A Quantock village street on a sunny day, lined by wisteria-clad cottages Bicknoller Village in the heart of The Quantock Hills in Somerset.

The Quantocks

Oak woods, parkland, heath and fields are all on the doorstep of holiday cottages in the Quantocks. This glorious range of hills lies west of Bridgewater, in the county of Somerset. The Quantocks run for roughly 15 miles, from the Vale of Taunton Deane in the south to Kilve and West Quantoxhead on the Bristol Channel coast. The hills are England's first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, designated in 1956, and are a paradise for walking, wildlife-watching or enjoying peace and solitude in an unspoiled corner of the Southwest. Dramatic rocky bays and towering clifftops dominate the coast, which is popular among fossil-hunters, while inland, the hills are blanketed in heather, gorse and bracken. Hike to the hilltops on a clear day and you will be able to see all the way to Exmoor to the west, Wales to the north and Glastonbury Tor and the Mendips to the east.

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5
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3

Old Malthouse is a sophisticated rural cottage in Monksilver, Somerset, which blends tradition and modernity. Replete with exposed beams and wood burner, the pet-friendly cottage once supplied malt to the region and is an ideal place to enjoy a local cider or an ale after a day exploring Exmoor.

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3
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2

Enjoy wonderful views and a sea breeze at Oak, a coastal cottage at Primrose Hill in Somerset which boasts beautiful gardens, disabled access, contemporary comforts, a games room and light-filled spaces. Admire the countryside views and spend days exploring Blue Anchor Bay and Exmoor National Park.

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4
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2

Bridlecott is a charming rural cottage nestled in Monksilver, Somerset, and it offers the best of the country and the coast. Situated on the edge of Exmoor National Park, the walker’s paradise promises ample grounds, spacious rooms, an open-plan layout and access to a lovely English country village.

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4
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2

Yew Tree Cottage is a rustic rural cottage in the delightful village of Timberscombe within Exmoor National Park. The pet-friendly cottage sleeps 4 and features exposed beams and walls, tiled floors, period furnishings and a log fire, and offers access to Quantock Hills and the Somerset countryside.

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16
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8

The Old Byres is a large holiday cottage, bursting with character on the rural West Somerset coast in Washford village between Watchet and Dunster. This tastefully furnished, pet-friendly holiday property sleeps 16 guests who have use of an outdoor heated swimming pool, sauna and a hot tub.

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1

Watch the sunset over Blue Anchor from the private deck of Pines, a lovely romantic cottage in Cleeve Park, Somerset. Explore the region of Exmoor and relax at a coastal cottage with an open-plan design, abundant natural light and a generous enclosed garden.

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7
Bedrooms
3

The Outlook is a contemporary rural cottage boasting wonderful views of the Somerset countryside, and a hot tub. The pet-friendly cottage near Crowcombe sits on expansive grounds surrounded by green hills and offers outdoor entertaining areas as well as a spacious interior with chic design features.

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4
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3

Situated just 100 yards from Watchet marina is Cuain Cottage, a new holiday cottage in this lovely seaside town of Somerset. The coastal cottage features exposed beams and original features as well as contemporary comforts, and is just a hop and step away from the beaches and attractions of Watchet.

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1

The Cottage, Catford House is a delightful romantic cottage on the edge of Exmoor National Park. Situated in Brendon Hill, Somerset, the rural cottage is surrounded by beautiful countryside and offers couples a recently refurbished pet-friendly retreat with a private courtyard and modern comforts.

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Explore the countryside from your Quantocks holiday cottage and you will discover Iron Age hill forts and Bronze Age round barrows. Countless footpaths meander through the hills, including the renowned Coleridge Way, named after local poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, passing through the villages of Monksilver, Roadwater and Luxborough on its way to Exmoor. Look out for red deer as you explore the ancient oak pollards at Willoughby Cleeve or visit the Highland Cattle near Fyne Court, at the southern end of the Quantocks.

In the sleepy villages which dot the hills, you will find outstanding restaurants, where you can enjoy delicious food, prepared with fresh ingredients from the area's farms. Clavelshay Barn in North Petherton and Combe House in Holford are both excellent options for an evening meal, while the Blue Ball Inn in Triscombe and the Hood Arms are both lovely pubs, serving good food and Somerset ciders.