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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
2
Mulberry Cottage Ref: E3537

In a secluded coastal location on the edge of Exmoor, and within 1 mile of medieval Dunster, is this attractive former stone barn. Renovated to a very good standard and retaining original timbers, it adjoins the owner’s home in pretty gardens. Dunster’s attractions include its castle, August show, red deer safaris and early December candlelit shopping. Minehead, 1.5 miles, offers a beach, ancient harbour, steam railway, golf and cycle hire. Watchet, Porlock and Lynton are a short drive. Pub 0.5 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen area. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with sloping ceilings. Shower room with toilet. Beams throughout.

Gas CH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. T/cot. H/chair. DVD. CD. M/wave. Shared utility room with w/machine and t/dryer. Enclosed courtyard and furniture. Parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£257-£780
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

" Spacious well-equipped cottages...with an idyllic rural setting amidst a chorus of wildlife "

Conveniently located for Longleat, Bath and the Mendip Hills and Gorges, Moorleaze nestles on the border of Somerset with Dorset and Wiltshire. Enjoying a tranquil setting with stunning views all around, it provides the perfect retreat at any time of year. Built from local stone and boasting every modern convenience, the cottages offer spacious and superbly fitted accommodation, presented to 5 Star standards. The 76-acre grounds include farmland, woodland, orchard and two lakes, whilst the glorious views encompass fields and gently wooded hills. A haven for wildlife, deer and hares abound, often coming within yards of the cottages. Buzzards, kestrels, tawny and barn owls, pheasants, swallows and many other species nest here. The lower lake is stocked with carp, tame enough to feed from guests’ hands - so no fishing! The idyllic village of Witham Friary, complete with an unspoiled pub, is a few minutes’ stroll and found fame as the setting for the TV series Building the Dream.
Benefiting from its countryside setting, Moorleaze also affords easy access all year round and is within a short driving distance of many famous locations. Longleat is close by, as are Wookey Hole and the Yeovilton Aircraft and Haynes Motor Museums. Bath, designated a World Heritage Site, boasts many delights including the Roman Baths. Nearby Frome has even more listed buildings than Bath and hosts a renowned arts and music festival in early July. Salisbury, Wells, Glastonbury, Stonehenge and Avebury are also popular places to visit from Moorleaze. NT properties include the incomparable Stourhead, just minutes away. Walkers are spoilt for choice, from the local countryside to the splendour of the Mendips, including Cheddar Gorge. With its magnificent indoor pool, games room, tennis court, climbing frame and idyllic setting, The Sunday Times described Moorleaze as
"a sure-fire child pleaser", and it’s just as popular with adults, an ideal break at any time of the year. The village pub is within walking distance. Shops 6 miles.

Spacious living/dining room with well-equipped country-style oak kitchen area and magnificent views west towards the setting sun. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom and toilet.

  • Friday to Friday

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels and beach towels included
  • Travel cots and high chairs on request
  • Two digital TVs (Freeview)
  • Wi-fi
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared courtyard, garden
  • Shared barbecues
  • Ample parking
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft ) with infra red sauna
  • Shared games chalet
  • Shared tennis court
  • Shared children’s play area
  • No smoking
  • NB: Two small ponds in the garden and unfenced lakes in the grounds

SUPERB ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

  • Magnificent indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft) with seating, showers and changing facilities.
  • Tennis court
  • Children’s playframe with swings, slides and play tent
  • Large games room with pool table, table tennis and play area with toys for young children
  • 76-acre grounds with lakes and walks through woods and fields
  • Large courtyard with seats and tables
  • Further seats and tables overlooking top lake with great sunset views

WAS
NOW
£463-£1481
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2

A striking loft conversion in a secluded countryside location, with wonderful walking and glorious views, this stylish property makes a superb holiday base. Wells, the smallest city in England yet with one of its finest cathedrals, is just 1 mile distant, and Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, Glastonbury’s famous Tor, Stourhead gardens (NT) and Street’s much visited Clarks Village Shopping Outlet are all a short drive – the city of Bath is a little further. Golf and riding locally. Shops 1 mile, pub serving food 0.75 miles.

