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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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  • Sweet Briar Cottage

    Holford, nr. Bridgwater

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    Ref: 30942


    Sweet Briar Cottage is situated in the small Village of Holford, a lovely picturesque village on the edge of the Quantocks, about 14 miles from Bridgwater. This semi-detached holiday cottage is in the perfect location for all year round breaks - having a woodburner in the living room makes it perfect for cosy evenings in. There are many walks from the cottage, and from the bridge, guests can see two streams converging, one of which has flowed from Holford Combe and the other from Hodders Combe. It was in this glen that the Huguenots settled and began their silk weaving factory. Holford Glen was also used during the filming of the film ’Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves’ starring Kevin Costner. The Quantock Hills (AONB) are an area of wilderness and tranquillity. Panoramic views lead you through coast, heath and combe. Explore and you will find rocky Jurassic coastline, exposed heathland summits, deep wooded combes, undulating farmland and attractive villages all within this protected landscape. 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 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. 2 steps to kitchen with dining area. First floor: 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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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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  • The Cowshed

    Shipham, nr. Winscombe

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    Ref: 30494

    This detached single-storey holiday property lies adjacent to the owners’ home at the end of a no through road surrounded by countryside. It offers a peaceful retreat and excellent base from which to explore the area. The West Mendip Way is fantastic for keen walkers with access from the doorstep. Local amenities are 10 minutes’ walk in the village of Shipham. Winscombe, with its larger variety of shops, is 3 miles. There are many attractions in the area to visit including Cheddar with its famous gorge and caves, the historic town of Axbridge, Weston-super-Mare with its sandy beaches, and Clevedon. Bristol and Bath are an easy drive, and slightly further afield is the city of Wells with its magnificent cathedral and Bishops Palace. Beach 7 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

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

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Hide

    Edington, nr. Bridgwater

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    Ref: 27473

    This detached barn conversion, adjacent to the owners’ home, is a good holiday base for exploring. Edington is in the Somerset Levels, on the north side of the Polden Hills. Nearby are Glastonbury Tor and Abbey and the site of the Battle of Sedgemoor. Taunton, Wells, Bath and Stonehenge, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, Dunster Castle, Stourhead and Hestercombe Gardens are within easy reach. Other attractions include the Mendip Hills, Ham Wall RSPB Reserve, Quantock Hills and Exmoor. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility room. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom with patio doors. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included (initial fuel included May-September). Oil underfloor central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Two Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access.

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  • Sparrow’s Nest

    Wrangway, nr. Wellington

    Grade
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    Ref: 30820


    Sparrow’s Nest is situated on the slopes of the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and an ideal base for couples, walkers or for peace and quiet. The holiday property is attached to the owners’ home and shares a large garden with the owners and their chickens, and with a view to the Wellington monument. Further afield is the historic town of Wellington, the Blackdown Hills and of course the open expanses of Exmoor. The coasts of west Somerset, north Devon and south Devon, each with their unique features, are also easily accessible on the Devon border with superb views over meadows and woods with cattle and sheep. 1 mile from the Devon border it is easily accessible from Taunton and the M5. There are many opportunities for exploring on foot or by car with footpaths and winding lanes linking into nearby forests and nature reserves. It is idyllically situated yet highly accessible for visiting all the attractions of Somerset and Devon such as Exmoor, Dartmoor, both north and south coasts, numerous National Trust properties and themed visitor attractions. A restful haven to return to after days out if you can drag yourselves away in the first place! Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Use of freezer. Wi-fi. Shared, enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pets to be kept on lead at all times. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden, 20 yards.

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  • The Nest

    Blagdon, nr. Cheddar

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    Ref: 30133


    This attractive, detached, single-storey barn conversion, adjacent to the owners’ home, is located in the village of Blagdon and enjoys stunning views over Blagdon Lake. The living room and bedroom both have patio doors facing out over the pretty garden and lake, and the patio area is the perfect spot from which to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and views. This holiday property is ideal for walkers, with footpaths leading from the village and around the lake, and the larger Chew Valley Lake nearby is a haven for wildlife. Cheddar is 7 miles, with England’s largest gorge and caves, a popular visitor attraction. The small city of Wells has a magnificent cathedral, medieval Bishop’s Palace and many historic buildings. It also hosts a thriving weekly market in the cobbled square, with a good array of shops, restaurants and cafes. The cities of Bristol and Bath are within a short drive, as are the coastal resorts of Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Burnham-on-Sea. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 250 yards.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft zip and link) bedroom with patio doors and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: 3 steps to garden.

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  • Thornhills Farm Cottage

    Othery, near Glastonbury

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    Ref: UKC473


    Situated on the edge of the Somerset Levels, just outside the village of Othery, Thornhills Farm Cottage has its own secluded patio, and is set on the edge of a caravan park with 12 touring pitches, but offers privacy from the park. Attached to the owner’s home, it is in an ideal location for walkers, bird watchers or just to have a quiet break. The property has been decorated and furnished to a good standard. Enjoy this tranquil part of Somerset, where you will want to come back year after year to explore the beautiful countryside and historical sites in the area. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the place and maybe put your feet up and read the papers or laze around taking time out from a hectic lifestyle. For the more energetic there are some beautiful walks, cycle rides, such as Macmillan Way West and River Parrett Trail, and drives, plenty of antique shops to potter around and National Trust properties just a short drive away. The Somerset wetlands are also home to many species of birds and the RSPB Nature Reserve is just a mile up the road. However, if you are a day-tripper you can find almost anything to occupy your time. Towns and cities within easy reach include Taunton, Bridgwater, Weston-super-Mare, Glastonbury, Street, Wells, Bath, Bristol and Exeter. The area is crammed with history from abbeys to ancient battlegrounds. There is the magic and mystery of Glastonbury built on the Isle of Avalon. For shoppers there are bargains to be found at the factory and designer outlets at Clarks Village in Street, just less than 10 miles away. Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    Step to entrance.
    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, electric hob, microwave and fridge.
    Bedroom: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Shared external laundry room with washing machine. Courtyard with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Shared 3 acre grounds. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Little Burcott Loft

