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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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  • Henley Farmhouse Studio

    Henley, nr. Bath

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    Ref: 17243

    Situated adjacent to the owner’s listed farmhouse this 16th-century barn, with far reaching views over the countryside, has been converted to provide cosy holiday accommodation and an ideal base for exploring the area. Bath, 6 miles, offers shops, cafés, inns and many places of interest all in the magnificent surroundings of its Georgian and Roman Heritage. The abbey town of Lacock and Bradford-on-Avon are also nearby. There are many walks in the area, and the property is situated near the Macmillan Way. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double bed and beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Large shared garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Access is via steps and uneven surfaces.

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  • No.2 The Ships Mews

    Porlock, nr. Minehead

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    Ref: 26219

    In the village of Porlock on Exmoor National Park and nestling between Porlock Hill and the sea, this terraced converted stables offers sea views of Porlock Bay and makes an excellent holiday location to enjoy the natural wonders of Exmoor and the dramatic coastline in this region. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), are well worth a visit. Nearer home you can wine and dine in the adjacent public house and restaurant or enjoy the fine selection of unusual shops in this pretty traditional village. This property can be booked together with properties 19395, 19397, 19398 and 25028. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with double bed. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

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

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  • Combe Cottages - Wren

    Templecombe

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    Ref: EOB

    Straddling the borders of Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset, this charming row of single-storey cottages is tucked away along a peaceful country lane, close to the village of Templecombe. Adjacent to the owners’ home, and on an alpaca breeding farm, they offer well-equipped and carefully furnished accommodation for a variety of groups, in a central location ideal for exploring. Outdoor seating areas overlooking a central courtyard provide pleasant places of retreat, and the use of an indoor heated swimming pool completes the picture.
    Set amid excellent walking country, the holiday cottages afford ample opportunities for plenty of fresh air, and there are many delights to explore on foot. For those preferring to sightsee further afield, a main line station to Waterloo and Exeter is available from the village and quiet country roads make for scenic drives. The popular attractions of Longleat (with its excellent safari park, animal shows and historic house), Cheddar Gorge and Caves and the splendid NT properties of Stourhead Gardens, Kingston Lacey and Montacute House are all within an easy drive, as is Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the fascinating array of classic cars at the Haynes Motor Museum.
    Also of great historical interest is the abbey town of Sherborne, the famous Gold Hill at Shaftesbury and the medieval towns of Salisbury and Wells – all offer their own blend of quaint shops and museums to explore, individual shops to browse and tearooms for a welcome refreshment break. For an altogether different scene, the south coast beaches and seaside towns can be reached in around an hour’s drive. Active souls can try their hand at a spot of fishing or a round or two of golf locally, while those preferring spectator sports can visit the National Hunt race course in nearby Wincanton. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Living/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared use of landscaped courtyard garden with patio
    • Shared barbecue
    • Shared use of large grounds with picnic area and furniture
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (40ft x 20ft, depth range 3ft–7ft), open 10am to 10pm
    • Gym equipment in pool building – children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Shared games room with pool table, air hockey and table football
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Hinton Grange - The Drake Studio

    Hinton, nr Bath

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    Ref: 27747

    Set in 6 acres of grounds

    This cluster of holiday cottages (refs 27747 & 27748) lies in the picturesque 6 acres of grounds of Hinton Grange, a former hotel now lived in by the owners. The Drake Studio (27747) is semi-detached whilst The Campbell Cottage (27748) is terraced. Both have accommodation on ground floor level. They lie just off the M4, yet are surrounded by open fields and countryside, and being on the Cotswolds Way footpath, are ideal for walkers and cyclists. Virtually next door is the 17th-century Dyrham Park (NT), a grand baroque mansion with sweeping views towards Bristol, and also the venue for many concerts and summer events. Only 9 miles to the centre of Bath, with many famous attractions including Pulteney Bridge, the abbey, Roman Baths, Aquae Sulis Spa and the sweeping Georgian crescents. Bath is a lively, year-round destination, with museums, galleries, cultural events and unique shopping. Further afield is the start of the Cotswolds and within a short drive are the historic cities of Bristol, Wells and Salisbury. The coastal resorts of Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Burnham-on-Sea are within an hour’s drive. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Oil central heating included.

