Exclusive Guided Tours Bath area Wiltshire Somerset.

Exclusive Guided Tours Bath area Wiltshire and Somerset

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How does the idea of an exclusive guided tour around some spectacular countryside, towns, villages and attractions appeal? Then read on……. and guests at Coachmans Cottage get an exclusive tour discount too!

Discover the history and culture. Experience Real England, a wonderful and unique country.

Savour culinary experiences and history, meet the characters, visit small, hidden places that only the locals know, hear the stories and conversations that make every visit unique.

This small and exclusive tour company won’t tell you every place that you’ll be visiting, the surprise is part of the magic, but they can guarantee you’ll enjoy an authentic experience of quintessential England.

Guests of Coachmans Cottage are invited to enjoy 10% discount when booking an “Around and About Bath Tour“. The AroundandAboutBath discount code will be provided when your holiday is confirmed

Around & About Bath was founded by Jules Mittra, a former History and Politics lecturer, in 2016. He has a passion for travel and has lived in the Bath area for over 10 years. His love of meeting new people, laughing and sharing his passion for history, places and great experiences make him the perfect guide.

His mission is to give people the chance to experience a more authentic sense of England and his aim is to uncover the history, characters, cuisine and stories and the hidden gems whilst getting to know you and having fun!. “Our aim is that you leave feeling that you have had a taste of authentic, quintessential England, and with memories that will last a lifetime”.

As the tours are conducted in English, fluency in English is recommended. You will be taken in a 9-seat vehicle with wide, comfortable seats, air-conditioning and large, tinted windows.

Exclusive Guided Tours Bath area Wiltshire Somerset…

The first tour is:-

“The Stonehenge and Secret Somerset” 2017 price £129.99 per person.

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The tour includes… entrance to Stonehenge and a personal tour of the stones, morning coffee (in an 800 year old coaching inn), fabulous lunch (at an award-winning country inn), a visit to hidden, rural villages to uncover their history, a visit to a ruined castle, and if time is available, a visit to a hidden walled garden (with optional tea and cake). Spend the day with a unique, personable guide (a former history teacher) who will share places and stories with you that you just wouldn’t see or hear.

Exclusive Guided Tours Bath area Wiltshire and Somerset

The second tour:- 

The “Medieval Marvels & Movie Scenes” 2017 price £129.99 per person.

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Visit several of the most stunning local towns and villages in this part of England. Discover some locations used in: Harry Potter, the BBC’s Pride & Prejudice series, War Horse, Downton Abbey and more. Enjoy the stories, history, and characters that make these places more than just filming locations. Enter an 800 year old stately home, see the birthplace of photography.

The price includes… a guided tour around Castle Combe (the ‘prettiest village in England’ and the village in ‘War Horse’), Lacock (a medieval village and stately home that has appeared in several Harry Potter films and period dramas) and Bradford on Avon – a historic and stunning market town, founded on the wool trade and with buildings dating back 1000 years. Enjoy coffee in a country house, a fabulous lunch at a quintessential English country pub, wander through a beautiful town, explore a stately home and former abbey & and enjoy classic English countryside.

Exclusive Guided Tours Bath area Wiltshire and Somerset

The third tour:-

The “Cotswolds, Saxons and Victuals” experience. 2017 price £129.99 per person.

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Combining a visit to Malmesbury, an ancient and beautiful hill-top town and the oldest continually inhabited town in England, with the opportunity to see some of the finest local crafts people demonstrating their skills. Enjoy stunning Cotswolds scenery, ancient towns and encounter the resting place of a great King. Hear beguiling stories and see intriguing places that are simply not on the usual tourist trail.

The price includes: a demonstration by an award-winning butcher, a tour and tasting at a local brewers, a fabulous lunch, at an atmospheric country inn frequented by Prince Charles, morning coffee in a stunning Cotswolds location, a visit to a swordsmith’s workshop and a tour of Malmesbury –

Or finally…….

