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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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  • Slade Barns -Little Wharf

    Shiplate, Bleadon

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    Ref: W40909

    Excellent touring base for central SomersetExcellent touring base for central Somerset

    Semi-detached barn conversion for 2.

    In a rural location between the popular Victorian seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare and the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves, are these semi-detached barns. Sunnyside features a galleried double bedroom and both properties are ideally situated to explore and enjoy the many family attractions on offer. There is superb walking, scenery and wildlife up on the nearby Mendip Hills (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), sandy beaches at Brean and the seaside resort atmosphere at Weston-super-Mare. There is direct access to public footpaths and open fields. There are a host of places to visit within easy driving distance, including the magical Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Factory Village and Hestercombe Gardens. Properties W40908 and W40909 can be booked together for larger groups. Shop and pub with food 0.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine, tumble dryer and fridge/freezer (in external shed). Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Garden Flat

    Pilton, nr. Glastonbury

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    Ref: 68032

    A small but cosy beamed converted barn, adjoining the owner’s 18th-century former farmhouse and greenhouse, standing in a peaceful and secluded garden. Situated on a no-through road on the edge of Pilton village, between the Mendips and Glastonbury, the countryside offers views of Glastonbury Tor and beyond. Within easy reach are Wells Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace, Bath, Bristol, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury and Street with Clarks Village (retail factory outlets). Also possible are day trips to Somerset or Dorset coasts, nearby historic houses such as Montacute, Stourhead and Longleat, famous for its safari park. A perfect holiday base. Nearest shops at Shepton Mallet 1½ miles, village PO and pub ½ mile.

    Open sided external steps to entrance: Living/dining room with 1 double bed. 6 steps up to kitchen. Shower room with toilet and sloping ceiling.

    NSH, electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electricity mini-cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Gardens and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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  • The Old Log Store

    Axbridge, nr. Cheddar

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    Ref: W43450


    This detached, converted log store is adjacent to the owner’s home and situated in a peaceful, village location. It has been lovingly restored with beams and still has the original high ceiling, but now with contemporary décor and underfloor heating. It provides an excellent holiday base from which to discover the unspoilt countryside, with a plethora of outdoor activities and interesting places to explore. Walkers are especially well-catered for, with a footpath to the quaint medieval village of Axbridge, and the West Mendip Way. The Somerset Wetlands offer superb bird watching facilities for nature lovers, along with the nearby Willow Craft Centre. For the more adventurous, there is always potholing on the Mendips or caving in the gorge. During October/November, the surrounding market towns host the famous West Country Carnivals. Cheddar, world famous for its gorge, caves and cheese, is only 10 minutes away. Farmers’ markets are held in both Cheddar and Axbridge on alternate Saturdays, or for a larger, French-style market, there is always the delightful city of Wells, England’s smallest cathedral city. Wookey Hole Caves and paper mill on the outskirts of Wells are well worth a visit, as is Clarks Village factory outlet complex in Street for the shopaholics. All three destinations are within a 30-minute radius. There is also a choice of three golf courses in the immediate area. A little further afield is the World Heritage city of Bath, Yeovilton Air Museum and the Bath and West Showground, all well within an hour’s drive. The coastal resorts of Burnham-on-Sea, Weston-Super-Mare and Clevedon are also within an easy drive. Beach 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil underfloor central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Access to owner’s washing machine. Freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Shared tennis court on request. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Mill Retreat

    Winsford, nr. Minehead

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    Ref: 24823

    This cosy refurbished stone built barn conversion is situated within the heart of Exmoor, just outside the pretty village of Winsford. The holiday cottage has views of the surrounding countryside including the Punchbowl, England’s most southerly glacial feature. Located on the 350-acre busy working Exmoor Hill Farm, there are some fantastic walking opportunities directly on your doorstep to enjoy. The cottage is an ideal base from which to explore the local area and attractions. Places of interest include pretty Exmoor villages, Wimbleball Lake, Dunster Castle (NT), resort of Minehead, Watchet Marina and Porlock Weir. Excellent walking and pony trekking locally. Shop and pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Courtyard and furniture. Shared 350-acres farmland. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: There is a stream in the grounds.

