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Somerset, ‘the jewel of the South West’, is a county of undulating landscapes, rugged moorland, sweeping beaches and welcoming villages. The rural idyll borders the Bristol Channel and is hugged by Bristol and Gloucestershire to the north, Wiltshire and Dorset to the east and Devon to the south-east. From exploring Exmoor and mooching round the Mendips, to soaking up the history in Bath and Wells, Somerset has something for everyone.
We have a wonderful range of hand-selected holiday cottages in Somerset, all of them providing a relaxing retreat from which you can explore this amazing county. From cosy farm cottages to stunning contemporary barn conversions, you’ll find a property to suit your needs. If luxury is what you’re looking for, there are cottages with swimming pools, leisure facilities, hot tubs and open fires where you can indulge in a few of the finer things in life.
If you’re holidaying with the children, we have many family friendly properties with enclosed gardens where they can run around to their heart’s content. Take a look at our cottages on working farms, where inquisitive kids can watch the little lambs gallivanting in the fields in spring, help out with collecting the eggs and make friends with the horses, ducks and chickens!
Got a reason to celebrate? Our large cottages in Somerset provide the perfect location to bring everyone together and make that special occasion a memorable one. Some have increased accessibility to ensure that everyone has a wonderful relaxing time.
A rambler’s paradise
Somerset is a truly rural county, encompassing three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and showcasing a wide variety of landscapes, from lush, rolling hills to rugged windswept moorland. The county seems to have more than its fair share of wonderful countryside, with Exmoor, the Blackdown Hills, Mendips and Quantocks all waiting to be explored.
Straddling the Somerset-Devon border, Exmoor National Park is a haven for wildlife and a rambler’s dream! From easy access routes to challenging hikes for the more experienced adventurer, Exmoor offers a wealth of walking opportunities, taking in some of England’s finest scenery. Linger until night fall and you’ll be rewarded with an amazing panorama of twinkling stars in one of only a handful of International Dark Sky Reserves in the UK. Watch out for the notorious Beast of Exmoor though, an elusive big cat which allegedly roams the moorland, terrorising sheep and striking fear into the hearts of those who see it!
The limestone Mendip Hills are a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it’s not hard to understand why! An awe-inspiring landscape of deep gorges, craggy outcrops and steep slopes scattered across an undulating plateau makes it a magical place to visit. There are almost too many walking trails to choose from, all offering a slightly different experience of the Hills. Hundreds of ancient monuments seem to have been there as long as the Hills themselves, with Bronze Age burial mounds, World War II relics and prehistoric mines just a few of the interesting things you can spot.
Atmospheric cities and charming towns
Glorious countryside aside, Somerset has some wonderfully atmospheric cities and towns which should definitely be on your list of places to visit during your stay.
The iconic golden coloured architecture of Bath gives the city a warm and welcoming feel which is reflected in the hospitality of its cosy pubs and quaint tearooms. Wander the narrow, picturesque streets discovering independent boutiques and chic fashion outlets alongside familiar big name stores. A visit to the city would not be complete without a trip to the world famous Roman Spa Baths where you can take in the beautifully preserved ruins before experiencing the relaxing thermal waters for yourself!
A 45 minute drive south-west across the Mendips takes you to the Medieval city of Wells on the edge of the sprawling Somerset Levels. The smallest city in England, Wells is a friendly, picturesque place with a rich history rooted in Roman times. It’s most famous landmark is the undisputedly beautiful 13th century cathedral which occupies the pride of place on an immaculate green in the heart of the city.
Apart from its two beautiful cities, Somerset has some 50 towns and villages to explore, each one with its own unique charm. From the popular coastal resorts of Weston-super-Mare and Minehead, to Dunster with its awe-inspiring ancient castle, and Glastonbury whose internationally famous music festival welcomes 170,000 people each year. With so many other beautiful places to explore in between, you’ll always have somewhere new to discover.
Don’t forget to pack your bucket and spade, as stretching along Somerset’s coast are some fantastic beach resorts where you can find all the traditional seaside attractions.
Minehead, where Exmoor meets the sea, has a long promenade running the length of a beautiful sandy beach, offering views of Wales across the Bristol Channel. The South West Coast Path begins on the quayside before it wends its way around 630 miles of coastline all the way to Poole Harbour in Dorset.
Weston-super-Mare is perhaps the region’s most iconic coastal resort, boasting everything from donkey rides to fun attractions on the Grand Pier, having recently undergone major refurbishment. Nearby Burnham-on-Sea is also oozing traditional seaside charm and, with its miles of sandy beaches, is the perfect place to grab an ice cream and chill out with the family.
If you are visiting with your pooch, there are many dog friendly beaches where your four-legged friend is welcome year round, including Sand Bay, Porlock and parts of Weston-super-Mare and Minehead beaches. With Holiday Cottages your dog can enjoy a fantastic break too. As part of the family they are welcome in our selection of dog friendly cottages and will love exploring their new environment as much as you!
A little bit of romance
With its awe-inspiring countryside, quaint towns and our cosy cottages, Somerset is the perfect location to spend a romantic break with your partner. With so many beaches to choose from, there are many secluded spots where you spend some quality time with your loved one. The seven mile stretch of golden sand between Burnham-on-Sea and Brean is particularly good for a picnic or a romantic walk.
Somerset is also home to a broad network of canals, which provide the ideal place to engage in various romantic activities as a couple. From cycling along the picturesque Kennet and Avon canal, to gliding peacefully along the Bridgewater and Taunton Canal, there are many unique transport options available. After spending the day exploring out and about, retire to one of our romantic Somerset cottages to relax over a glass of wine.
Something for everyone
There are some fantastic family days out to be had in Somerset. Do a spot of cheese tasting and explore the caves at the stunning Cheddar Gorge which offers some great adventurous activities for older children and adults, and brilliant hands on exhibitions and activities for children. Wookey Hole provides the ultimate underground experience for families – look out for the infamous Witch of Wookey!
Whatever your expectations of Somerset, they’re sure to be exceeded in this beautiful county of contrast. With over 150 cottages in gorgeous settings, we’re sure you’ll find one to suit you. If you’d like a hand, don’t hesitate to get in touch, we’re happy to help ensure that your stay leaves you with hundreds of happy memories!