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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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  • 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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  • Croft Cottages - Corner Cottage

    Watchet

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44206

    Located in the heart of the ancient seaside port of Watchet, Croft Cottages offers a wide range of cottages to suit any size and requirement. All the cottages (refs W44203, W44204, W44205, W44206, W44207, W44208, W44209, W44210, W44211 and W44212) are well furnished and presented, and their convenient location within Watchet adds to their appeal.

    Located just off the high street, means guests can wander into town for a walk around the harbour, eat and drink in the local restaurants and pubs, and also be able to catch a train at the local station of the renowned West Somerset Steam Railway. There is a regular bus service so you won’t even need the car. There are beaches at Blue Anchor, Kilve, Dunster and Minehead is a short distance away. Take a walk along the promenade and enjoy an ice-cream overlooking the picturesque harbour. Minehead is also the start of the South West Coast Path which provides some challenging yet spectacular walking. The pretty medieval town of Dunster, with its castle (NT) is well worth a day out. Other areas of interest close by are Porlock and Porlock Weir and a bit further along the coast, are Lynton and Lynmouth, the two towns connected by the Victorian cliff railway. Exmoor National Park offers great walking for all abilities and there are some great spots to visit including Withypool, Lanacre and Tarr Steps. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Gas central heating included. Towel hire. Electric cooker. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8m x 5m, min depth 1m to 1½m), open 10am-7pm Easter-October. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Little Quarme Cottages - Quarme Cottage

    Wheddon Cross, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44012

    Lying on the edge of Exmoor, Little Quarme Cottages are a delightful haven where you can enjoy the splendour of the area. You can choose to relax in one of the six comfortable cottages available on-site (refs: W44011, W44012, W44013, W44014, W44015, W44016). Set in well-maintained gardens and grounds, the cottages are ideal for those wanting to enjoy Exmoor and the surrounding countryside and places of local interest. With all the cottages accepting pets, the cottages are great for those looking for pet-friendly holiday accommodation. As well as a being a great holiday destination, Little Quarme Cottages is also a licensed wedding venue, where you and your party can hire the entire complex to celebrate that special occasion and is located just outside the village of Wheddon Cross, which has a pub serving food and a well-stocked shop. Venturing further on to Exmoor, Dunkery Beacon, Exmoor’s highest point, is a short drive or a good walk from the cottages. Other Exmoor highlights include Tarr Stepps, the river at Lanacre and the pretty village of Withypool. Further afield, the coastal town of Minehead had a good range of shops and other amenities. It is also home to the West Somerset Stream Railway for those wanting to indulge in a bit of nostalgia. The medieval village of Dunster is full of charm and has its imposing castle (NT) towering over the village centre. The seaside villages of Porlock and Porlock Weir are worth a visit, as are the Victorian towns of Lynton and Lynmouth with the famous cliff railway. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Horse riding, golf and fishing are all available locally. Breach 10 miles. Shop and pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 bunk bedroom (for children). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Washing machine. Access to freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Electric coal-effect fire in living room and electricity by £1 meter. Gas central heating, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared 17 acres of natural landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Communal room with wi-fi. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond and stream in grounds.

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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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  • The Chapel

    Marksbury, nr. Bath

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: EUG

    A magnificent, restored, 18th-century detached Methodist chapel offering spacious and unusual detached holiday accommodation adjacent to the owner’s home. The galleried choir area, stained glass windows and high beamed ceilings have all been retained. Ideally set in the heart of Marksbury village, 7 miles south of Bath, en route to Wells and historic port of Bristol. Bath offers a vast array of museums and galleries. Visit Longleat, Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Large beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, wooden floor and galleried hallway above. Kitchen with breakfast area, patio doors and tiled floor. Utility with shower cubicle. Double bedroom with original chapel windows and en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Full oil central heating (underfloor in kitchen and shower room) included (November-March £30per week, £15 per short break)
    • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Small, lawned south west-facing garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream beyond garden

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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 direct with the owner. 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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  • Luckington Stables 2

    Newbury, nr. Shepton Mallet

    Grade
    6
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W8322

    Four poster bedFour poster bed

    Set in the grounds of the owner’s home, which extend to 20-acres, these charming former stables are surrounded by wonderful countryside and have been converted to a very good standard. It is a superbly convenient holiday base for the world heritage city of Bath with it’s historic buildings, world famous theatre and river trips, as well as the city of Wells, Glastonbury Tor, Longleat House and Safari Park, Chedder Gorge and caves, Stourhead and Wookey Hole. Close by is the village of Kilmersden, home to the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill. There are local shops and a takeaway in the village of Coleford 2 miles away. There are several sandy and dramatic coastal beaches to the west and south, such as Lyme Regis, Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea. It also makes a perfect place from which to cycle, walk, play golf and horse ride. There are facilities on site to bring your own horse by prior arrangement with the owner. Shop and pub with food 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Cleeve Cottages - South Cleeve Bungalow

