Britford, Wiltshire Cottages
The Moat Cottage is a detached property which was formerly the gardener's residence to an historic moat house. The property lies in the tranquil and ancient village of Britford situated on the banks of the River Avon 3 miles to the southeast of Salisbury.Britford has one of the oldest Saxon churches in the country. From the village you have a commanding view of the spire of Salisbury Cathedral and a 15 minute stroll along a riverside footpath will take you to the centre of the City. This is an idyllic setting to experience both town and country.
The Cottage stands next door to the owner's house but enjoys a completely private plot together with a secluded patio, garden and off-street parking. A significant amount of care has been taken by the owners to preserve the original character and features of the cottage while at the same time, providing stylish and 'state-of-the-art' accommodation. Their efforts have won awards and you will be charmed by the original brickwork, small pane windows, original internal shutters, and exposed beams. The Cottage has under floor heating, top of the range kitchen and bathroom appliances, traditionally made George Smith furniture and Porta Romana lamps.
Entrance Hallway with Study Area.
Living Room One with sofa, chaise longue and open fireplace containing a wood burning stove.
Living Room Two with sofa, armchair, TV and DVD player.
Kitchen/Dining Room with Welsh slate worktops and flooring, large oven, gas hob, integral dishwasher, integral washer/dyer and large elm trestle table for dining. Bifold doors open up to the patio.
FamilyBathroom/WC with separate shower cubicle.
Bedroom One (via own staircase) with king size bed (5ft), and Ensuite Bathroom/WC with separate shower cubicle.
Bedroom Two (via original enclosed staircase) with a contemporary 5 ft four poster bed, chest of drawers, brick fireplace (decorative feature only) and original elm floor.
Bedroom Three (via original enclosed staircase) with twin beds.
Enclosed by the original kitchen garden brick wall and 'sheep' hurdles and with its own outdoor lighting system, a large paved terrace with elm trestle table, 2 rattan sunloungers and deck chairs. Weber barbecue provided.
Children welcome. Cot and highchair provided. Sorry no pets. No smoking. WiFi broadband. Friday arrival day for all weekly bookings, other days available for shorter breaks. The wonderful Britford Farm Shop and Cafe is 100 yards away from the front door. The nearest pub is a 10 minute walk at Alderbury.
Britford is a great location for exploring the region in all directions.
Salisbury is just a short drive. You can leave your car at the Park & Ride 0.5 mile outside Britford. For the more energetic a 15 minute walk along the River Avon tow path will take you to the City Centre to see its magnificent 13th century Cathedral and Cathedral Close, Charter market place and extensive range of shops, pubs, pavement cafes and restaurants. You'll also find a leisure centre with indoor swimming pool, theatre and arts centre.
If you want to experience the outdoors, a 15 minute drive to the south is the New Forest National Park . A 40 minute drive further south is Christchurch on the Dorset coast.
Twenty minutes to the north of Salisbury is Stonehenge. Also on the City's door step is the historic stately home of Wilton House. Within a 30 minute drive to the north east you can see Longleat, Stourhead and Avebury Stone Circle.
Bath is easily accessible and a 45 minute ride on a direct train from Salisbury Station.
To the east of Salisbury lies the ancient Wessex Capital of Winchester and Jane Austen Country close to Alton.
To the west is Cranborne Chase, an AONB and an impressive ridge of high chalk downland. Keen ramblers will love discovering drovers trails and its river valleys.
The train from Salisbury to London is 1hr 20 minutes.
"The house was just what we wanted; warm, simply furnished, quiet, comfortable."Lane
"We booked Moat Cottage to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday because she loved living in the same cottage and Britford village when she was a child. It was wonderful - the cottage has been carefully extended to provide a modern kitchen and bathrooms yet retains the original cottage layout, features and charm. She was thrilled. We had lots of fun re-creating photos of our family at the cottage 70 years ago with our family today! We arrived late in the evening but the owners had ensured that the cottage was warm and fully prepared. The kitchen is very well equipped - we wanted for nothing. The garden is lovely and I imagine would be great for a barbecue on a summer's day with the kitchen open to the garden. Britford is still a beautiful and unspoilt village, the Saxon church is just along the lane and Robert's Farm Tea Shop just a short stroll away is also lovely. We felt as if we had stepped back in time by 100 years but with all the home comforts of today. Compliments to the owners for taking such care over everything."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2016-11-21
"The Moat Cottage was fantastic; we all had such a great time and left with heavy hearts. If you could pass on our thanks to the owners I would be grateful. Fabulous cottage and we will definitely return."Taryn Scott 2015-03-03