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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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  • Hill View

    Watchet

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 26983

    Hill View is situated in one of Watchet’s many Victorian terraces. The holiday cottage is within walking distance of the historic port town of Watchet and provides comfortable accommodation over three floors. From the top floor, there are good views out across the Bristol Channel and the Quantock Hills. Watchet’s amenities are within walking distance including the harbour and the local station to catch a ride on the West Somerset Steam Railway (subject to timetable). There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor. Shop, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. Tiled floors throughout. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Hambush Cottage

    Baltonsborough, near 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:
    Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, combi microwave/oven/grill, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Living room 2: Galleried with Freeview TV and DVD player with a selection of DVDs.
    Bedroom 1: With zip and link super kingsize bed (can be twin beds on request) and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Patio with sitting-out area, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is a pond in the owner’s grounds.

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  • Somerton Court Lodges - The Coach House

    Somerton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 28884


    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 (with wheelchair access).
    Open plan living space: With beams and flagstone floors.
    Living area: With Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, Freeview TV and en-suite with bath, shower attachment and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and Freeview TV.
    Wet room: With toilet.

    Oil central heating included. Shared utility room with washing machine. Bike store. Wheelchair access.

    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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  • The Threshing Barn

    Westbury Sub Mendip, near Wells

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 19020

    Fine views

    Situated on a working farm, this ’upside down’ detached barn backing onto the orchard, with fine views, adjacent to an AONB, is ideal for couples and small families. There is excellent walking from the holiday property and on the Mendip Hills together with great bird watching locally and on the Somerset Levels. The area abounds with places of interest including beautiful Wells and its superb cathedral, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Longleat, Glastonbury Tor and the Georgian Heritage City of Bath. Great beaches at Weston-super-Mare. Shop and pub ½ mile.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living room with beams/dining room/kitchen.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Use of owner’s freezer. Paved garden area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Little Quarme Cottages - Rose Cottage

    Wheddon Cross, near Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W44014

    Six self-catering holiday cottages set in a superb secluded, south facing location at the heart of Exmoor and within walking distance, across the fields, of the village of Wheddon Cross, approximately ¼ mile away. The cottages are 1,000 feet above sea level at the head of the Quarme Valley with fantastic views over the owners’ 17 acres of farmland. Pets are accepted in every cottage (refs: W44011, W44012, W44013, W44014, W44015, W44016) and each has its own small enclosed garden or patio.
    As well as being a great holiday destination, Little Quarme Cottages is also a licensed wedding venue, where you and your party can hire the entire complex for your celebrations.
    The village of Wheddon Cross has a pub, well-stocked shop and petrol station. 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. The medieval village of Dunster is full of charm and has its imposing castle (National Trust) which towers 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 Bay as well as the town of Minehead, where you will find a good range of shops and amenities, and the West Somerset Steam Railway. Horse riding, golf and fishing are all available locally. Beach 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. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Use of owners freezer (on request).

    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. Cream tea on arrival. No smoking. NB: Pond and stream in grounds.

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  • Old Rectory Cottage

    Oake, near Taunton

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 50201

    Rural location

    Wing of a charming 17th-century former rectory, in a lovely rural area. It is an excellent holiday base for touring the Quantocks, Brendon Hills and Exmoor. The coast at Dunster is 20 miles away, with Wellington and Taunton approximately 6 miles away. Close to Somerset County Cricket ground at Taunton where international matches are played. There is a golf course with restaurant within 1 mile. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Cloakroom with toilet. Narrow steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Convector heaters, NSH and electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen and towel hire (£4 for single bedding per week, £6 for double). Cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer.Telephone. Patio. Parking (1 car).

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  • Moorleaze - Nunney

    Witham Friary, Frome

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: EPM

    " Spacious well-equipped cottages...with an idyllic rural setting amidst a chorus of wildlife "

    Conveniently located for Longleat, Bath and the Mendip Hills and Gorges, Moorleaze nestles on the border of Somerset with Dorset and Wiltshire. Enjoying a tranquil setting with stunning views all around, it provides the perfect retreat at any time of year. Built from local stone and boasting every modern convenience, the cottages offer spacious and superbly fitted accommodation, presented to 5 Star standards. The 76-acre grounds include farmland, woodland, orchard and two lakes, whilst the glorious views encompass fields and gently wooded hills. A haven for wildlife, deer and hares abound, often coming within yards of the cottages. Buzzards, kestrels, tawny and barn owls, pheasants, swallows and many other species nest here. The lower lake is stocked with carp, tame enough to feed from guests’ hands - so no fishing! The idyllic village of Witham Friary, complete with an unspoiled pub, is a few minutes’ stroll and found fame as the setting for the TV series Building the Dream.
    Benefiting from its countryside setting, Moorleaze also affords easy access all year round and is within a short driving distance of many famous locations. Longleat is close by, as are Wookey Hole and the Yeovilton Aircraft and Haynes Motor Museums. Bath, designated a World Heritage Site, boasts many delights including the Roman Baths. Nearby Frome has even more listed buildings than Bath and hosts a renowned arts and music festival in early July. Salisbury, Wells, Glastonbury, Stonehenge and Avebury are also popular places to visit from Moorleaze. NT properties include the incomparable Stourhead, just minutes away. Walkers are spoilt for choice, from the local countryside to the splendour of the Mendips, including Cheddar Gorge. With its magnificent indoor pool, games room, tennis court, climbing frame and idyllic setting, The Sunday Times described Moorleaze as
    "a sure-fire child pleaser", and it’s just as popular with adults, an ideal break at any time of the year. The village pub is within walking distance. Shops 6 miles.

    Spacious living/dining room with well-equipped country-style oak kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower bath and toilet.

