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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.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Somerset today.

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  • Rosie’s Barn

    Over Stowey

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: EOZ

    Delightfully situated on the Coleridge Way at Bin Combe in the beautiful Quantock Hills AONB, this attractive detached barn (set within the owner’s grounds) with a lovely rural outlook and its own pretty cottage garden, offers well furnished and equipped holiday accommodation. An ideal base for hikers and dog walkers, excellent walking can be found on the Quantock Hills and Exmoor. The cottage is within walking distance of Nether Stowey (under 1 mile) with its range of shops and pubs. Places of interest include Coleridge Cottage and Dunster Castle (both NT), the Somerset Levels, Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge and Taunton. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

    Five steps to entrance. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and fitted country-style kitchen area. Utility with toilet in separate building.

    Wood-burning stove – fuel included. Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included. Sky TV (included Sports). DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Payphone. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking (for 2 cars). No smoking. NB: Stream nearby.

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  • Liscombe Farm Cottages - Ash Cottage

    Tarr Steps, nr. Exford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 30214


    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.

    Lower ground floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom (zip and link, can be 6ft double) with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Stereo/CD. Fridge/freezer. 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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  • 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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  • Streamside Cottage

    Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 27374

    This delightful and stylish terraced holiday cottage is perfectly located on a quiet lane in the very heart of the city of Wells. The shops, restaurants and market square are just a few strides away. Wells is a medieval city nestling on the southern side of the Mendip Hills with the mystical Somerset Levels stretching to the south and west. The smallest city in England, it remains remarkably unspoilt and has many historic buildings including the 13th-century cathedral. The Wells Market Place has lively markets twice a week. Attractions within an hour’s drive include the city of Bath, Wookey Hole, Cheddar Gorge and Glastonbury Tor. Shop, pub and restaurant 20 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard, sitting-out area, furniture. Car park 550 yards, (permit included). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Summerhayes

    Clevedon

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E2000

    This pretty single storey cottage, furnished with great flair, is in a secluded countryside setting just two miles from Clevedon, whose many attractions include sea angling, a newly restored Victorian pier, miniature railway, and sports centre with indoor pool. The cottage adjoins the home of the owners, adjacent to Clevedon Crafts Centre which has over ten studios, including a pottery gallery. Walking, cycleways, golf and riding locally. Weston-super-Mare 6 miles and Bristol 12 miles. Shop and pub 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Sloping ceilings and exposed roof timbers throughout.

    Electric living-flame fire in living room. Gas central heating £16 per week 18th September-16th April poa, (other dates by arrangement). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. 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.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Bed linen and Wi-Fi 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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  • Creamery Cottages - Number Two

    Kilmersdon

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 25139

    Open countryside views

    These two converted stone holiday cottages are situated on a working farm in the beautiful Somerset countryside, and enjoy the stunning views and use of 400 acres of the surrounding grounds, woods, small lake and farmyard. The location is peaceful and rural, and yet within minutes of many attractions and famous sites, including the Roman spa city of Bath with its Georgian architecture and spa baths, the city of Wells and its magnificent cathedral and medieval streets, Glastonbury Abbey and Tor, Cheddar Gorge and caves, Wookey Hole and papermill, Longleat Safari Park, and Babington House. For walkers and cyclists, there is much to offer on the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels. Shop 31/2 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors and wooden floor. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with toilet, 1 twin. Wet room with toilet.

    Enclosed courtyard.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. 400-acres of shared natural grounds. Ample parking. Shared games room with table football, pool table and board games. Two pets welcome (to be kept on lead at all times). Natural water supply from well. No smoking. NB: Unfenced lakes and stream 100 yards.

