Kingshay Barton ticks all the boxes for large group holidays with close friends and family in the UK, with a peaceful setting, tucked away at the end of a no-through lane in Somerset, large grounds, snooze space for 20 guests (3 more beds ideal for children aged 8 years and under are available at an extra charge each), a fabulous spa hall with a pool, hot tub and sauna, a games room, a cinema room, and a rustic BBQ bothy.

This luxury large group holiday house has plenty of country character; the walls are built of local golden Ham stone, there are big thick beams, and lots of quirky features. Despite being snucked away from the road in the village of Misterton it’s only a short stroll to Cedric's, the local shop. The little market town of Crewkerne is only a few minutes away, with supermarkets, independent shops, cafes and pubs, an Antiques Bazaar, and a beautiful 15th century church.

It’s only a few miles to the Dorset border, which means the coast is within easy reach. Spend a day at Lyme Regis where you can visit Dinosaurland Fossil Museum, or go fossil hunting at Charmouth. Take a clifftop walk on the South West Coast Path, watch the comings and goings in the harbour at West Bay, have lunch at the beach café at Burton Bradstock. Further along is the East Devon Coast, with golden sands at Sidmouth and the picturesque villages of Beer and Branscombe.

If you like walking there are footpaths through the fields just at the end of the garden; a little further away you can explore the ramparts at Ham Hill Country Park or amble through Wayford Woods. If you like historic houses with glorious gardens Forde Abbey, Barrington Court and Mapperton House & Gardens are all within easy reach.

Have a day out exploring the Dorset heaths and see Thomas Hardy’s Cottage, discover Dorchester where you can visit The Dinosaur Museum, the Roman Town House, and the Teddy Bear Museum. Go to Bridport and catch the eclectic street market on Saturdays, then browse the vintage quarter.

You’ll find family attractions like Haynes Motor Museum and Fleet Air Arm Museum within easy reach and there’s so much to do - golf at Long Sutton or Cricket St Thomas, clay pigeon shooting and fishing at Coombe Farm, and pony trekking at Hillview Riding Stables.

No holiday in the country is complete without a laid-back lunch in a country pub, and round these parts there are plenty. The Lord Poulett Arms at Hinton St George is excellent, but also worth finding are Dinnington Docks, and the White Horse at Haselbury Plucknett. Good for families are Haselbury Mill and Winyard’s Gap Inn where the views will knock your socks off.

Happy days await you at Kingshay Barton, it’s a place where you can make magical memories whatever the time of year; book today!