Relax at Coachmans Cottage and unwind whilst you enjoy life in this quintessential English village.
Steeple Ashton is among Wiltshire’s most lovely and beautiful villages, being both conservation and award winning. Granted a charter to hold a market way back in 1266. Many pretty 16th 17th and 18th century houses remain today, there is a wealth of architectural styles ranging from timber cottages, a Jacobean Manor House, Georgian houses, and even an occasional modern house has crept in. The village green has the “blind house”, an old lock-up jail so named due to the lack of a window, the only light coming from the grating in a fine original oak door, a deterrent to naughtiness if ever there was! St Marys Church is a magnificent example of 15th Century architecture, which can be seen from miles around, Sunday services are held here weekly.
Visit the well stocked, licensed village shop, housed in what was once the village school, with a coffee bar, in-store bakery, and the Post Office on Wednesday mornings. The Wiltshire Guild of Spinners and Weavers have their rooms and meetings above the shop. Also “The Longs Arms” pub serves good food, with “Take Away Fish and Chips” on Tuesday evenings.
Possibly best of all is the welcome, always warm because residents are happy to share their village with all who visit. Guests who stay in CoachmansCottage can’t fail to be enchanted by the special atmosphere here.
And now to the location outside the village…..
Steeple Ashton is close to the Somerset border, gateway to the South West, and at the south of the Cotswolds…..
But where to start?
Wiltshire can sometimes be thought of as the county that is driven through to reach the west country……..
I guess on everyone’s bucket is going to be: The UNESCO Georgian and Roman City of Bath: The World Heritage sites Stonehenge and her smaller sister Avebury Circle: and quite probably The Stately House and Safari Park of Longleat, one of England’s premier Stately Home’s…
But Wiltshire and around doesn’t end there!
Have you ever thought about tracing film locations? Stroll around the National Trust village of Lacock for Harry Potter, many Jane Austen adaptations and Downton Abbey…if films don’t appeal then Lacock Abbey holds the Fox Talbot Museum of Photography. Great Chalfield Manor is a smaller partially moated manor house that featured in Wolf Hall, and recently played host to Poldark featuring as home to Ray Penvenen. Castle Combe, a quaint village has featured in War Horse and the first adaptation of Dr Doolittle. Back to Poldark and visit Corsham where the High Street became the set for Truro, it was quite facsinating to see the ships at the end of a road in land locked Wiltshire…..Corsham Court is a must visit for lovers of Fine Art with a Gallery of many superb Old Masters.
If you are a lover of castles then step back in time and visit the nearby castle at Farleigh Hungerford, an atmospheric ruin in a beautiful valley. At the south of Wiltshire is Old Wardour Castle or hop over the border to Somerset and visit Nunney Castle.
Small Manor houses, I’ve already mentioned Great Chalfield Manor but don’t miss out on nearby Westwood Manor, and the restoration of Avebury Manor was well documented on BBC’s “The Manor Reborn” presented by Penelope Keith and Paul Martin.
Gardens…….Oh I think that I might have to devote a whole new website for this one!
Stourhead, officially the second most popular National Trust sight after The Devil’s Causeway in Ireland. The Courts Gardens at Holt. The Italianate Peto Gardens at Iford Manor. Prior Park, recently restored gardens. Stately Homes Bowood House and Garden, and also Dyrham Park again the house is open (and another Poldark set, can you guess which one?).
Frankly I could go on and on!
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Therefore Coachmans Cottage is perfect for visiting…
Manor Houses Large & Small………..
Longleat with Safari park; Gt Chalfield Manor; Westwood Manor;
Bowood House and Gardens; Corsham Court; Avebury Manor;
Wilton House and Gardens; Dyrham Park
Gardens Large & Small………….
The Courts N. T. Gardens; The Peto Gardens at Iford Manor;
Stourhead Gardens; Prior Park Gardens; Westonbirt Arboretum
Heritage & Museums ………..
Devizes Museum; Farleigh Castle; American Museum in Britain (Bath)
World heritage Sites Stonehenge and Avebury and Old Sarum
Roman Baths; Fashion Museum; No 1 The Royal Crescent;
Holburne Museum; Jane Austen
Villages & Mkt Towns……….
Lacock; Bradford on Avon; Devizes
Exceptional & Unusual Attractions ……….
The Wiltshire Music Centre at Bradford on Avon; Salisbury;
Caen Hill Locks; Wadworths Brewery; Theatre Royal Bath;
Bath Christmas Market; Golf Courses; Top Attractions in Georgian Bath;
Film Locations in Wiltshire; Free things to do and Places to see in Wiltshire
As a result Coachmans Cottage is the ideal ………….
Vacation Rental in Steeple Ashton, Wiltshire, South West England