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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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  • Burcott Cottages - Mendip View

    Wookey, near Wells

    Grade
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    Ref: 19941

    Situated within the grounds of the owner’s public house and restaurant, formerly a stable block, these single-storey cottages have been refurbished to a good standard and offer well-presented holiday accommodation. Located between the Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills, they are ideally situated for walking, cycling and lovers of nature, yet are just 1 mile from historic Wells with its beautiful cathedral and the world famous Wookey Hole caves. Within easy reach are the Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Glastonbury Tor, the World Heritage Georgian city of Bath and the Victorian seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare. There are several historic houses to visit including Montacute House, Dyrham Park and Longleat, famous for its safari park as featured on TVs ’Animal Park’. Shop 200 yards, pub in grounds.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Both properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electricity hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small courtyard. Private lawned area. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 5 years.

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  • Dairy Barn

    Baltonsborough, Glastonbury

    Grade
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    Ref: EUT

    This attractive single storey detached barn is peacefully situated in a no through lane just minutes from the village of Baltonsborough. Surrounded by rolling countryside and set in an 8 acre plot, it enjoys glorious views of Glastonbury Tor and beyond. A former cattle shed, it has been beautifully renovated to offer spacious and light accommodation, with oak beams and underfloor heating throughout. It is an ideal holiday base for exploring the attractions nearby, such as the cathedral city of Wells and Cheddar Gorge and Caves. The Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels are perfect for walkers, cyclists and wildlife enthusiasts. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

    Spacious beamed living/dining room with French doors, double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), tiled floor and kitchen area with electric range (for cooking). Double bedroom. Shower room and toilet.

    • Electricity, full electric underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Electric range
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • 8-acre private natural grounds
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Slade Barns -Little Wharf

    Shiplate, Bleadon

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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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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  • Thickwood House Garden Cottages - Orchard View

    Colerne, near Bath

    Grade
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    1
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    Ref: 23934

    This pair of garden cottages are set in the grounds of the Jacobean Manor House - Thickwood House, dating back to the 1700’s. During the centuries it grew to become one of the most prosperous farms in the area, and its present owners maintain the stunning gardens and outbuildings in keeping with the house. The cottages were sympathetically converted from a Cotswold stone byre, and retain many traditional features. Cosy and comfortable, and with views over the magnificent garden and orchard, they provide a peaceful, countryside retreat and an excellent holiday base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and picturesque villages. Nearby Castle Combe is said to be the prettiest village in England, also famous for its motor racing circuit. Lacock is another picture postcard village, well loved by film-makers for its historical streets and buildings. Lacock Abbey was used in the Harry Potter films. This AONB enjoys easy access to the Cotswolds, Salisbury Plain and the Marlborough Downs offering stunning scenery for walking and cycling, and the Georgian Spa city of Bath is within half an hour’s drive. Shops and pub 1 mile.

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

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available at cost. Large shared, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. No children under 12 years. NB: Deep water feature in grounds.

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  • The Cowshed

    Shipham, near Winscombe

    Grade
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    Ref: 30494


    This detached single-storey holiday property lies adjacent to the owners’ home at the end of a no through road surrounded by countryside. It offers a peaceful retreat and excellent base from which to explore the area. The West Mendip Way is fantastic for keen walkers with access from the doorstep. Local amenities are 10 minutes’ walk in the village of Shipham. Winscombe, with its larger variety of shops, is 3 miles. There are many attractions in the area to visit including Cheddar with its famous gorge and caves, the historic town of Axbridge, Weston-super-Mare with its sandy beaches, and Clevedon. Bristol and Bath are an easy drive, and slightly further afield is the city of Wells with its magnificent cathedral and Bishops Palace. Beach 7 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Shower room: With shower and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Ship Bungalow and Mews - No. 1 The Ship’s Mews

    Porlock, near Minehead

    Grade
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    Ref: 19395

    In the village of Porlock on Exmoor National Park and nestling between Porlock Hill and the sea, 1 mile, these converted ships mews, formerly stables, and detached dormer bungalow offer sea views of Porlock Bay and make an excellent holiday location to enjoy the natural wonders of Exmoor and the dramatic coastline in this region. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on the moors, and many places to visit to make a memorable holiday. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway are well worth a visit, or looking towards Minehead, you can go back in time on the scenic West Somerset Steam Railway, or visit the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle (NT), with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill making for an interesting day out. Nearer home you can wine and dine in the owner’s adjacent public house and restaurant, the 13th-century Ship Inn, or enjoy the fine selection of unusual shops in this pretty traditional village. There is also fishing, golf, horse riding and cycling all available, or further afield the resorts of Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Woolacombe are well worth a visit. Shops 200 yards, pub/restaurant 100 yards.

