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In a winsome 17th century Georgian terrace nestled in a quiet country lane is a romantic little hideaway for 4 (and up to 5 with sofa bed). Picturesque country walks following in the footsteps of Jane Austen offer sweeping views of the city in one direction and a 10-15 minute walk to Bath's city centre (with Bath Spa train station en-route) in the other. From here you could see and enjoy Bath in a whole new light.
This adorable cottage style home is on 4 levels with a cosy living room on the ground floor, a couple of steep winding staircases up to the bedrooms and steps down to the kitchen, and a typical terraced garden, filled with varied planting, slopes down the hill.. Situated in Widcombe on the southern slopes of the city there is plenty to explore, on local footpaths that encircle the city below and in the city itself. The sweet church of St.Thomas a Becket, beautiful Widcombe Manor and the National trust owned Prior Park is close by.
A charming living room with original stone mullioned windows, oak ceiling beam and smooth oak floors has two sofas either side of a little coal effect, gas burning stove. A traditional button backed sofa seats 2 and a small sofa-bed opposite seats 2-3. Large shelved alcoves hold a small TV, DVD and i-pod player/radio, along with a generous pile of books, games, music CD's and films.
Steps lead down to a sociable and sunny traditional style cream fitted kitchen with black granite tops and oak flooring. Added sparkle comes from mosaic mirrored tiling. The kitchen has a small oven/grill and a second larger oven, a microwave, a large fridge and separate freezer, a small dishwasher, and a washing machine. A large oak and iron dining table to seat 6 is opposite French doors leading into the garden.
Outside, a small sun terrace has 4 iron chairs and a table for 4. There are lovely views of Lyncombe Hill and pretty terraced gardens either side. Steps lead down through shrubs and trees to another small seating area with 2 chairs and side table. At the end of the path is a small shaded bench.
On a half-landing between the Living room and kitchen is a pretty period style shower room with a large tiled shower, hand-basin with storage under and mirrored cabinet over and a WC.
Steep winding stairs lead to the bedrooms on the first and second floors. The first elegant double bedroom has windows to the front and back with working cream shutters, a sweet 4'7''double bed, decorative fireplace, fitted wardrobe and a dainty chest of drawers. This level also has a small period style shower room with shower, hand-basin with storage and WC.
Another swirl of steps brings you into a delightful twin room with two single brass beds, chest of drawers, fitted wardrobe and pretty shuttered windows with lush views of the hills, bath stone houses, mature trees and a tumble of surrounding gardens.
I just wanted to say how much we all enjoyed staying in Church Cottage this weekend. The cottage is adorable and has everything you need in it, the furnishings are very tasteful and you have everything in the kitchen to make it feel home from home. The location was great, countryside in one direction and a short walk into town in the other. I will definitely recommend this cottage to friends if they were to visit Bath
*Testimonial taken from www.bathholidayrentals.com
An absolute jewel of a cottage.
The cottage is a 10-15 minute walk up from the train station (be forewarned that it is up a bit of a hill) and is absolutely wonderful. Laid out over 4 levels and overall quite spacious - easily fit our family of 4. We were met by a representative of the renting company and the welcome package included coffee, milk and wine. The back patio/garden was a lovely place to enjoy a beer at the end of the day.
The cottage is just a 5 minute walk to a grocery store and a few minutes more to the pathway along the River Avon. Parking was just outside the door in the lane (the lane is reserved for parking for residents of the street) if you are renting a car.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and if we do come back to this area of England again, would definitely look for a unit from this company again.
If you want to take a break from the city, there is much to explore from the house. Close by is the tiny and atmospheric church of St Thomas a Becket built between 1490 and 1498 over a Norman church with even older Saxon origins. This tiny settlement was mentioned in the Domesday survey of 1086. Farther along is Widcombe Manor a fabulous grade 1 listed private manor built in 1656, visited by the rich and famous. Nearby is the National Trust owned Prior Park Gardens with a Palladian bridge created in the 18th century by local architect and entrepreneur Ralph Allen with advice from Capability Brown and the poet Alexander Pope. There are fabulous views of Bath and a five-minute walk leads to the Bath Skyline, a six mile circular route encompassing pretty woodlands and meadows, an Iron Age hill fort, Roman settlements, 18th century follies and spectacular views.
The local facilities in Widcombe Parade are very good and include a newsagent, chemist, a couple of coffee shops, hairdressers, florists, and several pubs, restaurants and Indian, Chinese and American takeaways. The nearest supermarket is Sainsbury`s. Nearby Prior Park Garden Centre is great for lunch as well as having a deli, pets, plants cards and gifts. The City has many historic sites and museums and galleries, as well as great shops, bars and restaurants. Bath Narrow boats rent barges and bikes to explore the city or the Kennet and Avon canal and towpath. After all the activity, pamper yourselves in the piping hot pools of the Thermae Spa, or enjoy a night at The Theatre Royal or Komedia Comedy Club.
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