Tucked in the top floors of an old 19th century water mill on the edge of the popular Cotswold town of Malmesbury is The Leat; a unique waterside retreat for up to four guests, boasting enviable views across the rooftops of England's oldest borough. Split over three floors, The Leat offers simple, elegant living for those in search of some R&R, benefitting from the rare bonus of a town centre location without the hustle and bustle.
The two double beds can be split into four singles.
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- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - x2
- Travel Cot - x1
- High Chair - x1
- Bedding & towels
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Tucked in the top floors of an old 19th century water mill on the edge of the popular Cotswold town of Malmesbury is The Leat; a unique waterside retreat for up to four guests, boasting enviable views across the rooftops of England’s oldest borough. Split over three floors, The Leat offers simple, elegant living for those in search of some R&R, benefitting from the rare bonus of a town centre location without the hustle and bustle. Cosy in size but well-equipped for up to four guests, the cottage homes two generous bedrooms on its two lower floors, alongside a handy en-suite shower room in its master and an additional family bathroom. The top floor is where the property really comes to life thanks to its bright, spacious open-plan layout, where a small but perfectly formed kitchen leads into an attractive living area, flooded with natural light thanks to a series of skylights in the eaves. The real gem of the property is the small balcony leading from the living area; a private al fresco nook complete with outdoor bistro set, where you can happily while away the hours soaking up the sunshine with a cup of coffee, relax with a good book or simply sit and enjoy the views to the gentle soundtrack of the River Avon flowing beneath.
The Living Space
Found up the winding staircase on the cottage’s top floor is its open-plan living, kitchen and dining area; a light, bright space with views from every angle, offering a cosy spot to whip up a feast and put your feet up after a busy day exploring the winding honey-stoned streets of Malmesbury. A compact but well-equipped kitchen area greets you as you enter the space, with wooden worktops, slate flooring and country-cream units complementing the cottage’s heritage expertly. Perfectly kitted out with all you’ll need for a self-catered stay, there’s an electric hob/oven, microwave, small extendable dining table and plenty of cookware and crockery to make use of, plus an additional washing machine and freezer tucked out of site in a larder just off the corridor. Leading on from the kitchen is the spacious living area, brightly lit by skylights and windows from every angle which flood the space with natural light. Attractive leather seating gives the living space a cool, contemporary feel, whilst exposed beams and country cream hues evoke a feeling of countrified elegance. Here, you can sit back and relax together – views into the kitchen meaning that the cook of the group never has to feel isolated from the rest – or unwind in front of the TV, with plenty of DVDs to choose from. A set of small French doors at the far end of the room open up onto a pretty balcony area complete with outdoor dining set for two; the perfect place to enjoy the views of the river below, tuck into an al fresco feast or spy on a traditional game of bowls, courtesy of Malmesbury Bowls Club next door.
Two well-proportioned bedrooms house up to four guests comfortably, split over two levels in the cottage.
The first room you come to as you ascend the staircase when entering the cottage is its master; a snug double perfect for couples, with a 6ft zip and link bed that can be made into twin beds should you need. Making good use of the cottage’s staggered layout, an attractive country-cream décor is brought to life by contemporary pops of blue alongside artwork of Malmesbury through the ages, evoking a sense of the cottage’s rich history as the town’s historic water mill. A small en-suite shower room offers guests a good amount of privacy, plus there’s a full-height wardrobe for convenient storage.
Following on up the staircase from Bedroom 1 is the cottage’s second bedroom; a spacious twin room that can be converted to a 6ft bed should you prefer. Bursting with light thanks to a bright bay window that overlooks the river below, here the cottage’s heritage shines through the exposed ceiling beams, with vibrant red fabrics giving an elegant pop of colour to the classic country colour palette. There’s a spacious double wardrobe and handy additional chest of drawers, plus we love the cosy box seat in the bay window; the perfect spot to sit back with a good book, or simply enjoy watching the river as it flows beneath.
An attractive white-tiled family bathroom can be found on the third floor of the cottage, with a bath and full-height shower, toilet and basin, flooded with light thanks to a bright Velux window.
