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Stables Cottage

Bowerhill near Melksham, Wiltshire (Ref. 18369)

4.7

Excellent

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 5

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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Features

  • Broadband / WiFi
  • Off road parking
  • Garden / Patio
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile

Reviews & Ratings

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45 Customer Reviews

  • "A lovely cottage ideally placed to explore Wiltshire."

    Loads of local walking with the dog. Recommend without hesitation.

    Reviewed by NicholasJun 2022

  • "We loved it here, we’ve been before around 4 years ago and it was just as lovely this time round."

    Owner friendly and welcoming, loved Ruby the dog. It’s really conveniently located as it’s near to so many beautiful places. Devizes with its canals, Bradford upon Avon, Melksham, Corsham , Trowbridge and many more. The cottage is really warm and cosy, and the outlook across the fields is stunning with the pond complete with ducks. We did struggle to open and shut the double doors into the garden, but that didn’t spoil our gorgeous holiday and we will return again soon. We had the most beautiful weather and had breakfast outside every day as it was so warm and sunny, also with such gorgeous surroundings we made the most of being outside. Totally would recommend.

    Reviewed by LynnMar 2022

  • "Had a wonderful time, very spacious and clean."

    The only thing for us personally would have been if the local pubs were a little closer, however, at about a mile or mile and a half away they would probably make a nice walk on a good weather day. For anyone concerned about a dog running loose, Ruby the farms dog was a delight (and we're not dog owners). Nothing to complain about at all, and we'd like to thank the owners for letting us bring our budgies.

    Reviewed by AngelaMar 2022

  • "Really nice property, and the owner was great in just leaving us alone :) Friendly dog, we want to know it’s name please."

    Reviewed by NeilFeb 2022

  • "We had a fantastic time, even though the weather was rubbish and I've never been so grateful for wellies!"

    Mr Cottle was friendly and informative. The cottage itself was ideal for us and our dog: warm and cosy, large enough for 8 of us to eat and socialise (we had family come over for a takeaway) and incredibly clean. It was great to be able to get up, open the door and go over the fields to walk the dog, instead of having to drive somewhere - and the hose was invaluable! The kitchen was well equipped with tea, coffee, sugar, milk, fruit and a bottle of wine! The bedding was clean and fresh as were the towels and there was plenty of toilet roll. I can't recommend it enough and I will be back.

    Reviewed by LisaFeb 2022

  • "Cottage was really lovely, clean and well equipped."

    One really minor inconvenience was not being able to let our dog off the lead - he would’ve loved a run about in the fields. A closed in outside space would be a great addition.

    Reviewed by VictoriaDec 2021

  • "We loved our stay."

    We are from Wiltshire but moved away, so used the cottage as a base to have a holiday to visit family and friends. It’s a beautiful place. The house is really spacious, comfy and good value- it is a lot bigger than it looks in the pictures. We enjoyed meeting Ruby the farm dog and our little girl loved feeding the ducks everyday! As well as walking up to the fields to see the sheep. It’s in a great location as you are close to Melksham (Starbucks :) ) but it still feels like you are on holiday. We hope to return once or twice a year, however when our twin babies get older it would be tricky with the pond. I think even a picket fence or something around the front area with the picnic bench would work really well? Thanks for a great stay- we will be back!

    Reviewed by GeorginaNov 2021

  • "Lovely cottage and a great base to explore the countryside."

    5th time we have stayed here and still finding lots of new walks and places to visit.

    Reviewed by RogerSep 2021

  • "The cottage is an excellent size, well equipped and very well positioned for local amenities."

