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At the heart of the West Country, Somerset's rolling hills, deep gorges and flowing rivers tell the tales of myths and legends.

From castles, abbeys and museums, to classic English houses and gardens, this is rural England at its best, and with such a wide range of things to see and do, a cottage holiday here provides the perfect base from which to explore the area.

Begin your visit to Somerset by exploring some of the area's rich heritage, starting off with the enigmatic Glastonbury Tor. Sitting high above the land like a beacon, it holds stories of the legends of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. At the base of the Tor lie the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey, set in 36 acres of beautiful parkland and ponds it's the perfect destination for a family day out. There's an abundance of historical places in the region so take the time to explore as many as possible, especially Wells Cathedral and the Roman Baths and its museum.

If you can tear yourself away from exploring Somerset's past there's a lot more to explore. Longleat Safari Park is just one of the many animal attractions in the area, but you can also get up close and personal with magnificent shire horses birds of prey and marine life.

From the open expanses of gardens and ancient oak woodlands to sparkling rivers and sandy beaches, Somerset is a haven for lovers of the great outdoors. There are some great natural wonders to explore and with its steep inclines, dramatic peaks and amazing views, Cheddar Gorge makes an ideal location for walkers, climbers, cavers and sightseers alike. Lazy afternoon picnics can be enjoyed, and there's a superb selection of pubs, restaurants and cafes cooking up fresh local produce so you can take a night off from cooking. You could even make a night of it and go see a show at the 17th century Theatre Royal in Bath.

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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0

Heated outdoor swimming pool/4 poster bed

Nestling in the foothills of the Brendons, this single-storey holiday cottage adjoins the owner’s period house, and offers use of an outdoor heated swimming pool (weather permitting, end of May - end of August, shared with owner) and secure garden. Surrounded by 400 acres of the family farm, on which there are sheep, cattle and race horses which you can watch the gallops from the bedroom windows. Excellent walking on the hills and dramatic coastal footpaths. Visit Dunster, with its castle and deer park and Minehead, home of the West Somerset steam railway. The beach at Blue Anchor Bay is 2 miles away. Shop 1.5 miles, pub and restaurant 0.5 miles.

All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (four poster) with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet, 1 twin with en-suite shower room and toilet.

Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot. High chair. Video and small library. Shared washing machine. Electric cooker. Microwave. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Outdoor heated swimming pool. No smoking.

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£239-£652
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Oaktree Barn Ref: EQY

Situated on the edge of Crewkerne in south Somerset, this spacious, adjoining 18th-century converted barn boasts oak beams, oak kitchen and galleried bedroom. Located on the owner’s 260-acre organic farm, there is lovely countryside with many footpaths, beautiful scenery and wildlife to enjoy. There is an award-winning gastro pub on the doorstep and many local attractions as well as historic houses including Forde Abbey and Gardens within easy driving distance, along with the famous World Heritage Coast with the popular seaside resorts of Lyme Regis and Westbay. Shops 2 miles.

Spacious open-plan, beamed living/dining room with electric woodburner and oak floor. Kitchen with oak units. Shower room and toilet. First floor: Galleried double bedroom with 5ft bed.

  • Electric woodburner included
  • Electricity, electric central heating rads, bed linen and towels included
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD (small library)
  • Stereo/CD
  • iPod dock
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Wi-fi
  • Small gravelled area with table and chairs
  • Parking (for 2 cars)
  • Cycle store
  • Natural water supply from owner’s borehole
  • No smoking
  • Friday to Friday

Note: Oaktree Barn (EQY) and The Old Workshop (ETR) can be booked together to sleep up to 4 people

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£346-£674
Shortlist
Grade 5 Star rating
Sleeps
10
Bedrooms
5
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. Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower bath and toilet. First floor: Two double bedrooms, each with 5ft bed, and one with en-suite shower room and toilet. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom and toilet.

