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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.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Railway Cottage Ref: 27352

This terraced holiday cottage, a former Victorian railway worker’s home has been restored retaining character. Adjacent to the West Somerset railway, ideal for steam railway enthusiasts. Enjoy the 26-mile train journey on the West Somerset railway, or scenic walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor. Visit Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks, funicular cliff railway, Porlock Weir, Dunster with castle (NT), beautiful terraced gardens, deer park and mill. Beach and amenities a short walk away, shops, pubs and restaurants 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Z-bed available (for child).

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Economy 7 central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed rear garden and furniture. Enclosed front garden. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£0-£0
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Birch Cottage Ref: W43210

Located right in the middle of the ancient coastal town of Watchet, this semi-detached cottage, in a new mews development, offers a convenient, comfortable base for a holiday enjoying all this area has to offer. Enjoy the harbour, marina and the steam trains of the West Somerset Railway. There is superb scenery and walkways on the South West Coastal Path or inland on the wild and rugged area of Exmoor. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge, Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway are close by. Visit the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle with its beautiful terraced gardens or the sandy beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Golf can be found nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Small enclosed courtyard, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£230-£607
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

In the village of Porlock on Exmoor National Park and nestling between Porlock Hill and the sea, 1 mile, these converted ships mews, formerly stables, and detached dormer bungalow offer sea views of Porlock Bay and make 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 or inland on the moors, and many places to visit to make a memorable holiday. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway are well worth a visit, or looking towards Minehead, you can go back in time on the scenic West Somerset Steam Railway, or visit the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle (NT), with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill making for an interesting day out. Nearer home you can wine and dine in the owner’s adjacent public house and restaurant, the 13th-century Ship Inn, or enjoy the fine selection of unusual shops in this pretty traditional village. There is also fishing, golf, horse riding and cycling all available, or further afield the resorts of Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Woolacombe are well worth a visit. Shops 200 yards, pub/restaurant 100 yards.

Ground floor: Dining room with French doors/kitchen, both with tiled floor. 6 steps to 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: Living room with wooden floor.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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£364-£1261
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
1

In the village of Porlock on Exmoor National Park and nestling between Porlock Hill and the sea, 1 mile, these converted ships mews, formerly stables, and detached dormer bungalow offer sea views of Porlock Bay and make 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 or inland on the moors, and many places to visit to make a memorable holiday. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway are well worth a visit, or looking towards Minehead, you can go back in time on the scenic West Somerset Steam Railway, or visit the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle (NT), with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill making for an interesting day out. Nearer home you can wine and dine in the owner’s adjacent public house and restaurant, the 13th-century Ship Inn, or enjoy the fine selection of unusual shops in this pretty traditional village. There is also fishing, golf, horse riding and cycling all available, or further afield the resorts of Ilfracombe, Combe Martin and Woolacombe are well worth a visit. Shops 200 yards, pub/restaurant 100 yards.

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

Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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£152-£443
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Watchet Cottage Ref: 23896

Ideally located just minutes from the historic port of Watchet. The cottage offers 3 floors of comfortable and spacious holiday accommodation. Day trips can be taken from Watchet station on the nostalgic West Somerset Steam Railway. The nearby Quantock Hills and Exmoor offer excellent opportunities for walking and riding. The seaside resort of Minehead is a few miles further along the coast, with its sandy beaches and popular family attractions. Shops, restaurant and pub 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen with beams and sloping ceiling. 1 bunk bedroom. Second floor: 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Satellite TV (entertainment package). DVD and small library. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£231-£855
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Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
4
Pets
3

Set in a spectacular location on the northern slopes of Exmoor National Park, a few hundred yards from the coast and with views of the Bristol Channel, Yenworthy Farm is situated in ‘Doone Country’, and actually appears in the novel itself. The gun which was supposedly used to repel the ‘Doones’ still hangs in the farmhouse to this day. This working farm once had its own mill and the old water wheel can still be seen. Two traditional barns in the courtyard of the farm have been sympathetically converted to offer a very high standard of accommodation throughout.
Yenworthy is ideal for walkers - a rugged pathway leads from the farm down to a secluded beach and there is direct access to one of the most scenic sections of the South West Coast Path. There are 13 miles of footpaths to explore on the farm itself and it even has its own historic monument - an old Roman Fort at Old Burrow. A haven for wildlife, it has four Sites of Special Scientific Interest and rare species of butterflies and trees. The nearest sandy beach is Lee Abbey (5 miles) and there are excellent surfing beaches at Woolacombe, Croyde and Saunton within easy driving distance. There are three pubs with restaurants within 3 miles and plenty of shops in Lynton and Lynmouth
(4 miles), Polock (7 miles), Minehead (13 miles) and Barnstaple (21 miles), which also has a popular covered market. River fishing and grazing for horses are available by arrangement. Shops 4 miles.