Book a Private and Bespoke Tour of

Exclusive Guided Tours Bath area Wiltshire and Somerset

Jules and his team can work with you to create your dream day. They will use their extensive knowledge of the local area to work with you and advise you on creating your perfect itinerary.

Exclusive Guided Tours Bath area Wiltshire and Somerset…

…..enjoy them from this stunning English Country Cottage, based in our own quintessential English village of Steeple Ashton, as yet still unspoiled!! Coachmans Holiday Cottage

 

Wylye Valley Art Trail 2017 Self Catering Cottages

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Wylye Valley Art Trail 2017 Self Catering Cottages

If you are looking for self catering accommodation to visit the Wylye Valley Art Trail 2017 the Coachmans Cottage is THE one

On from Saturday 27th May to Sunday 4th June there is plenty to see and you can spend the whole week admiring the varied talents of many Wiltshire artists. The full brochure awaits you in Coachmans Cottage

If you would like to follow the trail by bike, much of it coincides with the Wiltshire Cycleway and there is space to leave your bikes in the courtyard at Coachmans Cottage.

Admission to all the events is free. Opening times are from 10.30am to 5.30pm unless otherwise stated.

See the map

Wylye Valley Art Trail 2017 Self Catering Cottages

WVAT Map

 

Many venues offer tea & coffee, cakes and light lunches.

Here are a few participants in venues very close to Coachman Cottage and Steeple Ashton.

Darlas Hunter Painting. Representational paintings in oil and water colour capturing beautiful light and colour.

Just north of Westbury on the A350 at Heywood. Plenty of parking.

Helen Chester BA Portrait Artist. Emotive portraits exploring the Great War & new series showing the reality of veterans with PTSD.

The Studio, 14 Ludlow Close, Westbury.

Neil Joyce Painting Disciplined abstract paintings exploring the corridors and chambers of the mind.

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Gil Doel James Contemporary painting Recent work in acrylic on paper.

Both exhibiting at 36 Bratton Road, Westbury.

Paul Elloway Sculpture and Drawing. Open studio, sculpture and drawings in a variety of media inspired by and exploring the human form.

The Studio, Shepherd’s Purse, Penleigh, Dilton Marsh.

Focus On Five is as the title suggests 5 artists come together to put on a display

Jenny Ford Painting & printmaking. ‘Listen to the hills’ – a response through paintings and prints, to the hills around Westbury.

Jan Knight Prints, paintings, mixed media. Abstract work based on the theme of ‘Meeting Points’ – where shape, line, colour and texture relate.

Julia Leyden Painting, print, collage. Paintings and prints on a variety of themes.

Kerrie McNeil Printmaking. Screen prints inspired by the coast and the countryside, handmade cards and earrings.

Josephine Sumner Printmaking. Colourful original prints of animals and birds, using linocut, silkscreen and woodcut.

Work by all 5 can bee seen at 17 High Street, Dilton Marsh, Westbury.

More Wylye Valley Art Trail 2017 and Self Catering Cottages

Fairfield Farm College Group. A combination of student art work and pieces from local artists. Including mosaics and yarn bombing.

Fairfield Students mixed media: Hazel Chapman pastel landscapes: Fairfield Student Art Enterprise mosaic: The Woolly Wednesdays knitting; Fragmented Art mosaic.

All can be viewed at Fairfield Farm College, 43 High Street, Dilton Marsh.

Sonja Klingler / Alex Relph / Emma Lynham / Pie Chambers. Group
Wylye Valley Art Trail 2017 Self Catering Cottages

Alex Relph

Wylye Valley Art Trail 2017 Self Catering Cottages

Pie Chambers

Sonja Klingler blown glass. A selection of blown glass tableware.

Alex Relph metalwork, furniture and sculpture. A selection of work including furniture and sculpture displayed in the garden.

Emma Lynham painting. Bright travel inspired narrative images in mixed media on paper by Emma Lynham.

Pie Chambers blockprinted textiles. Bold block printed motifs on naturally dyed cloth & selection of simple clothing & the Indian Rooms.