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

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Barrowswood Cheddar - Strawberry Lodge

    Cheddar

    Grade
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    Ref: 29841

    Views to Cheddar Gorge

    Offering delightful holiday accommodation for families, couples or friends, these holiday property (refs 29841, 29842 & W44121) make an ideal base from which to explore Somerset and North Devon. Barrowswood, a semi-detached holiday cottage (ref 29842), enjoys commanding views over Cheddar Gorge in the distance. Its large garden adjoins a field with occasional visiting sheep and is the perfect spot in which to relax and unwind. Strawberry Lodge (ref 29841) stands detached at the far end of the grounds of Barrowswood, enjoying woodland surroundings with magnificent views over the field and across to Cheddar Gorge. Blackberry Lodge (ref W44121) is a single-storey, detached lodge, ideal for a romantic retreat for couples. All three properties may be booked together should you have a larger party.
    Cheddar village offers plenty of interesting shops and cafes as well as other attractions. Cheddar Gorge, Britain’s largest limestone ravine gouged through the Mendips, is a magnet for climbers, walkers and visitors to the floodlit caves and Cheddar Reservoir is a great place to take a picnic, look out for wildlife and join in activities such as sailing and angling. Axbridge is a charming market town with a medieval square and half-timbered buildings, whilst Wookey Hole attracts many visitors to the showcaves. Wells is England’s smallest city set around a cathedral; Wedmore is a lively town with many individual shops and eateries, Glastonbury is famous for its music festival, spiritual culture and King Arthur legends, and the coastal resorts and magnificent beaches at Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea, Berrow and Brean are all within a short drive, as are the cities of Bath and Bristol. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking.

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  • Periton Park Court - Garden Retreat

    Minehead

    Grade
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    Ref: 31041

    Periton Park Court provides self catering accommodation with a semi-detached cottage (ref 31044) and cottage style apartments (refs 31041 and 31043) tastefully converted from the coach house and stables of a Victorian country house. The owners conveniently live on site and a detached cedar lodge (ref 31042) in a garden setting provides additional accommodation. In a totally secluded setting at the end of a third of a mile of private drive, with panoramic views of the sea and Quantock Hills, Periton Park Court is surrounded by 30 acres of its own gardens, pasture and woodland with direct access to the Exmoor National Park. There is also the use of a heated outdoor pool, open from May to September. Periton Park Court provides a gateway to the Exmoor National Park. A fenced track that crosses fields to the south provides direct access to the park. It is a perfect playground for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders. For the adventurous mountain biker, there are tracks prepared by local enthusiasts in the woods just south of Periton - be prepared as it’s not flat! If you haven’t yet discovered Exmoor, you are in for a treat. It is the undiscovered corner of the south west with quiet country lanes and uncrowded beauty spots even in the busy July/August months. Those that have discovered Exmoor return again and again. For beach lovers there are a number of beaches within a short distance, Minehead Beach/Harbour 1.5 miles, Dunster Beach 3 miles, Blue Anchor Beach 5 miles and Porlock Weir Harbour/Beach 5 miles. The famous surfing beaches at Woolacombe and Croyde are approximately 90 minutes west by car on roads with some spectacular scenery to view as you cross Exmoor. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor and many other places to visit to make a memorable holiday. Minehead has a good range of shops and amenities, and is also home to the West Somerset Steam Railway. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and cliff railway. 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. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Gas central heating included. Electric cooker.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Access to 30 acres of grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared, outdoor, heated swimming pool (11.6m x 5.5m, depth 0.8m to 2.6m), open May-September. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

