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Holiday Cottages in Somerset

Famous for its wonderful ciders and cheeses, Somerset is a popular ceremonial county in the South West of England. With a backdrop of rolling hills and large open expanses of land, this is a beautiful place for a peaceful getaway.

Somerset boasts the perfect balance of iconic English countryside and pretty seaside scenes. You will also find historically significant areas including Bath's impressive Roman city and the rugged wilderness of Exmoor National Park. Read more

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51.050880, -3.179100

Birthday parties, luxury hen weekends and corporate events - it is all possible when you stay at Tatham House in Bishops Lydeard in Somerset. This big holiday house near Taunton sleeps 20 guests in ten ensuite bedrooms, offering a high standard of comfort and features that include an indoor swimming pool, games room, hot tub, cinema room, three reception rooms, and three acres of landscaped grounds. The kitchen is perfect for self-catering but is of a high enough standard that a private chef could step in and whip up a multi-course meal to mark a special occasion. 

Weekly guide price:
£5500 to £14950
Short breaks from £2100 per night

22  |   10  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.936917, -3.116914

Guests of all ages love the comfort and facilities at Widcombe Grange. It's in the Blackdown Hills AONB, barely six miles from Taunton and half an hour from Lyme Regis and the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast. The big holiday home sleeps 24 people in 12 bedrooms with 22 acres of grounds, a walled garden with a heated outdoor swimming pool, hot tub, two lakes, and even an island gazebo licensed for weddings. The group self-catering property is popular for weddings, family reunions, luxury hen weekends, and corporate parties and events. 

Weekly guide price:
£6500 to £11250
Short breaks from £2100 per night

24  |   12  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.986795, -3.242088

A house party needs a venue that encourages socialising yet allows people to retreat to their private space when they need to rest. Tone Dale House fits the bill perfectly. This elegant Georgian manor has been sympathetically refurbished to sleep 31 people in 15 bedrooms, featuring multiple reception rooms, a party room with a sound and light system, and over four acres of professionally landscaped grounds. It's a popular holiday home for group self-catering holidays in Somerset as it is convenient for the M5 and has a wide choice of activities and sights within easy reach. You can walk to the pub, supermarket, restaurants and cafes, or talk to the owner about brining the entertainment and catering in house. 

Weekly guide price:
£6900 to £9800
Short breaks from £1750 per night

31  |   15  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.157023, -2.918356

Cossington Park Cottage is a charming Victorian holiday cottage located in a pretty village just outside the historic market town of Bridgwater in Somerset. The contemporary open plan living area is a beautiful light and airy space for friends and families to relax on holiday. On a sunny day, throw open the French doors that lead onto the decking area and listen to the birds singing in this otherwise peaceful and secluded spot. Cossington Park Cottage sleeps six guests in three bedrooms. One of the bedrooms is on the ground floor and there is also a wheel-chair accessible wet room. Hot tub can be rented. EV charger.

Weekly guide price:
£1075 to £2625
Short breaks from £125 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.157023, -2.918356

Cossington Park House is a stunning medieval holiday home sitting in 22 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds in the pretty Somerset village of Cossington. Dating back 400 years, the combination of period features and antique furniture with cosy living spaces and modern conveniences makes this a majestic, yet comfortable, self-catering holiday house at any time of the year. Child and dog friendly, and with a huge variety of on-site activities for all ages on offer, it is perfect for a tranquil weekend break, active family holiday or to celebrate a special occasion. Cossington Park House sleeps 12 guests in 6 beautiful bedrooms, or book Cossington Park Cottage too if you want to bring 6 extra guests to make 18 in total; Park Cottage has a ground-floor bedroom and wheelchair-accessible bathroom. Hot tub can be rented. EV charger available.

Weekly guide price:
£2425 to £5215
Short breaks from £125 per night

12  |   6  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.132330, -2.626378

Staying at Hunter's Moon almost feels as if you are stepping into your own fairy tale. The luxurious house dates back to the late 16th Century yet feels timeless with its superior furnishings and contemporary features that include a cinema room and an outdoor hot tub. It is peaceful and private, sitting in an acre of grounds and sleeping eight guests in four ensuite bedrooms, so it is ideal for families and friends wanting to spend time together or celebrate a milestone event somewhere very special. There is a welcoming pub a 30-minute walk from the door, while Glastonbury is just four miles away and Bath and Bristol are within easy reach.

