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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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  • Croft Cottages - Bungalow 1A

    Watchet

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    Ref: W44212

    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.

    Gas central heating included. Towel hire. Electric cooker. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with 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-October. Welcome pack. 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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  • Stable Cottage

    Roadwater

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    Ref: EVB


    If you are looking for something a little special to celebrate an occasion or looking for that extra bit of comfort after long day walking or exploring then look no further than the cottages at Glasses Farm. Nestling in the pretty landscape within Exmoor National Park, Grooms Lodge (ref: EVA) and Stable Cottage (ref: EVB), have been converted form the original stables of an impressive 16th century thatched long house. Both these thatched cottages have been presented to a very high standard. The cottages offer a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Each cottage has a private sitting-out area that looks out across the well-maintained shared garden. There are a further 20 acres of land to enjoy too. The owner of the cottages is a renowned breeder of American miniature horses. Should you choose to come and stay with friends, the cottages do have an adjoining door on the first floor. The cottages are located just outside the charming village of Roadwater, where there is a shop and pub all within walking distance of the cottages. 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. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy walking and an ice cream, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. The West Somerset Railway is worth a visit for those with an interest in stream engines. 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. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor for all to enjoy. Shops 500 yards, pub 300 yards.

    Large, beamed kitchen/dining room with slate floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Large, beamed living room.

    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Shared use of owner’s freezer
    • Shared, enclosed lawned garden with sitting out area
    • Patio with furniture
    • Shared use of owners’ 20 acres of natural grounds
    • Parking (for 1 car in garage)
    • No smoking
    • No children

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  • The Old Coach House

    Ellicombe, nr. Dunster

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    Ref: E2226

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with vaulted ceiling and patio doors. Kitchen. 2 steps down to 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Terrace 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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  • The Paddock Annexe

    Bathampton, nr. Bath

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    Ref: 29707


    This single storey holiday cottage adjoins the owners’ home and is located in a peaceful cul-de-sac with glorious views over the vale and village. There is a private seating area in the garden from which to enjoy these views. It is just a short stroll to some local shops, and under a mile to 2 wonderful pubs, one on the banks of the canal and one by a weir on the River Avon. Bathampton is a picturesque village and a delight for walkers – only 2 miles from the city of Bath, one can walk along the towpath or even catch a boat into the city. In addition there is a twice hourly bus service into the city from Bathampton. Bath is full of famous sights and attractions; the sweeping crescents and Georgian architecture, the Roman baths and modern thermal spa with rooftop pool, the Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, the diverse and unique shopping, and many museums, galleries and cafes. In winter a visit to the Christmas market is a must. Within an hours drive you can visit the exciting and vibrant city of Bristol, Cheddar Gorge and caves, the small city of Wells, and Glastonbury Abbey and Tor. Shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Waggonhayes

    Clevedon

    Grade
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    Ref: E2752

    Pretty countryside just 2 miles from the attractive coastal resort of Clevedon’s good shops, pubs and restaurants is the setting for this very comfortable, 19th century, single storey converted holiday barn. Backing onto the owners’ home and Crafts Centre, it overlooks its own garden and patio. Weston-Super-Mare just 6 miles offers year round attractions, as does historic Bristol, 12 miles. Bath, Wells, Cheddar Gorge and the Cotswolds are all within easy reach.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams/dining area. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor.

    Electric woodburner included. Gas central heating £16 per week poa 18th September–16th April, other dates by arrangement. Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Fenced garden, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • The Old Dairy

    Combwich, near Bridgwater

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC527

    Private indoor swimming pool and hot tub


    Tucked away behind the owners’ home, this cosy cottage has its own private indoor pool and hot tub. Behind the swimming pool, there is a private courtyard area with table and chairs, ideal for dining al fresco, and a small summerhouse. There is a large lawned garden which is shared with the owner.

    The property has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard, and there is a small living area with wood burner, ideal for all year round holidays, and a large bedroom with TV.

    This is the perfect location for honeymooners, walkers and cyclists, or you may just want to relax and do nothing. The property is located at the foot of the Quantock Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are many scenic walks from coastline to the hill tops, and many places to visit. The harbour and nature reserve is 500 yards away, where cranes have been introduced into the wild. Also close by is Steart Marshes Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust for a rich mix of wetland wildlife including otters, egrets, owls, waders and wildfowl. There are fishing lakes, also about 500 yards away with carp and coarse fishing (daily tickets required).

    Bridgwater Carnival takes place on the nearest Saturday to Bonfire Night, and makes a fabulous night out. There are many National Trust properties close by including Dunster Castle and Gardens. Taunton is ideal for shopping with many local shops, cafés and restaurants. Minehead is worth a visit with its lovely beaches. Take a trip on the West Somerset Steam Railway from Minehead to the pretty harbour town of Watchet. Also worth a visit are Porlock and Porlock Weir close by. There are so many places to visit one week is never enough. Beach 2 miles. Shop 100 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living/dining room: With wood burner, Freeview Smart TV (Netflix, Amazon fire-stick) and wooden floor.
    2 steps up to...
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge and tiled floor.
    First Floor: Bedroom: With double bed, TV and sloping ceiling.
    Shower room: With double shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Use of washing machine. Courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Shared 1-acre grounds and garden. Summerhouse. Indoor heated swimming pool (9.1m x 4.5m, depth 1m - 1.5m) with changing facilities. Hot tub. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • The Nest

