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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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  • Tilbury View

    West Bagborough, nr. Taunton

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    Ref: W43534

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

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

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

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  • Little Quarme Cottages - Winsford Cottage

    Wheddon Cross, nr. Minehead

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    Ref: W44011

    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 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Freeview TV. DVD. Access to freezer. Enclosed lawned courtyard 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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  • Sparrow’s Nest

    Wrangway, nr. Wellington

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    Ref: 30820


    Sparrow’s Nest is situated on the slopes of the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and an ideal base for couples, walkers or for peace and quiet. The holiday property is attached to the owners’ home and shares a large garden with the owners and their chickens, and with a view to the Wellington monument. Further afield is the historic town of Wellington, the Blackdown Hills and of course the open expanses of Exmoor. The coasts of west Somerset, north Devon and south Devon, each with their unique features, are also easily accessible on the Devon border with superb views over meadows and woods with cattle and sheep. 1 mile from the Devon border it is easily accessible from Taunton and the M5. There are many opportunities for exploring on foot or by car with footpaths and winding lanes linking into nearby forests and nature reserves. It is idyllically situated yet highly accessible for visiting all the attractions of Somerset and Devon such as Exmoor, Dartmoor, both north and south coasts, numerous National Trust properties and themed visitor attractions. A restful haven to return to after days out if you can drag yourselves away in the first place! Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on lead at all times. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden, 20 yards.

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  • The Old Mill

    Isle Brewers, Taunton

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    Ref: EVJ

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

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

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

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  • Triscombe Farm Country Cottages - Juniper

    Wheddon Cross, Exmoor

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    Ref: 28060

    Pretty stone cottages with a shared heated indoor swimming pool
    Set in a beautiful valley within the Exmoor National Park
    Five acres of gardens and grounds with BBQ area and picnic area and a shared all-weather tennis court
    Excellent walking, cycling and riding country
    Some cottages boast four-poster beds and woodburners
    Allocated parking for each cottage





    In a setting of stunning natural beauty in the Exmoor National Park, with indoor heated swimming pool, Triscombe Farm Country Cottages are a combination of 19th century cottages and skilful conversions from existing farm buildings. Leisure facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, games room and all-weather tennis court (please bring your own racquets and balls). Natural water is provided from our own spring. With unspoilt countryside all around, and reached by a long, sweeping driveway, the country cottages are nestling in a sheltered, wooded valley overlooking the River Quarme. Each of the cottages has been individually styled and equipped to offer comfortable holiday accommodation.

    The cottages make the perfect base for holidays at any time of the year. There are five acres of lovely gardens for you to enjoy and explore. A stream cascades through the hillside garden, there is ample space in which to sit and relax, or enjoy a family picnic or barbecue. Spectacular views across the valley to Dunkery Beacon unfold as you wander around. Badgers, buzzards, foxes, red deer and an abundance of birdlife can often be seen, so don’t forget your binoculars. Bracken Cottage ref: B5817, Juniper ref: 28060 and Primrose Cottage ref: 30027 are ground floor cottages with valley views, Rose Cottage ref: B5810 and Whortleberry Cottage ref: 29890 are cosy family cottages, Coachman’s Cottage ref: B5813 is a spacious original cottage and Garden Cottage ref: B5812 and Orchard Cottage ref: B5811 are ‘upside down’ cottages with farmland views. Stream Cottage ref: 27550 is the original farm manager’s cottage.


    From Triscombe Farm you can explore the magic of Exmoor, an area of wild natural beauty, inhabited by native ponies and red deer. Exmoor Safaris take you right into the heart of this area of heather clad moors, sheltered wooded combes, pretty villages with thatched cottages and ancient packhorse bridges. The National Park rangers provide guided walks.


