Somerset Cottage Holiday Guide

Somerset countrysideFrom beautiful coastal towns, to amazing Cheddar Gorge, Glastonbury and the Mendip Hills, Somerset in South West England is home to a wealth of stunning scenery and places of interest to discover on cottage holidays and self-catering breaks.  Read on to discover some of the best that Somerset has to offer in our holiday guide.

Whether you want to enjoy relaxing on sandy beaches or wandering through peaceful areas of natural beauty, from the picture-perfect villages of Castle Cary and Dunster to the renowned festivals like Glastonbury, Somerset has an endless well of days out to keep you entertained.


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Want to visit Somerset's seaside resorts and coast on your next break away?

Somerset has a stunning coastline, with an array of different areas to explore whether you want to grab fish and chips as you watch the horizon, take a dip in the ocean or test out your skills with some watersports. 
Some of Somerset’s best seaside towns to discover on holiday include:

Enjoy all the fun of the seaside at MineheadMinehead, Somerset

Minehead combines the beauty of a seaside retreat with the pretty countryside views of Exmoor, nestled just on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Wander down the historic harbour and take in all the sites Minehead has to offer including the well-known 14th century church steps as well as a fantastic selection of tearooms and boutiques. The beach is the perfect place to relax and enjoy, both from the comforts of the sands and the excitement of some paddleboarding or even kayaking. Minehead is the ideal seaside town, complete with it’s Victorian architecture, unmissable for a family day out.


Enjoy a Traditional British Seaside Town at Weston-super-Mare Weston super Mare, Somerset

If you’re looking for an authentic British seaside resort, then you can’t get much better than Weston-super-Mare. It’s a flawless fusion of traditional amusements with more modern additions, from the classic Victorian architecture and family favourites like donkey rides to bustling shops and amazing restaurants. You won’t want to miss the two-mile long sandy beach either!


Relax on Burnham-on-Sea’s Sandy Beach 

Burnham-on-Sea is a lovely destination, perfect for a family day out that will keep everyone entertained. Complete with everything you could want in a seaside town from a cinema and theatre to the 42 acre park, it’s a dream destination for a day out! There’s also an interesting range of unique shops that are well worth a visit, complimented by a beautiful selection of Victorian houses. Relax on sandy beaches, with dog friendly spaces available, and enjoy some games or explore the town centre – it’ll be a memorable break away!


Do Some Fossil Hunting at Kilve Beach Kilve Beach, Somerset

For a pebble beach, Kilve Beach is the ideal location. You can enjoy the majestic sites of the cliffs, where you might even catch a glimpse of the fascinating fossils that call Kilve Beach home. It’s a registered Site of Special Scientific Interest, so anyone wanting to discover more of the history of the dinosaurs will be delighted to explore it. It’s also got a fascinating literary background, even featuring as a backdrop to one of Wordsworth’s poems! Enjoy natural walks along the scenery of Kilve in this unique holiday destination.


Want to discover rural Somerset and reconnect with nature on holiday in Somerset?

Even if you’re not a fan of the beach, then there’s still plenty to enjoy beyond the sandy shores as you seek out the hills and lakes of Somerset on a cottage break, offering sublime places to reconnect with the natural beauty Somerset holds.  

Some of the best places in rural Somerset to discover include:


Cheddar Gorge Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

Discover one of Somerset’s most dramatic landscapes at Cheddar Gorge close to Cheddar where steep cliffs and a stunning natural gorge and fascinating caves await.  This is a site of special scientific interest where you can climb Jacob’s ladder and the unique Lookout tower where you can look out over the stunning scenery of the Mendip Hills.


Exmoor National Park Exmoor National Park

If you’re a nature lover, then you’ll know that a countryside trip to Somerset wouldn’t be complete without a day to explore all the wonders on offer at Exmoor National Park. From secluded walks where you can chill out and reconnect with your natural surroundings to unmissable educational experiences where you can learn all about the local history, Exmoor is an amazing place to discover. There are regular events on offer and walks for every level. It’s the perfect place for anyone who loves to be surrounded by nature!


Glastonbury Tor Glastonbury Tor, Somerset

For a sense of mysticism and amazing views, Glastonbury Tor on the outskirts of the town of Glastonbury is well worth a visit.  This hill has spiritual links and is topped by a Grade 1 listed historic tower, managed by the National Trust.  Visit and enjoy an invigorating hike up the steps to the top of the hill and marvel at the amazing views out over the stunning Somerset landscape. 


Quantock Hills Quantock Hills, Somerset

Rated an Area of Outstanding National Beauty, The Quantock Hills are a sublime area to discover if you want o explore the tranquillity of Somerset. Take in the panoramic views and explore the farmland and charming villages spread across the glorious landscape. There are all types of terrain to explore, from the Jurassic Coastland to wooded combes. The Quantock Hills are a scenic location home to an array of wildlife and is the perfect place for a morning walk around these stunning areas. 


Whether you want to discover superb coastal towns, unspoilt countryside or fascinating points of interest, Somerset has it all.  Whether you opt to stay in a barn conversion, a holiday cottage, a log cabin or a lodge, we hope you have your best holiday yet in Somerset.

Page last reviewed on 12 October 2023
by Em Burr

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