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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.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Somerset today.
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  • Oak Tree Barn

    Thurloxton, nr. Taunton

    Grade
    5
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: EJK

    In a secluded setting with far reaching views over open countryside, this converted, individual barn dating back to 1767 displays a light open-plan design with lovely furnishings, retaining many original features. The holiday property, is set in its own south-facing garden and patio with separate access, away from the owner’s home, and walks from the doorstep into the Quantock foothills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Hestercombe Gardens 4 miles. Sandy beaches 14 miles. Taunton 6 miles. Shops 2 miles, pub serving food 1 mile.

    Kitchen/dining room with flagstone floor. Beamed sitting-room with high vaulted ceiling, rugs on wooden floor, wood-burning stove, single pull-out bed (for +1) and large patio doors. Twin bedroom with wash-basin. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Attractive, galleried double bedroom with wash basin and unusual hayloft-style windows overlooking the sitting-room.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs at cost
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Single pull-out bed (for +1)
    • Digital TV with intergrated DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with furniture and patio
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Shared use of owner’s hard tennis court
    • No smoking

    Please note: this property can be booked with EKQ to accomodate up to 8 guests

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  • Norton Barns - Cider Barn

    Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: W42182

    Luxury barn conversions

    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.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Dual sided staircase to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, terrace and furniture.

    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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  • Watermill Cottage

    Porlock

    Grade
    5
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: ERU

    Watermill Cottage is surrounded by the hills of Exmoor National Park, situated within walking distance of one of the finest villages on Exmoor, with shops, restaurants and tea shops. Porlock Weir is just half a mile away with its quaint harbour and fantastic walks. The property was once a working watermill but now is split into two properties although the watermill is still there and working. Crossing over three little bridges within the property grounds leads to a beautiful ornamental garden. Minehead, 3 miles, has steam trains and a station, well worth a trip. Shops and pub 500 yards.

    Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove and stable door to courtyard. Well-equipped kitchen. Single bedroom.

    Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter at cost. Electricity and full oil central heating included (October-March £20 per week, £15 per short break). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard and furniture. Ornamental garden within unspoilt woodland grounds with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Garage; additional roadside parking 10 yards. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Sloping banks, fenced stream in grounds.

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  • Butterfly Cottage

    West Chinnock, nr. Crewkerne

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 27136

    This semi-detached, hamstone holiday cottage is located in the lovely village of West Chinnock, South Somerset and 4 miles from the Dorset border. It is an excellent family home to explore this popular area; enjoy country walking, visit family venues at Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, The Haynes Motor Museum, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Montacute House and Tintinhull House. Within easy driving are Lyme Regis and West Bay on the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£20per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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  • Jeffries Mill Cottages - Herons’ Weir

    Spring Gardens, Frome

    Grade
    5
    3
    0
    4
    Ref: EXY


    These properties are set in a small cluster of houses along a no-through road, just over 1 mile from the heart of Frome, a bustling market town with weekly markets and an ever-growing popular monthly market which takes over the town centre. There are cobbled, pedestrianised streets with rivulets running down, and an array of cafés, individual shops, leisure and entertainment. Herons’ Weir (ref EXY) and adjoining Dippers’ Folly (ref EXZ) have been converted from an old industrial workshop building and have been fitted out to a high standard with oak doors and furniture, and marble floors with underfloor heating on the ground floor. Each bedroom has its own bathroom or shower room, some of which are en-suite. The building sits next to the River Mells facing Jeffries Mill sluice and weir. Both cottages have riverside sitting areas from which to relax with a drink and enjoy the wildlife and ever changing river setting - there are always plenty of birds and you may be lucky enough to see the heron, dippers, kingfisher, fish jumping and otters. There are many picturesque villages within the region, offering great country and riverside walks, with a welcoming pub at the end. The area makes an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding attractions, including Stonehenge, Longleat House, Safari Park and Gardens, Wells Cathedral and Bishops Palace, the spiritual town of Glastonbury with its abbey and tor, the amazing Cheddar Gorge, the designer outlet village at Street, a number of National Trust properties and the Roman city of Bath, with its Georgian buildings, sweeping crescents, spa baths and lively culture. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

