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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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  • Hollands Orchard

    Over Stratton, near Yeovil

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC878


    Nestled in a lovely village, this 400-year-old end of a row, thatched holiday home is perfect for family and friends looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Hollands Orchard is in an excellent location to enjoy the best of south Somerset, with west Dorset and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast close by.
    There are some great country walks within the area, particularly the nearby Ham Hill, which is ideal for the dogs to run around and burn off some energy. Also boasting panoramic views over the county of Somerset and into Devon, this location truly is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. There are many attractions within easy driving for all the family, such as the Yeovilton Fleet Air Museum, the Haynes Motor Museum, with its superb collection of classic cars, and Clarkes Factory Village. Not to be missed are the Glastonbury Tor, the cathedral city of Wells, Cheddar Gorge and Caves and perhaps on to Stourhead House and Gardens.
    There are many delightful historic houses in the area including Barrington Court, Montacute House, Forde Abbey and Lytes Cary. Guests can spend days exploring Lyme Regis, Sidmouth and Seaton or take in the sights and many museums and shops in the Georgian city of Bath. Beach 20 miles. Shop 1 ½ miles, pub 50 yards and restaurant 150 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With gas coal-effect fire, 42" Sky TV (basic package), DVD player, CD player and double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Kitchen/dining room: With double gas oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.
    Shower room: With walk-in shower and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Telephone - for incoming calls only. Welcome pack. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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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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  • The Coach House

    Upton, nr. Dulverton

    Grade
    6
    3
    4
    3
    Ref: EXG


    This 19th-century Coach House, once part of a country house estate, is attached to a small annex and still retains many original features. Set in 4 acres of grounds within the owner’s 60 acre farm, situated on the beautiful Brendon Hills, it is close to Wimbleball Lake, which is renowned for its fly fishing, sailing, rowing and hosting the famous Ironman Triathlon every year. Haddon Hill offers wonderful moorland walks and the West Somerset coast is only 15 minutes away, offering stunning scenery and the fossil beach at Kilve. The pretty country village of Dulverton is a 10-minute drive, and the medieval village of Dunster with its castle is another popular local attraction. Exmoor National Park was designated as the first Dark Sky reserve in Europe. The property is ideal for exploring Exmoor, activity holidays or walking/training your dogs who are always welcome at the Coach House at no extra cost. Upton has some excellent pubs, restuarants and tearooms and some lovely quaint village shops selling local produce. Shop 7 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Spacious, beamed, open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and well-equipped kitchen area. First floor: Three twin bedrooms, each with zip & link beds and TV; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, two with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
    • Oil, electricity, underfloor oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Four Freeview TVs
    • Three DVDs
    • Sandyford Classic oil cooker
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer (in annexe)
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Courtyard with furniture
    • Shared use of owners’ 60 acres of adjoining farmland
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Secure cycle store
    • Kennel available
    • Table tennis room in adjoining building
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge (to be kept on a lead at all times)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Access by track, pond in grounds 25 yards

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  • The Green Farm

    Faulkland, nr. Bath

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EFX

    This superb 17th-century village house of great character, with its own private garden, has been elegantly restored and furnished. Situated on the village green where the ancient stocks still stand, the holiday home is just 8 miles from Bath and close to Bradford-on-Avon, Norton St Philip and the Cotswolds. Within easy reach of Wookey Hole, Cheddar Gorge, Wells, Glastonbury, Longleat, Salisbury and Stonehenge. Pub with good dining 125 yards. Shop 2 miles.

    Sitting-room with open fire. Dining room. Luxury kitchen/breakfast room. Cloakroom with toilet. Original oak spiral staircase to first floor: Double bedroom with four-poster bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Small twin bedroom. Large twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Oak beams throughout.

    • Open fire – logs £2 per basket
    • Electricity and NSH by meter reading
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV (Freeview)
    • Video
    • DVD
    • Food processor
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi broadband
    • Garden and terrace with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking (on village green)

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  • Luckington Stables 1

    Newbury, nr. Shepton Mallet

    Grade
    6
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W8321

    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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  • 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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  • The Lodge

    Yeovil Marsh, Yeovil

    Grade
    7
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 27666

    Set in a peaceful location, this most unusual and spacious property enjoys lovely views. Standing detached within the grounds of the owner’s home, this is a great base for touring south Somerset, and west Dorset. There are many places of interest, including Haynes Motor Museum, Yeovilton Fleet Air Museum, Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral, Longleat and Sherborne. Visit Street with Clarks retail village and outdoor pool. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 steps to 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms, one with additional single, vaulted ceiling and Velux. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electricity coal effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Four Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with patio, sitting-out area, furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only. NB: Pond in grounds, 50 yards.

