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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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  • Chaplain’s Lodge

    Tyntesfield, near 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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  • Norton Barns - Cider Barn

    Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W42182

    Luxury barn conversions

    These well appointed and attractive detached holiday cottages lie in the village of Kewstoke, only 1.5 miles to a local unspoilt beach at Sandbay and the National Trust headland of Sand Point. They have been renovated and offer a comfortable and peaceful base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and resorts. Only 3 miles to Weston-super-Mare with its long sandy beaches, aquarium, shops and traditional family attractions, and the smaller resorts of Clevedon, Burnham-on-Sea and Brean. With easy access to the M5, it is a short drive to other coastal areas of North Devon and Wales. The surrounding countryside includes the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, and the Somerset levels and moors, providing ample opportunities for walking and cycling. Further afield places to visit include Cheddar Gorge and caves, Wookey Hole, the cities of Bath and Bristol, Glastonbury and Wells. The owners provide a free family ticket to Puxton Park Family Attractions for bookings of 3 nights or longer. Shops, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Dual sided staircase to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture.

    All properties: Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Watermill Cottage

    Porlock

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: ERU

    Watermill Cottage is surrounded by the hills of Exmoor National Park, situated within walking distance of one of the finest villages on Exmoor, with shops, restaurants and tea shops. Porlock Weir is just half a mile away with its quaint harbour and fantastic walks. The property was once a working watermill but now is split into two properties although the watermill is still there and working. Crossing over three little bridges within the property grounds leads to a beautiful ornamental garden. Minehead, 3 miles, has steam trains and a station, well worth a trip. Shops and pub 500 yards.

    Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove and stable door to courtyard. Well-equipped kitchen. Single bedroom.

    Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter at cost. Electricity and full oil central heating included (October-March £20 per week, £15 per short break). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard and furniture. Ornamental garden within unspoilt woodland grounds with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Garage; additional roadside parking 10 yards. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks, fenced stream in grounds.

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  • Mill Batch Cottage

    Mark, Highbridge

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: EQS

    Mill Batch Cottage is an 18th century holiday cottage on the edge of the village of Mark, situated in the heart of the famous Somerset Levels, and in the shadow of the Mendip Hills. It was originally built as a cattle barn sometime in the 1780s, but in 1819 was converted into a cottage by William Counsell – hence the inscription ‘WC 1819’ on the outside, and ‘WC’ above the old fireplace, which often amuse visitors! The property retains many of the original features; the low wooden beam over the front entrance, the oak beamed ceiling, and the original fireplace, now with a wood burner for extra cosiness. The name ‘Mill Batch’ (shared with the owner’s home, adjacent to the cottage) comes from the fact that the property is about fifty feet above sea level (high for the Somerset Levels!). This makes it the ideal place for a windmill, and one was built here in the early eighteenth century. The lane next to the property, Perry Road, leads to the hamlet of Perry – named after pear cider, which would have been made there. Cider apple trees still run alongside the property and in the orchard next door. Sheep often graze here, wandering amongst the dappled light. The garden of the cottage, though small, borders the owner’s much larger garden (1.4 acres). Both are packed with wildlife; a wide range of birds (more than 80 species), butterflies (20 species) and badgers, foxes and the occasional deer all visit the garden from time to time. Swallows nest in the barn in the farmyard next door, and they are very much welcomed as one of the first signs of summer! 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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  • Norton Barns - Apple Barn

    Kewstoke, Weston-Super-Mare

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: W42180

    Luxury barn conversions

    These well appointed and attractive detached holiday cottages lie in the village of Kewstoke, only 1.5 miles to a local unspoilt beach at Sandbay and the National Trust headland of Sand Point. They have been renovated and offer a comfortable and peaceful base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and resorts. Only 3 miles to Weston-super-Mare with its long sandy beaches, aquarium, shops and traditional family attractions, and the smaller resorts of Clevedon, Burnham-on-Sea and Brean. With easy access to the M5, it is a short drive to other coastal areas of North Devon and Wales. The surrounding countryside includes the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, and the Somerset levels and moors, providing ample opportunities for walking and cycling. Further afield places to visit include Cheddar Gorge and caves, Wookey Hole, the cities of Bath and Bristol, Glastonbury and Wells. The owners provide a free family ticket to Puxton Park Family Attractions for bookings of 3 nights or longer. Shops, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

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

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Wi-fi. Lawned garden and furniture.

