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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
0

Straddling the borders of Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset, this charming row of single-storey cottages is tucked away along a peaceful country lane, close to the village of Templecombe. Adjacent to the owners’ home, and on an alpaca breeding farm, they offer well-equipped and carefully furnished accommodation for a variety of groups, in a central location ideal for exploring. Outdoor seating areas overlooking a central courtyard provide pleasant places of retreat, and the use of an indoor heated swimming pool completes the picture.
Set amid excellent walking country, the holiday cottages afford ample opportunities for plenty of fresh air, and there are many delights to explore on foot. For those preferring to sightsee further afield, a main line station to Waterloo and Exeter is available from the village and quiet country roads make for scenic drives. The popular attractions of Longleat (with its excellent safari park, animal shows and historic house), Cheddar Gorge and Caves and the splendid NT properties of Stourhead Gardens, Kingston Lacey and Montacute House are all within an easy drive, as is Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum and the fascinating array of classic cars at the Haynes Motor Museum.
Also of great historical interest is the abbey town of Sherborne, the famous Gold Hill at Shaftesbury and the medieval towns of Salisbury and Wells – all offer their own blend of quaint shops and museums to explore, individual shops to browse and tearooms for a welcome refreshment break. For an altogether different scene, the south coast beaches and seaside towns can be reached in around an hour’s drive. Active souls can try their hand at a spot of fishing or a round or two of golf locally, while those preferring spectator sports can visit the National Hunt race course in nearby Wincanton. Shop and pub 1 mile.

Living/dining room with kitchen area. Double bedroom with TV and en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Two Freeview TVs
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Shared use of landscaped courtyard garden with patio
  • Shared barbecue
  • Shared use of large grounds with picnic area and furniture
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (40ft x 20ft, depth range 3ft–7ft), open 10am to 10pm
  • Gym equipment in pool building – children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Shared games room with pool table, air hockey and table football
  • Ample parking
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£301-£737
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Satfield Cottage Ref: 24881

This charming semi-detached Victorian holiday cottage lies in the heart of Mark, the longest village in the country, or there is easy access to the M5 for further exploring. Nearby is the medieval village of Axbridge, picturesque Wedmore, and the market town of Highbridge. The coastal resort and beaches of Burnham-on-Sea is 6 miles and Weston-super-Mare just further along the coast. One day art courses available nearby. Shop 100 yards and pub 20 yards.

Shared porch entrance. Ground floor: Living room with flagstone floor. Dining room with flagstone floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Utility room. Separate toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 2 double, 1 single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, oil and electricity included (£25per week, £10 per short break October-April). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Oil Aga (October-April). Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Small enclosed garden with decking, paved area, summerhouse and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£288-£811
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Lovingly restored by an artist and furnished with an eclectic range of antique furniture, this original Victorian Sunday school is set in the quaint village of Wookey Hall, world famous for its underground chambers and pools. Wells, with its magnificent cathedral, is just 1.5 miles and Cheddar Gorge and Caves, the renowned Clarks Village shopping outlet in Street, the wonderful gardens and lakeside walk at Stourhead (NT), the traditional resort of Weston-super-Mare and the Regency city of Bath with Roman baths are within easy reach. Further afield is Exmoor National Park and riding, golf, and sailing are available locally. There are pubs serving food and shop in the village.

Ground floor: Bathroom with shower over roll-top bath and toilet. Steep stairs to first floor: Living room/dining area/kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom.

Gas woodburner in living room inc. Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. M/wave. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Wi-fi. Roof garden and furniture. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
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£305-£638
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

Situated adjacent to the owner’s home, this detached holiday cottage has use of a large lawned garden with far reaching countryside views. In a peaceful hamlet with excellent walking from the doorstep and only a mile from the local amenities of the village of Box, this is an excellent base from which to visit the city of Bath, 5 miles, where The Royal Crescent, The Circus, and Pulteney Bridge are among the finest architectural treasures in the world, the Roman Baths and the modern Thermae Bath Spa are not to be missed. There are several NT properties in the area to visit including Stourhead, Dyrham, Longleat and Iford. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine. Lawned garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond in garden, 20 yards.

WAS
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£218-£499
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
The Stables Ref: EWS

This holiday cottage, furnished to a high standard sits elevated on a hill facing south. Near to the owners’ home, it enjoys views overlooking country and villages to the east of Bath. Close by are NT Dyrham and Lacock or visit Castle Combe, Badminton, Longleat, Stourhead, the Cotswolds and Bristol. Use of a private tennis court is available. Shop and pub 1/2 mile.

Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove and well-equipped kitchen area with Aga (for cooking). Utility. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite wet room with bath and toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom with patio door to interior Juliet balcony overlooking living room. Shower room with toilet. Sloping ceilings throughout first floor.

  • Wood-burning stove - fuel available at cost
  • Electricity, full gas central heating (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot and high chair (on request)
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Large lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Use of tennis court by arrangement
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: 20 steps to property.

