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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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  • Mole End

    Withypool, nr. Dulverton

    Grade
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    Ref: W43079

    Mole End is a delightful semi-detached holiday cottage situated in the very pretty Exmoor village of Withypool on the Two Moors Way. There are many walks from the cottage out onto Exmoor, including one following the river to Lanacre, one of the prettiest spots in Exmoor. Visit the Victorian villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT). There are beaches close by at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop 200 yards, pub 500 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Maximum occupancy is for 2 guests.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children. NB: Pond in garden.

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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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  • The Stables

    East Coker, nr. Yeovil

    Grade
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    Ref: RCHB34

    Set peacefully in East Coker, South Somerset, near the Dorset border, this single-storey detached converted stables is ideally situated to explore many attractions in both counties. Golf and fly fishing are available locally, and the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast with Westbay and Lyme Regis for wonderful scenery and walks is within easy driving distance. This holiday cottage is only 3 miles from Yeovil, a busy but pleasant market town, and 8 miles from Sherborne with its quaint shops, abbey and castle. Yeovilton Air Museum and many historic houses are nearby. Glastonbury, Cheddar and Bath are all easily accessible for days out. Shops 1 mile, restaurant and pub ¼ mile.

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

    NSH, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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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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  • Stable Cottage

    Roadwater

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    Ref: EVB


    If you are looking for something a little special to celebrate an occasion or looking for that extra bit of comfort after long day walking or exploring then look no further than the cottages at Glasses Farm. Nestling in the pretty landscape within Exmoor National Park, Grooms Lodge (ref: EVA) and Stable Cottage (ref: EVB), have been converted form the original stables of an impressive 16th century thatched long house. Both these thatched cottages have been presented to a very high standard. The cottages offer a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Each cottage has a private sitting-out area that looks out across the well-maintained shared garden. There are a further 20 acres of land to enjoy too. The owner of the cottages is a renowned breeder of American miniature horses. Should you choose to come and stay with friends, the cottages do have an adjoining door on the first floor. The cottages are located just outside the charming village of Roadwater, where there is a shop and pub all within walking distance of the cottages. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor, and many other places to visit to make a memorable holiday. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy walking and an ice cream, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. The West Somerset Railway is worth a visit for those with an interest in stream engines. Dunster Castle (NT) 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 beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor for all to enjoy. Shops 500 yards, pub 300 yards.

    Large, beamed kitchen/dining room with slate floor. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. First floor: Large, beamed living room.

    • Electricity, full electric central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Freeview TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Shared use of owner’s freezer
    • Shared, enclosed lawned garden with sitting out area
    • Patio with furniture
    • Shared use of owners’ 20 acres of natural grounds
    • Parking (for 1 car in garage)
    • No smoking
    • No children

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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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  • Triscombe Farm Country Cottages - Juniper

    Wheddon Cross, Exmoor

    Grade
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    Ref: 28060

    Pretty stone cottages with a shared heated indoor swimming pool
    Set in a beautiful valley within the Exmoor National Park
    Five acres of gardens and grounds with BBQ area and picnic area and a shared all-weather tennis court
    Excellent walking, cycling and riding country
    Some cottages boast four-poster beds and woodburners
    Allocated parking for each cottage





    In a setting of stunning natural beauty in the Exmoor National Park, with indoor heated swimming pool, Triscombe Farm Country Cottages are a combination of 19th century cottages and skilful conversions from existing farm buildings. Leisure facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, games room and all-weather tennis court (please bring your own racquets and balls). Natural water is provided from our own spring. With unspoilt countryside all around, and reached by a long, sweeping driveway, the country cottages are nestling in a sheltered, wooded valley overlooking the River Quarme. Each of the cottages has been individually styled and equipped to offer comfortable holiday accommodation.

    The cottages make the perfect base for holidays at any time of the year. There are five acres of lovely gardens for you to enjoy and explore. A stream cascades through the hillside garden, there is ample space in which to sit and relax, or enjoy a family picnic or barbecue. Spectacular views across the valley to Dunkery Beacon unfold as you wander around. Badgers, buzzards, foxes, red deer and an abundance of birdlife can often be seen, so don’t forget your binoculars. Bracken Cottage ref: B5817, Juniper ref: 28060 and Primrose Cottage ref: 30027 are ground floor cottages with valley views, Rose Cottage ref: B5810 and Whortleberry Cottage ref: 29890 are cosy family cottages, Coachman’s Cottage ref: B5813 is a spacious original cottage and Garden Cottage ref: B5812 and Orchard Cottage ref: B5811 are ‘upside down’ cottages with farmland views. Stream Cottage ref: 27550 is the original farm manager’s cottage.


    From Triscombe Farm you can explore the magic of Exmoor, an area of wild natural beauty, inhabited by native ponies and red deer. Exmoor Safaris take you right into the heart of this area of heather clad moors, sheltered wooded combes, pretty villages with thatched cottages and ancient packhorse bridges. The National Park rangers provide guided walks.


    A few miles from Triscombe is Exmoor’s spectacular northern coast, the highest in Britain, where steep cliffs plunge into the sea. You can enjoy fantastic coastal walks here along the cliff top coastal path, with dramatic views of the coastline and out to sea. From Dunkery Beacon (1707ft) there are panoramic views to Wales, Dartmoor and beyond. Minehead is only 10 miles away with a beach, Butlins, harbour and fantastic steam railway. Historic Dunster (NT castle) is one of the prettiest villages on Exmoor. Porlock and Dulverton offer interesting shops and tea shops where you can enjoy a traditional Somerset cream tea. There are many places to visit locally including Knightshayes Court, a splendid Victorian house at Tiverton.


