Malmesbury, Cotswolds Cottages
One of five, converted stone farm buildings, Cow Byre is situated on a 370 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, H135 - The Granary and H136 - Bottom Barn, 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 area of the garden where you can unwind at the end of an exciting day.
Inside the barn itself, you'll find plenty of room particularly in the well-appointed, open plan living/dining room while the bedroom with bunk beds and additional single bed, is great for children.
Entrance via stone steps.
Large, open plan Living/Dining Room with two sofas (one converts to a double sofa bed (4ft), TV (Freeview), DVD player, open log fire and long dining table.
Separate Kitchen Area with double oven, electric hob, dishwasher and microwave.
Bedroom One with double bed (4ft 6) with Ensuite Shower Room/WC.
Bedroom Two with twin beds.
Bedroom Three with bunk beds, an extra 2' 6" single and wardrobe.
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. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer.
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 (N.B. please bring racquets and balls), a large croquet area and swimming in the heated open air pool during the summer months. 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 high chair provided. Well-behaved pets welcome. Pool towels are not provided. Initial basket of logs included in rent. WiFi broadband. Marquee hire available for special celebrations/occasions when renting all cottages. No smoking. NB an 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.
"Lovely place... accommodation basic but clean fresh eggs and milk from owners a nice touch and they were very helpful. Family group with 3 children age 9, 7 and 18 months they loved it.... pool a definite favourite.... close to Malmesbury worth a visit and some nice restaurants. Had a lovely Italian on last evening."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-08-29
"Very obliging owners who are really friendly. The cottage was great for us, just outside Malmesbury where we had a family wedding. Weather was not great but still got to use the swimming pool which is heated. Even had a couple of games of snooker in the evenings. Would recommend it as a base for exploring the area."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2017-08-06
"We really enjoyed the farm! It was a very wonderful place to visit for a family of six. What a magnificent view, which includes free-roaming turkeys and peacocks! The barbecues with that stunning view were a great joy - we had several memorable outdoor meals there. Also really good is that kids had lots of different sporty things to do, including ping-pong, tennis and croquet (must bring your own tennis equipment). We loved being able to jump into the pool at all times of the day. Walks galore right out the front door. The hosts were helpful and very warm, and visiting families were able to maintain a sense of privacy. That it is a genuine working dairy farm also makes it interesting and educational. The apartment is very well equipped - although it could certainly be improved with a better quality double bed and mattress. We will recommend it highly to friends and might well return one day."Guest's review on TripAdvisor 2016-08-16