Tucked along a quiet lane just outside of the main high streets of Malmesbury lies 27 Horsefair, a beautifully restored Grade II listed period cottage that has been designed to maximise light and space. Set over three floors, featuring two double bedrooms, a large bathroom and a fantastic contemporary kitchen/diner, 27 Horsefair is brimming with unique Cotswold cottage features, such as a cosy wood burner and exposed beams. Well-equipped and ideally located, 27 Horsefair is also dog-friendly, accepting one well-behaved dog.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Sky TV
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - On street parking
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x1 (clip-on)
- Bedding & towels
Updated 30 Jun 2020
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27 Horsefair is one of a terrace row of distinguished Cotswold stone cottages. With its eye-catching grey front door and pretty sash windows, it’s the perfect quintessential Cotswold cottage. Inside, the cottage is unexpectedly spacious, with two large double bedrooms (including an attic room with views towards Malmesbury Abbey), a cosy sitting room with a large wood burner and a lovely kitchen-dining area that benefits from plenty of natural light thanks to its atrium ceiling. Decorated throughout in stony blues and slate, this well-appointed cottage is tasteful blend of traditional character and modernity. Guests staying in the cottage even have access to their own private outdoor patio area, with pretty climbing rose trees, a BBQ and a rattan dining suite.
The cottage is located within easy walking distance of the charming and historic market town of Malmesbury, which dates back to the Iron Age. History lovers will enjoy visiting the hometown of King Athelstan, first king of all England (924-927), and the 12th Century abbey as well as England’s oldest hotel – Abbey House Gardens. As well as a multitude of shops and curiosities, Malmesbury is home to a number of fantastic restaurants, cafes, bistros and pubs – see Local Amenities for more information!
Just 15 minutes away you will find Tetbury, the antique shopping capital of the Cotswolds The lovely town is teeming with unique antique shops, and an abundance of cafes, boutiques and pubs and of course, Prince Charles’ Tetbury residence inspired shop – Highgrove, where all profits go to The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation. Westonbirt Arboretum, home to over 2500 different species of tree, is just a short drive away, as is the bigger market town of Cirencester.
- Sleeps 4 guests in 2 double bedrooms
- 1 bathroom with walk-in shower, bathtub, WC and washbasin
- Street parking and car parks nearby
- Walled patio area with outdoor dining furniture
- Wood burner –starter logs provided
- Travel cot and clip-on highchair
- Dog friendly – x1
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer – x1
- Cleaning equipment (a couple of dishwasher tablets and domestic cleaning products)
- Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, toilet paper
- Toiletries – shower gel and shampoo
- Heating and hot water
- TV with access to Freesat channels via a Sky TV box and access to online streaming apps including Netflix via a NOW TV box. Please note for Netflix and other streaming apps your own login details are required
- Selection of board Games
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine (please provide own coffee pods), utensils, crockery, cutlery and glassware
- Washing machine + Dryer
- Ironing board + iron
- BBQ (charcoal) – please provide your own charcoal
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm and first aid kit
Enter the property into a useful porch area, with coat hooks, an umbrella stand and room for muddy boots!
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A charming, cosy sitting room with contemporary décor that perfectly compliments its unique period features. Dusky, cornflower blue walls offset the original exposed beams and stone fireplace, complete with a large wood burning stove. The sitting room also features a large easy chair, sofa and flat screen LG TV with Freesat TV channels via a Sky Box and access to streaming services such as Netflix via a NOW TV box.
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A lovely light, bright and spacious room, featuring an atrium skylight and French doors out to the walled patio. Featuring large floor-ceiling storage cupboard and concealed units decorated painted in a blue-toned slate, this room is thoughtfully designed to provide guests with a stylish and well-equipped kitchen. Featuring a dining table to seat four guests, a 5-hob range cooker, fridge, freezer, Nespresso coffee machine, toaster, kettle and washer/dryer.
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A comfortable bedroom with painted beams and soft dusky blue walks, featuring a double bed and plenty of storage with a large fitted wardrobe.
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A spacious bathroom with a luxurious feel thanks to the marble-effect tiling. The bathroom offers guests the option of both a bathtub with central mixer taps as well as a separate large walk-in shower, WC and washbasin.
Continue up another flight of stairs to the top floor…
Filling up the apex-shaped, top floor attic space, this bedroom is softly furnished and spacious, offering guests a double bed, bedside tables, clothes hanging rail and plenty of side cupboard storage. This bedroom also benefits from beautiful views over the neighbouring cottage roof tops and gardens, looking towards Malmesbury Abbey.
Please note that this bedroom does not have a door.
27 Horsefair has access to its own small, private patio area at the rear of the property. The patio is totally secure, with a charcoal BBQ and rattan garden dining furniture for four guests.
