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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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  • Little Quarme Cottages - Quarme Cottage

    Wheddon Cross, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44012

    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/dining room/kitchen. 1 bunk bedroom (for children). First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Travel cot and high chair on request. Washing machine. Access to 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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  • Orchard Well

    Winscombe

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 19834

    This attractive holiday bungalow is ideally located in a quiet country lane surrounded by countryside, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There is a cycle track and walking path, which runs along the old Cheddar Strawberry Line, from the property take the footpath up to the Mendip Hills and is suitable for pedestrians and wheelchairs. Only 4 miles from Cheddar, home to the famous Cheddar Caves and Gorge. Close by are the attractions of Wookey Hole Caves, the city of Wells, and Weston-super-Mare. Easily accessible are Bath with its Roman Baths, Glastonbury with the Abbey grounds and Tor. Horse riding available nearby. Shops and pubs 1/2 mile.

    4 steps to entrance (sloping access at rear). Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room with bidet and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Garage. Bike store. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Old Forge

    Bleadon, nr. Weston-super-Mare

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: W43756


    This former blacksmith’s forge offers something a bit different. It is full of character with exposed stone walls, a wealth of beams, high ceiling, and a minstrels’ gallery overlooking the spacious living area. There is also a grand piano to practise on! The ground floor bedroom leads off the living room and has patio doors with access to the Italian style garden with benches. The patio doors from the living room open out to a paved seating area overlooking the lake, a peaceful spot with a picnic bench from which to observe the bird life. A wrought iron spiral staircase leads up to the twin room in the gallery, and through to the en-suite double bedroom.
    The Old Forge is attached to the owners’ farmhouse and provides a peaceful setting, the perfect base from which to explore the many attractions in this area. Weston-super-Mare has 7 miles of sandy beach and a famous pier, along with many traditional seaside attractions. Nearby are the smaller and quieter resorts of Burnham-on-Sea and Clevedon. Cheddar Gorge and Caves are a must, along with the caves of Wookey Hole. The city of Wells, with its magnificent cathedral and Bishop’s Palace, offers a delightful day out. Also within an hour’s drive are the cities of Bath and Bristol. Visit Glastonbury, with its abbey ruins and famous tor, and the Clarks retail village at Street. For keen walkers and cyclists, the Somerset Levels, the Mendips and the Quantock Hills are all in the area. Shop 11/2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors and beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with patio doors. Wet room with toilet. Steep, open tread, spiral stairs to first floor: Galleried area with twin beds (screened off), and access to 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Front lawn with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Rear garden with benches. Shared use of owners’ 3-acre grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds, 100 yards.

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  • Creamery Cottages - Number Three

    Kilmersdon

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 25140

    Open countryside views

    These two converted stone holiday cottages are situated on a working farm in the beautiful Somerset countryside, and enjoy the stunning views and use of 400 acres of the surrounding grounds, woods, small lake and farmyard. The location is peaceful and rural, and yet within minutes of many attractions and famous sites, including the Roman spa city of Bath with its Georgian architecture and spa baths, the city of Wells and its magnificent cathedral and medieval streets, Glastonbury Abbey and Tor, Cheddar Gorge and caves, Wookey Hole and papermill, Longleat Safari Park, and Babington House. For walkers and cyclists, there is much to offer on the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels. Shop 31/2 miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor, beams and patio door. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with toilet. Wet room with grab rail, stool and toilet.

    Wheelchair access.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. 400-acres of shared natural grounds. Ample parking. Shared games room with table football, pool table and board games. Two pets welcome (to be kept on lead at all times). Natural water supply from well. No smoking. NB: Unfenced lakes and stream 100 yards.

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  • Tacker Street Cottage

    Roadwater, nr. Minehead

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 15233

    Set within Exmoor National Park

    Set on the village edge in a delightful wooded valley with a lovely garden this semi-detached holiday cottage offers comfortable, value for money family accommodation. Accessed over a small wooden bridge across a stream, running through the neighbour’s grounds, it is ideally positioned for walking, riding and touring. Beautiful Exmoor with its sleepy villages, native ponies and red deer as well as the attractions of the coast, close to Minehead, Watchet Harbour and beach at Blue Anchor. Dunster Castle and village (NT) and the West Somerset Steam Railway are nearby. Shop ½ mile, pub ¼ mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin.

    Open fire in living room and woodburner in kitchen (no fuel provided). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking nearby (2-3 cars). NB: Access through neighbouring property via narrow bridge. Stream in neighbour’s grounds.