    A few miles from Triscombe is Exmoor’s spectacular northern coast, the highest in Britain, where steep cliffs plunge into the sea. You can enjoy fantastic coastal walks here along the cliff top coastal path, with dramatic views of the coastline and out to sea. From Dunkery Beacon (1707ft) there are panoramic views to Wales, Dartmoor and beyond. Minehead is only 10 miles away with a beach, Butlins, harbour and fantastic steam railway. Historic Dunster (NT castle) is one of the prettiest villages on Exmoor. Porlock and Dulverton offer interesting shops and tea shops where you can enjoy a traditional Somerset cream tea. There are many places to visit locally including Knightshayes Court, a splendid Victorian house at Tiverton.


    Other holiday pursuits include fishing and sailing at Wimbleball Lake, and horse riding, mountain biking and hiking across the moor. There is so much to do locally, the owners hope to welcome you back time and time again.
    Triscombe Farm Country Cottages - the perfect base for all year round holidays. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
    Stream Cottage ref: 27550 and Juniper ref: 28060 can be booked together to accommodate up to 6 people and Bracken Cottage ref: B5817 and Coachman’s Cottage ref: B5813 can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 people.

    Juniper - 28060

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. NB: Juniper (ref 28060) is partly below Stream Cottage (ref 27550).

    All properties: Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen included. Towel hire £5per person per booking. DVD. Microwave. Shared utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer (small charge) and freezer. Wi-fi. Shared payphone. Extensive shared gardens with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue area. Cycle store. Allocated parking on site. Shared games room with table tennis and snooker/pool table. All-weather tennis court. Heated indoor swimming pool (9.7m x 4.2m, depth 0.8m to 1.9m). No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds (young children must be supervised).

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  • Mill Lane Holiday Cottage

    Inglesbatch, near Bath

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    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. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Sweet Briar Cottage

    Holford, nr. Bridgwater

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    Ref: 30942


    Sweet Briar Cottage is situated in the small Village of Holford, a lovely picturesque village on the edge of the Quantocks, about 14 miles from Bridgwater. This semi-detached holiday cottage is in the perfect location for all year round breaks - having a woodburner in the living room makes it perfect for cosy evenings in. There are many walks from the cottage, and from the bridge, guests can see two streams converging, one of which has flowed from Holford Combe and the other from Hodders Combe. It was in this glen that the Huguenots settled and began their silk weaving factory. Holford Glen was also used during the filming of the film ’Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves’ starring Kevin Costner. The Quantock Hills (AONB) are an area of wilderness and tranquillity. Panoramic views lead you through coast, heath and combe. Explore and you will find rocky Jurassic coastline, exposed heathland summits, deep wooded combes, undulating farmland and attractive villages all within this protected landscape. The cottage is a short drive (or a fabulous 2½ mile walk) from the village of Nether Stowey, with its range of shops and pubs. Places of interest include Coleridge Cottage and Dunster Castle (both NT), the Somerset Levels, Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge and Taunton. Beach 2 miles. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. 2 steps to kitchen with dining area. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Quantock Hideaway

    Aley, Over Stowey

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    Ref: E4765


    This exceptionally stylish barn conversion is ideally located for enjoying superb walking in the peaceful countryside of the Quantock Hills. The pretty and secluded garden with its own hot tub is perfect for relaxing after exploring the myriad delights of the area. Just 4 miles away is the fossil hunting beach at Kilve, and the seaside resorts of Burnham, Minehead and Watchet are all within easy reach. The lovely cathedral and Bishop’s Palace at Wells, the county town of Taunton, and Street with its Clarks Village shopping outlet, are a short drive as are the glories of Exmoor National Park. Here, as well as a spectacular coast, visitors will find Badgworthy Water (home to the legendary Doones), the unique cliff railway between Lynton and Lynmouth, Polock Weir’s harbour, and popular beauty spot of Watersmeet (NT). Shops and pub serving food 1.5 miles.
    Quantock Hideaway can be booked together with Quantock Rise (E5085) to accommodate up to 5 guests.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with 1 double (5ft four poster) bed. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Fully enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Hot tub. No smoking.

