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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 3 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
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Pets
1

Barn conversions close to the coast

These renovated barns enjoy a peaceful, rural location close to the coastal resorts of west Somerset. Only 4 miles to Weston-Super-Mare, a beautiful seaside town with long sandy beaches and traditional family attractions, including SeaQuarium and the world’s largest helicopter museum. At its northern edge is Sand Point, a National Trust headland offering wonderful views and wild craggy rocks. At the southern edge are Weston Woods, three miles of woodland along the coastline into Weston-Super-Mare offering you splendid walks. Also Clevedon, a favourite resort of the Victorians, with its beautifully restored pier, and Burnham-on-Sea, a quiet seaside resort. Only a few minutes to the M5, the barns are an ideal base for touring this beautiful area. Nearby are the Mendips and the Quantocks, perfect for walking and cycling, and within an hour’s drive of the Roman spa city of Bath, Wells the smallest city in England, with a wonderful cathedral, Cheddar with its dramatic gorge and caves, more wonderful caves at Wookey Hole, Glastonbury with its mystical Arthurian connections and Bristol, full of maritime history, culture and shopping opportunities. Puxton Park offers a fun day out for all the family, with leisure activities and a farm shop. A one day free pass is offered on stays of 3 nights or more. Shops 0.5 miles, pub serving food 2 miles.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Shower room with toilet.

Gas central heating included (£10per week October-April). Electricity and bed linen included. Cot and high chair (on request). Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Private patio and furniture. Shared lawned garden. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. Friday to Friday.

WAS
NOW
£208-£597
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
NOW
£1103-£2613
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
2
Pets
2
Lowood Ref: E2971

Close to Exmoor National Park, and set in 9.5 acres of beautiful grounds where woodpeckers and kingfishers flourish, these comfortable holiday properties have been created within a splendid, early 1800s country house. The house is now divided into three – Lowood forms the central part and Littlewood is a ground floor apartment with its own entrance to the right of the front door (the owners occupy one wing). There is a small CC (5 vans) site in high season. Minehead, with good shopping and famous Blue Anchor Bay, is about 5 miles as are Dunster Castle, the West Somerset Steam Railway and Watchet’s picturesque harbour. Just a little further away, visitors can explore the pretty village of Porlock, Porlock Weir and its small harbour and the delightful resorts of Lynton and Lynmouth, linked by a unique cliff railway. Pubs serving food and shop/P.O. about 0.5 mile.

Ground floor: Living/dining room with oak floors. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with additional single and three steps down to en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin. Three steps down to bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

H/chair. Verandah and furniture.

Oil CH (controlled by owner) inc (£35pw mid-Sep - mid-Apr). Elec, bed linen and towels inc. M/wave. Shared garden. Parking. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river.

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

The holiday cottage stands detached in the grounds of the owner’s home, in the hamlet of Stoughton. Renovated with attention to detail and stylish furnishings throughout, with a sun room leading out onto a private terrace/courtyard and use of paddock, an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions nearby. Only 2 miles from Wedmore with a good choice of shops and eateries, 4 miles from Cheddar with the gorge, caves and excellent cycling and walking opportunities in the Mendip Hills and surrounding Somerset Levels. Golf 1 mile. Shops 1½ miles, pub ½ mile.

Living/dining room with decorative feature fireplace. Kitchen. Sun room. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle and toilet. Twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

  • Electricity, full gas central heating included (November-March £25per week £15 per short break),
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Digital TV
  • DVD
  • Radio/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Courtyard with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Paddock
  • No smoking
  • Friday to
    Friday

WAS
NOW
£282-£914
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0
Lyddons Mead Ref: 30362


Quietly situated on the edge of a hamlet, and accessed by a private road, this superb, very spacious holiday property enjoys an elevated position with wonderful, far-reaching views over the surrounding countryside towards the Quantock Hills. It forms one half of the entire property (the owners occupy the other half) and stands in beautiful landscaped gardens complete with an outdoor swimming pool, shared by the owner and his grandchildren, and private patio with furniture and barbecue. The house offers a spacious living room connected by an archway to a delightful sun room with pitched ceiling and large windows, allowing the superb rural views and magnificent sunsets to be enjoyed to the full. The lower ground floor is reached by a spiral staircase and houses an extra large bedroom with a quarter-sized snooker table. The county town of Taunton is nearby for shopping, restaurants and entertainment, while Exmoor and the Quantocks offer superb walking, riding and wildlife. The coast is also close at hand. The lively resort of Minehead with its sandy bay and harbour, can be reached via the West Somerset Steam Railway from nearby Bishop’s Lydeard. Travelling west from Minehead, there is superb coastal scenery which can be enjoyed from the coastal path which leads on towards picturesque Porlock and beyond. Eastwards is the long sandy bay of Weston-super-Mare. From the property many places of interest are within easy reach, including Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, Wells, Glastonbury and several National Trust properties, such as Dunster Village and Castle, Montacute House and Barrington Court, making this a very well situated holiday base. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

Step to entrance. Ground floor. Living room with patio door. Dining room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Sun room. 4 bedrooms: 3 double, one with sofa bed and en-suite shower room and toilet, one with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with additional single. Shower room with toilet. Spiral open-tread stairs to lower ground floor: 1 twin bedroom with patio doors.

