Leigh Barn and Bake House

Boutique holiday rentals in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Self-catering accommodation & events

Leigh House offers luxury accommodation on the edge of the Cotswolds with ensuite facilities throughout – in the historic market town of Bradford on Avon and dates from 1574.

The cluster of farm buildings was part of an estate given by Elizabeth I to Robert Dudley and now incorporates the Barn, the Bake House and the Old Dairy, which together with the main house, form three sides of a picturesque courtyard.

The property stands in 4.5 acres of formal and informal land with panoramic views over to the White Horse and Salisbury Hills. It is a pleasant 10 minute stroll into the historic town of Bradford on Avon and just 7 miles from Bath or 12 minutes by train.

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When we bought Leigh House, Bradford on Avon in 2010 it was run primarily as Bed and Breakfast accommodation.

As you would expect from a self catering property, the kitchen is large and very well appointed with all necessary tools including a food processor, blenders and a juicing machine.

We have furnished both properties with antiques, original oil paintings and objects of interest to catch the eye. We hope this is self catering – but with a difference.

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The Bake House

Sleeps 4
This quaint stone cottage has 14th Century origins and has thick stone walls and flagged floors. The stone floor still has the axe marks where wood was chopped to feed the fires.

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The Barn

Sleeps 10
The Tithe Barn has recently been converted to a very high standard and offers luxurious accommodation in 5 large, en-suite rooms. It is accessed from a lavender scented courtyard straight into a beautifully vaulted main living area with under floor heating and a mezzanine levels.


Gym & Sauna

For guests
The 1000 sqft Old Dairy with 6 milking stalls has been converted into a state of the art gym and sauna overlooking the paddock. You are welcome to use these facilities at any time during your visit. Tone up while you relax on holiday.

A fabulous boutique holiday rental property.

The Leigh House Farm and estate was rumoured to have been given to Robert Dudley, a favourite of Queen Elizabeth I, in roughly 1572. It consisted of a great deal of land, farms, stables and kitchen gardens. We still have nearly 5 acres of that land and present day Leigh House is compromised of the original Tudor farmhouse, the converted tithe barn and cheese maker/bread makers cottage set around the original farmyard. The Willows is the converted duck house.

As a family we moved to Bradford on Avon in the Autumn of 2010 in order to revitalise Leigh House and create what is now a fabulous boutique holiday rental property. We can accommodate people across individual, unique properties on-site offering exclusivity of the grounds and facilities.

In taking on this Tudor farmhouse we have restored the fundamentals of drains and guttering and then moved onto the more exciting projects such as converting the Old Dairy, which was previously home to 3 donkeys. We started from scratch, removing animal pens and the side wall of the Dairy and jack hammering up the concrete floor. There is now a beautifully sunny gym kitted out to the highest standards. The sauna is a treat at the end of workout or after a long walk in the winter.

Design your perfect wedding.

If you are looking for a venue that will let you design your perfect Wedding Reception but offers a quiet helping hand in the background then Leigh house should appeal to you.

We offer you the opportunity to design your own unique wedding from scratch. You are completely free to select your own suppliers and make your special day last a weekend with those closest to you.

The extensive grounds offers many photo opportunities across the woodland, water features and formal gardens which will be a delightful and relaxing place to hold your reception for friends and family.

Holidays, Events & Special Occasions

The opportunity to escape for a few days with old friends is wonderful. The attraction of Bradford on Avon is that whatever the season there is so much to explore and so many things to do.

Leigh House is perfectly positioned to give you privacy in the rural countryside yet just a few minutes walk into town with its many restaurants, pubs and independent shops. Leave your car and hop on a train for 12 minutes to Bath and take the strain out of finding somewhere to park.

At the House there is WiFi & SKY, a cosy wood burning stove for winter and the sauna in the Dairy to warm you up after a brisk walk in the countryside. When the weather is kinder, there is the 1.5 acre paddock for BBQ’s and games.

There are several very good pubs within walking distance and Sunday Lunch out is a must. All the meat is sourced from local farms and the quality is excellent. Bookings are essential and the Owner would be delighted to share their favourites and offer suggestions on the best places to dine locally.

