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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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  • Honey Acre Cottage

    Winscombe

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    Ref: E2379

    Enjoying an utterly peaceful location abundant with wildlife, in a quiet Mendip valley, are these four delightful cottages. Set on a working farm, in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, three of the cottages have been skilfully converted from stone barns whilst the fourth, a former miller’s cottage, is attached to the owners’ home. Attractively furnished and equipped to a very good standard the cottages offer an ideal base for a relaxing holiday or for touring the surrounding area. Cheddar Gorge, Blagdon Lake – with trout fishing and a wealth of wildlife – and golf are all nearby. The elegant city of Bath and the cathedral city of Wells are within an easy drive and Weston-super-Mare’s many attractions and sandy beach are just 7 miles. Churchill, 4 miles, offers many activities including a dry ski slope, sports centre and horse riding. Bristol Airport 15 minutes. Village shop and pub 2 miles.

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

    Patio and furniture.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (fuel £4 per bag). NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of tumble dryer (in games room). Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Parking. Shared games room with table tennis.

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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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  • Sutton Farm Barns - The Retreat

    Sutton Montis, near Sherborne

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    Ref: 30678

    Good touring base with countryside views

    In a wonderful country location with superb views, and within easy driving of Sherborne, Dorset and South Somerset, these two single-storey converted barns (30678 and 30679), each one of a pair adjacent to the owners’ home, have been finished to a very good standard and are well equipped. On the doorstep are the fascinating Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Haynes remarkable collection of classic cars for a trip back in time, or stroll around the characterful abbey town of Sherborne with its array of quaint shops and restaurants. There are many historic houses with gardens to enjoy including Stourhead House, Montacute House and Forde Abbey House and Gardens. Venture into central Somerset to explore the Somerset Levels with its wildlife, Glastonbury Tor, Wells cathedral city and, for a great day out, the splendid Roman spa city of Bath with its many shops, museums and restaurants. Returning home, you can wine and dine out in one of the many village pubs or restaurants in the area. The delightful scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast offers yet more opportunity to enjoy this lovely area taking in Lyme Regis, West Bay, Bridport and onto Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester, you will have much to do to make this a memorable holiday. 30678 and 30679 can be booked together to sleep up to 6 guests. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Both properties: Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine in carport. Dishwasher. Use of owners’ freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years except babies under 1 year due to lake. NB: Lake 100 yards.

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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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  • Rode Farm Cottages - Stable Cottage

    Rode, near Bath

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    Ref: W43592


    These attractive holiday cottages (refs W43592 and W43593) are situated on the owners’ dairy farm, surrounded by fields and open views. They have been renovated and converted from old farm buildings, and each stands detached with its own private patio and seating area. They are ideally situated for exploring the many attractions in this beautiful part of the West Country, rich in history and heritage. The surrounding countryside is ideal for walking, cycles can be hired nearby at Bradford-on-Avon, where you can go for lovely rides along the canal towpath, or perhaps you would prefer to hire a narrow boat. Within easy reach are the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge; Avebury is the focus of a cluster of ancient monuments including West Kennet Long Barrow, one of Britain’s largest Stone Age burial sites, and Silbury Hill. Stonehenge, monolithic and mysterious, is part of the same World Heritage site as Avebury and is the most sophisticated stone circle in the world. The beautiful Georgian city of Bath, 8 miles, provides a fantastic day out. Visit the Roman Baths, The Pump Rooms, the beautiful Abbey, relax and be pampered at the Thermae Spa or just go shopping! There are open topped bus tours to take you around the city and also boat trips along the River Avon. The attractive town of Bradford-on-Avon, 3 miles, dates back to the 1600s, and its Tithe Barn and Saxon Church are well worth a visit. The streets provide a wonderful selection of shops, tearooms, pubs and restaurants. Cheddar Gorge has limestone cliffs towering 450 feet above a gorge which is 3 miles long, and its caves are underground cathedrals of stalagmites and stalactites. Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is a an ideal day out for all the family. Wiltshire’s most famous gardens are found at Stourhead (NT), where a central lake and classical temples were laid out between 1741 and 1780. Lacock and Castle Combe are often used as historic filming locations, and the cathedrals at Wells and Salisbury are within easy reach. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity (£25per week, short breaks £5 per night, 4th November - March). Use of freezer in outbuilding.

    Both properties: Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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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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  • The Old Sunday School

    Wookey Hole, Wells

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    Ref: E5203

    Lovingly restored by an artist and furnished with an eclectic range of antique furniture, this original Victorian Sunday school is set in the quaint village of Wookey Hall, world famous for its underground chambers and pools. Wells, with its magnificent cathedral, is just 1.5 miles and Cheddar Gorge and Caves, the renowned Clarks Village shopping outlet in Street, the wonderful gardens and lakeside walk at Stourhead (NT), the traditional resort of Weston-super-Mare and the Regency city of Bath with Roman baths are within easy reach. Further afield is Exmoor National Park and riding, golf, and sailing are available locally. There are pubs serving food and shop in the village.