Gas central heating, oil, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Oil Aga. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 1½-acre enclosed natural grounds. Ample parking. Shared unheated outdoor swimming pool (11.6m x 5.5m, depth 0.9m to 2.5m), open 21st May to 15th September, 9am-8pm. ¼-sized snooker table. No smoking. NB: 13 steps in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£1260-£2663
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
3

Beautifully situated on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, these two delightful conversions enjoy lovely views over the surrounding paddocks and woodland and are in a perfect holiday location for horse lovers. There is fly-fishing for rainbow trout in the lake on site (free for catch and return, £10 per fish retained). There is also free fishing for brown trout in the river Haddeo on site and coarse fishing nearby (information available from the owner). An excellent base for rural relaxation or touring, with the West Somerset steam railway easily accessible and the coast just 12 miles away. Local places of interest include Dunster Castle (NT), Wimbleball Lake and Porlock. Shops 2 miles, pub 1 mile.

Comfortably furnished throughout, this attractive stone barn conversion is accessed at ground floor level, yet is effectively the upper level of a barn. Spacious open-plan living/dining room with wood-burning stove and rugs on wooden floor, spacious, well-equipped, farmhouse-style kitchen area. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Two twin bedrooms, one with beamed vaulted ceiling. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Cloakroom with toilet.

  • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, extra at cost
  • CD
  • Tumble dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Small shrub and grass area with garden seat
  • Friday to Friday

  • Electricity and oil-fired central heating included (£25per week October-March)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Cot
  • Satellite TV
  • Video
  • DVD
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Parking
  • Kennel
  • Brown trout fishing (fly fishing)
  • Horse riding by arrangement
  • Pets free of charge
  • No smoking
  • NB: Lake and river on site

WAS
NOW
£353-£954
Shortlist
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.

WAS
NOW
£282-£680
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1

Watermill Cottage is surrounded by the hills of Exmoor National Park, situated within walking distance of one of the finest villages on Exmoor, with shops, restaurants and tea shops. Porlock Weir is just half a mile away with its quaint harbour and fantastic walks. The property was once a working watermill but now is split into two properties although the watermill is still there and working. Crossing over three little bridges within the property grounds leads to a beautiful ornamental garden. Minehead, 3 miles, has steam trains and a station, well worth a trip. Shops and pub 500 yards.

Double bedroom with en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment with toilet. First floor: Living/dining room with wood-burning stove and stable door to courtyard. Well-equipped kitchen. Single bedroom.

  • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter at cost
  • Electricity and full oil central heating included (October-March £20 per week,
    £15 per short break)
  • Bed linen and towels included
  • Travel cot
  • High chair
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small enclosed courtyard and furniture
  • Ornamental garden within unspoilt woodland grounds with patio and furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Garage; additional roadside parking 10 yards
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • NB: Sloping banks, fenced stream in grounds

WAS
NOW
£324-£1133
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
2
Hope Cottage Ref: 29999


Hope Cottage is the ideal rural haven that you would expect from a holiday on Exmoor. Located just outside the pretty village of Winsford, this detached cottage-style bungalow is surrounded by its own gardens and small wooded area. Winsford, which is a short drive or brisk walk from the cottage, has a village shop, popular pub and a tea room. With its thatched cottages and ford in the middle of the village, there is plenty to see. The cottage is set within the boundaries of Exmoor National Park, and there are some lovely walks from the cottage into the surrounding countryside and moorland. This stunning area offers great walking for all abilities and there are some great spots to visit including Withypool, Lanacre and Tarr Steps. There is also wide range of wildlife including deer and the famous Exmoor ponies. The town of Dulverton is worth a visit and has a good range of shops and restaurants. Looking towards the coast, there is the medieval town of Dunster with its castle (NT) and onto the coastal town of Minehead, which has a wide range of shops and amenities, as well as the West Somerset Railway and beach area. Other areas of interest close by are Porlock and Porlock Weir and further along the coast are Lynton and Lynmouth, the two towns being connected by the Victorian cliff railway. Shop and pub 1 mile.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Gas cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from borehole. Welcome pack. Pets free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 7 steps in garden. 5ft drop behind cottage.

WAS
NOW
£280-£723
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Brae View Cottage Ref: 26347

This single storey detached holiday cottage enjoys an elevated location backing on to the long beach at Brean, sea views can be fully appreciated inside and outside the cottage. The beach stretches for 7 miles between Burnham-on-Sea and Brean, stopping at NT headland of Brean Down, which has views over the Bristol Channel. There are many family attractions in the area, including Brean Leisure Park and Animal Farm Adventure Park. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

Steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle and toilet. Separate toilet.

Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Gas central heating included (£30per week October-April). Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Gravelled, decked and patio garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome Pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 20 yards to sea. Steps in garden and private access to beach.

WAS
NOW
£245-£982
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Pottery Cottage Ref: 15250

Tastefully converted and furnished and equipped to a very good standard this former barn (adjoining the owner’s home set in 2 acres) is located on the edge of this attractive village close to the historic market town of Ilminster and approximately 10 miles from the county town of Taunton. The beautiful east Devon and Dorset coasts with Lyme Regis, Seaton and Sidmouth easily reached. Local attractions include Montacute House, Barrington Court (NT) and Forde Abbey. Close to Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park, Yeovil and beach at Lyme Regis. An ideal holiday base to explore this area which is rich in history and legend. Pub and shop ¼ mile.

All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. 2 bedrooms: 1 step down to 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. DVD. Microwave. Use of owner’s washing machine. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking. No smoking.

WAS
NOW
£241-£584
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