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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.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Somerset today.
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  • Orchard Barn

    Thurloxton, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    3
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: EKQ

    In a secluded setting on the edge of the village, this converted, individual barn (a former artist’s studio) enjoys a light, airy atmosphere and its own large, very secluded, half walled garden, overlooking the orchard. With its own access away from the owners’ home, it offers open-plan, single-storey holiday accommodation, sympathetic furnishings, original beams and French windows opening out from each room. Walks from the doorstep into the Quantock foothills. Unique Hestercombe Gardens, 4 miles, sandy beaches 14 miles, Taunton 6 miles. Shops 2 miles, good food pub, 1 mile.

    Level access to spacious beamed living/dining room, with French windows and well-equipped fitted kitchen area. Double bedroom with full beams, half-tester bed, and French doors to patio. Single room with walk-in cupboard and French windows. Shower room with toilet and heated towel rail.

    • Full NSH, oil-filled rads, electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV/DVD
    • Radio/casette/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large secluded, enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Shared use of owners’ hard tennis court
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor
      facilities

    Please note: this property can be booked with EJK to accomodate up to 8 guests

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  • Fir View

    Exford, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    3
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27681

    This mid-terraced holiday cottage, adjacent to the owner’s home, has footpaths and access to Exmoor within walking distance of the cottage. Dulverton is a short drive and offers shops, restaurants and other amenities. There is walking on the South West Coastal Path and Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway are nearby. Minehead has a promenade and the renowned West Somerset Steam Railway. Dunster Castle, (NT), and Deer Park and Mill make for an interesting day out. Shop, P.O, pubs and restaurants 900 yards.

    7 steps down to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining area. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Shower room.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating and electric heaters included (£15per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Wi-fi available at £10per week or £2 per day. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Beaconsfield Farm - The Stables

    Easton, nr. Wells

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30207

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, these two holiday properties are located in a peaceful, rural setting, surrounded by 4 acres of the Beaconsfield Farm gardens and grounds, where the owner resides, with magnificent views of the Mendip Hills to the north and Somerset Levels to the south. The Stables (ref 30207) is part of a converted barn adjacent to the main farmhouse, with a private patio offering views of the surrounding fields. Garden Suite 1 (ref 30206) is a semi-detached lodge with a private terrace overlooking the garden, the Mendip Hills and the surrounding countryside. Only 2 miles to Wells, the smallest city in the UK, with a magnificent cathedral, Bishops Palace, the famous Vicars Close and historic Market Place. Also nearby, one can visit Glastonbury Abbey and Tor, Longleat House and Gardens, Longleat Safari Park, Cheddar and Cheddar Gorge, as well as the caves at Wookey Hole. The heritage cities of Bristol and Bath are within a short drive, as are the coastal resorts and sandy beaches at Burnham-on-Sea and Weston Super Mare. Beach 17 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Patio and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Use of owner’s freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 4-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 12 years.

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  • Rose Garden Cottage

    Chard Junction, Chard

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: E2817

    At the end of a quiet country lane, these three charming and individual properties (refs E2815, E2816 and E2817) enjoy an idyllic setting surrounded by 3½ acres of land crossed by a sparkling stream. Set right on the Somerset, Devon and Dorset border, they are just 8 miles from Lyme Regis with its massive breakwater – The Cobb, prominently featured in the film ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ – and its grand sandy beach. The elegant seaside resort of Sidmouth, Charmouth (renowned for fossil hunting), Golden Cap (the highest cliff on the south coast) and the pleasure gardens at the fishing village of Beer are all close by. Chard, 3 miles, the highest town in Somerset, with its Hornsbury Mill full of bric-a-brac, the 1000-acre wildlife park at Cricket St Thomas, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Axminster and many other places of interest are within easy reach. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. First floor: Kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over Jacuzzi corner bath and toilet. Z-bed.

    Parking. NB: Pond in garden.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 3½-acre grounds. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. NB: Stream in grounds.

