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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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  • Periton Park Court - Garden Retreat

    Minehead

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    Ref: 31041

    Periton Park Court provides self catering accommodation with a semi-detached cottage (ref 31044) and cottage style apartments (refs 31041 and 31043) tastefully converted from the coach house and stables of a Victorian country house. The owners conveniently live on site and a detached cedar lodge (ref 31042) in a garden setting provides additional accommodation. In a totally secluded setting at the end of a third of a mile of private drive, with panoramic views of the sea and Quantock Hills, Periton Park Court is surrounded by 30 acres of its own gardens, pasture and woodland with direct access to the Exmoor National Park. There is also the use of a heated outdoor pool, open from May to September. Periton Park Court provides a gateway to the Exmoor National Park. A fenced track that crosses fields to the south provides direct access to the park. It is a perfect playground for walkers, mountain bikers and horse riders. For the adventurous mountain biker, there are tracks prepared by local enthusiasts in the woods just south of Periton - be prepared as it’s not flat! If you haven’t yet discovered Exmoor, you are in for a treat. It is the undiscovered corner of the south west with quiet country lanes and uncrowded beauty spots even in the busy July/August months. Those that have discovered Exmoor return again and again. For beach lovers there are a number of beaches within a short distance, Minehead Beach/Harbour 1.5 miles, Dunster Beach 3 miles, Blue Anchor Beach 5 miles and Porlock Weir Harbour/Beach 5 miles. The famous surfing beaches at Woolacombe and Croyde are approximately 90 minutes west by car on roads with some spectacular scenery to view as you cross Exmoor. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor and many other places to visit to make a memorable holiday. Minehead has a good range of shops and amenities, and is also home to the West Somerset Steam Railway. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and cliff railway. Dunster Castle (NT) and village, with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill will make for an interesting day out as well as Porlock Weir. Beach 2 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating included. Electric cooker.

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Access to 30 acres of grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Shared, outdoor, heated swimming pool (11.6m x 5.5m, depth 0.8m to 2.6m), open May-September. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking.

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  • Garden Cottage

    Bleadney, Wells

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    Ref: W42656

    This light and contemporary holiday cottage is attached to the owner’s house, with its own private, secluded patio and garden leading off from the living room. It provides an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Somerset countryside and the city of Wells, with its magnificent cathedral, Bishops Palace, and one of the most complete medieval streets in Europe. The city is full of history and character, with a lively cobbled market square, individual shops, and cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants. The Mendip and Quantock Hills, and the Somerset Levels are ideal for walking and cycling. Other local attractions include Cheddar Gorge and caves, Glastonbury Tor and Abbey. Shops 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden.

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  • Thickwood House Garden Cottages - Orchard View

    Colerne, nr. Bath

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    Ref: 23934

    This pair of garden cottages are set in the grounds of the Jacobean Manor House - Thickwood House, dating back to the 1700’s. During the centuries it grew to become one of the most prosperous farms in the area, and its present owners maintain the stunning gardens and outbuildings in keeping with the house. The cottages were sympathetically converted from a Cotswold stone byre, and retain many traditional features. Cosy and comfortable, and with views over the magnificent garden and orchard, they provide a peaceful, countryside retreat and an excellent holiday base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and picturesque villages. Nearby Castle Combe is said to be the prettiest village in England, also famous for its motor racing circuit. Lacock is another picture postcard village, well loved by film-makers for its historical streets and buildings. Lacock Abbey was used in the Harry Potter films. This AONB enjoys easy access to the Cotswolds, Salisbury Plain and the Marlborough Downs offering stunning scenery for walking and cycling, and the Georgian Spa city of Bath is within half an hour’s drive. Shops and pub 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available at cost. Large shared, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. No children under 12 years. NB: Deep water feature in grounds.

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  • The Old Log Store

    Axbridge, nr. 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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  • Yeo Farm Cottages - The Old Stables

    Waterrow, Wiveliscombe, Taunton

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    Ref: ERE

    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.

    Large living/dining room/kitchen with French doors to courtyard. Double bedroom with walk-in closet and en-suite shower room and toilet (can also be accessed from hall).

    • 3 gun cabinet
    • Ground floor facilities

    • 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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  • Paglinch Cottage

    Shoscombe, nr. Bath

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    Ref: W41419

    Hot tub


    In a rural location, this well-presented, semi-detached, single storey stone cottage with a private hot tub, is near the historic spa city of Bath, 6 miles, and 11 miles from the lovely cathedral city of Wells. It is in an ideal location for exploring Somerset with the Park and Ride service into Bath just a few minutes away. Enjoy days out to the spectacular Wookey Hole Show Caves, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead Gardens or Glastonbury, famous for it annual festival, abbey and Tor. Bath has a wealth of history from the Roman baths to the Georgian Assembly Rooms and Pump Room, where visitors can sample the famous spa water, or indulge in bath buns and coffee. The Pultney Bridge lined with shops on either side, spans the River Avon, and the abbey and Royal Crescent are also worth a visit. The delightful seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare is within easy reach, as is the National Trust property, Dyrham House and Gardens. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link) with French doors. Bathroom with shower over corner Jacuzzi bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Private hot tub. No smoking.