Guest Book

  • Smith Family
    "Beautiful, beautiful place to stay. Stunning setting, lovingly looked after. Blissfully comfortable bed! Charming, thank you."
    Smith Family
  • Corrina
    "What an amazing way to celebrate a 40th birthday. Thank you Sue for making us feel so at home in your beautiful barn, special memories to be cherished always. The barn is even more gorgeous than the photographs, full of character and warmth. We all hope to see you again soon. Don’t want to go!"
  • Mr Robertson, July 2011
    “… we loved Bradford on Avon but it was also an easy way to see Bath, just a few minutes by train to the centre without all the hassle of driving and parking.“
    Mr Robertson, July 2011
  • 5 Star Review - Trip Advisor
    "The perfect family holiday home from home. Excellent base for exploring Bath and surrounding area's. Lots to see and do definitely recommend Longleat Safari. We were made very welcome and the cream tea on arrival was a lovely touch. The accommodation was superb and to a very high standard offering everything and more that we needed. As a large family with children to entertain we particularly enjoyed the large outside space for ball games."
    5 Star Review - Trip Advisor
  • M Laxton
    "…this is a little bit of heaven, a magic place – thank you."
    M Laxton
  • J De Sousa
    "We have had another fantastic week at the Bake House, which provided us with all the comfort and relaxation we needed for a wonderful holiday. We are leaving refreshed, full of wonderful memories and looking forward to another visit. Many thanks.
    J De Sousa
  • Casey family, New Year 2011/12
    “A perfect setting for 8 friends to spend time together. The Barn is so comfortable and the attention to detail has made it a lovely experience, would love to come back.“
    Casey family, New Year 2011/12
  • S Haselwood, March 2012
    “We have had a fantastic weekend and felt so at home, beautiful décor and amazingly comfortable beds made for a perfect weekend away.“
    S Haselwood, March 2012
  • Brown Family
    "We had such a wonderful time here at Leigh Barn! We are very grateful for our friend’s recommendation linking us to you for the wedding weekend. It was a perfect home base for us attending all of the festivities. Thank you for your hospitality and extra attention to our own needs R Jordan & Family – “the American Contingent!"
    Brown Family
  • Sarah and Neil
    “A beautiful barn, really cosy and homely. Lovely location. The fire really gorgeous. The Castle great for food and lovely canal walks!“
    Sarah and Neil
  • Christmas 2011
    “Warm, comfortable, easy to keep tidy - the Christmas tree and mulled cider were fab touches!“
    Christmas 2011
  • 5 Star Review - Trip Advisor - November 2012
    "Fabulous venue for a get-together! - Two night stay at the Barn celebrating my 50th. Fabulous venue, beautifully decorated, warm and probably the most comfortable beds we had ever slept in! Great place for a holiday, family and friend get-together or just about anything else. Champagne left in the fridge....what more could you ask for!"
    5 Star Review - Trip Advisor - November 2012
  • Event Guests
    "Special thanks from all the hens for a wonderful weekend staying in your beautiful Barn and Bake House. We had a fantastic time and would recommend this very special place (& Stephen!) to anyone. Thanks again"
    Event Guests
  • Becky’s Dad, April 2012
    “There may be nicer places on God's Earth from which to send one’s daughter to be married and entertain one's family, but we can’t imagine where they might be found. Thank you so much for all that you have done for us.“
    Becky’s Dad, April 2012
  • Adair Family, Easter
    "Amazing Barn, great location. Love “The Castle”, nice pub within walking distance. Indian takeaway “Avon Spice” extremely tasty and v generous portions! Kids loved the games room and garden. All in all a fabulous stay. Thank you for all your help and recommendations!"
    Adair Family, Easter
  • Mr & Mrs Judd, August 2011
    “We normally can't wait to get back to our own beds but this was the exception! Wonderfully comfortable beds and crisp linen. Perfect!“
    Mr & Mrs Judd, August 2011
  • Mr & Mrs Gallagher, April 2011
    “Perfect combination of style and comfort made for a perfect spring break! Aided and abetted by our hosts we were able to take full advantage of a wonderful area.“
    Mr & Mrs Gallagher, April 2011
  • Laura, Sept 2011
    “Our annual “girls“ weekend away was just perfect, beautiful sunshine, setting and such a welcoming environment. We all fell in love with the Barn and all the finishing touches, you should be very proud of all your hard work! We will definitely be visiting again soon.“
    Laura, Sept 2011
  • Weekend Guests
    "A wonderful time shared by three generations. Very spacious and well laid out. Beautiful setting, very nice touches and beautiful furnishings. Thank you for a wonderful half term break. Lovely comfy beds enjoyed by all!"
    Weekend Guests
  • King family
    "We had a wonderful few days here exploring the area. Thank you for your hospitality."
    King family
  • Hosted Family
    "Lovely barn to celebrate 3 birthdays, one being an 80th! Perfect location for a family group. Kids loved the play room, very comfy beds."
    Hosted Family
  • Yolanda & Darren
    "Such a perfect place for both our families to stay in for our marriage celebration. The building is beautiful, warm and cosy. Brilliantly equipped. Loved the table tennis in the evenings. Cannot think of a better place to stay and will recommend anyone to come here. "
    Yolanda & Darren
  • Cooper family, New Zealand
    “Thank you for a lovely stay at the Bake House. It has been a very comfortable “home from home“ and a perfect place to collapse!“
    Cooper family, New Zealand
  • Mr Pierce, April 2012
    “Above and beyond expectations, by far the best place I have stayed in!“
    Mr Pierce, April 2012
  • Hayley
    "A very special place for a very special occasion! We enjoyed celebrating our “Golden Anniversary” here – 50 years since we first met and became firm friends! Thank you from the “Famous Five"
  • The Whiffens, Germany
    "We have enjoyed our stay at the Bake House very much. What a beautiful place and with all the outside areas too! My girls had a wonderful time playing hide and seek and in the games room as well. Thank you for the all the great suggestions of places we would have missed otherwise. “The Castle” is awesome!
    The Whiffens, Germany
  • M Connick
    "No place could be better for the occasion of your daughter’s wedding. A really special place a for really special celebration. Can’t recommend highly enough. Didn’t want to leave. "
    M Connick
  • Ms Davis, Australia, May 2011
    “… we have really enjoyed our stay here. Everything has been a lovely experience, from waking to hear many beautiful birds to going on lovely walks. Would love to stay again one day.“
    Ms Davis, Australia, May 2011
  • Janine
    "We’ve had such an amazing time for my Hen Weekend! We’ll definitely recommend this place to everyone we know! So sad to leave – we’ll have to come back . Thanks so much for making us so welcome."
  • L Dodd, March 2012
    “Such a beautiful house – really didn’t want to leave. Will be coming back many, many more times!“
    L Dodd, March 2012
  • Sally, South Africa
    "A lovely home for a family get together from South Africa, UK and Australia. All furnishings and amenities were comfortable and beautiful. Sincere thanks."
    Sally, South Africa