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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.

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  • Priory Bungalow

    Dunster, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29218


    Located in the heart of the medieval village of Dunster, this well-appointed, detached bungalow is very well positioned to enjoy all the delights that Dunster and this stunning part of Somerset have to offer. Situated in a quiet back street, this holiday property is within easy walking distance of all the local shops, restaurants and pubs, as well as Dunster Castle (NT). During early December, the Dunster Candlelight Festival is well worth a visit. There are many highlights to enjoy during your stay in the area. Minehead is home to the main station for the famous West Somerset Steam Railway, which travels along the coast before heading inland to Bishops Lydeard. This seaside resort also offers a beach and promenade where you can enjoy a stroll and an ice cream. There are regular bus services along the coast to such highlights as Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth. If you are coming with children, a day ticket can be purchased for Butlins on the seafront. There is some great walking to be done in the area on both the South West Coast Path and within Exmoor National Park. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Steps in garden.

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  • Little Quarme Cottage - Stable Cottage

    Wheddon Cross, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W44016

    Lying on the edge of Exmoor, Little Quarme Cottages are a delightful haven where you can enjoy the splendour of the area. You can choose to relax in one of the six comfortable cottages available on-site (refs: W44011, W44012, W44013, W44014, W44015, W44016). Set in well-maintained gardens and grounds, the cottages are ideal for those wanting to enjoy Exmoor and the surrounding countryside and places of local interest. With all the cottages accepting pets, the cottages are great for those looking for pet-friendly holiday accommodation. As well as a being a great holiday destination, Little Quarme Cottages is also a licensed wedding venue, where you and your party can hire the entire complex to celebrate that special occasion and is located just outside the village of Wheddon Cross, which has a pub serving food and a well-stocked shop. Venturing further on to Exmoor, Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor’s highest point, is a short drive or a good walk from the cottages. Other Exmoor highlights include Tarr Stepps, the river at Lanacre and the pretty village of Withypool. Further afield, the coastal town of Minehead had a good range of shops and other amenities. It is also home to the West Somerset Stream Railway for those wanting to indulge in a bit of nostalgia. The medieval village of Dunster is full of charm and has its imposing castle (NT) towering over the village centre. The seaside villages of Porlock and Porlock Weir are worth a visit, as are the Victorian towns of Lynton and Lynmouth with the famous cliff railway. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Horse riding, golf and fishing are all available locally. Breach 10 miles. Shop and pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Electric coal-effect fire in living room and electricity by £1 meter. Gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared 17 acres of natural landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Communal room with wi-fi. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond and stream in grounds.

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  • Pottery Cottage

    Horton, nr. Ilminster

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 15250

    Tastefully converted and furnished and equipped to a very good standard this former barn (adjoining the owner’s home set in 2 acres) is located on the edge of this attractive village close to the historic market town of Ilminster and approximately 10 miles from the county town of Taunton. The beautiful east Devon and Dorset coasts with Lyme Regis, Seaton and Sidmouth easily reached. Local attractions include Montacute House, Barrington Court (NT) and Forde Abbey. Close to Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park, Yeovil and beach at Lyme Regis. An ideal holiday base to explore this area which is rich in history and legend. Pub and shop ¼ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 step down to 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Highbury Cottage

    West Stoughton, nr. Wedmore

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: EVU

    The holiday cottage stands detached in the grounds of the owner’s home, in the hamlet of Stoughton. Renovated with attention to detail and stylish furnishings throughout, with a sun room leading out onto a private terrace/courtyard and use of paddock, an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions nearby. Only 2 miles from Wedmore with a good choice of shops and eateries, 4 miles from Cheddar with the gorge, caves and excellent cycling and walking opportunities in the Mendip Hills and surrounding Somerset Levels. Golf 1 mile. Shops 1½ miles, pub ½ mile.

    Living/dining room with decorative feature fireplace. Kitchen. Sun room. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating included (November-March £25per week £15 per short break),
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Courtyard with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Paddock
    • No smoking

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  • Weston Lodge

    Bath

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 24510

    This spacious ground floor holiday apartment is one of five located in a grand Georgian house standing in its own grounds on the Cotswold Way on the edge of Bath. Set in a quiet location, and with the added bonus of its own parking, just a few minutes walk away from local shops and amenities, it provides an ideal, peaceful base from which to explore the cosmopolitan city of Bath. Attractions include the Roman spa baths, the abbey and the award winning Thermae Spa with rooftop outdoor swimming pool. Shops and pubs ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Large shared grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 6 years. NB: Stream in grounds.

