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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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  • Hill View

    Watchet

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 26983

    Hill View is situated in one of Watchet’s many Victorian terraces. The holiday cottage is within walking distance of the historic port town of Watchet and provides comfortable accommodation over three floors. From the top floor, there are good views out across the Bristol Channel and the Quantock Hills. Watchet’s amenities are within walking distance including the harbour and the local station to catch a ride on the West Somerset Steam Railway (subject to timetable). There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor. Shop, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. Tiled floors throughout. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Pitts Farm Cottages - The Stables

    Long Sutton, Langport

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: ESL


    In a tranquil setting in South Somerset, with easy access to many attractions in this delightful county, these two detached stone character barn conversions lie in a courtyard of the owner’s surrounding
    3-acre grounds. They have been furnished and equipped to a superb standard and offer excellent holiday accommodation. Relax in this lovely setting or wine and dine in the nearby award-winning public house restaurant. There are many beautiful country walks, golf nearby, fishing and family attractions to visit within easy driving - such as Yeovilton Air Museum, Hayes Motor Museum and the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves. Visit Montacute House, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Stourhead House, the Georgian city of Bath, Wells Cathedral City and enchanting Glastonbury Tor. Lyme Bay with the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast are also worth visiting. Shops 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    Large, open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, stone floor and beams. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom with
    en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Ground floor
      facilities

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machines and tumble dryers
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • 3 acres of shared natural grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Hot tub
    • Shared, external games room with snooker/pool table, football table, table tennis, cross-trainer and piano
    • No smoking

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  • Luccombe Manor Cottages - Luccombe Cottage

    Luccombe, nr. Porlock

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: EWW

    Large living/dining room. Spacious kitchen with breakfast area. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with 6ft zip and link bed. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Own sitting-out area and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Pets free of charge

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV (flatscreen)
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared external laundry room
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared enclosed courtyard
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 5 yrs
    • NB: Stream in grounds

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  • East Harwood Farm Cottage

    Timberscombe, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43052

    This pretty cottage forms part of the owner’s impressive farmhouse. Set in a peaceful rural location, within the boundaries of Exmoor National Park, the holiday cottage has wonderful views out across the valley and is finished to a very good standard. Excellent walking and some great spots to visit including Withypool, Lanacre and Tarr Steps. There is also a range of wildlife including deer and Exmoor ponies. Visit medieval Dunster with its castle (NT), Minehead, Porlock, Porlock Weir, Lynton and Lynmouth. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Slate floor throughout. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£25per week, £20 per short break October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 5-acre grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond 300 yards.

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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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  • Rimpton Mill

    Rimpton, nr. Sherborne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: EUH

    In a lovely village location 3 miles from Sherborne market town, this lovingly restored ancient Grade II listed former Mill retains character features such as oak beams and floors. Adjacent to the owners’ cottage, it is a delightful detached holiday home for four to enjoy many places of interest within easy driving: World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Lulworth Cove; seaside resorts Weymouth, West Bay, Chesil beach, Lyme Regis; Yeovilton Air/Haynes Motor Museums; Cerne Abbas Giant, legendary King Arthur’s Camelot, Glastonbury Tor and Wells Cathedral. Shops 2 miles, pubs serving food 1 mile.

    Open plan, spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French windows and well-equipped kitchen. Low beams and oak floor throughout. External access to lower ground floor: Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom with TV, en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove (available October-March) - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Three Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer (in utility)
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Terrace with patio, furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking
    • No children

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  • Hinton Grange - The Campbell Cottage

    Hinton, nr Bath

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 27748

    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 with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft, one zip and link), both with patio doors and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating included. Use of owner’s washing machine. Table top freezer. Small enclosed garden.

    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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  • Honeysuckle Cottage

    Watchet, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W4110

    Close to harbour

    Watchet is a traditional small harbour town on the Somerset Coast full of charm and character with many activities for holidaymakers to enjoy. The town has maritime history going back over two millennia. Today, visitors can enjoy the variety of quaint shops on offer and watch the boats in the marina. This traditional early 19th century semi-detached holiday cottage has beams, a quaint courtyard garden, and a large dining/sitting room. The Quantock Hills and Exmoor are both close by, offering superb walking country, whilst fly fishing is available close by. The West Somerset Steam Railway runs from Watchet Station for day trips, or visit Lundy Island on a steam boat during the summer months. Shop 0.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beam. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, gas and bed linen included. Video. DVD. Gas Range cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (1 car).

