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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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  • Merfield Coach Houses and Cottages - Noad Coach House

    Rode, nr. Bath

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: 14404

    Merfield cottages and coach houses are set within the grounds of the owners’ elegant early Georgian Grade II listed country house. Noad (14404) is a coach house that faces on to the walled garden, whilst Taffy (17851), a former farm building, is adjacent to the tennis court. The walled garden boasts topiary, rose arbours, herbaceous borders and a lawned orchard area all of which was designed by a Chelsea flower show gold medalist. The outstanding gardens, with secluded seating areas, including the tennis court, are available for the use of guests. The whole complex is situated within 36 acres of agricultural land dropping down to the River Frome, with far reaching views towards the Mendip Hills. Golf, 3 miles. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Steep step to living room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden and furniture. Parking. Shared tennis court. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Willow Farm Cottages - The Old Stable

    West Pennard, nr. Glastonbury

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 30791


    This pair of semi-detached converted barns enjoy a peaceful rural setting amongst rolling countryside, yet just a few miles from Glastonbury. The barns have been sympathetically renovated with oak floors and doors, large patio doors and with the original hayloft storage areas converted into galleried bedrooms. Both properties have a private terraced area, with a shared elevated lawned area, and the site is fully enclosed with fencing, ideal for those with pets or children. The Monarchs Way long distance footpath passes just in front of the barns and there are many organised tours, walks and listed footpaths within the immediate area, in the Mendip Hills and along the Somerset Levels. Glastonbury Town Trail and Glastonbury Rural Walk can be followed with ease. Attractions in Glastonbury include climbing up the tor for magnificent views, the Chalice Well and Rural Life Museum, the high street itself encompassing the myths, legends and spiritual ambience of the town, as well as the famous abbey. The city of Wells with its cathedral and Bishops Palace is within a 20-minute drive, as are The Royal Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet and Wookey Hole Caves. The Fleet Air Museum at Yeovilton and Cheddar Gorge are approximately a 30-minute drive. For retail therapy, the factory outlet centre of Clarks Village in Street is a 20-minute drive away. The cities of Bath and Bristol are both within an hours’ drive. Shop 4 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Level access or 6 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Steep, narrow, paddle stairs to galleried twin bedroom.

    Freezer.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Smart TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Shared lawned garden. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 6 steps in garden.

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  • Exmoor Farm Cottages - Stags View

    Wheddon Cross, nr. 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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  • Old Rectory Cottage

    Oake, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Norton Barns - Bramley Barn

    Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: W42181

    Luxury barn conversions

    These well appointed and attractive detached holiday cottages lie in the village of Kewstoke, only 1.5 miles from a local unspoilt beach at Sandbay and the National Trust headland of Sand Point. They have been renovated and offer a comfortable and peaceful base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and resorts. Only 3 miles to Weston-super-Mare with its long sandy beaches, aquarium, shops and traditional family attractions, and the smaller resorts of Clevedon, Burnham-on-Sea and Brean. With easy access to the M5, it is a short drive to other coastal areas of North Devon and Wales. The surrounding countryside includes the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, and the Somerset Levels and moors, providing ample opportunities for walking and cycling. Further afield places to visit include Cheddar Gorge and caves, Wookey Hole, the cities of Bath and Bristol, Glastonbury and Wells. Shops, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.These well appointed and attractive detached holiday cottages lie in the village of Kewstoke, only 1.5 miles to a local unspoilt beach at Sandbay and the National Trust headland of Sand Point. They have been renovated and offer a comfortable and peaceful base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and resorts. Only 3 miles to Weston-super-Mare with its long sandy beaches, aquarium, shops and traditional family attractions, and the smaller resorts of Clevedon, Burnham-on-Sea and Brean. With easy access to the M5, it is a short drive to other coastal areas of North Devon and Wales. The surrounding countryside includes the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, and the Somerset levels and moors, providing ample opportunities for walking and cycling. Further afield places to visit include Cheddar Gorge and caves, Wookey Hole, the cities of Bath and Bristol, Glastonbury and Wells. The owners provide a free family ticket to Puxton Park Family Attractions for bookings of 3 nights or longer. Shops, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

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

    Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. No children under 5 years.

    All properties: Oil central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Ash Lodge

    Clatworthy

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 28715

    This superb detached lodge is set in a tranquil, rural location on the owners’ 21-acre small holding located on the edge of Exmoor National Park. The contemporary interior is bright and airy and boasts air source heating that supplies the underfloor heating throughout the property. The living room and bedrooms all have patio doors leading onto a large south facing decked balcony with views through the pine trees across the open countryside. It is perfect for couples who are seeking a quiet ’get away from it all’ break, and it is pet-friendly, with an enclosed garden area for dogs. Exmoor is inhabited by ponies and red deer, with heather-clad moors and pretty villages is on your doorstep. Visit the highest coast in Britain, Dunkery Beacon with panoramic views, and Minehead with its pretty harbour. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 twin bedrooms (zip and link, can be 6ft double), both with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Underfloor air source heat pump central heating, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 21-acre landscaped grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on lead, working farm. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds, 75 yards.