Weekly guide price:
£2150 to £3950
Short breaks from £750 per night

8+2  |   4  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.316412, -2.562198

Once an intimate family-run hotel, Cameley Lodge is a spacious holiday home with excellent self-catering facilities, a vast garden with a hot tub, and nine ensuite bedrooms to accommodate up to 21 guests. Guests love the space and the layout, which is fully accessible on the ground and first floors, the amenities, and the friendly owners who make planning a family reunion, celebration with friends, wellness retreat, or business event so easy. It's in the Somerset village of Cameley with panoramic views of rolling countryside in all directions. For all its rural appeal, the house is only half an hour from Bristol and Bath, and you can drive to Glastonbury, Wells, Wookey Caves, Stonehenge and Longleat in an hour or less. 

Weekly guide price:
£4600 to £9000
Short breaks from £1500 per night

21  |   9  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.061932, -2.810243

Steal away to rural Somerset for a relaxing stay in Swallow Barn. It's in Low Ham, a tiny hamlet 16 miles from Taunton, four miles from Somerton, and two miles from Langport. The lovely holiday cottage is perfect for couples and individuals, including those with dogs, with thoughtful touches like bathrobes and a hot tub to add to the sense of calm and comfort. The region is a favourite with walkers and bird watchers and is also convenient for places like Glastonbury, Wells, Wookey Hole, and Barrington Court. 

Weekly guide price:
£475 to £825
Short breaks from £110 per night

2  |   1  |   2  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.211637, -2.794681

This large converted barn is perfect for a self-catering holiday in Somerset. Mowbarton Barn is on a private estate where the owners produce sparkling wine in an ancient tradition started 800 years ago by the monks of Glastonbury. The holiday home is within easy reach of Cheddar, Wells, Glastonbury, the Mendips and the north Somerset coast. It sleeps nine people in four spacious bedrooms, two with ensuites. Its layout offers plenty of living space for large groups and families.

Weekly guide price:
£620 to £1500
Short breaks from £140 per night

9  |   4  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

51.153459, -2.888632

The owners at Rosary Cottage have really thought of everything to ensure you have a happy and relaxing holiday in this beautiful spot on the Somerset Levels. Located in the rural village of Chilton Polden, this recently refurbished holiday cottage sleeps six guests in three bedrooms. Enjoy lazy summer evenings at 'the bar' in the summer house, or snuggle up in front of the log burner during the cooler winter months. With walks from the front door, days out at the beach and a variety of family friendly attractions and activities close by, there is plenty to keep big and little kids entertained whilst on holiday here. 

Weekly guide price:
£700 to £1225
Short breaks from £115 per night

6  |   3  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.076688, -3.295345

A farm holiday in the Somerset countryside is just what you need to recharge your batteries. The Stable Cottage is on Middle Stone Farm, three miles from the Exmoor National Park, 25-minutes from the coast and within easy reach of Taunton. It's on a small organic farm where the owners raise free-range chickens and ducks and sheep, goats and alpaca. The cottage is perfect for couples or young families as it sleeps four people in two bedrooms, with the twin room having small single beds ideal for children under 13. The cottage has a private garden with a wood-fired outdoor hot tub. 

Weekly guide price:
£695 to £1250
Short breaks from £100 per night

4  |   2  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.296414, -2.888420

Poppy is one of five superb self-catering cottages in Somerset. It sleeps seven people in three bedrooms and is perfect for families and friends. The pretty cottage is on the family-run Webbington Farm in the Mendip Hills AONB, with direct access to beautiful walks and bike rides from the door. The Somerset coast is less than half an hour's drive, and local attractions include Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole, and the pier at Weston-Super-Mare, as well as Glastonbury Tor and cathedral. Bristol, Bath, Stonehenge and Longleat are all within reach for a fun day out. Onsite amenities include a big enclosed garden and a children's play area, with guests can also book a session at the spa at the nearby Webbington Spa Hotel. NOTE:  If this cottage is booked there are 3 other cottages on site (sleeps 1-25).  Total accommodation - Kitty (sleeps >4), Tiarks with hot tub, Golightly and Poppy (all sleep >7 each).  Do enquire direct for availability / rates / packages.