WAS
NOW
£488-£1010
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
1
The Piggery Ref: W42944

This spacious, detached, single-storey holiday cottage is ideally located just minutes from Burnham-on-Sea, and the coastal resorts of north west Somerset. The seven-mile stretch of sandy beach running from Burnham to Brean is known for its unspoilt dunes and is ideal for walking and bird watching. There are several golf courses including a fine championship course at Berrow Links. You can also marvel at the spectacular scenery of nearby Cheddar Gorge with its soaring cliffs, famous caves and the quiet beauty of the Quantock, Mendip and Polden Hills. Between the hills are the Somerset Levels and Moors with their quiet wetlands famous for willows and unspoilt meadows. The Levels offer fantastic opportunities for cycling, angling and horse riding. To the north of Burnham is the bustling seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, which is well worth a visit. Bridgwater, a small busy town, is also close by. Its many examples of fine Georgian architecture reflect its prosperous past. Why not combine a shopping trip with a visit to the Blake Museum or the Somerset Brick and Tile Museum? Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles. These two spacious, detached, single storey holiday cottages (refs W42944 and W43093) are ideally located just minutes from Burnham-on-Sea, and the coastal resorts of north west Somerset. The seven-mile stretch of sandy beach running from Burnham to Brean is known for its unspoilt dunes and is ideal for walking and bird watching. There are several golf courses including a fine championship course at Berrow Links. You can also marvel at the spectacular scenery of nearby Cheddar Gorge with its soaring cliffs, famous caves and the quiet beauty of the Quantock, Mendip and Polden Hills. Between the hills are the Somerset Levels and Moors with their quiet wetlands famous for willows and unspoilt meadows. The Levels offer fantastic opportunities for cycling, angling and horse riding. To the north of Burnham is the bustling seaside town of Weston-super-Mare, which is well worth a visit. Bridgwater, a small busy town, is also close by. Its many examples of fine Georgian architecture reflect its prosperous past. Why not combine a shopping trip with a visit to the Blake Museum or the Somerset Brick and Tile Museum? Shop, pub and restaurant 0.25 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating included (£25per week, £15 per short break October-May). Electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Enclosed lawned garden with patio area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday. No children under 8 years.

WAS
NOW
£211-£424
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 room with French doors and sleeping area with double bed/dining room/kitchen, each with tiled floors. Shower room with toilet.

Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric hob. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Shared garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

WAS
NOW
£152-£443
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

These single-storey holiday cottages (refs 29144, 29145 and 29146) are situated in the hamlet of Watchfield, with the legendary beauty of the Somerset Levels on the doorstep and the gorgeous sandy beaches of Burnham-on-Sea and Brean only a few miles away. They are ideally located in this rural setting, yet within easy access from the motorway, and perfectly placed to reach the popular Victorian seaside destination of Weston-super-Mare, with its 4 miles of golden sandy beach and imposing pier, also home to the observation wheel and the popular Sea Aquarium. A short drive inland leads you to Britain’s most spectacular caves at Wookey Hole, the home of the Witch of Wookey, as well as the caves and cliffs at Cheddar Gorge. Visit Glastonbury Tor and the picturesque, quaint city of Wells. The shopper’s haven is at the Clarks outlet village at Street, and the city of Bath, teeming with architecture and its rich historical past including its famous Roman Baths and Royal Crescent is a great day out. The first two weeks in November is carnival season with the Bridgwater, Burnham and Weston Carnivals a must. Minehead, which has an excellent beach, is about 35 minutes away. Of particular interest should be Kilve, which is part of the Jurassic coastline and ideal for fossil hunting. Riding, walking, sailing, golf and fishing are enjoyed locally. Wheelchair access and wide doorways are in all of the properties. Beach 3 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Pets free of charge.

All properties: Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
The Old Mill Ref: EVJ

A wonderful setting to relax and unwind in, The Old Mill stands detached and has wooden floors, beams and character. Tastefully furnished, it offers an idyllic romantic haven to enjoy the abundant wildlife from the decked patio overlooking the mill pond and lovely country walks. Visit Montacute House and Gardens, Forde Abbey and Gardens, explore the Quantock and Blackdown Hills, South Somerset or venture down to the World Famous Jurassic Coast. Shops 1 mile, pub 1½ miles.

First floor: Spacious beamed living/dining room with wood-burning stove, wooden floor and well-equipped kitchen area. Shower room with toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: Beamed double bedroom with freestanding bath and wash basin.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity and full gas central heating included (November-March £50 per week, £25 per short break)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Freesat TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Large landscaped grounds with wooded area, decked area and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • Meals by arrangement with owner
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • No children except babes in arms
  • NB: 2 mill ponds in grounds

WAS
NOW
£239-£687
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1

Shared outdoor swimming pool

In the same grounds as Rossholme Country House, which accommodates 21 people, is The Gatehouse at Rossholme, an attractive two-storey holiday home close to the coastal regions of West Somerset. 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 double sofa bed/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional bed and en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Gas hob. Electric oven. Gravelled patio with sitting-out area.

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.

WAS
NOW
£230-£852
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 0 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Saffies Ref: 30492

This converted, listed holiday property in the little village of Stogumber is just a short walk away from the village shop and pub. Saffies is a single-storey barn conversion, with a lovely patio garden to the front overlooking a duck pond. It is ideal for small families or couples looking for a quiet and rural retreat, yet close the wonderful Quantock Hills and the north coast. This property has the added benefit of a woodburner, making it a warm and cosy holiday home all year round. Beach 6 miles. Shop and pub 500 yards, restaurant 4 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin (four poster). 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. Washing machine and tumble dryer on request. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Duck pond at front of property.

WAS
NOW
£258-£761
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