All on view at 33 Sturford Lane, Corsley, Wiltshire.

Bull Mill This venue has multiple sub locations.

Artists and craftspeople living and working at Bull Mill plus guests are opening their studios and workshops to show a wide range of contemporary art.

Bull Mill, Crockerton, Warminster.

If you are planning a visit to…………..

Wylye Valley Art Trail 2017 Self Catering Cottages then Coachmans Cottage with 2 bedrooms to sleep 4 guests is the one for you.

Wylye Valley Art Trail 2017 Self Catering Cottages

Thanks to the Wylye Valley Arts Trail 2017 for this information.

Iford Arts 2017 Holiday Cottages Self Catering Accommodation

Iford Arts 2017 Holiday Cottages Self Catering Accommodation

Stay in the stunning and oh so comfortable Coachmans Cottage and enjoy the array of performances Iford Arts has to offer. See their 2017 Program here

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Iford Arts 2017 Holiday Cottages Self Catering Accommodation

Starting on Saturday May 27th and continuing through to Saturday August 5th. With seating for an audience of 90 and staged at the Grade 1 listed Iford Manor, 6 miles from Bath,  Iford Arts 2017,  offer a wide array of musical delights including:-

Iford Arts 2017 Holiday Cottages Self Catering Accommodation

Puccini’s La Boheme, conducted by Oliver Gooch with the young tenor Anthony Flaum as Rudolfo, and Irish Soprano Maire Flavin as Mimi; the fire spitting Riesha Adams as Musetta and Nick Lester as her long-suffering lover Marcello.

Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, sung in English, and created for Iford Arts by Charles Court Opera. Youthful energy prevails in this bright production from the Artistic Director, John Savournin, and is conducted by David Eaton.

Handel’s Jephtha, conducted by Christopher Bucknall and directed by Tim Nelson, this great work, with its surprising conclusion, still raises questions for today.

Iford Arts 2017 Holiday Cottages Self Catering Accommodation

These operas are interspersed with concerts intertwining through the program aimed to appeal to a wide audience. Performers include:-

Clare Teal and her TrioLeeds City Stompers; Hailey Tuck; Tipitina; Pee Wee Ellis’ Funka Nova Quartet;

Bartoune; Iford Arts New Generation Artists in Concert with Oliver Gooch;

Iford Arts 2017 Holiday Cottages Self Catering Accommodation

 

Who can resist enjoying all of this fabulous music in the gorgeous Peto Gardens at Iford Manor. Create the whole atmosphere and enjoy your tasty picnic in true style. Just hope the weather matches the event and is glorious too…if not…well we Brits. can always rise above a bit of rain and damp grass!! The view across the Iford Valley is stunning no matter what!!

Iford Arts 2017 Holiday Cottages Self Catering Accommodation

Tickets for all performances can be booked and purchased in advance through The Theatre Royal Booking Office in Bath.

Iford Arts 2017 Holiday Cottages Self Catering Accommodation

If you are looking for Iford Arts 2017 Holiday Cottages Self Catering Accommodation then Coachmans Cottage is a must for you.

 

 

Gardens Open Steeple Ashton Wiltshire 2017

Gardens Open Steeple Ashton Wiltshire 2017

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A bi-annual event and a high spot for village life….Gardens Open Steeple Ashton Wiltshire 2017….. It always falls on the 22 Sunday of the year….This year is Sunday 4th June 2017

Gardens Open Steeple Ashton Wiltshire 2017

An attraction to suit ALL ages…the “teddy bears picnic” in one garden, with sweets on offer, meant for children but fathers might partake too!

Gardens Open Steeple Ashton Wiltshire 2017

15 Gardens in all this year, ranging from the large (6 acres) to the small courtyard…

Gardens Open Steeple Ashton Wiltshire 2017

More about the Gardens Open Steeple Ashton Wiltshire 2017

Open from 1.30pm until 6.00pm and only £5.00 entrance…………that is entry to ALL of the 15 Gardens!!

