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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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  • Rose Garden Cottage

    Chard Junction, Chard

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: E2817

    At the end of a quiet country lane, these two charming and individual properties (refs E2816 and E2817) enjoy an idyllic setting surrounded by 3½ acres of land crossed by a sparkling stream. Set right on the Somerset, Devon and Dorset border, they are just 8 miles from Lyme Regis with its massive breakwater – The Cobb, prominently featured in the film ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ – and its grand sandy beach. The elegant seaside resort of Sidmouth, Charmouth (renowned for fossil hunting), Golden Cap (the highest cliff on the south coast) and the pleasure gardens at the fishing village of Beer are all close by. Chard, 3 miles, the highest town in Somerset, with its Hornsbury Mill full of bric-a-brac, the 1000-acre wildlife park at Cricket St Thomas, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Axminster and many other places of interest are within easy reach. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. First floor: Kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi corner bath and toilet. Z-bed.

    Parking. NB: Pond in garden.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 3½-acre grounds. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. NB: Stream in grounds.

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  • Yeomans Cottage

    Wells

    Grade
    3
    2
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    Ref: UKC149


    In the heart of Wells, England’s smallest city, this quaint, Grade II listed, terraced cottage with an open fire dates back to 1490, offering a great holiday retreat for a small family. If it’s for strolling into the city centre, with its fine cathedral, moated Bishop’s Palace, charming market, and a wealth of medieval architecture, or for use as a base to explore this wonderful county, Yeomans Cottage is simply ideal. Within easy driving distance are many attractions and places of interest, such as England’s largest gorge Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole, the West Somerset Steam Railway, Clarke’s Factory Retail Village and Glastonbury Tor to name but a few. The Roman Spa of Bath is a must, as is Stourhead House and Gardens. Take a walk on the wild side at Longleat House and Safari Park, or head to the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for some splendid walking in a most evocative setting. There are also a number of golf courses to be found in close proximity to the property. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    4 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Wet room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. 40" Sky TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine in external utility room. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture (accessed via adjoining cottage). Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Greenleaze

    Westbury-sub-Mendip, nr. Wells

    Grade
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    Ref: 30642


    This single-storey chalet, adjacent to the owners’ home, is situated in the pretty village of Westbury-sub-Mendip and has a large decked terrace with far reaching uninterrupted views across to Brean, Glastonbury and the Quantock Hills. The village is perfectly placed on the southern slopes of the Mendip Hills, halfway between the cathedral city of Wells and the world-famous Cheddar Gorge and caves. Cheddar is a large village at the foot of the steep limestone Gorge, with many visitor attractions. Wookey Hole also has dramatic caves to visit. Wells is Englands’ smallest cathedral city, with a moated Bishops Palace and many small individual shops. Glastonbury, a magical mystical place, is famous for its Abbey, Tor, Chalice Well and music festival, and is about 15 minutes away. Bristol airport can be reached in less than ½ hour. The coastal resorts of Weston-Super-Mare, Clevedon and Burnham-on-Sea can be reached within 30 minutes, and the heritage cities of Bath and Bristol within an hour. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Decked terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Fir View

    Exford, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: 27681

    This mid-terraced holiday cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home, has footpaths and access to Exmoor within walking distance of the cottage. Dulverton is a short drive and offers shops, restaurants and other amenities. There is walking on the South West Coastal Path and Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway are nearby. Minehead has a promenade and the renowned West Somerset Steam Railway. Dunster Castle, (NT), and Deer Park and Mill make for an interesting day out. Shop, P.O, pubs and restaurants 900 yards.

    7 steps down to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining area. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating and electric heaters included (£15per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi available at £10per week or £2 per day. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Beaconsfield Farm - The Stables

    Easton, nr. Wells

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: 30207

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, these two holiday properties are located in a peaceful, rural setting, surrounded by 4 acres of the Beaconsfield Farm gardens and grounds, where the owner resides, with magnificent views of the Mendip Hills to the north and Somerset Levels to the south. The Stables (ref 30207) is part of a converted barn adjacent to the main farmhouse, with a private patio offering views of the surrounding fields. Garden Suite 1 (ref 30206) is a semi-detached lodge with a private terrace overlooking the garden, the Mendip Hills and the surrounding countryside. Only 2 miles to Wells, the smallest city in the UK, with a magnificent cathedral, Bishops Palace, the famous Vicars Close and historic Market Place. Also nearby, one can visit Glastonbury Abbey and Tor, Longleat House and Gardens, Longleat Safari Park, Cheddar and Cheddar Gorge, as well as the caves at Wookey Hole. The heritage cities of Bristol and Bath are within a short drive, as are the coastal resorts and sandy beaches at Burnham-on-Sea and Weston Super Mare. Beach 17 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Patio and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Use of owner’s freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 4-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 12 years.

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  • Daubeneys - Daubeneys Stable

    Colerne, nr. Bath

    Grade
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    Ref: PFFH

    These attractive holiday properties lie in the peaceful conservation village of Colerne, surrounded by rolling countryside. The Grade II* listed stable conversion (PFFH) is part of the only longhouse in Wiltshire and dating back to the 13th century, is the oldest house in the village. Beautifully refurbished to offer all modern conveniences, yet retains charm and character. Sympathetically converted, the detached, single-storey barn (PHHF) offers light and airy, contemporary accommodation. Colerne has a good selection of shops and pubs but only a short bus journey, 7 miles, will take you into Bath and Chippenham. Within easy reach of Bristol, Bradford-on-Avon and the much-filmed villages of Lacock and Castle Combe. Great area for walking. Shop 200 yards, family pub and restaurant 10 yards.

    Large, open-plan living/dining room with sofa bed, triple aspect windows and kitchen area. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. Wooden stairs to first floor: Gallery double bedroom with additional single bed (for +1). Wooden floor and beams throughout.