Although a car is beneficial for guests wanting to explore the wider Cotswolds area, 27 Horsefair’s location makes it perfect for those who’d prefer to leave the car at home during their stay. As well as a wide choice of shops, there is a regular farmers’ market – held at the historic Market Cross every Friday from 9am to 3pm – a library, museum and leisure centre with pool.
Malmesbury is well-equipped with a plethora of independent stores, eateries and supermarkets, making catering for your stay at 27 Horsefair a breeze. For a special treat in the morning, head left out of the front door to the end of the road and you will reach Michael’s Bistro and Deli, offering fantastic breakfasts, as well as a fresh butcher’s counter with award winning sausages! You could also visit Hobbs House Bakery (5-minute walk) for a fresh loaf, pastry or piping hot coffee! Health food lovers should also pop their heads into The Wild Food Company on the High Street, where a host of healthy, organic and vegetarian goodies can be found.
Malmesbury town centre is home to a Co-Operative Food and Premier Express, whilst a larger Waitrose store sits just on the outskirts of the town; a 5-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the cottage. Tetbury, 15-minutes by car from 27 Horsefair, is home to a Tesco superstore.
- Waitrose – Malmesbury bypass, Malmesbury SN16 9FS
- Tesco Superstore – Priory Rd Industrial Estate, London Rd, Tetbury GL8 8HZ
- The Co-Operative Food – Gloucester Rd, Malmesbury SN16 9JS
- Premier Express – 4 Market Cross, Malmesbury SN16 9AS
Malmesbury boasts an impressive variety of great pubs, cafés and restaurants to suit whatever you fancy, many of which are within walking distance of 27 Horsefair’s front door. For a relaxed bite to eat or celebratory drink or two, head to The Smoking Dog – an honest pub with great grub owned by Butcombe Brewery, just a 10-minute walk from the cottage on Malmesbury’s High Street, The King’s Arms – or the Rose and Crown; a stylish country inn and locals’ favourite, just outside of Malmesbury’s centre in the pretty village of Lea (5-minute drive). For daytime bites, the famed Hobbs House Bakery (5-minute walk) offers a fantastic daily selection of fresh sandwiches, sweet treats and coffee, whilst The Summer Café (5-minute walk) boasts a brilliant breakfast menu as well as quiches, salads and sandwiches for lunch; topped off brilliantly with a giant slice of freshly-baked cake.
Connoisseurs of Italian cuisine won’t be disappointed by La Campagna or The Birdcage (both a 5-minute walk), a traditional Italian eatery famed for its pizzas, named in homage to Malmesbury’s winding streets. Or try The Old Bell Hotel, England’s oldest hotel, which
offers a great Modern British menu. For those looking for a good Indian restaurant, Spice Merchant is just a 10 to 15-minute walk out of the town centre and also offers a takeaway service but does not deliver.
Slightly further afield, those in search of a memorable feast need look no further than The Dining Room at Whatley Manor, just a 10-minute drive from the cottage, where Michelin-starred dining courtesy of celebrated chef Niall Keating comes to life in an exceptional setting. Slightly more affordable, but just as impressive, is The Rectory Hotel in nearby Crudwell (10-minute drive), serving up traditional dishes with a modern twist in the boutique hotel’s elegant dining room, whilst sister pub The Potting Shed over the road offers a more relaxed alternative for foodies with a real country-pub vibe.
Malmesbury is just 15 minutes from Minety, the Wiltshire village
Walking & Cycling Guides
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The postcode for 27 Horsefair is: SN16 0AP
From the South/West – M4 J17 take the A429 northbound towards Cirencester. Continue for 5 miles and turn left at the roundabout following the signs for Malmesbury.
Cross the stone bridge and continue up the high street. Turn left onto Gloucester Street and follow this road until you reach a junction opposite the War Memorial. Turn right, then immediately left in front of the church, onto St Marys Street. This road will bring you into the ‘square’ area of Horsefair. The cottage is on your right-and side and has a grey front door.
From the East – Take the B4042 from Swindon. At the roundabout which marks the junction with the A429 take the second exit following the signs to Malmesbury and proceed as above.
From the North – Take the A429 from Cirencester in the direction of Chippenham. On the approach to Malmesbury go straight across the first two roundabouts, at the next roundabout (which marks the junction with the B4042) take the 3rd exit following the signs to Malmesbury and then proceed as above.
The nearest major rail station is Chippenham (20-minute drive), which boasts regular direct trains to Bristol and London, as well as good connections to stations across the Cotswolds. From here, simply hop in a taxi to 27 Horsefair, safe in the knowledge that all the amenities you’ll need during your stay will be within walking distance once you arrive at the cottage.
Free on-street parking is available immediately outside the cottage, although this is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is free street parking on the roads around the property. There are several car parks within walking distance, most of which are free on Sundays and evenings. Download the MiPermit app for maps and to pay if required.