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An enchanting and pristine 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, great not just for seeing the delights of Bath but also an idyllic rural location in its own right, 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 cosy 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 of course it is just 7 miles from Bath in case all that the 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 ever want to leave.

They say

Since buying Church Cottage we have continued to preserve the unique historic heritage of this 18th century rubble stone cottage and the beautiful garden with views across the valley. We have opened up a hidden Georgian fireplace, replaced modern windows to be in keeping with the cottage and surrounding buildings and conserved the rubble stone garden walls. We encourage use of the wood burning stove and firewood is supplied from sustainable local woodland. 

The local area

I love the area and being surrounded by historic villages and beautiful valleys containing incredible natural stone architecture. Bath is on the doorstep which is designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site, and the only complete city in the UK afforded World Heritage Status.

Details are provided of local historic sites to visit such as Stonehenge, Lacock (where BBC's Cranford series was filmed), Corsham, Castle Combe and the many historical villages in this part of the Cotswolds AONB. National Trust properties include Dyrham Park and house, Prior Park overlooking Bath, Lacock Abbey and the lake and gardens at beautiful Stourhead. 

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From £585 to £690 a week, depending on time of year.


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Getting There

From London, leave the the M4 at junction 17 and take the A350 towards Chippenham. On the outskirts of Chippenham follow the signs to Bath and at Bumpers Farm roundabout take the A420 towards Bristol/Castle Combe. Continue for around 4 miles as far as Ford and there take the first (sharp) left towards Colerne. Pass the White Hart in Ford and follow the road for several miles, and then take the first left into Colerne.


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