    The cottage would however benefit from a private garden area, perhaps with a swing set. But, it is set in a rural location well away from the main road so you do have a nice sense of privacy, but it would be nicer still to have the garden option to relax in. From the cottage it's a short drive to both Melksham and Devizes to do your usual food shopping and retail shopping, but Longleat safari as well as Chippenham, Trowbridge, Bradford on Avon and Bath are all nearby and worth a visit. Bradford on Avon is a quaint little place with Fair Trade independent shops and the other places are far bigger with the usual big Town/City facilities. Bath is a lovely city and there's lots there to enjoy. We spent time at Longleat Safari which was brilliant with our 5 year old son! There's lots to see and do there, and felt overall it was good value for money. Once the car safari had finished, there was still plenty to do and see and it was a full fun day out. We also visited Lacock, which is a lovely National Trust village and hall/museum where Harry Potter was filmed. There's a pretty village, with independent shops, National Trust shops and a good sized cafe to visit. Another lovely place, which is about 20 minutes drive from the cottage is Avebury, which has prehistoric stone monuments,as well as a hall, museum, church, shops & cafe. Both Lacock & Avebury are great places to visit with children or alone/couples and have good facilities. For families with younger children, there's a nice play park at Lacock for the children. Our son enjoyed the park and we went back a couple of times. We have had a lovely stay and enjoyed exploring the local area. There's plenty to see and do here and the cottage is a good base to use.

    Reviewed by AndrewAug 2021

  • "Lovely clean, modern, spacious cottage belonging to lovely people."

    Most enjoyed sitting outside looking at the views and being visited by Ruby the dog.

    Reviewed by KarenJul 2021

  • "Doggy heaven!"

    Our puppy had her 1st birthday here and she loved it. Resident dog very friendly and they got on well. Us people loved the quiet and the feeling of having your own huge garden to roam. Deer come right up to the pond. Owner very helpful and welcoming. What more to ask?

    Reviewed by LissaJul 2021

  • "Lovely holiday cottage in a great location."

    The house was bright , clean and comfortable.

    Reviewed by JennyJul 2021

  • "This lovely cottage is in an idyllic setting and very peaceful."

    We loved sitting outside looking at the fabulous view and were lucky enough to see a barn owl fly past at regular intervals. We also saw deer in the fields. The cottage was charming and welcoming, with fresh flowers on the table, and wine, milk and a bowl of fruit provided. It was spotlessly clean, and very comfortable and well equipped. The photos don't really do it justice as the furniture in the living room has been updated. The area has many places of interest to visit, including beautiful Lacock, Great Chalfield Manor, Avebury, Stourhead, Westwood Manor and Courts Garden. The lovely countryside is ideal for walking and was filled with wildflowers when we visited. I would highly recommend staying at Stables Cottage for a really enjoyable holiday.

    Reviewed by IanJun 2021

  • "What a lovely week we had, great cottage with everything we needed, the owners gave us a warm welcome on arrival, including a nice bottle of wine."

    The cottage is ideal for a quiet holiday, lots of lovely countryside and villages to explore, don't know if we were lucky but we had a visit from a couple of deer one night and regularly saw a barn owl in the evening, not forgetting the ducks on the little pond.

    Reviewed by ShaneMay 2021

  • "The cottage was as listed."

    We arrived to a warm cottage with an unexpected welcome hamper of quality tea, coffee, milk, fruit and wine along with many extra touches like dishwasher tablets, tea towels, toilet roll etc. The setting was perfect, the kids enjoyed the ducks on the pond and great dog walks right outside the door.

    Reviewed by JaneOct 2020

  • "The cottage was very spacious for five adults and was set in a secluded location on a farm."

    It was the perfect base for exploring the South West of England. The town of Melksham was close by for food shopping and take-aways. A short walk across two fields was a canal and great pub for food and drink. The living room was very spacious and the separate kitchen was well equipped and large enough for five adults to sit round the table for meals. The bedrooms were good with the master bedroom having a table and two chairs in one corner. The ensuite bathroom was small but was good to have. It had a shower, toilet and washbasin. The main bathroom was larger with a bath that had a shower and toilet. We had a dog with us and there were several footpaths around the farm for morning & evening walks.

    Reviewed by NeilAug 2020

  • "Third time we have been to this lovely cottage which has everything."

    Great base to explore the Wiltshire countryside and beyond. Many thanks to the owners as they always make you feel at ease and our dog enjoys coming here too.

    Reviewed by RogerMar 2020

  • "This is the second time we have stayed at Stables Cottage and we loved it."

    It’s so quiet and comfortable, and everything is right there for you. The items left for you on arrival are just lovely and myself and my husband have found a new love for Scrabble during our time there with the use of the games available. The kids are just free to Have fun and there is no worry when they step outside as they are so far from the road, they loved walking around the field and splashing in the puddles. We had to stay somewhere else during October half term as Stables wasn’t available and it just wasn’t as homely, to us Stables ticks all the boxes and we are hopefully going to book for next year as well.

