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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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
14
Bedrooms
7
Pets
0
The Grange Ref: ETL

This impressive detached, Grade II listed Georgian house, ideally located in the rural village of High Ham and set in 6 acres of delightful gardens, (including 1½ acres of formal gardens, kitchen garden and walled garden), is excellent accommodation for 14. With its high ceilings, Georgian features and tastefully furnished to a high standard, it offers a lovely retreat in south/central Somerset, 3 miles north of Langport and 10 miles south of Glastonbury, with its famous Tor, providing a relaxing holiday base to explore the Somerset Levels and the many attractions in the area. In the main house there are 5 bedrooms, comprising four double (two emperor beds, one super king and one king-size) and a twin-bedded room, two bathrooms, and on the ground floor a spacious dining-room, drawing room, sitting room and kitchen. Adjacent and connected to the main house is a self contained annex for 4 with double and twin-bedded rooms, bathroom, living room and kitchen.
There is walking and riding on the Somerset Levels, as well as fishing, golf and many family attractions in the area, such as Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum (with its prototype of Concorde), the Haynes Motor Museum with its fine collection of vintage cars, Clark’s Village at Street, Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park and the famous spectacular Cheddar Gorge and Caves. High Ham itself is architecturally interesting and contains a part Norman church and a National Trust thatched windmill, which is the only one in the country. There are also many fine historic houses to visit: Montacute House and Gardens, Hestercombe House, Wells Cathedral and Bishop’s Palace and more. It is also ideally located for days out further afield, to explore the north Somerset Coast (20 miles) and into Exmoor National Park, the Dorset World Heritage Jurassic Coast (26 miles), the spa city of Bath (30 miles) with its Romans baths, museums, shops and restaurants, and Longleat Safari Park, all well worth a visit. Shops 3 miles, pub 400 yards.

Large drawing room with high ceiling. Sitting room with TV. Spacious dining room with high ceiling. Large kitchen with range cooker and tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: Four large double bedrooms, each with high ceiling; two with 7ft beds, one with 6ft bed and one with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with high ceiling. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with bidet and toilet. Annex: Living room with TV. Kitchen. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD (small library)
  • Electric range included
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Large 6-acre grounds (including 1½-acre formal garden, kitchen garden with terrace and furniture)
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • No smoking

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£1367-£3152
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
21
Bedrooms
9
Pets
2

Shared outdoor swimming pool

The Tudor part of the beautiful former vicarage has been renovated whilst retaining original character, to provide spacious holiday accommodation close to the coastal regions of West Somerset. The Gatehouse is an attractive two storey holiday home which is within the Rossholme grounds. The cottages are situated in 5 acres of lawns and landscaped gardens, with shared use of a hard tennis court and outdoor heated swimming pool during the summer months. Each property has a barbecue area and views over open countryside. A function room seating 60 is available on site by prior arrangement with the owner, and catering can be arranged. East Brent lies at the foot of Brent Knoll, a 450ft high hill that has the remains of an ancient Celtic camp on its summit with views of the Quantocks, Bridgwater Bay, the Bristol Channel, the Mendips and South Wales. With easy access to the M5, the village is only minutes from the coast; Weston-Super-Mare and Sand Bay have sandy beaches and family attractions, whilst the smaller resorts of Clevedon and Burnham on Sea retain an atmosphere of a bygone era. Axbridge is 5 miles, and the caves and gorge at Cheddar, 6 miles. For walking and cycling, the Quantocks, the Mendips, the Somerset Levels and Exmoor are close by. Shop 1 mile, pub 600 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Second living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with additional single, one with additional Z-bed. 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath (no toilet). Shower room with toilet. Two separate toilets. Steep narrow stairs to second floor (additional steep stairs to second floor): 5 bedrooms: 2 double, 3 twin, one with additional cabin bed and Z-bed. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

Open fires in living room and second living room (initial fuel included, winter only). Gas and electric range. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden.

Both properties: Gas central heating and gas by meter reading. Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine and tumble dryer in shared external laundry room (£3 charge). Wi-fi. Shared 5-acre landscaped grounds. Garden furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Shared swimming pool (use by arrangement with owner, available mid-April to September, pool heating at cost poa). Shared tennis court. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Unfenced pond in grounds, 200 yards.

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£1293-£3151
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Rowan Cottage Ref: E2330

Set within 30 acres of farmland backed by the Mendip Hills, just 4 miles from the vast sandy beaches at Brean and Barrow, this cottage provides the ideal base for exploring. Sympathetically converted from a former barn to offer comfortable and well appointed accommodation, it all shares a large landscaped courtyard. It enjoys a setting that is rural and peaceful yet is within easy reach of a wealth of places of interest. Cheddar Gorge, with its towering cliffs, stalagmite filled caves and its 10,000 year old man on display in the museum, makes a fascinating trip. So too does Wookey hole, an eerie network of underground caves, rivers and pools plus museums and family attractions. Bath is well worth a visit – an elegant city of golden stone with its Roman Baths and museum, The Royal Crescent and Robert Adam’s Pulteney Bridge over the River Avon, as well as an assortment of shops and restaurants. Visitors to mystical Glastonbury (the site of the celebrated festival) will discover its 13th century ruined abbey, and views from the famous Tor. Also not far distant is Wells, the smallest city in England but boasting one of its finest cathedrals. Traditional seaside amusements can be enjoyed on Weston-super-Mare’s promenade and piers and there are pony rides on the beach at Brean. This is wonderful walking and cycling country and the hills, forests and heathland of the Quantocks and Exmoor are easily accessible. Fishing, riding and golf can be found within 5 miles. Shop and pubs serving food 1 mile