Weekly guide price:
£850 to £1615
Short breaks from £299 per night

7  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.296414, -2.888420

Tiarks sleeps 7 adults (plus a baby) and is a welcoming holiday home on a family-run farm in the Mendip Hills AONB. It's next to Crooks Peak and is within easy reach of Brean Sands and Cheddar Gorge. Local attractions include Glastonbury Tor and cathedral, Wells Cathedral, and Weston-Super-Mare pier. The farm offers easy access to the M5, so it is possible to go to Bristol, Bath, Stonehenge and Longleat for day trips. NOTE:  If this cottage is booked there are 3 other cottages on site (sleeps 1-25).  Total accommodation - Kitty (sleeps >4), Tiarks with hot tub, Golightly and Poppy (all sleep >7 each).  Do enquire direct for availability / rates / packages.

Weekly guide price:
£779 to £1541
Short breaks from £150 per night

7  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.296414, -2.888420

Kitty is a pretty holiday cottage on a family-run farm in Somerset. The two-bedroom cottage sleeps up to four people with space for a cot, so it is ideal for couples, families or friends. Located in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with easy reach to footpaths and cycling routes makes the location ideal at any time if the year. Brean, Burnham-on-Sea and Weston-super-Mare are all within half an hour's drive for a day at the seaside. Good road links also make it possible to visit places like Cheddar Gorge, Bristol, Bath, Wells, Glastonbury, and Stonehenge for day trips. The onsite amenities are excellent, and guests can also pay to use the spa facilities at a luxury hotel a short stroll from the farm.  NOTE:  If this cottage is booked there are 3 other cottages on site (sleeps 1-25).  Total accommodation - Kitty (sleeps >4), Tiarks with hot tub, Golightly and Poppy (all sleep >7 each).  Do enquire direct for availability / rates / packages.

Weekly guide price:
£672 to £1263
Short breaks from £130 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.296414, -2.888420

Golightly is a very comfortable holiday cottage on a family-run farm in the Mendip Hills AONB. It's next to Crooks Peak and is within easy reach of Brean Sands and Cheddar Gorge. Local attractions include Glastonbury Tor and cathedral, Wells Cathedral, and Weston-Super-Mare pier. The cottage has good access to the M5, so it is possible to go to Bristol, Bath, Stonehenge and Longleat for day trips. Golightly sleeps up to seven people in three bedrooms. It is one of several superb properties on the estate which, when booked together, sleeps up to 30 people to make the perfect venue for family reunions, hen weekends, corporate events, and holidays with friends. NOTE:  If this cottage is booked there are 3 other cottages on site (sleeps 1-25).  Total accommodation - Kitty (sleeps >4), Tiarks with hot tub, Golightly and Poppy (all sleep >7 each).  Do enquire direct for availability / rates / packages.

Weekly guide price:
£779 to £1541
Short breaks from £284 per night

7  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 3 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.151432, -3.291026

This charming replica train carriage has been built to high standards using modern eco-friendly touches to provide a unique holiday home beside the heritage West Somerset Railway line. The two bedrooms sleep four people who enjoy luxurious features like an outdoor hot tub, underfloor heating and TVs in the bedroom. Dunster Castle, Exmoor National Park, the Quantock Hills and Taunton are all nearby, while Bristol is also within easy reach. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£595 to £1500
Short breaks from £125 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 4 Star Gold

The Railway Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 26th Feb 2024 for 4 nights, £645Save £500"Super, luxury , detached, stone cottage with hot tub , 3 bedrooms sleeping 6 - 2 dogs welcome- wood burner"
51.151432, -3.291026

You don't have to be a steam train buff to appreciate the high standard of accommodation of Railway Cottage, which sits beside the historic train line and has far-reaching views of the Quantock Hills. The Victorian cottage was built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel during the construction of the West Somerset Railway and sleeps six people in three bedrooms. The holiday cottage is a favourite with families and friends, is close to Exmoor National Park and Dunster Castle and available for short breaks all year round. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£895 to £2200
Short breaks from £165 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 4 Star Gold

