The village of Martock lies on the edge of the Somerset Levels, a great expanse of flat wetlands, moors and fields, crisscrossed by rivers and streams. Located seven miles northwest of the town of Yeovil, it is an idyllic base from which to discover this unspoiled region. Martock has a reputation for arts and crafts, with stonemasonry, woodwork and silversmithing businesses based in the village. On the doorstep of your holiday cottage in Martock, you will discover a peaceful rural community, where a regular farmers’ market is held, with stalls selling local produce, fresh from neighbouring farms. On the long, straight high street that runs north and south through the village, there are a variety of family-run businesses. For a pint of Somerset cider with the locals, try the Bakers’ Arms, or the Nag’s Head.

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Chirpy Cottage is a café serving excellent coffee and homemade cake, while Ayshas is a popular Indian takeaway. On the doorstep of holiday cottages in Martock, the village centre features fine, historic architecture. The Treasurer’s House is one of the oldest houses in the county, dating back to the 13th century, and made of local hamstone. Madey Mill is a listed watermill dating back to the 17th century, and Market House is another hamstone building overlooking a market cross that features a fluted Tuscan column. Don’t miss the Church of All Saints, one of the largest churches in the country, with unique, carved wooden statues.

Self-catering holidays in Martock are perfect for visitors who want to explore Avalon Marshes, an enchanting stretch of wetlands where rare wading birds can be spotted. The incredible geology and beaches of the Jurassic Coast are a scenic drive southward, as is the charming seaside town of Lyme Regis, and the neigbouring village and sandy beach of Charmouth.