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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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  • Kirby

    Porlock, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 28844

    Located on the High Street, in the centre of the village of Porlock, this semi-detached cottage has everything on its doorstep including a bus stop. All that Porlock has to offer is within easy walking distance of the cottage including a good range of local shops, pubs and restaurants. There are walks from Porlock up into Exmoor National Park. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path and many other places to visit to make a memorable holiday. Beach 2 miles. Shop, 20 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Conservatory. Most rooms with wooden floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms; one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Shower room with toilet. Steep staircase to second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Public car park, 10 yards. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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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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  • Orchard Well

    Winscombe

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 19834

    This attractive holiday bungalow is ideally located in a quiet country lane surrounded by countryside, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a cycle track and walking path, which runs along the old Cheddar Strawberry Line, from the property take the footpath up to the Mendip Hills and is suitable for pedestrians and wheelchairs. Only 4 miles from Cheddar, home to the famous Cheddar Caves and Gorge. Close by are the attractions of Wookey Hole Caves, the city of Wells, and Weston-super-Mare. Easily accessible are Bath with its Roman Baths, Glastonbury with the Abbey grounds and Tor. Horse riding available nearby. Shops and pubs 1/2 mile.

    4 steps to entrance (sloping access at rear). Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with bidet and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Garage. Bike store. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Moorleaze - Wells

    Witham Friary, Frome

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EPR

    " Spacious well-equipped cottages...with an idyllic rural setting amidst a chorus of wildlife "

    Conveniently located for Longleat, Bath and the Mendip Hills and Gorges, Moorleaze nestles on the border of Somerset with Dorset and Wiltshire. Enjoying a tranquil setting with stunning views all around, it provides the perfect retreat at any time of year. Built from local stone and boasting every modern convenience, the cottages offer spacious and superbly fitted accommodation, presented to 5 Star standards. The 76-acre grounds include farmland, woodland, orchard and two lakes, whilst the glorious views encompass fields and gently wooded hills. A haven for wildlife, deer and hares abound, often coming within yards of the cottages. Buzzards, kestrels, tawny and barn owls, pheasants, swallows and many other species nest here. The lower lake is stocked with carp, tame enough to feed from guests’ hands - so no fishing! The idyllic village of Witham Friary, complete with an unspoiled pub, is a few minutes’ stroll and found fame as the setting for the TV series Building the Dream.
    Benefiting from its countryside setting, Moorleaze also affords easy access all year round and is within a short driving distance of many famous locations. Longleat is close by, as are Wookey Hole and the Yeovilton Aircraft and Haynes Motor Museums. Bath, designated a World Heritage Site, boasts many delights including the Roman Baths. Nearby Frome has even more listed buildings than Bath and hosts a renowned arts and music festival in early July. Salisbury, Wells, Glastonbury, Stonehenge and Avebury are also popular places to visit from Moorleaze. NT properties include the incomparable Stourhead, just minutes away. Walkers are spoilt for choice, from the local countryside to the splendour of the Mendips, including Cheddar Gorge. With its magnificent indoor pool, games room, tennis court, climbing frame and idyllic setting, The Sunday Times described Moorleaze as
    "a sure-fire child pleaser", and it’s just as popular with adults, an ideal break at any time of the year. The village pub is within walking distance. Shops 6 miles.

    Spacious living/dining room with well-equipped country-style oak kitchen area. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom and toilet.

    • Ground floor facilities

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels and beach towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair
    • Two digital TVs (Freeview)
    • Wi-fi
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Shared courtyard, garden
    • Shared barbecues
    • Ample parking
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft ) with infra red sauna
    • Shared games chalet
    • Shared tennis court
    • Shared children’s play area
    • No smoking
    • NB: Two small ponds in the garden and unfenced lakes in the grounds

    SUPERB ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

    • Magnificent indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft) with seating, showers and changing facilities.
    • Tennis court
    • Children’s playframe with swings, slides and play tent
    • Large games room with pool table, table tennis and play area with toys for young children
    • 76-acre grounds with lakes and walks through woods and fields
    • Large courtyard with seats and tables
    • Further seats and tables overlooking top lake with great sunset views

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  • Hearn Lodge

    West Bagborough

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EHE


    This holiday home boasts a magnificent farmhouse kitchen and a beautifully peaceful valley setting at the foot of the Quantocks. The Quantocks are a range of beautiful moorland hills stretching from the coast to Taunton with panoramic views of the Welsh coast, up to Glastonbury and across to Exmoor and the Brendon Hills. Hearn Lodge adjoins the owner’s property Hearn Farm and is completely self-contained with its own attractive gardens, apple tunnel and large conservatory. The property is exceptionally spacious and is ideal for family and friends to get together. There is also access to 12 acres of fields adjoining the property, making this ideal for bird watching and wildlife. This is marvellous walking country, and an ideal base for exploring Exmoor and the North Devon coast. Sandy beach 10 miles. Minehead and Dunster half an hour. Horse riding nearby. Shops 1 mile, cream teas, pub food ½ mile.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room: With wood burner, Digital TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Conservatory.
    Separate toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With super kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and satellite broadband Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included, remainder available locally. Towel hire, £4per person. Travel cot and highchair. Enclosed garden with garden furniture. Access to 12 acres of fields. Bike store. Parking.

