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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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  • 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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  • Merrylands

    Galhampton, nr. Castle Cary

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 29096

    In south Somerset, between Castle Cary and Sherborne, this mid terrace holiday home for 6, adjacent to the owner’s property, is ideally located for exploring the best of Somerset and Dorset. There are so many attractions, all of which are within easy driving. Spend family days out at the Motor Museum, Yeovilton Air Musem, Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat House and Safari Park, Glastonbury Tor and Clarks Factory Village. Amble down to explore the World Heritage Coast form Weymouth to Lyme Regis, perhaps have a day out in Bath or visit the Cheddar Gorge and Caves, you will have plenty to enjoy for a memorable holiday. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 2 twin (one zip and link can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating included (£20per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden to front. Enclosed garden to rear. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Stone Crop

    Colerne, nr. Bath

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: EXM

    This spacious detached Victorian cottage has been immaculately renovated and retains many of its original characteristics. The large open fireplace in the living room is a focal point and the calming white décor throughout gives this charming cottage a fresh, bright Scandinavian feel. The award-winning garden remains true to its Victorian heritage, and includes a separate orchard. This is a peaceful location along a quiet lane, just one mile from Colerne; a picturesque historical country village beside the Bybrook Valley and an area of conservation due to its outstanding natural beauty. It is set on the edge of the Cotswolds and Bath with architecture dating from the 16th century. The house enjoys far reaching views over the beautiful Box Valley and Lucknham Park with its state of the art luxury spa is just a 5-minute stroll away. Just outside Colerne are the Three Shire Stones famously marking the point where Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire meet. A rural retreat but situated very close to the Georgian city of Bath, which is 6 miles east. Bath is designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and the only complete city in the UK afforded World Heritage status. Bath is also famous for the Roman Baths and the spa. Stonehenge, Lacock (where BBC’s Cranford series was filmed), Corsham, Castle Combe and many historical villages in the Wiltshire countryside are accessible by car. National Trust properties Dyrham Park, Prior Park overlooking Bath, and Lacock Abbey are a short drive and beautiful Stourhead and Tyntesfield are an hour’s drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Spacious living room with open fire. Spacious kitchen with dining area. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms; each with 5ft bed, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Further double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Open fire - no fuel provided
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large, lawned garden with patio and bench
    • Ample parking
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Ship Bungalow and Mews - Ship Bungalow

    Porlock, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 25028

    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.

    Ground floor: Dining room with French doors/kitchen, both with tiled floor. 6 steps to 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Living room with wooden floor.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • The Green Farm

    Faulkland, nr. Bath

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EFX

    This superb 17th-century village house of great character, with its own private garden, has been elegantly restored and furnished. Situated on the village green where the ancient stocks still stand, the holiday home is just 8 miles from Bath and close to Bradford-on-Avon, Norton St Philip and the Cotswolds. Within easy reach of Wookey Hole, Cheddar Gorge, Wells, Glastonbury, Longleat, Salisbury and Stonehenge. Pub with good dining 125 yards. Shop 2 miles.

    Sitting-room with open fire. Dining room. Luxury kitchen/breakfast room. Cloakroom with toilet. Original oak spiral staircase to first floor: Double bedroom with four-poster bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Small twin bedroom. Large twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Oak beams throughout.

    • Open fire – logs £2 per basket
    • Electricity and NSH by meter reading
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV (Freeview)
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Food processor
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Garden and terrace with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking (on village green)

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  • Tacker Street Cottage

    Roadwater, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 15233

    Set within Exmoor National Park

    Set on the village edge in a delightful wooded valley with a lovely garden this semi-detached holiday cottage offers comfortable, value for money family accommodation. Accessed over a small wooden bridge across a stream, running through the neighbour’s grounds, it is ideally positioned for walking, riding and touring. Beautiful Exmoor with its sleepy villages, native ponies and red deer as well as the attractions of the coast, close to Minehead, Watchet Harbour and beach at Blue Anchor. Dunster Castle and village (NT) and the West Somerset Steam Railway are nearby. Shop ½ mile, pub ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin.

    Open fire in living room and woodburner in kitchen (no fuel provided). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking nearby (2-3 cars). NB: Access through neighbouring property via narrow bridge. Stream in neighbour’s grounds.

