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Valley House

(Ref. 1052930)

Devizes, Wiltshire Show on map

4.8

Sykes rating

  • 10 Guests

  • 5 Bedrooms

  • 3 Bathrooms

  • Pets Yes

Features

  • Hot tub
  • Four poster bed
  • Off road parking
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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36 Customer Reviews

  • "Fantastic stay at Valley House for our party of 9 adults and Monty the dog."

    The house and grounds are lovely and despite it being the end of October we were very lucky with the weather which helped us enjoy the garden, hot tub and surrounding area. Plenty of local walks including the Caen Hill locks and Roundway Hill Covert and a lovey Sunday roast at the Raven Inn. The house is very well equipped, including robes for the hot tub. A few more comfy chairs in the lounge would have been ideal as there were 9 adults so it was a bit of a squeeze. Request to have the attic room made into a double room was dealt with efficiently. Would recommend and hope to return.

    Reviewed by Carolyn4.7Oct 2023

  • "Great stay in this amazing house with stunning grounds."

    Nothing was wanted for and the hot tub was fabulous in the good weather. Plenty of wildlife on the grounds including Deer, Badgers and Foxes. A wonderful peaceful location to relax.

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Sep 2023

  • "We had a fabulous stay thank you."

    Amazing house and gardens - just perfect for our family gathering - we all loved it. Beautiful clean house with a lovely welcome hamper and robes to use when using the hot tub - lovely touches. We had everything we needed with a well equipped kitchen and toy room that went down a treat! The only thing we thought could be improved was the amount of seating in the lounge - no one wanted to spend the evening sat on a bean bag and if another sofa could be fitted in it would make all the difference.

    Thank you so much for the great feedback. So glad you all enjoyed our lovely house and gardens. A couple of guests have mentioned the seating in the lounge now so we will be moving another sofa in to the room. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Aug 2023

  • "Nice house but let down by a few things, lounge window broken, this should have been noticed by the cleaner but they had obviously not cleaned the window sill for awhile as it was covered in dead flies."

    House sleeps 10 but only enough suitable seats in lounge for 3/4, I would never expect to have to sit on beanbags in the main lounge but that’s what you get. There is another sofa in the study which could easily be moved into lounge. Kitchen well equipped but the majority of the plates were chipped and should be thrown away as unhygienic. The bedroom with on suite was nice but there is a full length glass panel between the bedroom and bathroom so no privacy when using the toilet, glass could easily be frosted. The grounds are very large with a stream which the children loved, it’s a pity that the current owners just cut the lawns as there is evidence of what must have been flower beds but are overgrown with weeds and nettles, there are also numerous fruit trees but don’t seem to be cared for. The child’s place house in the garden should be removed or replaced as dangerous. We did enjoy the daily visits from the deer to the garden though.

    Dear Karen We are sorry to hear that your stay wasn’t as expected. The window has been cracked for a little while and we have notified the council and are awaiting their response regarding replacement. Because the house is Grade 2 listed, by law, we have to wait for their approval. This can take up to 3 months for a decision. We apologise that there were a few flies, we have regular problems with cluster flies due to the location and type of property. We always address these problems as soon as possible. We also have a problem with bats but again we try our best to ensure that it is not an Addams Family House of Horrors!! Valley House doesn’t have a huge lounge and we did once have an extra sofa in there but people said it was a bit tight. There is however a 3 seater sofa and 3 chairs as well as bean bags and we wouldn’t have a problem with anyone moving the other sofa in or the numerous chairs throughout the house. The kitchen plates were all replaced and added to at the end of June, we will be checking for any chips. There is also a full set of crockery in the dining room cupboard. There should be at least 30 dinner plates and 30 side plates for our guests use. The window in the en-suite has been a very controversial subject with most people quite liking it, we have owned the property for almost 3 years and have debated frosting it during this time but no one else has raised this issue and some have found it rather amusing. If it is an issue for anyone else we will address this. The current chemical store which looks as pretty as a play house is locked and not for guests use. The summer house next to it however should be ample for kids/ adults amusement, if they so wish. The garden is 5.5 acres of lawn, flower beds, meadows and woodland. It was in an incredibly poor state when we bought it and we have worked very hard to get it to where it is now. The flower beds surrounding the patio are now thriving through most seasons of the year. There is a 6 hour window between changeover and in this time we have to cut the lawns which takes 4 hours, empty, clean and refill the hot tub which takes 1.5 hours, clean the BBQ, strim, jet hose the patios, clean the windows, weed the beds, cut hedges every 4-5 weeks and most importantly repair any broken furniture and paint walls in the house where scuff marks are made. Just 3 weeks ago all of the summer house doors and windows had snapped off where they had been left open in the wind. The rocking horse and 2 chairs were broken not that long ago. All of these things take time to repair. It is impossible to keep the whole house and gardens to a hotel standard in our 6 hour turnaround time. The fruit trees were twice the size when we bought the property and you can not cut them by any more than a third every winter or you risk killing the tree. Once you have pruned them so hard they will not fruit the next year. We are fully aware that they need a summer prune to cut the suckers off, however it has been impossible due to time restrictions. August is notoriously bad for nettles, creeping vines and brambles in flower beds and we will be addressing these in our beautiful flowerbeds as soon as possible. We are very glad that you enjoyed the local wildlife and again are very sorry that you weren’t satisfied with your stay at Valley House. Kind regards Kate and Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Karen1.9Aug 2023