    Other holiday pursuits include fishing and sailing at Wimbleball Lake, and horse riding, mountain biking and hiking across the moor. There is so much to do locally, the owners hope to welcome you back time and time again.
    Triscombe Farm Country Cottages - the perfect base for all year round holidays. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.
    Stream Cottage ref: 27550 and Juniper ref: 28060 can be booked together to accommodate up to 6 people and Bracken Cottage ref: B5817 and Coachman’s Cottage ref: B5813 can be booked together to accommodate up to 4 people.

    Juniper - 28060

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double (four poster) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Small courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from spring. NB: Juniper (ref 28060) is partly below Stream Cottage (ref 27550).

    All properties: Electric heaters and electricity included (first £10 included September-May, remainder by meter reading). Bed linen included. Towel hire £5per person per booking. DVD. Microwave. Shared utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer (small charge) and freezer. Wi-fi. Shared payphone. Extensive shared gardens with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue area. Cycle store. Allocated parking on site. Shared games room with table tennis and snooker/pool table. All-weather tennis court. Heated indoor swimming pool (9.7m x 4.2m, depth 0.8m to 1.9m). No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds (young children must be supervised).

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  • Swallow Barn

    North Newton, nr. Bridgwater

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    Ref: 30355


    Swallow Barn is part of Great House Barns, the converted farmyard to the Great House. This unique holiday property is set on the owner’s 3-acre smallholding with chickens, pigs, bees and sheep grazing in the orchard and paddocks. It lies on the edge of the village, with good transport links, a beautiful coastline and a number of popular tourist attractions. The stone and cob built barns date back to the 16th century, and believed one stage to have been used by Judge Jeffries to hold prisoners before trial in Somerset. North Newton lies between the Somerset Levels and the Quantock Hills, England’s first designated AONB. The Bridgwater to Taunton Canal runs alongside the village and is a popular area for fishing, cycling or a quiet stroll to enjoy the range of wildlife in this wetland habitat. The Quantock Hills, Exmoor National Park and Blackdown Hills are all within easy reach. Swallow Barn is situated on the edge of the Somerset Levels with its battles and myths surrounding King Alfred. Around us are the Quantock, Polden and Brendan hills - fantastic for walkers and watchers of the wild horses and deer. The sandy beaches of Burnham are within 30 minutes’ drive, as are the pebble beaches near Kilve and East Quantoxhead and further sandy beaches at Minehead. Stop at the tea room at Maunsel Lock along the Bridgwater to Taunton Canal and take the boat through the lock and down to the bridge at Lower Maunsel, or follow the Space Walk along the towpath. A leisurely 15-minute walk will take you to the canal from the cottages to the railway at Bishops Lydeard. Enjoy shopping in Street at Clarks Village, or walk the Parrett Trail or Macmillan Way. Alternatively explore Glastonbury with its abbey and tor, or heritage houses and gardens such as Hestercombe Gardens, Montacute House, Tyntesfield House, Barrington Gardens, Dunster Castle, Muchelney Abbey, Cheddar with its gorge, caves and Jacobs Ladder and local produce on sale in the town. Homemade meals are available at extra cost. Shop 1¼ miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available (weekly bookings only). Enclosed lawned courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 3-acre natural and landscaped grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Fenced pond in garden 50 yards.

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  • The Old Sunday School

    Wookey Hole, Wells

    Grade
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    Ref: E5203

    Lovingly restored by an artist and furnished with an eclectic range of antique furniture, this original Victorian Sunday school is set in the quaint village of Wookey Hall, world famous for its underground chambers and pools. Wells, with its magnificent cathedral, is just 1.5 miles and Cheddar Gorge and Caves, the renowned Clarks Village shopping outlet in Street, the wonderful gardens and lakeside walk at Stourhead (NT), the traditional resort of Weston-super-Mare and the Regency city of Bath with Roman baths are within easy reach. Further afield is Exmoor National Park and riding, golf, and sailing are available locally. There are pubs serving food and shop in the village.

    Ground floor: Bathroom with shower over roll-top bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

    Gas woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Use of owner’s freezer. Wi-fi. Roof garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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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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  • 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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  • Thickwood House Garden Cottages - Orchard View

    Colerne, nr. Bath

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    Ref: 23934

    This pair of garden cottages are set in the grounds of the Jacobean Manor House - Thickwood House, dating back to the 1700’s. During the centuries it grew to become one of the most prosperous farms in the area, and its present owners maintain the stunning gardens and outbuildings in keeping with the house. The cottages were sympathetically converted from a Cotswold stone byre, and retain many traditional features. Cosy and comfortable, and with views over the magnificent garden and orchard, they provide a peaceful, countryside retreat and an excellent holiday base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and picturesque villages. Nearby Castle Combe is said to be the prettiest village in England, also famous for its motor racing circuit. Lacock is another picture postcard village, well loved by film-makers for its historical streets and buildings. Lacock Abbey was used in the Harry Potter films. This AONB enjoys easy access to the Cotswolds, Salisbury Plain and the Marlborough Downs offering stunning scenery for walking and cycling, and the Georgian Spa city of Bath is within half an hour’s drive. Shops and pub 1 mile.

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

    Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Laundry service available at cost. Large shared, lawned garden with patio and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. No children under 12 years. NB: Deep water feature in grounds.

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