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Leigh Bake House - Grade 2 listed cottage

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 2 nights


About the property

Leigh Bake House - a cottage that sleeps 5 guests in 2 bedrooms

This Grade II listed ancient dwelling dates back to the 14th Century. The old bread oven and meat/ fish smoking oven are still evident and the old stone floor bears the marks of the axe where the wood was cut to fuel the fires. Leigh House is believed to date from 1574 and was part of a farm estate given by Elizabeth I to Robert Leigh. The property extends over 4.5 acres and includes the Tithe Barn and the Bake House. It was a wealthy estate in its day and the depth of the well in the courtyard indicates that it was a property of significant importance. In the early Eighteenth Century it was owned by Robert Taylor who lived in the main house and manufactured cheeses in the cheese loft, now a bedroom over the kitchen. It was converted in 2006 and has been completely refurbished by the current owners who have retained the original features, selected fine furnishings and original works of art.

The Bake House (sleeps 4-5)

The Bake House is reached through an old latchet gate beneath arched boughs and opens into a courtyard with topiary trees, lavender beds and a pretty fountain tumbling into a pond of water lilies. Beautifully furnished, this compact cottage style home has been painted throughout with Farrow and Ball paints and has a comfortable 'L' shaped sofa and armchair to seat 5 and large TV with DVD. There is a cosy wood burning stove in the old fireplace with a window seat and curtains in Ian Mankin fabrics. There is a pull out dining table with 5 chairs The downstairs double bedroom has beamed ceilings and its own original fireplace (no longer in use). One window opens onto the courtyard whilst the other overlooks the potager and walled garden. There is an oak wardrobe, an oak framed bedstead and a little hand basin with fluffy white towels. The triple room upstairs has a spacious king sized bed along with a single bed under oak beamed ceilings, two oak bedside tables, chest of drawers and hanging space. A hand basin under the window looks down across the Victorian green house to the vegetable garden..

The little kitchen overlooks the central courtyard and has a gas hob, with electric oven and grill, a microwave and small fridge. A small tiled bathroom has a bath (with shower over), a hand basin and WC.

The Games Room

The old dairy has been renovated and boasts a fabulous sauna to seat 8 people, a shower, and a utility area with washer/dryer in one area. There is also a large ping pong table and some exercise equipment including stepping machine, treadmill and rowing machine. If exercise doesn`t excite you then you can relax on one of the 2 sofas and enjoy listening to music or watching TV. The Games room is shared with those renting the barn and also the Owners.

The Grounds

In this rural setting, The Barn, The Bake House and Leigh House, (the owner's residence) are clustered in a 'u' shape around an idyllic planted courtyard with the original well that supplied the farm. These wonderful old buildings are surrounded by cobbled paths, gardens, orchard, paddocks and fields with southerly views towards Salisbury Plains and The Whitehorse at Westbury . Behind the Bake house is a large secure walled garden with a lavender walkway leading to a rose arbour and plans for a pottager with flowers, fruit, veg and herbs. There are outdoor tables and benches dotted all around the grounds so as to relax and take in the country air. Pick your own apples, pears and plums from the Orchard or head towards a large south facing paddock with lovely views, seating and BBQ area. Bring wellies for lovely local walks into Bradford-on- Avon (just 10 mins. away)or longer walks to South Wraxhall.

Helpful Information

Local Babysitters are available and come with the recommendation of the owners who use them for their own family.

More Details

Property Manager
Alexa Simms
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

What can I say?!? Our family (my wife Jill, our daughter Brittany & our son Brandon) had an absolutely delightful time at The Leigh Bake House! The cottage was absolutely charming, and was the perfect “home-away-from-home” to use as our home-base for exploring the Cotswolds. The cottage was cozy & inviting. The welcoming touches of fresh flowers + a fresh-baked cake was lovely. The location was wonderful. And Sue & Teddy were absolutely great at recommending adjustments to our itinerary, pub recommendations, and making us feel totally welcomed and at-home. It was all “brilliant”! We were all sad to be leaving the cottage that day, and hoped that we would all return someday. Brittany is already talking to some friends back at home about heading back to Bradford-on-Avon & the Leigh Bake House!

Thank you for all your assistance with our visit, for your restaurant & sights recommendations, and for your efforts in making our time in your region of England so memorable.
Sep 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Bradford-on-Avon in Wiltshire

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • The tiled bathroom has a bath (with shower over), a hand basin and WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 had an extra large double bed and a single bed; bedroom 2 has a standard double bed.
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Television
  • Garden
  • 5 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • 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
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Leigh Bake House - Grade 2 listed cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Delightful Stay at Charming Country Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This vintage converted bake house was everything we needed and more. It is comfortably furnished and even has a fireplace. The kitchen was adequately appointed. The setting calms with the lovely gardens on both sides of the home. It is a convenient 15 minutes to Bath, a fascinating Roman town. We would have gladly stayed longer. And to our very pleasant surprise, we were treated with homemade brownies upon our arrival!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very good for my 94 year old mother, who has reasonable mobility.