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  • Dale Farm Cottages - Dale Cottage

    Priddy, nr. Wells

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: W44325

    Set on the outskirts of Priddy, on a working farm, in the heart of the Mendip Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and in a wonderful location to explore the best of Someset. These two converted barns, Dale Barton (W44324) and Dale Cottage (W44325) have interconnecting doors making them a great choice for a large family or group of friends. Alternatively, they can be booked independently. They both have patio doors leading to the patio or courtyard. There is lovely scenery, country walks and cycling to be found on the doorstep and a village pub nearby in which to ‘wine and dine’ when you return from your days out. Within a few miles, you can have family days out wandering around the impressive Cheddar Gorge, exploring some of the magical and spectacular caves, either in the gorge, or perhaps at Wookey Hole, where you can also take in the 19th-century Paper Mill, Victorian Penny Arcade, Magical Mirror Maze, and much more. The city of Wells is but a few miles away, with its superb cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and quaint shops. Slightly further afield, a walk to the top of the enchanting Glastonbury Tor, with its great views over the county, or maybe spend some time in Street wondering around Clarks Village factory shopping outlet. There are so many places to visit in this charming county, you will be spoilt for choice: Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, West Somerset Steam Railway, Weston-super-Mare with its Grand Pier and SeaQuarium and Bath with its many museums and attraction. There are also many historical houses and gardens to enjoy such as Hestercombe House and Gardens, Montacute House, Barrington Court and Glastonbury Abbey. Beach 18 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
    Set on the outskirts of Priddy, on a working farm, in the heart of the Mendip Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and in a wonderful location to explore the best of Someset. These two converted barns, Dale Barton (W44324) and Dale Cottage (W44325) have interconnecting doors making them a great choice for a large family or group of friends. Alternatively, they can be booked independently. They both have patio doors leading to the patio or courtyard.

    There is lovely scenery, country walks and cycling to be found on the doorstep and a village pub nearby in which to ‘wine and dine’ when you return from your days out. Within a few miles, you can have family days out wandering around the impressive Cheddar Gorge, exploring some of the magical and spectacular caves, either in the gorge, or perhaps at Wookey Hole, where you can also take in the 19th-century Paper Mill, Victorian Penny Arcade, Magical Mirror Maze, and much more. The city of Wells is but a few miles away, with its superb cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and quaint shops. Slightly further afield, a walk to the top of the enchanting Glastonbury Tor, with its great views over the county, or maybe spend some time in Street wondering around Clarks Village factory shopping outlet. There are so many places to visit in this charming county, you will be spoilt for choice: Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, West Somerset Steam Railway, Weston-super-Mare with its Grand Pier and SeaQuarium and Bath with its many museums and attraction. There are also many historical houses and gardens to enjoy such as Hestercombe House and Gardens, Montacute House, Barrington Court and Glastonbury Abbey. Beach 18 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Step to entrance. Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 steps to garden room with patio doors. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Paved and gravelled terrace. NB: Steps to terrace.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. 32" Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Shared ¼-acre grounds. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Bramble Cottage

    Foxcote, nr. Radstock

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 17415

    This lovely, spacious, detached barn set in its own large garden offers very well equipped and beautifully presented holiday accommodation on single level. In a peaceful rural location it is ideal for relaxation and touring alike, being just 10 miles from the Georgian Heritage City of Bath with its superb architecture of historic interest. Other local attractions include Longleat, Stourhead House and gardens (NT), Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge and Chew Valley Lake. Excellent walking on Mendip Hills. Local golf and riding. Shop 1½ miles, pub ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. Step to 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Luckington Stables 2

    Newbury, nr. Shepton Mallet

    Grade
    6
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W8322

    Four poster bedFour poster bed

    Set in the grounds of the owner’s home, which extend to 20-acres, these charming former stables are surrounded by wonderful countryside and have been converted to a very good standard. It is a superbly convenient holiday base for the world heritage city of Bath with it’s historic buildings, world famous theatre and river trips, as well as the city of Wells, Glastonbury Tor, Longleat House and Safari Park, Chedder Gorge and caves, Stourhead and Wookey Hole. Close by is the village of Kilmersden, home to the nursery rhyme Jack and Jill. There are local shops and a takeaway in the village of Coleford 2 miles away. There are several sandy and dramatic coastal beaches to the west and south, such as Lyme Regis, Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea. It also makes a perfect place from which to cycle, walk, play golf and horse ride. There are facilities on site to bring your own horse by prior arrangement with the owner. Shop and pub with food 1.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, double shower cubicle and toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Video. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Shared laundry facilities. Dishwasher. Freezer. Shared lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars).

