Broad Chalke, Wiltshire Cottages
Situated in the grounds of the historic, Grade II listed King's Old Rectory, North Cottage (one of two superb holiday cottages at this location) offers guests the opportunity to stay somewhere that is quite exceptional. Situated deep in the heart South Wiltshire's highly sought after Chalke Valley, where the sparkling River Ebble flows towards the cathedral city of Salisbury, this outstanding cottage is certainly well worth a vist. Recently the property has undergone a painstaking and no-expense-spared refurbishment, where the owners have ensured the period features are mixed with modern touches to create a truly beautiful holiday home. We love the understated taste and style that are evident throughout the interiors.
The Old Rectory was once handed over to Henry VI as part of the endowment of the newly founded King's College Cambridge. Centuries later, in the 1900s, the house was visited by many well-known literary figures of the time including the poet laureate, Robert Bridges and the author Thomas Hardy. The Hollywood actress, Greta Garbo is said to have been photographed by Sir Cecil Beaton sitting on the bridge over the Ebble in the Rectory's garden!
Please note: The cottages can be reserved individually with their own private entrances and gardens but if booked jointly they are perfect for larger groups of up to ten guests who will be able to make use of South Cottage's large, convivial dining area.
Entrance up stone steps from the garden into an open plan living room comprising a sitting area with inglenook fireplace containing a woodburning stove and double sofa bed for alternative sleeping, a dining area and a smart Harvey Jones, fitted kitchen with induction hob, oven and grill.
Carpeted stairs lead directly into a spacious bedroom with kingsize bed; large fitted cupboard for clothes storage.
En suite shower room/wc with big walk-in cubicle and 'monsoon' shower.
Attractive garden laid out as a formal parterre with flower beds, gravel pathways and box hedging. Sitting area by the cottage with garden table and chairs.
Joint bookings welcome with Kings Cottage South (H124) for up to 10 guests. 1 dog welcome. No smoking. Unsuitable for babies. Landline phone for incoming calls. Wednesday and Friday changeovers.
Broadchalke is a beautiful village nestled under the impressive downland of Cranborne Chase lying between Shaftesbury and Salisbury. Forming part of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the surrounding countryside can justly claim to be some of the finest in southern England. Walkers, riders and cyclists are particularly well served by the multitude of footpaths, bridle ways and cycle routes which run along the valley while a walk up to the old Ox Drove on the chalk ridge above will be richly rewarded by the sweeping views across the surrounding downland as far as the Dorset coast in the distance.
The area is far from remote and is located within easy driving distance are a whole host of visitor attractions - Wilton House, Stonehenge, Longleat, Stourhead, the cathedral city of Salisbury and the World Heritage city of Bath.
The New Forest is only about 20 minutes away while Dorset's Jurassic coastline is a must for a day's excursion. More locally there are many picture-book villages with fine houses, ancient churches and good country pubs to discover.
"We stayed in Kings Cottage North whilst waiting for our new house we were buying, to be completed. The cottage is set in delightful grounds which are beautifully maintained. The cottage itself is fairly small but very well presented and equipped. It has been immaculately renovated and sits amidst stunning countryside in the quiet village of Broad Chalke. It is in walking distance of the local pub, the Queens Head, and also the local and thriving local community run shop. It is only nine miles from Salisbury centre but has access to wonderful cycling and walking country. It is also on a local bus route between Shaftesbury and Salisbury. Next door is King's Cottage South which is much larger with four bedrooms so together the two cottages would make a wonderful destination for a large group weekend away, or a family celebration. Peace and quiet, with lots to do and see, but a hideaway if gentle relaxation is your objective."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-04-08
"'What a perfectly well-thought-out "home-away-from-home"! Light, spacious, airy and uncluttered, King's Cottage - North sets the bar high. North Cottage has been the ideal place for me to complete work training in this area. Really looking forward to my next visit in three weeks. '"Ms Stevens 2017-02-01