Often families live in different parts of the UK or even different parts of the world and Leigh House offers the opportunity to bring everyone together in one place.
The beauty of the accommodation being split between the Barn and the Bake House is that it allows everyone to have their own space. Different generations can join together but each has somewhere to retire to when they want to relax.
The Bake House works particularly well for older members of the family. One of the bedrooms is on the ground floor and is just a short walk to the kitchen and bathroom. There are no steps either into the cottage or out into the walled garden.
For younger members of the family there is an acre and a half of outdoor space for running around, games of cricket and football.
For everyone else there are chairs and tables outside to enjoy the views and BBQ. There is a gym for workout sessions and a sauna to relax in afterwards.
Self Catering in Bradford on Avon
Catered Dinner Parties are a good way to take the strain out of cooking for a large group and the Owners can recommend local talented chefs who will come and prepare and serve a meal for you.
This area is particularly good for walking and cycling but please see the Rest and Play section for lots of other ideas.
4 stunning facilities to host your family.
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.
The Bake House
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.
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
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 the equipment and sauna at the weekends and evenings and at various times during the day. Tone up while you relax on holiday.
Something to do for every member of the family.
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.
National Trust properties are plenty, both in the immediate neighbourhood and slightly further afield. The Courts, Chalfield Manor, Westwood Manor and Lacock Abbey are within a few minutes drive. Dyrham Park, Tyntesfield, Stourhead and Montecute House are a little further away.
Family activities and Events in Bradford on Avon
Exercise & Sporting Activities
Hire a Canadian Canoe and paddle through the beautiful Kennet and Avon Canal.
Towpath Trails by the Canal through the Cotswolds to Bath or Bristol
Visit Bradford on Avon Leisure Centre
In Bath (12 minutes by train) – Millennium Spa with Rooftop pool and Terrace
Wiltshire’s only 36 holes course is at Cumberwell Park, rated as 4* by Golf World, is half a mile away. Enjoy a round or two and relax in the friendly clubhouse.
Racing & Track Days
Whether it’s a Ferrari or a rally car that does it for you,test out your skills with various racing experiences at the famous Castle Coombe motor racing circuit.
Watch the City of Bath’s finest at the Rec (12 minutes by train). We recommend that you buy tickets in advance.
Discover the glorious countryside for yourself with wonderful walks through the Limpley Stoke Valley stopping at the Inn at Freshford or the Cross Guns by the aquaduct for refreshment.
Family friendly entertainment around Bradford on Avon
Above the library – Bradford on Avon through the ages, surprisingly interesting!
Wine tasting at AvonLeigh Vineyard, just over the road!
Ancient cosy pubs/Gastropubs abound with eight of them recommended by the Good Pub Guide within walking distance.
From Italian to Thai via Eastern Fusion, Bradford on Avon is well served with wonderful local restaurants including the recently opened Three Gables with fine dining Mediterranean style.
In Bath (12 minutes by train) the Theatre Royal – one of the oldest and most beautiful in Britain.
In Bath (12 minutes by train) ‘The Little Theatre Cinema’ (a small cozy cinema serving food and wine) as well as an Odeon.
Take to the skies and float over Bath and the Cotswolds in a hot air balloon or stay grounded and visit the world famous Balloon Festival in Bristol in August.
Longleat Safari Park
Fun for all the family all year round!
Family Event Grounds
Leigh House is set in 4.5 acres of rural land.
There are two lawned areas of just over an acre each choose from to site the marquee with views across to the White Horse at Westbury. Both fields are surrounded by woodland and are totally secluded. There is plenty of space for parking.
Nearer the house is an orchard and a large pond with mature willow trees. There is also a beautiful walled Victorian garden with lavender pathways and a rose arbour. The photographic choices are endless.
“We have had a fantastic weekend and felt so at home, beautiful décor and amazingly comfortable beds made for a perfect weekend away.“
"Lovely barn to celebrate 3 birthdays, one being an 80th! Perfect location for a family group. Kids loved the play room, very comfy beds."
"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!"
"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"
"…this is a little bit of heaven, a magic place – thank you."
"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."
“Above and beyond expectations, by far the best place I have stayed in!“
“Such a beautiful house – really didn’t want to leave. Will be coming back many, many more times!“
“… 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.“
“We normally can't wait to get back to our own beds but this was the exception! Wonderfully comfortable beds and crisp linen. Perfect!“
"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!"
“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.“
“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.“
"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!"
"Beautiful, beautiful place to stay. Stunning setting, lovingly looked after. Blissfully comfortable bed! Charming, thank you."
"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!"
“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.“
"A lovely home for a family get together from South Africa, UK and Australia. All furnishings and amenities were comfortable and beautiful. Sincere thanks."
“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.“
“… 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.“
"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. "
“Warm, comfortable, easy to keep tidy - the Christmas tree and mulled cider were fab touches!“
"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.
“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!“
"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. "
"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!
"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"
“A beautiful barn, really cosy and homely. Lovely location. The fire really gorgeous. The Castle great for food and lovely canal walks!“
"We had a wonderful few days here exploring the area. Thank you for your hospitality."
"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."
"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!"