    • Electricity and full gas central heating included
    • Combi microwave/grill
    • Small, enclosed, lawned garden with furniture

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Washer/dryer
    • Shared freezer in outbuilding
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • The Old Barn

    Chew Magna

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: 27445

    This comfortable holiday cottage adjoins the owner’s home and is ideally set just a mile from the charming village of Chew Magna, on the edge of the picturesque fishing lakes, and offering some of the finest walks around the lakes and surrounding countryside. This lively village with a range of shops, pubs and restaurants, has fifty Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Chew Valley Lake is home to a variety of wildlife, and keen cyclists and walkers will enjoy the paths around the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels. Only a few miles from Bristol, 10 miles from the historic city of Bath and 18 miles from the coast. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with additional Z-bed. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer (in outbuilding). Wi-fi. Small gravelled garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Bakers Cottage

    North Curry, nr. Taunton

    Grade
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    Ref: 68055

    This period terrace holiday cottage, with much character and charm, is set in a quiet square of a pretty village, which is reached by country lanes and 6 miles east of Taunton. Enjoy superb walking on the Somerset Levels, Sedgmoor (RSPB), and the Quantock Hills. Travel north to Somerset’s coast, or south to Dorset’s coast, near Lyme Regis (both 25 miles). There are numerous places of interest within easy reach, including Bath, Wells, Cheddar Gorge and Exmoor. Six beautiful NT houses and gardens nearby. Shop and pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom (twin on request) with additional Z bed (for child) and en-suite bathroom with toilet.

    NSH £15per week (when used). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Spin dryer. Patio area and furniture. On road parking.

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  • Beachside Suites - Beach View Suite

    Minehead

    Grade
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    Ref: W43507

    Just 100 yards from the beach, these two well-appointed and furnished holiday apartments (refs W43507 and W43508), are located on the historic esplanade of Minehead’s seafront. Both apartments have sea views over the beach and town, plus both have spacious terraces. Within easy walking distance of Minehead’s high street with a wide range of shops, restaurants and cafés. Minehead beach is within walking distance, 100 yards. There’s the famous West Somerset Steam Railway, which has 26 miles of track through some beautiful scenery to enjoy, as well as superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path, which starts in Minehead, or inland on Exmoor, and many other places to visit to make a memorable holiday. Visit the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Dunster Castle (NT) and village, with its beautiful terraced gardens, is nearby. During your stay, take a visit to Porlock Weir and the ancient harbour port of Watchet. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor for all to enjoy. Shop and restaurant 500 yards, pub 200 yards.

    All on first floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single, both with access to Jack & Jill shower room with toilet.

    Three Freeview TVs (one 28"). DVD. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Free on road parking.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Primrose Hill Holidays - Oak

    Blue Anchor, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: 31297

    Lovely countryside views

    Primrose Hill Holidays are four terraced bungalow-style cottages (refs: 26552, 27563, 31297 and 31298), situated in the pretty village of Blue Anchor, a short distance from its beach. From the properties, there are panoramic views of the countryside, Dunster Castle and the Bristol Channel beyond. The properties are all single-storey and are ideal for those with restricted mobility. Beech (ref 27563) and Ash (ref 31298) each are equipped with a single electric bed in the twin bedroom. There is a games room and a laundry room on site. Enjoy superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path and Exmoor National Park. The renowned West Somerset Railway is worth a visit for those with an interest in steam engines, and there are many steam trains operating on the line between Minehead and Watchet. Dunster Castle (NT) and village, with its beautiful terraced gardens, deer park and mill will make for an interesting day out, as well as Porlock Weir. There are beaches at Blue Anchor, Dunster and Minehead for all to enjoy. Explore the seaside town of Minehead and visit the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Wet room with toilet.

    Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Wheelchair access.

    All properties: Electric central heating included (by meter reading October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot, travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared games room with pool table, table tennis, darts and board games. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond 30 yards.

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  • Honey Acre Cottage

    Winscombe

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: E2379

    Enjoying an utterly peaceful location abundant with wildlife, in a quiet Mendip valley, are these four delightful cottages. Set on a working farm, in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, three of the cottages have been skilfully converted from stone barns whilst the fourth, a former miller’s cottage, is attached to the owners’ home. Attractively furnished and equipped to a very good standard the cottages offer an ideal base for a relaxing holiday or for touring the surrounding area. Cheddar Gorge, Blagdon Lake – with trout fishing and a wealth of wildlife – and golf are all nearby. The elegant city of Bath and the cathedral city of Wells are within an easy drive and Weston-super-Mare’s many attractions and sandy beach are just 7 miles. Churchill, 4 miles, offers many activities including a dry ski slope, sports centre and horse riding. Bristol Airport 15 minutes. Village shop and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Z-bed (for child).

    Patio and furniture.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (fuel £4 per bag). NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of tumble dryer (in games room). Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Parking. Shared games room with table tennis.

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  • Norfolk House

    Dulverton

    Grade
    3
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    Ref: 30310


    This delightful terraced holiday cottage, located within walking distance of Dulverton town centre, offers comfortable accommodation with plenty of charm. Situated alongside the banks of the River Barle, guests can walk into Dulverton, which has a good range of shops, pubs and tea rooms. There is plenty of walking into the surrounding countryside and up onto Exmoor. Visit Tarr Steps, Dunkery Beacon and the pretty moorland village of Withypool. Further afield, there is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. A visit to the medieval village of Dunster with its castle (NT), beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and mill will make for an interesting day out. Watchet, Porlock and Porlock Weir hold plenty of charm and interest to those who visit the area. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with slate floor. 2 steps to kitchen with slate floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small decked roof terrace with furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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