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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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  • 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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  • Tilham Cottage

    Baltonsborough, nr. Glastonbury

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EKR

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

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

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

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  • Penny Cottage

    High Littleton, nr. Bath

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 29068

    Set on the edge of the bustling village of High Littleton in rolling Somerset countryside, Penny Cottage dates back to 1860. This holiday hideaway lies just nine miles from the centre of Bath , the jewel of Southwest England, and ten miles from Bristol with its scores of cultural and historical attractions. The terraced cottage was christened during renovations, when the owners found a couple of old pennies under the floorboards. More old pennies from charity and antique shops dating from 1863 have been added and put up in frames around the cottage. There are now 10 of them. Numerous public footpaths branch out from the village. A short walk up the lane toward Mearns puts you on the path to the nearby pretty village of Timsbury, and takes in great views of the rolling countryside. The Greyfield Colliery, which once stood on the other side of the village from Penny Cottage, has left its name to Greyfield’s Wood, a beautiful and well-cared for Woodland Trust site that conceals a secret waterfall, sometimes jokingly referred to as the Niagara Falls of Somerset. Also within easy reach are the cathedral town of Wells, atmospheric Glastonbury, the geological wonders of Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge, the beauties of the Chew Valley and the Mendip Hills, plus a host of English villages such as Chew Magna, Pensford, Timsbury and Bishop Sutton. Shops, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with French doors. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), 1 single with additional pull-out guest bed. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD/CD and small libraries. Book library. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned gardens. Enclosed patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Garage. No smoking. NB: 10 steps to rear garden.

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  • Cary Fitzpaine Cottages - The Old Stables

    Cary Fitzpaine

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: EQG

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

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

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

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  • Barrowmead Cottage

    Winscombe

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E2377

    Enjoying an utterly peaceful location abundant with wildlife, in a quiet Mendip valley, are these four delightful cottages. Set on a working farm, in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, three of the cottages have been skilfully converted from stone barns whilst the fourth, a former miller’s cottage, is attached to the owners’ home. Attractively furnished and equipped to a very good standard the cottages offer an ideal base for a relaxing holiday or for touring the surrounding area. Cheddar Gorge, Blagdon Lake – with trout fishing and a wealth of wildlife – and golf are all nearby. The elegant city of Bath and the cathedral city of Wells are within an easy drive and Weston-super-Mare’s many attractions and sandy beach are just 7 miles. Churchill, 4 miles, offers many activities including a dry ski slope, sports centre and horse riding. Bristol Airport 15 minutes. Village shop and pub 2 miles.

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

    Patio and furniture.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (fuel £4 per bag). NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of tumble dryer (in games room). Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Parking. Shared games room with table tennis.

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  • Willow Farm Cottages - The Cobbles

    West Pennard, nr. Glastonbury

    Grade
    6
    4
    1
    1
    Ref: 30792


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

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

    Fridge/freezer.

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

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  • 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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  • Liscombe Farm Cottages - Oak Cottage

    Tarr Steps, nr. Exford

    Grade
    6
    4
    1
    2
    Ref: 30216


    Situated in the heart of Exmoor, very close to the renowned and historic Tarr Step, the ancient clapper bridge that crosses the River Barle, these three holiday cottages at Liscombe Farm (refs 30214, 30215 & 30216), adjacent to the owners’ home, all have their own individual character. With plenty of space around each cottage, guest can enjoy the tranquillity this stunning area of Somerset has to offer. Being located on Exmoor, there is a huge amount of walks to be made without ever having to get in the car. Follow the River Barle up to the pretty village of Withypool or a short car journey away is Exmoor’s highest point at Dunkery Beacon. Dulverton is the nearest town and has a very good selection of shops, restaurants and other amenities. During your stay, there are plenty of places to visit and things to do. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy walking along with an ice cream, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. The West Somerset Railway is worth a visit for those with an interest in steam engines. Minehead is also the starting point of the South West Coastal Path which offers challenging yet very rewarding walks. Visit the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and famous cliff railway. Nearby Dunster, with its castle (NT) and village, Porlock and Porlock Wier and also Bossington and Selworthy, with its famous tea room, all make for an interesting day out. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor for all to enjoy. Stabling is available at the farm by prior arrangement with the owner. Shop and restaurant 5 miles, pub 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, (one 5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating included. Freezer. Small lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared 2 acres of landscaped grounds. Stabling available by arrangement. Natural water supply from spring. Pets to be kept on a lead. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Kittiwake

    Watchet

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W43627


    This delightful, semi-detached town house is located in the ancient seaport of Watchet. Enjoying sea views, it is arranged over 3 floors and offers comfortable, well-furnished holiday accommodation. There is an integral double garage and entrance hall with stairs to the first floor. The living room has patio doors to an enclosed level garden and patio, and the kitchen has a dining area and Juliet balcony. The town centre is a short walk away and as well as the harbour, has a good range of shops, a pub and other eateries. Watchet also has a dedicated station on the West Somerset Steam Railway which runs through lovely coastal scenery to Dunster and Minehead. There is superb scenery and walking in the Quantock Hills, Exmoor and on the South West Coastal Path and many places to visit to make a memorable holiday. Visit the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the famous cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy a walk and an ice cream, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. Spend a day exploring the medieval village of Dunster with its stunning castle (NT) and beautiful terraced gardens. Porlock Weir is an ideal location to enjoy a spot of lunch by the seaside. Rock/pebble beach in Watchet, 300 yards. Shop, pubs and restaurant 500 yards.