    Churchinford, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: W43778


    Situated on the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and approximately 18 miles to Sidmouth and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast, these semi-detached bungalows (refs 23955 and W43778) are both well-presented and have large lawned gardens making them excellent family holiday homes. They can be booked independently or together to accommodate up to 10 guests and provide a delightful place to unwind and relax away from the pressures of modern living. The owners can provide a wheelchair, ramp and a 3-wheel walker on request. They are within easy reach of the Quantock Hills, Exmoor, Taunton and Honiton. Within easy driving there is much to enjoy, with days out at perhaps a historical house such as Barrington Court (NT), Forde Abbey and Gardens, Montacute House and the imposing Dunster Castle. For family entertainment, an exciting day out at the Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, the West Somerset Steam Fair for a trip back in time, or for the younger ones in the family, you will love Crealy Adventure Park, near Exeter. The Blackdown Hills themselves offer some superb country walking, wildlife, flying for the adventurous at Dunkeswell or simply enjoy the many local village pubs to wine and dine in. A little further afield, visit the Jurassic Coast, moving on to Dorset, Lyme Regis and Cheddar Gorge and Caves, or even Bath with its many restaurants, shops and museums. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Conservatory. Games room. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Parking (3 cars). Games room with pool table, table tennis and darts.

    Both properties: Oil central heating included (£25per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Summerhouse. Wheelchair access. No smoking.

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  • Moorleaze - Glastonbury

    Witham Friary, Frome

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EPI

    " 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 and magnificent views west towards the setting sun. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom and toilet.

    • 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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  • Little Orchard

    High Littleton, near Bath

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC523

    This holiday hideaway lies just 9 miles from the centre of Bath, known as the jewel of south west England, and 10 miles from Bristol with its scores of cultural and historical attractions. This detached property has been renovated to a high standard throughout boasting comfortable, family accommodation. Outside there is a rear garden backing on to the owner’s orchard.
    There are numerous public footpaths which 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 has left its name to Greyfield’s Wood, a beautiful and well-cared for Woodland Trust site that conceals a secret waterfall. Also within easy reach is 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. For families, Longleat Safari Park is a 40-minute drive and an excellent day out. Shop and pub ¼ mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    15 steps to entrance. Ground Floor:
    Living room: With Freesat and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and door to garden.
    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 3:
    With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack. Lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are steps in the garden.

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  • Quarme Coombe Cottage

    Wheddon Cross, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W43277

    Located down a long drive in a quiet wooded valley, just outside the Exmoor village of Wheddon Cross, Quarme Coombe Cottage offers a real heaven away from the world. The quiet surroundings are complemented by the beautiful, natural countryside that is evident from every window in the cottage. This detached holiday property has a well-appointed interior and there is a large garden with a sitting-out area as well as large lawn and small wooded area. The cottage is a short drive from Wheddon Cross which has a convenience store, garage and friendly family run pub. You can unwind with some stunning country walks on the South West Coastal Path or inland through woodlands and the moors, go horse-riding, fishing or cycling in this unspoilt area. Visit the many attractions within easy driving such as the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Minehead is a must with its Somerwest World Theme Park, sandy beach and scenic steam railway for a trip back in time to Bishop’s Lydeard. There is also the fascinating magical medieval Dunster Castle, Mill and Deer Park, Tropiquaria, and towards Tiverton Knightshayes Court and Gardens (NT), which will all make for a great holiday. Shop and pub serving food 0.5 miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared laundry room. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio and sitting-out area. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Stables

    Batheaston, nr. Bath

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EWS

    This holiday cottage, furnished to a high standard sits elevated on a hill facing south. Near to the owners’ home, it enjoys views overlooking country and villages to the east of Bath. Close by are NT Dyrham and Lacock or visit Castle Combe, Badminton, Longleat, Stourhead, the Cotswolds and Bristol. Use of a private tennis court is available. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

    Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove and well-equipped kitchen area with Aga (for cooking). Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite wet room with bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with patio door to interior Juliet balcony overlooking living room. Shower room with toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout first floor.

    • Wood-burning stove - fuel available at cost
    • Electricity, full gas central heating (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair (on request)
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Use of tennis court by arrangement
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: 20 steps to property.

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