    All properties: Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Garden Villa

    Bath

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 24882

    Stunning views over Bath

    This holiday cottage has an excellent location raised above the city of Bath. Stunning views over the Georgian architecture and abbey can be enjoyed from various secret seating areas in the delightful pretty garden. Local amenities and pubs are within a minutes’ walk away, and it’s a 10-minute stroll down into the centre of the city with a steeper uphill return. Bath is a vibrant cultural city with many attractions: famous ones include the Roman Baths and Spa, the sweeping crescents, the magnificent abbey, Pulteney Bridge and weir, and the Aquae Thermae Spa with rooftop open air pool. There are many galleries, museums, theatres and parks, and a vast array of restaurants, cafes and unique individual shops. Walks and boat rides can be taken at the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon canal, both of which run through the city. Just outside the city the American museum is a popular attraction. Further afield there is Cheddar Gorge and caves, Longleat Safari Park, Stonehenge, Glastonbury and Wells. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 3 steps to utility/shower room with toilet. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room (no toilet). Maximum occupancy 5 guests including infants.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Please note: There are 6 steps in the garden to the entrance. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Tor View

    Street, near Glastonbury

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W43263

    This end-of-terrace holiday home lies in a small, peaceful cul-de-sac with stunning views across the fields to Glastonbury Tor from the conservatory and covered pergola in the garden. Walks from the doorstep. Just minutes away from Glastonbury with its annual pop festival. Explore the Millennium Walk or visit the Peat Moors Centre and the Chalice Well or take a ride on the steam train along the East Somerset Railway to the shops in Bath or to the seaside at Weston-super-Mare. Close by are Bristol, Bridgwater, Cheddar Gorge, Street, Wells and Yeovil. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/conservatory. Kitchen with breakfast area. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small, enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Small, covered pond in garden.

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  • Wellington Farm - Long Wood

    Near 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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  • 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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  • Brae View Cottage

    Brean, nr. Burnham-on-Sea

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: 26347

    This single storey detached holiday cottage enjoys an elevated location backing on to the long beach at Brean, sea views can be fully appreciated inside and outside the cottage. The beach stretches for 7 miles between Burnham-on-Sea and Brean, stopping at NT headland of Brean Down, which has views over the Bristol Channel. There are many family attractions in the area, including Brean Leisure Park and Animal Farm Adventure Park. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

    Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Gas central heating included (£35per week October-May). Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Gravelled, decked and patio garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome Pack. No smoking. NB: 20 yards to sea. Steps in garden and private access to beach.

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  • Rose Cottage

    Bathampton, near Bath

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EKH

    A delightful 45-minute walk along the towpath from historic Bath, this attractive and comfortable property enjoys lovely private views over the Kennet and Avon canal from its patio garden. Refurbished, this double-fronted holiday cottage at the end of a row, is just 400 yards from the heart of the village of Bathampton, with the first Governor of Australia buried in its chapel. Bath (2 miles), one of Britain’s most elegant cities, offers spectacular architecture, interesting shops, good food and nightlife. Bristol 13 miles. Golf 2 miles. Shops ½ mile, excellent and very old pub 250 yards.

    Entrance hall. Modern, well-equipped, fitted kitchen. Attractive sitting/dining room with ‘coal-effect’ fire and door to garden. Cloakroom/toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Three pretty bedrooms; one double, one twin and one single. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    ‘Coal-effect’ fire included. Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone – local and incoming only. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Hilltop Barn

    Kilve, near 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. Please note: This property has a security deposit of £200.

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