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Somerset

At the heart of the West Country, Somerset''s rolling hills, deep gorges and flowing rivers tell the tales of myths and legends.

From castles, abbeys and museums, to classic English houses and gardens, this is rural England at its best, and with such a wide range of things to see and do, a cottage holiday here provides the perfect base from which to explore the area.

Begin your visit to Somerset by exploring some of the area''s rich heritage, starting off with the enigmatic Glastonbury Tor. Sitting high above the land like a beacon, it holds stories of the legends of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. At the base of the Tor lie the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, set in 36 acres of beautiful parkland and ponds it''s the perfect destination for a family day out. There''s an abundance of historical places in the region so take the time to explore as many as possible, especially Wells Cathedral and the Roman Baths and its museum.

If you can tear yourself away from exploring Somerset''s past there’s a lot more to explore. Longleat Safari Park is just one of the many animal attractions in the area, but you can also get up close and personal with magnificent shire horses birds of prey and marine life.

From the open expanses of gardens and ancient oak woodlands to sparkling rivers and sandy beaches, Somerset is a haven for lovers of the great outdoors. There are some great natural wonders to explore and with its steep inclines, dramatic peaks and amazing views, Cheddar Gorge makes an ideal location for walkers, climbers, cavers and sightseers alike. Lazy afternoon picnics can be enjoyed, and there''s a superb selection of pubs, restaurants and cafes cooking up fresh local produce so you can take a night off from cooking. You could even make a night of it and go see a show at the 17th century Theatre Royal in Bath.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Somerset today.
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  • Waggonhayes

    Clevedon

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    Ref: E2752

    Pretty countryside just 2 miles from the attractive coastal resort of Clevedon’s good shops, pubs and restaurants is the setting for this very comfortable, 19th century, single storey converted holiday barn. Backing onto the owners’ home and Crafts Centre, it overlooks its own garden and patio. Weston-Super-Mare just 6 miles offers year round attractions, as does historic Bristol, 12 miles. Bath, Wells, Cheddar Gorge and the Cotswolds are all within easy reach.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining area. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor.

    Electric woodburner included. Gas central heating £16 per week poa 18th September–16th April, other dates by arrangement. Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Fenced garden, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Tilbury View

    West Bagborough, nr. Taunton

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    Ref: W43534

    Tilbury View, as the name suggests, is set above the village of West Bagborough on the southern slopes of the Quantock Hills with spectacular panoramic views. An AONB, this area is famous for the poets Coleridge and Wordsworth who lived and wrote here. Set within the grounds of the owner’s quaint 20-acre smallholding of sheep and ponies, this cottage is perfect for couples looking for absolute peace and quiet. It commands stunning views across Taunton Deane, the Blackdown Hills and west over Exmoor National Park. It was once part of the Cothelstone Estate and has beautiful parkland immediately below. This contemporary holiday property is a barn apartment, with high vaulted ceilings, oak floors, a fabulous glass apex window at one end of the living room, bespoke kitchen and a Victorian brass bed. Enjoy walking and cycling over a network of footpaths and bridleways across open moorland, wooded coombes and rolling countryside. Local attractions include the West Somerset Steam Railway, Exmoor National Park, Hestercombe Gardens, Dunster Castle and Mill and the coast at Kilve Beach. Complimentary newspapers of your choice and a fridge stocked with breakfast provisions are provided (bacon, eggs, sausages, bread, butter, orange juice, milk, tea and ground coffee) to help guests unwind from the very start of their holiday. There is an exceptional local country pub with restaurant within walking distance and village amenities are just a short drive away, making this a perfect location for a relaxing stay. Beach 10 miles. Shop 21/2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    7 steps to entrance. All on first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with vaulted ceiling, beams and wooden floors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with wooden floor and en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, toilet.

    Biomass central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome hamper. No smoking. Couples only.

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  • Dragonfly Barn - Dragonfly 3

    North Newton

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    Ref: 28845

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Set within the grounds of Newton House in the rural village of North Newton, Somerset. Dragonfly Barn is a charming barn conversion providing three self contained semi-detached holiday units (refs 26907, 26908 and 28845). Situated on the first floor by way of an external staircase, Dragonfly 1 offers bright accommodation with use of a delightful sunny lawned sitting out area. Dragonfly 2 has its own private patio garden. Interconnecting doors can be utilised if required to accommodate up to 6 guests. Dragonfly 3 is a charming detached single-storey barn conversion with enclosed private courtyard garden leading off from the bedroom. North Newton is situated between the Somerset Levels and the Quantock Hills, England’s first designated AONB. The Bridgwater/Taunton Canal runs alongside the village and is a popular area for many activities including fishing, cycling or a quiet stroll to enjoy the range of wildlife in this wetland habitat. Close by is Maunsel Lock where you can visit the tea rooms, take a boat trip or follow the Space Walk along the canal. The Quantock Hills, Exmoor National Park and Blackdown Hills are all within easy reach, making it ideal for cycling and walking. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

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

    Washing machine. Enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Electric central heating included (£20per week, £10 per short break, November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Green Lane Farm Cottage

    Box, nr. Corsham

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    Ref: 26831

    Situated adjacent to the owner’s home, this detached holiday cottage has use of a large lawned garden with far reaching countryside views. In a peaceful hamlet with excellent walking from the doorstep and only a mile from the local amenities of the village of Box, this is an excellent base from which to visit the city of Bath, 5 miles, where The Royal Crescent, The Circus, and Pulteney Bridge are among the finest architectural treasures in the world, the Roman Baths and the modern Thermae Bath Spa are not to be missed. There are several NT properties in the area to visit including Stourhead, Dyrham, Longleat and Iford. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine and freezer. Lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden, 20 yards.

