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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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  • The Stables

    Wookey Hole, nr. Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 26744

    This attractive stone built holiday cottage, in the grounds of the owner’s home, is on the edge of the pretty village of Wookey Hole, famous for its spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey. There are many leisure activities available locally, including pot-holing, hang gliding and mountain biking. There is also a huge choice of walks from the doorstep, including the Monarch’s Way and the Mendip Way. The town of Glastonbury is only a few miles away, with its 14th-century tower dominating the landscape of Glastonbury Tor. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Wet room with toilet.

    Gas underfloor central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of owner’s freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Wheelchair access. No smoking.

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  • Monks Belt

    Wiveliscombe

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 29027

    Located in the heart of Wiveliscombe, this single storey holiday cottage is adjacent to the owner’s home and offers a peaceful retreat set in a ⅓ acre of garden. The property has a woodburner making this an ideal base for all year round holidays and short breaks. Conveniently located within walking distance of all amenities including an award winning butcher, delicatessen and grocery shop. Wiveliscombe was the first town in Somerset to achieve "Walkers Are Welcome” status with various routes around the town being well mapped and explained in detail in a booklet called Wiveliscombe Circular Walks. It lists eleven walks including the 23 mile Wivey Way and three short town walks. There is a wealth of other great walks on the Quantocks, Exmoor and the Devon and Somerset legs of the South West Coastal Path. Beautiful walking around Wimbleball Lake, Exmoor and the Quantocks. In addition there is the West Somerset Steam Railway nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor. Living room with 2 sofa beds. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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  • Merfield Coach Houses and Cottages - Noad Coach House

    Rode, nr. Bath

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 14404

    Merfield cottages and coach houses are set within the grounds of the owners’ elegant early Georgian Grade II listed country house. Noad (14404) is a coach house that faces on to the walled garden, whilst Taffy (17851), a former farm building, is adjacent to the tennis court. The walled garden boasts topiary, rose arbours, herbaceous borders and a lawned orchard area all of which was designed by a Chelsea flower show gold medalist. The outstanding gardens, with secluded seating areas, including the tennis court, are available for the use of guests. The whole complex is situated within 36 acres of agricultural land dropping down to the River Frome, with far reaching views towards the Mendip Hills. Golf, 3 miles. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Steep step to living room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden and furniture. Parking. Shared tennis court. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Dove Cottage

    Minehead

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 27023

    Dove Cottage is located on the outskirts of Minehead. The terraced holiday cottage forms part of a range of barn conversions called The Hopcott. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on the moors. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Visit Minehead and enjoy a walk along the promenade or an ice cream, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. A visit to enchanting Dunster Castle (NT) with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and mill will make for an interesting day out. Beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop 440 yards, pub and restaurant 760 yards.

    Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Payphone. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking, 43 yards. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Croft Cottages - Cross Cottage

    Watchet

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W44205

    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.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included. Towel hire. Electric cooker. Dishwasher. Enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    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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  • Yeo Farm Cottages - Bramble Cottage

    Waterrow, Wiveliscombe, Taunton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: ERF

    Yeo Farm is a small country estate nestling in the picturesque hamlet of Waterrow on the Somerset/ Devon border at the foot of the Brendon Hills. Walkers and dog owners are welcome at these adult only farm cottages and a dog welcome pack is provided! Comprising some 40 acres of woodland, pasture, ponds and the River Tone, the farm also has fishing rights for over half a mile, and a riverside walk has been made to enjoy the natural flora and fauna present in this area. The 16th-century farmhouse has been restored and is the home of the resident owners, whilst the cottages (Refs ERE, ERF, and ERG) have been sympathetically converted from former farm buildings and comprise three adjoining character cottages which enjoy wonderful views over the estate. The cottages have been renovated and refurbished to a high standard, and offer all modern conveniences and comfort in this stunning setting.
    Yeo Farm provides an excellent base for countryside pursuits and walking, with the Brendons, Quantocks and Blackdown Hills nearby. On the doorstep is the Exmoor National Park which has been designated the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe (telescope on request). Horses are welcome. Many historic houses and gardens in the vicinity. Coast 13 miles. There is coarse, fly and sea fishing available; golf 4 miles; hard tennis courts and outdoor swimming pool 1½ miles; clay and game shooting by arrangement. Shops 1½ miles, local gastro pub 1 mile.

    Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Large living/dining room/kitchen with vaulted ceiling, large gable window and rug on wooden floor.

    • 4 gun cabinet

    • Electricity, full oil central heating included, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • 40 acres of shared, natural grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking for 3 cars and trailer storage
    • Secure cycle store
    • Trout fishing available on river behind pond (licence required)
    • Paddock with field shelter available for two horses
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 15 yrs
    • NB: 3 ponds adjacent to properties and small lake

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  • Pheasants Folly

    Roadwater, Watchet

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43136

    Pheasants Folly is a detached, converted barn in the grounds of the owner’s small country estate. The accommodation is bright and well appointed with most convenience supplied. The well maintained gardens of the estate provide a peaceful haven for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. The property is situated just on the outskirts of the pretty village of Roadwater which has pubs and a shop, all within walking distance of the cottage. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), the Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway are all worth a visit. Shop 500 yards, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared landscaped grounds with furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 16 years. NB: Pond, 50 yards.