    Ground floor: Bathroom with shower over roll-top bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Use of owner’s freezer. Wi-fi. Roof garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Green Lane Farm Cottage

    Box, near Corsham

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    Ref: 26831

    Situated adjacent to the owner’s home, this detached holiday cottage has use of a large lawned garden with far reaching countryside views. In a peaceful hamlet with excellent walking from the doorstep and only a mile from the local amenities of the village of Box, this is an excellent base from which to visit the city of Bath, 5 miles, where The Royal Crescent, The Circus, and Pulteney Bridge are among the finest architectural treasures in the world, the Roman Baths and the modern Thermae Bath Spa are not to be missed. There are several NT properties in the area to visit including Stourhead, Dyrham, Longleat and Iford. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine and freezer. Lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden, 20 yards.

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  • Garden Flat

    Pilton, near 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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  • Ship Bungalow and Mews - No. 3 The Ship’s Mews

    Porlock, near Minehead

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    Ref: 19397

    In the village of Porlock on Exmoor National Park and nestling between Porlock Hill and the sea, 1 mile, these converted ships mews, formerly stables, and detached dormer bungalow offer sea views of Porlock Bay and make 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 or inland on the moors, and many places to visit to make a memorable holiday. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway are well worth a visit, or looking towards Minehead, you can go back in time on the scenic West Somerset Steam Railway, or visit the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle (NT), with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill making for an interesting day out. Nearer home you can wine and dine in the owner’s adjacent public house and restaurant, the 13th-century Ship Inn, or enjoy the fine selection of unusual shops in this pretty traditional village. There is also fishing, golf, horse riding and cycling all available, or further afield the resorts of Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Woolacombe are well worth a visit. Shops 200 yards, pub/restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and sleeping area with double bed/dining room/kitchen, each with tiled floors. Shower room with toilet.

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

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  • Liscombe Farm Cottages - Sycamore Cottage

    Tarr Steps, near Exford

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    Ref: 30215


    Situated in the heart of Exmoor, very close to the renowned and historic Tarr Step, the ancient clapper bridge that crosses the River Barle, these three holiday cottages at Liscombe Farm (refs 30214, 30215 & 30216), adjacent to the owners’ home, all have their own individual character. With plenty of space around each cottage, guest can enjoy the tranquillity this stunning area of Somerset has to offer. Being located on Exmoor, there is a huge amount of walks to be made without ever having to get in the car. Follow the River Barle up to the pretty village of Withypool or a short car journey away is Exmoor’s highest point at Dunkery Beacon. Dulverton is the nearest town and has a very good selection of shops, restaurants and other amenities. During your stay, there are plenty of places to visit and things to do. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy walking along with 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 steam engines. Minehead is also the starting point of the South West Coastal Path which offers challenging yet very rewarding walks. Visit the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and famous cliff railway. Nearby Dunster, with its castle (NT) and village, Porlock and Porlock Wier and also Bossington and Selworthy, with its famous tea room, all make for an interesting day out. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor for all to enjoy. Stabling is available at the farm by prior arrangement with the owner. Shop and restaurant 5 miles, pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Stereo/CD. fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Woodburner 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. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 2 acres of landscaped grounds. Stabling available by arrangement. Natural water supply from spring. Pets to be kept on a lead. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Metropole Court

    Minehead

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    Ref: W43829


    This very well-presented holiday apartment is located inside one of Mineheads landmark buildings, Metropole Court. Positioned right on Mineheads seafront, the former hotel was once used by the Indian Raj when they came to practice polo on Minehead’s beach. Inside there is a quiet ambience and the building still retains much of its former charm. The apartment is located on the third floor and can be accessed via stairs or a small lift. There are great views over Minehead town and to the foothills of Exmoor beyond. The apartment is within easy walking distance of the town centre, with all its shops and other amenities, as well as the famous West Somerset Steam Railway.
    Looking slightly further afield, there is plenty to do and see. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path, which starts in Minehead or inland on Exmoor, and there are many other places to visit to make a memorable holiday. Discover the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the Victorian cliff railway. Dunster Castle (NT) and village, with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill, will make for an interesting day out, as well as Porlock Weir and the ancient harbour port of Watchet. Further beaches can be found at Dunster and Blue Anchor for all to enjoy. Shop 500 yards, pub 100 yards and restaurant 20 yards.

    Stairs and lift to entrance. All on third floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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