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  • The Smithy

    Nr. Ilminster

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E4809


    Once a blacksmith’s workshop, this converted and comfortably furnished detached cottage is ideally situated for exploring the delights of the Somerset countyside. Set close to a busy touring route, it lies within easy reach of the beautiful cathedral and Bishop’s Palace at Wells, the fantastic gardens at Stourhead, and Clarks Village shopping outlet at Street as well as the myriad seaside pleasures offered by Lyme Regis (16 miles), Branscombe, Beer and Sidmouth. Forde Abbey, National Trust properties at Barrington Court and Montacute, and the interesting Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton are also well worth a visit. Taunton, the County Town, is just 8 miles away, whilst a little further afield visitors can enjoy the numerous attractions found on Exmoor, Longleat Safari Park and Weymouth’s golden sands. Riding and golf are available locally. Shops 1.5 miles, pub serving food 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. 1 twin bedroom. Mezzanine: 1 twin bedroom.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Small garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking.

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  • Kings Lynn

    Burnham-on-Sea

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E5214


    This first floor apartment, adjoining the owner’s home, is just 5 minutes’ walk from the lovely sands of Burnham-on-Sea and just 12 miles from Weston-super-Mare a traditional resort with pier. Within easy reach of the areas many attractions; Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole, the renowned Clarks Village shopping outlet at Street, Wells, England’s smallest city with magnificent cathedral, the gorgeous Regency architecture and fine shops of Bath, NT properties at Montacute and Clivedon House. Further afield for a good day trip lies Exmoor National Park with its sumptuous countryside. Golf enthusiasts might fancy a round on the championship course at Burnham and Berrow. There are plenty of pubs, restaurants and shops in Burnham-on-Sea within easy walking distance.

    14 external steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area with double sofa bed. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Honey String Cottage

    Sticklinch, nr. Glastonbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 26884


    This attractive, detached cottage within the owner’s grounds, is in the heart of rural Somerset, a few miles from Glastonbury. Surrounded by rolling countryside, it is a peaceful holiday base to explore many attractions. Glastonbury is famous for its annual music festival, tor and abbey. The Clarks village at Street is a designer retail outlet, and Cheddar Caves and Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves and the cathedral city of Wells are nearby. An easy drive is the Roman spa city of Bath, and the Mendip Hills and surrounding Somerset Levels are ideal for walkers and cyclists. Shop 4½ miles, pub and restaurant 2½ miles. Properties 26884 and 29693 can be booked together to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Family and couple bookings only.

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  • Blue Door Cottages - The Brew House

    Sherwood, nr. North Petherton

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30786

    Ideal base for touring Somerset

    The holiday cottages, (refs 30784, 30786 and 30787), have been converted from redundant 18th-century buildings at Sherwood, whilst The Hen House (ref 30785) has been converted from a later small barn. The buildings are surrounded by fields and back on to a valley of mature Forestry Commission woodland. They are set on the lower slopes of the Quantock Hills along narrow winding lanes but only 10 minutes from the motorway. Sherwood is a great place to relax but also makes a wonderful base from which to explore the whole of Somerset and some of the attractions of the surrounding counties. Blue Door Cottages at Sherwood provide pleasantly quirky accommodation for couples and small families. Between them the cottages can easily accommodate up to 18 guests and well-behaved dogs are welcome. The Quantock Hills are an area of wilderness and tranquillity. The Quantock Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which means that its distinctive character and cultural heritage are in the nation’s interest to safeguard them. Physically the Quantock Hills offer great diversity, reflecting the relationship between the geology, slopes and exposure of the area, and the range of past and present human activities and influences. 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. There are many NT properties close by, as well as golf, horse riding, walking and bird watching. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with 2 additional singles and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pet welcome - to be kept on lead at all times. No smoking. NB: Pond and stream in garden.

