The very name of this county is its best introduction – the summer shire; golden with cider and cheese. Somerset has history, tradition, long folk memories but its image for the visitor is immediate and present – the glow of the ideal summer holiday. The area can be divided in four – the Mendip hills; mid-Somerset of ‘the Levels’; the upland areas of Exmoor and the Quantock hills; and the green hills of south Somerset. Discover the World Heritage city of Bath, explore the tiny cathedral city of Wells or go underground at Cheddar Caves and Wookey Hole. Whatever your interest, Hideaways' specially selected Somerset holiday cottages provide the perfect base from which to discover this interesting and varied county.
At the end of an impressive, tree-lined avenue, lies this enchanting folly. Painstakingly restored and imaginatively converted by its owners, it provides a special place to stay in a beautiful setting.
Perched above a ‘Heritage’ garage in the hamlet of Stoke Trister, on the Somerset, Dorset, and Wiltshire border, this delightfully ‘quirky’ retreat enjoys far-reaching views over the Blackmore Vale.
10% discount for all holidays ending on or before 2nd September
Peaceful retreat between Exmoor and the Quantocks with long south-facing views. One mile from the small town of Wiveliscombe. Large garden and summerhouse.
Visit England 4 star New Mill Cottage is just 10 minutes’ drive from the centre of Bath, in the outlying village of Northend. Conveniently located for exploring this World Heritage city.
10% discount for all holidays ending on or before 2nd September
This charming cottage has been expertly converted from a former hay store. It takes its unusual name from the ancient ceremony of wassailing, drinking a ‘cup’ and singing to the apple trees in cider-producing regions.
Dating from the early 1700s, Tibbs Barn offers holiday accommodation to a particularly high standard, with a wealth of original features and a state-of-the-art kitchen and bathroom.
At the end of a track in its own private combe, this delightful cottage is the quintessential ‘hideaway’, located in the heart of the Exmoor National Park.
Occupying the top floor of Circus House, this stylish apartment provides the perfect opportunity to enjoy this World Heritage city from the heart of its Georgian architectural splendour. Visit England 4 stars (Gold Award).
Skillfully converted from a former dairy, Old Dairy Barn is a luxury barn conversion in the walled village of Bathford, less than 3 miles from the centre of Bath. Visit England 4 stars (Gold Award).
Hill Cottage is a tastefully modernised cottage, situated in the tiny hamlet of Hewood, with long views over beautiful Dorset countryside.
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This large and diverse county in the south west of Britain has an extraordinary variety of landscape, from its 84 miles of coast bordering the River Severn and the Bristol Channel to the atmospheric ‘levels’ and the separate – and very different – upland areas of Exmoor and the Quantock, Mendip and Blackdown Hills. Hideaways’ selection of wonderful Somerset holiday cottages can be found all round the county, from romantic cottages for two to larger houses and dog friendly cottages.
Somerset also has many historical associations, with Iron Age fortifications such as Cadbury Castle and Glastonbury’s connection with the legendary King Arthur. The present day county formed a major part of the ancient Kingdom of Wessex, the stronghold of Alfred the Great, and in later times was largely Parliamentarian during the Civil War. More recently still, the legendary Arthur Wellesley took his title, Duke of Wellington, from the town of that name in the county and a monument to him dominates the skyline above the motorway to the west. Staying in a Hideaways holiday cottage in Somerset provides an ideal opportunity to discover more about these places and events.
The county town is Taunton, on the River Tone (hence its name) and is at one end of the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal, restored throughout its length in 1994. The town, just off the M5 motorway, gives access to the nearby little-known but beautiful Quantock Hills, where Hideaways has an attractive holiday cottage near the West Somerset Railway, a ‘heritage’ line running from Minehead to Bishop’s Lydeard (a ‘must’ for steam enthusiasts). Further west, inland from the coastal town of Minehead, lies Exmoor, the second largest upland area in the region. It boasts beautiful river valleys running down to the sea and wilder upland spaces of moor and heathland rising to 1,700 ft. at Dunkery Beacon. One of our most popular Exmoor holiday cottages lies high on the moor in a lovely hidden valley, perfect for a relaxing break from the world.
The limestone Mendip Hills provide some of the county’s most spectacular attractions, huge caves and passages, caverns and underground lakes, and steep atmospheric gorges. Best known are Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole, the latter occupied until quite recent times. Here again, Hideaways has holiday cottages within easy reach of these fascinating places.
One of our most popular luxury Somerset cottages, a barn conversion, lies on the edge of the Somerset Levels beneath Ham Hill, an Iron Age fortification. The Levels, unusual wetland areas of pastures and reedbeds and of great interest to naturalists and conservation groups, are fed and drained by a number of rivers, one of which is tidal as far as Langport. Extensive recent works are designed to prevent future flooding of valuable farmland.
One of Somerset’s jewels is the World Heritage City of Bath, famous equally for its Roman baths and other remains, and its superb Georgian crescents and terraces. Visitors staying in any of our Bath cottages or apartments nearby will love spending a day exploring this fascinating city and taking advantage of its renowned shopping opportunities. Also well worth a visit is Wells, Somerset’s other city with its lovely cathedral and Close.
Our holiday cottages in Somerset can be found in most parts of the county, in beautiful rural areas or in attractive small towns and villages. Several of our cottages are in South Somerset, which includes the gentle hills bordering the A30, a pleasant route through the centre of the county. This area also contains some fine historic houses including Montacute and Barrington Court (NT). Whichever of our cottages you choose to rent, you will enjoy the rich historical heritage and geographical diversity of this interesting and welcoming part of the country.
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