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Holiday cottages in Somerset

ST7747 : View up Gentle StreetST5039 : Edmund HillST3614 : North Street, IlminsterSS9646 : West side of Watery LaneST2324 : Holy Trinity Church, TauntonST3261 : West side of Christ Church, Weston-super-Mare
Somerset is sometimes rather passed over in tourist guides to the South West, in favour of Devon and Cornwall, but in fact this is a remarkably varied part of England. Perfect for a self catering holiday, the county can offer everything from wild hillsides to bustling seaside resorts, often in surprisingly close proximity. Chief among the resorts is Weston-super-Mare, a town which has recently undergone something of a transformation. It’s still aimed squarely at a family audience, with donkey rides in the shadow of the refurbished Grand Pier, but there are more unusual attractions as well, such as the world’s largest helicopter museum. However, the wide, sandy beach remains Weston’s greatest asset, welcoming sandcastle-builders and kite-surfers alike.

Inland, Somerset’s character changes, and its predominantly rural nature comes to the fore. Unsurprisingly, the interior is a popular holiday cottage destination for those seeking a bit of peace and quiet. The Mendip and Quantock Hills, in the centre of the county, offer just about every outdoor pursuit you can imagine. These impressive limestone peaks make a wonderful natural playground, whether you’re simply looking for a pleasant afternoon’s stroll, or whether your tastes run to rather more intense activity; the area is a hotbed for both climbing and caving. The county isn’t entirely lacking in cities – beautiful Regency Bath is unmissable, as is tiny Wells, with its awe-inspiring cathedral – but in the main, Somerset is a place where you can get right away from the pressures of big-town life.

ST7747 : Former Rook Lane Congregational Chapel

ST3971 : Rock and shingle shore Salthouse Bay Clevedon

ST5445 : Coach Parking - Princes Road