Gardens Open Steeple Ashton Wiltshire 2017

A well stocked plant stall is set up on the Village Green, but get there early to have the pick……

Don’t forget to sample the delicious home-made teas and cakes in the Garden, made by our talented local ladies…….

If the children need entertainment to keep them occupied they can enter the quiz with clues to search out, one in each garden……….

Mr Scarecrow’s job?……….. Well, amuse rather than scare I think, don’t you?

Gardens Open Steeple Ashton Wiltshire 2017

All proceeds to St Mary’s Preservation Trust.

Join us this year and……..

Enjoy Gardens Open Steeple Ashton Wiltshire 2017

Book Coachmans Cottage and enjoy the Special Offer that we have put together for the occasion

American Museum in Britain 2017 Exhibitions

American Museum in Britain 2017 Exhibitions

1920s Jazz Age, Fashion and Photographs

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Joyce Petschek, Breaking the pattern

From 18th March – 29th October

The American Museum in Britain 2017 Exhibitions

I was lucky enough to be invited to the American Museum in Britain 2017 Exhibitions to a Preview of both Exhibitions on the eve of the official opening.

The setting is second to non and the presentation beautiful.

We started in The Gallery with a short introduction to the 1920s Jazz Age Fashion, on loan from The Fashion and Textile Museum, and The works of James Abbe, photographer of the Jazz Age.

American Museum in Britain 2017 Exhibitions

The fashion was displayed in “themed sets”, the picnic, the cruise, the cocktail party, the wedding etc. etc..

American Museum in Britain 2017 Exhibitions

American Museum in Britain 2017 Exhibitions

Well described and perfectly lit. Sadly my photographs really don’t do justice!

The garments were beautiful, many hand stitched with stunning detail and some would not look out of place worn today.

The photography of James Abbe, no photographs of these as many are under copyrite, brought to life an age of ultimate glamour long gone, with many of his models being household names even today.

American Museum in Britain 2017 Exhibitions

And then on to meet Joyce Petschek in The Museum and hear about her history and passion for Bargello needlework.

American Museum in Britain 2017 Exhibitions

This is the first time a complete exhibition of her work is on show in Britain.

Her hand stitched works use natural dyed silk and each piece will take several months to a year to complete.

American Museum in Britain 2017 Exhibitions

American Museum in Britain 2017 Exhibitions

In addition to her unique wall textiles she is now “reworking antique furniture” with the use of her needlework.

If you are looking for accommodation

To visit The American Museum in Britain 2017 Exhibitions

Book a stay in Coachmans Cottage at http://coachmans-cottage.com/booking-form/

or call Penny on +44(0)1380 870764

American Museum in Britain 2017 Exhibitions

Things to do Places to see in Wiltshire England For Free

Free Things to do and Places to see in Wiltshire

There is a wealth of Free things to do and Places to see in Wiltshire, all within easy reach of Coachmans Cottage in Steeple Ashton. It is very welcome to give the wallet a rest occasionally. Read on to see more, all information is correct at the time of posting the blog but please do check that there have been no changes before you visit.

Avebury Stone Circle

The impressive circle of stones in the village of Avebury is just as spectacular as the more famous Stonehenge. Walk around the huge circle which encompasses the entire village for free, also visit nearby West Kennet Long Barrow and Silbury Hill both of which are thought to be Neolithic burial chambers. Avebury Manor, as featured on TV is open to the public but there is an admission charge for visiting this.

