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Holiday cottages in Somerset

ST7747 : Benchmark on #1 Gentle StreetST5039 : Bove Town - Wells RoadST5445 : The Little TheatreST3261 : Blue direction sign for cyclists, Gerard Road, Weston-super-MareST3261 : Ordnance Survey Cut MarkST3261 : North along George Street, 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.

ST5445 : Tucker Street benchmark

ST7747 : Houses on Lock's Hill

ST3261 : Kelly Communications van, Baker Street, Weston-super-Mare