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Located at the foot of the Quantock Hills, England’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the bustling market town of Bridgwater is the perfect spot for holidaymakers looking to experience the West Country. While this part of the UK may be known for being quiet, you’ll find plenty to see and do from your Somerset cottage whether you’re planning a few days away or a longer holiday with the family.
The beautiful walled gardens in Cannington, a small village not far from Bridgwater, lie in the grounds of a medieval priory. As if that wasn’t enough, the gardens’ history is spectacular with the buildings undergoing many transformations over the years from nunnery to politician’s house to school. Today the gardens provide an excellent canvas for the students of Bridgwater College and their work can be viewed throughout. The gardens themselves are a real treat for anyone whose fingers bear the merest tinge of green. From the sub-tropical walk to the Blue Garden and the ornamental kitchen garden, the variety of plants and flowers from across the world combine to provide a series of breathtaking vistas. With the weather finally improving as we head towards summer, now is a perfect time to make the most of the great outdoors during your holiday in Somerset.
Bridgwater truly comes alive in November when months of hard work result in the largest illuminated carnival in Europe. Numerous floats decorated by local carnival clubs track the two mile route which really has to be seen to be believed. The carnival traces its history to 1605 and the unsuccessful attempt by Guy Fawkes and his band of followers to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Bridgwater Carnival just wouldn’t be complete without the unique firework display at the end of the carnival known as squibbing. 150 squibbers stand facing each other and set off their fireworks in unison for a trail of bright light through the Bridgwater streets. Carnival is an absolute must if you’re planning a Somerset holiday during the autumn; why not take a look at our holiday cottages with an open fire for some inspiration?
Speaking as a former West Country resident, the best way to explore the gorgeous countryside is on two feet. This part of Somerset is a walker’s paradise with the Mendip Hills, Somerset Levels and Quantocks all within easy reach from your self-catering cottage. The Exmoor National Park, just a short drive from Bridgwater, with its combination of coastal and rural scenery is a great choice both for a bracing walk or gentle amble. There are more than 1000km of footpaths and bridleways in Exmoor alone so you could easily spend a few days here and never see the same part twice. The best bit about the numerous walks in Somerset? You’re almost guaranteed to find a quaint tea room or rustic country pub en route; what better way to spend an afternoon in Somerset?
Thinking about a holiday in Somerset? Visit the website to browse our range of cottages in Somerset or give one of our holiday cottage advisors a call on 01244 356695 for help finding your perfect cottage. Our call centre is open until 9.30pm, seven days a week so we’re always on hand to help!