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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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  • Little Quarme Cottages - Exford Cottage

    Wheddon Cross, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    2
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    1
    1
    Ref: W44013

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Freeview TV. DVD. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden 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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  • Mead Chapel

    Drayton, near Langport

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: UKC292

    This lovely, converted detached chapel dating back to 1925, lies in the village of Drayton, South Somerset and offers a great location to enjoy this ever popular area. There are lovely country walks, fishing, golf and quaint village pubs nearby. Many historic houses are within easy driving, such as Muchelney Abbey, Forde Abbey, and National Trust’s Montacute House and Tintinhull House, to name a few. The Somerset Levels, with their abundance of wildlife and nature reserves, are on the doorstep, or one can explore the many places of interest. Try some retail therapy at Clarks Village shopping outlet, discover the enchanting Glastonbury Tor and Abbey and Glastonbury itself, or on to the cathedral city of Wells with its Bishops Palace and character shops. Further afield the Roman Spa town of Bath is well worth a visit, the county town of Taunton and on to the Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park. If you have time, spend a day or two in west Dorset and explore the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. You will have much to do for a fulfilling holiday. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    4 steps to the entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space:
    With wooden floors.
    Living area:
    With 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric hob, electric oven, microwave and fridge.
    Shower room: With double shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor: With galleried double bedroom.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Welcome pack. Outbuilding with tumble dryer. Garden with patio and garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • The Willows

    Tatworth, nr. Chard

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W43713


    This charming holiday property is attached to the owners’ Georgian home and is located just south of Chard, near the Devon and west Dorset border. The property has a large shared garden and guests have use of the summerhouse. It offers a great location to enjoy the best of three counties. To the south and within easy driving distance lies the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with the ever popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Beer and Charmouth. To the east is Devon, where one can enjoy days out on the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with wonderful walking and stunning scenery. In south Somerset there is much to enjoy, including many historic houses such as Montacute House, Forde Abbey Gardens, Tintinhull and Barrington Court, to name a few. Inland, enjoy days out visiting Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Village Outlet, Cheddar Gorge or nearer to home there is some lovely country walking, fishing at Chard Reservoir or golf at the local golf club. There is certainly plenty to keep you entertained. Beach 12 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Conservatory. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 21" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Fridge. Use of owners’ washing machine and freezer. Wi-fi. Large shared enclosed garden, patio and sitting-out area with furniture. Shared barbecue. Shared summerhouse. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 2 steps and pond in garden, 40 yards.

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  • Windsmoor View

    Kingsdown, nr. Bath

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 25513

    This spacious single-storey annexe enjoys breathtaking views over rolling countryside, in a peaceful hamlet outside the city of Bath. Patio doors lead out to a private, fully enclosed decking area, an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Bath is full of famous sights and attractions, including the magnificent sweeping Georgian terraces, Pulteney Bridge, the Roman Spa, the Abbey, and its diverse collection of unique shops, cafes and museums. Walk and cycle along the River Avon, or the Kennet and Avon Canal. Or visit Bradford on Avon, Lacock and Castle Combe. Shops, pub and restaurant 1½ mile.

    5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: 2 steps to living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included, October-March). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed raised patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Mill Lane Holiday Cottage

    Inglesbatch, near Bath

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC725

    This delightful detached holiday cottage is located within the grounds of the owner’s home, which is a working livestock farm, set on the edge of a peaceful rural village, yet within minutes of the vibrant World Heritage city of Bath. The cottage is single-storey, and decorated to a good standard. With a large enclosed garden and patio area, it’s a perfect setting in the evening to enjoy some alfresco dining, whilst watching the glorious sunset. Situated only 1 mile from the pretty village of Priston, and also Priston Mill, which is very popular as a wedding venue. There is an abundance of beautiful walks to explore the area and cycle routes taking you around the hills of the beautiful, Georgian city of Bath, just 4 miles away. The park and ride is only a 5-minute drive from the cottage making it easily accessible. Bath is a bustling city with fantastic shopping, museums, galleries, the Roman Baths and Grand Pump Rooms and the award winning Thermae Bath Spa. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space:
    With laminate floor.
    Living area:
    With Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With breakfast area, electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with terrace, patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Natural grounds. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Longbridge Cottage

    Shepton Mallet

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 28084


    This charming cottage is part of the grounds of Longbridge House, an historic house, famed locally for being where the Duke of Monmouth stayed, before and after the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685.

