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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
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Swallows Rest Ref: 25378

Ideally located on a main route, 3 miles from Glastonbury, this single-storey renovated barn sits amongst 5 acres of natural orchard landscape. A substantial wooden stock/dog proof fence erected to the rear of the barn ensures a great degree of privacy for guests. It is an excellent holiday base from which to explore the diverse and unique county of Somerset. Glastonbury is steeped in folklore and legend, with its abbey and tor, and nearby Wells is England’s smallest city with a magnificent 13th-century cathedral and medieval buildings. This is a haven for walkers and cyclists, with five ranges of hills. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Utility. 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Oil central heating and electricity included (£50per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Private patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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£282-£680
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Mayfair Ref: 30295


This single-storey detached holiday cottage is located in the picturesque village of Bathampton, on the southern banks of the River Avon, positioned just two miles from the ancient city of Bath. The village dates back to the Iron Age, with the Kennet and Avon Canal passing through the village and offering pleasant walks along the towpath, and out into the surrounding countryside, west to Bath itself (30 minutes) and east towards Devizes. Above the village guests can walk onto the famous ’Bath Skyline’ route. There are several good eating places within walking distance, and it is an ideal base for those who enjoy visiting an historic city but prefer to stay in a peaceful rural village location. Bath has many museums and places of interest, including the Roman Baths, the abbey, Pulteney Bridge, the Royal Crescent, and also many quality shops and modern leisure facilities such as the new and acclaimed Thermae Spa. Popular attractions in the surrounding area include Stonehenge, Lacock village (NT), Castle Combe, Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge and Bradford on Avon to name but a few. Hairdressers, doctors surgery and pharmacy available locally. Pub and restaurant 700 yards.

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

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with summerhouse, patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£231-£848
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
Orchard Cottage Ref: W42820

Orchard Cottage is attached to the owner’s imposing country home and has lovely views over the enclosed gardens and is situated on the outskirts of the pretty village of Roadwater. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor. The Victorian villages of Lynmouth and Lynton, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT), Valley of the Rocks and funicular cliff railway. Visit Minehead with its promenade and shops, or the West Somerset Railway for those interested in steam trains. Porlock Weir, Dunster Castle (NT) and village with deer park and mill make for interesting days out. Enjoy the beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop and pub 0.75 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with tiled floors. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (1 car). Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. One dog welcome (livestock and horses). No smoking. NB: 5 steps in garden.

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£183-£499
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Quantock Rise Ref: E5085

Overlooking meadows and paddocks in the quiet beauty of the Quantocks, with lovely local walking and abundant wildlife, this imaginatively converted stables offers very high quality accommodation. Set adjoining a similar property, it is ideally placed to enjoy the area’s many delights – resorts at Burnham, Watchet and Minehead, a fossil beach at Kilve, and Nether Stowey, once home to Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Street’s famous shopping village, Wells and scenic Exmoor are all easily accessible. Shops and pubs under 1.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster), 1 single (for child). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel inc). Oil CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. Freeview TV. DVD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. F/freezer. Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Parking. Hot tub. No smoking. Friday to Friday. Couples and family bookings only.

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£278-£585
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

In a tranquil rural setting which affords easy access to the delights Somerset has to behold, this is one of three attractive properties comprising Double House Farm (refs EMN, EMO, EMP) that have been developed from stone buildings to provide accommodation of a high standard. Each is equipped with quality furnishings and fittings, and enjoys its own garden with patio in which to unwind well away from the pressures of everyday life. An ideal choice for families, they stand upon the owners’ farm; guests may explore at leisure the beautiful 6-acre grounds or enjoy use of the games room, complete with table tennis, snooker table and a selection of toys – there are even children’s and adults’ bicycles available. There are some lovely days out to be had in the vicinity; admire the gothic cathedral in the pretty town of Wells, marvel at the impressive caverns at Cheddar Gorge and Wooky Hole Caves, or explore the many footpaths which lead through the Mendip Hills and Exmoor National Park (also offering excellent pony-trekking terrain). There are a number of historic houses and gardens to visit locally, including Stourhead and Montacute (NT), and Longleat and Sherborne. Excellent beach at Weston-Super-Mare and water sports facilities at Chew Valley Lake. Glastonbury Tor is just 3 miles away, with a good variety of shops and restaurants, and the beautiful heritage city of Bath is accessible for day trips. Village shop/P.O and pub 1 mile.

This single-storey cottage adjoins Brook Cottage. Spacious beamed living room with wood-burning stove and tiled floor. Spacious farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with door to patio. Double bedroom. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Shower room with toilet (suitable for wheelchair users).