    Blagdon, nr. Cheddar

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    Ref: 30133


    This attractive, detached, single-storey barn conversion, adjacent to the owners’ home, is located in the village of Blagdon and enjoys stunning views over Blagdon Lake. The living room and bedroom both have patio doors facing out over the pretty garden and lake, and the patio area is the perfect spot from which to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and views. This holiday property is ideal for walkers, with footpaths leading from the village and around the lake, and the larger Chew Valley Lake nearby is a haven for wildlife. Cheddar is 7 miles, with England’s largest gorge and caves, a popular visitor attraction. The small city of Wells has a magnificent cathedral, medieval Bishop’s Palace and many historic buildings. It also hosts a thriving weekly market in the cobbled square, with a good array of shops, restaurants and cafes. The cities of Bristol and Bath are within a short drive, as are the coastal resorts of Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Burnham-on-Sea. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom with patio doors and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 3 steps to garden.

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  • Mole End

    Withypool, nr. Dulverton

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    Ref: W43079

    Mole End is a delightful semi-detached holiday cottage situated in the very pretty Exmoor village of Withypool on the Two Moors Way. There are many walks from the cottage out onto Exmoor, including one following the river to Lanacre, one of the prettiest spots in Exmoor. Visit the Victorian villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT). There are beaches close by at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop 200 yards, pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Maximum occupancy is for 2 guests.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children. NB: Pond in garden.

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  • Exmoor Farm Cottages - Swallows Nest

    Wheddon Cross, nr. Minehead

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    Ref: 29648

    These two delightful detached cottages (refs 29648 and 29649) are located on the foot slopes of Dunkery Beacon at Exmoor’s highest point. Situated around the yard of the owner’s small farm, the cottages are an ideal holiday destination for those seeking peace and quiet, but also to explore this stunning area of Exmoor and Somerset. Due to the layout and nature of the farm, the cottages are not suitable for children under 16 years of age. Both properties offer well-appointed and furnished accommodation and also have the extra comfort of a woodburner with a plentiful supply of logs. There is a decked area with each cottage where guests can sit out and enjoy the local surroundings. Each cottage comes with its own lockable store cupboard for bikes and surf boards and also has its own kennel area. The local village of Wheddon Cross is a short distance away and has a well-stocked local shop and a pub. Wheddon Cross is also the location for one of the most renowned displays of snowdrops in February each year. From the top gate of the farm, guests can walk up to the summit of Dunkery Beacon, where the views are far-reaching. During your stay, there is plenty to do and enjoy, with superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor where you will find points of interest such as Withypool, Lanacre and Tarr Steps. Exmoor is also nominated as a ’Dark Sky’ area, making it an excellent location to study the sky at night. Along the coast, there are the Victorian towns of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and funicular cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to walk along whilst eating an ice cream, and the town also has a good array of shops and other amenities; you can also take a trip on the famous West Somerset Steam Railway. A visit to the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle (NT), with its beautiful terraced gardens, deer park and mill and not forgetting its now famous ’Dunster by Candlelight Festival’ held at the beginning of December. The villages of Porlock, Porlock Weir and Selworthy are all worth a visit. There are dog-friendly beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. The owner offers the use of a kennel on request and if required during your stay (pets are allowed in both properties). Shop, pub and petrol garage 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Parking (1 car). Pets - working farm. NB: 9 steps from terrace to garden.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Cycle store. Stabling available by prior arrangement. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. No children under 16 years. NB: Stream and pond in grounds.

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  • The Piggery

    Edithmead, nr. Burnham-on-Sea

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    Ref: W42944

    This spacious, detached, single-storey holiday cottage is ideally located just minutes from Burnham-on-Sea, and the coastal resorts of north west Somerset. The seven-mile stretch of sandy beach running from Burnham to Brean is known for its unspoilt dunes and is ideal for walking and bird watching. There are several golf courses including a fine championship course at Berrow Links. You can also marvel at the spectacular scenery of nearby Cheddar Gorge with its soaring cliffs, famous caves and the quiet beauty of the Quantock, Mendip and Polden Hills. Between the hills are the Somerset Levels and Moors with their quiet wetlands famous for willows and unspoilt meadows. The Levels offer fantastic opportunities for cycling, angling and horse riding. To the north of Burnham is the bustling seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, which is well worth a visit. Bridgwater, a small busy town, is also close by. Its many examples of fine Georgian architecture reflect its prosperous past. Why not combine a shopping trip with a visit to the Blake Museum or the Somerset Brick and Tile Museum? Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles. These two spacious, detached, single storey holiday cottages (refs W42944 and W43093) are ideally located just minutes from Burnham-on-Sea, and the coastal resorts of north west Somerset. The seven-mile stretch of sandy beach running from Burnham to Brean is known for its unspoilt dunes and is ideal for walking and bird watching. There are several golf courses including a fine championship course at Berrow Links. You can also marvel at the spectacular scenery of nearby Cheddar Gorge with its soaring cliffs, famous caves and the quiet beauty of the Quantock, Mendip and Polden Hills. Between the hills are the Somerset Levels and Moors with their quiet wetlands famous for willows and unspoilt meadows. The Levels offer fantastic opportunities for cycling, angling and horse riding. To the north of Burnham is the bustling seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, which is well worth a visit. Bridgwater, a small busy town, is also close by. Its many examples of fine Georgian architecture reflect its prosperous past. Why not combine a shopping trip with a visit to the Blake Museum or the Somerset Brick and Tile Museum? Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

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

    Gas central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break October-May). Electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden with patio area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access. No children under 8 years.

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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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