    Both properties: Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 6-acre grounds. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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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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  • Garden Flat

    Pilton, nr. Glastonbury

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    Ref: 68032

    A small but cosy beamed converted barn, adjoining the owner’s 18th-century former farmhouse and greenhouse, standing in a peaceful and secluded garden. Situated on a no-through road on the edge of Pilton village, between the Mendips and Glastonbury, the countryside offers views of Glastonbury Tor and beyond. Within easy reach are Wells Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace, Bath, Bristol, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury and Street with Clarks Village (retail factory outlets). Also possible are day trips to Somerset or Dorset coasts, nearby historic houses such as Montacute, Stourhead and Longleat, famous for its safari park. A perfect holiday base. Nearest shops at Shepton Mallet 1½ miles, village PO and pub ½ mile.

    Open sided external steps to entrance: Living/dining room with 1 double bed. 6 steps up to kitchen. Shower room with toilet and sloping ceiling.

    NSH, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electricity mini-cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Gardens and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • The Cowshed

    Shipham, nr. Winscombe

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    Ref: 30494

    This detached single-storey holiday property lies adjacent to the owners’ home at the end of a no through road surrounded by countryside. It offers a peaceful retreat and excellent base from which to explore the area. The West Mendip Way is fantastic for keen walkers with access from the doorstep. Local amenities are 10 minutes’ walk in the village of Shipham. Winscombe, with its larger variety of shops, is 3 miles. There are many attractions in the area to visit including Cheddar with its famous gorge and caves, the historic town of Axbridge, Weston-super-Mare with its sandy beaches, and Clevedon. Bristol and Bath are an easy drive, and slightly further afield is the city of Wells with its magnificent cathedral and Bishops Palace. Beach 7 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

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

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Willows

    Tatworth, nr. Chard

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    Ref: W43713


    This charming holiday property is attached to the owners’ Georgian home and is located just south of Chard, near the Devon and west Dorset border. The property has a large shared garden and guests have use of the summerhouse. It offers a great location to enjoy the best of three counties. To the south and within easy driving distance lies the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, with the ever popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis, Beer and Charmouth. To the east is Devon, where one can enjoy days out on the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with wonderful walking and stunning scenery. In south Somerset there is much to enjoy, including many historic houses such as Montacute House, Forde Abbey Gardens, Tintinhull and Barrington Court, to name a few. Inland, enjoy days out visiting Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Village Outlet, Cheddar Gorge or nearer to home there is some lovely country walking, fishing at Chard Reservoir or golf at the local golf club. There is certainly plenty to keep you entertained. Beach 12 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1/2 mile.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Conservatory. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 21" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Fridge. Use of owners’ washing machine and freezer. Wi-fi. Large shared enclosed garden, patio and sitting-out area with furniture. Shared barbecue. Shared summerhouse. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 2 steps and pond in garden, 40 yards.

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  • The Stables

    East Coker, nr. Yeovil

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    Ref: RCHB34

    Set peacefully in East Coker, South Somerset, near the Dorset border, this single-storey detached converted stables is ideally situated to explore many attractions in both counties. Golf and fly fishing are available locally, and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with Westbay and Lyme Regis for wonderful scenery and walks is within easy driving distance. This holiday cottage is only 3 miles from Yeovil, a busy but pleasant market town, and 8 miles from Sherborne with its quaint shops, abbey and castle. Yeovilton Air Museum and many historic houses are nearby. Glastonbury, Cheddar and Bath are all easily accessible for days out. Shops 1 mile, restaurant and pub ¼ mile.

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

    NSH, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). 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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  • 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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  • 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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