External stairs to entrance. All on first floor. Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floor. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Spiral staircase to galleried area with 1 double (6ft) bed and sloping ceiling. Beams throughout.

Woodburner in living room inc. NSH, elec, bed linen and towels inc. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Washer/dryer. D/washer. Wi-fi. Balcony and furniture. Parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£350-£638
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 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0

" Spacious well-equipped cottages...with an idyllic rural setting amidst a chorus of wildlife "

Conveniently located for Longleat, Bath and the Mendip Hills and Gorges, Moorleaze nestles on the border of Somerset with Dorset and Wiltshire. Enjoying a tranquil setting with stunning views all around, it provides the perfect retreat at any time of year. Built from local stone and boasting every modern convenience, the cottages offer spacious and superbly fitted accommodation, presented to 5 Star standards. The 76-acre grounds include farmland, woodland, orchard and two lakes, whilst the glorious views encompass fields and gently wooded hills. A haven for wildlife, deer and hares abound, often coming within yards of the cottages. Buzzards, kestrels, tawny and barn owls, pheasants, swallows and many other species nest here. The lower lake is stocked with carp, tame enough to feed from guests’ hands - so no fishing! The idyllic village of Witham Friary, complete with an unspoiled pub, is a few minutes’ stroll and found fame as the setting for the TV series Building the Dream.
Benefiting from its countryside setting, Moorleaze also affords easy access all year round and is within a short driving distance of many famous locations. Longleat is close by, as are Wookey Hole and the Yeovilton Aircraft and Haynes Motor Museums. Bath, designated a World Heritage Site, boasts many delights including the Roman Baths. Nearby Frome has even more listed buildings than Bath and hosts a renowned arts and music festival in early July. Salisbury, Wells, Glastonbury, Stonehenge and Avebury are also popular places to visit from Moorleaze. NT properties include the incomparable Stourhead, just minutes away. Walkers are spoilt for choice, from the local countryside to the splendour of the Mendips, including Cheddar Gorge. With its magnificent indoor pool, games room, tennis court, climbing frame and idyllic setting, The Sunday Times described Moorleaze as
"a sure-fire child pleaser", and it’s just as popular with adults, an ideal break at any time of the year. The village pub is within walking distance. Shops 6 miles.

Spacious living/dining room with well-equipped country-style oak kitchen area, and dual aspect to the west and to the courtyard. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom and toilet.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen, towels and beach towels included
  • Travel cots and high chairs on request
  • Two digital TVs (Freeview)
  • Wi-fi
  • DVD (small library)
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Shared courtyard, garden
  • Shared barbecues
  • Ample parking
  • Shared indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft ) with infra red sauna
  • Shared games chalet
  • Shared tennis court
  • Shared children’s play area
  • No smoking
  • NB: Two small ponds in the garden and unfenced lakes in the grounds

SUPERB ADDITIONAL FACILITIES

  • Magnificent indoor heated swimming pool (50ft x 17ft, depth 4ft) with seating, showers and changing facilities.
  • Tennis court
  • Children’s playframe with swings, slides and play tent
  • Large games room with pool table, table tennis and play area with toys for young children
  • 76-acre grounds with lakes and walks through woods and fields
  • Large courtyard with seats and tables
  • Further seats and tables overlooking top lake with great sunset views

WAS
NOW
£463-£1481
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Ponds Barn Ref: 23473

Nestling beneath the Mendip Hills (AONB) in central Somerset, between Cheddar Gorge and Wells, this attractive and spacious barn conversion provides excellent holiday accommodation to enjoy this delightful area. Use of a boules piste, gym, sauna, steam bath and plunge pool at owners’ discretion. Superb walking and scenery on the Mendips. Glastonbury Tor, Clarks Factory Village and Wookey Hole are nearby. Shop and pub 600 yards, restaurant 5 miles.

Ground floor: Dining room with tiled floor/kitchen. Utility room. 2 twin bedrooms. Shower room with toilet. Separate toilet. First floor: Living room with beams and wooden floor. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Satellite TV. CD. Range cooker (gas hob, elecrtric oven). Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Steps in garden.

