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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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  • Hill View

    Watchet

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 26983

    Hill View is situated in one of Watchet’s many Victorian terraces. The holiday cottage is within walking distance of the historic port town of Watchet and provides comfortable accommodation over three floors. From the top floor, there are good views out across the Bristol Channel and the Quantock Hills. Watchet’s amenities are within walking distance including the harbour and the local station to catch a ride on the West Somerset Steam Railway (subject to timetable). There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor. Shop, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. Tiled floors throughout. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Upper House Cottage

    Colerne, nr. Bath

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: 28963

    This ’upside down’ detached holiday cottage has been designed to make the most of the lovely far reaching views across the fields and countryside. It enjoys a very peaceful location on the edge of the village of Colerne, yet just 6 miles from Bath with architecture dating from the 18th-century. Just outside Colerne are the Three Shire Stones, famously marking the point where Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire meet. Stonehenge, Lacock, Corsham, Castle Combe and many historical villages in the Wiltshire countryside are accessible by car. NT properties Dyrham Park and house, Prior Park, overlooking Bath are a short drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Wet room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with French doors and sloping ceilings.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Use of owners freezer. Wi-fi. Large, decked balcony and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Weston Lodge

    Bath

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: 24510

    This spacious ground floor holiday apartment is one of five located in a grand Georgian house standing in its own grounds on the Cotswold Way on the edge of Bath. Set in a quiet location, and with the added bonus of its own parking, just a few minutes walk away from local shops and amenities, it provides an ideal, peaceful base from which to explore the cosmopolitan city of Bath. Attractions include the Roman spa baths, the abbey and the award winning Thermae Spa with rooftop outdoor swimming pool. Shops and pubs ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Large shared grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 6 years. NB: Stream in grounds.

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  • Hunter’s Lodge

    Crowcombe, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: EXA


    Hunter’s Lodge is a lovely detached barn conversion built of traditional red brick set on a working farm between the Quantock Hills and the Exmoor National Park. A perfect location for exploring the wider area and ideally suited for those small families with young children or for couples looking for a quiet getaway. The friendly farmer owners live on site and you can walk across their fields to Crowcombe Station and West Somerset steam railway. To the front of the cottage is a large 40ft enclosed decked terrace overlooking the babbling brook which runs through the surrounding fields. This is a lovely spot for a breakfast coffee and for relaxing in the evening sun. The lively coastal resort of Minehead on the north coast is just 15 miles away, whilst close by the pretty village of Crowcombe with shop and pub is 1 mile.

    Living room with French doors to decked area. Beamed kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Twin bedroom with French doors to decked area. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed courtyard garden with enclosed decking and furniture
    • Portable barbecue
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • Stabling at cost
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • NB: Fenced stream in garden

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  • Exmoor Farm Cottages - Stags View

    Wheddon Cross, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29649

    These two delightful detached cottages (refs 29648 and 29649) are located on the foot slopes of Dunkery Beacon at Exmoor’s highest point. Situated around the yard of the owner’s small farm, the cottages are an ideal holiday destination for those seeking peace and quiet, but also to explore this stunning area of Exmoor and Somerset. Due to the layout and nature of the farm, the cottages are not suitable for children under 16 years of age. Both properties offer well-appointed and furnished accommodation and also have the extra comfort of a woodburner with a plentiful supply of logs. There is a decked area with each cottage where guests can sit out and enjoy the local surroundings. Each cottage comes with its own lockable store cupboard for bikes and surf boards and also has its own kennel area. The local village of Wheddon Cross is a short distance away and has a well-stocked local shop and a pub. Wheddon Cross is also the location for one of the most renowned displays of snowdrops in February each year. From the top gate of the farm, guests can walk up to the summit of Dunkery Beacon, where the views are far-reaching. During your stay, there is plenty to do and enjoy, with superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor where you will find points of interest such as Withypool, Lanacre and Tarr Steps. Exmoor is also nominated as a ’Dark Sky’ area, making it an excellent location to study the sky at night. Along the coast, there are the Victorian towns of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and funicular cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to walk along whilst eating an ice cream, and the town also has a good array of shops and other amenities; you can also take a trip on the famous West Somerset Steam Railway. A visit to the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle (NT), with its beautiful terraced gardens, deer park and mill and not forgetting its now famous ’Dunster by Candlelight Festival’ held at the beginning of December. The villages of Porlock, Porlock Weir and Selworthy are all worth a visit. There are dog-friendly beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. The owner offers the use of a kennel on request and if required during your stay (pets are allowed in both properties). Shop, pub and petrol garage 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. 2 steps to dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

