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Make a holiday cottage in South Somerset your home away from home

South Somerset is a rural retreat where life moves at a slower pace. Representing the Somerset countryside at its finest, visitors come here to enjoy the outdoors and explore a bounty of historic sites, old steam railways, and charming villages. Mild weather and easy road access from larger cities like Bristol and Exeter make it an ideal place to visit year-round. Attracting couples and families alike, South Somerset is a hidden gem of the West Country. Options include holiday homes in Templecombe, llminster and Crewkerne.

HomeAway offers a wonderful selection of holiday cottages in South Somerset where visitors can truly enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the countryside. Rentals in this part of Somerset start at under £200 per week and go up to around £600 per week for luxury accommodation. All holiday cottages in South Somerset offered through HomeAway come fully furnished and provide a comfortable stay. Most rentals are both child and pet-friendly.

Things to do

-Outdoor activities: South Somerset is an excellent place to explore on foot, by bicycle, or horseback. Miles of trails and quiet country roads can be found throughout the entire region. With an abundance of market towns like Wincanton and Castle Cary linked by quiet roads, visitors can create one of any number of routes that allow them to sample local pubs and independent shops along the way.

-Historic sites: Owned by the same family since 1617 and originally built by Sir Walter Raleigh, Sherborne Castle is a magnificent time capsule that is well worth visiting. Open from April to October each year, the interior of the castle has been immaculately maintained over the years and holds priceless works of arts and antique furniture. Outside, visitors have access to acres upon acres of beautiful gardens and a lake.

-Family attractions: Families staying in a South Somerset holiday cottage can take a short drive to several great attractions – The Gartell Light Railway and East Somerset Railway both make for fun days out. The latter offers steam train rides from April to October each year. The Fleet Air Arm Museum and Haynes International Motor Museum, both near Yeovil, are also interesting places to visit.

-Golf: Holidaymakers staying in Wincanton holiday homes can easily visit Wincanton Golf Club, which has a 9-hole course that offers green fees starting from just £8. Wheathill Golf Club, near Castle Cary, offers a challenging 18-hole course along with an inviting clubhouse. Yeovil Golf Club has one 9-hole and one 18-hole course where visitors are welcome.

Weather in South Somerset

Mild weather makes South Somerset an ideal destination for everything from cosy winter retreats to summer outdoor adventures. The best time for outdoor activities is from May to September, when high temperatures exceed 16°C on average. The weather cools in autumn and settles to 7°C throughout the winter months and into spring. Rainfall is heavier in the winter also.

Travel to South Somerset

The easiest way for visitors to reach their South Somerset holiday cottage is by car, as there are few rail stations in the area. A number of A-roads traverse the region, primarily the A37, A303, and A361. Popular towns like Ilminster and Yeovil can both be accessed by taking the A37 from Bristol to the north or Dorchester to the south.

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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Characterful cottage in lovely country setting.

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      Another very enjoyable stay in this lovely cottage. It is in a great position - in the country with lovely views and close to amenities, within easy reach of places of interest. Kirsty and Andy are perfect hosts.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 23-Mar-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017

                                                                                                      Excellent accommodation in a great location

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                                                                                                      Hardy chalet was absolutely perfect. Everything you'd expect for a home away from home, clean, well equipped and within a short drive of Shaftesbury and Sherbourne. Can't wait to go back next year!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017

                                                                                                      Spacious Property with everything you need

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                                                                                                      Originally booked for 12 of us but we ended up with 9 but either way it would have been large enough. The separate Apple Barn also benefitted the more elderly in our family party as they could escape to their rooms when they wanted. Kitchen is really well equipped and the sauna and hot tub are good assets along with many games to enjoy for the younger elements...and some of the older ones too! As we were there in March we did not benefit from the pool. There does appear to be lots of rules but they are all sensible and do not restrict the sense of being in a true holiday home. Also been on other sites where the owners are on site and this can give you a sense of being "checked on" but not here, never once felt their presence and yet knew that if there would have been any difficulties, they were on hand to resolve the issues. The pubs are probably not quite as accessible especially during the winter months without a car but the Halfway House is a really friendly pub with good beer and cider and we had a very good meal in the Devonshire Arms. Good access to many places in the area and would recommend to anyone.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 14-Mar-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017