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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
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

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 CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Shared laundry room with w/machine and t/dryer (honesty box). Shared 1-acre garden with secret garden and furniture. 3-acre paddock. Parking. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (open May-Sep, 10am-4pm). Outdoor chess. No smoking.

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£267-£638
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
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 with patio doors. Kitchen with dining area. Conservatory. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Dishwasher.

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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£204-£575
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Quarme Coombe Ref: W43378


Located down a long drive in a quiet wooded valley, just outside the Exmoor village of Wheddon Cross, Quarme Coombe offers a real heaven away from the world. The quiet and beautiful natural countryside is right on the doorstep of this detached holiday cottage. The cottage has a cosy interior and there is a good sized garden at the rear of the cottage garden, as well as a sitting-out area at the front. The cottage is a short drive from Wheddon Cross which has a well-stocked convenience store and pubs. Further afield. 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 within an hours drive. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy an ice cream whilst walking along, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. A visit the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle (NT), with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill will make for an interesting day out. Watchet, Porlock and Porlock Weir hold plenty of charm and interest to those who visit the area. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/step to kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with freezer and coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared phone in laundry room. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£228-£711
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Studio Ref: 26752

This well-appointed holiday apartment is located just outside Minehead, a great base for exploring this beautiful part of the British Isles. The apartment is furnished to a very good standard, complemented by a comfortable bedroom and sitting-out area where guests can benefit from the surrounds of the owners’ garden. Enjoy superb scenery along the South West Coastal Path, or visit Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Visit Dunster Castle (NT) and village, with its beautiful terraced gardens, deer park and mill, as well as Porlock Weir. Enjoy the beaches at Minehead, Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility room. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating and electricity included (£20per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine in utility. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area with furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£212-£499
Shortlist
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
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Norfolk House Ref: 30310


This delightful terraced holiday cottage, located within walking distance of Dulverton town centre, offers comfortable accommodation with plenty of charm. Situated alongside the banks of the River Barle, guests can walk into Dulverton, which has a good range of shops, pubs and tea rooms. There is plenty of walking into the surrounding countryside and up onto Exmoor. Visit Tarr Steps, Dunkery Beacon and the pretty moorland village of Withypool. Further afield, there is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watermeet Gorge (NT), valley of the rocks and the funicular cliff railway. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. A visit to the medieval village of Dunster with its castle (NT), beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and mill will make for an interesting day out. Watchet, Porlock and Porlock Weir hold plenty of charm and interest to those who visit the area. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with beams. Dining room with slate floor. 2 steps to kitchen with slate floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small decked roof terrace with furniture. On road parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£231-£672
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Mill Retreat 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. Friday to Friday. NB: There is a stream in the grounds.

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£190-£430
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
2
Pets
3
Oddwell Cottage Ref: 68023

This Grade II listed character holiday cottage dates back over 300 years. Surrounded by peaceful, unspoilt countryside it nestles in the foothills of the Brendon Hills, on the eastern edge of Exmoor. The large living room has a sit-in inglenook fireplace with original bread oven and a host of oak beams. The sandy beach at Blue Anchor Bay is 9 miles. Fishing on Clatworthy Reservoir, 3 miles. Quantock Hills to the east, Minehead and Dunster a short drive. Attached to the caretaker’s cottage. Shop ½ mile, pub 4 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams. Second living room with double sofa bed. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Steep, spiral stone stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with additional single. Cloakroom with toilet.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. Video. DVD. Induction range cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Garden and furniture. Garage. Parking. No smoking.

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£212-£638
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Old Chapel Cottage Ref: E2225

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.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining area/kitchen. Spiral stairs to first floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Z-bed available.

Garden area and furniture.

All properties: Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. M/wave. Shared laundry room with w/machine and t/dryer (honesty box). Shared 1-acre garden with secret garden and furniture. 3-acre paddock. Parking. Shared outdoor heated swimming pool (open May-Sep, 10am-4pm). Outdoor chess. No smoking.

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NOW
£294-£704
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Set on a quiet country lane in beautiful walking country overlooking the Bristol Channel, Parsonage Farm is the perfect holiday location to ’get away from it all’. There has been a house here for almost a thousand years and that rich history is still evident in both properties. Reputedly, Coleridge wrote ’Kubla Khan’ in Culbone Parsonage, the main house. Parsonage Farm Stables (ref 15800) occupies what would once have been the hayloft floor of the adjoining barn, and Parsonage Otter Stables (ref 18192) has been attractively converted from the old stables. The holiday properties are ideally located as a base for walking, touring and riding on the crown of Exmoor. Places to visit include Porlock, Lynton and Lynmouth, Watchet Marina and Dunster Castle (NT). The glorious West Somerset and North Devon Coast, Minehead, Exmoor and Lorna Doone Valley are all within easy reach. The highest ’Free House’ pub on Exmoor is just a mile or so away from the house. Picturesque Porlock Weir with its shingle beach is just 3 miles down the hill via a toll road, and local shops can be found in the sleepy village of Porlock. Refs 15800 and 18192 can be booked together to accommodate up to 7 guests.

Step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single. Bathroom with toilet.

Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Parking (1 car). Friday to Friday.

Both properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video. Electric cooker. Microwave. Gardens with terrace and furniture. Barbecue. No smoking. NB: Some areas of garden are steep, with natural streams and ponds.

WAS
NOW
£201-£633
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Two Court Cottage Ref: 24879

This 300 year old former farm labourers cottage has been sympathetically restored to provide attractive accommodation. It is situated on the edge of Minehead close to the surrounding open countryside. It is an ideal base to explore the Exmoor National Park and the dramatic North Devon/Somerset coastline. Minehead has plenty to offer for local amenities including shops, restaurants and pubs. There are great beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. The steam railway is a real treat for all ages. The medieval village is close by with its castle (NT) as well as Porlock Weir. Horse riding and other outdoor activities can be found locally. Shop and pub ¾ mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with beams and tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additonal pull-out single. Shower room with double shower and toilet.

Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Small courtyard. Patio and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£246-£676
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3

Beautifully situated on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, these two delightful conversions enjoy lovely views over the surrounding paddocks and woodland and are in a perfect holiday location for horse lovers. There is fly-fishing for rainbow trout in the lake on site (free for catch and return, £10 per fish retained). There is also free fishing for brown trout in the river Haddeo on site and coarse fishing nearby (information available from the owner). An excellent base for rural relaxation or touring, with the West Somerset steam railway easily accessible and the coast just 12 miles away. Local places of interest include Dunster Castle (NT), Wimbleball Lake and Porlock. Shops 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

Comfortably furnished throughout, this attractive stone barn conversion is accessed at ground floor level, yet is effectively the upper level of a barn. Spacious open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and rugs on wooden floor, spacious, well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with beamed vaulted ceiling. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Cloakroom with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, extra at cost
  • CD
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small shrub and grass area with garden seat
  • Friday to Friday

  • Electricity and oil-fired central heating included (£25per week October-March)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Satellite TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Parking
  • Kennel
  • Brown trout fishing (fly fishing)
  • Horse riding by arrangement
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: Lake and river on site

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£353-£954
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