Free Things to do and Places to see in Wiltshire

Stroll around the pretty National Trust village of Lacock

Step back in time in the beautiful National Trust village of Lacock, the fascinating cobbled streets are delightful and there is a range of traditional shops including the famous Lacock Bakery. Other highlights include Lacock Abbey with the Fox Talbot Museum. Visiting the village is free, although admission charges apply for the Abbey and Museum. Lacock is regularly used and famed for being a location for numerous films and TV dramas including Cranford and Harry Potter.  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lacock

Free Things to do and Places to see in Wiltshire

The visitor centre at Wadworth Brewery

Wadworth Brewery in Devizes is Wiltshire’s main brewery with a history of producing fine ales dating back 125 years. The award winning visitor centre offers an insight into the brewery and an opportunity to sample the ale. Visitors can meet the Shire Horses which still deliver the beers in the old fashioned way, they too enjoy an annual summer holiday in August! Chargeable guided tours are also available.  https://www.wadworth.co.uk/more/brewery-tours/

Free Things to do and Places to see in Wiltshire

Drive past the county’s White Horses

Wiltshire is famous for its white horses of which eight are clearly visible. The horses are dotted around the county’s hillsides. A special “White Horse Trail” encourages visitors to enjoy long distance walking between the horses. The route has been broken down into a series of day walks. Detailed, annotated and downloadable maps here.

Westbury to Devizes  Devizes to Hackpen  Hackpen to Uffington  Uffington to Marlborough  Marlborough to Pewsey
Pewsey to Devizes

Free Things to do and Places to see in Wiltshire

More Free Things to do and Places to see in Wiltshire

The Kennet & Avon canal and the famous flight of Caen Hill Locks

In 2010 the Kennet & Avon Canal celebrated its bicentenary. The canal, which is Wiltshire’s main waterway, offers great days out. Walk or cycle miles of towpath. Boats can be hired for the day but charges apply. The most spectacular section of the canal is that at Caen Hill near Devizes where a compact flight of 16 locks form part of the 29 locks which raise the canal 237 feet in just two miles. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/52-caen-hill-locks

Free Things to do and Places to see in Wiltshire

Trowbridge Museum

Located within a former mill, the history of Trowbridge, its people and cloth making are all told via displays of over 14,000 items at Trowbridge Museum. Possibly one of the foremost wool trade museums in the country. http://www.trowbridgemuseum.co.uk

 

Woodhenge and Durrington Walls

Not far from Stonehenge are the sites of Woodhenge and Durrington Walls. Woodhenge is approximately the same size as Stonehenge and is a Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age monument made up of a series of concentric circles of wooden poles. The original poles no longer remain but markers are placed in the excavated post holes for visitors to envisage how it would have looked. A little further north is Durrington Walls, a massive circular earthwork or “henge”. Despite having been damaged by ploughing and roads the tall banks are still visible. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/#?Place=Woodhenge 

Free Things to do and Places to see in Wiltshire

Yet More Free Things to do and Places to see in Wiltshire

Culture at Fisherton Mill

Fisherton Mill is the south of England’s largest gallery, located in the centre of Salisbury, where visitors can see works from leading artists, furniture makers and sculptors, and the gallery shop stocks an array of unusual work. An on sight cafe sells freshly prepared cakes, food and coffees. Special theatre and dining events are held regularly and details can be found on the website.  http://www.fishertonmill.co.uk

The National Trust at Heelis

The central office of the National Trust in Swindon offers visitors an insight into unique English heritage sites. Tours of the building take place on Friday lunchtimes. A shop and cafe are open daily. Check the website for details. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/heelisFree Things to do and Places to see in Wiltshire

The Science Museum Library and Archives

Swindon’s Science Museum Library and Archives are part of the main Science Museum in London, housing internationally important books and journals on the history and development of science, technology, engineering and medicine. Amongst the most famous items in the collection are pieces from Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton. Admission is free but by appointment only.  http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/about-us/collections-and-research/activities-and-projects/dana-centre/wroughton-library

Free Things to do and Places to see in Wiltshire

Here are just a few examples of Free Things to do and Places to see in Wiltshire that will not empty the wallet too quickly, we all like a bargain! All information is correct at the time of writing this blog but please do check details to ensure that any of the places that may interest you remain free.

There is much more information awaiting your arrival at Coachmans Cottage , a rather special self catering holiday cottage in the beautiful village of Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire.