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  • Daubeneys - Daubeneys Shippon

    Colerne, nr. Bath

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: PHHF

    These attractive holiday properties lie in the peaceful conservation village of Colerne, surrounded by rolling countryside. The Grade II* listed stable conversion (PFFH) is part of the only longhouse in Wiltshire and dating back to the 13th century, is the oldest house in the village. Beautifully refurbished to offer all modern conveniences, yet retains charm and character. Sympathetically converted, the detached, single-storey barn (PHHF) offers light and airy, contemporary accommodation. Colerne has a good selection of shops and pubs but only a short bus journey, 7 miles, will take you into Bath and Chippenham. Within easy reach of Bristol, Bradford-on-Avon and the much-filmed villages of Lacock and Castle Combe. Great area for walking. Shop 200 yards, family pub and restaurant 10 yards.

    Living/dining room with vaulted ceiling, wood-burning stove and patio doors leading to own garden. Well-equipped kitchen area. Double bedroom with patio doors leading to another garden. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Wooden floor and beams throughout.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity and gas underfloor central heating included
    • Microwave
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Enclosed lawned garden with two patios, decking and furniture within shared garden
    • Welcome pack
    • Ground floor facilities

    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Washer/dryer
    • Shared freezer in outbuilding
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • 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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  • Croft Cottages - Cider Barn

    Watchet

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W44203

    Located in the heart of the ancient seaside port of Watchet, Croft Cottages offers a wide range of cottages to suit any size and requirement. All the cottages (refs W44203, W44204, W44205, W44206, W44207, W44208, W44209, W44210, W44211 and W44212) are well furnished and presented, and their convenient location within Watchet adds to their appeal.

    Located just off the high street, means guests can wander into town for a walk around the harbour, eat and drink in the local restaurants and pubs, and also be able to catch a train at the local station of the renowned West Somerset Steam Railway. There is a regular bus service so you won’t even need the car. There are beaches at Blue Anchor, Kilve, Dunster and Minehead is a short distance away. Take a walk along the promenade and enjoy an ice-cream overlooking the picturesque harbour. Minehead is also the start of the South West Coast Path which provides some challenging yet spectacular walking. The pretty medieval town of Dunster, with its castle (NT) is well worth a day out. Other areas of interest close by are Porlock and Porlock Weir and a bit further along the coast, are Lynton and Lynmouth, the two towns connected by the Victorian cliff railway. Exmoor National Park offers great walking for all abilities and there are some great spots to visit including Withypool, Lanacre and Tarr Steps. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor.

    Underfloor gas central heating included. Towel hire. Gas/electric range. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Juliet balcony. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8m x 5m, min depth 1m to 1½m), open 10am-7pm Easter-November. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Threshing Barn

    Westbury Sub Mendip, nr. 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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  • Maxmills Cottage

    Winscombe

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E1852

    Enjoying an utterly peaceful location abundant with wildlife, in a quiet Mendip valley, are these four delightful cottages. Set on a working farm, in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, three of the cottages have been skilfully converted from stone barns whilst the fourth, a former miller’s cottage, is attached to the owners’ home. Attractively furnished and equipped to a very good standard the cottages offer an ideal base for a relaxing holiday or for touring the surrounding area. Cheddar Gorge, Blagdon Lake – with trout fishing and a wealth of wildlife – and golf are all nearby. The elegant city of Bath and the cathedral city of Wells are within an easy drive and Weston-super-Mare’s many attractions and sandy beach are just 7 miles. Churchill, 4 miles, offers many activities including a dry ski slope, sports centre and horse riding. Bristol Airport 15 minutes. Village shop and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Walled patio and furniture. NB: Situated next to mill pond.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (fuel £4 per bag). NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of tumble dryer (in games room). Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Parking. Shared games room with table tennis.

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  • Barrow Farm -Apple Lodge

    North Wootton, nr. Shepton Mallet

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 29429

    Situated on a traditional family farm with a small beef herd, this group of single-storey barns has been sympathetically converted to form four contemporary, detached holiday cottages. Baby Barrow (ref 28997) is very light and spacious, with high ceilings and beams throughout. Barrow Farm Barn (ref 24826) retains original beams throughout and overlooks 2½ acres of orchard. Pear Lodge (ref 29428) and Apple Lodge (ref 29429) feature underfloor heating and large bi-fold doors to take full advantage of the view and open space. They are located just 5 miles from the historical town of Glastonbury, famous for its abbey, tor, music festival and mythical legends. The small city of Wells is 3 miles, with its cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and medieval cobbled street. The Bath and West Showground nearby features many events and exhibitions throughout the year. The Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills are ideal for cyclists, walkers and nature lovers. There is a chicken coop outside all properties where you can help yourself to fresh eggs. There are also two travel cots shared between the four properties. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile. Properties 24826, 28997, 29428 and 29429 can be booked together to accommodate up to 16 guests.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with bi-fold doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Two Freeview TVs. Smart TV. Playstation 3. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Underfloor oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two shared travel cots on request. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Use of 50-acre farmland. Shared 2½ acres of natural grounds. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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