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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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  • Luckington Stables 1

    Newbury, nr. Shepton Mallet

    Grade
    6
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W8321

    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 Mill

    Nr. Ilminster

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: E4810

    This stunning, award-winning conversion of the oldest mill house in Somerset stands proudly beside a tranquil 1-acre mill pond and island. The resorts and beaches of Lyme Regis, Beer, Branscombe and Sidmouth, the cathedral and Bishop’s Palace at Wells, Clarks Village shopping outlet, Montacute and Barrington Court (both NT) are within easy reach; Exmoor and Longleat a little further. Riding locally; cycle hire in Ilminster, 3 miles. Shop 1.5 miles, dining pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Dining room with flagstone floor. Kitchen. Utility room. Bathroom with toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Living room with beams. 2 twin bedrooms, one with sloping ceiling. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: 1 double bedroom with beams. Separate toilet.

    Open fire in living room included. Oil central heating and electricity included (£25per week, £10 per short break October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Table tennis (in barn). NB: Drops and pond in garden.

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  • Croft Cottages - Corner Cottage

    Watchet

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: W44206

    Located in the heart of the ancient seaside port of Watchet, Croft Cottages offers a wide range of cottages to suit any size and requirement. All the cottages (refs W44203, W44204, W44205, W44206, W44207, W44208, W44209, W44210, W44211 and W44212) are well furnished and presented, and their convenient location within Watchet adds to their appeal.

    Located just off the high street, means guests can wander into town for a walk around the harbour, eat and drink in the local restaurants and pubs, and also be able to catch a train at the local station of the renowned West Somerset Steam Railway. There is a regular bus service so you won’t even need the car. There are beaches at Blue Anchor, Kilve, Dunster and Minehead is a short distance away. Take a walk along the promenade and enjoy an ice-cream overlooking the picturesque harbour. Minehead is also the start of the South West Coast Path which provides some challenging yet spectacular walking. The pretty medieval town of Dunster, with its castle (NT) is well worth a day out. Other areas of interest close by are Porlock and Porlock Weir and a bit further along the coast, are Lynton and Lynmouth, the two towns connected by the Victorian cliff railway. Exmoor National Park offers great walking for all abilities and there are some great spots to visit including Withypool, Lanacre and Tarr Steps. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and tiled floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk.

    Gas central heating included. Towel hire. Electric cooker. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Shared indoor heated swimming pool (8m x 5m, min depth 1m to 1½m), open 10am-7pm Easter-October. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Werescote View

    Wellington

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    1
    Ref: 28259

    Situated in a rural yet accessible location, right on the Somerset/Devon border. Werescote View is a delightful, ground floor holiday apartment located within the owners’ property but retaining privacy with its own garden. Enjoy, too, the property’s 22-acre grounds which lead on to plenty of walks. This is an ideal base for get-togethers with family or friends alike. Enjoy the breathtaking views over Whiteball. The Whiteball Tunnel is famous both for its designer, Brunel, and also as the scene of the first ever achievement of a speed of 100mph by a steam train, namely ’The City of Truro’ in May 1904. Discover Tiverton with its castle and bustling old market; a visit to Exmoor National Park is not be missed either. Minehead and North Devon, with sandy beaches, are within easy reach. The town of Wellington is within 3½ miles of the property, where an excellent range of shops can be found. Taunton is within 10 miles. The city of Exeter is approximately 22 miles; brimming with history and heritage, it offers many visitor attractions to keep you entertained for hours on end. From the magnificent cathedral to the historic quayside, there’s so much to see and do in this fascinating city. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 300 yards.

    Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 3 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft, one 6ft zip and link, can be twin), 1 twin (zip and link, can be 6ft double). Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Four freeview TVs. DVDs. CD. Radio. iPod dock. Electric range. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Internet connection. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 22 acres of natural grounds. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unprotected 3ft drop at front of property.

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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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  • 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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  • Shaplands Barn

    Cold Ashton, Bath

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: PCCR

    Shaplands Barn has been lovingly converted - offering light and airy living. One of a pair, it lies in a quiet lane in a small village. The village is in an AONB and is famous for being on the Cotswold Way. Only 4 miles from jct 18 on the M4, the holiday property is very well placed for exploring - whether walking, cycling or day trips to NT Dyrham Park, Westonbirt Aboretum, or Lacock. Bath is 6 miles away with famous Roman baths and Georgian stone crescents. Nearby is the village of Marshfield with village shop and gastro pubs. Shops 2 miles.

    Large beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, wooden floor, window with traditional shutters and large French doors to courtyard garden, open-plan with large kitchen with stone floor. Separate toilet. Large galleried area with seating, day bed (for +2) and glass and oak balustrade overlooking ground floor. First floor: Double bedroom en-suite shower room with double shower and toilet. Double bedroom with 6ft (zip & link beds). Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating (underfloor in kitchen), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small courtyard with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

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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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  • 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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  • Barrowmead Cottage

    Winscombe

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: E2377

    Enjoying an utterly peaceful location abundant with wildlife, in a quiet Mendip valley, are these four delightful cottages. Set on a working farm, in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, three of the cottages have been skilfully converted from stone barns whilst the fourth, a former miller’s cottage, is attached to the owners’ home. Attractively furnished and equipped to a very good standard the cottages offer an ideal base for a relaxing holiday or for touring the surrounding area. Cheddar Gorge, Blagdon Lake – with trout fishing and a wealth of wildlife – and golf are all nearby. The elegant city of Bath and the cathedral city of Wells are within an easy drive and Weston-super-Mare’s many attractions and sandy beach are just 7 miles. Churchill, 4 miles, offers many activities including a dry ski slope, sports centre and horse riding. Bristol Airport 15 minutes. Village shop and pub 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    Patio and furniture.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (fuel £4 per bag). NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Freesat TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared use of tumble dryer (in games room). Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Parking. Shared games room with table tennis.

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  • The Coach House

    Wedmore

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 9730

    This attractive 18th century Grade ll listed coach house is on the edge of the village of Wedmore, on the road to Cocklake, and has been carefully furnished to a very good standard but retains original beams, wood panelling and exposed stone features. Visitors and their children have use of the adjoining 2-acre former cider orchard with its interesting wildlife. An ideal holiday base, close to the Mendip Hills, Glastonbury, Wells and Cheddar. The Somerset Levels nature conservation area is 3 miles. Weston-super-Mare, 16 miles. Sandy beaches at Burnham-on-Sea, 10 miles. Shops, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Payphone. Garden with patio and chairs. Parking (2 cars). Shared use of tennis court.

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

    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 3.5-acre grounds. Garden furniture. Barbecue. NB: Stream in grounds.

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