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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.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Somerset today.
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  • Dove Cottage

    Minehead

    Grade
    4
    3
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    1
    Ref: 27023

    Dove Cottage is located on the outskirts of Minehead. The terraced holiday cottage forms part of a range of barn conversions called The Hopcott. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on the moors. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Visit Minehead and enjoy a walk along the promenade or an ice cream, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. A visit to enchanting Dunster Castle (NT) with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and mill will make for an interesting day out. Beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop 440 yards, pub and restaurant 760 yards.

    Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 single. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams.

    Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Payphone. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking, 43 yards. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Bow Bridge Cottage

    Ashill, nr. Ilminster

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 29829


    This detached holiday home for four guests with a large garden, is situated midway between the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with Lyme Regis, Sidmouth and its spectacular scenery and beaches, and Bridgwater Bay to the north with Minehead and Weston-super-Mare. It is in a great location to enjoy so much and visit so many attractions such as Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Clarks Village factory outlet, Glastonbury Tor, and Cheddar Gorge which are just to name a few. There are many historic houses in the area including Barrington Court, Montacute House and gardens, Forde Abbey and gardens and further afield, Wells with its beautiful cathedral and Bishops Palace. You will have a wealth of memorable experiences to enjoy! Beach 16 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 2 single.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (£25per week, £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Rose Cottage

    Norton-sub-Hamdon

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EHU

    This charming Grade II listed holiday cottage of traditional thatch and hamstone (all of building in photograph) is set in a conservation village on the Somerset/Dorset border. Comfortably furnished and attractively decorated, it has its own garden. Explore lovely walks in nearby Ham Hill Country Park, or attractions within easy reach including Cricket St Thomas Lakes and Gardens. Many other highly regarded gardens within easy reach include Tintinhul, Lambrook Manor, Forde Abbey and great houses such as 16th-century Montacute House (NT) with its formal garden and landscaped park (4 miles). Coast 20 miles. Pub within easy walking distance. Fishing locally. Shop 75 yards.

    Beamed sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove. Farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area. Shower room with toilet. Narrow staircase to first floor: Two pretty double bedrooms (one 5ft bed). Single bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Garden with furniture
    • Garage/parking

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  • Crown Cottage

    Rodhuish, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 15232

    Within Exmoor National Park

    Set within the peaceful Exmoor National Park with views of unspoilt countryside, only 4 miles from the beach at Blue Anchor. Ideal family holiday. Plenty of bird watching and ideal for a walking holiday. Places of interest such as Dunster Castle and village (NT) Watchet Harbour, Minehead and Exmoor with its villages, native ponies, red deer and excellent walking or riding. Other attractions include, West Somerset Steam Railway and sailing on Wimbleball Lake. Shop and pub 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking nearby (2-3 cars).

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  • Mill Cottage

    Exton, nr. Dulverton

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 18698

    With views over the beautiful Exe Valley, this most comfortable, well equipped cottage is ideally located within Exmoor National Park. Many very beautiful walks, sandy beaches at Minehead and Blue Anchor, the rugged North Devon coast and the fascinating villages of Dunster, Selworthy and Porlock are all within easy reach. For rainy days, adults will enjoy Dunster Castle and Knightshayes Court (NT), while the West Somerset Railway and Butlins at Minehead will appeal to children of all ages. The attractive town of Dulverton is a short drive away, with a good range of amenities. Shops 4 miles, pub 200 yards.

    Lower ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Ground floor: Living room. Study/playroom. 1 single bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, oil, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Oil Rayburn. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Jeffries Mill Cottages - Herons’ Weir

    Spring Gardens, Frome

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    4
    Ref: EXY


    These properties are set in a small cluster of houses along a no-through road, just over 1 mile from the heart of Frome, a bustling market town with weekly markets and an ever-growing popular monthly market which takes over the town centre. There are cobbled, pedestrianised streets with rivulets running down, and an array of cafés, individual shops, leisure and entertainment. Herons’ Weir (ref EXY) and adjoining Dippers’ Folly (ref EXZ) have been converted from an old industrial workshop building and have been fitted out to a high standard with oak doors and furniture, and marble floors with underfloor heating on the ground floor. Each bedroom has its own bathroom or shower room, some of which are en-suite. The building sits next to the River Mells facing Jeffries Mill sluice and weir. Both cottages have riverside sitting areas from which to relax with a drink and enjoy the wildlife and ever changing river setting - there are always plenty of birds and you may be lucky enough to see the heron, dippers, kingfisher, fish jumping and otters. There are many picturesque villages within the region, offering great country and riverside walks, with a welcoming pub at the end. The area makes an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding attractions, including Stonehenge, Longleat House, Safari Park and Gardens, Wells Cathedral and Bishops Palace, the spiritual town of Glastonbury with its abbey and tor, the amazing Cheddar Gorge, the designer outlet village at Street, a number of National Trust properties and the Roman city of Bath, with its Georgian buildings, sweeping crescents, spa baths and lively culture. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Large living room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen/dining area with electric range (for cooking) and TV. Utility. Shower room with toilet. Marble and slate floors throughout. Feature oak stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electric range included
    • Washing machine (in utility)
    • Freezer
    • Barbecue
    • Large riverside terrace with furniture leading to adjoining weir garden
    • Parking (for 3 cars)