Cornflower Cottage

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 4th Mar 2024 for 4 nights, £495Save £300"Lovely detached period cottage with hot tub and daily private indoor pool swimming sessions- wood burner- 2 dogs welcome- great pub a 5 min walk"
51.045196, -3.230741

This country bolthole is ideal for couples looking for an easy escape. The luxurious period holiday cottage has loads of charm together with lots of extras like an outdoor hot tub which have earned it a 5-Star Gold rating from Visit Britain. Two comfortable double bedrooms make it perfect for one or two couples, and there is also space for an extra bed to sleep a child or baby. Exmoor National Park, beautiful beaches and the Quantock Hills are all within easy reach. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£745 to £1500
Short breaks from £131 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 5 Star Gold

The Treehouse

Last Minute Offer:Mon, 18th Mar 2024 for 4 nights, £695Save £350"Amazing, large, luxury Treehouse with hot tub, private indoor pool swimmign sessions, tube slice, swing, wood burner, gardens , great pub 5 min walk"
51.045196, -3.230741

The owners of The Treehouse prove that it's possible to combine adventure and luxury. Fall asleep gazing at the Somerset skies, listening to the gentle rustle of leaves on the cedar shingle roof in this 5-star self-catering property, which sleeps four people in two bedrooms. The custom octagonal building is close to Exmoor National Park and the Quantock Hills AONB, within walking distance of Halse village and the New Inn pub, and only a short drive from beautiful Somerset and North Devon beaches. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£1195 to £2500
Short breaks from £198 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Friday | 5 Star

The Apple Tree House

Last Minute Offer:Fri, 15th Mar 2024 for 3 nights, £795Save £400"Race availability in this large, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms family Treehouse with hot tub, tube slide, swings, private indoor pool sessions, 2 dogs welcome, great pub a 5 min walk"
51.045196, -3.230741

The Apple Tree House is a luxurious escape from the stress and bustle of daily life. The elevated three-bedroom holiday home sits close to the boughs of two mature lime trees, giving fantastic views in an incredibly peaceful location. A flexible layout sleeps six people and is ideal for families or friends such as those on a hen weekend or celebratory break, with guests benefiting from a location within easy reach of beautiful beaches, Exmoor National Park, Quantock Hills and Taunton. Tourist board rating: 5 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£1350 to £2700
Short breaks from £331 per night

5 + 1  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 5 Star Gold

Where to Stay in Somerset

From the pretty city of Bath to the beautiful town of Minehead, there are several incredible places to stay in Somerset. Whatever your holiday itinerary, you will find an array of things to do and see when visiting here.

If you want to spend your time in Somerset away from the hustle and bustle, a trip to the pretty village of Porlock will do the trick. Being near the Exmoor National Park means that Porlock is favoured among visitors looking to explore the great outdoors.

For those seeking the chance to wander the historical sights, visiting Taunton is a great choice. Its stunning architecture and Tudor buildings make it the ideal place to stay for anyone who enjoys marvelling over ancient structures.

There are many more great towns and villages in Somerset, all of which have something unique to offer. No matter where you choose, you will find a stunning county full of natural beauty.

Somerset Travel Guide

Before booking your holiday cottage in Somerset, you can find all the information you need for your trip here. For more tips, check out our complete South West England Guide.

When to Visit Somerset

Somerset displays a stunning landscape comprising ancient sights, deep caves, rolling hills and countryside in abundance. Having all of this on your doorstep means that this is the ideal place for all types of adventurers.

As Somerset is located in the south of the UK, it typically displays a more temperate climate. Summers here offer longer days and more sunshine, with temperature highs averaging around 22°C and lows of 11°C. For those seeking to explore Somerset, summer is the perfect time to visit as you can generally expect dry weather and blue skies.

Spring in Somerset is utterly breathtaking, with flowers blooming throughout the countryside, the whole region comes to life during this season. The climate during this time is typically mild, making it ideal for those hoping to get active whilst visiting. With high temperatures averaging around 14.5°C and lows of 6°C, you will find pleasant weather to enjoy hiking, cycling plus much more in the region.

