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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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  • Sergeant’s Cottage

    Watchet

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 26596

    Located a short distance from Watchets historic harbour, this semi-detached refurbished Victorian holiday cottage offers a comfortable haven from which to explore this interesting and varied part of the British Isles. Well equipped and finished to a good standard, with a private enclosed garden, the cottage is within easy walking of Watchet town centre, the railway station (West Somerset Steam Railway) and the amenities the town has to offer. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor to places such as Tarr Steps and the village of Withypool. Shop and pub 500 yards, restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Tiled floors throughout. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Coach House @ The Old Rectory

    Buckland St Mary, near Chard

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    3
    Ref: UKC467


    The Coach House @ The Old Rectory is perfect for a romantic getaway for couples, lying in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Blackdown Hills, between Chard in the south and Taunton in the north. Formerly an Edwardian Coaching House built to house the horses of Reverend Lance in 1905 and set in the grounds of The Old Rectory and the owner’s home, it has been lovingly restored into a cosy two bedroomed cottage. It is stylish, with many original features retained, yet it offers all the modern creatures comfort, such as a well-equipped kitchen with granite worktops, and a lovely raised mezzanine living area which resembles an original horse loose box and accommodates the original hay and water feeder. If not enjoying the beautiful cottage, countryside and surroundings, this location is ideal for dog walking or simply taking in the wildlife and scenery, with much to enjoy within easy driving. There are many historic houses in the area, such as Montacute House and Gardens, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Barrington Court and Hestercombe Gardens, or, guests can drive to Glastonbury Tor for an exhilarating walk to the top with some magnificent views of Somerset, perhaps calling in at The Clarkes Factory Village, Wells Cathedral and Palace. The Quantocks and Exmoor National Park are within easy driving and for a trip back in time, travel from Taunton along the West Somerset Steam Railway to Minehead. Going south, visit West Dorset and Devon, maybe spending a day or two exploring the World Heritage Jurassic coastal resorts of Sidmouth, Seaton and Lyme Regis. The county town of Taunton is also well worth a visit, with its many shops, restaurants and places of interest. Beach 15 miles. Shop 6 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Step to entrance.
    Open plan living space.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    4 open-tread steps to...
    Living area: Galleried with double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements), wood burner, 21" Freesat TV, DVD player and iPod dock.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    Open-tread stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, roll-top bath, sloping ceiling and en-suite wetroom with shower and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed, roll-top bath, sloping ceiling and en-suite toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Payphone (honesty box). Welcome pack. Gravelled patio with garden furniture and barbecue. Shared 2-acre landscaped, natural grounds with woodland. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Two Elms Holiday Cottages - Cottage 2

    Pilton, near Shepton Mallet

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: W40895

    Excellent base for central Somerset / Jacuzzi bath.

    These three cottages nestle in the small village of Pilton, central Somerset, 3 miles south of Shepton Mallet, 6 miles east of Glastonbury Tor and 5 miles south of Wells. With one detached cottage (W40894) and two semi-detached bungalows (W40895 and W40896), each sleeping 2+2, they offer comfortable and well-presented accommodation, all boasting a massage shower for total relaxation. Their location makes them ideal to explore this rich county with its many attractions, NT houses (Montacute House, Barrington Court and Tintinhull House), excellent scenery and walking. The enchanting Glastonbury Tor is a must, as well as Wells cathedral city with its quaint shopping centre and Bishops’ Palace, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, and the Roman spa of Bath. Famous Somerset carnivals are held early to mid November and a little further afield visit the seaside resorts of Weston-super-Mare, Weymouth and Lyme Regis. The Fleet Air Museum, Haynes Motor Museum, Clarks Factory Village and The Royal Bath and West Showground are also well worth a visit. Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat House and Safari Park, or the Somerset Levels are all within easy driving distance. Shop 3 miles, pub with food ½ mile.
    These two cottages nestle in the small village of Pilton, central Somerset, 3 miles south of Shepton Mallet, 6 miles east of Glastonbury Tor and 5 miles south of Wells. With one being a detached cottage (W40894) and one being a semi-detached bungalow (W40896), each sleeping 2+2, they offer comfortable and well-presented accommodation, with Cottage 3 (ref W40896) boasting a massage shower for total relaxation. Their location makes them ideal to explore this rich county with its many attractions, NT houses (Montacute House, Barrington Court and Tintinhull House), excellent scenery and walking. The enchanting Glastonbury Tor is a must, as well as Wells cathedral city with its quaint shopping centre and Bishops’ Palace, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, and the Roman spa of Bath. Famous Somerset carnivals are held early to mid November and a little further afield visit the seaside resorts of Weston-super-Mare, Weymouth and Lyme Regis. The Fleet Air Museum, Haynes Motor Museum, Clarks Factory Village and The Royal Bath and West Showground are also well worth a visit. Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat House and Safari Park, or the Somerset Levels are all within easy driving distance. Shop 3 miles, pub with food ½ mile.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space:
    With wooden floor.
    Living area: With 42" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and double sofa bed.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric cooker, microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom: With double bed and Freeview TV.
    Bathroom: With Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle with massage jets, and toilet.