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  • Oddwell Cottage

    Brompton Ralph, nr. Wiveliscombe

    Grade
    7
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 68023

    This Grade II listed character holiday cottage dates back over 300 years. Surrounded by peaceful, unspoilt countryside it nestles in the foothills of the Brendon Hills, on the eastern edge of Exmoor. The large living room has a sit-in inglenook fireplace with original bread oven and a host of oak beams. The sandy beach at Blue Anchor Bay is 9 miles. Fishing on Clatworthy Reservoir, 3 miles. Quantock Hills to the east, Minehead and Dunster a short drive. Attached to the caretaker’s cottage. Shop ½ mile, pub 4 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (3ft 6in) and beams. Dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, spiral stone stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin with additional single. Cloakroom with toilet.

    Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Induction range cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Garage. Parking. No smoking.

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  • Linnets

    Fitzhead, nr. Wivelscombe

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E3870


    Linnets is a rather special property in the heart of rural Somerset. Not only does it have its own private outdoor heated swimming pool, it also caters for guests who may have specific disabled requirements including a mobility scooter. The house is spacious and well-furnished with lots of natural light and does not feel at all clinical. The downstairs is completely laid out for disabled people, (except a hoist), with low level light and plug sockets. The downstairs double bedroom is located next to a spacious wheelchair friendly wet room with emergency alarm, raised toilet, grab rails, low level basin and two heights for shower (including moveable chair). The kitchen has areas with low level worktops, electric hob, sink and microwave set at appropriate levels with a larger main oven above. The large living room is fitted with an induction loop for the hard of hearing, and has wide patio doors leading out to the garden. Upstairs are two large bedrooms with zip and link super king beds which can be made up as twin beds on request, plus an extra single bed.
    The property is semi-detached, adjoining the friendly and very helpful owners’ home, yet it is completely private with its own entrance driveway and parking area and secluded garden with large heated outdoor swimming pool to the rear (9.7m x 4.8m). The pool is open and heated 3rd May to 27th September (on request), there is also a large patio area surrounding the pool and plenty of outdoor seating, garden furniture and a summer house with many items for all the family to sue including sun loungers, barbecue, numerous games and and swimming equipment.
    The pretty village of Fitzhead has a wonderful inn serving food on a daily basis, about ten minutes walking distance, and there is a play area for children near the village church. The West Somerset Steam Railway is approximately 3 miles away at Bishops Lydeard. Other nearby attractions include Minehead, Blue Anchor, Watchet and Porlock with its famous Weir which is close to the stunning coast and countryside of Exmoor National Park. Also the famous resorts of Lynton and Lynmouth, Valley of the Rocks, Dunster and Dunster Castle, are well worth a visit. While Tropiquaria near Watchet and many more interesting places to visit. Shop 3 miles and pub serving food 1/4 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Wet room with shower chair, grab rails and toilet. First floor: 2 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedrooms, one with additional single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden and furniture. Summerhouse. Barbecue. Parking. Outdoor heated swimming pool (9.7m x 4.8m), open 3rd May-27th September on request. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Rossholme - The Gatehouse

    East Brent

    Grade
    7
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 25170

    Shared outdoor swimming pool

    In the same grounds as Rossholme Country House, which accommodates 21 people, is The Gatehouse at Rossholme, an attractive two-storey holiday home close to the coastal regions of West Somerset. The cottages are situated in 5 acres of lawns and landscaped gardens, with shared use of a hard tennis court and outdoor heated swimming pool during the summer months. Each property has a barbecue area and views over open countryside. A function room seating 60 is available on site by prior arrangement with the owner, and catering can be arranged. East Brent lies at the foot of Brent Knoll, a 450ft high hill that has the remains of an ancient Celtic camp on its summit with views of the Quantocks, Bridgwater Bay, the Bristol Channel, the Mendips and South Wales. With easy access to the M5, the village is only minutes from the coast; Weston-Super-Mare and Sand Bay have sandy beaches and family attractions, whilst the smaller resorts of Clevedon and Burnham on Sea retain an atmosphere of a bygone era. Axbridge is 5 miles, and the caves and gorge at Cheddar, 6 miles. For walking and cycling, the Quantocks, the Mendips, the Somerset Levels and Exmoor are close by. Shop 1 mile, pub 600 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional bed and en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas hob. Electric oven. Gravelled patio with sitting-out area.

    Both properties: Gas central heating and gas by meter reading. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared external laundry room (£3 charge). Wi-fi. Shared 5-acre landscaped grounds. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Shared swimming pool (use by arrangement with owner, available mid-April to September, pool heating at cost poa). Shared tennis court. No smoking. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 200 yards.

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  • Somerset Country Escape - The Granary

    Wrantage, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    7
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 30859

    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 room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with additional single, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Shared, large, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking.

    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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