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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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    Exceptional! 5.0/5
    (6 reviews)
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    • 4 BR
    • 3 BA
    • Sleeps 7
    House #6815471
    6
    Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
      Exceptional! 5.0/5
      (6 reviews)
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      • 1 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 2
      Cottage #8149101
      6
      Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
        Wonderful! 4.8/5
        (9 reviews)
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        • 3 BR
        • 2 BA
        • Separate Toilet
        • Sleeps 5
        Cottage #8040651
        9
        Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
          Exceptional! 5.0/5
          (5 reviews)
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          • 2 BR
          • 2 BA
          • Sleeps 6
          Barn #6818810
          5
          Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
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            • 2 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Separate Toilet
            • Sleeps 4
            Cottage #6105552
            Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
              Exceptional! 5.0/5
              (10 reviews)
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              • 3 BR
              • 2 BA
              • Sleeps 7
              Multiple rentals Barn #8125768
              10
              Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                • 2 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 5
                Multiple rentals Barn #8125768
                18
                  Exceptional! 5.0/5
                  (7 reviews)
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                  • 1 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 2
                  Barn #1907649
                  7
                  Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                    (13 reviews)
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                    • 4 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Separate Toilet
                    • Sleeps 8
                    Cottage #8155665
                    13
                    Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                      (9 reviews)
                      avg/night
                      • 2 BR
                      • 3 BA
                      • Sleeps 6
                      Cottage #8124405
                      9
                      Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Barn #771469vb
                        4
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                          • 4 BR
                          • 1 BA
                          • Sleeps 6
                          Cottage #1621542
                          Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                            • 2 BR
                            • 2 BA
                            • Sleeps 4
                            House #6715833
                              • 3 BR
                              • 3 BA
                              • Sleeps 6
                              Multiple rentals Chalet #836129
                              3
                                • 3 BR
                                • 3 BA
                                • Sleeps 6
                                Multiple rentals Chalet #836129
                                2 Reviews
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                                  • 4 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 8
                                  Bungalow #6750078
                                  4
                                  Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                    (17 reviews)
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                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Separate Toilet
                                    • Sleeps 2
                                    Cottage #8118181
                                    17
                                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                      (5 reviews)
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                                      • 2 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Separate Toilet
                                      • Sleeps 5
                                      Cottage #8125207
                                      5
                                      Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                        (5 reviews)
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                                        • 1 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Barn #1875294
                                        5
                                        Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Excellent! 4.5/5
                                          (13 reviews)
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                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 4
                                          Bungalow #8134558
                                          13
                                          Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 8
                                            House #6798714
                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 4
                                              Cottage #8171251
                                              16
                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                Cottage #3722367
                                                2 Reviews
                                                  • 1 BR
                                                  • 1 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                  House #6830271
                                                  2 Reviews
                                                  Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                    • 6 BR
                                                    • 4 BA
                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                    • Sleeps 13
                                                    Barn #1575439
                                                    Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      • 6 BR
                                                      • 3 BA
                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                      • Sleeps 12
                                                      Farmhouse #8134560
                                                      2 Reviews
                                                      Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                        (6 reviews)
                                                        avg/night
                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                        Cottage #6723148
                                                        6
                                                        Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • 3 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                          Barn #1894051
                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 5
                                                            Cottage #6546026
                                                            1 Review
                                                              Exceptional! 5.0/5
                                                              (12 reviews)
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                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 2 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                              Barn #8156880
                                                              12
                                                              Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                Cottage #6723335
                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Multiple rentals Barn #8169745
                                                                  2 Reviews
                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 2
                                                                    Multiple rentals Barn #8169745
                                                                    1 Review
                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                      Cottage #1908117
                                                                      2 Reviews
                                                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                        • 2 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                                        Cottage #757369vb
                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 5
                                                                          Cottage #1852308
                                                                          3
                                                                          Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 3
                                                                            Apartment #1968103
                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                                              Cottage #474887
                                                                              12
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                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 7
                                                                                Cottage #6723143
                                                                                3
                                                                                Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  Cottage #1633560
                                                                                  1 Review
                                                                                  Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                    Cottage #6832772
                                                                                    Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      • 1 BR
                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 2
                                                                                      Bungalow #1746122
                                                                                      4
                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        Cottage #1852210
                                                                                        3
                                                                                        Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                                          Barn #6873256
                                                                                          1 Review
                                                                                          Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Apartment #1933575
                                                                                            2 Reviews
                                                                                            Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                                                              Cottage #6474621
                                                                                              1 Review
                                                                                              Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                • 5 BR
                                                                                                • 3 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 12
                                                                                                House #8058375
                                                                                                Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                  Multiple rentals Barn #1710
                                                                                                  3
                                                                                                  Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Cottage #6546024
                                                                                                    Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                      Cottage #8147802
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      An idyllic retreat in a beautiful setting

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      My husband and I have returned many times to Blue Ball Lodge because it is such a beautiful cottage in an idyllic location. It has everything we need for a relaxing stress free holiday. Corinne and Clive are great hosts with a wealth of knowledge of the local area. We can walk out of the cottage and take our dogs for long walks in the surrounding footpaths and woods or sit in by the roaring log fire and enjoy one of Corinnes yummy home baked cakes. Nothing is too much trouble .
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 10-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                      The Shippens

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The Shippens is a beautifully presented property in a lovely village/hamlet close to Yeovil. The property was clean, well equipped and very welcoming. I particularly loved the basket of biscuits/crisps and chilled bottle of wine waiting for us. The beds were very comfortable too. I highly recommend this property and look forward to returning in the future.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 07-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Warm and cosy

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Very comfortable and warm accommodation. Great to have parking available in such a central location in Sherborne within easy walking distance to the centre of town. We would highly recommend staying here.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016