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  • Somerton Court Lodges - Cedar Lodge

    Somerton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC289


    In the ancient capital of Wessex and central Somerset, The Coach House and Cedar Lodge both accommodate four guests, and adjoin the owners’ Grade II listed mansion. Ideally situated for exploring this delightful county, the centre of Somerton is easily accessible on foot. There’s much to enjoy in all directions; for guests with a thirst for knowledge there’s the Fleet Air Arm Museum or the popular historic Haynes Motor Car Museum, with its vast collection of classic cars. Within easy driving distance is Clarks Village, the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole and Caves, the enchanting Glastonbury Tor and of course the city of Wells’ stunning cathedral with its Bishops Palace.

    For a relaxing day out or a trip back in time, maybe the West Somerset Steam Railway will fit the bill, as it chugs its way through some of the most delightful countryside in Somerset. Along with many historic houses, such as Montacute House and Gardens and Forde Abbey and Gardens to name a few, you will certainly not be short of attractions to visit. Further afield, the spa city of Bath features prominent Roman baths, museums and shops, and if you’re heading southward into Dorset, there are a number of traditional seaside resorts scattered along the Jurassic Coast, such as Lyme Regis, West Bay and Weymouth.

    For those who’d rather stay a little closer to home, there are many picturesque country walks, golf nearby, fishing and some warm and welcoming village pubs to wine and dine in. Beach 25 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Cedar Lodge (ref UKC289) and The Coach House (ref 28884) can be booked together to accommodate up to 8 guests.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space: With wooden floors.
    Living area: With 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With double electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    1 step down to...
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.
    1 step down to...
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite with shower over bath, and toilet.

    Biomass central heating included.

    Electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot and highchair. Welcome pack. Large, shared garden with patio, sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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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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  • 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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  • First Step

    Misterton, nr. Crewkerne

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 26501

    On the South Somerset/West Dorset border in Misterton, this quaint semi-detached stone holiday cottage for four, lovingly refurbished and very well equipped, is ideal for enjoying many nearby attractions such as Forde Abbey and Gardens, Yeovilton Air Museum and Broadwindsor Craft Centre, or spending days out within easy driving at Lyme Regis, West Bay and Seaton on the famous and stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with tiled floor/dining room with beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric coal-effect fire in both bedrooms included. Electric heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Electric double oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Combe Cottages - Robin

    Templecombe

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: EOA

    Straddling the borders of Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset, this charming row of single-storey cottages is tucked away along a peaceful country lane, close to the village of Templecombe. Adjacent to the owners’ home, and on an alpaca breeding farm, they offer well-equipped and carefully furnished accommodation for a variety of groups, in a central location ideal for exploring. Outdoor seating areas overlooking a central courtyard provide pleasant places of retreat, and the use of an indoor heated swimming pool completes the picture.
    Set amid excellent walking country, the holiday cottages afford ample opportunities for plenty of fresh air, and there are many delights to explore on foot. For those preferring to sightsee further afield, a main line station to Waterloo and Exeter is available from the village and quiet country roads make for scenic drives. The popular attractions of Longleat (with its excellent safari park, animal shows and historic house), Cheddar Gorge and Caves and the splendid NT properties of Stourhead Gardens, Kingston Lacey and Montacute House are all within an easy drive, as is Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the fascinating array of classic cars at the Haynes Motor Museum.
    Also of great historical interest is the abbey town of Sherborne, the famous Gold Hill at Shaftesbury and the medieval towns of Salisbury and Wells – all offer their own blend of quaint shops and museums to explore, individual shops to browse and tearooms for a welcome refreshment break. For an altogether different scene, the south coast beaches and seaside towns can be reached in around an hour’s drive. Active souls can try their hand at a spot of fishing or a round or two of golf locally, while those preferring spectator sports can visit the National Hunt race course in nearby Wincanton. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Living/dining room. Well-equipped kitchen. Double bedroom with TV. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Fridge/freezer

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • Two Freeview TVs
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared use of landscaped courtyard garden with patio
    • Shared barbecue
    • Shared use of large grounds with picnic area and furniture
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (40ft x 20ft, depth range 3ft–7ft), open 10am to 10pm
    • Gym equipment in pool building – children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Shared games room with pool table, air hockey and table football
    • Ample parking
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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