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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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  • Thornhills Farm Cottage

    Othery, near Glastonbury

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    Ref: UKC473


    Situated on the edge of the Somerset Levels, just outside the village of Othery, Thornhills Farm Cottage has its own secluded patio, and is set on the edge of a caravan park with 12 touring pitches, but offers privacy from the park. Attached to the owner’s home, it is in an ideal location for walkers, bird watchers or just to have a quiet break. The property has been decorated and furnished to a good standard. Enjoy this tranquil part of Somerset, where you will want to come back year after year to explore the beautiful countryside and historical sites in the area. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the place and maybe put your feet up and read the papers or laze around taking time out from a hectic lifestyle. For the more energetic there are some beautiful walks, cycle rides, such as Macmillan Way West and River Parrett Trail, and drives, plenty of antique shops to potter around and National Trust properties just a short drive away. The Somerset wetlands are also home to many species of birds and the RSPB Nature Reserve is just a mile up the road. However, if you are a day-tripper you can find almost anything to occupy your time. Towns and cities within easy reach include Taunton, Bridgwater, Weston-super-Mare, Glastonbury, Street, Wells, Bath, Bristol and Exeter. The area is crammed with history from abbeys to ancient battlegrounds. There is the magic and mystery of Glastonbury built on the Isle of Avalon. For shoppers there are bargains to be found at the factory and designer outlets at Clarks Village in Street, just less than 10 miles away. Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    Step to entrance.
    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, electric hob, microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Shared external laundry room with washing machine. Courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Shared 3 acre grounds. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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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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  • The Stables

    East Coker, nr. Yeovil

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    Ref: RCHB34

    Set peacefully in East Coker, South Somerset, near the Dorset border, this single-storey detached converted stables is ideally situated to explore many attractions in both counties. Golf and fly fishing are available locally, and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with Westbay and Lyme Regis for wonderful scenery and walks is within easy driving distance. This holiday cottage is only 3 miles from Yeovil, a busy but pleasant market town, and 8 miles from Sherborne with its quaint shops, abbey and castle. Yeovilton Air Museum and many historic houses are nearby. Glastonbury, Cheddar and Bath are all easily accessible for days out. Shops 1 mile, restaurant and pub ¼ mile.

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

    NSH, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Barrowswood Cheddar - Strawberry Lodge

    Cheddar

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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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  • The Cabin

    Priddy, nr. Wells

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    Ref: W43389


    This cosy detached wooden holiday lodge is situated amongst 16 acres of owners’ grounds, with lovely views over the Mendips and as far away as Dorset on a clear day. The elevated terrace is a perfect spot from which to admire the view and watch the antics of the free range chickens, doves, and the horses in the neighbouring field. It’s less than a mile from the small village of Priddy, with a footpath across the fields it’s a 5-minute walk. This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and therefore a very popular area for walkers, cavers and horse riding alike. It makes an ideal base for sightseeing places such as Cheddar Gorge and Caves, 5 miles, Wookey Hole Caves and Wookey Hole Paper Mill, 2.7 Miles, Wells Cathedral, 4 miles, Burrington Combe, 5 miles, Bristol, Bath, Longleat and many other places of interest are also within easy reach. Annual attractions include Priddy Folk Fair in July, Priddy Sheep Fair in August, Mendip folk festival, in September. Bonfire Night Display in November, and also in November the Illuminated Carnival Season. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    4 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors and wooden floor/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. Second living room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (fuel included). Electric heaters, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 16-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pet to be kept on lead at all times. No smoking.

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

    Porlock, nr. Minehead

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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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  • The Old Mill

    Isle Brewers, Taunton

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    Ref: EVJ

    A wonderful setting to relax and unwind in, The Old Mill stands detached and has wooden floors, beams and character. Tastefully furnished, it offers an idyllic romantic haven to enjoy the abundant wildlife from the decked patio overlooking the mill pond and lovely country walks. Visit Montacute House and Gardens, Forde Abbey and Gardens, explore the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, South Somerset or venture down to the World Famous Jurassic Coast. Shops 3 miles, pub 1½ miles.

    First floor: Spacious beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, wooden floor and well-equipped kitchen area. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: Beamed double bedroom with freestanding bath and wash basin.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity and full gas central heating included (£50 per week November-March)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Large landscaped grounds with wooded area, decked area and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • No children except babes in arms
    • NB: 2 mill ponds in grounds

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