Ground floor: Living/dining room with wooden floor/kitchen. 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Oil CH, elec and bed linen inc. Cot. DVD. Video. Stereo/CD. M/wave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated w/machine and t/dryer. D/washer. Freezer. Wi-fi. Shared 30-acre grounds with garden. Patio and furniture. Shared BBQ. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£1267-£1267
Shortlist
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

WAS
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£1103-£2613
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
1

Set in 250 acres

Set amidst 250 acres on the owner’s dairy farm, attached to the owner’s property, this modern farmhouse has been constructed and furnished to a good standard and has the benefit of panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Being two miles from Sherborne it is well located for holidays exploring this beautiful county with its magnificent scenery and ancient village names, whilst the dramatic coastline around Lulworth Cove and the renowned beaches at Weymouth are an easy drive. Georgian Heritage City of Bath is within an hour’s drive or enjoy a day out at Longleat where TVs ’Animal Park’ is set. Mainline train from London to Sherborne, 2 miles away, lake fishing within a mile and a 9-hole golf course 31/2 miles. Village, shops and pub within easy walking distance.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 6 bedrooms: 5 double, one (5ft) with en-suite shower room. 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. fridge/freezer. Fenced garden and chairs. Patio. Barbecue. Ample parking.

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£677-£2202
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2

These detached holiday cottages are perfect for any occasion. The Mill House (ref EXP) has been sympathetically renovated to create an amazing internal space and high vaulted ceilings. It certainly carries the words "wow factor". The property sits on a well renowned Private Exclusive Country Estate in Somerset and boasts over 3 acres of formal and informal gardens hidden away yet easily accessible to both local guests and those from further a field and only 2 hours from London. The Mill House is popular with birthday, anniversary, corporate celebrations as well as intimate receptions and is finished to a good standard, boasting private accommodation for 10-13 guests. The Lake House (ref EXN) is a unique, 13th-century thatched barn which is surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the Somerset/Devon border. Situated close to the owner’s home, this holiday property offers charm and a relaxing atmosphere, as well as a lake with its own seating area, ideal for al fresco dining. The owner can provide a personal chef for a sit down dinner (for up to 12 guests) or a luxury/social buffet-style celebration, perfect for a private birthday, anniversary or just for friends who want to get together. In addition, a sommelier can also be provided to create a special escape experience. As an extra treat, let the full time in-house chef prepare a mouth-watering meal (on prior request and subject to an additional cost). Both properties offer special touches, with quality toiletries, fluffy towels and bathrobes in each room, along with chic furnishings and cool lighting. Simply charming in every aspect and a place where guests can relax, complete with a full plasma TV, music and Wi-Fi package for those still wishing to keep in touch with the outside world. Sumptuous teak and leather dominate this airy and cool venue. There is an extremely wide range of local attractions for those staying for longer with time to explore, including clay pigeon shooting, archery, quad biking, fishing, horse riding and game shoot, to name a few. Discover places to see and things to do whilst in Somerset. The Blackdown Hills are on the doorstep and have been protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty since 1991. Steep ridges, high plateaux, valleys and springs create a charming mosaic of countryside, dotted with farms, villages and ancient features. Visit Dunster and see the historic castle and then stop for a cream tea in the medieval village. Take a trip on the steam railway, taking in wonderful seaside locations such as Dunster, Blue Anchor and Minehead. Porlock and Porlock Weir have so much to offer, from quaint shops to pubs and cafés overlooking the sea. There is also Glastonbury Tor and Bishop’s Palace, the historic village of Montacute, the market town of Castle Gary and the National Trust’s Stourhead House, Lytes Cary Manor and Tintinhull Garden. Finally, the amazing Jurassic Coast at Lyme Regis is only a 35-minute drive away. A week will fly by at this unique hideaway! Shop and pub serving food 1 mile.

Spacious, open-plan, beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, wooden floor, table football, French doors to terrace and lake and large, beamed, well-equipped kitchen area with dual fuel range (for cooking) and tiled floor. Utility. Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Three further double bedrooms, one with 5ft bed and screened, narrow, spiral stairs to mezzanine double bedroom with 5ft bed (for +2) and three steps down to en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

  • Freeview TV
  • Dual fuel range (double oven) included
  • Steamer oven
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Washing machine
  • Freezer
  • Wine chiller
  • Enclosed, lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Table football
  • Personal chef and sommelier by arrangement (at cost)
  • NB: Unfenced lake in garden, 10 yards

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Ample parking
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£3960-£5833
Shortlist
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.

WAS
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£841-£2152
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