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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
2
Pets
2
Mole End Ref: W43079

Mole End is a delightful semi-detached holiday cottage situated in the very pretty Exmoor village of Withypool on the Two Moors Way. There are many walks from the cottage out onto Exmoor, including one following the river to Lanacre, one of the prettiest spots in Exmoor. Visit the Victorian villages of Lynton and Lynmouth, famous for the Watersmeet Gorge (NT). There are beaches close by at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop 200 yards, pub 500 yards.

Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one for alternative sleeping. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-honesty box. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. No children. NB: Pond in garden.

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£0-£0
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Seaview Ref: E4668

Overlooking the sea and enjoying private access to the vast sandy beach at Brean (a truly wonderful location for pony rides), this well appointed single storey property offers an ideal base for a break by the sea. The local Brean Leisure Park and Fun City offers great entertainment for all the family and amongst easily accessible attractions are Weston-super-Mare and its Seaquarium, Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole and Clarks Village shopping outlet at Street. Visitors can enjoy fine walking on Brean Downs (NT) and great day trips to Minehead and Exmoor National Park. Golf is available locally as is coarse fishing at Unity Farm Lakes. Shops and pub serving food 500 yards.

All on ground floor: Living room/dining area. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk (2014 only), 1 single (from 2015). Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

NSH, elec heaters, elec and bed linen inc. DVD. CD. M/wave. W/machine. Shared garden. Parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Access to the beach is via a private pathway with steep steps.

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£260-£585
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2

In a small hamlet, and within walking distance of Forde Abbey and Gardens, this quaint, thatched holiday cottage, one of a pair, has an en-suite master bedroom and a large garden. It makes for lovely accommodation to get away from it all, and is in a great location for exploring this delightful area. Visit many family attractions, explore the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast or enjoy country walking, golf and quaint village pubs. Shop and pub 2 miles.

Living room with elec woodburner, French doors and wooden floor. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed and TV; one with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with additional single bed (for +1). Bathroom with slipper bath, separate shower cubicle and toilet.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • Three Freeview TVs
  • DVD
  • Blu-ray
  • Radio/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Large, enclosed, lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • Gas barbecue
  • Parking (for 3 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Welcome pack
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

WAS
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£269-£853
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
0

Situated on a traditional family farm with a small beef herd, this group of single-storey barns has been sympathetically converted to form four contemporary, detached holiday cottages. Baby Barrow (ref 28997) is very light and spacious, with high ceilings and beams throughout. Barrow Farm Barn (ref 24826) retains original beams throughout and overlooks 2½ acres of orchard. Pear Lodge (ref 29428) and Apple Lodge (ref 29429) feature underfloor heating and large bi-fold doors to take full advantage of the view and open space. They are located just 5 miles from the historical town of Glastonbury, famous for its abbey, tor, music festival and mythical legends. The small city of Wells is 3 miles, with its cathedral, Bishop’s Palace and medieval cobbled street. The Bath and West Showground nearby features many events and exhibitions throughout the year. The Somerset Levels and the Mendip Hills are ideal for cyclists, walkers and nature lovers. There is a chicken coop outside all properties where you can help yourself to fresh eggs. Shop, 3 miles, pub and restaurant 1 mile. Properties 24826, 28997, 29428 and 29429 can be booked together to accommodate up to 16 guests.

All on ground floor: Living room with double (5ft) bed/dining area/kitchen with beams and flagstone floor. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

Freeview TV. DVD. Fridge/freezer. Small, enclosed decked patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car).

All properties: Underfloor oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Use of 50-acre farmland. Shared 2½ acres of natural grounds. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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£175-£544
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

