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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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  • Smokeacre Farm Cottage

    Yeovil Marsh, nr. Yeovil

    Grade
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    Ref: 28760

    Situated in South Somerset just north of Yeovil, this delightful, ground floor, 18th-century, self-contained holiday cottage, which is set in the wing of the owner’s home, is in an excellent location to explore the many and varied attractions of South Somerset and nearby West Dorset. Discover the many historic houses including Montacute House, Forde Abbey, Sherborne Castle and Abbey. Spend time at Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Village (outlet shopping), Cheddar Gorge and Bath, or enjoy days out down on the famous World Heritage Coast. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (6ft) bedroom. Bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating (underfloor in bathroom), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed courtyard with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. 40 acres of shared natural woodland grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. NB: 2 steps in garden.

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  • Holm Cottage

    Weston-super-Mare

    Grade
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    Ref: E4929


    This renovated Victorian cottage and its walled garden sit in a peaceful mews just 15 minutes’ walk from the golden sands of Weston-super-Mare. As well as its marine lake, wide promenade and three piers, the popular resort boasts regular entertainments at the Playhouse Theatre and Winter Gardens, two golf courses, windsurfing and sailing facilities, plus a multitude of shops, bars and eating places. Nearby attractions include Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury, beautiful Bath, the magnificent cathedral at Wells, Clarks Village Shopping Outlet, and National Trust properties such as Clevedon Court, Tyntesfield and Montacute. The Mendip Hills offer scenic walking and cycling; further afield lie the glories of Exmoor. Shop, pub serving food and restaurant are all within 3 minutes’ stroll.

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

    Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Broadband internet.Telephone – honesty box. On road parking. Walled garden with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. No children.

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  • The Linhay

    Minehead

    Grade
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    Ref: 12113

    Spectacular countryside

    The detached holiday cottage is situated on the very edge of the beautiful Exmoor National Park with direct access to woodland, moorland and coastal paths. Enjoy breathtaking walks and bird watching from the door and discover the flora and fauna of this spectacular countryside where red deer and other wildlife can regularly be seen. Only 10 minutes’ walk for the shops and a selection of varied pubs in the town centre. The newly developed seafront and sandy beach is only 15 minutes away. Shop and pub ½ mile.

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

    Gas central heating and electricity included (£35per week October-March). Bed linen included. Video and small library. DVD and small library. Microwave. Patio area and furniture. Ample parking.

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  • The Hut

    Timbers Combe, near Minehead

    Grade
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    Ref: UKC497


    Enjoy the simple life and indulge in a stay at The Hut. Designed to look like a traditional shepherd’s hut, this cosy accommodation is ideal for those wanting to try something different. The Hut is positioned in a field with wonderful, far reaching views towards Minehead and the surrounding countryside. The Hut has an open plan living and sleeping area, basic kitchen and a shower room with toilet. Outside there is a garden with seating area and a fire pit, ideal for sitting out of an evening and enjoying a glass of wine whilst staring at the stars. The Hut is located within the Exmoor National Park boundaries and guests will find superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton are famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (National Trust) and the valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy a walk with an ice cream as well as the shops and other amenities. The West Somerset Railway is worth a visit for those with an interest in stream engines. Why not head over to the National Trust Dunster Castle and village, with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill will make for an interesting day out as well as Porlock Weir. There are further beaches at Dunster and Porlock. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space.
    Living area:
    With gas fire (no TV).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With gas hob and fridge.
    Bedroom area: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Lawned garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and fire pit. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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  • The Pen

    Priddy, nr. Wells

    Grade
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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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  • Burcott Cottages - Mendip View

    Wookey, nr. Wells

    Grade
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    Ref: 19941

    Situated within the grounds of the owner’s public house and restaurant, formerly a stable block, these single-storey cottages have been refurbished to a good standard and offer well-presented holiday accommodation. Located between the Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills, they are ideally situated for walking, cycling and lovers of nature, yet are just 1 mile from historic Wells with its beautiful cathedral and the world famous Wookey Hole caves. Within easy reach are the Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Glastonbury Tor, the World Heritage Georgian city of Bath and the Victorian seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare. There are several historic houses to visit including Montacute House, Dyrham Park and Longleat, famous for its safari park as featured on TVs ’Animal Park’. Shop 200 yards, pub in grounds.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Both properties: Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Electricity hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small courtyard. Private lawned area. Shared sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. No children under 5 years.

