Tranquillity and history combine in the sleepy county of Somerset which is a delightful blend of exquisite cities, rural villages and unspoilt countryside. Visitors are drawn by the renowned seaside resorts that adorn the inviting coastline, with a choice of golden beaches, pretty harbours and elegant marinas. Holiday cottages in Somerset are also popular due to the diverse range of attractions and activities that are suitable for all ages and abilities whether you are looking for sights, adventure or relaxation.
A wide selection ofholiday cottages in Somerset offer guests the chance to spend a few days exploring the many sights of Bath. The elegant city is renowned for its pretty architecture as well as its spa waters which are believed to be good for your health. The many beautiful Georgian buildings that line the carefully crafted streets of the World Heritage Site are a result of its popularity in the 18th century as a fashionable spa resort. Bath was also popular 2000 years ago with the Romans as a health resort and the famous Roman baths still draw visitors to the city today. Any stay in a holiday cottage in Somerset will be incomplete without visiting the Roman Baths Museum, where you can enjoy waters from the hot spring and learn about the Roman way of life.
Holiday cottages in Somerset are extremely popular in summer when the mild climate of the county makes it ideal for a refreshing break by the sea. Families, groups and couples often flock to the popular coastal resorts of Weston-super-Mare, Minehead, Brean and Barnham. Here you can enjoy a day out complete with ice cream, a donkey ride and fish and chips. Alternatively you can spend your time exploring the quaint tea rooms and shops that the coastal towns are home to. There are also holiday cottages in Somerset that offer access to some of the region's historic harbours and marinas, where you can enjoy a variety of thrilling water-based activities such as sailing and wind surfing.
One of the region's most famous symbols is the Exmoor Pony – one of the oldest breeds of pony in England. These majestic animals roam freely over the vast moors of Exmoor National Park, where you may also spot wild Red Deer amid the awe-inspiring scenery of the park. Walkers staying in holiday cottages in Somerset can enjoy many fantastic walks through the park, thanks to 1000kms of footpaths. A variety of other active pursuits such as horse riding, cycling and canoeing also offer visitors the chance to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the park at their own pace. If you would like information on the park's wildlife, routes and history during your stay in a holiday cottage in Somerset, the Exmoor National Park Authority would be a fantastic place to start.
One of the most well-known towns in Somerset is Glastonbury, which is world-famous for its yearly music festival. However, holiday cottages in Somerset are popular throughout the year due to the history and stunning beauty of the town. One of the best known sights is St Michael's Tower, a National Trust managed roofless church from the 15th century. The church is situated on the Glastonbury Tor which offers spectacular views of the Somerset Levels – a picturesque mixture of wetland and coastal plain. The quaint architecture of the town is a delight in itself, with half-timbered buildings and winding streets. Glastonbury Abbey is also well worth a visit if you are staying in a holiday cottage in Somerset.
Many historical sites dating from the Neolithic times onwards are scattered throughout the region, adding interest to walking routes as well as providing memorable days out to guests staying in holiday cottages in Somerset. One of the most unique relics of the past is the remains of the Sweet Track – an elevated footpath that ran across the Somerset Level swamps. Remains of the track, which was built around 6000 years ago, can be found on the Shapwick Heath National Nature Reserve. There is also an array of wildlife and flora in the reserve, making it perfect for an exciting day of exploration for nature lovers staying in holiday cottages in Somerset.