The Leat is the ideal middle-ground for those looking for a peaceful escape with town on the doorstep, with everything you could need within walking distance. Forming the upper floors of the old Wynyard Mill, the River Avon lies at the very heart of the property (flowing directly underneath), framing the property’s frontage with beautiful riverside views. Although the cottage doesn’t have a garden, the upper floor’s balcony offers a welcome outdoor space where you can relax and enjoy the fantastic sites and sounds of the river flowing beneath. Malmesbury’s town centre is just a (very) short stroll over a traditional stone bridge from the cottage’s front door, as are numerous walks along public footpaths through the countryside that surrounds the town’s outer boundaries. A real benefit in this busy market town are the two parking spaces which come with the property, found out front alongside the River Avon. Owners Vanessa and Tim also live just next door, on hand for recommendations should you need.
Parking for 2 cars
Balcony Dining Area
Mini Assenza Nespresso Machine
Adjustable High Chair x1
Travel Cot (can also be used as a playpen/changing unit)
DAB/FM Radio (bluetooth/connector to play your own music)
Amenities within walking distance
BRINGING YOUR DOG TO OUR COTTAGES
At Bolthole Retreats we are proud to provide quality, luxury accommodation in our beautiful holiday cottages. We enjoy meeting the different needs of all our guests by offering a selection of both dog-free and dog-friendly holiday cottages. For this to work for everyone, we have a Dog Code of Conduct, which can be found below.
Our dog friendly cottages can be found on our Dog Friendly Cottages page. We are able to accommodate a maximum of two well-behaved dogs in each of our dog-friendly properties. Guests must let us know they are bringing their dog at the time of booking. We take a small charge of £25 per pet.
When booking, guests are required to accept our Terms & Conditions, including the Dogs Code of Conduct. This enables us to ensure we keep our cottages in excellent condition for all guests.
Dogs Code of Conduct:
- We ask that your dog be kept on the lead in the courtyard.
- The surrounding fields are often used for grazing sheep and lambs. Dogs must be kept on a lead when walking through the fields if they are occupied by livestock.
- We ask that you do not allow your dog on furniture or in bedrooms. An additional cleaning fee will be incurred should there be evidence of dogs having been on beds or furniture.
- If you are part of a group booking, your dog must be kept to the dog-friendly cottage it was booked into. If you wish your dog to go in and out of other cottages included in your booking, the £25 pet fee must be paid for those cottages too. This of course will mean ensuring the other cottages in your booking are also dog-friendly.
- Dogs must be booked and paid for in advance. Any dogs arriving without prior arrangement will need to be accommodated elsewhere at your own cost.
- Dogs are not allowed to be left unattended in any cottage unless they are happy to rest in their own cage brought from home and are unlikely to bark and disturb other guests. A list of walks, as well as dog-friendly pubs, is provided to help you plan a dog-friendly day out.
- We regret that dogs known to bark excessively are not permitted.
- Please wash off muddy dogs before entering the cottage; guest towels must not be used on dogs.
- Please clean up after your dog, including whilst in the cottage gardens, courtyards and the surrounding fields. Dog waste must be binned using appropriate bags.
- Any damage caused by dogs to furniture, carpets, bed linen etc. will incur a commensurate replacement or cleaning fee.
- Please obey the Countryside Code whilst enjoying the area with your dog. Keep your dog under close control at all times for their own safety as well as the comfort of others.
- Upon departure, please leave the cottage as you would wish to find it. An additional cleaning fee will be incurred should excessive cleaning be required following your departure.
Malmesbury is well-equipped with a plethora of independent stores, eateries and supermarkets, making catering for your stay at The Leat a breeze. For a special treat in the morning, head down to Hobbs House Bakery (5-minute walk) for a fresh loaf, pastry or piping hot coffee, before heading to Thomas of Malmesbury butchers (5-minute walk) for your fresh picks of the finest meat from across the region. 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. For those who prefer to grab all of their groceries in one place, Malmesbury town centre is home to a Co-Operative Food and Premier Express for quick-grab essentials, whilst a larger Waitrose store sits just on the outskirts of the town; just a 3-minute drive from the cottage. Tetbury also homes a Tesco superstore, 15-minutes in the car from The Leat. Alternatively, why not pre-order your groceries ready for your arrival to take the hassle out of catering completely? Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, ASDA and Morrisons all deliver to the cottage.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Journey’s End – the Walk into Bathwalking guide_bath_circular_walk (pdf)