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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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    Wonderful! 4.8/5
    (10 reviews)
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    • 3 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Separate Toilet
    • Sleeps 5
    Cottage #8040651
    10
    Viewed 64 times in the last 48 hours
      Wonderful! 4.9/5
      (8 reviews)
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      • 1 BR
      • 1 BA
      • Sleeps 2
      Barn #1907649
      8
      Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
        Exceptional! 5/5
        (9 reviews)
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        • 4 BR
        • 3 BA
        • Sleeps 7
        House #6815471
        9
        Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
          Wonderful! 4.9/5
          (13 reviews)
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          • 2 BR
          • 3 BA
          • Sleeps 6
          Cottage #8124405
          13
          Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
            Exceptional! 5/5
            (7 reviews)
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            • 2 BR
            • 2 BA
            • Sleeps 6
            Barn #6818810
            7
            Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
              Excellent! 4.7/5
              (11 reviews)
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              • 2 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 2
              Cottage #6723148
              11
              Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                Exceptional! 5/5
                (7 reviews)
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                • 1 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 2
                Cottage #8149101
                7
                Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                  (19 reviews)
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                  • 4 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Separate Toilet
                  • Sleeps 8
                  Cottage #8155665
                  19
                  Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                    Excellent! 4.5/5
                    (4 reviews)
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                    • 4 BR
                    • 2 BA
                    • Sleeps 8
                    Bungalow #6750078
                    4
                    Viewed 13 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 6 times in the last 48 hours
                        Exceptional! 5/5
                        (6 reviews)
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                        • 2 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 4
                        Barn #6873256
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                        Viewed 40 times in the last 48 hours
                          Exceptional! 5/5
                          (12 reviews)
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                          • 2 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Sleeps 6
                          Barn #8156880
                          12
                          Viewed 36 times in the last 48 hours
                            Exceptional! 5/5
                            (4 reviews)
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                            • 2 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 4
                            Barn #771469vb
                            4
                            Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 2 BA
                              • Sleeps 4
                              House #6715833
                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                • 1 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Sleeps 2
                                House #6830271
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                                Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                  Excellent! 4.6/5
                                  (11 reviews)
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                                  • 3 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  Barn #8050194
                                  11
                                  Viewed 63 times in the last 48 hours
                                    • 1 BR
                                    • 1 BA
                                    • Sleeps 2
                                    Bungalow #1746122
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                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                      (10 reviews)
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                                      • 3 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 7
                                      Multiple rentals Barn #8125768
                                      10
                                      Viewed 23 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                        (5 reviews)
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                                        • 3 BR
                                        • 3 BA
                                        • Sleeps 6
                                        Multiple rentals Chalet #836129
                                        5
                                        Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
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                                          • 3 BR
                                          • 3 BA
                                          • Sleeps 6
                                          Multiple rentals Chalet #836129
                                          3
                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Excellent! 4.6/5
                                            (15 reviews)
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                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Sleeps 4
                                            Bungalow #8134558
                                            15
                                            Viewed 82 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                                              (6 reviews)
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                                              • 3 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Separate Toilet
                                              • Sleeps 6
                                              Cottage #1887926
                                              6
                                              Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                (3 reviews)
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 7
                                                Cottage #6723143
                                                3
                                                Viewed 32 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                  (5 reviews)
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                                                  • 6 BR
                                                  • 3 BA
                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                  • Sleeps 12
                                                  Farmhouse #8134560
                                                  5
                                                  Viewed 66 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                                    (9 reviews)
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                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                    Cottage #8046340
                                                    9
                                                    Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      • 4 BR
                                                      • 3 BA
                                                      • Separate Toilet
                                                      • Sleeps 10
                                                      Cottage #8077365
                                                      2
                                                      Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                        (4 reviews)
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                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 3 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                        Multiple rentals Cottage #8123191
                                                        4
                                                        Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                          (8 reviews)
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                                                          • 2 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                          Multiple rentals Cottage #6508696
                                                          8
                                                          Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                            • 6 BR
                                                            • 4 BA
                                                            • Separate Toilet
                                                            • Sleeps 13
                                                            Barn #1575439
                                                            2
                                                            Viewed 33 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              • 2 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Cottage #3722367
                                                              3
                                                              Viewed 6 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 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  • 1 BR
                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 2
                                                                  Multiple rentals Cottage #8123191
                                                                  Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                    (6 reviews)
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                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                    Multiple rentals Cottage #6508696
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                                                                    Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                      Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                      (3 reviews)
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                                                                      • 2 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 5
                                                                      Cottage #8147802
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                                                                      Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                        (22 reviews)
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                                                                        • 1 BR
                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                        Cottage #8119532
                                                                        22
                                                                        Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                          • 1 BA
                                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                                          • Sleeps 4
                                                                          Cottage #6105552
                                                                          Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                            • 4 BR
                                                                            • 3 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 7
                                                                            Cottage #8143082
                                                                            Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                                              Apartment #3902243
                                                                              Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                (4 reviews)
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                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                Cottage #6916270
                                                                                4
                                                                                Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 4
                                                                                  Cottage #8128373
                                                                                  1
                                                                                  Viewed 59 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    • 1 BR
                                                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                                                    Barn #6856998
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                                                                                    Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                                                      Multiple rentals Barn #1710
                                                                                      Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                        (9 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 2 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                                                        Apartment #8127382
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                                                                                        Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                          • 3 BR
                                                                                          • 2 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                                                          Barn #8171978
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                                                                                          Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                            • 1 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 2
                                                                                            Cabin #1893561
                                                                                            Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 8
                                                                                              Cottage #1967298
                                                                                              Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                • 1 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                Cottage #6934626
                                                                                                  Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                                  (6 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                  Barn #8165870
                                                                                                  6
                                                                                                  Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                    (18 reviews)
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                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                    Multiple rentals Barn #8125768
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                                                                                                    Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                      • 6 BR
                                                                                                      • 4 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 15
                                                                                                      Farmhouse #8130908
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Wonderful 2nd Stay

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Back to Butterlaw Cottage for our 2nd stay. Andrew and Sophie warm and welcoming like an old family member. The cottage as always is beautifully furnished and well equipped with views to die for. The hamper was great, a nice little treat on arrival after a tedious drive. Fully recommend anybody to visit, the problem is you will not want to leave.........
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

                                                                                                      The Cider House is a great place and a fantastic location.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We stayed there for a few days over the Easter Holidays. It's a great cottage and our kids loved it too. The location is perfect for Glastonbury and the surrounding area. Richard was very welcoming and the kids enjoyed feeding naughty Laddie and Arthur. They really took to Tori the dog who was great! We look forward to returning in the future. Thanks again. Iona, Raj, Finlay and Rekha.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 19-Apr-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017

                                                                                                      first class cottage in lovely sherborne.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      kirsty goes out of her way to make your stay memorable , everything in the cottage is lovely and clean , and anything you might need is there,sherborne is a great place for a short break, with great restaurants and pubs all within 5 min walk of the cottage, its also has some good shops,and i for one would not hesitate to stay again, thank you kirsty.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Apr 2017