Holiday cottages in Somerset

Bath, Somerset
Find a self catering Somerset cottage. Somerset is an extremely interesting and varied country with endless possibilities. Whether sea and sand is your thing or you prefer to immerse yourself in city life, whether you wish to spend hours absorbing the history of the region or you want to experience a multitude of walks and outdoor activities, you will be spoilt for choice!
For the ideal city break, the world heritage city of Bath has no shortage of activities including theatres, museums, stately homes, shops, restaurants, pubs and city tours. But it’s not all hustle and bustle, this fantastic city is also perfect for those who want to relax and unwind; if spa breaks are your thing then you will love the experience of bathing in naturally hot spa water and original Roman style baths. The award winning Thermae Bath Spa even has a rooftop open air pool where you can relax while taking in the views of the city.

Wells is England's smallest city and boasts a spectacular cathedral. The name of the city originates from three ancient wells, which are situated in the grounds of the Bishop’s Palace; one of the oldest inhabited houses in England. Other places to visit include the historic market place and Vicars’ Close; a cobbled medieval street which is claimed to be the oldest purely residential street in Europe.

The village of Cheddar is home to the dramatic Cheddar Gorge; this is England largest gorge and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to being home to rare plant and animal life. Enjoy a cliff top walk around the gorge, or on a wet day, the spectacular caves here are well worth a visit. Probably most widely known for its cheese, the village provides the opportunity to visit the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company where you can see the traditional method of cheese making.

For those of you seeking a coastal break visit one of the Somerset’s seaside towns. The popular resort of Weston-Super-Mare with its two miles of sandy beach is ideal for a family break; kids will love a day on the beach, complete with a donkey ride. For a fun packed day out, visit the Grand Pier which provides endless attractions including amusements, rides, a 4D cinema and even Edwardian style tea rooms. The whole family will enjoy a day out at the Seaquarium, with its incredible array of marine life displays. Moving down the coast lies the town of Burnham-On-Sea; perfect for enjoying nice long walks or just relaxing on the long sandy beaches. Situated nearby is the 42 acres of open space which is the Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park where many species of water birds can be seen. Other activities available at the park include fishing, walking, a children’s play area, a skate park and picnic spots.

The town of Minehead provides another alternative for a coastal break and offers activities for all ages including cycling, walking and horse riding. Enjoy a day out of the long, flat sandy beach, followed by an evening in one of the areas pubs and restaurants, many of which specialise in local produce. Railway enthusiasts can find the West Somerset Railway which offers trips though lovely coastal and country scenery on a 20 mile trip to Bishops Lydeard. Just a few miles away within the Exmoor National Park, lies the unique medieval village of Dunster which has over 200 listed buildings. Visit Dunster Castle with its views overlooking the Bristol Channel and Exmoor; take in its history and enjoy strolling leisurely through the grounds.

The market town of Crewkerne has a range of pubs, cafes, small shops and also a farmers market which takes place on the third Sunday of every month, selling a wide variety of fresh locally produced food. The town is also known for antiques and has a selection of antique shops. Moving north, the town of Somerton also offers a range of pubs, specialist shops, tea rooms, restaurants and many walking and cycling routes nearby so is an ideal base for exploration.

And of course everyone has heard of Glastonbury, if only for the famous music festival which is held just east of the town at Worthy Farm, Pilton. The town is popular for its ancient attractions such as Glastonbury Abbey which is set in 37 acres of parkland. For spectacular scenery, pay a visit to Glastonbury Tor; the hill has many legends associated with it and the views from the summit are beautiful in all directions.

To truly appreciate this fascinating county, one visit is not enough but with so much to enjoy, you are certain to want to come back; and no trip to Somerset would be complete without trying a pint or two of local cider!