  • 5 of 5

An annual holiday with my mother, revisiting where we used to live, and taking in the gardens and history in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect place for first trip to England. Property was lovely, town beautiful and friendly. Hosts couldn't have been more accomodating and informative. For a uniquely British experience, stay here!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your time. Hope to see you again soon.
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  • 5 of 5

Thanks so much for the wonderful stay in the Leigh Bake House. Our family of two adults and three children had a great time. The house was spacious, the kids love the game room, and the location was just a few minutes walk from a great and family friendly pub. Best of all, Sue and her family were so welcoming - it really felt like we were staying with relatives! She gave us the best recommendations for locations to visit, to include Lacock Abbey and gave us a great tip about taking the train to Bath. I can't say enough great things about this property!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Bristol International Airport
Nearest Barpub
Many bars to choose from in the immediate area
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Bath Spa
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
A number of restaurants to choose from in Bradford on Avon
Car: recommended

Leigh House along with The Barn and Bake House are 1 mile from Bradford-on-Avon and 7 miles south-east of Bath. The nearest railway station is Bradford-on-Avon with links to Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, the South west, London Paddington or London Waterloo. Taxis are available from here, call Bradford-on-Avon Taxis Tel 01225872277. The nearest convenience store and petrol station is Texaco towards Bradford-on-Avon.

Pubs and Restaurants

There are 3 pubs within a short walking distance. The Castle is a gastro pub, The Bunch of Grapes is renowned for Sunday roasts and award winning pies and The Dandylion which is a good for a pint and pub fare. In Bradford-on-Avon, The Café Amichi is very convivial Italian restaurant, The Bridge tea rooms are famous for its 3-tiered afternoon teas. Try the Thai Barn for delicious food with great service, or Avon Spice for Indian Cuisine that can be delivered.

Local Shops and Supermarkets

The nearest convenient store with good fresh produce is Co-op, 2 mins by car towards Winsley.

There is a large Sainsbury's Supermarket in Bradford-on-Avon.

Places of Interest

Bradford-on-Avon is a pretty market town built from warm bath stone, on the River Avon. The history of the town can be traced back to Roman origins and it has several buildings dating to the 17th century, when the town grew due to the thriving English woollen textile industry. The town Library has a little museum charting its interesting history. Longboats and canoes are for hire to explore the river or bikes can be hired to explore The Kennet and Avon Canal which flows to Bath or Bristol. Call the Tourist Information Centre in Bradford-on-Avon Tel. 01225 865797. The train station is a 15 minute walk from the properties.

Only 7 miles away, Bath is a beautiful world heritage city with many historic places to visit, as well as fascinating museums, galleries, wonderful shops and a great selection of restaurants. Open-top city bus tours are a great introduction to all the sites. You could book a show at The Theatre Royal, Komedia comedy club, or a relaxing soak in hot mineral waters of the Thermae Spa. There are frequent trains from Bradford-on-Avon. (approx. every 15 mins. until 11.30pm) There are hot air balloon flights available in Bath, as well as bicycle and boat hire. Call the Bath Tourist Information Centre Tel. 0906 711 2000.

There is a great history of shipping to explore at Bristol, with fascinating docks, ferry rides, art centres, Theatres and plenty of shopping. There are fast comfortable trains from Bradford-on Avon taking 15 mins.

There are many beautiful National Trust gardens to visit nearby, including Lacock Abbey and The Courts in Holt. Bowood House has extensive grounds including a large adventure playground for children. There are ancient stone monuments in Avebury and giant chalk horses carved into hillsides around Wiltshire along with mysterious crop circles. Further a field is the extraordinary Stonehenge, beautiful Stourhead Gardens and Magnificent Longleat House and Safari Park.


Prices & Availability

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  • For full property details and to book, please visit www.bathholidayrentals.com/properties/leigh-bake-house

    50% deposit required to confirm booking. Full payment due 6 weeks before stay.
    A refundable damage deposit is required which is refunded after stay if everything is in order. Guests are responsible for any costs incurred in paying by bank transfer.
    Surcharge payable for Credit cards, debit card no charge.

    For a 2 night weekend stay a third is complimentary on most of our properties. Full charge for Bank Holiday Weekends
  • Contractual booking deposit: 50.00% rent
  • Damage deposit: £200.00

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