Fisherton de la mere, Wiltshire Cottages
Picture the perfect , detached thatched cottage in your mind and something very much like Church Steps is likely to pop up. In an idyllic, peaceful position in this tiny hamlet, you may feel as if you've been transported away to another time but rest assured, everything you need for a relaxing and comfortable break is on hand.
Built of local limestone under a thatched roof, the cottage has been lovingly restored and both its chocolate-box exterior, complete with roses around the door, and well presented interior make this a highly desirable retreat to spend a few days' break or an extended holiday. No detail has been overlooked, from the roaring log fire in the original inglenook fireplace on a cool day to the cosy beds for resting your weary head at the end of a hectic day. There are fantastic walks along the meadows of River Wylye, a large chalk stream which runs 50 yards from the property. An idyllic and calming place to really get away from it all.
The cottage is approached across the green and up stone steps to the entrance at one end.
Kitchen, double height and fully fitted, with oven, slimline dishwasher, washing machine and microwave.
Living Room/Dining Room with two sofas, oak floor, large inglenook fireplace containing a wood burning stove and dining table/chairs seating five.
Bedroom One with double bed (4ft 6) and view down to the river.
Bedroom Two with three single beds (one is a day bed) and chest of drawers.
Family Bathroom/WC with shower attachment to the bath.
Private terraced garden on three levels with a series of steps and including a secluded, partly walled area at the top, bordered by the church wall, overlooking the green. NB please take extra care when using the steps.
Unsuitable for babies. One well-behaved pet by arrangement. No smoking. Parking on the green by the cottage. WiFi broadband. Pub within a 15 minute walk along the river bank. Fly fishing on River Wyelye by arrangement.
Fisherton de la Mere is a hidden gem of a community, consisting of just a few cottages, a mill house and an ancient 14th century church. It's the perfect escape in the country yet is just a few minutes from the A303 running from London to the West Country.
Ideally located for exploring the almost limitless attractions available in this beautiful part of southern England, you can take a trip out to the the cathedral city of Salisbury (12 miles), Stonehenge (9 miles), Stourhead (National Trust - 17 miles), Longleat (14 miles), the World Heritage city of Bath (30 miles) and The New Forest National Park (20 miles). Venture slightly further south and you'll reach the South Dorset Jurassic coastline, perfect for a day's walking or relaxing on the beach.
On the doorstep sits the Wylye Valley itself with its stunning countryside and a multitude of footpaths, bridleways and cycleways, a rewarding way to discover its picturesque villages, many with welcoming country pubs. Immediately accessible from the cottage is a footpath along the river, which will take you straight to the attractive village of Wylye.
For keen fishermen, half a mile of private fly fishing on the Wylye is available. Full details can be provided on request.
For shopping, Salisbury, with its ancient charter market, is 12 miles away and there are several good farm shops in the vicinity.