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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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  • Hollies Cottage

    Draycott, nr. Cheddar

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 90141

    Hollies Cottage is a charming, cosy, stone holiday cottage full of period features including exposed beams, a woodburner and spiral staircase. Set in a quiet area within the village of Draycott. Only 1½ miles from Cheddar, famed for its gorge and caves, as well as numerous pubs and restaurants. Suitable for either active breaks with walking on the Mendip Hills and the wildlife of the Somerset Levels, or just to relax in comfort. Close by is the cathedral city of Wells 5½ miles, Weston-super-Mare 15 miles; Glastonbury 11 miles, Bath and Bristol less than 50 minutes away. Shop and pub 300 yards.

    2 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with double sofa bed (for children). 3 steps down to kitchen. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with beams and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owners’ washing machine by arrangement. Wi-fi. Bench at front of property. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Smithy

    Nr. Ilminster

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E4809


    Once a blacksmith’s workshop, this converted and comfortably furnished detached cottage is ideally situated for exploring the delights of the Somerset countyside. Set close to a busy touring route, it lies within easy reach of the beautiful cathedral and Bishop’s Palace at Wells, the fantastic gardens at Stourhead, and Clarks Village shopping outlet at Street as well as the myriad seaside pleasures offered by Lyme Regis (16 miles), Branscombe, Beer and Sidmouth. Forde Abbey, National Trust properties at Barrington Court and Montacute, and the interesting Fleet Air Arm Museum at Yeovilton are also well worth a visit. Taunton, the County Town, is just 8 miles away, whilst a little further afield visitors can enjoy the numerous attractions found on Exmoor, Longleat Safari Park and Weymouth’s golden sands. Riding and golf are available locally. Shops 1.5 miles, pub serving food 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. Shower room with toilet. 1 twin bedroom. Mezzanine: 1 twin bedroom.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Small garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking.

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  • Ladybird Cottage

    Bridgwater

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: E5491

    Hidden deep in the Somerset countryside, yet only a short drive from sandy beaches, these two smart and well-appointed, semi-detached holiday cottages are set around the owners’ 12-acre lake. There is plenty of wildlife on the doorstep, including deer, swans and badgers, and the area is ideal for bird watching and walking. Somerset, situated in South West England, is a region of rural countryside, coastal beaches, a national park and numerous AONBs. The area is full of character and history, and is the perfect holiday destination for breathtaking views, culture, endless walks and traditional pub food. Nestled amongst Somerset’s rolling hills and the Levels, are picturesque villages, small market towns, age-old pubs and modern-day tourist attractions. There are always so many things to do in Somerset, this location is suited to all ages, making Lakeview’s holiday cottages an ideal holiday destination. Two pubs serving food within 10 minutes’ walk. Shops/PO 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining area/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair for hire on request (£10 each). Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Shared grounds with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. Children’s play area. Fishing (free of charge). No smoking. NB: Fenced fishing lake in grounds.

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  • Priory Bungalow

    Dunster, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 29218


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

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

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

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  • 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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  • Glendee

    Watchet

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 1673

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

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

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

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  • Little Quarme Cottage - Stable Cottage

    Wheddon Cross, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W44016

    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 room with beams/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. Freezer. Enclosed courtyard with 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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  • Withy Grove Farm - Birch

    East Huntspill, near Highbridge

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC536

    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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  • Rolstone Barns - Elderberry

    Rolstone, nr. Weston-super- Mare

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W42544

    Barn conversions close to the coast

    These renovated barns enjoy a peaceful, rural location close to the coastal resorts of west Somerset. Only 4 miles to Weston-Super-Mare, a beautiful seaside town with long sandy beaches and traditional family attractions, including SeaQuarium and the world’s largest helicopter museum. At its northern edge is Sand Point, a National Trust headland offering wonderful views and wild craggy rocks. At the southern edge are Weston Woods, three miles of woodland along the coastline into Weston-Super-Mare offering you splendid walks. Also Clevedon, a favourite resort of the Victorians, with its beautifully restored pier, and Burnham-on-Sea, a quiet seaside resort. Only a few minutes to the M5, the barns are an ideal base for touring this beautiful area. Nearby are the Mendips and the Quantocks, perfect for walking and cycling, and within an hour’s drive of the Roman spa city of Bath, Wells the smallest city in England, with a wonderful cathedral, Cheddar with its dramatic gorge and caves, more wonderful caves at Wookey Hole, Glastonbury with its mystical Arthurian connections and Bristol, full of maritime history, culture and shopping opportunities. Puxton Park offers a fun day out for all the family, with leisure activities and a farm shop. A one day free family pass is offered on stays of 3 nights or more. Shops 0.5 miles, pub serving food 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£10per week October-April). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot and high chair (on request). Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Private patio and furniture. Shared lawned garden. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • The Stables

    Chard Junction, Chard

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E2816

    At the end of a quiet country lane, these two charming and individual properties (refs E2816 and E2817) enjoy an idyllic setting surrounded by 3½ acres of land crossed by a sparkling stream. Set right on the Somerset, Devon and Dorset border, they are just 8 miles from Lyme Regis with its massive breakwater – The Cobb, prominently featured in the film ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ – and its grand sandy beach. The elegant seaside resort of Sidmouth, Charmouth (renowned for fossil hunting), Golden Cap (the highest cliff on the south coast) and the pleasure gardens at the fishing village of Beer are all close by. Chard, 3 miles, the highest town in Somerset, with its Hornsbury Mill full of bric-a-brac, the 1000-acre wildlife park at Cricket St Thomas, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Axminster and many other places of interest are within easy reach. Shops, pubs and restaurants 1½ miles.

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

    Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars). Wheelchair access.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Wi-fi. Shared 3½-acre grounds. Garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. NB: Stream in grounds.

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  • Moonfleat

    West Quantoxhead, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 30850

    Moonfleat is a cosy, traditional, 300-year-old, stone holiday cottage set in the beautiful Quantock Hills AONB with panoramic views of Exmoor and across the Bristol Channel to South Wales. Standing detached, it nestles in the Quantock Hills on a narrow lane leading up to the plantation of ‘Staple Plain’, with breathtaking views over the landscape of the Brendons, Exmoor, North Hill, Minehead, Blue Anchor and over to South Wales. The Quantocks are known for their wildlife, especially red deer and Quantock ponies. St Audries Park wedding venue is close by, making this cottage ideal for anyone looking for accommodation for the occasion. A perfect location for exploring West Quantoxhead, Minehead, Porlock and the whole north Somerset coast. With the Coleridge Way passing the front door, the area is wonderful for walking, riding, cycling and wildlife watching. Visit Dunster, the West Somerset Railway, Taunton, Cheddar, and various NT houses and gardens just a short drive away. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with Z-bed (for alternative sleeping) and double sofa bed/5 steps down to kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. 2 steps up to shower room with toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 twin leading to 1 double (5ft).

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. F/feezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 4 years. NB: 30 steps and sloping banks in garden.

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  • Withy Grove Farm - Poplar

    East Huntspill, near Highbridge

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UKC537

    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 bunk bed.
    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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