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  • The Piggery

    Edithmead, nr. Burnham-on-Sea

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    Ref: W42944

    This spacious, detached, single-storey holiday cottage is ideally located just minutes from Burnham-on-Sea, and the coastal resorts of north west Somerset. The seven-mile stretch of sandy beach running from Burnham to Brean is known for its unspoilt dunes and is ideal for walking and bird watching. There are several golf courses including a fine championship course at Berrow Links. You can also marvel at the spectacular scenery of nearby Cheddar Gorge with its soaring cliffs, famous caves and the quiet beauty of the Quantock, Mendip and Polden Hills. Between the hills are the Somerset Levels and Moors with their quiet wetlands famous for willows and unspoilt meadows. The Levels offer fantastic opportunities for cycling, angling and horse riding. To the north of Burnham is the bustling seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, which is well worth a visit. Bridgwater, a small busy town, is also close by. Its many examples of fine Georgian architecture reflect its prosperous past. Why not combine a shopping trip with a visit to the Blake Museum or the Somerset Brick and Tile Museum? Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles. These two spacious, detached, single storey holiday cottages (refs W42944 and W43093) are ideally located just minutes from Burnham-on-Sea, and the coastal resorts of north west Somerset. The seven-mile stretch of sandy beach running from Burnham to Brean is known for its unspoilt dunes and is ideal for walking and bird watching. There are several golf courses including a fine championship course at Berrow Links. You can also marvel at the spectacular scenery of nearby Cheddar Gorge with its soaring cliffs, famous caves and the quiet beauty of the Quantock, Mendip and Polden Hills. Between the hills are the Somerset Levels and Moors with their quiet wetlands famous for willows and unspoilt meadows. The Levels offer fantastic opportunities for cycling, angling and horse riding. To the north of Burnham is the bustling seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, which is well worth a visit. Bridgwater, a small busy town, is also close by. Its many examples of fine Georgian architecture reflect its prosperous past. Why not combine a shopping trip with a visit to the Blake Museum or the Somerset Brick and Tile Museum? Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Gas central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break October-May). Electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden with patio area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access. No children under 8 years.

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  • The Pen

    Priddy, nr. Wells

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    Ref: 26450


    All on one level, this compact detached holiday cottage is perfect for a romantic getaway and for touring the glorious and varied attractions of Somerset. It is a five-minute stroll from an award-winning village pub and a popular farm shop with a café and bakery. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty midway between Wells and Cheddar, Priddy is the highest village on top of the Mendip Hills and an ideal base for walkers and nature lovers, or those who just want to relax away from it all. The village has a reputation for friendliness and hospitality, with its annual Folk Festival being recognised as ‘the friendliest festival in England’. The whole area is one of immense historical and geological interest; the hurdle stack on the village Green is a distinctive landmark, as are the Nine Barrows (burial mounds) visible on the horizon from various vantage points.

    Among the many places of interest to visit are nearby Wells cathedral in England’s smallest city, Cheddar Gorge and caves, Wookey Hole and Ebbor Gorge. A short drive away are Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Village retail outlet at Street, King John’s Hunting Lodge in pretty Axbridge, and Kilver Court Designer Outlet at Shepton Mallet. Longleat, several National Trust properties including Montacute House and Stourhead, the Georgian Heritage city of Bath with its beautiful architecture, Roman baths, abbey and fine selection of shops and restaurants, Bristol with its harbourside attractions and regency Clifton, are all less than an hour away. Excellent beaches and seaside entertainment can be enjoyed at Weston Super Mare and Brean, and there are many charming villages to be explored. Several golf clubs are available locally together with horse riding, mountain biking, gliding, coarse fishing and trout fishing at Chew Valley and Blagdon Lakes.

    The Pen is a small self-contained apartment in the owners’ garden so they are on hand for any information. The property is approached up six steps from the parking area, and has a pleasant paved seating area outside. Shop and pubs 400 yards, restaurants 5 miles.

    6 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Selection of books and games. Induction hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Wi-Fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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  • Garden Cottage

    Bleadney, Wells

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    Ref: W42656

    This light and contemporary holiday cottage is attached to the owner’s house, with its own private, secluded patio and garden leading off from the living room. It provides an ideal base for exploring the beautiful Somerset countryside and the city of Wells, with its magnificent cathedral, Bishops Palace, and one of the most complete medieval streets in Europe. The city is full of history and character, with a lively cobbled market square, individual shops, and cosmopolitan cafes and restaurants. The Mendip and Quantock Hills, and the Somerset Levels are ideal for walking and cycling. Other local attractions include Cheddar Gorge and caves, Glastonbury Tor and Abbey. Shops 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    7 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared freezer. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Sloping banks in garden.

