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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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  • Hillcroft Cottage

    Wrantage, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 26364

    This quaint, 1850s detached cottage above the Somerset Levels with views towards the Blackdown Hills is midway between Bridgewater Bay and Lyme Bay. It is ideally located to explore Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole and Glastonbury Tor. Visit Brean Leisure Park, Yeovilton Air Museum and the West Somerset Steam Railway to Minehead, as well as many historic houses and the sandy beaches of Burnham-on-Sea, Lyme Regis and Sidmouth. Taunton 6 miles, Exmoor National Park 16 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Wet room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, both with wooden floors. Bathroom with roll-top bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD, small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed courtyard garden, patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Primrose Hill Holidays - Elm

    Blue Anchor, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 26552

    Lovely countryside viewsLovely countryside views

    Primrose Hill Holidays are four terraced bungalow-style cottages (refs: 26552, 27563, 31297 and 31298), situated in the pretty village of Blue Anchor, a short distance from its beach. From the properties, there are panoramic views of the countryside, Dunster Castle and the Bristol Channel beyond. The properties are all single-storey and are ideal for those with restricted mobility. Beech (ref 27563) and Ash (ref 31298) each are equipped with a single electric bed in the twin bedroom. There is a games room and a laundry room on site. Enjoy superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path and Exmoor National Park. The renowned West Somerset Railway is worth a visit for those with an interest in steam engines, and there are many steam trains operating on the line between Minehead and Watchet. 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 Blue Anchor, Dunster and Minehead for all to enjoy. Explore the seaside town of Minehead and visit the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio door. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Wet room with toilet.

    DVD library. Enclosed gardens with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue.

    All properties: Electric central heating included (by meter reading October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot, travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared games room with pool table, table tennis, darts and board games. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond 30 yards.

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  • Rolstone Barns - Elderberry

    Rolstone, nr. Weston-super- Mare

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: W42544

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. 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 and furniture. Shared lawned garden. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Swallows Rest

    Glastonbury

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: 25378

    Ideally located on a main route, 3 miles from Glastonbury, this single-storey renovated barn sits amongst 5 acres of natural orchard landscape. A substantial wooden stock/dog proof fence erected to the rear of the barn ensures a great degree of privacy for guests. It is an excellent holiday base from which to explore the diverse and unique county of Somerset. Glastonbury is steeped in folklore and legend, with its abbey and tor, and nearby Wells is England’s smallest city with a magnificent 13th-century cathedral and medieval buildings. This is a haven for walkers and cyclists, with five ranges of hills. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating and electricity included (£50per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Private patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • The Brewery Vaults

    Freshford, nr. Bath

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: EMX

    This spectacular accommodation was constructed in 1821 as the brewing hall of a former brewery supplying around 14 pubs in Freshford, of which only one remains today. The Brewery ceased production in the 1890s and tragically fell into disrepair for the next 60 years. It then had a diverse range of uses in the 20th century from a paper store to an air raid shelter for the local school during WWII. In the 1970s Jeremy Fry, of Fry’s Turkish Delight fame, came to the rescue and converted it into a private home. Princess Margaret was a good friend of Jeremy Fry and visited the brewery regularly, bringing with her a highly visible police presence, as well as tending the gardens – she even left impressions from her high heels on the leather floor! During this time The Vaults was used as a wheelchair factory business established by Jeremy Fry and his good friend Lord Snowdon. It has since been transformed into a unique listed property providing spacious holiday accommodation for up to 4 guests. There is a sleeping area at each end of the huge living space and original features, such as the magnificent stone barrel-vaulted ceiling and natural stone walls have been retained, yet it exudes a modern ambience and is beautifully furnished throughout.
    Its glorious architecture, central village location and added luxury of a 5ft four-poster bed make this property one not to be missed. Freshford village lies in the heart of a conservation area in an AONB and is within walking distance of the medieval church and village pub, which hosts events throughout the year. Boasting some fascinating Georgian architecture as well as beautiful canal and riverside walks, Freshford makes a perfect base for your holiday in Somerset. The railway station in the village serves Bradford-on-Avon as well as other towns and villages including the Georgian World Heritage city of Bath just 6 miles away. Bath will keep you busy all day with its grand cathedral, Roman Baths and Pump Rooms, shops and museums; or why not relax and pamper yourself at the Thermae Spa? Golf and horse riding can also be found locally. Village shop ¼ mile.

    Spacious living/dining room with vaulted ceiling. Modern fitted kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. 6 steps up to bedroom area with 5ft four-poster bed. Galleried twin bedroom.

    • Full gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot by arrangement
    • Two TVs
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • iPod dock
    • microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • No garden
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Higher West Barn Farm

    Witham Friary, nr. Frome

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: ETQ

    This tastefully converted barn is set in the historic Somerset village of Witham Friary. There are many beautiful and interesting places to visit including Longleat House and Safari Park, National Trust gardens at Stourhead and the cities of Bath and Wells are all within easy reach. The single-storey holiday accommodation is stylish and comfortable, set within the owner’s grounds, and has a secluded patio and garden from which to view the surrounding countryside. Shop 4 miles, pub ½ mile.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove, beams and patio doors. Compact kitchen with tiled floor and door to patio. Two double bedrooms with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet, one accessed via other bedroom or externally.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locallly
    • Electricity, electricity rads and partial underfloor heating included (October-March £25per week)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Three Freeview TVs
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 4 cars)
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Cleeve Cottages - Old South Cleeve

