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Holiday cottages in Somerset

ST7747 : Houses on Lock's HillST5039 : Angel on the CrossST3614 : Ilminster: minster church of St. MarySS9646 : Water Trough in Vicarage RoadST2324 : Holy Trinity Church, TauntonST1420 : Tower of St John the Baptist, Wellington
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.

ST2324 : Salvation Army Church, South Street, Taunton

ST2324 : A simple beauty

ST3971 : Beach Scour