    Balcony. Parking (2 cars). Pets - working farm. NB: 3 steps from terrace to garden. 6 steps to balcony.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Cycle store. Stabling available by prior arrangement. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. No children under 16 years. NB: Stream and pond in grounds.

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  • Hambush Cottage

    Baltonsborough, nr. Glastonbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 30186


    This semi-detatched converted barn lies within the 5-acre grounds of the owner’s home where the owners make their own cider, and have planted a vineyard of Pinot Noir grapes. It has a separate private entrance, sitting out and parking area. It has been carefully renovated, retaining high ceilings and beams, and offers contemporary décor and furnishings with a second snug lounge area on the galleried landing. The village of Baltonsborough offers a rural and peaceful setting, only 4 miles from Glastonbury with its legendary King Arthur connections, the Tor and abbey, and home to the renowned Glastonbury music festival. Within a few miles visitors can reach Street with its Clarks designer outlet village, The Royal Bath & West Showground, and slightly further afield the city of Wells with its magnificent abbey and Bishop’s Palace, the Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton, Wookey Hole caves, Haynes Motor Museum, the city of Bath, Millfield and the Cheddar Gorge. The surrounding countryside is ideal for walkers and cyclists, on the edge of the Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Galleried living area.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Combi microwave /oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in owners grounds.

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  • Grooms Cottage

    Ellicombe, nr. Dunster

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: E2224

    At the foot of Grabbist Hill (NT) in the Exmoor National Park, these four beautifully furnished and well-equipped Grade II listed cottages are set in the grounds of 16th century Ellicombe Manor. Clustered around a cobbled courtyard they enjoy shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool, with its own walled area and poolside furniture, and an acre of magnificent sub tropical gardens and 3-acre paddock offering views over the West Somerset Steam Railway and across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast. The gardens are a special feature of Ellicombe Manor, filled with mature palm trees, named exotic plants and shrubs and quiet corners with seating. Here, too, visitors may discover the ‘secret garden’ or enjoy a game of outdoor chess or other outdoor games.
    A mile away, Dunster, with its famous castle, yarn market and pre Christmas candlelight shopping, offers a selection of pubs, shops, and restaurants. Minehead’s resort attractions, sandy beach and coastal path walks are also close by. Golf, river and lake fishing, horse riding and wonderful walking locally in Exmoor National Park and West Somerset Steam Railway weekends. One mile to the start of South West Coast Path.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with breakfast area. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet. Z-bed available (for alternative sleeping).

    Cobbled courtyard and furniture.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (honesty box) and freezer. Shared 1-acre garden with secret garden and furniture. 3-acre paddock. Parking. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (open May-September, 10am-4pm). Outdoor chess. No smoking.

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  • The Stables

    Chard Junction, Chard

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E2816

    At the end of a quiet country lane, these three charming and individual properties (refs E2815, E2816 and E2817) enjoy an idyllic setting surrounded by 3½ acres of land crossed by a sparkling stream. Set right on the Somerset, Devon and Dorset border, they are just 8 miles from Lyme Regis with its massive breakwater – The Cobb, prominently featured in the film ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ – and its grand sandy beach. The elegant seaside resort of Sidmouth, Charmouth (renowned for fossil hunting), Golden Cap (the highest cliff on the south coast) and the pleasure gardens at the fishing village of Beer are all close by. Chard, 3 miles, the highest town in Somerset, with its Hornsbury Mill full of bric-a-brac, the 1000-acre wildlife park at Cricket St Thomas, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Axminster and many other places of interest are within easy reach. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars). Wheelchair access.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 3½-acre grounds. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. NB: Stream in grounds.