These attractive holiday cottages have been carefully renovated from former barns, and have kept many of their original features including exposed stonework. They enjoy a perfect location on the banks of the River Avon, and on the edge of the picturesque village of Bathampton, which is 2 miles from the centre of Bath. The Kennet and Avon Canal also runs through the village, enabling walkers and cyclists to easily access Bath and beyond, enjoying the pubs and tea shops along the way. Boat trips can also be taken on the river and canal. Designated as a World Heritage Site, Bath presents some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, such as the Royal Crescent, the Circus and Pulteney Bridge. At the heart of the city next to Bath Abbey is the Roman Baths, which gives a fascinating look into the Roman bathing complex. There is a good variety of museums and galleries, including the American Museum and the Jane Austen Centre. Festivals, theatre and street entertainment bring life and excitement to this vibrant city, and the Thermae Bath Spa with rooftop pool is a popular attraction. Bath is also a celebrated shopping centre, with many unique and independent retailers, and the variety of restaurants, bars and cafes leave guests spoilt for choice. There are many parks and gardens to relax in, away from the bustle of the city, and guided open top bus tours take you out to the perimeter of the city to enjoy the glorious views of the stunning Georgian architecture. There are many National Trust properties to visit, including Prior Park, Dyrham Park, and further afield Westwood Manor, Iford, The Courts, Stourhead and Lacock Abbey. For keen walkers and cyclists there is a dedicated 13 mile traffic-free path from the edge of Bath to Bristol, the Bath Skyline, and also The Cotswolds Way national trail. Within easy reach are the family attractions of Longleat Safari Park, the famous Gorge and Caves at Cheddar, Wookey Hole paper mill and caves. The city of Bristol is worth a visit, with its revamped harbour area, SS Great Britain, Clifton Suspension Bridge, and the vast array of shopping malls and restaurants. Glastonbury Tor and Abbey, the city of Wells and the picturesque Cotswolds are within an hour’s drive. Fishing is also available and cycle hire by prior arrangement. Shops 1 mile and pub 500 yards.

Living room with wood-burning stove/dining room/kitchen. Double bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Electricity and environmentally friendly air to water underfloor central heating included
  • Wood-burning stove - fuel available locally
  • Laundry room with washing machine

  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine and tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Patio with furniture
  • Shared lawned garden
  • Ample parking
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities
  • NB: On the banks of the River Avon (fenced)

WAS
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£303-£553
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Rose Cottage Ref: EHU

This charming Grade II listed holiday cottage of traditional thatch and hamstone (all of building in photograph) is set in a conservation village on the Somerset/Dorset border. Comfortably furnished and attractively decorated, it has its own garden. Explore lovely walks in nearby Ham Hill Country Park, or attractions within easy reach including Cricket St Thomas Lakes and Gardens. Many other highly regarded gardens within easy reach include Tintinhul, Lambrook Manor, Forde Abbey and great houses such as 16th-century Montacute House (NT) with its formal garden and landscaped park (4 miles). Coast 20 miles. Pub within easy walking distance. Fishing locally. Shop 75 yards.

Beamed sitting/dining room with wood-burning stove. Modern farmhouse-style kitchen with breakfast area. Shower room with toilet. Narrow staircase to first floor: Two pretty double bedrooms (one 5ft bed). Single bedroom. Bathroom with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – logs included
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • TV (Teletext)
  • Video
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Garden with furniture
  • Garage/parking

WAS
NOW
£319-£795
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

In a tranquil setting in South Somerset, with easy access to many attractions in this delightful county, these two detached stone character barn conversions lie in a courtyard of the owner’s surrounding
3-acre grounds. They have been furnished and equipped to a superb standard and offer excellent holiday accommodation. Relax in this lovely setting or wine and dine in the nearby award-winning public house restaurant. There are many beautiful country walks, golf nearby, fishing and family attractions to visit within easy driving - such as Yeovilton Air Museum, Hayes Motor Museum and the famous Cheddar Gorge and Caves. Visit Montacute House, Forde Abbey and Gardens, Stourhead House, the Georgian city of Bath, Wells Cathedral City and enchanting Glastonbury Tor. Lyme Bay with the famous World Heritage Jurassic Coast are also worth visiting. Shops 1 mile, pub ½ mile.