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  • The Old Coach House

    Ellicombe, nr. Dunster

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    Ref: E2226

    At the foot of Grabbist Hill (NT) in the Exmoor National Park, these four beautifully furnished and well-equipped Grade II listed cottages are set in the grounds of 16th century Ellicombe Manor. Clustered around a cobbled courtyard they enjoy shared use of an outdoor heated swimming pool, with its own walled area and poolside furniture, and an acre of magnificent sub tropical gardens and 3-acre paddock offering views over the West Somerset Steam Railway and across the Bristol Channel to the Welsh coast. The gardens are a special feature of Ellicombe Manor, filled with mature palm trees, named exotic plants and shrubs and quiet corners with seating. Here, too, visitors may discover the ‘secret garden’ or enjoy a game of outdoor chess or other outdoor games.
    A mile away, Dunster, with its famous castle, yarn market and pre Christmas candlelight shopping, offers a selection of pubs, shops, and restaurants. Minehead’s resort attractions, sandy beach and coastal path walks are also close by. Golf, river and lake fishing, horse riding and wonderful walking locally in Exmoor National Park and West Somerset Steam Railway weekends. One mile to the start of South West Coast Path.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with vaulted ceiling and patio doors. Kitchen. 2 steps down to 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Terrace and furniture.

    All properties: Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (honesty box) and freezer. Shared 1-acre garden with secret garden and furniture. 3-acre paddock. Parking. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (open May-September, 10am-4pm). Outdoor chess. No smoking.

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  • No.2 The Ships Mews

    Porlock, nr. Minehead

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    Ref: 26219

    In the village of Porlock on Exmoor National Park and nestling between Porlock Hill and the sea, this terraced converted stables offers sea views of Porlock Bay and makes an excellent holiday location to enjoy the natural wonders of Exmoor and the dramatic coastline in this region. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), are well worth a visit. Nearer home you can wine and dine in the adjacent public house and restaurant or enjoy the fine selection of unusual shops in this pretty traditional village. This property can be booked together with properties 19395, 19397, 19398 and 25028. Shop 150 yards, pub and restaurant 50 yards

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen/bedroom area with double bed. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Henley Farmhouse Studio

    Henley, nr. Bath

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    Ref: 17243

    Situated adjacent to the owner’s listed farmhouse this 16th-century barn, with far reaching views over the countryside, has been converted to provide cosy holiday accommodation and an ideal base for exploring the area. Bath, 6 miles, offers shops, cafés, inns and many places of interest all in the magnificent surroundings of its Georgian and Roman Heritage. The abbey town of Lacock and Bradford-on-Avon are also nearby. There are many walks in the area, and the property is situated near the Macmillan Way. Shop and pub 1½ miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room with double bed and beams. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Large shared garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Access is via steps and uneven surfaces.

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  • Oaktree Barn

    Crewkerne

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    Ref: EQY

    Situated on the edge of Crewkerne in south Somerset, this spacious, adjoining 18th-century converted barn boasts oak beams, oak kitchen and galleried bedroom. Located on the owner’s 260-acre organic farm, there is lovely countryside with many footpaths, beautiful scenery and wildlife to enjoy. There is an award-winning gastro pub on the doorstep and many local attractions as well as historic houses including Forde Abbey and Gardens within easy driving distance, along with the famous World Heritage Coast with the popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis and Westbay. Shops 2 miles.

    Spacious open-plan, beamed living/dining room with electric woodburner and oak floor. Kitchen with oak units. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with 5ft bed.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, electric central heating rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • iPod dock
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small gravelled area with table and chairs
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • Natural water supply from owner’s borehole
    • No smoking

    Note: Oaktree Barn (EQY) and The Old Workshop (ETR) can be booked together to sleep up to 4 people

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  • The Cider House

    Dulverton

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    Ref: 28794

    This semi-detached cottage is located in peaceful countryside, overlooking the gardens of the owner’s house. An ideal base from which to explore this stunning area, with beautiful walks and cycle routes nearby. Visit The Tarr Steps, 9 miles, which is a clapper bridge across the River Barle in the Exmoor National Park or Dunkery Beacon, 12 miles, the highest point on Exmoor. Wimbleball Lake is just 6 miles, where visitors can enjoy sailing, canoeing, angling and the Dark Skies Discovery Site. Other local attractions include National Trust’s Dunster Castle, 15 miles; the West Somerset Railway at Minehead, 18 miles; the many picturesque villages such as Porlock Weir, Lynton and Lynmouth; and the beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    Ground Floor:
    Snug:
    With wood burner.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.
    Open tread stairs to...
    First Floor:
    Open plan living space:
    With beams.
    Living area:
    With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and freezer.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Logs for wood burner £20 per week, £10 per short break. Welcome pack. Shared laundry room with washing machine. Sitting-out area with garden furniture and barbecue. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting-out area. Parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a bore hole and there is a stream in the grounds.

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