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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Orchard Barn

    Drayton

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    3
    Ref: 24637

    On the picturesque Somerset Levels between the historic and pretty villages of Muchelney and Drayton, this self-contained holiday wing of the owner’s converted barn is excellent for exploring this area of Somerset. Enjoy walking, golf, fishing, bird watching, cycling, historic houses such as Muchelney Abbey and Montacute, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Haynes Motor Museum, or days out on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast at Lyme Bay. Shop 11/2 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, 1 single with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Shared, large lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). 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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  • Russet Cottage

    Nr. Lympsham

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E4678

    Only 1.5 miles from Brean’s vast sandy beach, this bright and spacious barn conversion sits close to the dramatic Brean Down Promontory (NT), which extends into the Bristol Channel and offers breathtaking views and magnificent walking. A wealth of attractions lie within easy reach, including Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury and Clarks Village shopping outlet at Street. Further afield, the Quantock Hills and glorious Exmoor National Park promise enjoyable days out. Golf 1.5 miles. Shop/PO 1 mile, pub serving food 2 miles.Only 1.5 miles from Brean’s vast sandy beach, these bright and spacious barn conversions sit close to the dramatic Brean Down Promontory (NT), which extends into the Bristol Channel and offers breathtaking views and magnificent walking. A wealth of attractions lie within easy reach including Weston-Super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury and Clarks Village shopping outlet at Street. Further afield, the Quantock Hills and glorious Exmoor National Park promise enjoyable days out. Golf 1.5 miles. Shop/PO 1 mile, pub serving food 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet. Wooden floor throughout.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared garden. Patio and furniture. Parking. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rose Cottage

    Bathampton, nr. 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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  • 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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  • Spring Banks

    Badgworth, nr. Wedmore

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 26955

    This single storey holiday cottage enjoys an ideal location in a peaceful village on the edge of the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels. The garden is private and secluded, and with the sound of a babbling brook running along it’s edge is a delightful spot in which to relax. Large picture windows in the living room offer lovely views over the trees and village. The bustling and picturesque village of Wedmore is 3 miles, with it’s unique shops, restaurants, tea shops and golf course, and the wonders of Cheddar Gorge are within 10 minutes drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    13 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath. Separate toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 5 steps, drop and stream in garden.

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