    Large living room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen/dining area with electric range (for cooking) and TV. Utility. Shower room with toilet. Marble and slate floors throughout. Feature oak stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Single bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electric range included
    • Washing machine (in utility)
    • Freezer
    • Barbecue
    • Large riverside terrace with furniture leading to adjoining weir garden
    • Parking (for 3 cars)

    • Electricity, full electric central heating (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
    • 40" Freeview Smart TV
    • DVD
    • Large, shared DVD library
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Wi-fi
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children under 12 years
    • NB: Riverside location

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  • Crown Cottage

    Rodhuish, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    5
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 15232

    Within Exmoor National Park

    Set within the peaceful Exmoor National Park with views of unspoilt countryside, only 4 miles from the beach at Blue Anchor. Ideal family holiday. Plenty of bird watching and ideal for a walking holiday. Places of interest such as Dunster Castle and village (NT) Watchet Harbour, Minehead and Exmoor with its villages, native ponies, red deer and excellent walking or riding. Other attractions include, West Somerset Steam Railway and sailing on Wimbleball Lake. Shop and pub 2½ miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking nearby (2-3 cars).

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  • The Round House

    Holford

    Grade
    5
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: EXO


    This delightful and unique octagonal property, formerly an 18th-century smallholder’s cottage, nestles in an idyllic and peaceful setting. The property, close to the owner’s home, is situated by a babbling stream and a wonderful waterfall in a wooded combe in the heart of the Quantock Hills. It is surrounded by its own garden and NT land, with endless miles of walks amongst ancient oak and beech trees, and on the heathland with its ponies, sheep and red deer. Reached via an unmade track and over a footbridge, this is a rural location and makes for a perfect holiday hideaway. Superb for mountain biking, bird watching, horse riding, golf and watersports, it really is a little slice of heaven. There is a fantastic selection of British wildlife on the doorstep, with buzzards, badgers, red deer, foxes, rabbits and a pair of friendly dippers who have a nest next to the waterfall. This is an ideal base for hikers and dog walkers, excellent walking can be found on the Quantock Hills and Exmoor. The cottage is a short drive (or a fabulous 2½ mile walk) from the village of Nether Stowey, with its range of shops and pubs. Places of interest include Coleridge Cottage and Dunster Castle (both NT), the Somerset Levels, Glastonbury Tor, Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge and Taunton. Beach 2 miles. Shop 1½ miles, pub ½ mile.

    Spacious living room with wood-burning stove and views of waterfall. Open-plan dining room with kitchen area. Step to double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with toilet. Twin bedroom with additional single trundle bed and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove in living room - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD (large library)
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • ¾-acre enclosed garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Egyptian cotton linen, robes and slippers
    • Welcome pack
    • Pet free of charge
    • No smoking
    • NB: Stream and waterfall in grounds

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  • Merrylands

    Galhampton, nr. Castle Cary

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 29096

    In south Somerset, between Castle Cary and Sherborne, this mid terrace holiday home for 6, adjacent to the owner’s property, is ideally located for exploring the best of Somerset and Dorset. There are so many attractions, all of which are within easy driving. Spend family days out at the Motor Museum, Yeovilton Air Musem, Stourhead House and Gardens, Longleat House and Safari Park, Glastonbury Tor and Clarks Factory Village. Amble down to explore the World Heritage Coast form Weymouth to Lyme Regis, perhaps have a day out in Bath or visit the Cheddar Gorge and Caves, you will have plenty to enjoy for a memorable holiday. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 2 twin (one zip and link can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Oil central heating included (£20per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden to front. Enclosed garden to rear. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Jonswood