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  • Quantock Hideaway

    Aley, Over Stowey

    Grade
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    Ref: E4765


    This exceptionally stylish barn conversion is ideally located for enjoying superb walking in the peaceful countryside of the Quantock Hills. The pretty and secluded garden with its own hot tub is perfect for relaxing after exploring the myriad delights of the area. Just 4 miles away is the fossil hunting beach at Kilve, and the seaside resorts of Burnham, Minehead and Watchet are all within easy reach. The lovely cathedral and Bishop’s Palace at Wells, the county town of Taunton, and Street with its Clarks Village shopping outlet, are a short drive as are the glories of Exmoor National Park. Here, as well as a spectacular coast, visitors will find Badgworthy Water (home to the legendary Doones), the unique cliff railway between Lynton and Lynmouth, Polock Weir’s harbour, and popular beauty spot of Watersmeet (NT). Shops and pub serving food 1.5 miles.
    Quantock Hideaway can be booked together with Quantock Rise (E5085) to accommodate up to 5 guests.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with 1 double (5ft four poster) bed. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Fully enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Hot tub. No smoking.

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  • Thickwood House Garden Cottages - Poachers Cottage

    Colerne, near Bath

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 23935

    This pair of garden cottages are set in the grounds of the Jacobean Manor House - Thickwood House, dating back to the 1700’s. During the centuries it grew to become one of the most prosperous farms in the area, and its present owners maintain the stunning gardens and outbuildings in keeping with the house. The cottages were sympathetically converted from a Cotswold stone byre, and retain many traditional features. Cosy and comfortable, and with views over the magnificent garden and orchard, they provide a peaceful, countryside retreat and an excellent holiday base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and picturesque villages. Nearby Castle Combe is said to be the prettiest village in England, also famous for its motor racing circuit. Lacock is another picture postcard village, well loved by film-makers for its historical streets and buildings. Lacock Abbey was used in the Harry Potter films. This AONB enjoys easy access to the Cotswolds, Salisbury Plain and the Marlborough Downs offering stunning scenery for walking and cycling, and the Georgian Spa city of Bath is within half an hour’s drive. Shops and pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available at cost. Large shared, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. No children under 12 years. NB: Deep water feature in grounds.

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  • Croft Cottages - Bungalow 1

    Watchet

    Grade
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    Ref: W44211

    Located in the heart of the ancient seaside port of Watchet, Croft Cottages offers a wide range of cottages to suit any size and requirement. All the cottages (refs W44203, W44204, W44205, W44206, W44207, W44208, W44209, W44210, W44211 and W44212) are well furnished and presented, and their convenient location within Watchet adds to their appeal.

    Located just off the high street, means guests can wander into town for a walk around the harbour, eat and drink in the local restaurants and pubs, and also be able to catch a train at the local station of the renowned West Somerset Steam Railway. There is a regular bus service so you won’t even need the car. There are beaches at Blue Anchor, Kilve, Dunster and Minehead is a short distance away. Take a walk along the promenade and enjoy an ice-cream overlooking the picturesque harbour. Minehead is also the start of the South West Coast Path which provides some challenging yet spectacular walking. The pretty medieval town of Dunster, with its castle (NT) is well worth a day out. Other areas of interest close by are Porlock and Porlock Weir and a bit further along the coast, are Lynton and Lynmouth, the two towns connected by the Victorian cliff railway. Exmoor National Park offers great walking for all abilities and there are some great spots to visit including Withypool, Lanacre and Tarr Steps. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating included. Towel hire. Electric cooker. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8m x 5m, min depth 1m to 1½m), open 10am-7pm Easter-November. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Paglinch Cottage

    Shoscombe, near Bath

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W41419

    Hot tub


    In a rural location, this well-presented, semi-detached, single storey stone cottage with a private hot tub, is near the historic spa city of Bath, 6 miles, and 11 miles from the lovely cathedral city of Wells. It is in an ideal location for exploring Somerset with the Park and Ride service into Bath just a few minutes away. Enjoy days out to the spectacular Wookey Hole Show Caves, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead Gardens or Glastonbury, famous for it annual festival, abbey and Tor. Bath has a wealth of history from the Roman baths to the Georgian Assembly Rooms and Pump Room, where visitors can sample the famous spa water, or indulge in bath buns and coffee. The Pultney Bridge lined with shops on either side, spans the River Avon, and the abbey and Royal Crescent are also worth a visit. The delightful seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare is within easy reach, as is the National Trust property, Dyrham House and Gardens. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link can be twin on request) with French doors. Bathroom with shower over corner Jacuzzi bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Private hot tub. No smoking.

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