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  • Royal Crescent Apartment

    Bath

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: EXT


    Royal Crescent Apartment has the best address in Bath. It occupies the ground floor of one of the splendid Georgian houses on this architectural marvel that is known as the Royal Crescent. It is elegantly furnished throughout, with antiques and furnishings in keeping with the period, and has original features, a Georgian fireplace and windows, decorative ceilings and cornices, and a beautiful period conservatory which opens onto a small private terrace. The drawing room is at the front of the Crescent and overlooks the Royal Victoria Park, and guests have a key to the exclusive Crescent lawn. Building of Royal Crescent began in 1767 and was completed by 1775. Purchasers of the house-plot leases had to conform to Wood’s exterior design, which also dictated the principal floor levels, but were free to lay out the interiors as they wished. This has resulted in no two houses being the same. Originally, some of the houses were let out for the season, to socially acceptable people only, by the floor or house. Visitors would sometimes arrive with their whole household, including furniture, linen, carpets and all the necessities of home. Other houses were occupied by one family permanently. There have been many famous occupants of Royal Crescent, including Sir Isaac Pitman (1837-1897) who produced the famous shorthand system that is linked with his name, Marie Therese Princesse de Lamballe (1749-1792) who was a friend and lady-in-waiting to Queen Marie Antoinette, Admiral Sir William Hargood (1762-1839) who retired to Bath after a distinguished naval career and who was a captain commanding the Belleisle during the time of Trafalgar, and George Saintsbury (1846-1933) who was the most influential literary critic of his time. At the end of the Crescent at number one, is a museum run by The Bath Preservation Trust, sharing what a Georgian House would have been like in the Georgian era.
    Bath is a small but cosmopolitan city, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Set within the rolling hills of beautiful scenery, and at the southern tip of the Cotswolds, it has much to offer the visitor. Admire the striking architecture of the sweeping Georgian crescents, the majestic Abbey, Roman Baths, The Pump Room, the Theatre Royal, Victoria Park, Pulteney Bridge, The Circus and the Fashion Museum. It has a lively cultural scene with several festivals and all kinds of shows, concerts and exhibitions filling up the events calendar. Being a university town, it also has a vibrant nightlife, and the dining scene equals that of almost any other British city. Bath has become the perfect base from which to explore our English history. There are many nearby historical sites, all within 60 minutes of Bath, including Stonehenge, the enormous stone circle at Avebury, the beautiful cathedral at Wells, the mysteries of Glastonbury, the National Trust village of Lacock, the perfect Cotswold village of Castle Combe, the Cheddar Gorge and Longleat, the spectacular home of the Marquis of Bath. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Spacious drawing room. Conservatory with dining area and doors to terrace. Spacious well-equipped kitchen with gas range (for cooking) and breakfast area. Double bedroom with 5ft . Twin bedroom with zip & link beds (can be 6ft double). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Gas range included
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Terrace with furniture
    • Roadside parking (permit on request)
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities
    • No children under 10 yrs

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  • Merlin House Holiday Apartments - Lancelot

