Somerset is a glorious part of quintessential rural England, where rural crafts are still practiced with skill and pride. There is an enormous wealth of natural resources, with sweeping sandy beaches, wild ranges of hills covered in a huge range of flora and fauna, towns and villages steeped in history and a welcome which is unsurpassed almost anywhere in England. Taking self catering Somerset accommodation guarantees a great, relaxing holiday for couples and families.
Somerset is best explored slowly, so the hundreds of beautiful sites, stunning views and inspiring natural phenomenon do not pass you by. This is a county where riding holidays, walking holidays and mountain biking tours thrive. The hidden haunts of Exmoor are a paradise for walkers, offering ancient oak woodlands, plunging valleys and charming villages.
Taking a holiday cottage in Somerset within reach of the coast is a particularly nice way to explore the county. The coastline offers everything you could wish for, with stunning coastal walks, golden beaches and a range of sports to be enjoyed.
There are a great range of golf courses across the county, the huge majority of which are open to the public, so golfers will be very pleased to be staying in a Somerset holiday cottage no matter which of the other local treasures they discover.
Fishermen will also be at home in self catering Somerset accommodation, as the county offers fishing both out to sea and on the rivers which cross the countryside.
How ever you decide to fill your days from a Somerset holiday cottage, one thing is sure; you will always be able to reflect on a full day and prepare for the next in a restaurant or sample some excellent Somerset pub food in the evenings.
Wells Cathedral is a staggering 12th Century gothic cathedral in the heart of Wells, which brings people into the county from across the country.
Cheddar Gorge and Caves and Wookey Hole are also huge attractions. The Cheddar Caves and Gorge are the largest, and by far the most impressive caves in the country and give a fascinating insight into the lives of our Stone Age ancestors.
Somerset has lovely warm summers which draw surfers, sunbathers and swimmers to the golden beaches which line the south of the Bristol Channel, and fuel the famous cider harvests. Winters are cooler, but these are still favourite times to explore the cities, attractions and moors of Somerset.
Somerset is very accessible by both road and rail, with South West Trains servicing many towns from across the country. Driving or taking a rental car on arrival in Somerset is a great idea as it gives you even further flexibility to explore and discover the area.