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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.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Somerset today.

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Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
11
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Ordway House Ref: 30352

This delightful and large, detached country house is situated in the peaceful and rural countryside of the Brendon Hills, a short distance from Minehead. Ordway House is ideal for an extended family or group to come and enjoy all this area has to offer. There is plenty of space in the house for all to enjoy. Outside there is a covered veranda where you can sit and relax whilst overlooking the large lawned garden which includes several sitting areas, furniture, garden games, well stocked borders and wild areas. The house also benefits from an outside kennel area with a dog run. The village of Roadwater is a short drive or a pleasant walk away and offers a well-stocked local shop and a pub serving food. There are some very nice walks direct from the house into the surrounding countryside to be enjoyed during your stay. The local area offers plenty to see and do. 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. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy a nice walk 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 steam engines. Dunster Castle (NT) and village, with its beautiful terraced gardens and the deer park both make interesting days out, as well as Porlock and Porlock Weir. There are many beaches including at Minehead, Dunster and Blue Anchor for all to enjoy. Beach 4 miles. Shop 1½ miles and pub 2 miles.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Snug. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room (no toilet). Separate toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 3 double (one 5ft), 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet. Attic games room.

Open fire in living room and dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Large enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Games room with table tennis, small snooker table, darts and board games. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Steps and fenced pond in garden.

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£841-£2152
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
West Lynch Ref: EJL

West Lynch, thatched and cosy, has been with the same family for three centuries and lies on the sunny side of the Porlock Valley. Inside, relaxation and comfort abound - it is beautifully furnished with lots of arts and crafts, many sitting areas, 50in and 32in TVs and with facilities such as Wii, games room and indoor pool table. Outside catering is available by an inspired professional chef by arrangement for that special occasion or treat. National Trust woodlands from the former Acland Estates are just beyond the house. These lead to the open moors - with large herds of red deer, Exmoor ponies, the buzzards on the wing and foxes in thir lairs - and dramatic headland of Hurlstone, looking west down to Devon and north to the Welsh coast. Also within walking distance are the romantic villages of Bossington, Selworthy, Allerford and bustling Porlock for year-round needs, as well as Minehead’s farmers’ market. There is surfing at Lynmouth or beyond to Croyde and Woolacombe, and golf at Minehead or the fine course at Saunton for a true test. Horse riding is available for all abilities and entertainment for both children and adults at Lynch Farm and Tropicaria further on. There are also glorious walks, of course, to hidden treasures such as Culbone Church, Butlins at Minehead or Dunster Castle if activities such as outdoor meals, table tennis, croquet and messing about with balls at West Lynch does not suffice. Local beaches are a short drive away, but Bossington beach is within walking distance, with its amazing pebble ridge. Enjoy a stay in this special corner of Exmoor. Shops approximately 1 mile away in Porlock. Nearest shop ½ mile.

Elegant entrance hall. Modern sitting-room with open wood fire. Second sitting-room with additional TV. Attractive, beamed dining room with open wood fire. Arch to well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen with Aga, electric cooker and breakfast area. Games room with pool table and darts. Separate toilet. Utility. First floor: Master double bedroom with 5ft antique iron bed and wash basin. Spacious double bedroom with Tudor oak bed and wash basin. Elegant double bedroom with impressive 4ft antique oak bed. Two very pretty twin bedrooms, one with sea views. Twin bedroom with Victorian iron bed and sea views. Spacious bathroom with Victorian roll-top bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet. Shower room. Further bathroom. Separate toilet.

  • Open fires - initial basket of wood included, thereafter £3 per basket
  • Full oil central heating by flow meter reading
  • Electricity and bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two satellite TVs
  • Wii
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Lawned garden
  • Walled garden with furniture (across private road)
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Croquet
  • Games room with pool table and darts
  • Ping pong (in walled garden)
  • Catering available by arrangement with owner
  • Ultraviolet treated natural spring water supply
  • Friday to Friday

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£1103-£2613
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