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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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  • Glendee

    Watchet

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: 1673

    A cosy, well maintained holiday cottage with superb views over the Quantocks, the Brendons and Dunkery Beacon. Situated close to the owner’s house in a quiet area, 1 mile from the centre of Watchet with its modern marina. It keeps its character with original features of large exposed beams, inglenook fireplace and featured stone wall. Minehead 8 miles, Williton 1¼ miles. Marvellous walking on the hills and coastal paths, sea fishing trips from Watchet and Minehead, where there is a golf course. The West Somerset Railway runs through Watchet, and bus services end of drive to property. Shops and inns 1¼ miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with low beams. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with roll-under bed, both with partially sloping ceilings. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Economy 7 NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Cot and high chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Small front garden and furniture. Parking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Briddicott Farm Cottage

    Carhampton, Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 25435

    Situated on the edge of Exmoor National Park, close to the medieval village of Dunster, this cosy holiday cottage with woodburner in inglenook, offers good views from the garden of the West Somerset coast. This Crown Estate farm is a busy working farm and is renowned for its production of sheep’s milk. Visitors will be able to collect fresh eggs from their own batch of resident hens. There is superb walking with many footpaths leading to either the South West Coastal Path or the heathlands and forests of the Dunster woodland and Exmoor National Park. Shops, pubs and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with beams/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 bunk.

    Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. One pet welcome (working farm).

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  • Higher West Barn Farm

    Witham Friary, nr. Frome

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: ETQ

    This tastefully converted barn is set in the historic Somerset village of Witham Friary. There are many beautiful and interesting places to visit including Longleat House and Safari Park, National Trust gardens at Stourhead and the cities of Bath and Wells are all within easy reach. The single-storey holiday accommodation is stylish and comfortable, set within the owner’s grounds, and has a secluded patio and garden from which to view the surrounding countryside. Shop 4 miles, pub ½ mile.

    Living/dining room with wood-burning stove, beams and patio doors. Compact kitchen with tiled floor and door to patio. Two double bedrooms with TV and en-suite shower room with toilet, one accessed via other bedroom or externally.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locallly
    • Electricity, electricity rads and partial underfloor heating included (October-March £25per week)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Three Freeview TVs
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 4 cars)
    • Natural water supply from borehole
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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  • Duck Egg Cottage

    South Barrow, nr. Yeovil

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27191

    Ideal for south and central Somerset, and set on the owner’s equestrian smallholding, this mid-terrace barn conversion offers a great family holiday home. Nearby you can visit the famous Haynes Motor Museum, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and many historic houses. Glastonbury Tor, Clark’s Village, Longleat House and Safari Park, and the Jurassic Coast are all within easy driving distance. Shop 1¼ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (alternative sleeping only), patio doors and beams. Kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating included (£40per week, £20 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Private hot tub. Welcome pack. No smoking. Please note: There is a step in the garden.

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  • Royal Crescent Apartment

    Bath

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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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  • Priory Bungalow

    Dunster, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29218


    Located in the heart of the medieval village of Dunster, this well-appointed, detached bungalow is very well positioned to enjoy all the delights that Dunster and this stunning part of Somerset have to offer. Situated in a quiet back street, this holiday property is within easy walking distance of all the local shops, restaurants and pubs, as well as Dunster Castle (NT). During early December, the Dunster Candlelight Festival is well worth a visit. There are many highlights to enjoy during your stay in the area. Minehead is home to the main station for the famous West Somerset Steam Railway, which travels along the coast before heading inland to Bishops Lydeard. This seaside resort also offers a beach and promenade where you can enjoy a stroll and an ice cream. There are regular bus services along the coast to such highlights as Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth. If you are coming with children, a day ticket can be purchased for Butlins on the seafront. There is some great walking to be done in the area on both the South West Coast Path and within Exmoor National Park. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Steps in garden.

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  • Down House Cottages - West Down

    Meare

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 19586

    Shared use of outdoor heated swimming pool (May to Sept)

    These well-presented, unusual and comfortable holiday properties consist of a self-contained, ground floor wing of the owner’s detached, 19th-century home, set within its own grounds, and a detached cottage, set within the owner’s grounds. They have been lovingly converted from former farm buildings, and are surrounded by fields and countryside, which abound with wild life and bird life. Located adjacent to a working farm, this is an excellent, quiet location to explore and enjoy the diversity of attractions in the area.
    Set in Meare on the beautiful Somerset levels, within easy driving of Glastonbury, renowned for its annual music festival and legendary Tor. Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Ham Wall RSPB Reserve and excellent walking on the Mendip Hills are also an easy drive. Enjoy a great day out to the historical, Regency spa town of Bath with its Roman spa bath, or visit the stately home of Longleat, home of Lord Bath and its safari park. Visit Stourhead Gardens (NT) and the traditional seaside resorts of Burnham on Sea, Brean Down and Weston Super Mare with their sandy beaches, ideal for sand surfing.
    Local activities include a leisure centre in Wells, 5 miles, golf courses, cycling and a retail factory shopping outlet, 3 miles. Shop and pub 3 miles.

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

    Economy 7 central heating included. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Enclosed lawned garden and furniture.

    Both properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared use of outdoor heated swimming pool (9.1m x 4.6m; depth 0.9m to 1.8m), open May-September on request. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Both properties refs 18104 and 19586 can be booked together to accommodate 8 people.

