Sitting at the heart of the West Country, anyone looking to book holiday cottages in Somerset will find a property to meet their needs and budget with a choice of coast or countryside locations. Somerset is an ideal county for all kinds of holiday from a weekend break to a week or longer on holiday with family or friends. Discover the landscape, history and culture of this beautiful rural County. Somerset features a long stretching coastline, quaint Victorian seaside resorts, the Exmoor National Park, charming English countryside, the Mendip Hills and many historical landmarks such as Wells Cathedral and sleepy market towns like Frome, Glastonbury and Crewkerne. Grab local produce and organic food at the bustling farmers' markets to cook back at your holiday cottage accompanied by a flagon of Somerset Cider.
Somerset is more than the glorious countryside, cider and cream teas. It is a county of festivals, carnivals and events, most notable being the spectacular Glastonbury Festival, home to hundreds of household-name artists and around 175,000 revellers year after year. For something similarly spectacular, spend an evening watching the fabulous brightly lit floats at one of Somerset's magical winter carnivals in October and November. Most would give Rio a run for its money and should be the highlight of a winter weekend break in a cosy holiday cottage on the Somerset Levels. Check out our Somerset Winter Carnivals Blog for details of when and where to find the carnivals for a late autumn break in Somerset.
Exmoor Farmhouse is a stunning, large Exmoor house with 7 bedrooms and sleeps 14. It welcomes dogs and has turn-out and stabling for horses. With spectacular views over Exmoor and large gardens to play or relax, Exmoor Farmhouse is a great place to stay with friends and family to explore Exmoor.
Lower Leys Cottage sits close to the Somerset village of Withypool providing cosy accommodation set within the Exmoor National Park. The dog-friendly Exmoor holiday cottage sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms. Both the cottages at Leys Farm have been recently completely redecorated and refurbished.
Situated in a quiet corner of the famous city of Bath, Catherine Place is perfectly suited to a relaxing holiday. The sophisticated apartment offers a high standard of design & furnishing as well as proximity to the highlights of the popular Georgian city. Explore the city & the region of Somerset.
Crown Cottage is a thatched roof end-terrace cottage in the delightful village of Exford, in Exmoor National Park. The pet-friendly cottage is made for walkers & those who enjoy country life and features traditional details such as a woodburning stove, a traditional fireplace and period furniture.
Heyden Cottage is a delightful rural cottage set in a quiet location in Bratton, Somerset. The pet-friendly cottage is just moments from Minehead and the coast, and it offers seclusion plus wonderful countryside views day & night. Enjoy adventures by day, & relax by the wood-burning stove at night.
Cornflower Cottage is a beautifully-converted bolthole near Halse in Somerset, which provides the ideal location for a family holiday. Sitting between the country and the coast, the pet-friendly cottage features a hot tub, swimming pool, log burner, delightful views and a gorgeous stone exterior.
Set inside Exmoor National Park, The Old Stables enjoys tranquillity and fresh air. The pet-friendly cottage in Exford, Somerset sits on large lawned grounds with views of the countryside and boasts an open fire, exposed beams and stone walls, plus modern style and direct access to walking trails.
The Old Sweet Shop is no longer full of lollies but is still full of character. Situated in Minehead, Somerset, the pet-friendly cottage with the thatched roof oozes country charm and features a wood burner, exposed beams, while treating guests to a sunny courtyard and hot tub. Relax by the coast.
Set among the meadows in the Quarme Valley, West Huckham Barn is a converted rural cottage boasting wonderful views and contemporary style. The pet-friendly cottage near Wheddon Cross in Exmoor boasts a wood-burning stove, traditional features, vaulted ceilings, expansive grounds and a conservatory.
Cedar Lodge is a totally luxurious 2-bedroom Somerset holiday lodge in Cheddar. It lies on the fringes of the Mendip Hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This 5-star lodge in a quiet rural setting is baby friendly, ideal for parents with very young children.
Shells Cottage is a gorgeous thatched roof rural cottage set on beautiful grounds near Washford in Somerset. The detached, pet-friendly cottage promises seclusion and sophistication as well as a hot tub, an open fire, exposed beams and stone walls, wooden floors, a large garden and beautiful views.
Westcott Cross Cottage is a sophisticated, detached rural cottage in Luxborough, Somerset with fabulous gardens and stunning views as well as traditional features such as a wood burner, stone fireplace, exposed beams and stone walls. Walks leave from the door and pets have ample space to play.
Chill out in the Somerset countryside at Horsing Around, a converted horsebox near Frome. The luxury eco-friendly lodge offers expansive grounds with beautiful views as well as a spacious deck and boasts unique décor with modern comforts. Pick herbs from the garden and relax by the wood burner.
Large families looking to holiday off the beaten track can enjoy a stay at Nethercote Byre in the centre of Exmoor, a child-friendly barn conversion near the Somerset villages of Winsford and Exford that features a living room with a wood-burner, playroom with table football & four comfy bedrooms
The beautiful valley views add to the romance of Putham Barn, a secluded cottage in Cutcombe, Somerset. With access to the natural wonders of Exmoor, the pet-friendly property is an ideal place to escape with that special person and boasts lovely grounds, modernity, sun-filled spaces and grounds.
Quantock Hide is a boutique rural cottage in Kilve, Somerset, which offers the best of the country and the coast. The luxurious pet-friendly cottage boasts panoramic views to the sea and multiple surprises for pets, plus a hot tub, open fire, lovely gardens, a hammock, modern comforts and seclusion.
