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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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  • 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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  • The Mill Retreat

    Winsford, nr. Minehead

    Grade
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    Ref: 24823

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

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

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

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  • Slade Barns -Little Wharf

    Shiplate, Bleadon

    Grade
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    Ref: W40909

    Excellent touring base for central SomersetExcellent touring base for central Somerset

    Semi-detached barn conversion for 2.

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

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

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

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  • The Old Coach House

    Ellicombe, nr. Dunster

    Grade
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    Ref: E2226

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

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

    Terrace and furniture.

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

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  • Green Lane Farm Cottage

    Box, nr. Corsham

    Grade
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    Ref: 26831

    Situated adjacent to the owner’s home, this detached holiday cottage has use of a large lawned garden with far reaching countryside views. In a peaceful hamlet with excellent walking from the doorstep and only a mile from the local amenities of the village of Box, this is an excellent base from which to visit the city of Bath, 5 miles, where The Royal Crescent, The Circus, and Pulteney Bridge are among the finest architectural treasures in the world, the Roman Baths and the modern Thermae Bath Spa are not to be missed. There are several NT properties in the area to visit including Stourhead, Dyrham, Longleat and Iford. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

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

    Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine and freezer. Lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in garden, 20 yards.

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  • Grooms Lodge

    Roadwater

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    Ref: EVA


    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 6ft bed and en-suite bathroom with bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Large, beamed living room.

    • Dishwasher
    • NB: 6 steps (or alternative level access) to garden

    • 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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  • Mead Chapel

    Drayton, near Langport

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    Ref: UKC292

    This lovely, converted detached chapel dating back to 1925, lies in the village of Drayton, South Somerset and offers a great location to enjoy this ever popular area. There are lovely country walks, fishing, golf and quaint village pubs nearby. Many historic houses are within easy driving, such as Muchelney Abbey, Forde Abbey, and National Trust’s Montacute House and Tintinhull House, to name a few. The Somerset Levels, with their abundance of wildlife and nature reserves, are on the doorstep, or one can explore the many places of interest. Try some retail therapy at Clarks Village shopping outlet, discover the enchanting Glastonbury Tor and Abbey and Glastonbury itself, or on to the cathedral city of Wells with its Bishops Palace and character shops. Further afield the Roman Spa town of Bath is well worth a visit, the county town of Taunton and on to the Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park. If you have time, spend a day or two in west Dorset and explore the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast. You will have much to do for a fulfilling holiday. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    4 steps to the entrance.
    Ground Floor:
    Open plan living space:
    With wooden floors.
    Living area:
    With 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric hob, electric oven, microwave and fridge.
    Shower room: With double shower cubicle and toilet.
    First Floor: With galleried double bedroom.

    Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Welcome pack. Outbuilding with tumble dryer. Garden with patio and garden furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Dragonfly Barn - Dragonfly 1

    North Newton

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    Ref: 26907

    In an Area of Outstanding Natural BeautyIn an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

    Set within the grounds of Newton House in the rural village of North Newton, Somerset. Dragonfly Barn is a charming barn conversion providing three self contained semi-detached holiday units (refs 26907, 26908 and 28845). Situated on the first floor by way of an external staircase, Dragonfly 1 offers bright accommodation with use of a delightful sunny lawned sitting out area. Dragonfly 2 has its own private patio garden. Interconnecting doors can be utilised if required to accommodate up to 6 guests. Dragonfly 3 is a charming detached single-storey barn conversion with enclosed private courtyard garden leading off from the bedroom. North Newton is situated between the Somerset Levels and the Quantock Hills, England’s first designated AONB. The Bridgwater/Taunton Canal runs alongside the village and is a popular area for many activities including fishing, cycling or a quiet stroll to enjoy the range of wildlife in this wetland habitat. Close by is Maunsel Lock where you can visit the tea rooms, take a boat trip or follow the Space Walk along the canal. The Quantock Hills, Exmoor National Park and Blackdown Hills are all within easy reach, making it ideal for cycling and walking. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 150 yards.

    External stairs to first floor: Living/dining room/kitchen, all with wooden floors. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Use of owner’s laundry facilities. Shared enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture.

    All properties: Electric central heating included (£20per week, £10 per short break, November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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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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  • Garden Cottage

    Bleadney, Wells

    Grade
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    Ref: W42656

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

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

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

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  • Buzzards View

    Curry Mallet, nr. Taunton

    Grade
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    Ref: 27359

    This semi-detached holiday bungalow is superbly situated in a rural location of outstanding natural beauty and tranquillity, in an elevated position with far-reaching panoramic views, and is suitable for those with walking difficulties. Ideally located for touring the many places of interest in the area, including various National Trust properties, Taunton, Glastonbury and Wells. There is good access to both the East Devon Heritage Coast, including Sidmouth and Lyme Regis, and the north coast of Somerset taking in Minehead and Exmoor National Park. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom with en-suite wet room and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared washing machine and tumble dryer in utility room. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. 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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