    Reviewed by NicolaFeb 2020

  • "The property is in a good location, readily accessible to Bath and other attractions like Lacock Abbey."

    However the property itself is quite basic. There are no proper wardrobes / chest of drawers in the bedrooms, just cloth temporary wardrobes which were full of dust. If clothes slip off the slatted shelves then unfortunately they get covered in dust. The kitchen is not fully tiled and as such grease splatters are present throughout the kitchen, not pleasant. The fridge freezer is in a make shift cupboard and limited cooking utensils if you are planning on cooking. However the worst feature of this property was the damp on the wall between the kitchen and the living room. The wall was physically damp and bubbling. I would not recommend this property.

    Reviewed by GeorginaNov 2019

  • "We had an enjoyable, peaceful and comfortable stay."

    Cottage very easy to find and we appreciated the provisions and lovely flowers provided. The photographs of the cottage on Sykes website could be updated as the lounge carpet and furniture have received a pleasant update. This is a cottage that we could easily return to.

    Reviewed by PaulineOct 2019

  • "A lovely cottage with a nice location."

    A very nice welcome package from the owner, biscuits, fruit, coffee etc. We were made to feel very welcome and the cottage was a great base for touring the area. Excellent pub, the Barge, close by on the Kennet and Avocado canal.

    Reviewed by HilarySep 2019

  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Stables."

    There was plenty of room by way of accommodation and it was lovely and clean. There was a nice vase of flowers, some milk, biscuits and wine waiting for us! The gentleman running the accommodation was extremely pleasant and helpful. It was close to the farmhouse with a great deal of open fields, a pond and patio to enjoy which means that it was lovely and quiet. There was every facility that one could wish for and we felt most welcome. We certainly hope to visit again one day soon and we highly recommend this accommodation to anyone interested.

    Reviewed by JudithSep 2019

  • "What a gem in the country side!"

    We arrived at this cottage and were greeted by fresh flowers, bowl of fruit, bottle of wine, milk, tea and coffee. What a delight to arrive to. This cottage is perfectly situated for visiting the West Country. There is lots to do and see with lots of pubs that serve food. We were travelling with our dog anf I can highly recommend The fox and the hound and Water Meadow very welcoming of our dog indeed. The owner is delightful and so is his dog Ruby. I would highly recommend this holiday home, it is just perfect.

    Reviewed by HelenJul 2019

  • "We were welcomed by the owners at arrival, as their lovely farmhouse is adjacent to the beautifully renovated Stables Cottage."

    The farm itself lies at the end of a long flat drive surrounded by fields full of wildflowers, and is wonderfully peaceful. Despite there being a main road at the other end of the drive (with a useful bus stop nearby), the only noises you hear at the house itself are the occasional light plane taking off from the nearby airstrip, ducks on the stream and the clip-clopping of horses now and then. The house has an extremely well equipped kitchen diner and a roomy and comfortable lounge with a range of books and games to play. On our one really rainy day we made use of these. TV and internet available (the latter fast enough to keep our two adult children happy). On our days out, I would agree with other visitors that the local footpaths are difficult to find. We used the canal towpath for most of our excursions – the spectacular Caen Hill Locks are a must. If we could suggest any improvements, a rotary washing line might have been helpful (though I can understand not wanting to spoil the vista) and we have found a ringbinder full of instruction books for appliances, places to eat etc. helpful in other properties. We really enjoyed our stay, despite the pre-heatwave weather, and if we are in the area again would certainly return to Stables Cottage.

    Reviewed by GillJun 2019

  • "Cottage is situated just off the main road and so is easy to find (directions were perfect)."

    Entrance is opposite the roadway to the local pub on the canal, which was very handy and an enjoyable spot. Could not find the local shop, nor did we think it is within walking distance, so we shopped whilst out and about. It is ideally situated to get to many archaeological sites and National Trust/ English Heritage places.

    Reviewed by SJun 2019

  • "This is not a working arable farm as described but the surrounding meadows are a tranquil wildlife haven."