Large, open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with wood-burning stove, stone floor and beams. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower attachment and toilet. Twin bedroom with
en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available at cost
  • Ground floor facilities

  • Electricity and full gas central heating included (Winter £20 per week)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Shared laundry room with washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
  • 3 acres of shared natural grounds
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Secure cycle store
  • No smoking

WAS
NOW
£262-£830
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
7
Bedrooms
3
Pets
0
Linnets Ref: E3870

This holiday property is a well-appointed, rural semi-detached property, with its own heated swimming pool, secluded gardens and has full facilities for the disabled (except a hoist) plus induction loop, and lies in the peaceful Vale of Taunton Deane. It is in a rural location with countryside views. Within easy reach of Blue Anchor Bay and traditional resorts of Watchet, Minehead and Porlock with its famous weir, and close to the stunning coast and countryside of Exmoor National Park. Visit the famed resorts of Lynton and Lynmouth, Valley of the Rocks, Dunster Castle, Tropiquaria, or ride on the West Somerset Steam Railway from Bishop’s Lydeard, 3 miles. Oake golf course/restaurant 5 miles. Enjoy the Eden Project and Dartmoor National Park. Water sports and fishing at Clatworthy Reservoir and Wimbleball Lake. Shop 3 miles and pub serving food 0.25 miles.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with patio doors. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Wet room, shower chair, grab rails and toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms (both 6ft zip and link, can be twin), one with additional single. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

Elec woodburner in living room inc. Oil CH, elec and bed linen inc. Towel hire. T/cot. DVD. M/wave. W/machine. D/washer. Freezer. Garden and furniture. Summerhouse. BBQ. Parking. Outdoor heated swimming pool (9.7m x 4.8m), open 3rd May-27th Sep on request. No smoking. Wheelchair access. Friday to Friday.

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£601-£1318
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
The Lake House Ref: EXN


The Lake House is a unique, detached, 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). The property offers 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 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.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Dual fuel range (double oven) included
  • Steamer oven
  • Combi microwave/oven/grill
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wine chiller
  • Wi-fi
  • Enclosed, lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Ample parking
  • Table football
  • Personal chef and sommelier by arrangement (at cost)
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Unfenced lake in garden, 10 yards

WAS
NOW
£3960-£5833
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
1
Quarme Coombe Ref: W43378


Located down a long drive in a quiet wooded valley, just outside the Exmoor village of Wheddon Cross, Quarme Coombe offers a real heaven away from the world. The quiet and beautiful natural countryside is right on the doorstep of this detached holiday cottage. The cottage has a cosy interior and there is a good sized garden at the rear of the cottage garden, as well as a sitting-out area at the front. The cottage is a short drive from Wheddon Cross which has a well-stocked convenience store and pubs. Further afield. 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 within an hours drive. Looking towards Minehead, there is the promenade to enjoy an ice cream whilst walking along, as well as having a good array of shops and other amenities. A visit the enchanting medieval Dunster Castle (NT), with its beautiful terraced gardens, Deer Park and Mill will make for an interesting day out. Watchet, Porlock and Porlock Weir hold plenty of charm and interest to those who visit the area. There are beaches at Dunster and Blue Anchor. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/step to kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. 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. Shared laundry room with freezer and coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Shared phone in laundry room. Lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£228-£711
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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0

These two holiday apartments (refs 29565 and 29566) are adjacent to the owner’s house and located in the coastal village of Blue Anchor. Well-appointed and presented, the apartments are ideal for those looking for a comfortable haven whilst exploring this delightful area of Somerset. The apartments benefit from a shared garden and hot tub with views over the Bristol Channel and the renowned West Somerset Railway. The properties are located a short walk from Blue Anchor Beach, the sandy part is tidal, and the Blue Anchor Station for the steam railway. There are also local shops, pub and restaurants within walking distance. Further beaches can be found at Dunster and Porlock. 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. Enjoy a walk and an ice cream on the promenade at Minehead, which also has a good array of shops. The West Somerset Railway is worth a visit for those with an interest in steam engines. Dunster Castle (NT) with its beautiful terraced gardens, deer park and mill, or Porlock Weir make for an interesting day out. Beach 200 yards, cafe 400 yards and swimming pool 500 yards. Shop 500 yards, pubs and restaurant ½ mile.

All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Kitchen with dining area. Conservatory. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

Dishwasher.

Both properties: Gas central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Shared laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer (honesty box). Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Patio with furniture. Shared landscaped grounds with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared barbecue. Parking (1 car). Shared hot tub (10am-10pm, April-October). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Pond in grounds.

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£204-£575
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