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  • The Coach House

    Upton, nr. Dulverton

    Grade
    6
    3
    4
    3
    Ref: EXG


    This 19th-century Coach House, once part of a country house estate, is attached to a small annex and still retains many original features. Set in 4 acres of grounds within the owner’s 60 acre farm, situated on the beautiful Brendon Hills, it is close to Wimbleball Lake, which is renowned for its fly fishing, sailing, rowing and hosting the famous Ironman Triathlon every year. Haddon Hill offers wonderful moorland walks and the West Somerset coast is only 15 minutes away, offering stunning scenery and the fossil beach at Kilve. The pretty country village of Dulverton is a 10-minute drive, and the medieval village of Dunster with its castle is another popular local attraction. Exmoor National Park was designated as the first Dark Sky reserve in Europe. The property is ideal for exploring Exmoor, activity holidays or walking/training your dogs who are always welcome at the Coach House at no extra cost. Upton has some excellent pubs, restuarants and tearooms and some lovely quaint village shops selling local produce. Shop 7 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Spacious, beamed, open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and well-equipped kitchen area. First floor: Three twin bedrooms, each with zip & link beds and TV; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, two with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
    • Oil, electricity, underfloor oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Four Freeview TVs
    • Three DVDs
    • Sandyford Classic oil cooker
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer (in annexe)
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Courtyard with furniture
    • Shared use of owners’ 60 acres of adjoining farmland
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Secure cycle store
    • Kennel available
    • Table tennis room in adjoining building
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge (to be kept on a lead at all times)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Access by track, pond in grounds 25 yards

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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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  • The Mill

    Nr. Ilminster

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: E4810

    This stunning, award-winning conversion of the oldest mill house in Somerset stands proudly beside a tranquil 1-acre mill pond and island. The resorts and beaches of Lyme Regis, Beer, Branscombe and Sidmouth, the cathedral and Bishop’s Palace at Wells, Clarks Village shopping outlet, Montacute and Barrington Court (both NT) are within easy reach; Exmoor and Longleat a little further. Riding locally; cycle hire in Ilminster, 3 miles. Shop 1.5 miles, dining pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Dining room with flagstone floor. Kitchen. Utility room. Bathroom with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Living room with beams. 2 twin bedrooms, one with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: 1 double bedroom with beams. Separate toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity included (£25per week, £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Table tennis (in barn). NB: Drops and pond in garden.

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  • Well Cottage

    Luxborough, Watchet

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: EUL

    Located within Exmoor National Park and with magnificent views down across the valley, Well Cottage offers a peaceful retreat from the world. The pretty enclosed garden area has a good-sized patio where guests can enjoy a drink whilst admiring the surroundings and there are plenty of walks from the holiday cottage. The stunning coastline between Minehead and Combe Martin is nearby, with its beaches and quiet coves. Shops 4 miles, pub 2 miles.

    Spacious beamed living room with wood-burning stove. Large beamed dining room with tiled floor. Large kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Beamed double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV, dressing area and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Telephone (emergency calls only)
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and garden furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 4 cars)
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • No smoking
    • NB: Small pond in garden

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  • Dragonfly Cottage

    Bridgwater

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E5492

    Hidden deep in the Somerset countryside, yet only a short drive from sandy beaches, these two smart and well-appointed, semi-detached holiday cottages are set around the owners’ 12-acre lake. There is plenty of wildlife on the doorstep, including deer, swans and badgers, and the area is ideal for bird watching and walking. Somerset, situated in South West England, is a region of rural countryside, coastal beaches, a national park and numerous AONBs. The area is full of character and history, and is the perfect holiday destination for breathtaking views, culture, endless walks and traditional pub food. Nestled amongst Somerset’s rolling hills and the Levels, are picturesque villages, small market towns, age-old pubs and modern-day tourist attractions. There are always so many things to do in Somerset, this location is suited to all ages, making Lakeview’s holiday cottages an ideal holiday destination. Two pubs serving food within 10 minutes’ walk. Shops/PO 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining area/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair for hire on request (£10 each). Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared grounds with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Children’s play area. Fishing (free of charge). No smoking. NB: Fenced fishing lake in grounds.

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  • Werescote View

    Wellington

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 28259

    Situated in a rural yet accessible location, right on the Somerset/Devon border. Werescote View is a delightful, ground floor holiday apartment located within the owners’ property but retaining privacy with its own garden. Enjoy, too, the property’s 22-acre grounds which lead on to plenty of walks. This is an ideal base for get-togethers with family or friends alike. Enjoy the breathtaking views over Whiteball. The Whiteball Tunnel is famous both for its designer, Brunel, and also as the scene of the first ever achievement of a speed of 100mph by a steam train, namely ’The City of Truro’ in May 1904. Discover Tiverton with its castle and bustling old market; a visit to Exmoor National Park is not be missed either. Minehead and North Devon, with sandy beaches, are within easy reach. The town of Wellington is within 3½ miles of the property, where an excellent range of shops can be found. Taunton is within 10 miles. The city of Exeter is approximately 22 miles; brimming with history and heritage, it offers many visitor attractions to keep you entertained for hours on end. From the magnificent cathedral to the historic quayside, there’s so much to see and do in this fascinating city. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft, one 6ft zip and link, can be twin), 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Radio. iPod dock. Electric range. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 22 acres of natural grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unprotected 3ft drop at front of property.

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