Cottages.com have recently conducted a survey to find out what makes Britain great and the answers ranged from Prince Harry to tea, a full English or queueing. While I can certainly appreciate all of them, Britain is much more than that to me and probably to you as well, so when I was challenged to write a little poem about a region in the UK that I’m particularly fond of, I knew that I’d be writing about Somerset.
Why you should plan a holiday or weekend break in Somerset
Having lived in Bristol for almost seven years, Somerset was quite literally just a stone throw away and somewhere that we’d visit a lot. Okay, you’d have to be a pretty good thrower with the wind in your favour but it was less than 5 minutes away and a firm favourite for day trips because quite frankly, Somerset has it all. There’s tonnes to do for children. You’ve got beaches, moors, hills and beautifully quaint villages and cities like Bath, Cheddar or Wells.
It’s really one of the most beautiful parts of the UK and should you consider a UK holiday this summer or maybe even just a weekend break with friends or family, I’d urge you to rent a cottage in the heart of Somerset and explore the region. It’s so worth it!
A poem about Somerset
Want to know what Somerset has to offer? You’re lucky, I’ve written a tiny little poem about Somerset and my favourite things about it. Don’t laugh, though, I’m not a poet despite having studied English at uni.
The land of cider and Tolkien
Sweeping green hills,
the sea deep and blue,
in Glastonbury, you’ll find magic, too.
Between festival goers, wizards live
while superstars like the Stones are playing their riffs.
Exmoor’s vast moors invite you on walks full of mystery,
while the Jurrasic Coast’s fossils let you travel through the UK’s history.
But Somerset’s more than its countryside,
cities like Bath attract guests from far and wide.
Tolkien, Pratchett, Austen and Defoe
set their novels here as it inspired them so.
There’s cheese galore in the caves of Cheddar and scrumpy cider,
you’ll have never had better.
So if literature, nature and history are for you,
planning a trip to Somerset should be your next big coup.
If I haven’t convinced you yet, make sure to check out the amazing range of holiday cottages in Somerset that are available on cottages.com – there are lots of family-friendly properties available, many of them with a pool (always a winner for me) or suitable for pet-owners who don’t want to leave their furry friend behind. Personally, I’m a little bit in love with this National Trust Holiday Cottage in Tyntesfield near Bristol. Its features are just beyond stunning and I love that you get the best of both worlds: You get to enjoy the peace and quiet of the Somerset countryside but you’re literally around the corner of Bristol and Bath should you fancy the hustle and bustle of the city.
Have you ever visited Somerset and what’s your favourite part of the UK? I’d love to know! Oh and do you think I should ditch my job and become a full-time poet? 😉
This post was written in collaboration with cottages.com