    Churchinford, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 23955


    Situated on the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and approximately 18 miles to Sidmouth and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these semi-detached bungalows (refs 23955 and W43778) are both well-presented and have large lawned gardens making them excellent family holiday homes. They can be booked independently or together to accommodate up to 10 guests and provide a delightful place to unwind and relax away from the pressures of modern living. The owners can provide a wheelchair, ramp and a 3-wheel walker on request. They are within easy reach of the Quantock Hills, Exmoor, Taunton and Honiton. Within easy driving there is much to enjoy, with days out at perhaps a historical house such as Barrington Court (NT), Forde Abbey and Gardens, Montacute House and the imposing Dunster Castle. For family entertainment, an exciting day out at the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, the West Somerset Steam Fair for a trip back in time, or for the younger ones in the family, you will love Crealy Adventure Park, near Exeter. The Blackdown Hills themselves offer some superb country walking, wildlife, flying for the adventurous at Dunkeswell or simply enjoy the many local village pubs to wine and dine in. A little further afield, visit the Jurassic Coast, moving on to Dorset, Lyme Regis and Cheddar Gorge and Caves, or even Bath with its many restaurants, shops and museums. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Parking (2 cars).

    Both properties: Oil central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Summerhouse. Wheelchair access. No smoking.

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  • Saffies

    Stogumber, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 30492


    Saffies is a listed, single-storey, renovated stable block on a 300-acre working arable and sheep farm in the pretty village of Stogumber. Set in the folding hills between the beautiful Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, there are breathtaking views of the very special west Somerset countryside on your doorstep. There is a lovely patio garden to the front overlooking a fenced duck pond, and the added benefit of an electric woodburner, making it a warm and cosy holiday home all year round.
    It is ideal for small families or couples looking for a quiet and rural retreat. Stogumber is a typical rural village and supplies you with a pub and shop/post office all within 250 yards.
    There is a good pub/restaurant under 2 miles away with a further 8 within a 5 mile radius. The famous West Somerset Railway stops at Stogumber Station where you can ride the steam train along the scenic north coast to Minehead.
    Within the area there is an abundance of attractions, these include Cleve Abbey, Dunster Castle and fossil hunting on Kilve Beach. Surfing is available on the north Devon coast, which is 1¼ hour’s drive across Exmoor National Park. For the avid walkers, there are a number of routes along the Quantock Hills and in Exmoor National Park. In addition, you can enjoy both walks and picnics around Tarr Steps, Lanacre Bridge, Bossington, Porlock Weir and Watchet Harbour. Beach 6 miles. Shop/post office and pub 250 yards, restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (four poster). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer on request. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Duck pond at front of property.

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  • Forty-Six

    Bath

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 25542

    This lovingly refurbished, stylish terraced holiday cottage enjoys a peaceful location in Bath, ideally situated to explore the city and surrounding area. Bath has some of the finest architectural sights in Europe such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge. Next to the magnificent abbey are the Roman Baths, museums and galleries. Festivals, theatres, shops, cafes and restaurants. Thermae Bath Spa gives visitors the chance to bathe in Bath’s thermal spring waters. Bath University may be reached by car or regular buses. Shop 500 yards, pubs 200 yards, restaurants 5 minutes drive.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Separate toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freesat TVs. DVDs and small library. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed gardens and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Beachside Suites - The Penthouse Suite

    Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    3
    Ref: W43508

    Just 100 yards from the beach, these two well-appointed and furnished holiday apartments (refs W43507 and W43508), are located on the historic esplanade of Minehead’s seafront. Both apartments have sea views over the beach and town, plus both have spacious terraces. Within easy walking distance of Minehead’s high street with a wide range of shops, restaurants and cafés. Minehead beach is within walking distance, 100 yards. There’s the famous West Somerset Steam Railway, which has 26 miles of track through some beautiful scenery to enjoy, as well as superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path, which starts in Minehead, or inland on Exmoor, and many other places to visit to make a memorable holiday. Visit the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Dunster Castle (NT) and village, with its beautiful terraced gardens, is nearby. During your stay, take a visit to Porlock Weir and the ancient harbour port of Watchet. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor for all to enjoy. Shop and restaurant 500 yards, pub 200 yards.

    All on second floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Maximum occupancy 2 adults and 2 children.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Two Freeview TVs (one 40"). Freezer. Roof terrace with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Cowslip Cottage

    West Coker, nr. Yeovil

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: W43766


    Set in the heart of the quaint village of West Coker and near the west Dorset border, this lovely adjoining, 18th-century cottage is an ideal holiday home from which to explore the best of both Dorset and Somerset, with many attractions all within easy driving distance. One can enjoy the famous scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast, taking in the ever popular Lyme Regis, West Bay and Bridport. Also, venture on to Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester, all with many family places to visit. Within south Somerset, spend family time at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, Clarks Factory Village or enjoy days out taking in Cheddar Gorge and Caves. The Roman city of Bath is also worth a visit. Nearby boating activities at Halstock, golf, and lovely country walking on Ham Hill Country Park. Beach 22 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    3 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor. Dining room/kitchen with flagstone floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room and dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in courtyard.

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  • Old Rectory Cottage

    Oake, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 50201

    Rural location

    Wing of a charming 17th-century former rectory, in a lovely rural area. It is an excellent holiday base for touring the Quantocks, Brendon Hills and Exmoor. The coast at Dunster is 20 miles away, with Wellington and Taunton approximately 6 miles away. Close to Somerset County Cricket ground at Taunton where international matches are played. There is a golf course with restaurant within 1 mile. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Cloakroom with toilet. Narrow steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Convector heaters, NSH and electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen and towel hire (£4 for single bedding per week, £6 for double). Cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer.Telephone. Patio. Parking (1 car).

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