Top Tourist Attractions Jane Austen Bath

Top Tourist Attractions, Jane Austens City of Bath

Jane Austen has helped make Bath a top tourist destination with many attractions. Bath is one of Britain’s finest small cities, famous for the 2,000 year-old Roman baths, but equally well known for the perfect honey-coloured Georgian houses made famous by Jane Austin in her novels. Today around 500 of the city’s buildings are considered of historical or architectural importance. So important that Bath was granted World Heritage Site status in 1987, one of only a handful of such locations in the UK. Bath lies in the Avon Valley between the Cotswolds and the Mendip Hills, only a short journey from Coachmans Cottage, Steeple Ashton.

Read on for the Top Tourist Attractions in Jane Austen Bath.

1 Roman Baths

The Romans built the city’s famous Roman Baths and Temple of Sulis Minerva in 75 BC around the largest of the city’s three hot springs. The hot spring water contains 43 different minerals, gushes from a depth of nearly 10,000ft at a rate of 275,000 gallons a day, and is a constant 46.5°C.

Voted Britain’s most romantic buildings, the award-winning Roman Baths and Temple are among the finest examples of Roman architecture remaining in England. Many artifacts, including altar stones and exquisite mosaics, are on display in the museum or around the Great Bath itself.

If you are tempted to take a dip in these ancient waters, see the Thermae Bath Spa packages available through the Roman Baths website.

Stall St, Bath. www.romanbaths.co.uk

Top Tourist Attractions Jane Austen Bath

2 Royal Crescent

Exploring the perfectly preserved Georgian architecture in Bath is actually equal 1st best excuse to visit! Start your adventure at the Building of Bath Collection. This museum demonstrates how classical design influenced the city’s buildings, and is also home of the incredibly detailed Bath Model of the historic city centre.

Explore Bath’s splendid streets, head for the northwest part of the city where many of the best examples are found. Queen Square and Gay Street with their beautifully symmetrical facades dating from the early 18th Century, then on to the Royal Circus, a perfect circle  three stories high with different classical column types on each story. Finally, the famous Royal Crescent, a monumental 200-yard semicircular sweep of townhouses with a uniform, palace-like facade. No.1 Royal Crescent is open to the public providing an insight into what life was like for the wealthy Georgian residents.

1 Royal Crescent, Bath.   http://no1royalcrescent.org.uk/

 

3 Bath Abbey

Bath Abbey is the Gothic cathedral of the Bishop of Bath and Wells. Founded in 1499 after Bishop Oliver King had a dream of angels climbing up and down ladders to and from heaven. He also heard a voice declaring: “The crown should plant an olive tree and the king shall restore the church.” Interpreted as a sign to rebuild the church on the site that had been used by Christians as a place of worship since 757 AD. The dream was immortalized in stone on the building’s west side.

www.bathabbey.org

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4 Pulteney Bridge

Pulteney Bridge, constructed in 1770 to connect central Bath to undeveloped land on the opposite side of the River Avon, is considered one of the most romantic bridges in the world. Three arches support a variety of quaint little shops, and the bridge opens onto Great Pulteney Street with its beautiful Georgian-era homes.

Bridge St, Bath

 

5 Holburne Museum

The Holburne Museum’s excellent collection of art includes paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds and Stubbs, along with 18th century silver, Wedgwood porcelain, Renaissance bronzes, and early period furniture. Housed in the former home of Sir Thomas Holburne, with a garden café overlooking nearby parkland.

Great Pulteney St, Bath.   www.holburne.org

Top Tourist Attractions Jane Austen Bath                  Top Tourist Attractions Jane Austen Bath

 

6 Fashion Museum

The Fashion Museum in the stunning Assembly Rooms, contains a world-class collection of contemporary and historical clothing including 150 dressed figures and more than 30,000 original items dating from the late 16th century to the present day.

Displays cover a variety of themes such as men’s and women’s wear, day and evening dress annd modern alternative fashion. Reproduction garments are available to try on.

