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An enchanting three-bedroom stone cottage in a lovely village amid beautiful countryside.

Church Cottage

Watergates Colerne Near Bath Wiltshire SN14 8DP 07932010235

We say

Bath is hardly a massive metropolis, but you may prefer to take in its many charms from the beautiful countryside that surrounds the town, and for that we recommend Church Cottage – an enchanting 18th-century stone cottage which overlooks the pretty Bybrook Valley in the picturesque Wiltshire village of Colerne. It's a gorgeous spot, no question, situated amidst beautiful unspoilt Cotswolds countryside (the cottage is in fact within the boundaries of the Cotswolds AONB), which is as classically English as it gets, only missing the strains of Elgar as a soundtrack. The horticulturalist-designed garden is delightful, too, surrounded by Cotswold stone walls and boasting tulips and bluebells in spring, Michaelmas daisies in August and passion flowers in autumn, while a mature white wisteria winds around the lovely stone façade.

Inside, there is a beamed interior with three bedrooms – two doubles and one single – and accommodation arranged over three storeys. The sitting room sports an open fireplace, and there's a wood-burning stove as well as mod cons like free wifi, Freeview TV and a DVD player for cosy evenings in, plus the kitchen is a decent size and well-equipped.

The village has a shop and a post office, two pubs – the Fox & Hounds is a friendly place that does food at lunchtime and in the evenings – and you're only 7 miles from Bath in case all that peace and tranquillity begins to prove burdensome. Not much chance of that, we reckon: Church Cottage is a rural idyll that you more than likely won't want to leave.

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