  • "This property is truly beautiful."

    We stayed as a surprise for my husbands 60th Birthday with some special friends and our children. From the time we arrived and pulled up outside the front door we were blown away!!! The house and grounds were wonderful, we didn’t want to leave. Thank you for sharing this amazing place. I’m sure we will return in the future for more family celebrations.

    Reviewed by Elaine5.0Jun 2023

  • "A wonderful location, the extensive grounds were explored regularly."

    House very clean and well kept with everything we needed provided. BBQ and hot tub also very welcome. An abundance of wildlife which my Grandchildren loved. I believe my son and daughter in law are going to book again in order for her family to experience this idyllic setting. I would certainly consider another visit, did not want to leave.

    Reviewed by Peter5.0May 2023

  • "Fantastic home where the photos don't do it justice, thank you so much for a wonderful stay!"

    Reviewed by Jack5.0May 2023

  • "We had an absolutely amazing weekend at Valley House."

    The house and facilities were even better than expected! It was like a home from home. Very private and had everything you could wish for. We added a few fizz glasses to your collection. The land around the property was amazing for walks and activities. Thanks so much!

    Reviewed by Hattie4.7Apr 2023

  • "This is a beautiful cottage, well maintained and in a nice location."

    The owner was very responsive to questions.

    Reviewed by Florian5.0Mar 2023

  • "Very comfortable and well equipped cottage."

    Reviewed by Simon4.1Mar 2023

  • "We were a family of 9 with a 85, 10, 6 yr old aswell as a 7 month old baby and 2 small dogs."

    ..we spent a week here at Christmas. The house is lovely warm and comfortable the grounds around it are amazing to walk the dogs and let the kids go off and explore the garden, stream, wood there is a tree house but needs renovating the kids would have loved that. The hot tub is a bonus plenty of room and set at the right temperature , the only gripe I have is if your taking dogs with you as a owner you are responsible for picking up your dogs mess. There was quite a bit of dog mess in the garden which wasn't any of our dogs as we picked it up as it was done. we had a wonderful Christmas there and wouldn't hesitate in returning in the very near future

    Reviewed by Karen4.7Dec 2022

  • "Really loved Valley House!"

    Gorgeously decorated and the welcome hamper was much appreciated, as well as the ample amount of firewood provided for those cold winter nights. Perfect cosy retreat for walks and board games with friends :) Only thing to mention is that the trundle bed mattress was slightly uncomfortable to sleep on, though it is a trundle bed after all so one can't be too picky :)

    Dear Stephen, really glad you and your guests enjoyed your stay. Just to let you know, as you have rebooked, we currently have 4 new mattresses on order for all the single beds. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Kate and Graham Property Owner

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Nov 2022

  • "Amazing property with gardens."

    We went for a family get away before my brothers wedding and had a lovely time. The owners were always there ready if we ever needed help. Will definitely like to come back here.

    Reviewed by Kalpana5.0Oct 2022

  • "Wow, what a property!"

    We came to valley house to spend time together as a family. 5 adults, a teenager, 2 children and the dog. We were welcomed into a warm and well presented home. Every tiny thing had been thought of. The welcome basket was out standing and so very generous. The home was clean and tidy, and felt like a home. We explored the home and the grounds and every one in the party said how beautiful it all was. We found new things to explore each time. We spent evenings In the hot tub watching the stars. The robes to use for the hot tub, what a great idea. The beds we all so comfortable, with lovely duvets and pillows. The rooms large and spacious and well decorated. The garden is well kept and maintained at such a high standard. So many places to visit in the area and every one so kind and welcoming We would love to return very soon. And we highly recommend this holiday home to every one and any one. Thank you for the best holiday.

