Malmesbury, Cotswolds Cottages
One of five, converted stone farm buildings, The Granary is situated on a 350 acre working dairy farm on the southern edge of the Cotswolds. Overlooking a pretty central courtyard next to the dairy, the barn can be combined with H133 - Stable Cottage, H134 - Orchard Cottage, H136 - Bottom Barn and H137 - Cow Byre making this a perfect option for a large family gathering or a group of friends.
Children will delight in the farm animals roaming just outside the window such as cows, guinea fowl, turkeys (and the odd peacock), and can be shown round by the owners. There are also plenty of long walks across the farmland, which includes a bluebell wood and a stretch of the River Avon where coarse fishing is available by arrangement.
A wealth of other activities are also at guest's disposal on the farm - swimming pool, hard tennis court, croquet lawn, sauna and games room - and once you've finished enjoying all of that, you have your own private, south facing terrace where you can unwind at the end of an exciting day.
Inside the cottage itself, you'll find it bright and spacious with plenty of room for up to five adult guests (six guests if children are in the party). The decor is traditional in style, very much in keeping with the historic feeling of the barn, while at the same time providing all the comforts guests will need to really kick back and enjoy their holiday.
Entrance from the courtyard via stone steps with a wrought iron balustrade.
Large, open plan Living Area with two sofas (one converts to a bed (4ft)), armchair, open fireplace, TV (Freeview), DVD player and picture window overlooking the valley.
Dining Area with oval dining table and seating for six.
Kitchen Area, fully fitted, with oven, electric hob, dishwasher and microwave.
Bedroom One (via five steps up) with double bed (4ft 6), chest of drawers and Ensuite Shower room/WC with heated towel rail.
Bedroom Two (via five steps up) with twin beds.
Family Bathroom/WC with shower attachment above bath.
There are plenty of shared outdoor areas for guests. Enjoy a barbecue by the swimming pool while you soak in the breathtaking views across the farm and countryside beyond.
Sporting and Leisure Facilities
These include coarse and stocked trout fishing on a mile and a half stretch of the Wiltshire Avon, tennis on an excellent hard court (NB please bring racquets and balls), a large croquet area and swimming in the heated open air pool during the months of May - September depending on weather. There is also a sauna, table tennis area and large snooker room with full size table, TV, DVD and plenty of books.
The services of a beautician (ideal for hen parties), offering facials, hairdressing, pedicures etc. and a personal trainer (aerobics) are also available (NB must be booked in advance).
Children welcome. Cot and highchair provided. Pool towels not provided - please bring your own. No smoking. WiFi broadband. Well behaved pets welcome. Marquee hire available for special celebrations/occasions when renting all cottages. NB extra refundable cleaning deposit of £100 is payable if booking two or more cottages.
Maunditts Park Farm Cottages can be booked jointly for larger parties. There are dining facilities for larger groups in Cow Byre.
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.
"We all had the most fantastic time. The location was beautiful, the cottages well equipped and homely, the facilities were brilliant (the pingpong table and the pool were much enjoyed by the children particularly!"Ms R Defriez 2012-09-01