Ramscombe and Cockercombe are two of five luxury holiday lodges tucked away in a picturesque valley at the foot of the Quantock Hills in Somerset, not far from the county town of Taunton. Each property has 6 en suite bedrooms and a fabulous indoor heated pool, plus plenty of outdoor space with a large patio, sturdy garden furniture, a barbecue, and children's play equipment. It all goes a long way to making the perfect big family holiday for up to 28 guests, or for happy gatherings of friends, for celebrations and corporate breaks. Ramscombe and Cockercombe have all you need for a wonderful week long holiday, a mid-week break or a 2 or 3 night weekend stay whatever the time of year.
Virtually on the doorstep is the rugged beauty of the Quantock Hills, where there's heaps of opportunity for walking and cycling, though one of the best ways to see the hills is on horseback with Quantock Trekking. One thing they say about the Quantocks is that you're never more than half an hour from a pub, and some of them are really charming, so make time for a laid back lunch or even just a pint of the local ale. Stroll up to Triscombe Stone and then go to the Blue Ball Inn, or climb to Wills Neck, the highest point in the hills and head back down to the Rising Sun at West Bagborough or the Farmers Arms at Combe Florey on your way home. Walk up through the wooded combes to the bracken-clad heaths where you'll have views that stretch across to the Somerset coast and on a clear day, as far as Wales. Holford Combe is a good one, and then afterwards you can go to The Plough in the village. Spend a day on Exmoor exploring the beautiful varied landscape of dramatic clifftops, quiet beaches, steep wooded valleys and gorse covered moors where wild ponies roam free; don't miss the ancient clapper bridge at Tarr Steps, the craggy Valley of Rocks and the riverside walk at Watersmeet.
For bracing sea air you'll find much diversity on the Somerset coast; the golden sands at Minehead, Weston-Super-Mare and Brean are such a contract to the windswept shores of East Quantoxhead and Doniford. Within an hour you can be on the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast where you can mooch about the quaint fishing town of Lyme Regis and take a boat out to catch mackerel for the barbecue. If you fancy a shopping trip head for Taunton with its range of high street and independent retailers, or to one of the smaller towns like Wellington or Wiveliscombe.There's so much you can do! Jump on the steam train with the West Somerset Railway at Bishops Lydeard and chug through the countryside, alighting at Watchet or Blue Anchor, take the kids to Diggerland, Tropiquaria, or Crealy Adventure Park; it's a little further but you could even head over to Cheddar Caves or Wookey Hole in the Mendip Hills, to Exmoor Zoo or Bristol Zoo. For something more refined have an afternoon strolling around the gardens at Hestercombe House or Forde Abbey, and for a real taste of Somerset go down the road to Sheppy's Cider where there's a shop, museum and cafe. Whatever you do, one thing's for sure; you'll go home with happy memories to last a lifetime.