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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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  • Thickwood House Garden Cottages - Poachers Cottage

    Colerne, nr. Bath

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    Ref: 23935

    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 twin 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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  • Betsy Cottage

    Butleigh, nr. Glastonbury

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    Ref: W44202


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

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

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

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

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  • The Old Log Store

    Axbridge, 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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  • Burcott Cottages - Old Orchard

    Wookey, nr. Wells

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    Ref: 19942

    Situated within the grounds of the owner’s public house and restaurant, formerly a stable block, these single-storey cottages have been refurbished to a good standard and offer well-presented holiday accommodation. Located between the Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills, they are ideally situated for walking, cycling and lovers of nature, yet are just 1 mile from historic Wells with its beautiful cathedral and the world famous Wookey Hole caves. Within easy reach are the Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Glastonbury Tor, the World Heritage Georgian city of Bath and the Victorian seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare. There are several historic houses to visit including Montacute House, Dyrham Park and Longleat, famous for its safari park as featured on TVs ’Animal Park’. Shop 200 yards, pub in grounds.

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

    Both properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electricity hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small courtyard. Private lawned area. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 5 years.

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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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  • Moor View

    Edgarley, near Glastonbury

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC667

    This lovely holiday property, adjoining the owners’ house and sharing 20 acres of land, is an idyllic location to get away from the stresses of everyday life. With fantastic views of the famous Glastonbury Tor and views over the Mendips, Moor View provides delightful accommodation for guests of all ages.
    This beautifully presented holiday annex makes a lovely base from which to explore this magnificent location, and it boasts breathtaking views from all of the windows. Moor View is situated only 2 miles from Glastonbury, where guests will find connections with the legendary King Arthur, the Tor and abbey, and home to the renowned Glastonbury music festival. Within a few miles guests can reach Street with its Clarks designer outlet village and the Royal Bath & West Showground. Slightly further afield, guests can explore the city of Wells, with its magnificent abbey and Bishop’s Palace, the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Wookey Hole Caves, Haynes Motor Museum, the city of Bath, Millfield and Cheddar Gorge. The surrounding countryside is ideal for walkers and cyclists, as it is positioned on the edge of the Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on the ground floor.
    Living room:
    With electric fire, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and wooden floor.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, wooden floor and French doors leading to garden.
    Utility room: With freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Sun room.
    Bedroom:
    With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Small enclosed garden with decked area, garden furniture and chiminea. Shared 20-acre unspoilt natural grounds. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: There are 2 steps in the garden.

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  • Burcott Cottages - Mendip View

    Wookey, nr. Wells

    Grade
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    Ref: 19941

    Situated within the grounds of the owner’s public house and restaurant, formerly a stable block, these single-storey cottages have been refurbished to a good standard and offer well-presented holiday accommodation. Located between the Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills, they are ideally situated for walking, cycling and lovers of nature, yet are just 1 mile from historic Wells with its beautiful cathedral and the world famous Wookey Hole caves. Within easy reach are the Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Glastonbury Tor, the World Heritage Georgian city of Bath and the Victorian seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare. There are several historic houses to visit including Montacute House, Dyrham Park and Longleat, famous for its safari park as featured on TVs ’Animal Park’. Shop 200 yards, pub in grounds.

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

    Both properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electricity hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small courtyard. Private lawned area. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 5 years.

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  • Middlecombe Holiday Apartments - The Studio

    Middlecombe, Minehead

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    Ref: 26752

    These well-appointed holiday apartments are located just outside Minehead, a great base for exploring this beautiful part of the British Isles. The apartments are furnished to a very good standard, complemented by comfortable bedrooms and sitting-out areas where guests can benefit from the surrounds of the owners’ garden. Shops and pubs are within walking distance, or a short drive will take you to the heart of Minehead, where the promenade can be enjoyed by all. Enjoy superb scenery along the South West Coastal Path, or inland at Exmoor. Visit Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Dunster Castle (NT) and village, with its beautiful terraced gardens, deer park and mill, as well as Porlock Weir, are also worth a visit. Railway enthusiasts can enjoy the West Somerset Steam Railway as it chugs its way from Minehead to Watchet, a pretty harbour town. Enjoy the beaches at Minehead, Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Freeview TV. Washing machine in utility. Sitting-out area with furniture.

    Both properties: Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Little Burcott Loft

    Burcott, Wells

    Grade
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    Ref: E3744

    A striking loft conversion in a secluded countryside location, with wonderful walking and glorious views, this stylish property makes a superb holiday base. Wells, the smallest city in England yet with one of its finest cathedrals, is just 1 mile distant, and Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury’s famous Tor, Stourhead gardens (NT) and Street’s much visited Clarks Village Shopping Outlet are all a short drive – the city of Bath is a little further. Golf and riding locally. Shops 1 mile, pub serving food 0.75 miles.

    External stairs to entrance. All on first floor. Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Spiral staircase to galleried area with 1 double (6ft) bed and sloping ceiling. Beams throughout.

    Woodburner in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Balcony and furniture. Parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Windsmoor View

    Kingsdown, nr. Bath

    Grade
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    Ref: 25513

    This spacious single-storey annexe enjoys breathtaking views over rolling countryside, in a peaceful hamlet outside the city of Bath. Patio doors lead out to a private, fully enclosed decking area, an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Bath is full of famous sights and attractions, including the magnificent sweeping Georgian terraces, Pulteney Bridge, the Roman Spa, the Abbey, and its diverse collection of unique shops, cafes and museums. Walk and cycle along the River Avon, or the Kennet and Avon Canal. Or visit Bradford on Avon, Lacock and Castle Combe. Shops, pub and restaurant 1½ mile.

    5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: 2 steps to living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included, October-March). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed raised patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Steel’Suffolks - Shire House

    Hambridge, nr. Langport

    Grade
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    Ref: 26413

    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.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with beams/kitchen. First floor: One double (5ft, zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included).

    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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  • Spring Cottage Annexe

    Broomfield, nr. Bridgwater

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    Ref: W43606


    Spring Cottage Annexe is in a great, peaceful location on the Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where there are miles of footpaths and quiet roads to explore on foot, bike or horseback. This delightful cottage, attached to the owners’ home, boasts lovely views and has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard. In nearby Taunton, you will find great shopping and the Somerset County Cricket Ground, several theatres, a cinema, bowling alley, spas and just out of town, a polo ground and several golf courses. The coast is within easy reach if you fancy a day at the beach, surfing or just enjoying a good book. ?The surrounding area of the property was the first site in England to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, inspiring the poetry of both Coleridge and Wordsworth.
    Attractions that are well worth a visit include Hestercombe Gardens, a unique collection of three gardens spanning three centuries of garden history and design, Fyne Court and The Museum of Somerset. Aboard the west Somerset railway, England’s longest and best heritage railway with 10 stations linked by a 20 mile scenic journey through the Quantocks Hills to the seaside. The nearest station to the property is Bishops Lydeard. Take a guided tour of the spectacular Wookey Hole Caves or spend a day at Wells, England’s smallest city and home to the most beautiful of the great English cathedrals. Other attractions include Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Ham Hill Country Park, Fleet Air Arm Museum, Clarks Village, ?Dunster Castle, Barrington Court (NT) and The Coleridge Way, a 36 mile way marked walk through the stunning Somerset countryside. Beach 21 miles. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, open-sided stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of owners freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, large, lawned garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead. No smoking. NB: Steps up from parking area.

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