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  • Barrow Farm - Barrow Farm Barn

    North Wootton, nr. Shepton Mallet

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 24826

    Situated on a traditional family farm with a small beef herd, this group of single-storey barns has been sympathetically converted to form four contemporary, detached holiday cottages. Baby Barrow (ref 28997) is very light and spacious, with high ceilings and beams throughout. Barrow Farm Barn (ref 24826) retains original beams throughout and overlooks 2½ acres of orchard. Pear Lodge (ref 29428) and Apple Lodge (ref 29429) feature underfloor heating and large bi-fold doors to take full advantage of the view and open space. They are located just 5 miles from the historical town of Glastonbury, famous for its abbey, tor, music festival and mythical legends. The small city of Wells is 3 miles, with its cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and medieval cobbled street. The Bath and West Showground nearby features many events and exhibitions throughout the year. The Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills are ideal for cyclists, walkers and nature lovers. There is a chicken coop outside all properties where you can help yourself to fresh eggs. There are also two travel cots shared between the four properties. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile. Properties 24826, 28997, 29428 and 29429 can be booked together to accommodate up to 16 guests.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/kitchen with beams. Second living room. Dining room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite wet room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Flagstone floors throughout.

    Four Freeview TVs. DVD. Playstation 3 and small library. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with large gravelled terrace and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Underfloor oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two shared travel cots on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Use of 50-acre farmland. Shared 2½ acres of natural grounds. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Rolstone Barns - Cherry

    Rolstone, nr. Weston-super- Mare

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W42542

    Barn conversions close to the coast

    These renovated barns enjoy a peaceful, rural location close to the coastal resorts of west Somerset. Only 4 miles to Weston-Super-Mare, a beautiful seaside town with long sandy beaches and traditional family attractions, including SeaQuarium and the world’s largest helicopter museum. At its northern edge is Sand Point, a National Trust headland offering wonderful views and wild craggy rocks. At the southern edge are Weston Woods, three miles of woodland along the coastline into Weston-Super-Mare offering you splendid walks. Also Clevedon, a favourite resort of the Victorians, with its beautifully restored pier, and Burnham-on-Sea, a quiet seaside resort. Only a few minutes to the M5, the barns are an ideal base for touring this beautiful area. Nearby are the Mendips and the Quantocks, perfect for walking and cycling, and within an hour’s drive of the Roman spa city of Bath, Wells the smallest city in England, with a wonderful cathedral, Cheddar with its dramatic gorge and caves, more wonderful caves at Wookey Hole, Glastonbury with its mystical Arthurian connections and Bristol, full of maritime history, culture and shopping opportunities. Puxton Park offers a fun day out for all the family, with leisure activities and a farm shop. A one day free family pass is offered on stays of 3 nights or more. Shops 0.5 miles, pub serving food 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£10per week October-April). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot and high chair (on request). Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Private patio and furniture. Shared lawned garden. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • The Mill

    Nr. Ilminster

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: E4810

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

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

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

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  • Ponds Barn

    Westbury-Sub-Mendip, nr. Wells

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 23473

    Nestling beneath the Mendip Hills (AONB) in central Somerset, between Cheddar Gorge and Wells, this attractive and spacious barn conversion provides excellent holiday accommodation to enjoy this delightful area. Superb walking and scenery on the Mendips. Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Factory Village and Wookey Hole are nearby. Shop and pub 600 yards, restaurant 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room with tiled floor/kitchen. Utility room. 2 twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. CD. Range cooker (gas hob, elecrtric oven). Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Steps in garden.

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  • Jonswood

    Watchfield, nr. Burnham-on-Sea

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E4965


    With the legendary beauty of the Somerset Levels almost on the doorstep and the gorgeous sandy beaches of Burnham-on-Sea and Brean only a few miles away, this very stylish lodge makes an ideal holiday base. Boasting its own tennis court and fitness room, it sits in the interesting hamlet of Watchfield, within easy reach of the area’s famous attractions including the caves and cliffs at Cheddar Gorge, underground rivers and pools at Wookey Hole, Clarks Village shopping outlet at Street, Glastonbury Tor and the lovely cathedral and Bishop’s Palace at Wells, whilst the elegant city of Bath is a little further afield. Riding, sailing, golf and fishing are enjoyed locally and there is dramatic scenery and fine walking to be had around nearby Brean Park. Shop/PO 2 miles, pub serving food 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining area/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer in garage. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Fitness room with table football and air hockey. Hard tennis court. No smoking.

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  • Tacker Street Cottage

    Roadwater, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 15233

    Set within Exmoor National Park

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

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

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

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  • The Old Forge

    Bleadon, nr. Weston-super-Mare

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W43756


    This former blacksmith’s forge offers something a bit different. It is full of character with exposed stone walls, a wealth of beams, high ceiling, and a minstrels’ gallery overlooking the spacious living area. There is also a grand piano to practise on! The ground floor bedroom leads off the living room and has patio doors with access to the Italian style garden with benches. The patio doors from the living room open out to a paved seating area overlooking the lake, a peaceful spot with a picnic bench from which to observe the bird life. A wrought iron spiral staircase leads up to the twin room in the gallery, and through to the en-suite double bedroom.
    The Old Forge is attached to the owners’ farmhouse and provides a peaceful setting, the perfect base from which to explore the many attractions in this area. Weston-super-Mare has 7 miles of sandy beach and a famous pier, along with many traditional seaside attractions. Nearby are the smaller and quieter resorts of Burnham-on-Sea and Clevedon. Cheddar Gorge and Caves are a must, along with the caves of Wookey Hole. The city of Wells, with its magnificent cathedral and Bishop’s Palace, offers a delightful day out. Also within an hour’s drive are the cities of Bath and Bristol. Visit Glastonbury, with its abbey ruins and famous tor, and the Clarks retail village at Street. For keen walkers and cyclists, the Somerset Levels, the Mendips and the Quantock Hills are all in the area. Shop 11/2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors and beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with patio doors. Wet room with toilet. Steep, open tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Galleried area with twin beds (screened off), and access to 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Front lawn with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Rear garden with benches. Shared use of owners’ 3-acre grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds, 100 yards.

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