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  • Buzzards View

    Curry Mallet, nr. Taunton

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    Ref: 27359

    This semi-detached holiday bungalow is superbly situated in a rural location of outstanding natural beauty and tranquillity, in an elevated position with far-reaching panoramic views, and is suitable for those with walking difficulties. Ideally located for touring the many places of interest in the area, including various National Trust properties, Taunton, Glastonbury and Wells. There is good access to both the East Devon Heritage Coast, including Sidmouth and Lyme Regis, and the north coast of Somerset taking in Minehead and Exmoor National Park. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared washing machine and tumble dryer in utility room. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Mill Retreat

    Winsford, nr. Minehead

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    Ref: 24823

    This cosy refurbished stone built barn conversion is situated within the heart of Exmoor, just outside the pretty village of Winsford. The holiday cottage has views of the surrounding countryside including the Punchbowl, England’s most southerly glacial feature. Located on the 350-acre busy working Exmoor Hill Farm, there are some fantastic walking opportunities directly on your doorstep to enjoy. The cottage is an ideal base from which to explore the local area and attractions. Places of interest include pretty Exmoor villages, Wimbleball Lake, Dunster Castle (NT), resort of Minehead, Watchet Marina and Porlock Weir. Excellent walking and pony trekking locally. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Courtyard and furniture. Shared 350-acres farmland. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: There is a stream in the grounds.

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  • Smokeacre Farm Cottage

    Yeovil Marsh, nr. Yeovil

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    Ref: 28760

    Situated in South Somerset just north of Yeovil, this delightful, ground floor, 18th-century, self-contained holiday cottage, which is set in the wing of the owner’s home, is in an excellent location to explore the many and varied attractions of South Somerset and nearby West Dorset. Discover the many historic houses including Montacute House, Forde Abbey, Sherborne Castle and Abbey. Spend time at Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Village (outlet shopping), Cheddar Gorge and Bath, or enjoy days out down on the famous World Heritage Coast. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating (underfloor in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. 40 acres of shared natural woodland grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Bridge Cottage

    Watchet

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    Ref: EML

    Set in the thriving small marina port of Watchet, just a stone’s throw away from local pubs, shops and restaurants, this delightful character cottage provides an ideal coastal retreat for couples. It has its own furnished balcony overlooking the river, from which to sip wine and relax to the sound of lapping water. A host of attractions lie close at hand, including the West Somerset Steam Railway, Dunster village and castle (NT), sandy beaches at Blue Anchor and Minehead, sea fishing as well as superb walking and riding within the Exmoor National Park and amid the Quantock Hills. Golf can also be found locally. Shops 100 yards, pub 500 yards.

    Cosy beamed living/dining room with wood-burner style electric fire and bay window overlooking river. Compact fitted kitchen. Wet room with toilet. Steep, open-sided stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with wash basin and vanity unit.

    Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. TV. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Balcony with furniture. Roadside parking (subject to availability); public car park 20 yards (foc 6pm-9am, £4. 70 per day, £25 weekly permit). No smoking. No children. NB: Water frontage.

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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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  • Croft Cottages - Low Barn

    Watchet

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    Ref: W44207

    Located in the heart of the ancient seaside port of Watchet, Croft Cottages offers a wide range of cottages to suit any size and requirement. All the cottages (refs W44203, W44204, W44205, W44206, W44207, W44208, W44209, W44210, W44211 and W44212) are well furnished and presented, and their convenient location within Watchet adds to their appeal.

    Located just off the high street, means guests can wander into town for a walk around the harbour, eat and drink in the local restaurants and pubs, and also be able to catch a train at the local station of the renowned West Somerset Steam Railway. There is a regular bus service so you won’t even need the car. There are beaches at Blue Anchor, Kilve, Dunster and Minehead is a short distance away. Take a walk along the promenade and enjoy an ice-cream overlooking the picturesque harbour. Minehead is also the start of the South West Coast Path which provides some challenging yet spectacular walking. The pretty medieval town of Dunster, with its castle (NT) is well worth a day out. Other areas of interest close by are Porlock and Porlock Weir and a bit further along the coast, are Lynton and Lynmouth, the two towns connected by the Victorian cliff railway. Exmoor National Park offers great walking for all abilities and there are some great spots to visit including Withypool, Lanacre and Tarr Steps. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Underfloor gas central heating included. Towel hire. Electric cooker. Wi-fi. Courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8m x 5m, min depth 1m to 1½m), open 10am-7pm Easter-November. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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