WAS
NOW
£351-£891
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 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
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.

Standing adjoining the owners’ home, this well-equipped property has its own large partially-walled front garden and secluded patio area. Spacious beamed living room with wood-burning stove and rugs on tiled floor. Well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen/dining room with tiled floor. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Washer/dryer
  • Patio with furniture
  • Large garden with lawned area
  • Friday to Friday

  • 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

WAS
NOW
£314-£850
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Orchard Cottage Ref: 26745

This charming 18th-century semi-detached holiday cottage retains many of its original features such as exposed stone walls and wooden beams. It is on the edge of the village of Wedmore and it enjoys open views and use of a 2-acre former cider orchard with its interesting wildlife, as well as shared use of an all-weather tennis court. Close to the Mendip Hills, the Somerset Levels nature conservation area, Wells Cathedral, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, and Longleat Safari Park. Bristol and the World Heritage city of Bath are both 25 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurants 200 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Study. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

Open fire in living room (no fuel provided). Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. High chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Ceramic hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Shared use of tennis court. Pet free of charge. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£258-£643
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Situated in South Somerset, 8 miles from Glastonbury, these two attractive, detached, converted barns, set in 20 acres of the owner’s grounds, provide holiday accommodation that is ideally placed to explore this delightful county. The main barn (ERW), with character oak features and flagstone floor in the hallway, is excellent accommodation for 6, or the smaller, yet spacious barn for 2 (EWD), with gallieried bedroom, is also equipped to a high standard. Little Bushes and Copse Cottage can be booked on their own or together. Enjoy the Georgian Heritage city of Bath, explore Glastonbury Tor, Stourhead House and Gardens, the famous Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole, and the World Heritage Jurassic Coast with its scenic coastal walks, fishing, boating and fossil hunting. Nearby are Yeovilton Fleet Air Army Museum, Haynes Motor Museum and many historic houses, including Montacute or Tintinhull. Shop 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

Double bedroom with 6ft bed and en-suite wet room/bathroom with roll-top bath and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, each with zip & link beds. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Beamed living room with wood-burning stove and oak floor. Beamed kitchen/dining room with oak floor.

  • Full oil central heating included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Small courtyard with furniture
  • Parking (for 3 cars)

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Electricity, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD/iPod
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • 20 acres of natural unspoilt woodland grounds shared with owner
  • Barbecue
  • Secure cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Stabling and turn out for four horses
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
NOW
£0-£0
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
3
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
The Ramblings Ref: 28711


This charming little end-of-terrace cottage, located in the village of Bridgetown within the Exmoor National Park, is an ideal bolthole for those wanting to explore this beautiful area or just somewhere to get away from it all. The larger town of Dulverton is just a short drive. There is a short walk to the local pub which serves food. There is superb scenery and walking on the South West Coastal Path or inland on Exmoor, and many places to visit, including nearby Lynton and Lynmouth. Shop 2 miles, pub 200 yards, restaurant 5 miles. Please note: This property accomodates a maximum of 3 guests.

Steps to entrance: Ground floor: Living room with wood/laminate floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional pull-out single (can be double), both with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed paved garden with artist’s studio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children under 18 years.

WAS
NOW
£212-£659
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Townsend Cottage Ref: 27153

Located on the edge of the Somerset village of Priddy, between Cheddar and Wells close to Cheddar Gorge in the heart of the Mendip Hills, AONB, this detached holiday cottage offers a large stone fireplace with woodburner, a second living room with dining area and a range cooker in the kitchen, ensuring a homely atmosphere. Stabling and the use of a paddock is available by prior arrangement with the owner. Shop 20 yards, farm shop 200 yards, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with sofa bed. Second living/dining room. Kitchen with breakfast area. First floor: 2 double (5ft) bedrooms (one zip and link, can be twin). Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, oil and electricity (£25per week, £15 per 4 night short break, £10 per 3 night short break). Bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Oil range cooker. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£212-£724
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