The charmingly named Dancing Hill shares its name with the hill where it stands, with panoramic views over almost the whole of Somerset, and stretching as far as Wales on a clear day. Not far from the village of North Petherton this was formerly two farm workers cottages and is now a luxury holiday home that sleeps 12 people. Peaceful, spacious and homely, modern designer style blends seamlessly with eclectic older pieces; the oak doors are latch and brace, underfloor heating and a wood-burning stove keep you toasty in the colder months.Order in a hamper of local meat and produce for your stay, from Pyne's of Somerset's farm shop down the road; they'll even deliver charcoal for the BBQ.

Once you’re here you might well be so happy that you want to stay put; if you do fancy exploring the local area you’ll find walks right on your doorstep. Further up the hill are woods to walk in, and a footpath 100 yards up the road takes you into the Quantock Hills. If you go down to North Petherton you'll find a footpath along the canal, with sculptures along the way. Further afield you can visit some of the places you can see from the house; Burrow Mump and Glastonbury Tor are visible and within easy reach; have a day exploring the Somerset Levels or go to Wells and take in the splendour of the cathedral, Bishops Palace and Vicar’s Close. For something truly local visit Bere Cider Company near Langport where you can sample traditional Somerset cider in the shack.

Take a trip to Bristol, go to the vibrant harbourside, browse the shops at Clifton Village or Gloucester Road; take the family to the zoo. Visit the beautiful spa town of Bath, go sightseeing and take in the Royal Crescent and the Roman Baths. Have an Exmoor adventure, over the wild heaths where wild ponies live, stop at Watersmeet, or Tarr Steps and then find a little tea shop in Dulverton for a Somerset cream tea. If you want beaches head to Weston-Super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea or Minehead for traditional bucket-and-spade fun; go over to the Jurassic coast to Lyme Regis or Beer for mackerel fishing, or for something different try East Quantoxhead or Kilve for rockpooling and fossil hunting.

Get some retail therapy at Clark’s Village, in Taunton or Exeter; soak up the beauty of Forde Abbey or Dunster Castle, and have a whole load of family fun at Brean Theme Park or Wookey Hole. Come back to Dancing Hill, have a drink on the patio or down in the paddock, and watch the sun go down. 

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