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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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  • Betsy Cottage

    Butleigh, near Glastonbury

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    Ref: W44202


    Betsy Cottage is a medieval Grade II listed semi-detached cottage which has been beautifully restored. The ancient beams and flagstone floors retain the authentic character and charm of this peaceful and romantic retreat. The large bedroom has an ornate four-poster bed and additionally there is a wonderfully comfortable, working antique copper bath in the bedroom. The living room provides a stunning inglenook fireplace complete with Victorian wood-burning range and bread oven. The outside seating area is within a shared courtyard.

    Glastonbury is a 5-minute drive away, as is Street with its outlet shopping at Clarks Village. Wells is 20 minutes, and Bath and Bristol 50 minutes drive away. The cottage is located in the heart of the conservation village of Butleigh; a charming little village tucked away at the head of the Somerset Levels. Butleigh boasts its own shop, post office and a friendly local pub offering excellent local ales and traditional food. Much of the countryside is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, perfect for countless walks. Horse riding nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft four poster) bedroom with free-standing copper bath and en-suite toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Enclosed courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years, except babes in arms. NB: 3 steps in garden. Neighbouring property is accessed via courtyard garden.

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  • The Old Log Store

    Axbridge, near Cheddar

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    Ref: W43450


    This detached, converted log store is adjacent to the owner’s home and situated in a peaceful, village location. It has been lovingly restored with beams and still has the original high ceiling, but now with contemporary décor and underfloor heating. It provides an excellent holiday base from which to discover the unspoilt countryside, with a plethora of outdoor activities and interesting places to explore. Walkers are especially well-catered for, with a footpath to the quaint medieval village of Axbridge, and the West Mendip Way. The Somerset Wetlands offer superb bird watching facilities for nature lovers, along with the nearby Willow Craft Centre. For the more adventurous, there is always potholing on the Mendips or caving in the gorge. During October/November, the surrounding market towns host the famous West Country Carnivals. Cheddar, world famous for its gorge, caves and cheese, is only 10 minutes away. Farmers’ markets are held in both Cheddar and Axbridge on alternate Saturdays, or for a larger, French-style market, there is always the delightful city of Wells, England’s smallest cathedral city. Wookey Hole Caves and paper mill on the outskirts of Wells are well worth a visit, as is Clarks Village factory outlet complex in Street for the shopaholics. All three destinations are within a 30-minute radius. There is also a choice of three golf courses in the immediate area. A little further afield is the World Heritage city of Bath, Yeovilton Air Museum and the Bath and West Showground, all well within an hour’s drive. The coastal resorts of Burnham-on-Sea, Weston-Super-Mare and Clevedon are also within an easy drive. Beach 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil underfloor central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Access to owner’s washing machine. Freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Shared tennis court on request. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Cowshed

    Shipham, near Winscombe

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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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  • Holm Cottage

    Weston-super-Mare

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    Ref: E4929


    This renovated Victorian cottage and its walled garden sit in a peaceful mews just 15 minutes’ walk from the golden sands of Weston-super-Mare. As well as its marine lake, wide promenade and three piers, the popular resort boasts regular entertainments at the Playhouse Theatre and Winter Gardens, two golf courses, windsurfing and sailing facilities, plus a multitude of shops, bars and eating places. Nearby attractions include Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury, beautiful Bath, the magnificent cathedral at Wells, Clarks Village Shopping Outlet, and National Trust properties such as Clevedon Court, Tyntesfield and Montacute. The Mendip Hills offer scenic walking and cycling; further afield lie the glories of Exmoor. Shop, pub serving food and restaurant are all within 3 minutes’ stroll.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Broadband internet.Telephone – honesty box. On road parking. Walled garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. No children.

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  • Saco Apartments Bath - Apartment 1

    Bath

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    Ref: UKC965

    These stunning apartments (UKC965 and UKC966) in the heart of historic Bath are close to many of the city’s most famous landmarks. Part of a restored Georgian terrace both the apartments have been elegantly designed and are within walking distance to all the main attractions, such as the famous Roman Baths, Thermal Bath Spa, Bath Abbey and all the shops. You can also enjoy dining at numerous nearby restaurants or an evening of internationally acclaimed theatre acts at the Theatre Royal Bath. Shop and restaurant 200 yards, pub 500 yards.
    Both apartments can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 guests.

    Step to entrance.
    Living/dining room: With 40" Freeview TV, DVD player and wooden floor.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed and Freeview TV.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Both properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. No smoking. Please note: The apartments are allocated on arrival and may be on the ground, first, second or third floor, with lift access.

