A gorgeous, chocolate box, Grade ll listed thatched cottage, believed to date back to 1685, created from two original cottages, set in a little lane within the pretty and lively Wiltshire village of Aldbourne.
The interior of the cottage retains many original features with oak beams galore and low doorways, together with all the modern creature comforts, a lovely farmhouse-style kitchen, equipped with everything you need to serve up delicious treats together with a pleasant dining area, and a really comfy beamed sitting room.
Upstairs there are two good-size double eaves bedrooms and a little bedroom for the younger members of your group, plus the bathroom.
Two patios have been created in the garden at the front of the cottage so you can catch the last rays of the evening sun as you enjoy refreshments after your hectic day out.
Should you decide on a meal out, there's a choice of two local pubs, both a short stroll, and if you run out of provisions, the local shops are also nearby.
The cottage makes such a convenient touring base, being on the Wiltshire/Berkshire border, that there is so much to see and do within an easy drive.
Locally you can walk the Ridgeway Trail, whilst the attractive market town of Marlborough, on the edge of Savernake Forest and the setting of Marlborough College is a short drive, or tour the beautiful Vale of the White Horse, with the iconic Uffington white horse carved into the chalk.
Driving south takes you to the lush Vale of Pewsey, where the peaceful Kennet and Avon Canal winds its way through stunning countryside, passing through pretty villages and the canalside town of Devizes on its way to Bath.
Then after your interesting day out you return to this beautiful cottage, a real treat!
About the location
Lambourn 5.5 miles; Marlborough 7 miles; Swindon 9.5 miles.
The friendly, picturesque Wiltshire village of Aldbourne, is situated in a wonderful location within the North Wessex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the borders with Berkshire. Aldbourne has a lively community spirit with lots going on at different times of the year, and features two excellent pubs next to a Grade I listed church serving good food and real ales while offering weekly live music of a high standard. The village has many thriving stores including a Post Office and has a heritage centre, blacksmiths and village run library. The village nestles beneath the scenic Aldbourne Downs, and is close to the attractive Wiltshire market town of Marlborough, and the Berkshire village of Lambourn, famous for its association with the training of racehorses and where more than 1500 horses train from over 50 racing yards on the nearby downland gallops. Aldbourne is a convenient place to relax for those exploring the nearby Ridgeway, thought to be Britain's oldest road, 85 miles of track which mostly follows the chalk downland of Southern England and has been in constant use for 4000 years. Now mainly used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders enjoying the scenic views and exploring the many ancient Stone Age and Bronze Age barrows, which can be found along the route. The nearby town of Marlborough is thought to have one of the widest high streets in the country, and is the setting for Marlborough College. There's a colourful weekly market here selling everything from clothing to fresh veg, and an interesting array of shops and restaurants. An easy drive takes you to the picturesque Kennet and Avon Canal, where at Pewsey or Devizes you can enjoy a leisurely boat trip, or how about a visit to the amazing ancient stone circles at Avebury or Stonehenge? Shopaholics are well catered for at the McArthurGlen shopping outlet in Swindon whilst the Museum of the Great Western Railway will keep the steam enthusiasts enthralled. Aldbourne serves as a most attractive Wiltshire village base from which to explore this most fascinating area of the country.
Note: The cottage is not suitable for children under 5 years apart from babes-in-arms.