    Stairs to first floor: Living room with patio doors. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. Separate toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin), 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Third floor: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two Freeview TVs (one 40"). DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine in garage. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed level garden with patio and furniture. Juliet balcony. Garage (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 8 steps in additional side garden area.

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  • Creamery Cottages - Number Three

    Kilmersdon

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 25140

    Open countryside views

    These two converted stone holiday cottages are situated on a working farm in the beautiful Somerset countryside, and enjoy the stunning views and use of 400 acres of the surrounding grounds, woods, small lake and farmyard. The location is peaceful and rural, and yet within minutes of many attractions and famous sites, including the Roman spa city of Bath with its Georgian architecture and spa baths, the city of Wells and its magnificent cathedral and medieval streets, Glastonbury Abbey and Tor, Cheddar Gorge and caves, Wookey Hole and papermill, Longleat Safari Park, and Babington House. For walkers and cyclists, there is much to offer on the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels. Shop 31/2 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor, beams and patio door. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Wet room with grab rail, stool and toilet.

    Wheelchair access.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. 400-acres of shared natural grounds. Ample parking. Shared games room with table football, pool table and board games. Two pets welcome (to be kept on lead at all times). Natural water supply from well. No smoking. NB: Unfenced lakes and stream 100 yards.

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  • Somerset Country Escape - The Barn

    Wrantage, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 30860

    Surrounded by beautiful countryside in south Somerset, these three converted barns (refs 30858, 30859 and 30860) have been graded 4 star by Visit England, and offer very good holiday accommodation on the owners 100-acre beef and arable farm, which guests are welcome to roam around. Each cottage has shared use of a hot tub, or enjoy spa pampering, clay pigeon shooting, art classes, catering or dance classes, as well as a ’murder mystery’ evening and catering which are all available on site, by arrangement. Taunton and many attractions that abound in this lovely county are within easy driving distance. Take a trip to one of the UKs most dramatic natural features, the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves, and the nearby Wookey Hole which has some of Britain’s most spectacular caves. The cathedral city of Wells and Bishops Palace are worth a visit. Take a walk up to the top of the renown Glastonbury Tor, which has fantastic views over the county, or enjoy a walk around the Abbey, the legendary burial place of King Arthur. The Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the Haynes Motor Museum make a fantastic day out, aswell as The Exmoor National Park and the West Somerset Steam Railway. The Old Mill (30858) and The Granary (30859) adjoin each other. The Barn (30860) is detached. The properties can be booked independently or together. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and wooden floor/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, open-tread stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom.

    Small, enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars).

    All properties: Economy 7 central heating (first floor) and Electric heaters (ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 100-acre natural grounds. Barbecue. Cycle store. Shared hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds 30 yards. Pond in grounds 300 yards.

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  • Townsend Cottage

    Priddy, near Wells

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 27153


    Townsend Cottage is a south facing, sunny period property set well back from a country road. This cottage is cosy enough for two, yet spacious enough for families or groups of friends to enjoy. Downstairs, the cottage offers a dog and boot room with direct access outside to a small enclosed garden, a downstairs toilet, third double bedroom, living room with sofa bed, farmhouse kitchen/diner with both range and gas cookers, and direct access to a small enclosed front garden with patio. Upstairs, there are 2 bedrooms and a large family bathroom – all ensuring a homely atmosphere.
    Ideally located in the tranquil village of Priddy, in the very heart of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is close to Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, the cathedral city of Wells, Glastonbury (Abbey, Tor and alternative shops), Street (home to Clark’s Retail Village), Frome and Shepton Mallet. A little further away are the city attractions of Bath and Bristol, and the North Somerset coast.
    Nearby activities include rambling, dog walking and hill trekking (nearby long distance footpaths include West Mendip Way, Monarch’s Way, Limestone Link plus stunning hill walking), cycling (cottage is adjacent to NCN 3), mountain biking in the Mendip Hills, horse riding, caving and potholing (numerous adventure caves available), climbing, bird watching (especially on the Somerset Levels) etc.The M5 motorway 30 minutes, railway station 35 minutes, Bristol airport 30 minutes. Shop 20 yards (summer season only), farm shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards and 2 miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With Freeview TV, TV recorder, DVD player, CD player and double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Kitchen/dining room: With oil range cooker, gas cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Utility/boot room: With washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed and fold-up single (for child, flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Bedroom 3: With double bed and fold-up single (for child, flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Bed linen included. Oil central heating, oil, gas and electricity £25per week in summer, £35per week in winter, £5 per night for short breaks all year. Enclosed, lawned front garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Small, enclosed rear garden. Stabling and grazing by arrangement. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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