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels and beach towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair
    • Two digital TVs (Freeview)
    • Wi-fi
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Shared courtyard, garden
    • Shared barbecues
    • Ample parking
    • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft ) with infra red sauna
    • Shared games chalet
    • Shared tennis court
    • Shared children’s play area
    • No smoking
    • NB: Two small ponds in the garden and unfenced lakes in the grounds

    SUPERB ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

    • Magnificent indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft) with seating, showers and changing facilities.
    • Tennis court
    • Children’s playframe with swings, slides and play tent
    • Large games room with pool table, table tennis and play area with toys for young children
    • 76-acre grounds with lakes and walks through woods and fields
    • Large courtyard with seats and tables
    • Further seats and tables overlooking top lake with great sunset views

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  • Exmoor Farm Cottages - Stags View

    Wheddon Cross, near Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29649

    These two delightful detached cottages (refs 29648 and 29649) are located on the foot slopes of Dunkery Beacon at Exmoor’s highest point. Situated around the yard of the owner’s small farm, the cottages are an ideal holiday destination for those seeking peace and quiet, but also to explore this stunning area of Exmoor and Somerset. Due to the layout and nature of the farm, the cottages are not suitable for children under 16 years of age. Both properties offer well-appointed and furnished accommodation and also have the extra comfort of a woodburner with a plentiful supply of logs. There is a decked area with each cottage where guests can sit out and enjoy the local surroundings. Each cottage comes with its own lockable store cupboard for bikes and surf boards and also has its own kennel area. The local village of Wheddon Cross is a short distance away and has a well-stocked local shop and a pub. Wheddon Cross is also the location for one of the most renowned displays of snowdrops in February each year. From the top gate of the farm, guests can walk up to the summit of Dunkery Beacon, where the views are far-reaching. During your stay, there is plenty to do and enjoy, with superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor where you will find points of interest such as Withypool, Lanacre and Tarr Steps. Exmoor is also nominated as a ’Dark Sky’ area, making it an excellent location to study the sky at night. Along the coast, there are the Victorian towns of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and funicular cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to walk along whilst eating an ice cream, and the town also has a good array of shops and other amenities; you can also take a trip on the famous West Somerset Steam Railway. A visit to the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle (NT), with its beautiful terraced gardens, deer park and mill and not forgetting its now famous ’Dunster by Candlelight Festival’ held at the beginning of December. The villages of Porlock, Porlock Weir and Selworthy are all worth a visit. There are dog-friendly beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. The owner offers the use of a kennel on request and if required during your stay (pets are allowed in both properties). Shop, pub and petrol garage 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. 2 steps to dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

    Balcony. Parking (2 cars). Pets - working farm. NB: 3 steps from terrace to garden. 6 steps to balcony.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room included. Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Cycle store. Stabling available by prior arrangement. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. No children under 16 years. NB: Stream and pond in grounds.

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  • Rimpton Mill

    Rimpton, near Sherborne

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: EUH

    In a lovely village location 3 miles from Sherborne market town, this lovingly restored ancient Grade II listed former Mill retains character features such as oak beams and floors. Adjacent to the owners’ cottage, it is a delightful detached holiday home for four to enjoy many places of interest within easy driving: World Heritage Jurassic Coast, Lulworth Cove; seaside resorts Weymouth, West Bay, Chesil beach, Lyme Regis; Yeovilton Air/Haynes Motor Museums; Cerne Abbas Giant, legendary King Arthur’s Camelot, Glastonbury Tor and Wells Cathedral. Shops 2 miles, pubs serving food 1 mile.

    Open plan, spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove, French windows and well-equipped kitchen. Low beams and oak floor throughout. External access to lower ground floor: Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom with TV, en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove (available October-March) - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Three Freeview TVs
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer (in utility)
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Terrace with patio, furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Secure cycle store
    • No smoking
    • No children

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  • Luccombe Manor Cottages - Manor Cottage

    Luccombe, nr. Porlock

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: EWV

    Large living room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen/dining area with tiled floor. First floor: Two double bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
    • Own sitting-out area and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV (flatscreen)
    • DVD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared external laundry room
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Shared enclosed courtyard
    • Natural spring water supply
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 5 yrs
    • NB: Stream in grounds

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  • Buchan Cottage

    Dulverton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28795

    Overlooking the Barle River, on the edge of the Exmoor town of Dulverton, this semi-detached cottage makes an ideal holiday base. Along with well appointed accommodation, the best has been made of the steep cliff garden with a decked sitting-out area with great views over the valley. There is fantastic walking on the moor, including Tarr Steps, Withypool and Dunkery Beacon. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shops, pubs and restaurants 220 yards.

    9 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with dining area and wooden floor. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with decked terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 39 steps and cliff in steep garden.


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  • Rose Cottage

    Norton-sub-Hamdon

    Grade
    4
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EHU

    This charming Grade II listed holiday cottage of traditional thatch and hamstone (all of building in photograph) is set in a conservation village on the Somerset/Dorset border. Comfortably furnished and attractively decorated, it has its own garden. Explore lovely walks in nearby Ham Hill Country Park, or attractions within easy reach including Cricket St Thomas Lakes and Gardens. Many other highly regarded gardens within easy reach include Tintinhul, Lambrook Manor, Forde Abbey and great houses such as 16th-century Montacute House (NT) with its formal garden and landscaped park (4 miles). Coast 20 miles. Pub within easy walking distance. Fishing locally. Shop 75 yards.

    Beamed sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove. Farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area. Shower room with toilet. Narrow staircase to first floor: Two pretty double bedrooms (one 5ft bed). Single bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • TV
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Garden with furniture
    • Garage/parking

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