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  • Blue Door Cottages - The Potting Shed

    Sherwood, nr. North Petherton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 30787

    Ideal base for touring Somerset

    The holiday cottages, (refs 30784, 30786 and 30787), have been converted from redundant 18th-century buildings at Sherwood, whilst The Hen House (ref 30785) has been converted from a later small barn. The buildings are surrounded by fields and back on to a valley of mature Forestry Commission woodland. They are set on the lower slopes of the Quantock Hills along narrow winding lanes but only 10 minutes from the motorway. Sherwood is a great place to relax but also makes a wonderful base from which to explore the whole of Somerset and some of the attractions of the surrounding counties. Blue Door Cottages at Sherwood provide pleasantly quirky accommodation for couples and small families. Between them the cottages can easily accommodate up to 18 guests and well-behaved dogs are welcome. The Quantock Hills are an area of wilderness and tranquillity. The Quantock Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which means that its distinctive character and cultural heritage are in the nation’s interest to safeguard them. Physically the Quantock Hills offer great diversity, reflecting the relationship between the geology, slopes and exposure of the area, and the range of past and present human activities and influences. Panoramic views lead you through coast, heath and combe. Explore and you will find rocky Jurassic coastline, exposed heathland summits, deep wooded combes, undulating farmland and attractive villages, all within this protected landscape. There are many NT properties close by, as well as golf, horse riding, walking and bird watching. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and single sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pet welcome - to be kept on lead at all times. No smoking. NB: Pond and stream in garden.

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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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  • Monks Belt

    Wiveliscombe

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 29027

    Located in the heart of Wiveliscombe, this single storey holiday cottage is adjacent to the owner’s home and offers a peaceful retreat set in a ⅓ acre of garden. The property has a woodburner making this an ideal base for all year round holidays and short breaks. Conveniently located within walking distance of all amenities including an award winning butcher, delicatessen and grocery shop. Wiveliscombe was the first town in Somerset to achieve "Walkers Are Welcome” status with various routes around the town being well mapped and explained in detail in a booklet called Wiveliscombe Circular Walks. It lists eleven walks including the 23 mile Wivey Way and three short town walks. There is a wealth of other great walks on the Quantocks, Exmoor and the Devon and Somerset legs of the South West Coastal Path. Beautiful walking around Wimbleball Lake, Exmoor and the Quantocks. In addition there is the West Somerset Steam Railway nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    All on ground floor. Living room with 2 sofa beds. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack.

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  • Yeo Farm Cottages - Honey Cottage

    Waterrow, Wiveliscombe, Taunton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: ERG

    Yeo Farm is a small country estate nestling in the picturesque hamlet of Waterrow on the Somerset/ Devon border at the foot of the Brendon Hills. Walkers and dog owners are welcome at these adult only farm cottages and a dog welcome pack is provided! Comprising some 40 acres of woodland, pasture, ponds and the River Tone, the farm also has fishing rights for over half a mile, and a riverside walk has been made to enjoy the natural flora and fauna present in this area. The 16th-century farmhouse has been restored and is the home of the resident owners, whilst the cottages (Refs ERE, ERF, and ERG) have been sympathetically converted from former farm buildings and comprise three adjoining character cottages which enjoy wonderful views over the estate. The cottages have been renovated and refurbished to a high standard, and offer all modern conveniences and comfort in this stunning setting.
    Yeo Farm provides an excellent base for countryside pursuits and walking, with the Brendons, Quantocks and Blackdown Hills nearby. On the doorstep is the Exmoor National Park which has been designated the first International Dark Sky Reserve in Europe (telescope on request). Horses are welcome. Many historic houses and gardens in the vicinity. Coast 13 miles. There is coarse, fly and sea fishing available; golf 4 miles; hard tennis courts and outdoor swimming pool 1½ miles; clay and game shooting by arrangement. Shops 1½ miles, local gastro pub 1 mile.

    First floor: Large living/dining room/kitchen with vaulted ceiling, large gable window and oriental rugs. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating included, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • 40 acres of shared, natural grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Parking for 3 cars and trailer storage
    • Secure cycle store
    • Trout fishing available on river behind pond (licence required)
    • Paddock with field shelter available for two horses
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 15 yrs
    • NB: 3 ponds adjacent to properties and small lake

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  • Blue Door Cottages - The Brew House

    Sherwood, nr. North Petherton

    Grade
    4
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 30786

    Ideal base for touring Somerset

    The holiday cottages, (refs 30784, 30786 and 30787), have been converted from redundant 18th-century buildings at Sherwood, whilst The Hen House (ref 30785) has been converted from a later small barn. The buildings are surrounded by fields and back on to a valley of mature Forestry Commission woodland. They are set on the lower slopes of the Quantock Hills along narrow winding lanes but only 10 minutes from the motorway. Sherwood is a great place to relax but also makes a wonderful base from which to explore the whole of Somerset and some of the attractions of the surrounding counties. Blue Door Cottages at Sherwood provide pleasantly quirky accommodation for couples and small families. Between them the cottages can easily accommodate up to 18 guests and well-behaved dogs are welcome. The Quantock Hills are an area of wilderness and tranquillity. The Quantock Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which means that its distinctive character and cultural heritage are in the nation’s interest to safeguard them. Physically the Quantock Hills offer great diversity, reflecting the relationship between the geology, slopes and exposure of the area, and the range of past and present human activities and influences. Panoramic views lead you through coast, heath and combe. Explore and you will find rocky Jurassic coastline, exposed heathland summits, deep wooded combes, undulating farmland and attractive villages, all within this protected landscape. There are many NT properties close by, as well as golf, horse riding, walking and bird watching. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom with 2 additional singles and en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Shared lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pet welcome - to be kept on lead at all times. No smoking. NB: Pond and stream in garden.

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