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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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  • Willow Farm Cottages - The Cobbles

    West Pennard, nr. Glastonbury

    Grade
    6
    4
    1
    1
    Ref: 30792


    This pair of semi-detached converted barns enjoy a peaceful rural setting amongst rolling countryside, yet just a few miles from Glastonbury. The barns have been sympathetically renovated with oak floors and doors, large patio doors and with the original hayloft storage areas converted into galleried bedrooms. Both properties have a private terraced area, with a shared elevated lawned area, and the site is fully enclosed with fencing, ideal for those with pets or children. The Monarchs Way long distance footpath passes just in front of the barns and there are many organised tours, walks and listed footpaths within the immediate area, in the Mendip Hills and along the Somerset Levels. Glastonbury Town Trail and Glastonbury Rural Walk can be followed with ease. Attractions in Glastonbury include climbing up the tor for magnificent views, the Chalice Well and Rural Life Museum, the high street itself encompassing the myths, legends and spiritual ambience of the town, as well as the famous abbey. The city of Wells with its cathedral and Bishops Palace is within a 20-minute drive, as are The Royal Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet and Wookey Hole Caves. The Fleet Air Museum at Yeovilton and Cheddar Gorge are approximately a 30-minute drive. For retail therapy, the factory outlet centre of Clarks Village in Street is a 20-minute drive away. The cities of Bath and Bristol are both within an hours’ drive. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Level access or 6 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and oak floor/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, narrow, paddle stairs to galleried twin bedroom.

    Fridge/freezer.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Smart TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 6 steps in garden.

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  • Quarme Coombe Cottage

    Wheddon Cross, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W43277

    Located down a long drive in a quiet wooded valley, just outside the Exmoor village of Wheddon Cross, Quarme Coombe Cottage offers a real heaven away from the world. The quiet surroundings are complemented by the beautiful, natural countryside that is evident from every window in the cottage. This detached holiday property has a well-appointed interior and there is a large garden with a sitting-out area as well as large lawn and small wooded area. The cottage is a short drive from Wheddon Cross which has a convenience store, garage and friendly family run pub. You can unwind with some stunning country walks on the South West Coastal Path or inland through woodlands and the moors, go horse-riding, fishing or cycling in this unspoilt area. Visit the many attractions within easy driving such as the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Minehead is a must with its Somerwest World Theme Park, sandy beach and scenic steam railway for a trip back in time to Bishop’s Lydeard. There is also the fascinating magical medieval Dunster Castle, Mill and Deer Park, Tropiquaria, and towards Tiverton Knightshayes Court and Gardens (NT), which will all make for a great holiday. Shop and pub serving food 0.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with dining area. 1 bunk bedroom. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel 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 in shared laundry room. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio and sitting-out area. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Croft Cottages - Corner Cottage

    Watchet

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44206

    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.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk.

    Gas central heating included. Towel hire. Electric cooker. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden 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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  • Tilham Cottage

    Baltonsborough, nr. Glastonbury

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EKR

    In a beautiful country setting, with lovely views and its own large garden, this attractive, detached stone holiday cottage provides spacious, characterful accommodation. Set in the heart of Somerset, it is just 3 miles from historic Glastonbury and Tor, 7 miles from the tiny cathedral city of Wells, and close to Cheddar with its famous gorge and caves. Excellent walking on the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels (SSSI), renowned for its birdlife. Montacute House, Stourhead (both NT), and Longleat are easily reached. Riding locally. Golf 6 miles. Coast 20 miles. Shops 3 miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Entrance hall. Beamed living room with multi-fuel burner in stone surround, rugs on wood-block floor and French doors to garden. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Three beamed bedrooms with wooden floors; one double, one twin with additional single bed (for +1), one single (double bed accessed from one side only). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner – fuel available locally. Electricity, oil central heating and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. TV. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. 4-acre meadowland. Ample parking.

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  • The Stables

    Batheaston, nr. Bath

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EWS

    This holiday cottage, furnished to a high standard sits elevated on a hill facing south. Near to the owners’ home, it enjoys views overlooking country and villages to the east of Bath. Close by are NT Dyrham and Lacock or visit Castle Combe, Badminton, Longleat, Stourhead, the Cotswolds and Bristol. Use of a private tennis court is available. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

    Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove and well-equipped kitchen area with Aga (for cooking). Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite wet room with bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with patio door to interior Juliet balcony overlooking living room. Shower room with toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout first floor.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel available at cost
    • Electricity, full gas central heating (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair (on request)
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Use of tennis court by arrangement
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: 20 steps to property.

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  • Combe Cottages - Nightingale

    Templecombe

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: EOC

    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.

    Spacious living/dining room with sofa-bed (for +2) and well-equipped kitchen area with tiled floor. Double bedroom with TV. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet

    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Fridge/freezer

    • 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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  • Karslake House

    Winsford, nr. Dulverton

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    4
    Ref: W44201


    Nestled in the pretty Exmoor village of Winsford, Karslake House is a terraced cottage close to the owners home. Up past the ford and thatched pub, it makes an ideal base for those looking to enjoy a week of walking in the Exmoor National Park. Explore the varied, stunning landscape that this beautiful part of the country has to offer, or for those wanting to relax, enjoy the bliss and slower pace of rural village life. Internally, the house is very well-appointed with all the bedrooms having either en-suite facilities or a shower in the room. There is a charming living room with a woodburner and a good sized, well-equipped kitchen. There is also a lovely landscaped patio for guests to use.
    A local shop and pub serving food are within easy walking distance, as well as a popular tea room. The property sits within the boundaries of Exmoor National Park, which offers great walking for all abilities, a wide range of wildlife including deer and the famous Exmoor ponies, and some superb places to visit including Withypool, Lanacre and Tarr Steps. The Exmoor town of Dulverton is worth a visit and has a good range of shops and restaurants. Looking towards the coast, there is the medieval town of Dunster with its castle (NT), and then on to Minehead, which also has a larger range of shops and amenities, as well as the West Somerset Railway and beach area. Other areas of interest close by are Porlock and Porlock Weir, and a little further along the coast are Lynton and Lynmouth, the two towns being connected by the Victorian cliff railway. Spend a day on the beach at Dunster or Blue Anchor. Shop and pub 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, one (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with shower cubicle, 1 twin with shower cubicle. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Partial gas and electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 32" Freesat TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. Please note: Due to the age of the property there are some uneven floors and small steps throughout.