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  • Blue Door Cottages - The Wine Cellar

    Sherwood, nr. North Petherton

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 30784

    Ideal base for touring Somerset

    The holiday cottages, (refs 30784, 30786 and 30787), have been converted from redundant 18th-century buildings at Sherwood, whilst The Hen House (ref 30785) has been converted from a later small barn. The buildings are surrounded by fields and back on to a valley of mature Forestry Commission woodland. They are set on the lower slopes of the Quantock Hills along narrow winding lanes but only 10 minutes from the motorway. Sherwood is a great place to relax but also makes a wonderful base from which to explore the whole of Somerset and some of the attractions of the surrounding counties. Blue Door Cottages at Sherwood provide pleasantly quirky accommodation for couples and small families. Between them the cottages can easily accommodate up to 18 guests and well-behaved dogs are welcome. The Quantock Hills are an area of wilderness and tranquillity. The Quantock Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which means that its distinctive character and cultural heritage are in the nation’s interest to safeguard them. Physically the Quantock Hills offer great diversity, reflecting the relationship between the geology, slopes and exposure of the area, and the range of past and present human activities and influences. 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. There are many NT properties close by, as well as golf, horse riding, walking and bird watching. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pets welcome - to be kept on lead at all times. No smoking. NB: Pond and stream in garden, 100 yards.

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  • Combe Cottages - Robin

    Templecombe

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: EOA

    Straddling the borders of Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset, this charming row of single-storey cottages is tucked away along a peaceful country lane, close to the village of Templecombe. Adjacent to the owners’ home, and on an alpaca breeding farm, they offer well-equipped and carefully furnished accommodation for a variety of groups, in a central location ideal for exploring. Outdoor seating areas overlooking a central courtyard provide pleasant places of retreat, and the use of an indoor heated swimming pool completes the picture.
    Set amid excellent walking country, the holiday cottages afford ample opportunities for plenty of fresh air, and there are many delights to explore on foot. For those preferring to sightsee further afield, a main line station to Waterloo and Exeter is available from the village and quiet country roads make for scenic drives. The popular attractions of Longleat (with its excellent safari park, animal shows and historic house), Cheddar Gorge and Caves and the splendid NT properties of Stourhead Gardens, Kingston Lacey and Montacute House are all within an easy drive, as is Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the fascinating array of classic cars at the Haynes Motor Museum.
    Also of great historical interest is the abbey town of Sherborne, the famous Gold Hill at Shaftesbury and the medieval towns of Salisbury and Wells – all offer their own blend of quaint shops and museums to explore, individual shops to browse and tearooms for a welcome refreshment break. For an altogether different scene, the south coast beaches and seaside towns can be reached in around an hour’s drive. Active souls can try their hand at a spot of fishing or a round or two of golf locally, while those preferring spectator sports can visit the National Hunt race course in nearby Wincanton. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Living/dining room. Well-equipped kitchen. Double bedroom with TV. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Fridge/freezer

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared use of landscaped courtyard garden with patio
    • Shared barbecue
    • Shared use of large grounds with picnic area and furniture
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (40ft x 20ft, depth range 3ft–7ft), open 10am to 10pm
    • Gym equipment in pool building – children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Shared games room with pool table, air hockey and table football
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • The Old Cowshed

    Hornblotton, nr. Glastonbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: W44199


    Converted into a spacious, light and airy holiday property, this former old dairy, adjacent to the owner’s home at Rectory Farm, is surrounded by fields with sheep and rolling countryside. It offers a peaceful and relaxing retreat, yet is situated just off the A37, providing ample opportunities to explore the many attractions within Somerset. The nearest town is Castle Cary, 5 miles, famous for its Round House, an old town lock-up. Somerton, 6 miles, is allegedly an ancient capital of Wessex and Shepton Mallet has a 50ft market cross dating from 1500. Glastonbury, a thriving market town and a major tourist venue, is 10 miles away. Visit Glastonbury Tor, the abbey and its spiritual essence within the town, and the annual Glastonbury Festival which takes place in nearby Pilton. Street is home to a famous shoe industry and is now well known for its designer outlet shopping complex, Clarks Village. Yeovil town has pedestrian precincts, a wide variety of shops and a number of weekly markets. Spend a day in Wells, England’s smallest city, which is not only a fantastic market town but includes the magnificent cathedral and Bishop’s Palace and gardens. Slightly further afield is Sherborne with its castle, and Cheddar, famous not only for its cheese but also the caves and gorge. Other attractions include Haynes Motor Museum, 6 miles, Yeovilton Naval Air Museum, 10 miles, Bath and West Showground, 7 miles, and National Trust houses such as Lytes Cary and Tintinhull, and Montacute, the location for the TV series ’Wolf Hall’. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Shared tennis court. Welcome pack. Pet welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

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