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  • Kestrel

    Highbridge, near Burnham-on-sea

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UKC354

    This single storey holiday cottage is situated in the heart of Somerset, within 5 minutes of the coastal resort of Burnham-on-sea with sandy beaches, shops and restaurants. Situated on a holiday park and very close to the M5, the holiday cottage is a great base from which to explore Somerset and the Mendips, with Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Glastonbury and Wells all close by. For shopping enthusiasts there is Clarkes Retail Village in nearby Street, and a little further away are the cities of Bath and Bristol. It is great for walking as you are surrounded by the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, and the Brenden Hills which stretch to Exmoor National Park. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 7 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With breakfast bar, electric cooker and fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With 2ft 6in twin beds (for children).
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas cental heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair available on request. External laundry room with shared, coin-operated washing machine. Shared, lawned courtyard with patio and garden furniture. Shared landscaped grounds. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Summerhayes

    Clevedon

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E2000

    This pretty single storey cottage, furnished with great flair, is in a secluded countryside setting just two miles from Clevedon, whose many attractions include sea angling, a newly restored Victorian pier, miniature railway, and sports centre with indoor pool. The cottage adjoins the home of the owners, adjacent to Clevedon Crafts Centre which has over ten studios, including a pottery gallery. Walking, cycleways, golf and riding locally. Weston-super-Mare 6 miles and Bristol 12 miles. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Sloping ceilings and exposed roof timbers throughout.

    Electric living-flame fire in living room. Gas central heating £16 per week 18th September-16th April poa, (other dates by arrangement). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Hollies Cottage

    Draycott, nr. Cheddar

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 90141

    Hollies Cottage is a charming, cosy, stone holiday cottage full of period features including exposed beams, a woodburner and spiral staircase. Set in a quiet area within the village of Draycott. Only 1½ miles from Cheddar, famed for its gorge and caves, as well as numerous pubs and restaurants. Suitable for either active breaks with walking on the Mendip Hills and the wildlife of the Somerset Levels, or just to relax in comfort. Close by is the cathedral city of Wells 5½ miles, Weston-super-Mare 15 miles; Glastonbury 11 miles, Bath and Bristol less than 50 minutes away. Shop and pub 300 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for children). 3 steps down to kitchen. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with beams and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owners’ washing machine by arrangement. Wi-fi. Bench at front of property. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Moorleaze - Wookey

    Witham Friary, Frome

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: EPL

    " Spacious well-equipped cottages...with an idyllic rural setting amidst a chorus of wildlife "

    Conveniently located for Longleat, Bath and the Mendip Hills and Gorges, Moorleaze nestles on the border of Somerset with Dorset and Wiltshire. Enjoying a tranquil setting with stunning views all around, it provides the perfect retreat at any time of year. Built from local stone and boasting every modern convenience, the cottages offer spacious and superbly fitted accommodation, presented to 5 Star standards. The 76-acre grounds include farmland, woodland, orchard and two lakes, whilst the glorious views encompass fields and gently wooded hills. A haven for wildlife, deer and hares abound, often coming within yards of the cottages. Buzzards, kestrels, tawny and barn owls, pheasants, swallows and many other species nest here. The lower lake is stocked with carp, tame enough to feed from guests’ hands - so no fishing! The idyllic village of Witham Friary, complete with an unspoiled pub, is a few minutes’ stroll and found fame as the setting for the TV series Building the Dream.
    Benefiting from its countryside setting, Moorleaze also affords easy access all year round and is within a short driving distance of many famous locations. Longleat is close by, as are Wookey Hole and the Yeovilton Aircraft and Haynes Motor Museums. Bath, designated a World Heritage Site, boasts many delights including the Roman Baths. Nearby Frome has even more listed buildings than Bath and hosts a renowned arts and music festival in early July. Salisbury, Wells, Glastonbury, Stonehenge and Avebury are also popular places to visit from Moorleaze. NT properties include the incomparable Stourhead, just minutes away. Walkers are spoilt for choice, from the local countryside to the splendour of the Mendips, including Cheddar Gorge. With its magnificent indoor pool, games room, tennis court, climbing frame and idyllic setting, The Sunday Times described Moorleaze as
    "a sure-fire child pleaser", and it’s just as popular with adults, an ideal break at any time of the year. The village pub is within walking distance. Shops 6 miles.

    Spacious living/dining room with well-equipped country-style oak kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower bath and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels and beach towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair
    • Two digital TVs (Freeview)
    • Wi-fi
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Shared courtyard, garden
    • Shared barbecues
    • Ample parking
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft ) with infra red sauna
    • Shared games chalet
    • Shared tennis court
    • Shared children’s play area
    • No smoking
    • NB: Two small ponds in the garden and unfenced lakes in the grounds

    SUPERB ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

    • Magnificent indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft) with seating, showers and changing facilities.
    • Tennis court
    • Children’s playframe with swings, slides and play tent
    • Large games room with pool table, table tennis and play area with toys for young children
    • 76-acre grounds with lakes and walks through woods and fields
    • Large courtyard with seats and tables
    • Further seats and tables overlooking top lake with great sunset views

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  • Steel’Suffolks - Punch Cottage

    Hambridge, nr. Langport

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 26412

    In South Somerset, midway between the north and south coast and in the quaint village of Hambridge, on the Somerset levels, these two well presented holiday cottages, one for four and one for two (one attached to the owners farmhouse), offer a great location to enjoy the rich diversity of scenery and attractions to be found in this popular area. There are a wealth of family venues, such as the famous Cheddar Gorge and caves, the enchanting Glastonbury Tor with its fantastic views over Somerset, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the scenic West Somerset Steam Railway to Minehead to name a few. Or visit many historic houses such as Fyne Court (NT), Barrington Court (NT) and Montacute House and gardens (NT), or simply relax with country walking, cycling, golf and coarse fishing (in season) on the owners river bank. For days out explore Lyme Bay with its popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Bridport and Seaton, the Blackdown Hills, or not too far the Exmoor National Park. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Step down to kitchen with beams. 2 double (5ft, zip and link) bedrooms, both with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed shared garden with private patio with sitting-out area and furniture. 12 acres of shared grounds. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: River in grounds, 500 yards.

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