Spacious beamed living/dining room with well-equipped kitchen area, wood-burning stove, wooden floor and door to garden. Stairs to galleried sitting room with TV. Short flight of stairs to double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed, additional bunk beds (for +2) and Velux windows. Twin bedroom with Velux windows. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Video
  • Stereo/CD
  • Small enclosed garden with courtyard, patio and furniture
  • Unsuitable for the infirm

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel included
  • Electricity, full biomass central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV (satellite)
  • DVD
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Broadband
  • Payphone
  • 1200-acre shared, natural grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Stabling for horses and private fishing available by arrangement
  • Natural spring water supply
  • Pets free of charge
  • Friday to Friday

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£637-£1993
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
4
Pets
2
The Grove Ref: 27782

Close to the beach

This spacious, well appointed, detached holiday property is only a few hundred yards from the beach at Burnham-on-Sea. Internally the house would suit an extended family or group of friends, and there is plenty of living space, including a wonderful garden room, that leads out into the large private garden. All of the amenities that Burnham-on-Sea has to offer are within easy walking distance, and for those who enjoy a game of tennis there is a tennis club located close to the house. Conveniently situated just minutes from the M5, it is an ideal touring base from which to explore the beautiful Somerset countryside and its famous attractions. There are further beaches at Brean and Weston-super-Mare which are within a 10-minute drive. Walking and cycling can be enjoyed in the Mendip Hills, The Quantocks and along the Somerset Levels. A visit to Cheddar Gorge, with its quaint town and amazing gorge and caves, is a must, as is the Glastonbury Tor and Abbey, and the magnificent cathedral at Wells. Further afield the cities of Bath and Bristol are within a 30-minute drive. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with patio doors and tiled floor. Garden room. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (5ft), one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer (in garage). Large, enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£1015-£1015
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Harbour Top Ref: W41720

Lovely sea views

Nestling in the heart of the historic port of Watchet is this smart top floor apartment with views over the harbour, town and sea, and between Exmoor National Park and the Quantock Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Enjoy the marina, museum and Tropiquaria, go to sea for a day’s fishing, or take a nostalgic trip on the West Somerset Steam Railway which has a station in Watchet. The beach at Blue Anchor is a fine place for swimming, angling and walking, or just relaxing, and a few miles along the coast Minehead is a popular family resort with many fun attractions; Minehead’s Somerwest World and Dunster’s medieval castle, Deer Park and much more. Shops, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

All on second floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. CD/DVD and small library. Gas hob. Electricity oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Garage (1 car). No smoking.

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£0-£0
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

These two holiday apartments (refs 29565 and 29566) are adjacent to the owner’s house and located in the coastal village of Blue Anchor. Well-appointed and presented, the apartments are ideal for those looking for a comfortable haven whilst exploring this delightful area of Somerset. The apartments benefit from a shared garden and hot tub with views over the Bristol Channel and the renowned West Somerset Railway. The properties are located a short walk from Blue Anchor Beach, the sandy part is tidal, and the Blue Anchor Station for the steam railway. There are also local shops, pub and restaurants within walking distance. Further beaches can be found at Dunster and Porlock. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor. Visit the Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Enjoy a walk and an ice cream on the promenade at Minehead, which also has a good array of shops. The West Somerset Railway is worth a visit for those with an interest in steam engines. Dunster Castle (NT) with its beautiful terraced gardens, deer park and mill, or Porlock Weir make for an interesting day out. Beach 200 yards, cafe 400 yards and swimming pool 500 yards. Shop 500 yards, pubs and restaurant ½ mile.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 double bedrooms (one 5ft), one with additional bunk (for children). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Electric heaters included.

Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (honesty box). Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (1 car). Shared hot tub (10am-10pm, April-October). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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£225-£703
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Thornby Ref: 4739

Sea views

This semi-detached holiday bungalow is situated in a quiet position, 500 yards from the beach, with panoramic sea views to Minehead and Dunster. There is a large dining room/kitchen with sunny conservatory to rear which makes the most of the sea views. It is convenient for the West Somerset Steam Railway and the area is superb for visiting the Quantock Hills, Exmoor, North Somerset, Devon’s rugged coastlines and many historic houses and gardens. Ideal for walkers. Good sea fishing. Minehead 5 miles. Shops and pub less than 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Conservatory. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with bath and shower cubicle. Cloakroom.

Economy 7 central heating, electricity and bed linen included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Garden and chairs. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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£224-£713
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Brae View Cottage Ref: 26347

This single storey detached holiday cottage enjoys an elevated location backing on to the long beach at Brean, sea views can be fully appreciated inside and outside the cottage. The beach stretches for 7 miles between Burnham-on-Sea and Brean, stopping at NT headland of Brean Down, which has views over the Bristol Channel. There are many family attractions in the area, including Brean Leisure Park and Animal Farm Adventure Park. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Gas central heating included (£30per week October-April). Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Gravelled, decked and patio garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome Pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 20 yards to sea. Steps in garden and private access to beach.

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£245-£982
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Mulberry Cottage Ref: E3537

In a secluded coastal location on the edge of Exmoor, and within 1 mile of medieval Dunster, is this attractive former stone barn. Renovated to a very good standard and retaining original timbers, it adjoins the owner’s home in pretty gardens. Dunster’s attractions include its castle, August show, red deer safaris and early December candlelit shopping. Minehead, 1.5 miles, offers a beach, ancient harbour, steam railway, golf and cycle hire. Watchet, Porlock and Lynton are a short drive. Pub 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. DVD. CD. M/wave. Shared utility room with w/machine and t/dryer. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

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£257-£780
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