    The accommodation, which is designed for 2 people, retains many original characteristics with a high vaulted ceiling, beams and thick stone walls. There is also a stylish, open-tread, spiral staircase to a vaulted, galleried bedroom which looks down onto a gorgeous chandelier and over the main living area, giving a great sense of space.

    Steps lead to a sunny south-facing decked area complete with Roman well, views over surrounding buildings, and backing onto the owner’s garden with a vegetable patch, fruit trees and chickens!

    Attractions nearby include Shepton Mallet high street which is within walking distance, convenient for picking up the morning paper, a pint of milk, a takeaway or an evening meal in a restaurant. The sleepy village of Pilton, where the Glastonbury Festival is held, is 3 miles away, the city of Wells with its cathedral and Bishops’ Palace is 5 minutes’ drive, and timeless Glastonbury, with its abbey ruins and famous tor, is a 15-minute drive.

    Bath is 40 minutes away with its Georgian architecure, Roman Baths, Royal Crescent, Thermae Bath Spa and abbey, and the Royal Bath and West Showground is a 5-minute drive. Longleat House and Safari Park is 20 minutes by car, and the spectacular Cheddar Gorge and Caves and Wookey Hole Show Caves are within 20-25 minutes’ drive. The beautiful Mendip countryside is right on the doorstep and the coast is within striking distance. For ‘shopaholics’, Kilver Court Designer Emporium is 1 mile down the road, plus the designer shopping outlet centre ‘Clarks Village’ is about a 15-minute drive away at Street. Bristol airport and the city of Bristol are both approximately 50 minutes away, and the nearest train station is Castle Cary, approximately 6 miles away. Shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread spiral stairs to double (5ft) galleried bedroom.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of washing machine (in external utility). Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with seating area, decking and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in courtyard, steps in garden.

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  • Honeymead Cottage

    Bitton

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 19838

    Set within an acre of grounds in the Golden Valley with open views over the countryside, this lovely south-facing former miner’s cottage is of a very good standard and offers a peaceful holiday retreat. An ideal base for exploring the surrounding area, only 5 miles from the World Heritage city of Bath. Visit the cathedral city of Wells, Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Longleat House and Safari Park. NT properties nearby include Stourhead House and Gardens, Montacute House, Dyrham Park. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Tiled floor throughout. First floor: 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden with patio area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. No children.

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  • Croft Cottages - Low Barn

    Watchet

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W44207

    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 floors. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Underfloor gas central heating included. Towel hire. Electric cooker. Wi-fi. Courtyard 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-October. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Thornhills Farm Cottage

    Othery, near Glastonbury

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • The Hide

    Edington, nr. Bridgwater

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 27473

    This detached barn conversion, adjacent to the owners’ home, is a good holiday base for exploring. Edington is in the Somerset Levels, on the north side of the Polden Hills. Nearby are Glastonbury Tor and Abbey and the site of the Battle of Sedgemoor. Taunton, Wells, Bath and Stonehenge, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, Dunster Castle, Stourhead and Hestercombe Gardens are within easy reach. Other attractions include the Mendip Hills, Ham Wall RSPB Reserve, Quantock Hills and Exmoor. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility room. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom with patio doors. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included (initial fuel included May-September). Oil underfloor central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • The Nest

    Blagdon, nr. Cheddar

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30133


    This attractive, detached, single-storey barn conversion, adjacent to the owners’ home, is located in the village of Blagdon and enjoys stunning views over Blagdon Lake. The living room and bedroom both have patio doors facing out over the pretty garden and lake, and the patio area is the perfect spot from which to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and views. This holiday property is ideal for walkers, with footpaths leading from the village and around the lake, and the larger Chew Valley Lake nearby is a haven for wildlife. Cheddar is 7 miles, with England’s largest gorge and caves, a popular visitor attraction. The small city of Wells has a magnificent cathedral, medieval Bishop’s Palace and many historic buildings. It also hosts a thriving weekly market in the cobbled square, with a good array of shops, restaurants and cafes. The cities of Bristol and Bath are within a short drive, as are the coastal resorts of Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Burnham-on-Sea. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom with patio doors and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 3 steps to garden.

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  • Croft Cottages - Bungalow 1

    Watchet

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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-October. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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