    Blue Anchor, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29566

    These two holiday apartments (refs 29565 and 29566) are adjacent to the owner’s house and located in the coastal village of Blue Anchor. Well-appointed and presented, the apartments are ideal for those looking for a comfortable haven whilst exploring this delightful area of Somerset. The apartments benefit from a shared garden and hot tub with views over the Bristol Channel and the renowned West Somerset Railway. The properties are located a short walk from Blue Anchor Beach, the sandy part is tidal, and the Blue Anchor Station for the steam railway. There are also local shops, pub and restaurants within walking distance. Further beaches can be found at Dunster and Porlock. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor. Visit the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Enjoy a walk and an ice cream on the promenade at Minehead, which also has a good array of shops. The West Somerset Railway is worth a visit for those with an interest in steam engines. Dunster Castle (NT) with its beautiful terraced gardens, deer park and mill, or Porlock Weir make for an interesting day out. Beach 200 yards, cafe 400 yards and swimming pool 500 yards. Shop 500 yards, pubs and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Kitchen with dining area. Conservatory. 2 bedrooms: 1 double leading to 1 bunk (2ft 6in, for children). Shower room with toilet.

    Dishwasher.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (honesty box). Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (1 car). Shared hot tub (10am-10pm, April-October). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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  • Pitts Farm Cottages - The Stables

    Long Sutton, Langport

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: ESL


    In a tranquil setting in South Somerset, with easy access to many attractions in this delightful county, these two detached stone character barn conversions lie in a courtyard of the owner’s surrounding
    3-acre grounds. They have been furnished and equipped to a superb standard and offer excellent holiday accommodation. Relax in this lovely setting or wine and dine in the nearby award-winning public house restaurant. There are many beautiful country walks, golf nearby, fishing and family attractions to visit within easy driving - such as Yeovilton Air Museum, Hayes Motor Museum and the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves. Visit Montacute House, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Stourhead House, the Georgian city of Bath, Wells Cathedral City and enchanting Glastonbury Tor. Lyme Bay with the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast are also worth visiting. Shops 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

    Large, open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, stone floor and beams. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom with
    en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Ground floor
      facilities

    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machines and tumble dryers
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • 3 acres of shared natural grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Hot tub
    • Shared, external games room with snooker/pool table, football table, table tennis, cross-trainer and piano
    • No smoking

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  • Withy Grove Farm - Beech

    East Huntspill, near Highbridge

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC535

    Withy Grove Farm is situated on the banks of the River Huntspill, in a quiet corner of Somerset. This busy working farm is a paradise for youngsters, where they can get a hands-on experience of life in the country.

    The farm is home to a whole host of animals, which include chickens, cows, horses, over 100 breeding ewes, a friendly Shetland pony named Alf, and two adorable pygmy goats named Fudge and Snowy. The collection comprises five charming holiday homes (UKC534, UKC535, UKC536, UKC537 and UKC538) set around a courtyard and patio area, with the owners living on-site. These single-storey cottages all have access to the outdoor heated swimming pool and lush surrounding gardens, as well as a skittle alley and a well-equipped games room, complete with table tennis, a pool table and table football. For adults looking for a bit of company in the evening, there’s an on-site licensed bar/lounge that throws weekly quizzes and games of bingo. There’s also Somerset Evening once a week that’s ideal for trying Somerset cider and cheese over a game of skittles.

    From the splendours found in the city of Bath to the wide expanses of Exmoor, the farm provides a convenient base for touring all the area’s attractions. There’s the enchanting village of Glastonbury, famous for its tor; the beautiful city of Wells with its stunning cathedral; and the world-famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves all within easy reach of the property. For those of you who love to shop, Clarks Village is a must-visit: a major factory outlet in the nearby village of Street. The area is renowned for its coarse fishing, and licences can be obtained locally to fish in the Huntspill, Brue, King’s and Axe rivers as well as Sedgemoor Drain and the South Drain. There’s so much to see and do at Withy Grove Farm, it’s sure to be a holiday to remember! Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Bed linen included. Electric central heating and electricity by £1 coin meter. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Shared utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Shared games room with table tennis, pool table and table football. Shared licensed bar/lounge. Shared skittle alley. Shared courtyard with patio and terrace. Shared natural grounds with patio, terrace and garden furniture. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (10m x 5m, depth 0.9m - 2m). Coarse fishing on-site (licence required). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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