Self Catering Holiday Cottage for City of Bath An all year destination

Self Catering Holiday Cottage for City of Bath An all year destination…awash with history

Coachmans Cottage in Steeple Ashton is the perfect Self Catering Holiday Cottage for visiting the City of Bath. An all year destination.

Bath, a World Heritage City since 1987 and the whole city was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco. It’s the only place in the world where it is possible to bathe in original Roman style baths filled with naturally heated water bubbling from deep geo-thermal springs below the city and walk to and from the baths on the original stone pavements.

These unique and well-preserved vintage Roman Baths built in AD 60 are magnificent temples as well as bathing complexes and they still have their original foundations and pillar bases about 2m below the present street level, the stonework above is more recent.

Self Catering Holiday Cottage for City of Bath An all year destination


They are also the source of the city’s spa waters as they are rich in 42 minerals which visitors can sample followed by relaxation treatments and massage in the ancient Pump Room.

Though Bath has become a spa town over the centuries, there are many other Roman archaeological sites in the heart of this golden city with its heritage of Georgian architecture (1720 to 1820) and other great tourist attractions.

There are around 5,000 listed buildings in Bath with facades that have remained unchanged for hundreds of years and all built in local golden Bath stone, the most famous being the Assembly Rooms and the Pump Room which were both built between 1767 and 1774.

The Pump Room is now one of the smartest places to eat in the city. The original Theatre Royal at 12 Orchard St. was once a Catholic chapel where Bishops were ordained and later became a Masonic Lodge in 1865.

Bath has more museums per square mile than most other cities in the world – there are 17 in the city centre. All have events programmes that run throughout the year and all contain an array of artefacts from the Roman period, which includes more than 12 000 Roman coins

Apart from this unique Roman legacy, Bath has many well-preserved Regency and Georgian areas dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, though the dominant architecture is Georgian. There are long curved crescents of houses and shopping arcades, all with the honey coloured classical facades of Bath stone, all with their pillar bases 6m below the present street level and all remaining untouched.

The Royal Crescent, a sweeping row of 30 terraced houses (1767 to 1774) and Landsdown Crescent (1789 to 1793) with 20 houses built on four levels, are unique examples of the domestic architecture of the time and are both considered among the greatest and most spectacular examples of Georgian buildings in UK and worldwide.

Self Catering Holiday Cottage for City of Bath An all year destination

Bath also has a number of art galleries, many antique shops and antiquities. The Postal Museum in Broad Street is on the site of Bath’s original main Post Office (1822 to 1864) which recorded the first posting of a Penny Black Stamp on May 2, 1840. There is also a fashion museum in the Assembly rooms, attracting 130,000 visitors a year.

Bath Abbey, dating from 1499 is an active parish church and built from the same golden stone as the rest of the city, is even more spectacular with its fine stained-glass windows and fan vaulting. Unfortunately the thousands of bodies buried beneath it have created a honeycomb which is threatening the building’s stability.

Self Catering Holiday Cottage for City of Bath An all year destination

As well as being a Word Heritage Site, novelist Jane Austen made it the focus of several of her books. A centre dedicated to her memory, has year-round events celebrating her life and works.

Bath is situated on the edge of the southern Cotswolds on a range of limestone hills that are designated as “ancient bath”.

Thanks to  Margorie Copeland and the Sunday Tribune for information


Coachmans Cottage is the perfect Self Catering Holiday Cottage for City of Bath An all year destination. Call Penny on +44 (0)1380 870764 for booking information.

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
Revival  Pound Ln  01225 864780


Alan R Jaffray  16Market Place  01225 702269


Henry Aldridge and Son Auctions


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


Aldridges of Bath Auctions.

Old Bank Antiques Centre.
Quiet Street Antiques.

Antique Textiles and Lighting.

The Antique Map Shop.
Frank Dux

Salisbury and Wilton:

Woolley and Wallis Salerooms.

Salisbury Antique 

Hingstons of

Salisbury Antiques


Jonathan Green


Find Antique Dealers in Tetbury here

Yellow Banana Antique Centre.

Long Street Gallery Antique Centre.


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