Malmesbury, Cotswolds Cottages
A traditional courtyard development of five cottages, on the southern edge of the Cotswolds. Orchard Cottage is one property a classic Cotswold stone cottage that has been expertly converted from original farm buildings into an attractive holiday home. It is situated on a 370 acre working dairy farm, where you'll find a wide variety of animals (cows, peacocks, guinea fowl and turkeys) to interest children, who can be shown round the farm, as well as an abundance of wildlife too. Heavenly!
There are walks across the farm which include bluebell woodland and a stretch of the River Avon. The cottages overlook the beautiful Avon Valley with magnificent, south facing views over rolling grassland, the Wiltshire Avon and beyond to the distant Marlborough Downs.
For larger groups, Orchard Cottage can be booked with Stable Cottage, sleeps 2 (H133), The Granary,sleeps 5 (H135),
Bottom Barn, sleeps 5 (H136) and Cow Byre, sleeps 7,(H137). There are dining facilities for up to 16 guests in Cow Byre.
Located on the edge of the courtyard, Orchard Cottage is a more recent building but still traditional in style. All rooms are at ground floor level with no internal steps.
Large sitting/dining room.
Bedroom one: double bedroom (4 '6") with En suite bathroom/wc with separate shower over the bath.
Bedroom two: twin room with adjacent shower room/wc.
There are also plenty of shared outdoor areas for guests and great walks right on the door step. Enjoy a barbecue by the swimming pool while you soak in the breathtaking views across the farm and countryside beyond.
Sporting opportunities on the farm are plentiful. These include coarse and stocked trout fishing on a mile and a half stretch of the Wiltshire Avon, tennis on an hard court (N.B. please bring racquets and balls), a large croquet area, swimming in the heated open air pool during the summer months.
There is a sauna and table tennis area. Alternatively spend an evening in the large snooker room with full size table, TV, DVD and plenty of books.
Away from the farm, clay pigeon shooting, golf, go-karting and ice skating are all available locally.
Maunditts Park Farm benefits from its superb location overlooking the beautiful Avon valley with magnificent views over rolling grassland, the Wiltshire Avon and beyond to the distant Marlborough Downs. Being just eight miles from the M4 motorway gives guests great access to London (about one and a half hours), Bath (45 minutes), Oxford (around one hour) and Stratford-upon-Avon (one and a half hours) with all the attractions they provide.
Close by, you'll find plenty of historical, and architectural sites as well as places of outstanding beauty to visit including the Cotswold market town of Tetbury, charming Castle Combe, Lacock and Avebury (both National Trust.) plus the Roman town of Cirencester.
For family fun, there's Farmtastic Animal Farm near Chippenham and Bowood House and Gardens near Calne with its amazing adventure playground.
If it's local shops, pubs and restaurants you need, then the ancient, royal borough of Malmesbury is just two miles away.
"Lovely cottage on a quiet farm. Clean and well equipped. Very welcoming, helpful and friendly owners. Activities to occupy young and teenage children as well as the adults. We enjoyed tennis, table tennis and snooker which were a blessing for the rainy days we unfortunately experienced. The swimming pool looked inviting but for the weather. We took advantage of the fields and walks with our dog exploring the area around the river Avon at the bottom of the hill. Easy access to local attractions and facilities in Bath, Stonehenge, Swindon and the Cotswolds - depending on what interests you. We took the opportunity to visit Stonehenge and Old Sarum (Salisbury) as they were dog friendly. Planning to return as it is a good base with things to do if you do not want to travel far. Thank you from all of us including the dog who enjoyed watching the guinea fowl from her lead!!"Guest's review on TripAdvisor 07 August 2017. 5 of 5 stars. 2017-08-07
"The cottage is situated in a beautiful courtyard on a farm with lovely views. There are lots of animals close by, many peep through your window which is nice. The owners are very friendly as are their dogs. The cottage is basic but was fine for our needs. I would rate the cottage accommodation as 3 stars but the location and available amenities such as sauna, heated swimming pool, snooker room and table tennis push my rating to four stars. We would definitely stay again but we're not sure about about the water supply which strongly smelled of sulphur so we bought in bottled water to drink."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 26 June 2017. 4 of 5 stars. 2017-06-26
"We loved our stay at Orchard Cottage. The views from the cottage are so stunning. We stayed for a week with our kids aged 11 and 8. We made the most of all the facilities, playing tennis every morning on the tennis court and swimming most days. We were amazed at how beautiful it all was. They also loved having the use of the table tennis table too. It was wonderful to see all the farm animals and seeing peacocks, ducks, turkeys and guinea fowl walk past our window. Great walks and pubs on your door step and plenty to do and explore nearby. The cottage was more spacious than we imagined and had everything we needed. The family who own it are really friendly and always on hand should you need anything. We had a great time and couldn't recommend more highly. Real value for money."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 05 August 2016. 5 of 5 stars. 2016-08-05