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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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    Apartment #1270295
      Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                      Chateau / Country House #78091
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                          Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                                                                                  Multiple rentals Cottage #8077479
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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    A home from home cottage

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Floral Cottage is situated right in the centre of Dunster, which is a wonderful location to explore Exmoor. The cottage is beautifully decorated and has a real home from home feel about it. Fresh flowers and a home made cake was a lovely touch to be greeted with. We will certainly be returning to this little gem of a cottage.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 07-Dec-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Dec 2016

                                                                                                    Beautiful cottage!!

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    My partner and I had a wonderful stay in this beautiful cottage!! Catherine the owner is a warm and friendly lady and all facilities were superb down to a very detailed info book on all aspects of the cottage and the area. We immediately felt at home and comfortable. What a very relaxing short break. Thank you!! We will definitely be returning next year - can't wait!! :-)
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                    Fantastic - everything you need!

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Everything has been thought of to make for a very comfortable stay. Really friendly people and luxurious accommodation. High quality furnishings and amazingly warm, even without the gorgeous wood burner on the go! Lovely views and so peaceful. On a clear night we went out into garden, it was pitch dark and the stars we could see were amazing, clearest I've ever seen the Milky Way Galaxy! I love the fact that in most of the pubs in this area you can sit with your dog, which is great if you're out walking and fancy stopping for a bite to eat or a quick pint! Minehead is worth a trip, and go to the Apple Tree Café (number 1 in Menhead, just look at the cakes) as they LOVE dogs and give them treats and their own blanket to lie on when you go in! I would definitely return to these cottages as they are 5 star quality and you just step out of the front door and you've countryside walks straight away - and I'd love to see the 4 resident dogs again, so friendly!!!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Nov 2016