This quaint stone Bake House 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 painted wooden front door opens from the Courtyard into the main living area. There is a cosy corner suite tucked under the stairs facing the original bread oven which now houses the plasma TV. The central fireplace has an efficient wood burning stove and the far-right oven was formerly used for smoking meat and fish.
It is now decorated with shimmering tea lights and stores logs for the fire. In front of this is an extendable oak table and 4 chairs for dining. There is an antique jewellery safe, now used as an occasional table and a vintage armchair.
There is a pretty lamp and a large mirror above the sofa.
The Garden Room.
The Garden Room is a pretty, beamed double room off the lounge. One shuttered window overlooks the courtyard fountain and has a sink underneath and a towel rail.
The other, appropriately enough, overlooks the walled garden and potager. The original wood panelling has been painted in Farrow and Ball “verte de terre” and the curtains are Ian Mankin fabric to complement the views outside.
The Paddock Room.
This upstairs bedroom is a large sunny room and is reached through a latched door from the sitting room.
It has a king size bed with an oak panelled headboard and matching bedside tables with a lamp on each. There is a cushioned wall seat to snuggle up on with a good book and an oak chest of drawers. There is a sink under the window which looks out onto the Victorian greenhouse, walled garden and paddock beyond.
The Bake House is newly decorated and features vintage furniture, original works of art and designer fabrics throughout.
Dining & Living Area.
There is a cosy corner suite tucked under the stairs facing the original bread oven which now houses the plasma TV. The central fireplace has an efficient wood burning stove and the far right oven was formerly used for smoking meat and fish.
It is now decorated with shimmering tea lights and stores logs for the fire. In front of this is an extendable oak table and 4 chairs for dining.
There is an antique jewellery safe, now used as an occasional table and a vintage arm chair. There is a pretty lamp and a large mirror above the sofa.
The Kitchen & Self Catering Facilities.
This is reached through a door from the sitting room. It is a small galley with a gas cooker and hob, fridge and microwave. A sunny window looks over the Courtyard.
“Boutique self catering” comes from the idea that we have tried to make the property somewhere luxurious that we would like to stay in ourselves. It has all the “home from home” touches you would expect; slippers by the fire, comfortable seating, a good music system and sumptuous beds.
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 the Bake House with antiques, original oil paintings and objects of interest to catch the eye. We hope this is self catering – but with a difference.
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.
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.
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!
“Above and beyond expectations, by far the best place I have stayed in!“
“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.“
"Beautiful, beautiful place to stay. Stunning setting, lovingly looked after. Blissfully comfortable bed! Charming, thank you."
“A beautiful barn, really cosy and homely. Lovely location. The fire really gorgeous. The Castle great for food and lovely canal walks!“
"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!"
"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"
“We have had a fantastic weekend and felt so at home, beautiful décor and amazingly comfortable beds made for a perfect weekend away.“
“Warm, comfortable, easy to keep tidy - the Christmas tree and mulled cider were fab touches!“
“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.“
“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!“
"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!
"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. "
“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.“
"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"
"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’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."
"We had a wonderful few days here exploring the area. Thank you for your hospitality."
"…this is a little bit of heaven, a magic place – thank you."
"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!"
“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.“
“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.“
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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!"
"Lovely barn to celebrate 3 birthdays, one being an 80th! Perfect location for a family group. Kids loved the play room, very comfy beds."
"A lovely home for a family get together from South Africa, UK and Australia. All furnishings and amenities were comfortable and beautiful. Sincere thanks."
“We normally can't wait to get back to our own beds but this was the exception! Wonderfully comfortable beds and crisp linen. Perfect!“
"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.
“… 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.“