Winsford is a pet and family friendly Exmoor holiday cottage sleeping 4 at Duddings Cottages, a small rural complex in the idyllic Avill Valley near Dunster in West Somerset. It has superb facilities including an indoor pool, play centre, spa, tennis court, trampoline and games room.
Enjoy your holiday in the South West with a stay at Holywell House, which provides comfortable accommodation for up to eight in a countryside cottage in Holywell Lake, a small coombe near the town of Wellington, Somerset, an upside-down home offering stunning rural views.
Seagulls Rest offers water frontage and wonderful sea views from multiple vantage points. The stone-built Victorian cottage sits a hop and skip from the sand in Minehead, Somerset and welcomes families and pets to a property with contemporary styling, a lovely private courtyard and a sea breeze.
Redway Lodge is a sophisticated coastal cottage just moments from sandy beaches in Porlock, Somerset. The modern cottage boasts wonderful views across the vale to the ocean and offers spacious and elegant rooms as well as bedrooms with en-suite. Stroll to the beach and the centre of Porlock.
A pet-friendly farm cottage nestled in an idyllic valley between the Brendon Hills and the Exmoor coast, Harthanger View Cottage near the rural village of Luxborough, Somerset, was recently converted from a barn into a charming retreat with spiral staircase, cosy sitting room, and en-suite master.
A gorgeous countryside cottage situated in the heart of Exmoor National Park, Cascade Cottage near the rural village of Exford, Somerset, makes a splendid holiday retreat, a child-friendly cottage accessed by the footbridge and featuring a spacious kitchen, exposed beams, and wood burning stove.
The ideal home base for exploring Exmoor National Park’s natural beauty, The Coach House, Old Cleeve is a modern, two-storey coastal cottage offering stunning views of the Somerset countryside, spacious kitchen, two sitting rooms, and large walk-in wardrobe between two double bedrooms.
A rustic cottage set amidst the splendour along the edge of Exmoor National Park in the village of Roadwater, Somerset, 2 Belle Vue offers a romantic retreat at a pet-friendly holiday home boasting oak flooring, wood-burning stove, waterfall shower, and other homey touches.
- Blue Anchor
- Compton Bishop
- Huish Champflower
- Nether Stowey
- North Perrott
- Old Cleeve
- Porlock Weir
- Shepton Mallet
- South Petherton
- Wheddon Cross
- Wootton Courtenay
Somerset is home to the picturesque city of Bath (North Somerset). The city is the only place in the UK where you can still bathe in naturally hot spa water and roman baths or hit the shops built over the river at Pulteney Bridge. You’ll find many beautiful restaurants too. Somerset is famous for its Scrumpy Cider, Apples and Cheddar Cheese but foodies will discover so much more tucked away in the county. Experience exquisite traditional restaurants and pubs hidden in local villages. You can even enjoy great Somerset food right through the day by indulging in a Somerset cream tea between lunch and dinner.
If you’re not afraid of heights or going underground, Cheddar Gorge and its caves are a stunning location to visit during your holiday, with dramatic cliffs rising to 450ft. Those feeling adventurous can head over to the caving and rock climbing activity centre on-site, whilst others can relax in the café nearby. A little further to the East, a cave walk for an audience with the Witch of Wookey can be combined with a whole host of other family-friendly activities. Make a day of it at Wookey Hole.
For those that aren’t so keen on heights, the West Somerset Railway is a heritage railway line. It spans 23 miles of the Somerset countryside and operates using steam and the occasional vintage diesel train. The route is ideal for a day out. Starting from Minehead, you chunter at a sedate pace through the rolling Quantock Hills, to Bishop’s Lydeard (good for pub lunches) or travel onward by bus Taunton, Somerset’s county town. If you prefer to take your time absorbing Somerset’s beautiful wildlife and scenery, there are hundreds of walks on Exmoor or one of Somerset’s range of hills. These are The Mendips, Brendans, Quantocks and The Poldens, all giving incredible views of the surrounding countryside.
All the family will love a trip to the Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm near Portishead on the North Somerset coast. The farm is home to the longest hedge maze in England.
Somerset boasts some delightful seaside resorts all offering a healthy choice of self-catering accommodation to suit all tastes. Weston-Super-Mare is always popular, with a golden sand beach and grand pier with rides and a great selection of food and drink. The West Somerset resorts of Watchet (lovely harbour) Blue Anchor, Dunster (superb castle), Minehead and Porlock offer a more quiet and tranquil seaside location, ideal for building sandcastles sea angling and walkers. The West Somerset Steam Railway has stations at most of these resorts other than Porlock, so you don’t even have to drive!
There are many fascinating and historical museums and country houses to explore when you are not walking, bathing or cycling Somerset’s hills and beaches. The most famous museum is The Haynes Motor Museum near Wincanton. Here, you can get a first-hand look at a timeline of motorcars from around the world. Also, try the nearby Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton that gets you up close and personal with Europe’s most extensive collection of naval aircraft and one of the first Concorde aeroplanes ever built.
Alternatively, aviation enthusiasts visiting Weston-super-Mare should see the world’s largest helicopters collection at the International Helicopter Museum. Whatever time of year you choose to holiday, you will always find suitable holiday accommodation in Somerset to provide a memorable and relaxing holiday.