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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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  • Steel’Suffolks - Shire House

    Hambridge, nr. Langport

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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

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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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  • Sweet Briar Cottage

    Holford, nr. Bridgwater

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    Ref: 30942


    Sweet Briar Cottage is situated in the small Village of Holford, a lovely picturesque village on the edge of the Quantocks, about 14 miles from Bridgwater. This semi-detached holiday cottage is in the perfect location for all year round breaks - having a woodburner in the living room makes it perfect for cosy evenings in. There are many walks from the cottage, and from the bridge, guests can see two streams converging, one of which has flowed from Holford Combe and the other from Hodders Combe. It was in this glen that the Huguenots settled and began their silk weaving factory. Holford Glen was also used during the filming of the film ’Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves’ starring Kevin Costner. The Quantock Hills (AONB) are an area of wilderness and tranquillity. Panoramic views lead you through coast, heath and combe. Explore and you will find rocky Jurassic coastline, exposed heathland summits, deep wooded combes, undulating farmland and attractive villages all within this protected landscape. The cottage is a short drive (or a fabulous 2½ mile walk) from the village of Nether Stowey, with its range of shops and pubs. Places of interest include Coleridge Cottage and Dunster Castle (both NT), the Somerset Levels, Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge and Taunton. Beach 2 miles. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. 2 steps to kitchen with dining area. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • The Paddock Annexe

    Bathampton, nr. Bath

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    Ref: 29707


    This single storey holiday cottage adjoins the owners’ home and is located in a peaceful cul-de-sac with glorious views over the vale and village. There is a private seating area in the garden from which to enjoy these views. It is just a short stroll to some local shops, and under a mile to 2 wonderful pubs, one on the banks of the canal and one by a weir on the River Avon. Bathampton is a picturesque village and a delight for walkers – only 2 miles from the city of Bath, one can walk along the towpath or even catch a boat into the city. In addition there is a twice hourly bus service into the city from Bathampton. Bath is full of famous sights and attractions; the sweeping crescents and Georgian architecture, the Roman baths and modern thermal spa with rooftop pool, the Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, the diverse and unique shopping, and many museums, galleries and cafes. In winter a visit to the Christmas market is a must. Within an hours drive you can visit the exciting and vibrant city of Bristol, Cheddar Gorge and caves, the small city of Wells, and Glastonbury Abbey and Tor. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Yeo Farm Cottages - The Old Stables

    Waterrow, Wiveliscombe, Taunton

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    Ref: ERE

    Yeo Farm is a small country estate nestling in the picturesque hamlet of Waterrow on the Somerset/ Devon border at the foot of the Brendon Hills. Walkers and dog owners are welcome at these adult only farm cottages and a dog welcome pack is provided! Comprising some 40 acres of woodland, pasture, ponds and the River Tone, the farm also has fishing rights for over half a mile, and a riverside walk has been made to enjoy the natural flora and fauna present in this area. The 16th-century farmhouse has been restored and is the home of the resident owners, whilst the cottages (Refs ERE, ERF, and ERG) have been sympathetically converted from former farm buildings and comprise three adjoining character cottages which enjoy wonderful views over the estate. The cottages have been renovated and refurbished to a high standard, and offer all modern conveniences and comfort in this stunning setting.
    Yeo Farm provides an excellent base for countryside pursuits and walking, with the Brendons, Quantocks and Blackdown Hills nearby. On the doorstep is the Exmoor National Park which has been designated the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe (telescope on request). Horses are welcome. Many historic houses and gardens in the vicinity. Coast 13 miles. There is coarse, fly and sea fishing available; golf 4 miles; hard tennis courts and outdoor swimming pool 1½ miles; clay and game shooting by arrangement. Shops 1½ miles, local gastro pub 1 mile.

    Large living/dining room/kitchen with French doors to courtyard. Double bedroom with walk-in closet and en-suite shower room and toilet (can also be accessed from hall).

    • 3 gun cabinet
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full oil central heating included, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • 40 acres of shared, natural grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking for 3 cars and trailer storage
    • Secure cycle store
    • Trout fishing available on river behind pond (licence required)
    • Paddock with field shelter available for two horses
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 15 yrs
    • NB: 3 ponds adjacent to properties and small lake

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  • Bridge Cottage

    Watchet

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    Ref: EML

    Set in the thriving small marina port of Watchet, just a stone’s throw away from local pubs, shops and restaurants, this delightful character cottage provides an ideal coastal retreat for couples. It has its own furnished balcony overlooking the river, from which to sip wine and relax to the sound of lapping water. A host of attractions lie close at hand, including the West Somerset Steam Railway, Dunster village and castle (NT), sandy beaches at Blue Anchor and Minehead, sea fishing as well as superb walking and riding within the Exmoor National Park and amid the Quantock Hills. Golf can also be found locally. Shops 100 yards, pub 500 yards.

    Cosy beamed living/dining room with wood-burner style electric fire and bay window overlooking river. Compact fitted kitchen. Wet room with toilet. Steep, open-sided stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with wash basin and vanity unit.

    Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. TV. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Balcony with furniture. Roadside parking (subject to availability); public car park 20 yards (foc 6pm-9am, £4. 70 per day, £25 weekly permit). No smoking. No children. NB: Water frontage.