    Watchfield, nr. Burnham-on-Sea

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E4965


    With the legendary beauty of the Somerset Levels almost on the doorstep and the gorgeous sandy beaches of Burnham-on-Sea and Brean only a few miles away, this very stylish lodge makes an ideal holiday base. Boasting its own tennis court and fitness room, it sits in the interesting hamlet of Watchfield, within easy reach of the area’s famous attractions including the caves and cliffs at Cheddar Gorge, underground rivers and pools at Wookey Hole, Clarks Village shopping outlet at Street, Glastonbury Tor and the lovely cathedral and Bishop’s Palace at Wells, whilst the elegant city of Bath is a little further afield. Riding, sailing, golf and fishing are enjoyed locally and there is dramatic scenery and fine walking to be had around nearby Brean Park. Shop/PO 2 miles, pub serving food 50 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor/dining area/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. CD. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer in garage. Wi-fi. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Fitness room with table football and air hockey. Hard tennis court. No smoking.

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  • Kittiwake

    Watchet

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W43627


    This delightful, semi-detached town house is located in the ancient seaport of Watchet. Enjoying sea views, it is arranged over 3 floors and offers comfortable, well-furnished holiday accommodation. There is an integral double garage and entrance hall with stairs to the first floor. The living room has patio doors to an enclosed level garden and patio, and the kitchen has a dining area and Juliet balcony. The town centre is a short walk away and as well as the harbour, has a good range of shops, a pub and other eateries. Watchet also has a dedicated station on the West Somerset Steam Railway which runs through lovely coastal scenery to Dunster and Minehead. There is superb scenery and walking in the Quantock Hills, Exmoor and on the South West Coastal Path and many places to visit to make a memorable holiday. Visit the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the famous cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy a walk and an ice cream, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. Spend a day exploring the medieval village of Dunster with its stunning castle (NT) and beautiful terraced gardens. Porlock Weir is an ideal location to enjoy a spot of lunch by the seaside. Rock/pebble beach in Watchet, 300 yards. Shop, pubs and restaurant 500 yards.

    Stairs to first floor: Living room with patio doors. Kitchen with dining area and tiled floor. Separate toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin), 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Third floor: 1 double (6ft zip and link, can be twin) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Two Freeview TVs (one 40"). DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine in garage. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed level garden with patio and furniture. Juliet balcony. Garage (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 8 steps in additional side garden area.

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  • The Old Barn

    Chard Junction, Chard

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: E2815

    At the end of a quiet country lane, these three charming and individual properties (refs E2815, 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.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining area/kitchen. Conservatory. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Beams and sloping ceilings throughout.

    Washing machine. Dishwasher. Patio. Parking (2 cars).

    All 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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  • Hollands Orchard

    Over Stratton, near Yeovil

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: UKC878


    Nestled in a lovely village, this 400-year-old end of a row, thatched holiday home is perfect for family and friends looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Hollands Orchard is in an excellent location to enjoy the best of south Somerset, with west Dorset and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast close by.
    There are some great country walks within the area, particularly the nearby Ham Hill, which is ideal for the dogs to run around and burn off some energy. Also boasting panoramic views over the county of Somerset and into Devon, this location truly is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. There are many attractions within easy driving for all the family, such as the Yeovilton Fleet Air Museum, the Haynes Motor Museum, with its superb collection of classic cars, and Clarkes Factory Village. Not to be missed are the Glastonbury Tor, the cathedral city of Wells, Cheddar Gorge and Caves and perhaps on to Stourhead House and Gardens.
    There are many delightful historic houses in the area including Barrington Court, Montacute House, Forde Abbey and Lytes Cary. Guests can spend days exploring Lyme Regis, Sidmouth and Seaton or take in the sights and many museums and shops in the Georgian city of Bath. Beach 20 miles. Shop 1 ½ miles, pub 50 yards and restaurant 150 yards.

    Ground Floor:
    Living room:
    With gas coal-effect fire, 42" Sky TV (basic package), DVD player, CD player and double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Kitchen/dining room: With double gas oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.
    Shower room: With walk-in shower and toilet.
    First Floor:
    Bedroom 1:
    With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Telephone - for incoming calls only. Welcome pack. Large enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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