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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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  • Turnpike Cottage

    Chard

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: E2962

    Charming and unusual, this cosy circular thatched toll cottage lies just half a mile from Chard in the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Situated on the A30 Chard to Honiton road the cottage enjoys stunning views, and is ideally placed for exploring Somerset’s many attractions and Dorset’s Heritage coastline. Beer is just 15 miles away and Sidmouth and Lyme Regis are easily accessible. Shops, pubs and restaurants 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor. Dining area/kitchen. 1 bunk bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with sloping ceiling.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and electricity by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Video. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Hedged garden with orchard, terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking.

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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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  • Merfield Coach Houses and Cottages - Noad Coach House

    Rode, nr. Bath

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    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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  • Somerton Court Lodges - Cedar Lodge

    Somerton

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC289


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

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

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

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

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

    Biomass central heating included.

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

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  • 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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  • Pheasants Folly

    Roadwater, Watchet

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43136

    Pheasants Folly is a detached, converted barn in the grounds of the owner’s small country estate. The accommodation is bright and well appointed with most convenience supplied. The well maintained gardens of the estate provide a peaceful haven for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. The property is situated just on the outskirts of the pretty village of Roadwater which has pubs and a shop, all within walking distance of the cottage. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), the Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway are all worth a visit. Shop 500 yards, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared landscaped grounds with furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 16 years. NB: Pond, 50 yards.

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  • Blue Door Cottages - The Potting Shed

    Sherwood, nr. North Petherton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 30787

    Ideal base for touring Somerset

    The holiday cottages, (refs 30784, 30786 and 30787), have been converted from redundant 18th-century buildings at Sherwood, whilst The Hen House (ref 30785) has been converted from a later small barn. The buildings are surrounded by fields and back on to a valley of mature Forestry Commission woodland. They are set on the lower slopes of the Quantock Hills along narrow winding lanes but only 10 minutes from the motorway. Sherwood is a great place to relax but also makes a wonderful base from which to explore the whole of Somerset and some of the attractions of the surrounding counties. Blue Door Cottages at Sherwood provide pleasantly quirky accommodation for couples and small families. Between them the cottages can easily accommodate up to 18 guests and well-behaved dogs are welcome. The Quantock Hills are an area of wilderness and tranquillity. The Quantock Hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which means that its distinctive character and cultural heritage are in the nation’s interest to safeguard them. Physically the Quantock Hills offer great diversity, reflecting the relationship between the geology, slopes and exposure of the area, and the range of past and present human activities and influences. Panoramic views lead you through coast, heath and combe. Explore and you will find rocky Jurassic coastline, exposed heathland summits, deep wooded combes, undulating farmland and attractive villages, all within this protected landscape. There are many NT properties close by, as well as golf, horse riding, walking and bird watching. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors and single sofa bed. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 1 twin bedroom.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pet welcome - to be kept on lead at all times. No smoking. NB: Pond and stream in garden.

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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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  • 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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  • Weston Lodge

    Bath

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 24510

    This spacious ground floor holiday apartment is one of five located in a grand Georgian house standing in its own grounds on the Cotswold Way on the edge of Bath. Set in a quiet location, and with the added bonus of its own parking, just a few minutes walk away from local shops and amenities, it provides an ideal, peaceful base from which to explore the cosmopolitan city of Bath. Attractions include the Roman spa baths, the abbey and the award winning Thermae Spa with rooftop outdoor swimming pool. Shops and pubs ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Large shared grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 6 years. NB: Stream in grounds.

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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 Woodcroft

    West Lyng, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 27166

    In the heart of Somerset, on a hill, with pamoramic views, this detached holiday property is adjacent to the owner’s home, shares a driveway and is only a 5-minute walk from the canal for walking, cycling, fishing and boating. Close by you will find golf and some of the finest nature reserves, including The Great Crane Project. Within easy driving distance there are many family attractions including Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Clarks Shopping Outlet, Glastonbury Tor and Yeovilton Air Arm Museum. Local beaches, including Lyme Regis, and Exmoor National Park provide lovely days out. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 ½ miles.

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

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, enclosed lawned garden with decking, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet welcome (to be kept on a lead at all times). No smoking.

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