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Somerset Holiday Cottages
The following companies provide Somerset self catering cottages and other types of accommodation, including thatched cottages, converted farmhouses and modern apartments. These numbers are subject to change so visit the sites for the latest news.
Cottages 4 You
- Over 200 Somerset holiday cottages
and self catering properties situated throughout Somerset. All are individually inspected and graded according to location and quality with booking prices ranging between £300 and £1300.
- Another 200 Somerset cottages
from Holiday Lettings in places like Langford, Glastonbury, Bath and Ditteridge. Their range is varied and includes both modern and traditional properties. Week-long holiday breaks during low-season start at around £300.
- More than 150 holiday cottages in Somerset and the Avon region. Their collection includes Georgian houses, log cabins, barn conversions and stone cottages. User reviews are provided for many holiday properties offering unbiased reviews.
- Around 50 Somerset cottage properties from Hoseasons, most of which are traditional in style. They include farmhouses, thatched cottages and even a converted blacksmith's workshop. Their properties can sleep between 2 and 10 people.
Somerset holiday cottages, set in England's temperate South Western reaches, have much to offer the visitor. The Quantock hill's gentle slopes and rolling moors contrast with the larger Mendips
with their limestone gorges and underground caves. Both ranges offer differing shades of beauty but contribute to the charm of this region.
Mid-Somerset consists of gentle streams and willows. Through this region runs the Polden Hills which scarcely rise over 300ft but offer some fine views of the lowlands to the North and South - this area is known as the Levels, or the Plain of Sedgemoor
. A vast tract of countryside stretches out to Burnham on Sea.
Southern Somerset is of legends and fables. The hill on which Cadbury Castle
sits is rumoured to be the site of Camelot. King Arthur is said to have embarked on his search for Excalibur from here. This is a region of remote hamlets and small villages with the remains of English history evident in preserved maces and Elizabethan houses.
Cricket St Thomas is one of the most beautiful estates in the West Country and consists of a Georgian Mansion with extensive grounds that contain the parish church of St Thomas. Somerset is a county of rural charm and historical intrigue. For further information about Somerset visitor attractions, see the guide that follows below.
Somerset visitor attractions
Admission prices and opening times of top Somerset visitor attractions are included here. There's also details of top pubs, restaurants and outdoor activities found within the county's borders.
Horse riding is a popular pastime and there are a number of centres found throughout the county including Bowdens Riding School and Ebborlands Riding Centre
in Wookey Hole
. An extensive selection of walking trails run through Somerset including the Poet's Way Footpath and the South West Coast path. These routes take in some of the finest scenery in the region, winding past the Somerset Levels and the Wetland area.
in Watchet, is also popular and features an adventure park as well as a range of exotic animals such as crocodiles and parrots. Opening times are 10.30am to 5pm during high season, tickets are £7.50. Nature-lovers may also like the Wildlife Park at Cricket St Thomas
. It too houses a range of animals, some of which can be fed by visitors. There's also a kids zone and shop. Admission times are 10am to 4pm and ticket prices are around £9 for adults, £7 for children.
Food and drink
The White Horse Inn, Taunton is a distinctive old pub with moss-covered walls and a traditional interior. Local ales are served as well as a vibrant, home-cooked menu. There's also a garden and patio area which is suitable for pets. The timber-framed Rock Inn
, situated in Waterrow
, is over 400 years old and has received a number of awards for its ales and home-made cuisine. The exterior includes a pub garden which is open to both children and animals.
The Willow Tree Restaurant in Taunton holds two AA Rosettes
for its contemporary British food and is part of a 17th century moat house. The atmospheric interior, which includes exposed beams and a number of inglenook fireplaces, allows visitors to truly enjoy their meals. Lanes
in Yeovil is also a rosette winner and specialises in modern British food, served in a distinctive, modern setting. Main courses start at around £9 and families are welcome.
History and Culture
The Arthurian hill-fort, Cadbury Castle is about five miles from Yeovil and is the site of a number of excavations - admission is free. Dunster Castl
e is also an important site and features a 15th century gatehouse and terraced, landscaped gardens. The castle and garden park are open from 11-5pm - see the site
for admission prices.
Glastonbury Abbey is another major historical attraction and is one of the best-preserved abbeys in England. It is said to be the burial place of King Arthur and is the oldest seat of Christianity in Somerset. For modern history, visit the Helicopter Museum in Weston-Super-Mare
. It is one of the largest under-cover attractions in Somerset and exhibits over 80 helicopters dating back to the early 20th century. Opening hours are 10am to 5.30pm. There's also a visitor centre, an outdoor cafe and gift shop.