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  • Beer Farm

    Waterrow, nr. Wiveliscombe

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    2
    Ref: EWB

    Tucked away in rural Somerset on the edge of Exmoor, down a private track in 15 acres, this detached barn conversion, decorated and furnished to a very high standard, has an indoor heated swimming pool and games room. Enjoy walks from the door, or in the private grounds.

    Minehead is just 15 miles away, where visitors can enjoy golf, tennis, the West Somerset Railway and lovely sandy beaches. The county town of Taunton offers shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Nature can be seen at its best within the wonderfully unspoilt and peaceful Exmoor National Park, which is among the UK’s greatest Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In this stunning landscape, wildlife lovers can observe majestic red deer, Exmoor ponies and hundreds of different species of birds. There are ancient wooded valleys with magical waterfalls, a dramatic coastline with secluded beaches and miles of open moorland. The medieval village of Dunster is nearby, with its NT castle and terraced gardens. Activities to enjoy locally include horse riding, fishing, bird watching, water sports and cycling. Within easy driving distance are Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, Wells, Glastonbury, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and Haynes Motor Museum. Shops and gastro pub 2 miles.

    Living room with wood-burning stove and wooden floor. Dining room with stone floor and well-equipped kitchen area with range (for cooking). First floor: Double bedroom with 6ft bed. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Separate barn with swimming pool: Reading room/lounge. Twin bedroom (adults only) with en-suite wet room and toilet. Additional reception room adjacent with own entrance.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Three satellite TVs
    • DVD
    • Gas/electric range included
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer (in pool barn)
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Verandah
    • 15-acre grounds with furniture and woodland walk
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 4 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • Private indoor heated swimming pool (badujet countercurrent) (19ft 6in x 8ft, depth 4ft) with shower facilities
    • External games room with table tennis and football
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • 4 dog kennels in outbuilding
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream in grounds

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  • Croft Cottages - Linhay 4

    Watchet

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44209

    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.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Gas central heating included. Towel hire. Electric cooker. Wi-fi. Enclosed 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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  • Cary Fitzpaine Cottages - The Old Stables

    Cary Fitzpaine

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: EQG

    This single-storey converted barn is quietly situated and combines character features such as exposed beams and flagstone floors with modern facilities. Adjacent to the owner’s home, it is - a perfect holiday base to explore gems such as Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat, Wells Cathedral City, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Holes and Caves and Montacute House. Visit Yeovilton Air Museum and Haynes Motor Museum, Bath or the famous Jurassic Coast and Lyme Regis. Shop and pubs 2 miles.

    Spacious beamed living room with electric woodburner. Well-equipped country kitchen/dining room with flagstone floor, beams, range (for cooking), and French doors to patio. Utility. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and toilet. Further double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. All bedrooms with TV.

    Electric woodburner included. Electricity, full oil central heating, underfloor heating (kitchen), bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Four TVs. DVD. CD. Range included. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden and patio with furniture. Parking (for 2 cars). No smoking. Ground floor facilities.

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  • Thorn Cottage

    Winsford, Dulverton

    Grade
    6
    4
    1
    1
    Ref: W2744

    In one of the prettiest villages on Exmoor

    This Grade II listed charming thatched cottage is situated in one of the prettiest villages on Exmoor. Full of character showing exposed beams, an inglenook fireplace and a winding staircase, it makes a delightful holiday home all year round. The cottage is located in an area renowned for its variety of footpaths and bridleways. Horse riding, fishing and boat trips are only a few of the facilities on offer. Why not explore the Exmoor countryside and historic villages, nearby Dunster Castle or simply relax on the Somerset beaches some 12 miles away. Shop 25 yards and pub with food 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Second living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Two steps up to separate toilet. Winding staircase to first floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, 2 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet (access via one of the double bedrooms).

    Woodburner in living room included. NSH and electricity included (£25per week October-April). Bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture. On road parking.

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  • Shaplands Barn

    Cold Ashton, Bath

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: PCCR

    Shaplands Barn has been lovingly converted - offering light and airy living. One of a pair, it lies in a quiet lane in a small village. The village is in an AONB and is famous for being on the Cotswold Way. Only 4 miles from jct 18 on the M4, the holiday property is very well placed for exploring - whether walking, cycling or day trips to NT Dyrham Park, Westonbirt Aboretum, or Lacock. Bath is 6 miles away with famous Roman baths and Georgian stone crescents. Nearby is the village of Marshfield with village shop and gastro pubs. Shops 2 miles.

    Large beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, wooden floor, window with traditional shutters and large French doors to courtyard garden, open-plan with large kitchen with stone floor. Separate toilet. Large galleried area with seating, day bed (for +2) and glass and oak balustrade overlooking ground floor. First floor: Double bedroom en-suite shower room with double shower and toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft (zip & link beds). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating (underfloor in kitchen), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small courtyard with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

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