    Burcott, Wells

    Grade
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    Ref: E3744

    A striking loft conversion in a secluded countryside location, with wonderful walking and glorious views, this stylish property makes a superb holiday base. Wells, the smallest city in England yet with one of its finest cathedrals, is just 1 mile distant, and Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury’s famous Tor, Stourhead gardens (NT) and Street’s much visited Clarks Village Shopping Outlet are all a short drive – the city of Bath is a little further. Golf and riding locally. Shops 1 mile, pub serving food 0.75 miles.

    External stairs to entrance. All on first floor. Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Spiral staircase to galleried area with 1 double (6ft) bed and sloping ceiling. Beams throughout.

    Woodburner in living room included. NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Balcony and furniture. Parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

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  • Sutton Farm Barns - The Retreat

    Sutton Montis, nr. Sherborne

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    Ref: 30678

    Good touring base with countryside views

    In a wonderful country location with superb views, and within easy driving of Sherborne, Dorset and South Somerset, these two single-storey converted barns (30678 and 30679), each one of a pair adjacent to the owners’ home, have been finished to a very good standard and are well equipped. On the doorstep are the fascinating Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, the Haynes remarkable collection of classic cars for a trip back in time, or stroll around the characterful abbey town of Sherborne with its array of quaint shops and restaurants. There are many historic houses with gardens to enjoy including Stourhead House, Montacute House and Forde Abbey House and Gardens. Venture into central Somerset to explore the Somerset Levels with its wildlife, Glastonbury Tor, Wells cathedral city and, for a great day out, the splendid Roman spa city of Bath with its many shops, museums and restaurants. Returning home, you can wine and dine out in one of the many village pubs or restaurants in the area. The delightful scenic World Heritage Jurassic Coast offers yet more opportunity to enjoy this lovely area taking in Lyme Regis, West Bay, Bridport and onto Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester, you will have much to do to make this a memorable holiday. 30678 and 30679 can be booked together to sleep up to 6 guests. Shop 1½ miles, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with beams and wooden floor. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Both properties: Oil underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared washing machine in carport. Dishwasher. Use of owners’ freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking. No children under 12 years except babies under 1 year due to lake. NB: Lake 100 yards.

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  • Rode Farm Cottages - Stable Cottage

    Rode, nr. Bath

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    Ref: W43592


    These attractive holiday cottages (refs W43592 and W43593) are situated on the owners’ dairy farm, surrounded by fields and open views. They have been renovated and converted from old farm buildings, and each stands detached with its own private patio and seating area. They are ideally situated for exploring the many attractions in this beautiful part of the West Country, rich in history and heritage. The surrounding countryside is ideal for walking, cycles can be hired nearby at Bradford-on-Avon, where you can go for lovely rides along the canal towpath, or perhaps you would prefer to hire a narrow boat. Within easy reach are the stone circles of Avebury and Stonehenge; Avebury is the focus of a cluster of ancient monuments including West Kennet Long Barrow, one of Britain’s largest Stone Age burial sites, and Silbury Hill. Stonehenge, monolithic and mysterious, is part of the same World Heritage site as Avebury and is the most sophisticated stone circle in the world. The beautiful Georgian city of Bath, 8 miles, provides a fantastic day out. Visit the Roman Baths, The Pump Rooms, the beautiful Abbey, relax and be pampered at the Thermae Spa or just go shopping! There are open topped bus tours to take you around the city and also boat trips along the River Avon. The attractive town of Bradford-on-Avon, 3 miles, dates back to the 1600s, and its Tithe Barn and Saxon Church are well worth a visit. The streets provide a wonderful selection of shops, tearooms, pubs and restaurants. Cheddar Gorge has limestone cliffs towering 450 feet above a gorge which is 3 miles long, and its caves are underground cathedrals of stalagmites and stalactites. Longleat Safari and Adventure Park is a an ideal day out for all the family. Wiltshire’s most famous gardens are found at Stourhead (NT), where a central lake and classical temples were laid out between 1741 and 1780. Lacock and Castle Combe are often used as historic filming locations, and the cathedrals at Wells and Salisbury are within easy reach. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Use of freezer in outbuilding.

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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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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  • Dairy Barn

    Baltonsborough, Glastonbury

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    Ref: EUT

    This attractive single storey detached barn is peacefully situated in a no through lane just minutes from the village of Baltonsborough. Surrounded by rolling countryside and set in an 8 acre plot, it enjoys glorious views of Glastonbury Tor and beyond. A former cattle shed, it has been beautifully renovated to offer spacious and light accommodation, with oak beams and underfloor heating throughout. It is an ideal holiday base for exploring the attractions nearby, such as the cathedral city of Wells and Cheddar Gorge and Caves. The Mendip Hills and Somerset Levels are perfect for walkers, cyclists and wildlife enthusiasts. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

    Spacious beamed living/dining room with French doors, double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping only), tiled floor and kitchen area with electric range (for cooking). Double bedroom. Shower room and toilet.

    • Electricity, full electric underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Electric range
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • 8-acre private natural grounds
    • Ample parking
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities

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