    • Electricity, full electric central heating (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
    • 40" Freeview Smart TV
    • DVD
    • Large, shared DVD library
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 12 years
    • NB: Riverside location

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  • Easel Cottage

    South Horrington, nr. Wells

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: EXS


    Dating from 1880, Easel Cottage sits on the highest point of South Horrington village, just outside the medieval city of Wells, affording it a superb viewpoint towards King’s Castle Wood.
    In its former function, the cottage was part of the Mendip Hospital, and used as a porter’s lodge and staff quarters. Lovingly brought back to life without losing its original charm, it retains original doors and windows, with the addition of modern comforts.
    Whilst renovating Easel Cottage, the owners have collected some weird and wonderful finds, including unopened 1960s medication, shoes, Victorian glass and hospital meal menus. The cottage was originally attached by a bridge to the main house (Mendip House), which is currently inhabited by the cottage owners. Mendip House is also the home of the owner’s gallery business. The walls of Easel Cottage benefit from housing a selection from the art collection, providing a visually rich, unique style to every room. It is an art lover’s paradise – your own private gallery for the duration, with the works adorning the walls available for purchase. The gallery business’ network of local artists means that the owner can also organise art workshops/activities/instruction if visitors are inclined.
    A short stroll from Easel Cottage will find you in the heart of South Horrington, which between 1848–1991 was the Mendip Hospital. The original hospital was built to house 400 patients and staff. The principal architect was George Gilbert Scott, who is better known for his designs of St Pancras Station and the Albert Memorial in London. Wells Cricket Club is based in South Horrington, with Wells Golf Club’s beautiful 18-hole parkland course at the foot of the village.
    Shrubs, trees and flowers adorn the cottage garden, attracting a myriad of birds which fill the air with birdsong. Situated alongside Easel Cottage, visitors will also have use of the owner’s private Bluebell Wood, and you may be lucky enough to spot the deer that wander through occasionally.
    There are some glorious walks emanating directly from the cottage. Wells Cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and Vicar’s Close are 1½ miles away and can be accessed via a picturesque walk running alongside Wells Golf Course. Other routes take the walker past King’s Wood through to Dulcote and Dinder. There is also a good selection of independent restaurants located in Wells.
    Conveniently placed for visits to Glastonbury Abbey and Tor, the beauty of the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels, Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves. Within an easy drive, guests can reach the cities of Bath and Bristol, as well as the coastal resorts and sandy beaches at Weston-Super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea and Brean Sands. Shop and pub within 1 mile.

    Living room with electric cast iron stove and wooden floor. Hallway dining area with stone floor. Kitchen. Games room. Two double bedrooms; both with 5ft beds, one zip & link. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electric cast iron stove included
    • Electricity, full electric heaters, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Garden with patio area
    • Woodland privately owned by owner
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Games room with table tennis and dart board
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Mill Batch Cottage

    Mark, Highbridge

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: EQS

    Dating back to 1820, this charming character holiday cottage has been carefully restored and is furnished and decorated in a traditional cottage style. Standing detached, and adjacent to the owners’ home, guests can enjoy an enclosed garden. It is located in the delightful village of Mark, which is situated on the edge of the Mendips between Cheddar and Glastonbury, and the area offers excellent walking and cycle paths. The popular seaside resort of Burnham-on-Sea is just 6 miles away, and other places to visit include Cheddar Caves and Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Glastonbury Tor and the smallest cathedral city of Wells. Shop ½ mile, pub ¼ mile.

    Large beamed, double aspect living room with wood-burning stove in inglenook fireplace. Kitchen with tiled floor and sloping ceiling. Utility. Separate toilet. Fairly steep wooden stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with window shutter. Beamed twin bedroom with sloping ceiling. Single bedroom with floor level feature window. All bedrooms with exposed stone wall. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full LPG central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD (small music library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Taxi service by prior arrangement with owners
    • Pets free of charge
    • No smoking

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  • Wellington Farm - Long Wood

