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


Business Lets Self Catering Accommodation Wiltshire

Business Lets self catering accommodation in Wiltshire Trowbridge, Melksham, B on A, Devizes and Westbury area.

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Business Lets self catering accommodation in Wiltshire. Coachmans Cottage is ideal for business professionals seeking a serviced luxury self catering cottage with WiFi and private parking . Flexible length of stay, from a few days to a few weeks.

Business Lets are available between October and March subject to availability and “Terms and

Conditions“. NO CHILDREN. NO PETS.

Steeple Ashton has a village pub offering excellent food (take away can be ordered from the pub to eat in the cottage). The comprehensive village shop stocks a wide variety of provisions.

Coachmans Cottage, Steeple Ashton is located in West Wiltshire. Within a 5 mile radius are Trowbridge, Melksham, Bradford on Avon, Devizes and Westbury. Approx. 7 miles further are Bath, Chippenham and Frome. The map on the left can be zoomed out to show the area/location in detail.

See other pages on the website for more info.. For availability and rates you must contact us by telephone on 01380 870764.

If you are a professional looking for business lets self catering accommodation Wiltshire whilst working in the Trowbridge, Melksham, Bradford on Avon, Devizes and Westbury areas, then Coachmans Cottage serviced luxury self catering accommodation with WiFi and private parking is for you.

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


Alan R Jaffray  16Market Place  01225 702269


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


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


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


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


Steeple Ashton Village Green 1887

“The Inns of Wiltshire in old photographs“ Swift, A. & Elliott, K. (2010)

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In Steeple Ashton sadly we don’t get travelling fairs on the village green today, but this one was setting up 126 years ago. No railings around the green then. Coachmans Cottage is a few yards away in the lane on the right.

This picture comes from a book Swift, A. & Elliott, K. (2010), “The Inns of Wiltshire in old photographs“. Bath: Akeman Press, pp. 54-55. www.akemanpress.com copies available.  Also a copy is on view at the Trowbridge Museum http://trowbridgemuseum.co.uk/

The second house from the left, once the “Rose and Crown“ Steeple Ashton, was de-licensed around 50 years ago. The house on the far right was originally a chapel.

Steeple Ashton

A copy of Steeple Ashton lockup at Lacock as seen in The Cranford Chronicles

Steeple Ashton

If you are looking for an exceptional self catering holiday cottage in the beautiful conservation village of Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire you will not be disappointed with Coachmans Cottage

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

Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

Chocolate Fudge Cake Recipe

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Pure indulgence on arrival at Coachmans Holiday Cottage, Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire

100g pkt plain chocolate chips.

1oz cocoa powder.

3oz self raising powder

4oz butter or marg.

8oz sugar

2 large eggs.

Line and grease an 8” sandwich tin. Preheat the oven 140 degrees cent. (fan oven).

Beat all of the ingredients together (I use a mixer). Pour into the prepared tin.

Bake for 40 -45 mins (I always check after 35 mins). The top needs to be firm when very lightly touched.

Do not overcook and don’t be worried if the cake “sinks” slightly in the middle when cooling.

Cool in the tin completely.

This chocolate fudge cake recipe freezes very well (I always double the mix to make 2), it can be cut from frozen if required and defrosts quickly. Super as a cake, or serve as a dessert with soft fruit and cream or ice cream.

Guests repeatedly ask me for this recipe……it has gone “world wide”!