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  • Oaktree Barn

    Crewkerne

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    Ref: EQY

    Situated on the edge of Crewkerne in south Somerset, this spacious, adjoining 18th-century converted barn boasts oak beams, oak kitchen and galleried bedroom. Located on the owner’s 260-acre organic farm, there is lovely countryside with many footpaths, beautiful scenery and wildlife to enjoy. There is an award-winning gastro pub on the doorstep and many local attractions as well as historic houses including Forde Abbey and Gardens within easy driving distance, along with the famous World Heritage Coast with the popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis and Westbay. Shops 2 miles.

    Spacious open-plan, beamed living/dining room with electric woodburner and oak floor. Kitchen with oak units. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with 5ft bed.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, electric central heating rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small gravelled area with table and chairs
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Natural water supply from owner’s borehole
    • No smoking

    Note: Oaktree Barn (EQY) and The Old Workshop (ETR) can be booked together to sleep up to 4 people

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  • The Old Log Store

    Axbridge, nr. Cheddar

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    Ref: W43450


    This detached, converted log store is adjacent to the owner’s home and situated in a peaceful, village location. It has been lovingly restored with beams and still has the original high ceiling, but now with contemporary décor and underfloor heating. It provides an excellent holiday base from which to discover the unspoilt countryside, with a plethora of outdoor activities and interesting places to explore. Walkers are especially well-catered for, with a footpath to the quaint medieval village of Axbridge, and the West Mendip Way. The Somerset Wetlands offer superb bird watching facilities for nature lovers, along with the nearby Willow Craft Centre. For the more adventurous, there is always potholing on the Mendips or caving in the gorge. During October/November, the surrounding market towns host the famous West Country Carnivals. Cheddar, world famous for its gorge, caves and cheese, is only 10 minutes away. Farmers’ markets are held in both Cheddar and Axbridge on alternate Saturdays, or for a larger, French-style market, there is always the delightful city of Wells, England’s smallest cathedral city. Wookey Hole Caves and paper mill on the outskirts of Wells are well worth a visit, as is Clarks Village factory outlet complex in Street for the shopaholics. All three destinations are within a 30-minute radius. There is also a choice of three golf courses in the immediate area. A little further afield is the World Heritage city of Bath, Yeovilton Air Museum and the Bath and West Showground, all well within an hour’s drive. The coastal resorts of Burnham-on-Sea, Weston-Super-Mare and Clevedon are also within an easy drive. Beach 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil underfloor central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Access to owner’s washing machine. Freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Shared tennis court on request. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Betsy Cottage

    Butleigh, nr. Glastonbury

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    Ref: W44202


    Betsy Cottage is a medieval Grade II listed semi-detached cottage which has been beautifully restored. The ancient beams and flagstone floors retain the authentic character and charm of this peaceful and romantic retreat. The large bedroom has an ornate four-poster bed and additionally there is a wonderfully comfortable, working antique copper bath in the bedroom. The living room provides a stunning inglenook fireplace complete with Victorian wood-burning range and bread oven. The outside seating area is within a shared courtyard.

    Glastonbury is a 5-minute drive away, as is Street with its outlet shopping at Clarks Village. Wells is 20 minutes, and Bath and Bristol 50 minutes drive away. The cottage is located in the heart of the conservation village of Butleigh; a charming little village tucked away at the head of the Somerset Levels. Butleigh boasts its own shop, post office and a friendly local pub offering excellent local ales and traditional food. Much of the countryside is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, perfect for countless walks. Horse riding nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with free-standing copper bath and en-suite toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Enclosed courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years, except babes in arms. NB: 3 steps in garden. Neighbouring property is accessed via courtyard garden.

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  • Little Spring Barn

    Blackford, nr. Wedmore

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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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  • Slade Barns -Little Wharf

    Shiplate, Bleadon

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    Ref: W40909

    Excellent touring base for central SomersetExcellent touring base for central Somerset

    Semi-detached barn conversion for 2.

    In a rural location between the popular Victorian seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare and the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves, are these semi-detached barns. Sunnyside features a galleried double bedroom and both properties are ideally situated to explore and enjoy the many family attractions on offer. There is superb walking, scenery and wildlife up on the nearby Mendip Hills (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), sandy beaches at Brean and the seaside resort atmosphere at Weston-super-Mare. There is direct access to public footpaths and open fields. There are a host of places to visit within easy driving distance, including the magical Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Factory Village and Hestercombe Gardens. Properties W40908 and W40909 can be booked together for larger groups. Shop and pub with food 0.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer (in external shed). Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Linhay

    Minehead

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    Ref: 12113

    Spectacular countryside

    The detached holiday cottage is situated on the very edge of the beautiful Exmoor National Park with direct access to woodland, moorland and coastal paths. Enjoy breathtaking walks and bird watching from the door and discover the flora and fauna of this spectacular countryside where red deer and other wildlife can regularly be seen. Only 10 minutes’ walk for the shops and a selection of varied pubs in the town centre. The newly developed seafront and sandy beach is only 15 minutes away. Shop and pub ½ mile.

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

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£35per week October-March). Bed linen included. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Microwave. Patio area and furniture. Ample parking.

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