    We saw deer, a barn owl, buzzards, a hare and a wide range of birds all close by. The property is spacious, very clean, comfortable and adequately furnished and equipped. There is no property information or visitor book in the cottage which is unusual so we struggled to understand the recycling arrangements, what cleaning was required or the best local shops and facilities. There is a lovely canal side pub 15 mins walk away across fields but there is no map or route description in the property and we took two attempts to find the way on poorly marked footpaths. The retired farmer is lovely and helpful and we did enjoy our stay. There are lots of interesting attractions nearby. A bit more equipment and local knowledge information would make this a really great place.

    Reviewed by JulieMay 2019

  • "Owners were very friendly & approachable ."

    Reassuring should anything need attention. Beautiful setting with lovely wild flower meadows. We saw deer, a woodpecker & lots of green finches. Easy parking & very easy to reach nearby towns and the canal. We would thoroughly recommend it as a holiday venue

    Reviewed by AMay 2019

  • "Great holiday, lots of things to do in the area."

    House great, host lovely.

    Reviewed by DavidApr 2019

  • "Thoroughly enjoyed our long week end in Stables cottage."

    Spacious comfortable light and airy, this accommodation was perfect for us and our dog particularly because we had such a warm welcome from the elderly gentleman farmer. The location is perfect for exploring this picturesque part of Wiltshire including a walk along the Kennet and Avon canal to Caen Hill Locks. I’m fairly sure we’ll be visiting again.

    Reviewed by CarolineApr 2019

  • "This property was great for us."

    Well decorated lovely property. The hard standing out side along with the driveway was perfect for our 3 yr old to cycle his bike on. The field in front of the house was great to walk/run our dog on. Set far back from the road so quiet. Comfortable lounge and the enclosed kitchen meant we could lock our dog in there and not worry about her sneaking onto furnishings. Lovely welcome pack of fruit wine and biscuits with essential tea coffee as well. Owners very helpful. Improvements could be a recycling bin; message about where to dispose of full rubbish bags; plus a travel cot and a high chair to be made available. Great location to explore lots of NT sites, canals, Bath and some old villages. We would book again if coming back to this area.

    Reviewed by JamesFeb 2019

  • "Had an absolutely lovely stay, lovely location and beautiful cottage."

    Quiet with plenty of parking and completely safe for the children couldn’t recommend this place enough such a lovely stay have already booked for next year.

    Reviewed by NicolaFeb 2019

  • "A very comfortable and well equipped cottage, plenty of walks if you have a dog and fields to play in with children."

    Only a short drive to Devises or the Canel network. A very good base to explore the area and if you are lucky you can watch the odd plane take off as it has a private landing strip. We would definitely return

    Reviewed by AlanFeb 2019

  • "A lovely clean, well equipped cottage."

    Very friendly. This cottage has all you need for an enjoyable visit to Wiltshire. It's clean, spacious and very comfortable. The area is very quiet, which was lovely and only a short distance from a local village and a supermarket. Plenty of places to eat & visit. Local pubs serve excellent food, The Black Prince in Devices was excellent value for money and a homely pub. We had a relaxing week here and would definitely recommend this cottage.

    Reviewed by PennyOct 2018

  • "The living area rug was extremely grubby and badly stained ..."

    The living area rug was extremely grubby and badly stained there was abroken chair in the kitchen a broken bed side locker we asked three time for a hair dryer but did not get one also had we had known we were expected to strip the bed befor leaving we would not have taken the cottage as we are not able to do any hard work being in our middle eighties an befor travilling 200 miles

    Reviewed by LilianSep 2018

  • "Lovely cottage and at the heart of Wiltshire to explore and within easy reach of great locations."

    Reviewed by RogerJul 2018

  • "We had a fantastic holiday staying at Stables Cottage!"

    My two boys had a brilliant time playing in the fields at the front of the cottage, so much space to run around in. The cottage is well equipped and very comfortable, not to mention a lot bigger than I was expecting.. We will definitely be returning to this peaceful retreat in the future.

    Reviewed by GayleJun 2018

  • "Had a lovely time,good location places to visit are within easy reach."

    We had some trouble finding the entrance to the farm as it is set back in the hedges and hard to spot from the road.