Assembly Rooms, Bennett St, Bath.    http://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk/

 

7 Sally Lunn’s House

Dating back to 1483, the oldest in Bath, this medieval home is now a living museum and tearoom. Serving delicious “Sally Lunn’s buns” made from the traditional recipe. Located close to the Bath Abbey, excavations demonstrate how the site has been used to refresh travellers since Roman times.

4 North Parade Passage, Bath.    www.sallylunns.co.uk

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8  Jane Austen Centre

This is a permanent exhibition. Situated in an original Georgian townhouse, it tells the story of Jane’s time in Bath, including the effect that living here had on her and her writing. Jane paid two long visits to Bath towards the end of the eighteenth century, and from 1801 to 1806 Bath was her home. It also provides the backdrop to two of her novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, and features in her other novels and in the collection of letters to her sister.

40 Gay Street, Bath.  www.janeausten.co.uk

Even more Top Tourist Attractions Jane Austen Bath

9 American Museum in Britain

Situated in 120 stunning acres of countryside, the American Museum in Britain is home to a superb collection of antique quilts, maps and folk art from Colonial times to the Civil War years, with each room depicting a different era. Events include reenactments of battles and events from the rich history of America.

Claverton Manor, Bath.     http://americanmuseum.org/

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10 Victoria Art Gallery

Victoria Art Gallery, the city’s second most visited museum, containing superb collections of works by Gainsborough, Turner and Sickert. Additional exhibitions from the gallery’s collections of pottery, porcelain, glass and watches.

Bridge St, Bath.    www.victoriagal.org.uk

 

 

Top Tourist Attractions Jane Austen Bath

 

11 Prior Park Landscape Garden

2 miles southeast of Bath, Prior Park has a magnificent colonnaded portico built between 1735 and 1750. Renowned architect John Wood designed the structure and it is a superb example of the Palladian style mansions of the period. Be sure to see the lovely Palladian bridge in the exquisitely landscaped grounds.

Ralph Allen Drive, Bath.    http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/prior-park-landscape-garden

Top Tourist Attractions Jane Austen Bath

Where better to stay than Coachmans Cottage to see the sights of Bath, a 30 minute drive or hop on the train from Trowbridge. See the sights all day and breath in the fresh air and relax on your return to Steeple Ashton.

Thanks to Brian Dearsley for the information

 

 

National Trust Great British Walking Festival Bath

National Trust Great British Walking Festival Bath

The National Trust has launched a new short walk around the city of Bath ahead of its Great British Walking Festival. Lasting roughly one and a half hours, the three mile circular stroll starts in the city centre and heads along the Kennet and Avon Canal.
National Trust Great British Walking Festival Bath
It features a number of spectacular views, including the view over Bath from Bathwick Fields which is managed by the National Trust.
National Trust ranger Rob Holden said: “We have trialled the new walk with locals and tourists and the response has been hugely positive.

“Although we have the National Trust’s most downloaded walk with the six mile Bath Skyline walk, we felt that for those who didn’t want to walk that far or didn’t have the time, a three mile walk would be perfect.

“It incorporates city and countryside and has the wow factor with the views from Bathwick Fields.”
The Great British Walking Festival runs from September 19 to October 23.
A series of guided walks will be available on the Bath Skyline and at Prior Park Landscape Garden during this time
If you are looking for quality accommodation for the National Trust Great British Walking Festival in Bath then Coachmans Cottage is a must for you. Call Penny on +44 (0)1380 870764 for booking information.
National Trust Great British Walking Festival Bath

Thanks to The Bath Chronicle for this article

Antique Hunting Buyers Market

Antique Hunting Buyers Market 

If you are Antique Hunting it’s a Buyers Market. Coachmans Cottage is owned by the Hornsey family who are retired antique dealers.

Coachmans Cottage, in the beautiful conservation village of Steeple Ashton, is located in West Wiltshire, midway between the City of Bath and Salisbury, with Bradford on Avon, Devizes and Marlborough nearby. A short trip north to Tetbury and if a day trip is on the agenda on into the Cotswolds.

Despite the decline in number of antique shops, this area is rich in places to source that special and individual item. Auction Houses, Antique Shops and Antique Centres abound.