    Reviewed by Hayley5.0Oct 2022

  • "What a superb place to stay."

    We couldn't have asked for anywhere better to base ourselves. So comfortable, so many gadgets in the kitchen and the grounds where just stunning. Can't recommend this property highly enough.

    Reviewed by Rosie5.0Sep 2022

  • "My wife and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with 8 people consisting of 3 generations of our family ranging from the ages of 5 to 75!"

    It was the perfect venue for all of us with wonderful grounds and House. We stayed for 3 days and never needed to leave the venue. The hot tub was popular! A beautiful setting and can't be faulted.

    Reviewed by Dennis5.0Sep 2022

  • "This is a wonderful property and perfect for a relaxing holiday with family."

    The house and ground so were so good, and the weather so hot, we cancelled all our many plans for visiting local sites and we just chilled out in the garden and house. The hot tub was very heavily used and our dogs loved the freedom to wander around alone all day. (Actually one inaccuracy in the listing - the gardens are enclosed unless your dog can jump a low fence). There were many great touches to the stay - robes, really good toiletries, a great welcome basket, dog towels. The house is simply wonderful - full of character and with a well equipped kitchen. We've done many holidays like this but this was the best place we've stayed. We cannot recommend Valley House too highly.

    Reviewed by Richard5.0Aug 2022

  • "Lovely house with nice gardens."

    Would highly recommend

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Jun 2022

  • "This is a fantastic house to stay in."

    We had a multi generational trip to cater for and this property fulfilled all our needs. Our group age was from 5 years to 86 years. beautiful house and fantastic grounds - helped by the fact that we were very lucky with the weather. Games, jigsaws, toys for the children and of course the wonderful hot tub, kept us all amused. So much so that we really didn't need to leave the house. My 5 years old grand daughter kept saying "Mummy please can we get a house like this" She loved paddling in the stream that runs through the garden. Everything we needed was provided. My only slight criticism was maybe the double mattresses are a little too firm but that's from personal taste. I would highly recommend this house.

    Reviewed by Maxine5.0May 2022

  • "It was my wife’s significant birthday so I wanted somewhere special for the family to celebrate it."

    Couldn’t have picked a venue any better that ticked every box. There was nothing that I would have asked for differently so I would give this 5+ stars. The little touches make such a difference and there were many of these. Would absolutely recommend this property as a break for any occasion.

    Reviewed by Nick5.0May 2022

  • "The property was so well equipped for a three generation holiday that when we put our heads together to think of anything that was missing the only thing that we could come up with was egg cups."

    Reviewed by Elizabeth5.0Apr 2022

  • "Valley House is a stunningly beautiful property with the most magnificent of grounds."

    We loved the space, the privacy and the luxurious finish of the house. The grounds were so spacious that you could play badminton whilst our little boy explored the trees and the brook at the same time as the rest of our family enjoyed the hot tub. In the words of our little one - ‘it was wonderful and it was giant’. Parking was plentiful, the location quiet but well connected and the spacious rooms in the house meant that everyone felt they had their own space despite being three generations and a dog! Everything you needed was provided and the setting was so tranquil and private that you really could escape the wider world and just enjoy the house. It was a privilege to stay at Valley House and I hope we are fortunate enough to stay there again in the future.

    Reviewed by Chris5.0Apr 2022

  • "This was a lovely property and perfect for our family stay."

    We immediately felt at home - the house was comfortable, the grounds were beautiful and the hot tub was well used by us all! We have lots of extended family in the area and were easily able to host a couple of family get-togethers during our stay. The owners were very accommodating and left a very good welcome pack. All in all it was a great week and we would definitely recommend it.

    Reviewed by Karen5.0Apr 2022

  • "The house was absolutely brilliant."

    It is stocked with some fantastic gadgets that came in very handy, such as an ice maker, and the speakers. The hot tub is lovely to sit in, and be surrounded by the gardens. The grounds are really well kept, and it's so peaceful that you hear the river at the end of the garden. The house was warm, very tidy, and perfect for the weekend. I would recommend to anyone!

    Reviewed by Tristan5.0Mar 2022

  • "Thank you for such an amazing stay."

    The place was spotlessly clean. You could tell that that whole place had been well thought out and there were some lovely touches such as the robes and fresh flowers. The hamper was also a really welcome surprise whilst we waited for our food shop! Thank you!

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Mar 2022

  • "We appreciated the welcome pack on arrival plenty of towels and dressing gowns was great very well set out inside and lovelygrounds outside all very well kept we were not sure what to do about the bedding when we left."

    we all enjoyed our stay very much.