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  • Barrowswood Cheddar - Blackberry Lodge

    Cheddar

    Grade
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    Ref: W44121

    Views to Cheddar Gorge

    Offering delightful holiday accommodation for families, couples or friends, these holiday property (refs 29841, 29842 & W44121) make an ideal base from which to explore Somerset and North Devon. Barrowswood, a semi-detached holiday cottage (ref 29842), enjoys commanding views over Cheddar Gorge in the distance. Its large garden adjoins a field with occasional visiting sheep and is the perfect spot in which to relax and unwind. Strawberry Lodge (ref 29841) stands detached at the far end of the grounds of Barrowswood, enjoying woodland surroundings with magnificent views over the field and across to Cheddar Gorge. Blackberry Lodge (ref W44121) is a single-storey, detached lodge, ideal for a romantic retreat for couples. All three properties may be booked together should you have a larger party.
    Cheddar village offers plenty of interesting shops and cafes as well as other attractions. Cheddar Gorge, Britain’s largest limestone ravine gouged through the Mendips, is a magnet for climbers, walkers and visitors to the floodlit caves and Cheddar Reservoir is a great place to take a picnic, look out for wildlife and join in activities such as sailing and angling. Axbridge is a charming market town with a medieval square and half-timbered buildings, whilst Wookey Hole attracts many visitors to the showcaves. Wells is England’s smallest city set around a cathedral; Wedmore is a lively town with many individual shops and eateries, Glastonbury is famous for its music festival, spiritual culture and King Arthur legends, and the coastal resorts and magnificent beaches at Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea, Berrow and Brean are all within a short drive, as are the cities of Bath and Bristol. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating included. Freeview TV. Induction hob. Electric oven. Parking (1 car).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. DVD. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. No smoking.

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  • Paglinch Cottage

    Shoscombe, nr. Bath

    Grade
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    Ref: W41419

    Hot tub


    In a rural location, this well-presented, semi-detached, single storey stone cottage with a private hot tub, is near the historic spa city of Bath, 6 miles, and 11 miles from the lovely cathedral city of Wells. It is in an ideal location for exploring Somerset with the Park and Ride service into Bath just a few minutes away. Enjoy days out to the spectacular Wookey Hole Show Caves, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Longleat House and Safari Park, Stourhead Gardens or Glastonbury, famous for it annual festival, abbey and Tor. Bath has a wealth of history from the Roman baths to the Georgian Assembly Rooms and Pump Room, where visitors can sample the famous spa water, or indulge in bath buns and coffee. The Pultney Bridge lined with shops on either side, spans the River Avon, and the abbey and Royal Crescent are also worth a visit. The delightful seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare is within easy reach, as is the National Trust property, Dyrham House and Gardens. Shops 2 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with patio doors and wooden floor. 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link) with French doors. Bathroom with shower over corner Jacuzzi bath, and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Satellite TV. DVD and small library. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with decked sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Private hot tub. No smoking.

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  • The Cabin

    Priddy, nr. Wells

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W43389


    This cosy detached wooden holiday lodge is situated amongst 16 acres of owners’ grounds, with lovely views over the Mendips and as far away as Dorset on a clear day. The elevated terrace is a perfect spot from which to admire the view and watch the antics of the free range chickens, doves, and the horses in the neighbouring field. It’s less than a mile from the small village of Priddy, with a footpath across the fields it’s a 5-minute walk. This is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and therefore a very popular area for walkers, cavers and horse riding alike. It makes an ideal base for sightseeing places such as Cheddar Gorge and Caves, 5 miles, Wookey Hole Caves and Wookey Hole Paper Mill, 2.7 Miles, Wells Cathedral, 4 miles, Burrington Combe, 5 miles, Bristol, Bath, Longleat and many other places of interest are also within easy reach. Annual attractions include Priddy Folk Fair in July, Priddy Sheep Fair in August, Mendip folk festival, in September. Bonfire Night Display in November, and also in November the Illuminated Carnival Season. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    4 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors and wooden floor/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. Second living room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (fuel included). Electric heaters, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 16-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. Pet to be kept on lead at all times. No smoking.

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  • No.2 The Ships Mews

    Porlock, nr. Minehead

    Grade
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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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  • Croft Cottages - Bungalow 1A

    Watchet

    Grade
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    Ref: W44212

    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.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating included. Towel hire. Electric cooker. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with 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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  • Hinton Grange - The Drake Studio

    Hinton, nr Bath

    Grade
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    Ref: 27747

    Set in 6 acres of grounds

    This cluster of holiday cottages (refs 27747 & 27748) lies in the picturesque 6 acres of grounds of Hinton Grange, a former hotel now lived in by the owners. The Drake Studio (27747) is semi-detached whilst The Campbell Cottage (27748) is terraced. Both have accommodation on ground floor level. They lie just off the M4, yet are surrounded by open fields and countryside, and being on the Cotswolds Way footpath, are ideal for walkers and cyclists. Virtually next door is the 17th-century Dyrham Park (NT), a grand baroque mansion with sweeping views towards Bristol, and also the venue for many concerts and summer events. Only 9 miles to the centre of Bath, with many famous attractions including Pulteney Bridge, the abbey, Roman Baths, Aquae Sulis Spa and the sweeping Georgian crescents. Bath is a lively, year-round destination, with museums, galleries, cultural events and unique shopping. Further afield is the start of the Cotswolds and within a short drive are the historic cities of Bristol, Wells and Salisbury. The coastal resorts of Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Burnham-on-Sea are within an hour’s drive. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Oil central heating included.

    Both properties: Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 6-acre grounds. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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