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  • The Old Barn

    Chew Magna

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 27445

    This comfortable holiday cottage adjoins the owner’s home and is ideally set just a mile from the charming village of Chew Magna, on the edge of the picturesque fishing lakes, and offering some of the finest walks around the lakes and surrounding countryside. This lively village with a range of shops, pubs and restaurants, has fifty Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Chew Valley Lake is home to a variety of wildlife, and keen cyclists and walkers will enjoy the paths around the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels. Only a few miles from Bristol, 10 miles from the historic city of Bath and 18 miles from the coast. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with additional Z-bed. Shower room with toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer (in outbuilding). Wi-fi. Small gravelled garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Typsie Cottage

    Crewkerne

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W43908

    This delightful, 1830s mid terrace cottage, in the heart of Crewkerne and near the Dorset border, is an excellent holiday home to enjoy the very best of South Somerset and West Dorset. It has been tastefully furnished, with a lovely small courtyard area to the rear and is an ideal base to explore this popular area. Within easy driving distance, the whole of the world famous Jurassic Coast, stretching from Sidmouth to West Bay and Bridport, is there to enjoy. With its fantastic scenery, wonderful coastal walks and many historic houses to take in, such as Forde Abbey and the National Trust properties of Montacute House, Barrington Court and Lytes Cary Manor, to name a few, or maybe visit Clarkes Factory Retail Village, the Somerset Wetlands and Glastonbury Tor for those memorable times. Beach 14 miles. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Wood burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Blu-ray. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Car park 200 yards (£2 per day). No smoking. NB: 1 small step in courtyard.

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  • Norfolk House

    Dulverton

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 30310


    This delightful terraced holiday cottage, located within walking distance of Dulverton town centre, offers comfortable accommodation with plenty of charm. Situated alongside the banks of the River Barle, guests can walk into Dulverton, which has a good range of shops, pubs and tea rooms. There is plenty of walking into the surrounding countryside and up onto Exmoor. Visit Tarr Steps, Dunkery Beacon and the pretty moorland village of Withypool. Further afield, there is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. A visit to the medieval village of Dunster with its castle (NT), beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and mill will make for an interesting day out. Watchet, Porlock and Porlock Weir hold plenty of charm and interest to those who visit the area. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with slate floor. 2 steps to kitchen with slate floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small decked roof terrace with furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Beaconsfield Farm - Garden Suite 1

    Easton, nr. Wells

    Grade
    3
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: 30206

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, these two holiday properties are located in a peaceful, rural setting, surrounded by 4 acres of the Beaconsfield Farm gardens and grounds, where the owner resides, with magnificent views of the Mendip Hills to the north and Somerset Levels to the south. The Stables (ref 30207) is part of a converted barn adjacent to the main farmhouse, with a private patio offering views of the surrounding fields. Garden Suite 1 (ref 30206) is a semi-detached lodge with a private terrace overlooking the garden, the Mendip Hills and the surrounding countryside. Only 2 miles to Wells, the smallest city in the UK, with a magnificent cathedral, Bishops Palace, the famous Vicars Close and historic Market Place. Also nearby, one can visit Glastonbury Abbey and Tor, Longleat House and Gardens, Longleat Safari Park, Cheddar and Cheddar Gorge, as well as the caves at Wookey Hole. The heritage cities of Bristol and Bath are within a short drive, as are the coastal resorts and sandy beaches at Burnham-on-Sea and Weston Super Mare. Beach 17 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    1 step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed and wooden floor/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric heaters included. Dishwasher. Terrace and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Use of owner’s freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 4-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 12 years.

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  • Parsonage Farm - Parsonage Otter Stables

    Culbone, nr. Porlock

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 18192

    Set on a quiet country lane in beautiful walking country overlooking the Bristol Channel, Parsonage Farm is the perfect holiday location to ’get away from it all’. There has been a house here for almost a thousand years and that rich history is still evident in both properties. Reputedly, Coleridge wrote ’Kubla Khan’ in Culbone Parsonage, the main house. Parsonage Farm Stables (ref 15800) occupies what would once have been the hayloft floor of the adjoining barn, and Parsonage Otter Stables (ref 18192) has been attractively converted from the old stables. The holiday properties are ideally located as a base for walking, touring and riding on the crown of Exmoor. Places to visit include Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth, Watchet Marina and Dunster Castle (NT). The glorious West Somerset and North Devon Coast, Minehead, Exmoor and Lorna Doone Valley are all within easy reach. The highest ’Free House’ pub on Exmoor is just a mile or so away from the house. Picturesque Porlock Weir with its shingle beach is just 3 miles down the hill via a toll road, and local shops can be found in the sleepy village of Porlock. Refs 15800 and 18192 can be booked together to accommodate up to 7 guests.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

    Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Gardens with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: Some areas of garden are steep, with natural streams and ponds.

