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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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These attractive holiday cottages have been carefully renovated from former barns, and have kept many of their original features including exposed stonework. They enjoy a perfect location on the banks of the River Avon, and on the edge of the picturesque village of Bathampton, which is 2 miles from the centre of Bath. The Kennet and Avon Canal also runs through the village, enabling walkers and cyclists to easily access Bath and beyond, enjoying the pubs and tea shops along the way. Boat trips can also be taken on the river and canal. Designated as a World Heritage Site, Bath presents some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge. At the heart of the city next to Bath Abbey is the Roman Baths, which gives a fascinating look into the Roman bathing complex. There is a good variety of museums and galleries, including the American Museum and the Jane Austen Centre. Festivals, theatre and street entertainment bring life and excitement to this vibrant city, and the Thermae Bath Spa with rooftop pool is a popular attraction. Bath is also a celebrated shopping centre, with many unique and independent retailers, and the variety of restaurants, bars and cafes leave guests spoilt for choice. There are many parks and gardens to relax in, away from the bustle of the city, and guided open top bus tours take you out to the perimeter of the city to enjoy the glorious views of the stunning Georgian architecture. There are many National Trust properties to visit, including Prior Park, Dyrham Park, and further afield Westwood Manor, Iford, The Courts, Stourhead and Lacock Abbey. For keen walkers and cyclists there is a dedicated 13 mile traffic-free path from the edge of Bath to Bristol, the Bath Skyline, and also The Cotswolds Way national trail. Within easy reach are the family attractions of Longleat Safari Park, the famous Gorge and Caves at Cheddar, Wookey Hole paper mill and caves. The city of Bristol is worth a visit, with its revamped harbour area, SS Great Britain, Clifton Suspension Bridge, and the vast array of shopping malls and restaurants. Glastonbury Tor and Abbey, the city of Wells and the picturesque Cotswolds are within an hour’s drive. Fishing is also available and cycle hire by prior arrangement. Shops 1 mile and pub 500 yards.

Open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and kitchen area. Sitting room with TV. Double bedroom with 5ft bed, TV and en-suite shower room and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating (underfloor on ground floor)
  • Wood-burning stove - fuel available locally

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Patio with furniture
  • Shared lawned garden
  • Ample parking
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: On the banks of the River Avon (fenced)

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£704-£2108
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
Pets
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The Wagon House Ref: 19888

10 minutes from Bath

Situated next to the owner’s farmhouse, this character, detached property converted from a former wagon house offers spacious holiday accommodation, located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Set in the picturesque village of Wellow, yet only 10 minutes from the World Heritage city of Bath with its Roman Baths and Pump room, Bath Abbey, theatres and parks, excellent shopping facilities and restaurants, and 1 mile from Stoney Littleton. Ideally located for the famous cathedral city of Wells, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Glastonbury, Longleat House and Safari Park and Weston Super Mare. Several NT properties in the area. Horse riding and golf nearby. Beauty therapy treatments available in traditional shepherd’s hut. Shop 400 yards, pub 50 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. 2 steps up to kitchen with beams and tiled floor. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double (zip and link) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with Velux, sloping ceilings and en-suite toilet, 1 twin with Velux and sloping ceiling.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Several steps and changes of level in garden.

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£810-£1939
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