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  • Birch Cottage

    Watchet

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43210


    Located right in the middle of the ancient coastal town of Watchet, this semi-detached cottage, in a new mews development, offers a convenient, comfortable base for a holiday enjoying all this area has to offer. Enjoy the harbour, marina and the steam trains of the West Somerset Railway. There is superb scenery and walkways on the South West Coastal Path or inland on the wild and rugged area of Exmoor. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge, Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway are close by. Visit the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle with its beautiful terraced gardens or the sandy beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Golf can be found nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

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

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard, sitting-out area and furniture. Car park (10 yards, at cost). No smoking.

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  • Somerton Court Lodges - The Coach House

    Somerton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 28884


    In the ancient capital of Wessex and central Somerset, The Coach House and Cedar Lodge both accommodate four guests, and adjoin the owners’ Grade II listed mansion. Ideally situated for exploring this delightful county, the centre of Somerton is easily accessible on foot. There’s much to enjoy in all directions; for guests with a thirst for knowledge there’s the Fleet Air Arm Museum or the popular historic Haynes Motor Car Museum, with its vast collection of classic cars. Within easy driving distance is Clarks Village, the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole and Caves, the enchanting Glastonbury Tor and of course the city of Wells’ stunning cathedral with its Bishops Palace.

    For a relaxing day out or a trip back in time, maybe the West Somerset Steam Railway will fit the bill, as it chugs its way through some of the most delightful countryside in Somerset. Along with many historic houses, such as Montacute House and Gardens and Forde Abbey and Gardens to name a few, you will certainly not be short of attractions to visit. Further afield, the spa city of Bath features prominent Roman baths, museums and shops, and if you’re heading southward into Dorset, there are a number of traditional seaside resorts scattered along the Jurassic Coast, such as Lyme Regis, West Bay and Weymouth.

    For those who’d rather stay a little closer to home, there are many picturesque country walks, golf nearby, fishing and some warm and welcoming village pubs to wine and dine in. Beach 25 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Cedar Lodge (ref UKC289) and The Coach House (ref 28884) can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests.

    All on the ground floor (with wheelchair access).
    Open plan living space: With beams and flagstone floors.
    Living area: With Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with bath, shower attachment and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and Freeview TV.
    Wet room: With toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Shared utility room with washing machine. Bike store. Wheelchair access.

    Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Large, shared garden with patio, sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Blue Door Cottages - The Potting Shed

    Sherwood, nr. North Petherton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 30787

    Ideal base for touring Somerset

    The holiday cottages, (refs 30784, 30786 and 30787), have been converted from redundant 18th-century buildings at Sherwood, whilst The Hen House (ref 30785) has been converted from a later small barn. The buildings are surrounded by fields and back on to a valley of mature Forestry Commission woodland. They are set on the lower slopes of the Quantock Hills along narrow winding lanes but only 10 minutes from the motorway. Sherwood is a great place to relax but also makes a wonderful base from which to explore the whole of Somerset and some of the attractions of the surrounding counties. Blue Door Cottages at Sherwood provide pleasantly quirky accommodation for couples and small families. Between them the cottages can easily accommodate up to 18 guests and well-behaved dogs are welcome. The Quantock Hills are an area of wilderness and tranquillity. The Quantock Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which means that its distinctive character and cultural heritage are in the nation’s interest to safeguard them. Physically the Quantock Hills offer great diversity, reflecting the relationship between the geology, slopes and exposure of the area, and the range of past and present human activities and influences. 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. There are many NT properties close by, as well as golf, horse riding, walking and bird watching. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and single sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pet welcome - to be kept on lead at all times. No smoking. NB: Pond and stream in garden.

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  • The Old Barn

    Backwell, nr. Bristol

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 27439

    Shared swimming pool

    This detached holiday cottage enjoys shared use of an outdoor swimming pool and is situated on a working smallholding, amongst 2,000 acres of natural forest, with many footpaths meandering through, making an ideal base for walking and cycling. The medieval village of Backwell has a long history, appearing in the Domesday book in 1086, and is close to Bristol airport, 3 miles, and only 10 miles from the cosmopolitan city of Bristol, with its wealth of visitor attractions including Brunel’s SS Great Britain, Bristol Zoo, the interactive adventure centre, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and the lively harbourside area. Also within easy reach of the Georgian city of Bath, Chew Valley, the Mendips, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral and Clarks Village retail outlet at Street. Visit the coastal resort of Weston-super-Mare, Ashton Court Estate and deer park, Tyntesfield National Trust Country House and Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, all of which make great days out. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    3 steps down to entrance (alternative level access). Ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor. Dining room with flagstone floor. Kitchen. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Shared use of outdoor swimming pool (9m x 4.5m, depth 1m to 2.5m), open May-September. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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