    Reviewed by PeterJun 2018

  • "Lovely cottage idyllic setting and peaceful retreat easy accessible owner very helpful"

    Reviewed by FrankMay 2018

  • "Yes no vacuum there and tap in en."

    - suite dripping a lot lovely stay

    Reviewed by SylviaMar 2018

  • "Fantastic location to explore the ancient landscape associated with Stonehenge, which is what we came for."

    The cottage is light and airy and beautifully furnished-not the usual random selection of reject furniture all to often found in holiday properties. We love the spacious kitchen with the large dining table. As a family we eat at the table rather than on the lap. The shower in the main bathroom is really good, the en-suite shower is what it is: an electric shower. There were fluffy towels, toilet roll (we restocked), biscuits (ditto), fresh flowers, fruit bowl and a bottle of wine, so thoughtful and welcoming. Even handwash was provided. Just one small thing, the dishwasher does not actually wash the dishes, you have to do it the old fashioned way- no real hardship though.

    Reviewed by SonjaFeb 2018

  • "To rent this property a car is essential, as the cottage is in a rural location."

    However, there are lots of nice walks around the area and lots to see in surrounding area.

    Reviewed by TraceyMay 2017

  • "This was a lovely holiday cottage set within convenient distance to lots of local attractions."

    the house was really nice with everything you need plus a few nice extras left by the owners :) We would definately use the place again when in the area.

    Reviewed by ColinApr 2017

  • "Nice cottage, friendly people and great views."

    A nice welcoming pack. The only thing is that it doesn't have a vacuum cleaner, didn't feel comfort leaving it without going around at the end of the week with the hoover. Nice to meet Ruby.

    Reviewed by SylviaMar 2017

  • "The cottage was booked a bit last minute but I think we did exceptionally well and would love to return for a longer trip."

    This was the first time of using Sykes Cottages and I would definitely use again. Booking was easy, seeing information that I was interested in was easy and booking confirmation was clear with all the details you would need. Contacting the owner of the property was straightforward and he was so lovely on the phone, they even left us a bowl of fruit, biscuits, fresh flowers and a bottle of wine for us - such a lovely surprise. Thank you for making our little trip away a pleasure.

    Reviewed by JaneNov 2016

  • "Extremely spacious and comfortable to stay in."

    Reviewed by NoraSep 2016

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Summary

  • Three bedrooms: 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 1 x twin, 1 x single
  • Bathroom with bath, hand-held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen with dining area
  • Sitting room.
  • Electric central heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books and games
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off road parking for 3 cars
  • Private front patio with furniture
  • Shared lawned area with unfenced pond and access to surrounding fields
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 10 mins walk
  • Note: The owner has a dog, pets must be kept on a lead when in shared grounds
  • Note: There is an unfenced pond close to the cottage, children and pets to be supervised.

The property

Bowerhill 1 mile.

A charming, detached barn conversion set in a peaceful location in the grounds of the owner's working arable farm, close to the small hamlet of Bowerhill in rural West Wiltshire.

Comfortably furnished and well-presented, this...

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About the location

BOWERHILL

Melksham 2 miles; Devizes 5 miles.

Bowerhill is a charming, scattered rural hamlet, on the edge of the small market town of Melksham, which lies on the banks of the River Avon in West Wiltshire. Surrounded by magnificent countryside, this serene location is a special place, which is enjoyed by people who love the charms of the countryside. Many walking and cycling opportunities can be found close by, with scenic pathways winding through the rural landscape, and there are numerous exceptional historic sites within easy reach, including Stonehenge and Avebury, as well as magnificent stately homes and gardens at Bowood, Longleat or Chalfield Manor. For a relaxed afternoon closer to home, a peaceful stroll along the towpath of the nearby Kennet and Avon Canal can be easily sought. This lovely area comes with a traditional relaxed, gentle pace of life, with many places of interest to be found within a short drive, including the regal city of Bath, the bustling market town of Devizes, the villages of the nearby Pewsey Vale, with the celebrated white horses present on the chalk downland, the market town of Marlborough and the National Trust owned Lacock Abbey. A peaceful rural location, offering a delightful holiday base at any time of the year.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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