  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • Easy walking and wheelchair access

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, extra at cost
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • TV
  • Video
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared grounds of 6 acres
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Shared games room with table tennis, darts, table football, snooker table, toys, board games, children’s bicycles, internet connection and telephone (self-contained wing of owners’ house)
  • No smoking

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£392-£1124
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Set in a small hamlet of Ashton, surrounded by farmland and rolling countryside, this attractive, single-storey barn conversion offers a peaceful rural base for walking, riding and exploring the area. Close to the A38 and M5 it is an ideal touring base for easily reaching Quantock and Mendip Hills, the coastal resorts of Burnham-on-Sea, Weston-super-Mare and Minehead, and the fascinating cities of Wells, Bristol and Bath. Nearby famous attractions include Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole caves and papermill, Glastonbury Tor and Clarks designer outlet village at Street. Horse riding and golf within 5 miles, beach 8 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Two steps to entrance. Cosy living room with Velux window, open-plan with kitchen/dining room, all with tiled floor and beams. Double bedroom. Shower room with toilet and Velux window. Almost vertical, narrow wooden paddle stairs to galleried twin bedroom (for +2 children).

  • Electricity, full underfloor central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Stabling and horse riding lessons by arrangement with owner
  • Unsuitable for the infirm
  • No smoking

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£303-£846
Shortlist
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 wood-burning stove, wooden floor and French door to garden. Spacious, modern, well-equipped, fitted kitchen with beams. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet including disabled facilities. Lower ground floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional set of bunk beds (for +2). Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower and toilet. Separate toilet with basin.

  • Blu-ray
  • CD
  • Garden with patio and furniture
  • Easy walking access

  • 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

WAS
NOW
£637-£1993
Shortlist
Grade 2 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Rural location

Wing of a charming 17th-century former rectory, in a lovely rural area. It is an excellent holiday base for touring the Quantocks, Brendon Hills and Exmoor. The coast at Dunster is 20 miles away, with Wellington and Taunton approximately 6 miles away. There is a golf course within a quarter of a mile. Shop and pub ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Cloakroom with toilet. Narrow steep stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Convector heaters, NSH and electricity by £1 meter. Bed linen and towel hire. Cot. High chair. Three Freeview TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer.Telephone. Patio. Parking (1 car).

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£181-£422
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Aller Cottage Ref: 28796

This semi-detached holiday cottage is on the edge of the popular coastal village of Porlock. From the cottage you can walk to the beach, less than a mile away. Minehead is a short distance with a wider range of amenities and access to the West Somerset Railway. Nearby are the Victorian towns of Lynton and Lynmouth and the medieval village of Dunster with its castle (NT), historic buildings and deer park. Ideal location to explore Exmoor, with the famous Tarr Stepps and the dramatic coast. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

5 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Air source heat pump central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD. Stereo/CD/iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Private parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
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£245-£932
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Ridlers Barn Ref: 80232

Enjoying panoramic views of open countryside, this detached stone-barn conversion is well-equipped and comfortably furnished. Lying at the edge of the Exmoor National Park, within the owner’s 50-acre sheep and cattle farm, it enjoys a small pleasant garden and is perfectly placed for a peaceful break. Loose boxes available by prior arrangement with owner. North Devon coast, Minehead, Tiverton and Dunster Castle close by. Dulverton 3 miles. Walking, riding and fishing locally. Shops and pubs 3 miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with additional single divan with pull-out single.

Underfloor oil central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. Video. Stereo/CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small garden with patio and furniture. Gazebo. Use of several acres of land. Barbecue. Ample parking. One pet welcome (to be kept on a lead, working farm). No smoking in bedrooms. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£275-£680
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Windsmoor View Ref: 25513

This spacious single-storey annexe enjoys breathtaking views over rolling countryside, in a peaceful hamlet outside the city of Bath. Patio doors lead out to a private, fully enclosed decking area, an ideal spot to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Bath is full of famous sights and attractions, including the magnificent sweeping Georgian terraces, Pulteney Bridge, the Roman Spa, the Abbey, and its diverse collection of unique shops, cafes and museums. Walk and cycle along the River Avon, or the Kennet and Avon Canal. Or visit Bradford on Avon, Lacock and Castle Combe. Shops, pub and restaurant 1½ mile.

5 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: 2 steps to living room with patio doors/dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included, October-March). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Enclosed raised patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£180-£520
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

These attractive holiday properties lie in the peaceful conservation village of Colerne, surrounded by rolling countryside. The Grade II* listed stable conversion (PFFH) is part of the only longhouse in Wiltshire and dating back to the 13th century, is the oldest house in the village. Beautifully refurbished to offer all modern conveniences, yet retains charm and character. Sympathetically converted, the detached, single-storey barn (PHHF) offers light and airy, contemporary accommodation. Colerne has a good selection of shops and pubs but only a short bus journey, 7 miles, will take you into Bath and Chippenham. Within easy reach of Bristol, Bradford-on-Avon and the much-filmed villages of Lacock and Castle Combe. Great area for walking. Shop 200 yards, family pub and restaurant 10 yards.

Living/dining room with vaulted ceiling, wood-burning stove and patio doors leading to own garden. Well-equipped kitchen area. Double bedroom with patio doors leading to another garden. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Wooden floor and beams throughout.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity and gas underfloor central heating included
  • Microwave
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed lawned garden with two patios, decking and furniture within shared garden
  • Welcome pack
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Wi-fi
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£363-£938
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