    Nr. Wells

    Grade
    5
    3
    3
    2
    Ref: EPH


    Set in a secluded position high in the Mendips above Cheddar Gorge and just 3 miles from Cheddar, these attractive barn conversions make an excellent base for walkers and nature lovers. This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is rich in bird and wildlife, including badgers and deer (which visit the farm). Animals on the farm include calves, pygmy goats, alpacas and guinea pigs. Nature trails criss-cross the surrounding hills, easily accessible from the farm, and the whole area is one of immense historical and geological interest.
    Among the many places of interest to visit are Wells cathedral in England’s smallest city, Glastonbury Tor, the caves at Cheddar and Wookey, Longleat and several NT properties including Montacute House and Stourhead and King John’s Hunting Lodge in pretty Axbridge. Excellent beaches and seaside entertainment can be enjoyed at Weston Super Mare and Brean, and there are many charming villages to be explored, along with the rugged landscape of Exmoor National Park, famous for the native ponies. The Georgian Heritage city of Bath is easily reached with its beautiful architecture, Roman Baths, Abbey and fine selection of shops and restaurants. Several golf clubs are available locally together with horse riding, coarse fishing and trout fishing at Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes. Very good local inns and places to eat. Please note: Ramscliff Cottage (ref EGA) and Long Wood (ref EPH) can be booked together to accommodate up to 7 guests.

    Living/dining room with electric log-effect fire. Spacious well-equipped modern kitchen. Single bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms; one double and one twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Full oil central heating included
    • Dishwasher
    • Courtyard and furniture

    • Electric log-effect fire included
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot and high chair on request
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed children’s play area with seesaw, climbing frame, slide and swings
    • Parking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Chaplain’s Lodge

    Tyntesfield, nr. Bristol

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: NT003030

    National Trust Holiday Cottage

    Chaplain’s Lodge is a beautifully restored mid-Victorian gate-lodge, providing all the comforts of a country retreat. Built in the 1890s in Gothic revival style, it retains typical decorations of dark painted wood, Victorian wallpapers and Victorian furniture.

    The National Trust bought the house in 2002 after the death of Baron Wraxall. The lodge marked the northern entrance to the Tyntesfield Estate, and has views over the gardens, as well as having its own lovely private garden. Guests can enjoy the 500-acre estate, including woodland walks and the working kitchen garden, plus complimentary entry to the main house.

    The village of Wraxall is situated in North Somerset, lying between the city of Bristol and the Bristol Channel. The village is also the home of Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm. This zoo has a large collection of animals, with hands on experience and children’s play areas.

    Just seven miles from Bristol and within easy reach of the M5, Tyntesfield offers the perfect retreat, but is within easy reach of local attractions and amenities. Not only does a stay in this area provide the opportunity to visit bustling Bristol and elegant Bath, but also the depths of rural Somerset, glorious Gloucestershire and the rolling Cotswold hills. Visit the nearby coastline and long sandy beaches at Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea, and the quieter Victorian resort of Clevedon. Within an hours drive, one can reach Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, the cathedral city of Wells and the Glastonbury Tor. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Living room. Kitchen/dining room with wooden floor. Single bedroom. Two steps down to bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Lower ground floor: Utility. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom.

    • Electricity, gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Freezer
    • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Shared 500-acre grounds
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking

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  • Hilltop Barn

    Kilve, nr. Watchet

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W43866

    Comfortable, thoughtfully appointed and well equipped are all ways to describe Hilltop Barn. Located on the outskirts of the village of Kilve, between the coast and the Quantock Hills, this delightful detached barn conversion is a real treat either for a quiet weekend getaway or as somewhere to look forward to returning to after a busy day of sightseeing. This holiday home has lovely views of the coast and surrounding countryside. There is a great courtyard overlooking the quiet country lane for guest to enjoy a drink or some al fresco dining.

    During your stay there is plenty to see and do. Explore Exmoor’s spectacular northern coast, the highest in Britain, where steep cliffs plunge into the sea. You can enjoy fantastic walks here along the cliff top coastal path, with dramatic views of the coastline and out to sea. From Dunkery Beacon at 1707ft there are panoramic views to Wales, Dartmoor and beyond. Minehead is only 10 miles away with a beach, harbour and fantastic steam railway. Historic Dunster with its medieval castle (NT) is one of the prettiest villages on Exmoor. Porlock, Watchet and Dulverton offer interesting shops and tea shops where you can enjoy a traditional Somerset cream tea. There are many places to visit locally including Knightshayes Court, a splendid Victorian house at Tiverton. Shop and pub 750 yards.

    Ground floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with patio doors. Kitchen with dining area.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. 38" Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Winyards View

    Crewkerne

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 30589

    Situated on the edge of Crewkerne and near to the west Dorset border, this single-storey, semi-detached property with lovely country views, offers a great location and is a well-presented holiday home. It has many family attractions nearby, including Forde Abbey and Gardens, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum with its array of classic cars, and Ham Hill Country Park with its superb views over Somerset. The famous World Heritage Coast towns of Lyme Regis and West Bay are nearby. There are many historic houses in the area, excellent walking, and ideally located to explore the many delights of South Somerset and West Dorset. Glastonbury, Cheddar Gorge and Bath make excellent days out. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    1 step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/conservatory. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Wet room (no toilet). Separate toilet.

    Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 10 steps to garden.

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