    All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair. Patio with garden furniture. Parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Potters Cottage

    West Monkton, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: EKB

    This delightful 16th-century Grade II listed thatched cottage with its own large garden, stands in a superb position at the foot of the Quantocks with lovely rural views. Reached by a private track, it has been sympathetically restored retaining great character. Excellent walking, riding and golf, with Exmoor close by. Taunton (3 miles) offers good shops and a theatre. Dunster Castle and Montacute House (both NT), Glastonbury, Wells, Bath and the coast easily reached. Farm shop 1½ miles, pub 1 mile.

    Entrance porch. Spacious, open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove and bread oven in inglenook fireplace. Separate toilet. Rugs on terracotta-tiled floor. Steep stairs to first floor: Two bedrooms; one double with sloping ceilings and one single with extra pull-out bed (for +1). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Beamed throughout with countryside and hill views.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial supply of logs included, thereafter available at cost
    • Oil-fired underfloor heating £35 per week, £5 per night for short breaks
    • Electricity and bed linen included
    • Towel hire £2per person
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large garden with furniture
    • Parking
    • NB: Stream 10 yards

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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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  • Barton Cottage

    East Knowstone, South Molton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 27605

    This semi-detached holiday cottage offers a welcoming family holiday retreat situated on the owner’s working farm. Located on the edge of Exmoor, children will delight at the farm animals, whilst Exmoor has plenty to offer. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path. The villages of Simonsbath, Withypool and Tarr Steps are well worth a visit, as are the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Fishing, golf and cycling all available locally. Shop 8 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining area. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Separate toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in external utility. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Upper House Cottage

    Colerne, nr. Bath

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 28963

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

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

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

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  • Merlin House Holiday Apartments - Lancelot

    Blue Anchor, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 29566

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

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

    Dishwasher.

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

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  • Swallows Rest

    Glastonbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 25378

    Ideally located on a main route, 3 miles from Glastonbury, this single-storey renovated barn sits amongst 5 acres of natural orchard landscape. A substantial wooden stock/dog proof fence erected to the rear of the barn ensures a great degree of privacy for guests. It is an excellent holiday base from which to explore the diverse and unique county of Somerset. Glastonbury is steeped in folklore and legend, with its abbey and tor, and nearby Wells is England’s smallest city with a magnificent 13th-century cathedral and medieval buildings. This is a haven for walkers and cyclists, with five ranges of hills. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Oil central heating and electricity included (£50per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Private patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Birch Cottage

    Watchet

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W43210


    Located right in the middle of the ancient coastal town of Watchet, this semi-detached cottage, in a new mews development, offers a convenient, comfortable base for a holiday enjoying all this area has to offer. Enjoy the harbour, marina and the steam trains of the West Somerset Railway. There is superb scenery and walkways on the South West Coastal Path or inland on the wild and rugged area of Exmoor. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge, Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway are close by. Visit the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle with its beautiful terraced gardens or the sandy beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Golf can be found nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Small enclosed courtyard, sitting-out area and furniture. Car park (10 yards, at cost). No smoking.

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  • Little Quarme Cottages - Dunkery Cottage

    Wheddon Cross, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W44015

    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. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. 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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  • The Stables

    Wookey Hole, nr. Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 26744

    This attractive stone built holiday cottage, in the grounds of the owner’s home, is on the edge of the pretty village of Wookey Hole, famous for its spectacular caves and legendary home of the infamous Witch of Wookey. There are many leisure activities available locally, including pot-holing, hang gliding and mountain biking. There is also a huge choice of walks from the doorstep, including the Monarch’s Way and the Mendip Way. The town of Glastonbury is only a few miles away, with its 14th-century tower dominating the landscape of Glastonbury Tor. Shop, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Wet room with toilet.

    Gas underfloor central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of owner’s freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Wheelchair access. No smoking.

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