Winter is a beautiful time to visit Somerset, with landscapes shimmering beneath the frost alongside a chance of snowfall - a trip here during this time is truly magical. Temperatures start to get much cooler during winter with average highs of 8°C and lows that can drop below 0°C. Wander through idyllic towns, browse the Christmas markets and enjoy all that this season brings to Somerset.

What to Do in Somerset

Known for its impressive rolling hills, namely the Blackdown Hills (on the Devon border), the Quantock Hills and the Mendip Hills, Somerset is a superb destination for some of the most relaxing walks in the UK. It is a pleasure to be able to choose from such a variety of scenic backdrops and routes as you explore the area at whatever pace you choose.

Somerset is steeped in history, with plenty of beautifully preserved sites to explore, like the dramatic Glastonbury Abbey, a ruin that was once a Christian sanctuary and is believed to be the site of the oldest church in Britain. The county is also famed for being the home to the Glastonbury Festival and England's smallest city – the medieval city of Wells with its beautiful cathedral.

No trip to Somerset is complete without a visit to a brewery to sample some of the best ciders in the UK and gain an insight into how they are produced. Cheddar Gorge is also a must-visit and one of the most iconic and impressive sites in England.

There's no shortage of good food in this heavily agricultural county, with plenty of lively farmer's markets to explore. Take time to sample the best in locally produced food, including the cheddar cheeses that the county is known for.

How to Travel to Somerset

If you are travelling from one of the major cities in the UK below shows an average distance to Somerset, so you know what to expect when choosing to visit by car.

London: 157 miles

Birmingham: 131 miles

Glasgow: 405 miles

Liverpool: 215 miles

Bristol: 41 miles

Manchester: 202 miles

Leeds: 242 miles

Edinburgh: 409 miles

Newcastle: 329 miles

There are multiple ways to travel to Somerset. Its excellent public transport links in many of its towns and villages mean you can journey by train or bus from numerous major UK cities. If you travel by car, there are some great service stations to stop off and rest up whilst on your trip, as well as alternative routes depending on what roads you prefer to drive on.

Learn More About the Somerset Region

Somerset is mainly famous for its cheddar cheese and cider. The region has a plethora of apple orchards plus the renowned Cheddar Gorge that is still used to mature cheese today.

Alongside its food and drink offering, Somerset also boasts multiple art galleries, beautiful towns and outstanding natural beauty. There is so much to see and do here, you will find yourself needing more time when visiting.

Its network of caves and sightseeing spots make Somerset a favoured holiday destination for many. Whether you’re looking to explore the great outdoors, spend some time with family or visit the ancient monuments, you will find it all in this beautiful part of the country.

Somerset FAQs

  • What is Somerset known for?

Being home to Cheddar Gorge means that Somerset is mainly known for maturing cheddar cheese. The gorge is still used today and welcomes visitors year-round to explore its incredible natural beauty.

Alongside its cheese offering, Somerset is also home to a plethora of apple orchards, meaning they produce a significant amount of cider. So, if you’re looking for somewhere with great food and drink, amazing scenery and fantastic tourist attractions, Somerset is where you want to go!

  • What is the main town in Somerset?

There are several great towns and cities scattered throughout Somerset, however, the city of Bath is one of the most visited in the region. Its impressive architecture, great shopping and quintessential aura makes Bath a must-see for all visiting Somerset.

After you have spent some time wandering around Bath and taking in all the ancient sights, check out other popular towns such as Weston-super-Mare and Taunton. These are great places for the whole family to enjoy a typical southern town brimming with things to do and see.

  • Is Somerset good for a family holiday?

Somerset is the perfect location for a family holiday. Its never-ending landscape, ancient caves, stately homes and lively towns and cities, make it the ideal place for the whole clan. There is so much to do in Somerset that you will always find something to keep everyone entertained.

There are also some great adventure activities like hiking, biking and much more across Somerset. This provides the perfect opportunity to tire the kids out before heading back to your rental property for a relaxing evening!

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