    Reviewed by Janet5.0Jan 2022

  • "Directions to the property were spot on."

    Sat nav ends before you get there ! The House was spacious for the 10 of us . The beds were clean and comfortable. The garden and hot tub are lovely . We will definitely return

    Reviewed by Kirsty5.0Jan 2022

  • "This is an absolutely amazing property and was the perfect place to spend New Years!"

    The Garden is lovely and absolutely huge and the hot tub is luxurious. The house itself is beautiful too and we loved the seasonal decorations! The only thing I would say is that it’s a bit of a tight squeeze for 10 fully grown adults and would be ideal for 8 adults plus 2 kids. Just because the bunk beds aren’t really suitable for adults and due to the amount of bathrooms. It would also be useful to have a tea towel or two provided. But we had a wonderful time and would definitely reccomend. One of the best, if not THE best, rental homes we’ve ever stayed in!

    Reviewed by Sarah4.1Dec 2021

  • "Place was very clean, very comfortable and all you could want for a pre-Christmas stay."

    lodge The host, Kate, could not do enough for us, putting up Christmas decorations, providing baby gates and cot and firing up the hot-tub ready for our arrival. We would like to thank her for everything. The house was sumptuous in its décor resembling a high class hunting lodge with its ornate picture frames and dark wood furniture.

    Reviewed by Rik5.0Dec 2021

  • "Highly recomend this property."

    Fabulous hosts. Just perfect! Hired a masseuse for the day and used the lounge as a treatment room ideal!

    Reviewed by Victoria5.0Nov 2021

  • "Beautiful house surrounded by acres of garden (great for wildlife spotting!"

    ). Very comfortable and well equipped. Our granddaughter enjoyed all the toys! Would definitely come again.

    Reviewed by Susan5.0Nov 2021

  • "An outstanding property, perfect for our group of 8."

    Such a thoughtful welcome basket. Valley house has everything that you would need. The decor is wonderful and the grounds make the perfect setting. It was faultless

    Reviewed by Angharad5.0Oct 2021

  • "We had an absolutely fantastic week at valley house."

    The weather was dry which meant our three teenagers made the most of the grounds, the astroturf pitch was a great touch for a bit of tennis. We all loved the hot tub and lovely sat watching the sun go down from it, we also caught site of squirrels, rabbits and deer from there. Welcome hamper was a lovely touch, and the house was well furnished and definitely felt like a treat. My only comment would be a few more comfy seats in the lounge for those winter evenings as only five of seven us got a comfy seat on an evening! Did cause a scramble after tea.

    Reviewed by Catherine5.0Oct 2021

  • "Celebrated our Ruby Anniversary there with some family and it was an absolutely fantastic stay enjoyed by all."

    Even the dogs. Will definitely be going back

    Reviewed by Tracey5.0Oct 2021

  • "The house was so well appointed in extensive wooded grounds where we could explore and sit."

    It was very well equipped (for example a Nespresso machine, lovely cutlery, tableware and glasses, lovely soaps and toiletries etc. We were provided with a packed welcome hamper, flowers, and the ice maker ready to go; hot tub and BBQ so that we could enjoy a luxurious time with our family. The house was warm, light, spacious and had every comfort. There were indoor and outdoor games, digital speakers, spare wellies for the grounds, good Wifi, a drinks chiller. Very thoughtful touches throughout the house. The area had plenty of interesting places to visit - Caen Locks/Avebury/the canal side and local walks.

    Reviewed by Marion5.0Sep 2021

  • "We all had the most amazing time."

    The house is So well equipped with everything you could possibly want. The grounds are wonderful & the hot tub is a real bonus. It was great to sit out in the evening just listening to the peace & quiet .We will definitely book this beautiful house again

    Reviewed by Russell5.0Aug 2021

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Summary

  • Over three floors
  • Five bedrooms: 1 x king-size with en-suite bath, walk-in shower, double basin and WC, 1 x four-poster super-king-size, 1 x super-king-size with en-suite shower and basin, 1 x bunk room, 1 x second-floor single with trundle bed (can be twin/double on request)
  • Bathroom with roll-top freestanding bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • First-floor cloakroom with WC
  • Cloakroom with basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Dining room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Study
  • Conservatory
  • Second-floor gaming room
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Rangemaster range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi, selection of games, books and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Highchair and cot available, stair gate in place
  • Off-road parking for four cars on gravelled driveway
  • Large garden with raised patio area with hot tub, seating, lawn, pond, children's Wendy house, summerhouse, and river running through garden
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.8 miles, pub 1.1 miles
  • Please be advised: this owner would prefer weekly and short break bookings to start on a Friday

The property

Nestled within the luscious Wiltshire countryside, boasting characterful features and set within 5.5 acres of grounds is this beautiful former mill, Valley House.

