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Encompassing Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, the South West is one of the most popular cottage holiday destinations in the UK. Boasting some of the most unspoilt countryside and coastline in the UK, it is easy to see why booking holiday cottages in the South West is so popular. See all of our South West Cottages
The Southern counties of England are varied, each with their own character and charm. Our collection of holiday cottages in Southern England covers the areas of Berkshire, Greater London, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Wiltshire. See all of our Southern England Cottages
The North West England region is home to the counties of Cheshire, Cumbria and Lancashire, each with their own unique qualities that draw in international visitors. The region is steeped in history as well as popular tourist attractions making it a popular destination to visit all year round. See all of our North West Cottages
Visit historic North East England with its castles and ruins, beautiful coastline and family attractions whilst staying in one of our luxurious holiday cottages. The region is home to countless Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, National Parks and World Heritage Sites. See all of our North East Cottages
Highlands of Scotland
Borders & The Lothians
Perthshire, Fife & Tayside
Skye & The Hebrides
Grampian & Speyside
Handpicked Cottages have selected what we believe are some of the finest holiday cottages in Wales. We have some superb properties in the most beautiful areas of the country. Rural valleys meet with the stunning coasts to make Wales a perfect self-catering cottage destination. See all of our Wales Cottages
The UK is blessed with some of the most beautiful and diverse National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty anywhere in the world. For us, these stretch from Isles of Scilly holiday cottages in the south to the very tip of Scotland. The largest of these is the Lake District but there are well over 50 in total. See all of our Cottages in Special Places
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With so many people looking for a more peaceful way of life the same is true for the type of cottage holiday we are now looking for. Away from the crowds, tranquil locations and glorious countryside. This is Somerset!
Somerset was in the past seen as the county you drive through to get to neighbouring Devon and Cornwall. This is no longer the case. Somerset is a beautiful county that offers guests quality self catering cottage choices in stunning locations. Here we take a close look at why Somerset is becoming so popular. We throw the spotlight on the very best places to visit and places to stay for your next Somerset adventure.
The jewel in the crown and the largest city in Somerset, Bath is often at the top of the must see list when visiting Somerset. Renowned for its ancient Roman history and baths, Bath is today a vibrant place to visit at any time of the year.
Toward the end of November through to around the middle of December each year sees the ever popular Bath Christmas Market. The Georgian buildings, and medieval cathedral make the perfect backdrop to this magical time of year. Book a romantic break with Handpicked cottages for a pre-Christmas treat.
Bath has a fabulous restaurant scene and is very popular with foodies who visit to enjoy fine cuisine from all over the world. Corkage is an award winning independent wine restaurant serving a highly seasonal and ever changing menu.
If a bit of retail therapy is your thing the choice is endless. As well as its imposing architecture and Roman remains, Bath has a wide range of galleries, museums and theatres for lovers of the arts to enjoy.
Where to stay: Midford Mill is located close to Bath city centre and is a great base to explore the local area. The property is also the perfect place to stay to enjoy Christmas market.
Built between 1175 and 1490 the Cathedral really is a site to behold. Located in England’s smallest city this Gothic style, Wells Cathedral welcomes thousands of visitors each year.
As well as the Cathedral, Wells offers a wonderful destination for day visitors and those who would like to soak in the history of the City. There are a wide range of independent shops, eateries, gardens and museums to enjoy here before you return to your Somerset holiday cottage.
Where to stay: For a larger family group The Post House at Chewton Mendip sleeps 12 and is just 5 miles from Wells.
South of Bristol you will find The Mendip Hills a scenic Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). If you enjoy walking and the great outdoors you will love this part of Somerset. Without doubt one of England’s most beautiful landscapes with deep gorges and forests rising above the Somerset Levels. Unspoilt, this part of Somerset is a joy to visit at any time of the year and has a great choice of Somerset Cottages to rent during your stay.
The Mendips is also home to Cheddar Gorge and Caves. An AONB itself, this is Britain’s biggest gorge and a must-see attraction.
Where to stay: For the romantics, The Lamb At Pennard Hill Farm is a great choice. Relax in the wood-fired hot tub and take in the stunning views over the Mendips.
With a large part of Exmoor falling within the Somerset borders, Exmoor is a playground for those who want to reset and recharge. Famed for the rugged coast, ponies and open moorland, Exmoor National Park is a must-see on your next visit to Somerset.
With a good range of quality self catering cottages to rent in Exmoor you will soon be surrounded by the unspoilt beauty of this peaceful holiday destination.
No trip to Somerset is complete without a tour at a local cider producer and the guys at Torre Cider Farm offer you the chance to see how the humble apple is transformed into liquid westcountry nectar! This family run cider farm offers tours around the orchards and has lots for the children too with play areas and farm animals to pet.
Where to stay: Smokeham Farm is a stunning retreat and the perfect base to explore Exmoor. With 9 en-suite bedrooms, four-poster beds, games room and hot tub, you won’t be disappointed.
Without doubt a must see list of places to visit in Somerset would not be complete without giving iconic Glastonbury a shout. Famed around the world for the annual music festival, Glastonbury offers much more than music and muddy boots. Surrounded in Christian and Pagan folklore the town itself has a very special high street with a unique vibe. This ancient town has something for everyone.
For a glimpse of times gone by and the local areas past, then a visit to The Somerset Rural Life Museum is a must. Admire the various exhibitions or take a guided tour and find out what rural life was like back through history.
Where to stay: Hunter’s Moon is a magical holiday home and unique retreat Near Glastonbury. Luxurious in every way this property is a very special place to stay close to Glastonbury.
We hope we have given you some inspiration for your next Somerset getaway. We have highlighted just a handful of properties to stay at but have plenty more Somerset Holiday Cottages for you to choose from.
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