If you are new to collecting antiques and are unsure of what to buy the best advice is to initially spend time (and not money) on learning and getting a “feel” for items by talking to experts in the field and literally handling pieces. Always remember the rather hackneyed, but oh so true phrase “buy what you love”, you will be planning to live with it for some time!

It should be hoped that antiques will hold their value, but in this age of low inflation massive gains are no longer to be made quickly but over the years you will wish to see a profit when re-selling.

Some suggestions of places to visit in this area.

Bradford on Avon:

Moxhams Antiques  www.moxhams-antiques.co.uk
Revival  Pound Ln  01225 864780

Melksham:  

Alan R Jaffray  16Market Place  01225 702269

Devizes:

Henry Aldridge and Son Auctions   http://www.henry-aldridge.co.uk/

Marlborough:

Marlborough Parade Antique Centre.  1, The Parade.  Phone:01672 515331

Bath:

Aldridges of Bath Auctions.  http://www.aldridgesofbath.com/

Old Bank Antiques Centre.  www.oldbankantiquescentre.com
Quiet Street Antiques.  www.quietstreetantiques.co.uk

Antique Textiles and Lighting.  www.antiquesofbath.com

The Antique Map Shop.   www.dg-maps.com
Frank Dux Antiqueswww.antique-glass.co.uk

Salisbury and Wilton:

Woolley and Wallis Salerooms.  http://www.woolleyandwallis.co.uk/

Salisbury Antique Marketsalisburyantiquemarket.co.uk 

Hingstons of Wiltonwww.hingstons-antiques.co.uk

Salisbury Antiques Centrewww.salisburyantiquescentre.com

Myriad Antiqueswww.myriad-antiques.co.uk

Jonathan Green Antiqueswww.jonathangreenantiques.co.uk

Tetbury:

Find Antique Dealers in Tetbury here  http://www.visittetbury.co.uk/dealers/

Yellow Banana Antique Centre. http://www.topbananaantiques.com/

Long Street Gallery Antique Centre. http://www.longstreetantiques.com/

 

Antique Hunting Buyers Market Ideal Self Catering Accommodation Wilts…Coachmans Cottage, Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire. Call Penny on +44 (0)1380 870764 for booking information.

Antique Hunting Buyers Market

 

Bath Christmas Market 2016

BATH CHRISTMAS MARKET 2016 

24th NOVEMBER  –  11th DECEMBER 

Over 170 traditional wooden chalet stalls make Bath Christmas Market 2016 magical………

Beautifully handmade Christmas decorations, toys, gifts, festive food and drink and much more…….

Coachmans Holiday Cottage in Steeple Ashton is THE Country Cottage that you will want to return home to after a day at Bath Christmas Market…put a match to the real log fire and unwind with a bottle of wine. Dine on some of the seasonal treats you bought at the market, or order in good takeaway food from The Longs Arms if you are too exhausted to dine out!……..

bath christmas market 2016

 

Bath Christmas Market 2016

Bath is about half an hour by car but the roads into the city can get very congested and parking is scarce when the Christmas market is on so why not take the train from Trowbridge (4 miles), only 15 minutes into Bath.

18 days of magical festive shopping, the city centre around Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths is transformed into a Christmas shopping wonderland. Right in the heart of Bath’s main shopping district, more than 170 traditional wooden chalets line the streets offering handmade and beautiful gifts….everything you need for the perfect Christmas.

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In Bath this Christmas there is a lot to explore and experience beyond the market…. ice-skating in the crisp winter air, bathing in the warm spa water overlooking the city or enjoying a mulled wine in one of the many bars, all perfect for those unforgettable festive memories.

After a day at Bath Christmas Market 2016 Coachmans Holiday Cottage in Steeple Ashton is THE Country Cottage that you will want to return home to.…put a match to the real log fire and unwind with a bottle of wine.

Bath Christmas Market 2016

Call Penny on +44 (0)1380 870764 for booking information.