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  • Ship Bungalow and Mews - No. 3 The Ship’s Mews

    Porlock, nr. Minehead

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    Ref: 19397

    In the village of Porlock on Exmoor National Park and nestling between Porlock Hill and the sea, 1 mile, these converted ships mews, formerly stables, and detached dormer bungalow offer sea views of Porlock Bay and make an excellent holiday location to enjoy the natural wonders of Exmoor and the dramatic coastline in this region. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on the moors, and many places to visit to make a memorable holiday. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway are well worth a visit, or looking towards Minehead, you can go back in time on the scenic West Somerset Steam Railway, or visit the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle (NT), with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill making for an interesting day out. Nearer home you can wine and dine in the owner’s adjacent public house and restaurant, the 13th-century Ship Inn, or enjoy the fine selection of unusual shops in this pretty traditional village. There is also fishing, golf, horse riding and cycling all available, or further afield the resorts of Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Woolacombe are well worth a visit. Shops 200 yards, pub/restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and sleeping area with double bed/dining room/kitchen, each with tiled floors. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • The Stable

    Charlton Musgrove, Wincanton

    Grade
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    Ref: W42340

    Peaceful location

    Set in a peaceful location, 1 mile north of Wincanton and ideally located for exploring Somerset, Wiltshire and Dorset, this delightful converted stable is set within the owner’s pleasant grounds and is well presented and furnished. It makes an excellent base for enjoying many country walks and a variety of attractions within easy driving, such as Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead House, Glastonbury Tor, Yeovilton Air Museum and The Haynes Motor Museum. Wincanton Racecourse is a 5-minute drive. Further afield, spend a day in the famous city of Bath with its numerous shops, restaurants and museums including the Roman baths. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be double on request). Shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Dairy Barn

    Baltonsborough, Glastonbury

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    Ref: EUT

    This attractive single storey detached barn is peacefully situated in a no through lane just minutes from the village of Baltonsborough. Surrounded by rolling countryside and set in an 8 acre plot, it enjoys glorious views of Glastonbury Tor and beyond. A former cattle shed, it has been beautifully renovated to offer spacious and light accommodation, with oak beams and underfloor heating throughout. It is an ideal holiday base for exploring the attractions nearby, such as the cathedral city of Wells and Cheddar Gorge and Caves. The Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels are perfect for walkers, cyclists and wildlife enthusiasts. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

    Spacious beamed living/dining room with French doors, double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), tiled floor and kitchen area with electric range (for cooking). Double bedroom. Shower room and toilet.

    • Electricity, full electric underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Electric range
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • 8-acre private natural grounds
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Barrowswood Cheddar - Strawberry Lodge

    Cheddar

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    Ref: 29841

    Views to Cheddar Gorge

    Offering delightful holiday accommodation for families, couples or friends, these holiday property (refs 29841, 29842 & W44121) make an ideal base from which to explore Somerset and North Devon. Barrowswood, a semi-detached holiday cottage (ref 29842), enjoys commanding views over Cheddar Gorge in the distance. Its large garden adjoins a field with occasional visiting sheep and is the perfect spot in which to relax and unwind. Strawberry Lodge (ref 29841) stands detached at the far end of the grounds of Barrowswood, enjoying woodland surroundings with magnificent views over the field and across to Cheddar Gorge. Blackberry Lodge (ref W44121) is a single-storey, detached lodge, ideal for a romantic retreat for couples. All three properties may be booked together should you have a larger party.
    Cheddar village offers plenty of interesting shops and cafes as well as other attractions. Cheddar Gorge, Britain’s largest limestone ravine gouged through the Mendips, is a magnet for climbers, walkers and visitors to the floodlit caves and Cheddar Reservoir is a great place to take a picnic, look out for wildlife and join in activities such as sailing and angling. Axbridge is a charming market town with a medieval square and half-timbered buildings, whilst Wookey Hole attracts many visitors to the showcaves. Wells is England’s smallest city set around a cathedral; Wedmore is a lively town with many individual shops and eateries, Glastonbury is famous for its music festival, spiritual culture and King Arthur legends, and the coastal resorts and magnificent beaches at Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea, Berrow and Brean are all within a short drive, as are the cities of Bath and Bristol. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking.

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