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

With miles of coastline, moorland, and a number of charming villages and hamlets, West Somerset has a lot to offer visitors who are willing to go off the beaten track. This beautiful part of the country rewards holidaymakers with spectacular scenery and the opportunity to partake in numerous outdoor activities. There are also plenty of activities in the region to keep children entertained, making West Somerset a great family holiday destination.

HomeAway has a wide selection of holiday cottages in West Somerset available. Popular choices include holiday homes in Minehead and the tiny town of Dulverton, which is nestled in Exmoor National Park. Prices for West Somerset holiday cottages start from just £250 per week for cosy accommodation, and ascend to nearly £800 per week for luxury rentals. All holiday homes come fully furnished with everything visitors need to feel right at home. Most have one to three bedrooms, with many offering additional amenities like easy beach access and accommodation for pets.

Things to do

-Beaches: Traditional seaside fun can be had at Minehead. The coastal town features a wide promenade and a flat sandy beach with views of Exmoor National Park and the coast of Wales. Visitors in holiday homes in Watchet will find another beach town, featuring a mix of sand and pebbles, but lovely to look at. It is also popular for fossil hunting.

-Outdoor activities: With the splendour of Exmoor National Park at the doorstep of many holiday cottages in West Somerset, visitors would be remiss not to visit. The extensive park is filled with beautiful moorland, undulating terrain, streams and rivers, and lots of wildlife. Plenty of public paths make it easy to explore on foot, bicycle, or even on a horse. The park is also a popular destination for canoeing, fishing, and stargazing.

-Family attractions: Butlins in Minehead has an enormous waterpark as well as several play areas for children to enjoy. Families can also take a ride on the West Somerset Railway from Minehead to Bishops Lydeard. The 20-mile steam train journey passes through some wonderful scenery. Within Exmoor National Park itself, the Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park is guaranteed to be a hit with kids. Another great option is a visit to Dunster Castle, located on the border of the national park.

-Golf: Golfers of all ability levels are welcome to play the challenging course at the Minehead and West Somerset Golf Club. Founded in 1882, it is one of the oldest golf clubs in the country. The 18-hole course spans nearly 6,200 yards and is a par 72. Open year-round to visitors, the course features beautiful greens, tricky sea breezes, and lovely views of the coastline.

Weather in West Somerset

As much of West Somerset occupies the coast, the weather remains pleasant and fairly mild throughout the year. June through September see high temperatures exceed 15°C on average, with hot weather peaking in July and August. October experiences cooling temperatures. Once winter sets in, daily highs reach 7°C and lows dip to 2°C. October to December are the rainiest months.

Travel to West Somerset

This rural part of the country is best reached by car. From the M5, drivers can take the A39 westward at the town of Bridgewater. The A39 traverses most of West Somerset, running through popular towns like Minehead, Dunster, and Porlock. Visitors without a car can easily take the train to Bristol Temple Meads or fly into Bristol Airport and hire a car to complete the journey to their West Somerset holiday rental.

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                                                                                                      First class holiday destination.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We all thoroughly enjoyed our week with my father celebrating his 90th birthday. The house was lovely and someone has put a lot of time and effort into renovating the property to a high standard and providing plenty of touches to make our stay extra comfortable. The weather was very cold and it took several attempts to get the underfloor heating working (could have done with a fire or fan heater). Generally everything was first class and look forward to returning soon. Thank you.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Dec 15, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2017

                                                                                                      Fabulous cottage with a warm welcome from the owner

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                                                                                                      Oh the weather outside is awful .... but inside we experienced a warm and very comfortable early Christmas break. The Cottage as always was spotless thanks to Verity. We always look forward to the Welcome basket ... mince pies and luxury snacks were very welcome after an epic journey. We love Friday evenings as the Church bell ringers practise their peels. A festive shopping night with nibbles and wine at Porlock and a trip to Lynton put us in Christmassy Spirit. We enjoyed a delicious Sunday carvery at The Old Ship Aground ... it snowed!!! The weekend flew all too quickly ... we will be back in 2028. Thank you Verity and may we wish you a very Merry Christmas x
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2017