Offering ten guests a dreamlike location to spend quality time together, Valley House has been thoughtfully decorated to echo the history of the property, with further evidence of its milling past in the river running through the grounds with pretty bridges and ponds to explore.

Head through the front door and step into the large entrance hall, immediately admiring the rustic beams before travelling across the parquet flooring in the sitting room to find a woodburning stove in the heart of the fireplace, surrounded by sofas and armchairs with a large bay window overlooking the fabulous gardens.

Relax in here before being called to take a seat in the grand dining room where a long vintage table and chairs await you, enjoy dinner parties in this traditional setting and toast to your wonderful Wiltshire holiday.

A pretty conservatory rests at the end of the dining room, perfect for enjoying the scenery while getting stuck in a book, while the study on the ground floor is ideal for those who need to bring the office with them on holiday.

Come together in the mornings in the large kitchen/diner, home to a breakfast bar and breakfast table, you can cook up something for with the excellent appliances including an impressive Rangemaster range set within a slate tiled alcove.

The utility room houses the laundry facilities, while a cloakroom also rests on this floor.

Travel up to the first floor to find the elegant bedrooms, beginning with the master suite, home to a roomy king-size bed, fitted wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom, and a beautiful four-poster super-king-size room enjoying dual-aspect windows overlooking the grounds.

Discover a super-king-size with an en-suite shower and basin through a pretty archway, with a cloakroom next door, a bathroom and a bunk room completing the floor.

A steep set of stairs brings you to the second floor where a lovely single room rests within the timber eaves, with a trundle bed allowing the room to be made into a twin or a double on request, with a gaming room opposite to entertain the children.

Relax within the beautiful garden, whether sitting out at the outdoor furniture with a refreshing drink, taking a dip in the bubbling hot tub on a warm evening, watching the children and dog play on the lawns, or making use of the lovely summerhouse, there's a tranquil spot for everyone with the soft sounds of the stream running beneath the pretty bridge to add the perfect soundtrack.

The town centre of Devizes is just a mile down the road with over 500 listed buildings scattered across the streets, you can visit the weekly market run by the local residents for local produce, or browse the independent shops for a holiday souvenir, as well as stopping in at one of the cafés or pubs for delicious food and drink.

Take a scenic walk along the Kennet & Avon Canal which passes through the town, heading west towards the amazing Caen Hill Locks or the Devizes Flight as it's also known, enjoying some wildlife spotting along the way.

There's plenty to do in the area with several fisheries nearby for peaceful afternoons with just you and your rod, as well as excellent golf courses and gardens and parks to explore.

Venture into the beautiful North Wessex Downs AONB and visit as many historic landmarks as you can on your walks with ancient stone circles, hill forts and ruins to be found, with a unique sight to behold at Silbury Hill, the largest artificial mound in Europe, comparing in height and volume to the Egyptian pyramids and probably completed in around 2400 BC!

Enjoy a day down at Longleat Safari Park being less than an hour's drive away, you can expect to see lions, tigers, monkeys and giraffes among many more, with a tour of the large Longleat manor revealing the history of this grand building, perfect for all the family.

The historic city of Bath with its thermal spas, Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey, makes a wonderful day out, as well as Salisbury where the impressive Salisbury Cathedral dominates the skyline, while the ancient and mysterious Stonehenge is within easy reach too.

Make incredible memories with your loved ones in the Wiltshire countryside at Valley House.

Note: This property has a Good Housekeeping bond of £750.

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About the location

DEVIZES

Bath 20.2 miles, Salisbury 25.1 miles, Avebury 8.5 miles.

Devizes is a stunningly quaint market town located within the centre of Wiltshire. Boasting a variety of historical sights such as Devizes Castle, churches that have stood since the 12th century, and the regular local markets which are held every week by residents, it's a beautiful place to enrich yourself with knowledge, culture, and good food. Surrounded by Bath, Swindon, and Salisbury, it's an ideal place to get out and explore famous landmarks including the Stonehenge itself and Avebury Stone Circle, or medieval cathedrals and other ancient landmarks. With over 500 listed buildings and plentiful in architecture, Devizes is a lovely historic town which offers a sense of community and inclusiveness for all.

Please note: Be careful because the garden is not completely secure from the road
Note: Dogs are not allowed upstairs in the property
Please be advised: this owner would prefer weekly and short break bookings to start on a Friday.