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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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51.205871, -2.725388

Somerset is the perfect holiday destination. Its glorious countryside, lovely beaches, historic towns, and charming villages have something for everyone. Coach House is in the quiet village of Henton, close enough to the M5 that you won't be stuck behind the wheel for hours, yet rural enough that you can clearly hear the sound of birdsong in the garden. Guests enjoy panoramic views of the Mendip Hills and easy access to some of the best walking and cycling in the southwest. Wookey Hole Caves, Wells and Glastonbury are within a short drive, while Stonehenge, Bath, Bristol, Longleat, Weston-Super-Mare and other Somerset beaches are all under an hour away. The cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is perfect for couples or families. 

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £700
Short breaks from £110 per night

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

50.921711, -2.656145

After you have spent the day exploring Somerset and Dorset's many attractions, tuck yourself away in this gorgeous petite retreat for 2. The Little Stable is a fabulous choice for couples on a small private country estate in Somerset, a stone's throw from the Dorset border. Spend your days exploring the Mendips, the Quantock Hills, Cranborne Chase AONB, the rolling Blackdown Hills or head to the Jurassic Coast for some sea air. There are miles of fun for cyclists and walkers and an abundance of attractions, or simply stay put and enjoy the indoor swimming pool and tranquility of the Somerset countryside.

Weekly price:
£750 all year
Short breaks from £107 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.921711, -2.656145

A luxurious countryside break in the heart of Somerset? Why not! The Cottage is ideal for couples or small families who love spending time outside. There is breathtaking scenery nearby in the Mendips, Quantocks, Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Blackdown Hills, with miles of footpaths and cycle routes on which to explore. The Jurassic Coast beaches and fossils are also within easy reach, as are beaches like Burnham-on-Sea. With a fantastic heated indoor pool and 4-Star Gold quality accommodation, this delightful holiday cottage is somewhere you will want to return to. Tourist board rating: 4 Star Gold

Weekly guide price:
£795 to £1400
Short breaks from £138 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri | 4 Star Gold

51.103469, -3.199714

Smokeham Farm is a stunning example of large group accommodation done right. 9 en-suite bedrooms accommodating 18-20 people, large dining and socialising spaces, stunning views, and a 10 seater hot tub to round things off.

Weekly price:
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18-20  |   9  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.103469, -3.199714

Look no further for stunning views, chocolate box curb appeal, and one of the cosiest and comfortable properties you will find. Sleeping 16 in 7 bedrooms, complete with hot tub and games room, Rock Farm is the perfect countryside getaway.

Weekly price:
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16  |   7  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.134998, -2.644314

Stunning barn conversion with open plan living, private garden, hot tub, and pool facilities on site. Sleeps 6 - 8 people in 3 bedrooms, log fire, bi-fold doors, and a fantastic rural location.

Weekly price:
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6-8  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

50.975922, -2.844466

Sleeping 15 as standard, or 17 with 2 extra beds, Higher Burrow Farm is perfect for hen weekends, family gatherings, or couples breaks away...and everything in between. With tons of character, 2 hot tubs, an indoor jacuzzi, and absolutely stunning grounds, it is the perfect weekend retreat. 

Weekly price:
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15-17  |   7  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.024780, -2.447585

Little Cheriton House is anything but little. Comprising of 7 bedrooms and plenty of living accommodation set over 3 storeys, this property will take your breath away whilst accommodating 16-18 people. Add in open fires, underfloor heating, an Aga, and a kitchen to die for and properties don't come much better than this.

Weekly price:
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16-18  |   7  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.155309, -2.558185

Portman House sleep 12 -14 in 6 bedrooms and is located in the heart of the Somerset countryside. With views from the hot tub across the surrounding farmland, you can relax in comfort at this beautifully renovated Georgian farmhouse. With both a log burner and open fire, a kitchen and breakfasting room to die for, and roll top baths and raindrop showers, Portman House really does have it all for a great weekend getaway. 

Weekly price:
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12-14  |   6  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.155309, -2.558185

Cute, charming, quiet. 3 words that sum up Apple Cottage. Sleeping 4 in 2 bedrooms, this is the perfect family or couples getaway retreat. Enjoy a dip in the hot tub, and simply sit and enjoy the log burner on a winters evening.

Weekly price:
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4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.155309, -2.558185

Sleeping 12 in 5 bedrooms, Lower Hedge Farm is perfectly located for any group wanting to literally be surrounded by nature and simply get away from it all. With a  private hot tub over looking the fields, a huge garden for relaxing in, and a games room for staying entertained, Lower Hedge Farm should be on your bucket list.

Weekly price:
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12-14  |   5  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.337494, -2.645105

Kingsley Lake View has sweeping views over two acres of landscaped gardens to Chew Valley Lake. The big holiday house in Somerset sleeps 16 people in four bedrooms with a games room, indoor and outdoor self-catering facilities, a hot tub, and lots of luxurious touches to make you and your guests feel welcome and relaxed. You're close to Bristol, Bath and the Cotswolds, with miles of country lanes and footpaths for cycling and walking. The nearby Mendip Hills promise adventure, and there is a fantastic array of local attractions for all ages and interests. 

Weekly guide price:
£3021 to £12000
Short breaks from £1250 per night

16  |   4  |   3+  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

51.015647, -2.426127

Plan the perfect house party, wellbeing retreat, celebration or even your work function at Somerset Manor. This spacious former-rectory, which dates from the late 1600s, sleeps 20 people in 10 bedrooms with a small sofa bed suitable for children (extra charge) if you need it. The luxury holiday house is an hour from Bath, Bristol and Stonehenge, and even closer to Longleat and other popular attractions in Somerset and Wiltshire. However, with onsite amenities that include an outdoor swimming pool (May to September), hot tub, sauna, games room, cinema room, and landscaped gardens and lawns, you won't have to leave the property to have an incredible time. 

Weekly guide price:
£6950 to £12900
Short breaks from £1675 per night

20+2  |   10  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

50.992873, -3.094873

Haygrass House is a big holiday home near Taunton. The owners have carefully restored original Georgian features, enhancing them with modern self-catering facilities over three kitchens, a games room, and a media room. It's a fantastic place to host your weekend house party, celebratory meal, family reunion, or residential workshop. Tucked behind electric gates with 28 private acres of gorgeous Somerset countryside, the grounds of Haygrass House feature a heated outdoor pool and terrace, a full-sized football pitch, an all-weather tennis court, an orchard, and ample off-street parking. Short bookings and extended stays are possible all year round.

Weekly guide price:
£6700 to £10620
Short breaks from £2200 per night

20  |   9  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

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

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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