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  • Old Chapel Cottage

    Ellicombe, nr. Dunster

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: E2225

    At the foot of Grabbist Hill (NT) in the Exmoor National Park, these four beautifully furnished and well-equipped Grade II listed cottages are set in the grounds of 16th century Ellicombe Manor. Clustered around a cobbled courtyard they enjoy shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool, with its own walled area and poolside furniture, and an acre of magnificent sub tropical gardens and 3-acre paddock offering views over the West Somerset Steam Railway and across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast. The gardens are a special feature of Ellicombe Manor, filled with mature palm trees, named exotic plants and shrubs and quiet corners with seating. Here, too, visitors may discover the ‘secret garden’ or enjoy a game of outdoor chess or other outdoor games.
    A mile away, Dunster, with its famous castle, yarn market and pre Christmas candlelight shopping, offers a selection of pubs, shops, and restaurants. Minehead’s resort attractions, sandy beach and coastal path walks are also close by. Golf, river and lake fishing, horse riding and wonderful walking locally in Exmoor National Park and West Somerset Steam Railway weekends. One mile to the start of South West Coast Path.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining area/kitchen. Spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Z-bed available.

    Garden area and furniture.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (honesty box) and freezer. Shared 1-acre garden with secret garden and furniture. 3-acre paddock. Parking. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (open May-September, 10am-4pm). Outdoor chess. No smoking.

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  • Yeomans Cottage

    Wells

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC149


    In the heart of Wells, England’s smallest city, this quaint, Grade II listed, terraced cottage with an open fire dates back to 1490, offering a great holiday retreat for a small family. If it’s for strolling into the city centre, with its fine cathedral, moated Bishop’s Palace, charming market, and a wealth of medieval architecture, or for use as a base to explore this wonderful county, Yeomans Cottage is simply ideal. Within easy driving distance are many attractions and places of interest, such as England’s largest gorge Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole, the West Somerset Steam Railway, Clarke’s Factory Retail Village and Glastonbury Tor to name but a few. The Roman Spa of Bath is a must, as is Stourhead House and Gardens. Take a walk on the wild side at Longleat House and Safari Park, or head to the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for some splendid walking in a most evocative setting. There are also a number of golf courses to be found in close proximity to the property. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    4 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Wet room with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. 40" Sky TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine in external utility room. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture (accessed via adjoining cottage). Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Rolstone Barns - Strawberry

    Rolstone Barns, Rolstone, nr. Weston-Super-Mare

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42541

    Barn conversions close to the coast

    These renovated barns enjoy a peaceful, rural location close to the coastal resorts of west Somerset. Only 4 miles to Weston-Super-Mare, a beautiful seaside town with long sandy beaches and traditional family attractions, including SeaQuarium and the world’s largest helicopter museum. At its northern edge is Sand Point, a National Trust headland offering wonderful views and wild craggy rocks. At the southern edge are Weston Woods, three miles of woodland along the coastline into Weston-Super-Mare offering you splendid walks. Also Clevedon, a favourite resort of the Victorians, with its beautifully restored pier, and Burnham-on-Sea, a quiet seaside resort. Only a few minutes to the M5, the barns are an ideal base for touring this beautiful area. Nearby are the Mendips and the Quantocks, perfect for walking and cycling, and within an hour’s drive of the Roman spa city of Bath, Wells the smallest city in England, with a wonderful cathedral, Cheddar with its dramatic gorge and caves, more wonderful caves at Wookey Hole, Glastonbury with its mystical Arthurian connections and Bristol, full of maritime history, culture and shopping opportunities. Puxton Park offers a fun day out for all the family, with leisure activities and a farm shop. A one day free family pass is offered on stays of 3 nights or more. Shops 0.5 miles, pub serving food 2 miles.

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

    Gas central heating included (£10per week October-April). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot and high chair (on request). Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Private patio with furniture. Shared lawned garden. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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