Somerset cream tea. There are many places to visit locally including Knightshayes Court, a splendid Victorian house at Tiverton. Shop and pub 750 yards.

    Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with patio doors. Kitchen with dining area.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 38" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Tor View

    Street, nr. Glastonbury

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W43263

    This end-of-terrace holiday home lies in a small, peaceful cul-de-sac with stunning views across the fields to Glastonbury Tor from the conservatory and covered pergola in the garden. Walks from the doorstep. Just minutes away from Glastonbury with its annual pop festival. Explore the Millennium Walk or visit the Peat Moors Centre and the Chalice Well or take a ride on the steam train along the East Somerset Railway to the shops in Bath or to the seaside at Weston-super-Mare. Close by are Bristol, Bridgwater, Cheddar Gorge, Street, Wells and Yeovil. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/conservatory. Kitchen with breakfast area. Separate toilet. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small, covered pond in garden.

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  • Watermill Cottage

    Porlock

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: ERU

    Watermill Cottage is surrounded by the hills of Exmoor National Park, situated within walking distance of one of the finest villages on Exmoor, with shops, restaurants and tea shops. Porlock Weir is just half a mile away with its quaint harbour and fantastic walks. The property was once a working watermill but now is split into two properties although the watermill is still there and working. Crossing over three little bridges within the property grounds leads to a beautiful ornamental garden. Minehead, 3 miles, has steam trains and a station, well worth a trip. Shops and pub 500 yards.

    Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove and stable door to courtyard. Well-equipped kitchen. Single bedroom.

    Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter at cost. Electricity and full oil central heating included (October-March £20 per week, £15 per short break). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard and furniture. Ornamental garden within unspoilt woodland grounds with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Garage; additional roadside parking 10 yards. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks, fenced stream in grounds.

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  • Chaplain’s Lodge

    Tyntesfield, nr. Bristol

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: NT003030

    National Trust Holiday Cottage

    Chaplain’s Lodge is a beautifully restored mid-Victorian gate-lodge, providing all the comforts of a country retreat. Built in the 1890s in Gothic revival style, it retains typical decorations of dark painted wood, Victorian wallpapers and Victorian furniture.

    The National Trust bought the house in 2002 after the death of Baron Wraxall. The lodge marked the northern entrance to the Tyntesfield Estate, and has views over the gardens, as well as having its own lovely private garden. Guests can enjoy the 500-acre estate, including woodland walks and the working kitchen garden, plus complimentary entry to the main house.

    The village of Wraxall is situated in North Somerset, lying between the city of Bristol and the Bristol Channel. The village is also the home of Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. This zoo has a large collection of animals, with hands on experience and children’s play areas.

    Just seven miles from Bristol and within easy reach of the M5, Tyntesfield offers the perfect retreat, but is within easy reach of local attractions and amenities. Not only does a stay in this area provide the opportunity to visit bustling Bristol and elegant Bath, but also the depths of rural Somerset, glorious Gloucestershire and the rolling Cotswold hills. Visit the nearby coastline and long sandy beaches at Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea, and the quieter Victorian resort of Clevedon. Within an hours drive, one can reach Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, the cathedral city of Wells and the Glastonbury Tor. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Living room. Kitchen/dining room with wooden floor. Single bedroom. Two steps down to bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Lower ground floor: Utility. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom.

    • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Shared 500-acre grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Jeffries Mill Cottages - Herons’ Weir

    Spring Gardens, Frome

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    4
    Ref: EXY


    These properties are set in a small cluster of houses along a no-through road, just over 1 mile from the heart of Frome, a bustling market town with weekly markets and an ever-growing popular monthly market which takes over the town centre. There are cobbled, pedestrianised streets with rivulets running down, and an array of cafés, individual shops, leisure and entertainment. Herons’ Weir (ref EXY) and adjoining Dippers’ Folly (ref EXZ) have been converted from an old industrial workshop building and have been fitted out to a high standard with oak doors and furniture, and marble floors with underfloor heating on the ground floor. Each bedroom has its own bathroom or shower room, some of which are en-suite. The building sits next to the River Mells facing Jeffries Mill sluice and weir. Both cottages have riverside sitting areas from which to relax with a drink and enjoy the wildlife and ever changing river setting - there are always plenty of birds and you may be lucky enough to see the heron, dippers, kingfisher, fish jumping and otters. There are many picturesque villages within the region, offering great country and riverside walks, with a welcoming pub at the end. The area makes an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding attractions, including Stonehenge, Longleat House, Safari Park and Gardens, Wells Cathedral and Bishops Palace, the spiritual town of Glastonbury with its abbey and tor, the amazing Cheddar Gorge, the designer outlet village at Street, a number of National Trust properties and the Roman city of Bath, with its Georgian buildings, sweeping crescents, spa baths and lively culture. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Large living room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen/dining area with electric range (for cooking) and TV. Utility. Shower room with toilet. Marble and slate floors throughout. Feature oak stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electric range included
    • Washing machine (in utility)
    • Freezer
    • Barbecue
    • Large riverside terrace with furniture leading to adjoining weir garden
    • Parking (for 3 cars)

    • Electricity, full electric central heating (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
    • 40" Freeview Smart TV
    • DVD
    • Large, shared DVD library
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 12 years
    • NB: Riverside location

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