The ancient town of Chard lies at the eastern edge of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in the county of Somerset. It is located on high ground, near the county’s borders with Devon and Dorset. Chard once had a thriving textiles industry, but is better known today as the home of Numatic, which produces the iconic smiling Henry vacuum cleaner. Take a wander along Fore Street from your Chard holiday cottage and you will notice that streams run alongside either side of the road, one of which flows into the English Channel, and the other into the Bristol Channel. In and around Fore Street, you will discover a range of independent shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants.

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The Cow Shed is a luxurious rural cottage lying adjacent to the Somerset Wildlife Trust in Bishopswood, Somerset. The stone-built barn welcomes guest and pets to a cottage with gorgeous countryside views as well as generous open spaces, a hot tub, a wood-burning stove and modern sophistication.

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.

The bustling town centre is home to many historic landmarks, including the beautiful 11th century Church of St Mary the Virgin. North of the town, Chard Reservoir is a nature reserve where kingfishers and egrets are often spotted. It is also a popular spot for a stroll, picnics, and fishing. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Chard, you will discover some of Southwest England’s most idyllic scenery.

A short drive westward, the Blackdown Hills are home to unspoiled countryside dotted with the remains of Norman castles and ancient hillforts. To the town’s east, the Dorset AONB is famous for its heathland, forests, rolling hills and spectacular coast where dinosaur fossils can be found. And to the south of Chard, sandy beaches and fishing villages await discovery on the East Devon coast.

There are some great events in and around Chard, including Devon County Show, Axe Vale Flower Festival, and Yeovilton Air Day. Visitors on self-catering holidays in Chard may want to pop into the excellent tourist information centre, which sells tickets to the area’s best attractions, including West Somerset Railways, Wookey Hole and Fleet Air Arm Museum.