  • 42in plasma TV
  • Ground floor facilities
  • 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
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£884-£2810
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
2
Cider Cottage Ref: EKF

This detached stone holiday cottage has been converted from a former ciderhouse. It is finished to a good standard and retains many original features. Set within the owner’s grounds in a peaceful location, ideal for wildlife and bird-watching. There is good walking from the cottage and in the adjacent Quantock Hills, and the popular West Somerset Railway is 2 miles away. Stop off at Watchet or Dunster and visit the Willows and Wetlands Visitor Centre nearby. Within easy reach of Exmoor and the coast. Shops 3 miles and good pubs in the area, nearest 1 mile.

Beamed open-plan living/dining room, patio doors to south-facing terrace, garden, stream. Small modern fitted kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower, toilet. Open-tread spiral stairs to first floor: Galleried double bedroom, 6ft bed (can be twin), apex beamed ceiling, views over stream.

  • Electricity, full oil central heating and bed linen included
  • Towel hire £4 per person
  • Freeview TV
  • DVD
  • Stereo/CD
  • Microwave
  • Washer/dryer
  • Use of freezer
  • Wi-fi
  • Garden area with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parking
  • Friday to Friday
  • NB: Stream

WAS
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£279-£584
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
1
Pets
0
Honeymead Cottage Ref: 19838

Set within an acre of grounds in the Golden Valley with open views over the countryside, this lovely south-facing former miner’s cottage is of a very good standard and offers a peaceful holiday retreat. An ideal base for exploring the surrounding area, only 5 miles from the World Heritage city of Bath. Visit the cathedral city of Wells, Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury, Stonehenge, Longleat House and Safari Park. NT properties nearby include Stourhead House and Gardens, Montacute House, Dyrham Park. Shops and pubs 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Tiled floor throughout. First floor: 1 double bedroom with beams. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden with patio area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. No children.

WAS
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£219-£461
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
2
Bedrooms
0
Pets
0

Set in 6 acres of grounds

This cluster of holiday cottages (refs 27747 & 27748) lies in the picturesque 6 acres of grounds of Hinton Grange, a former hotel now lived in by the owners. The Drake Studio (27747) is semi-detached whilst The Campbell Cottage (27748) is terraced. Both have accommodation on ground floor level. They lie just off the M4, yet are surrounded by open fields and countryside, and being on the Cotswolds Way footpath, are ideal for walkers and cyclists. Virtually next door is the 17th-century Dyrham Park (NT), a grand baroque mansion with sweeping views towards Bristol, and also the venue for many concerts and summer events. Only 9 miles to the centre of Bath, with many famous attractions including Pulteney Bridge, the abbey, Roman Baths, Aquae Sulis Spa and the sweeping Georgian crescents. Bath is a lively, year-round destination, with museums, galleries, cultural events and unique shopping. Further afield is the start of the Cotswolds and within a short drive are the historic cities of Bristol, Wells and Salisbury. The coastal resorts of Weston-super-Mare, Clevedon and Burnham-on-Sea are within an hour’s drive. Shop 1/2 mile, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

Both properties: Open fire 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. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 6-acre grounds. Ample parking. Welcome pack. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: Pond in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£166-£445
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
13
Bedrooms
5
Pets
0

This holiday cottage is well located with access to the beach and close to all amenities in the town centre. Burnham-on-Sea is excellent for a family holiday, it has 7 miles of sandy beach ideal for kite flying, sand yachting or just relaxing and making sandcastles. Joining the sand dunes up to Brean Down to the north, overlooking Bridgewater Bay and out to the Bristol Channel, it also has a long promenade with amusements, donkey rides and its own mini pier. Renowned for its many lighthouses dotted around the town and many fishing and boat trips that are available. During November, the area is renowned for its winter carnivals, with spectacular illuminated floats dazzling through the towns and villages. Visit the nature haven of Stert Island or the restored Napoleonic Fort, walk up Brent Knoll for the panoramic views of the Mendip and Quantock Hills, Glastonbury Tor and Cheddar Gorge. Nearby is the Victorian seaside resort of Weston-Super-Mare and Clevedon, the historic city of Wells, Cheddar the home of the world famous cheese, caves and gorge, and Wookey Hole Caves and papermill are worth a day out. Shop 100 yards, pub 1/2 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Second living room. Sun room. 2 separate toilets. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 4 double, one (6ft) with additonal single and en-suite bathroom with Jacuzzi bath, shower cubicle with toilet, two (5ft) both with en-suite bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet, one with additional single, one four poster with additional single (with adjoining door to 6ft double). 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

Woodburners (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. Video and small library. DVD and small library. CD. Gas range. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. 3-acre lawned garden with summer house, decked area, patio and furniture. Barbecue. Outdoor swimming pool (available Easter-September). No smoking. Friday to Friday.