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  • Orchard Cottage

    Roadwater, near Watchet

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    Ref: W42820

    Orchard Cottage is attached to the owner’s imposing country home and has lovely views over the gardens and is situated on the outskirts of the pretty village of Roadwater. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and funicular cliff railway. Visit Minehead with its promenade and shops, or the West Somerset Railway for those interested in steam trains. Porlock Weir, Dunster Castle (NT) and village with deer park and mill make for interesting days out. Enjoy the beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop and pub 0.75 miles.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Lawned garden, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. One dog welcome (livestock and horses). No smoking. No children under 16 years. NB: 5 steps in garden.

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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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  • Hinton Grange - The Drake Studio

    Hinton, nr Bath

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    Ref: 27747

    Set in 6 acres of grounds

    This cluster of holiday cottages (refs 27747 & 27748) lies in the picturesque 6 acres of grounds of Hinton Grange, a former hotel now lived in by the owners. The Drake Studio (27747) is semi-detached whilst The Campbell Cottage (27748) is terraced. Both have accommodation on ground floor level. They lie just off the M4, yet are surrounded by open fields and countryside, and being on the Cotswolds Way footpath, are ideal for walkers and cyclists. Virtually next door is the 17th-century Dyrham Park (NT), a grand baroque mansion with sweeping views towards Bristol, and also the venue for many concerts and summer events. Only 9 miles to the centre of Bath, with many famous attractions including Pulteney Bridge, the abbey, Roman Baths, Aquae Sulis Spa and the sweeping Georgian crescents. Bath is a lively, year-round destination, with museums, galleries, cultural events and unique shopping. Further afield is the start of the Cotswolds and within a short drive are the historic cities of Bristol, Wells and Salisbury. The coastal resorts of Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Burnham-on-Sea are within an hour’s drive. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Oil central heating included.

    Both properties: Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 6-acre grounds. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Honeymead Cottage

    Bitton

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    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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  • Stable View

    Timberscombe, near Minehead

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    Ref: W41824

    Stable View is situated on a working farm, adjacent to the owner’s home, between the villages of Wheddon Cross and Timbercombe. Located on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, this area offers a haven away from the fast pace of everyday life. Within easy access to the coast and Exmoor as well as many other local attractions including Dunster Castle (NT) and Porlock Weir. From the cottage, there is an abundance of paths, bridleways and open fields to explore during your stay. Timberscombe is the nearest village, under 2 miles away - a village of ruby-red stone cottages and flower-filled gardens clustered around its church and real ale pub. Minehead, which is on the coast, has a wider range of shops and amenities available.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Mendip Barn

    Blagdon, near Cheddar

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    Ref: W44069

    Situated down a single track, no-through lane and set amongst stunning countryside, this detached, renovated barn offers a completely relaxed, ‘get away from it all’ atmosphere. There are beautiful views towards Wales and the English Channel from the adjoining fields. The cosy interior is full of character, with exposed stone walls, high barn ceiling and beams. Less than 1 mile brings you to the village of Blagdon, which offers local amenities and pubs. Blagdon’s wonderful 440-acre lake, with a 7-mile perimeter, which is the home of stillwater trout fishing known to anglers the world over, as well as being home to many birds and other wildlife. There is also fishing on the nearby Chew Valley lakes.
    There are many other activities available in the area including hill walking, pot-holing, climbing, pony trekking and foraging with local guides. The neighbouring village of Butcombe hosts Aldwick Court Vineyard where tours and sampling can be arranged. The imposing 300m ridge of the Mendip Hills is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, stretching eastward from the Bristol Channel, rising like a rampart above the Somerset Levels. Near the barn, Burrington Combe is a perfect starting point for many wonderful walks and rides. The bottom of the Combe has a café/restaurant which is an ideal stop for tea and cake or an ice-cream. Further afield is Bristol, the Roman city of Bath, the city of Wells and Wells Cathedral, the Somerset Levels & moors, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole Caves, Glastonbury Tor and Abbey or for some retail therapy, visit Clarks Village designer outlet shopping centre at Street. For long sandy beaches and Victorian seaside resorts, visit Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon, Brean, Berrow and Burnham-on-Sea. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Electric central heating, (underfloor in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 100 yards.

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  • The Stable

    Carlingcott

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    Ref: 24388

    This delightful converted stable is located within the grounds of the owner’s home in a peaceful rural village setting, yet within minutes of the heritage city of Bath. The holiday cottage is single storey, with double doors from the living room and bedroom leading into the private garden and patio area, with many paths and walkways from the property to explore the area. Within easy reach of Bath with the Roman baths and pump rooms and the award winning Thermae Bath Spa. Many cultural festivals are held throughout the year. Fresh produce available in season. Shops, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with patio doors. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Use of owners freezer (in outbuilding). Wi-fi. Small lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared use of large enclosed gardens with sitting-out area. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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