Rural retreats in the Somerset countryside

Head to the serene beauty of a rural haven in Somerset

SomersetSomerset literally means the "Land of the Summer People", and the warm welcome combined with the delightfully laidback atmosphere of Somerset will instantly endear you to the county. Somerset is a county of contrasts, with beautiful rolling countryside to explore, long sandy beaches on which to play and an enormous wealth of legends to investigate. Every member of the family will find something to entertain and enthral from a holiday cottage in Somerset.

The Somerset countryside is an absolute delight to explore. The jewel in the crown of rural holidays in Somerset is the vast, sweeping expanses of Exmoor, a wild region of open, heather clad moors, plunging cliffs and ancient oak woodlands. The quaint villages, picturesque harbours and charming Somerset holiday cottages inside the park are blissfully peaceful, and a perfect place to escape in the heart of the British countryside. The Quantock Hills, Blackdown Hills and Mendip Hills are all classed as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty too, and perfect places to take a holiday cottage in Somerset for walking, mountain biking, horse riding, caving rock climbing and hiking holidays in Somerset.

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Beach Holidays in Somerset

With busy seaside resorts like Weston-Super-Mare through to picturesque fishing villages along the Bristol Channel, Somerset is an often overlooked yet highly celebrated beach holiday destination, especially good for family breaks.

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Golf Holidays in Somerset

The Somerset countryside is awash with golf courses of the highest quality, with some 40 top class Somerset golf courses to choose from, many of which are members of the County Card scheme, especially in the north.

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Fishing Holidays in Somerset

Whether you are heading to Somerset for fly, coarse or sea fishing, you are in for a treat. The county is awash with beautiful moorland streams, lakes and coastal stretches teeming with trout and salmon, among the best in England.

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Walking Holidays in Somerset

With five ranges of hills to explore, huge wetlands and over 9,000 rights of way, Somerset is a wonderful walking destination. The mythical sites of King Arthur's county and the extraordinary wildlife make walking a genuine delight.

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Rural Retreats in Somerset

Holiday cottages in Somerset are some of the most picturesque rural getaways in England. The stunning landscapes, rich wildlife and wonderful rural food make the Somerset countryside a perfect place to escape all year round.

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There are so many things to do in Somerset that a short guide to Somerset holidays cannot possibly mention them all. The beaches of Weston-Super-Mare are famous from self catering Somerset accommodation, as are the huge swathes of open countryside where many of the most active things to do in Somerset, from horse riding to 4x4 driving, thrive, but there are also many hidden treasures to discover from a Somerset property rental. Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole make for fantastic day trips from any self catering Somerset accommodation, whilst monuments associated with the legend of King Arthur, from Cadbury Castle to Glastonbury Tor continue to delight visitors. Of course, however you decide to fill your days from a holiday cottage in Somerset, the food and drink will be a major highlight, especially the cider!

HomeAway Holiday-Rentals lists a great range of self catering Somerset accommodation, from idyllic Somerset holiday cottages tucked away deep in the countryside to larger Somerset rental properties in coastal resorts and towns from Taunton to Wells, Wincanton to Weston-super-Mare. In dealing directly with the owners of Somerset cottages, you can ensure that your self catering Somerset accommodation perfectly suits your families requirements and wishes, as well as saving you money by avoiding agent's fees and commissions. There has never been a better time to pack your bag and head for the peace, space and fresh air of a holiday cottage in Somerset.

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East Thorney Cottage F8, pretty and private, semi-detached, 18th cent. cottage

A mile from Luxborough village and pub, a pretty and very private, semi-detached, 18th cent. cottage in a lovely setting on the banks of a stream that runs into the Washford River meandering through the magnificently wooded Brendon Hills down to W...

Alice Cottage F60, pretty, detached and thatched cottage with private garden

Next to a ford, on a tiny lane that meanders down the hill into the hamlet of Bratton, below high heather-topped and wooded hills (sea views, fantastic for ramblers) and 1½ miles to the west of Minehead, is this pretty, detached, thatched cottage....

Bodkin Cottage F62, charming, end-of-terrace, renovated cottage

In the heart of Dunster and backing on to the village church is this charming, end-of-terrace, renovated cottage. Three steps up to stable doors straight into living room (woodburner, TV/DVD/Blu-ray, iPod dock). Beautifully fitted kitchen/dining ...

The Oval F46, historically fascinating, quirky cottage in a beautiful village

On West Street in Dunster, an historically fascinating, quirky cottage, once an open ‘hall house’ believed to date from the 1400s – one of the oldest buildings in Dunster. Now beautifully upgraded, furnished and decorated whilst retaining its char...

Chief Instructors Apartment F55, attached cottage in a lovely and tranquil spot

In the lush wooded grounds of the grand Edwardian hunting lodge (see F30) about a mile from Porlock, an attached cottage renovated from the chief instructor’s quarters of one of the finest riding stables in Somerset. At the back, original, beautif...
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