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A relaxing rural retreat with Hot Tub

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Single story former stable situated within beautiful, country surroundings

This single story former stable block adjoining the owner’s home provides a charming holiday cottage amongst beautiful surroundings. All on the ground floor, bespoke kitchen with dining area, sitting room with patio doors opening onto decking area, one king size bedroom, shower room with wc.

All essential amenities including oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels, free-view television and DVD, small library including DVDs, books and games, wi-fi, electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer. Enclosed private garden area, with hot tub and tropical planting, outdoor decking area with table, chairs and sun loungers. Available access to the use of owners spacious natural grounds, including seating areas located alongside a free running brook which looks across to the stunning views of the chalk downs. Enjoy all this whilst being surrounded by wildlife and pet ducks Justin and Colin.

Footpaths and the award winning conservation village of Steeple Ashton with its 16th century church are a short stroll through the grounds. The village also boasts an award winning shop and local pub which recently featured in the ‘good pub guide’ with small restaurant and accompanying enclosed beer garden.

Having run this property as a successful holiday rental for three seasons we decided to close the winter of 2015 for a complete refurbishment. We now close every January to enable us to maintain our high standards of decoration in the cottage.

More Details

Lee Ruddle
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
20 March, 2017

About Lee Ruddle

The last 5 generations of our family have lived in Steeple Ashton. Having lived in Australia for two years we were still 'drawn' home.

We thoroughly enjoy the rural aspect of our home and consider ourselves very privileged. It has afforded us the opportunity to ‘live our dream’ with our family and much loved pets.

Lee Ruddle purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Lee Ruddle chose Wiltshire

My husband and I purchased this property in 2007, having fallen in love with it some 30years previous, it needed full renovation to become what we feel is the perfect family home. Following our children ‘flying the nest’ we decided to utilise the space and spilt the property in two and create a self contained holiday home. Prior to owning this property we had renovated another holiday home in the heart of Steeple Ashton and thoroughly enjoyed this experience.

What makes this cottage unique

For many of us the hustle and bustle of everyday life is constant. However both we and our guests get to enjoy the relaxing, rural environment that this home has to offer with the added bonus of relaxing in the hot tub and gazing up at the stars. Its situation means we are surrounded by wildlife at its finest, enhanced by a brook running through the centre of the garden. Yet all of this is within a short walk of Steeple Ashton and all its amenities.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Steeple Ashton in Cotswolds

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Walk in shower with adjustable settings, sink set into vanity unit, mirror cabinet and WC. Towels provided on heated towel rail.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King Size pine bed, seasonal bedding included. Antique pine wardrobe, chest of draws, bedside tables with lamps, full length mirror. Hair dryer provided. Solid oak flooring throughout with rugs for added comfort.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
Upon arrival holiday guests are welcomed with a complimentary basket of tea, coffee, luxury biscuits,, jug of milk, jar of home made produce (such as jams, a product of our own garden) and if the 'ladies' are feeling generous a few fresh eggs.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(35 traveller reviews)

A relaxing rural retreat with Hot Tub
average rating of 4.9428573 based on 35 reviews

Quiet, peaceful and lovely cottage just what we needed to break from the routine!

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely property, with equally lovely hosts. The cottage was perfect - cosy, quiet, with all the amenities you could want. Lovely lounge and bedroom to relax in. The kitchen was fully equipped with all possible things you might need. Lee had even put some ice in the freezer for our G&Ts!! Lovely touch with the eggs, coffee, tea and biscuits . The wood burner was great, with loads of wood to keep it going over the weekend. Books and DVDs on hand, and a few games, such as Scrabble, Charades and so on, as well. The hot-tub outside was lovely, as expected, just a shame the weather wasn't clear enough for us to see the stars! Bathroom was beautiful, lovely hot shower and fluffy towels.

The village is well worth a look around - very old and plenty of walks from which to explore it. Other places like Bath, Trowbridge, Lacock and Salisbury all within striking distance, so a lovely area to explore.