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£762-£1889
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
NOW
£269-£853
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
8
Bedrooms
4
Pets
1
The Coach House Ref: CH22

Ideal touring location

This converted 18th-century coach house is decorated to reflect the owners’ interest in Africa. Set in a walled garden, with a fish pond and waterfall, it is within walking distance of the local shops and pubs.
There is coarse fishing in the River Stour; and 18-hole golf at Sherborne and Yeovil. In a conservation village, betwixt Shaftesbury and Sherborne, holidaymakers can explore Bath, Salisbury, the Dorset Coast, and a host of National Trust sites.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. Shower room with toilet. Cloakroom. Separate toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one with en-suite bathroom with shower, bidet and toilet, one with en-suite toilet, 1 twin, 1 single. Bathroom with shower, bidet and toilet. Additional Z-bed available.

Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Oil central heating, gas, electricity and hot water by meter reading. Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer.Telephone. Walled garden and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking.

WAS
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£514-£1317
Shortlist
Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Pets
0
Tor View Rise Ref: 27802

Peacefully located in 3-acre lawned grounds, shared with the owner, which offer stunning countryside views to Glastonbury Tor, this single-storey, semi-detached holiday cottage is only ½ mile from Wells. A pleasant, easy walk from the cottage brings guests to England’s smallest city, boasting a fine cathedral and moated Bishops’s Palace, a charming market square and a wealth of medieval architecture. Local attractions include Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Wookey Hole Caves and mystical Glastonbury with its Tor, abbey ruins and Chalice Well. Slightly further afield are Longleat House and Safari Park and Stourhead House and Gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

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

Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Patio and furniture. Barbecue. Shared 3-acre grounds. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Unfenced drops in grounds.

WAS
NOW
£212-£706
Shortlist
Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Pets
2

Set within Exmoor National Park

Set on the village edge in a delightful wooded valley with a lovely garden this semi-detached holiday cottage offers comfortable, value for money family accommodation. Accessed over a small wooden bridge across a stream, running through the neighbour’s grounds, it is ideally positioned for walking, riding and touring. Beautiful Exmoor with its sleepy villages, native ponies and red deer as well as the attractions of the coast, close to Minehead, Watchet Harbour and beach at Blue Anchor. Dunster Castle and village (NT) and the West Somerset Steam Railway are nearby. Shop ½ mile, pub ¼ mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Bathroom with toilet. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin.

Open fire in living room and woodburner in kitchen (no fuel provided). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. Electric cooker. Microwave. Garden and furniture. Barbecue. Parking nearby (2-3 cars). NB: Access through neighbouring property via narrow bridge. Stream in neighbour’s grounds.

WAS
NOW
£176-£557
Shortlist
Grade 0 Star rating
Sleeps
5
Bedrooms
3
Pets
1
Winyards View Ref: 30589

Situated on the edge of Crewkerne and near to the west Dorset border, this single-storey, semi-detached property with lovely country views, offers a great location and is a well-presented holiday home. It has many family attractions nearby, including Forde Abbey and Gardens, Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum, Haynes Motor Museum with its array of classic cars, and Ham Hill Country Park with its superb views over Somerset. The famous World Heritage Coast towns of Lyme Regis and West Bay are nearby. There are many historic houses in the area, excellent walking, and ideally located to explore the many delights of South Somerset and West Dorset. Glastonbury, Cheddar Gorge and Bath make excellent days out. Shop ¼ mile, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

1 step to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/conservatory. Kitchen. Utility room. 3 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (6ft zip and link), 1 single with additional pull-out single. Wet room (no toilet). Separate toilet.

Gas coal-effect fire in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Three Freeview TVs. DVDs. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Broadband. Large lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Parking (3 cars). Welcome pack. Pet free of charge. No smoking. Friday to Friday. NB: 10 steps to garden. Small covered pond, 20 yards.

WAS
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£285-£734
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