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 in 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 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 huge 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 definitely 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.
Set within Exmoor National Park, Middle Leys Cottage is a charming 3-bedroom pet-friendly holiday cottage with Wi-Fi above the Somerset village of Withypool. Recently renovated and re-furnished, this Exmoor holiday cottage now offers stylish decor with rustic charm.
- Sleeps 6
- Bedrooms 3
- Bathrooms 2
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Set high on the hills of Exmoor above Simonsbath is Emmett's Grange, a dog-friendly, large and secluded Georgian house with Wi-Fi sleeping 15 in 6 bedrooms. Located within a gloriously remote 900-acre estate this Exmoor holiday home benefits from a private deluxe swim spa.
The Linhay is a charming rural dog-friendly one-bedroomed Exmoor Holiday Cottage for couples set within the heart of the 900-acre Exmoor estate of Emmett's Grange near Simonsbath in Somerset. Sleeps 2.
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.
Blagdon View Farmhouse is a character-laden rural cottage near Cheddar in Somerset. Enjoy superb views, multiple outdoor entertaining spaces, a pool and hot tubs and space for socialising. The large cottage also boasts exposed beams and walls as well as open fires and a spacious, modern design.
The Great Long Barn sits on three acres of peaceful grounds in West Buckland just outside the historic town of Wellington, Somerset, a large five-bedroom luxury cottage that comfortably accommodates groups of up to 16 with beamed ceilings, country farmhouse style kitchen, and eight-seat hot tub.
Park Gate House is a large and pet-friendly Somerset cottage with a pool in West Bagborough boasting a blend of modern and traditional décor, extensive outdoor entertaining spaces, a games room, a sun-drenched conservatory and panoramic rural views of The Quantock Hills. Pets welcome.
Canon Court Farmhouse sits between the country and the coast in Milborne Port in Dorset. The grand pet-friendly cottage boasts traditional charm and ample grounds as well as beautiful views over the quaint villages and countryside. Relax and unwind on a working farm, ideal for a family holiday.
Situated on a quiet road close to the centre of the seaside town of Minehead, Somerset, and nestled into the wooded slopes of North Hill, Lily House offers a welcoming and homey feel, a large child-friendly cottage featuring two sitting rooms, wood burner stove, and four first-floor bedrooms.
The Quantock Estate is a set of four countryside sandstone and timber barns and cottages with hot tubs for larger groups holidays in the Quantock Hills near Taunton. The barn sleeps 14 rising to 22 for all four barns.
Hill House Farm Cottage near Cheddar is built to take advantage of the superb rural views out towards Cheddar Gorge and the Mendip Hills. This is a two-bedroom Somerset holiday cottage that sleeps 4 people, luxuriously furnished to a very high standard with a walled garden and patio area outside.
Find a relaxing escape from the bustle of everyday life with a stay at Church Farmhouse, quietly situated in the south Somerset village of Winsham, a child-friendly barn conversion that retains the original beams and gorgeous inglenook fireplace and features four upstairs double bedrooms.
Kings Hill View is a spacious rural cottage in the lovely village of Pilton in Somerset. The cottage carries a subtle palette and offers a large, enclosed garden with countryside views as well as a hot tub and patio, plus a games room and a light and airy interior in which to relax and unwind.
Jer and Mer’s Place enjoys wonderful views of Durleigh Reservoir from its ample grounds and offers seclusion and modernity. The pet-friendly rural cottage near Durleigh in Somerset boasts multiple outdoor entertaining spaces, a hot tub, an open fire and the best of the country and the coast.
Elm Lodge is a wood-clad cottage located on a lovely property close to the coast in Washford, Somerset. The modern cottage boasts open-plan design and contemporary style as well as a deck with gorgeous views and hot tub, plus an inviting interior with open fire, exposed beams and oak floors.
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.
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.
The three-story Ashlar House resides in the heart of Wells, 70m from the Cathedral Green and perfect for large groups or families, for weekend celebrations or a staycation amidst the gorgeous Somerset scenery. This four-bedroom house provides a spacious and stylish base for your holiday.
Bracken Cottage is a charming Exmoor Holiday cottage boasting exposed timber beams within the Exmoor National Park near Exford. The pet-friendly cottage is surrounded by woodland and features an upside-down design, modern comforts and a delightful garden with views of the River Exe.
Croft Cottage boasts a rustic stone exterior and spacious lawned gardens which house a gingerbread-style barbecue hut. The interior of this pet-free, rural cottage near Shepton Mallet in Somerset offers surprises at every turn as well as modern comforts and light-filled spaces plus fine rural views.
- Compton Bishop
- Nether Stowey
- North Cadbury
- Shepton Mallet
- South Petherton
- West Bagborough
Somerset is home to the picturesque city of Bath (North Somerset). This is the only place in the UK where you can still bathe in naturally hot spa water and roman baths or simply gaze at the stunning architecture of the city at Pulteney Bridge. You’ll find many beautiful restaurants too. Somerset is famous for its Scrumpy Cider, Apples and Cheddar Cheese but foodies will find 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 up to 450ft. Those feeling really adventurous can head over to the caving and rock climbing activity centre on-site, whilst others can relax in the café nearby.
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!
When you are not walking, bathing or cycling Somerset’s hills and beaches, there are many interesting museums and country houses to explore. The most popular museum is The Haynes Motor Museum near Wincanton.Here, you can get a first-hand look at a timeline of motorcars in from around the world. Also, try the nearby Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton that gets you up close and personal with Europe’s largest collection of naval aircraft and one of the first Concorde aeroplanes ever built.
Alternatively, aviation tourists can head to Weston-super-Mare to see the world’s largest collection of helicopters 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.