We would definitely go back, and recommend it highly for a break away from the daily grind!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review to start 2017. We constantly try to keep the cottage to a high standard hence closing December/January for redecorating. Lovely to know you had every thing for a relaxing stay. Do try and come back in the summer and enjoy the garden, great to sit and take in all the amazing country side and views of Salisbury Plane. Even better when enjoying a BBQ! Look forward to welcoming you back. Kind regards Lee and David
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Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

The property and owners are second to none. Every detail was thoughtful and welcoming. The facilities are all meeting high standards, we especially enjoyed the hot tub and wood burner for which we were given plenty of supplies. Comfortable bed, fully working kitchen and plenty of nicely decorated space. Our romantic mini moon was enhanced by variety of things we could see and do in the surrounding area and it was always nice to come back to a peaceful and warm house. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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We had a fantastic week in this cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage, very peaceful and relaxing. it was a nice short drive to Longleat and there are plenty of lovely villages to visit, or places to walk such as the local canals and locks. The hot tub is a nice big size, and for exclusive use of the guests. The hot tub is positioned between the owner and guest cottage, and although there is some greenery and the curtains are closed in the evenings, we did feel a little self conscious about using the hot tub during the day, in front of full height windows to the owners cottage. This could easily be addressed with some further screening. Overall we would happily recommend this cottage to anybody who is looking for a relaxing break.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. All our guest find the cottage peaceful and relaxing as you did and having the use of 6 person hot tub for 2 people is the icing on the cake. We will be adding yet more large pots of Bamboo to further fill the screen in front of our window, but just to reassure you on the odd occasion when in the sitting room during the day we can not see the hot tub. Many thanks Lee and David
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Top Quality Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is decorated to a very high standard and is equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The owners go out of their way to be helpful and keep the cottage very warm. There are lots of places of interest to visit. The only thing to note is that the cottage is a long way down the drive which is okay when the potholes have been filled in. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So kind of you to give us such a lovely review. The good news is that in the New Year the track is being resurfaced so that last 3/4 of a mile will bring you to a our little piece of heaven away from all the hustle and bustle. As you mentioned there are so many places of interest to visit, starting with our beautiful village Steeple Ashton. We look forward to seeing you in the near future. Kind regards Lee and David
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A little gem - off the beaten track!

  • 5 of 5

Inviting, comfortable & spotlessly clean little hideaway. Set in a tropical garden with a beautiful hot tub - from which you can relax & watch the stars after a day of exploring lovely Wiltshire. The wood burner created a warm and relaxing atmosphere - we would have loved to stay longer. Lee is the perfect host. Highly recommended to those who what peace & quiet.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We also feel we have a little Gem here but so lovely when our guests feel the same. We are so central for exploring Wiltshire and all it has to offer, spoilt for choice. We do find most of our guests wish they had come for longer. We hope to see you again. Kind regards Lee and David
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This is a lovely, comfortable, charming accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this charming cottage. The welcome basket of goodies was lovely. The gardens were beautiful. The tiny village of Steeple Ashton provides a great afternoon of wandering around, guided by the booklet in the cottage....and it has a great pub. We would return, if we could, and recommend to anyone. The Jordans, Raleigh, NC

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Bristol Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Longs Arms
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Longs Arms
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
South Coast
Car: necessary

Steeple Ashton is central to a host of beautiful and historical sites and attractions. This includes the wonderful Longleat House & Gardens with its infamous Safari Park and stunning grounds and the beautiful Georgian City of Bath offering shopping, restaurants, theatre, galleries, museums and of course, the Ancient Roman Baths and Thermae Spa.

The National Trust Heritage Site of Stonehenge, Woodhenge and the Avebury Stone Rings are a must see. The wonderful White Horses of Wiltshire and the Chalk Downs (Salisbury Plain), all offering great views, wildlife and scenic walks.

Visit the Caen Hill flight of locks which boasts one of many cycle and foot paths along the Kennet and Avon Canal leading through many towns and villages such as the Saxon town of Bradford on Avon, Devizes and Malborough .

Other nearby local attractions include Bowood and Wilton Houses, Stourhead Gardens, Iford Manor, Salisbury Cathedral and Bath Abbey. Also within a short drive are the historical villages of Lacock and Caslte Combe; the location for many films and TV dramas including the world famous Harry Potter.

So much to see within a stones-throw of this beautiful rural location.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Steeple Ashton, Cotswolds

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Jan17 / Apr17
9 Jan 2017 - 2 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
24 Apr 2017 - 16 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
17 Jul 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
11 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2 Oct 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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