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  • The Coach House

    Upton, nr. Dulverton

    Grade
    6
    3
    4
    3
    Ref: EXG


    This 19th-century Coach House, once part of a country house estate, is attached to a small annex and still retains many original features. Set in 4 acres of grounds within the owner’s 60 acre farm, situated on the beautiful Brendon Hills, it is close to Wimbleball Lake, which is renowned for its fly fishing, sailing, rowing and hosting the famous Ironman Triathlon every year. Haddon Hill offers wonderful moorland walks and the West Somerset coast is only 15 minutes away, offering stunning scenery and the fossil beach at Kilve. The pretty country village of Dulverton is a 10-minute drive, and the medieval village of Dunster with its castle is another popular local attraction. Exmoor National Park was designated as the first Dark Sky reserve in Europe. The property is ideal for exploring Exmoor, activity holidays or walking/training your dogs who are always welcome at the Coach House at no extra cost. Upton has some excellent pubs, restuarants and tearooms and some lovely quaint village shops selling local produce. Shop 7 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Spacious, beamed, open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and well-equipped kitchen area. First floor: Three twin bedrooms, each with zip & link beds and TV; one with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet, two with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – fuel included
    • Oil, electricity, underfloor oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot
    • High chair
    • Four Freeview TVs
    • Three DVDs
    • Sandyford Classic oil cooker
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine and tumble dryer (in annexe)
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Payphone
    • Courtyard with furniture
    • Shared use of owners’ 60 acres of adjoining farmland
    • Barbecue
    • Ample parking
    • Secure cycle store
    • Kennel available
    • Table tennis room in adjoining building
    • Natural water supply from spring
    • Welcome pack
    • Pets free of charge (to be kept on a lead at all times)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Access by track, pond in grounds 25 yards

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  • Tilham Cottage

    Baltonsborough, nr. Glastonbury

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: EKR

    In a beautiful country setting, with lovely views and its own large garden, this attractive, detached stone holiday cottage provides spacious, characterful accommodation. Set in the heart of Somerset, it is just 3 miles from historic Glastonbury and Tor, 7 miles from the tiny cathedral city of Wells, and close to Cheddar with its famous gorge and caves. Excellent walking on the Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels (SSSI), renowned for its birdlife. Montacute House, Stourhead (both NT), and Longleat are easily reached. Riding locally. Golf 6 miles. Coast 20 miles. Shops 3 miles, pub 1½ miles.

    Entrance hall. Beamed living room with multi-fuel burner in stone surround, rugs on wood-block floor and French doors to garden. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Three beamed bedrooms with wooden floors; one double, one twin with additional single bed (for +1), one single (double bed accessed from one side only). Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner – fuel available locally. Electricity, oil central heating and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. TV. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Large enclosed garden with patio and furniture. 4-acre meadowland. Ample parking.

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  • Little Orchard

    High Littleton, near Bath

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: UKC523

    This holiday hideaway lies just 9 miles from the centre of Bath, known as the jewel of south west England, and 10 miles from Bristol with its scores of cultural and historical attractions. This detached property has been renovated to a high standard throughout boasting comfortable, family accommodation. Outside there is a rear garden backing on to the owner’s orchard.
    There are numerous public footpaths which branch out from the village. A short walk up the lane toward Mearns, puts you on the path to the nearby pretty village of Timsbury, and takes in great views of the rolling countryside. The Greyfield Colliery has left its name to Greyfield’s Wood, a beautiful and well-cared for Woodland Trust site that conceals a secret waterfall. Also within easy reach is the cathedral town of Wells, atmospheric Glastonbury, the geological wonders of Wookey Hole and Cheddar Gorge, the beauties of the Chew Valley and the Mendip Hills, plus a host of English villages such as Chew Magna, Pensford, Timsbury and Bishop Sutton. For families, Longleat Safari Park is a 40-minute drive and an excellent day out. Shop and pub ¼ mile, restaurant 2 miles.

    15 steps to entrance. Ground Floor:
    Living room: With Freesat and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, induction hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and door to garden.
    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 3:
    With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack. Lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and barbecue. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There are steps in the garden.

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  • Townsend Cottage

    Priddy, nr. Wells

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 27153

    Townsend Cottage – a south facing sunny period property set well back from a country road. This cottage is cosy enough for two, yet spacious enough for families or groups of friends to enjoy.

    Ideally located in the tranquil village of Priddy in the very heart of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it is close to Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, the cathedral city of Wells, Glastonbury (Abbey, Tor and alternative shops), Street (home to Clark’s Retail Village), Frome and Shepton Mallet, and a little further away the city attractions of Bath and Bristol and the North Somerset coast.

    Downstairs the cottage offers a dog and boot room with direct access outside to a small enclosed garden, downstairs toilet, third double bedroom, living room with sofa bed, farmhouse kitchen/diner with both range and gas cookers and direct access to a small enclosed front garden with patio. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms and a large family bathroom – all ensuring a homely atmosphere.

    Nearby activities include rambling, dog walking and hill trekking (nearby long distance footpaths include West Mendip Way, Monarch’s Way, Limestone Link plus stunning hill walking), cycling (cottage is adjacent to NCN 3), mountain biking in the Mendip Hills, horse riding, caving and potholing (numerous adventure caves available), climbing, bird watching (especially on the Somerset Levels) etc.

    The M5 motorway 30 minutes, railway station 35 minutes, Bristol airport 30 minutes. In the immediate locality, shop 20 yards (summer season only), farm shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards and 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Kitchen/dining area. Utility/boot room. 1 double bedroom. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft), with additional fold-up single (for child, for alternative sleeping). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, oil, electricity and gas £25per week in summer, £35per week in winter, £5 per night for short breaks, all year. Bed linen included. Freeview TV. TV recorder. DVD. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Oil range cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Front, enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Small rear enclosed garden. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Stabling and grazing by arrangement. No smoking.

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