The Leat is a gorgeous, two bedroom, three-story riverside hideaway in a 19th Century water mill at the heart of historic Malmesbury. The living area is at the top – to make the most of the lovely views – and the bedrooms – one super-king ensuite double and one twin (can be super-king) are on the first two floors. This bright and spacious hideaway has a family bathroom with bath and shower, private parking for two cars and welcomes one well-behaved dog.
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Updated 6 Jan 2021
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The Leat is a gorgeous, two bedroom, 3-story riverside hideaway in a 19th Century water mill at the heart of historic Malmesbury. The living area is at the top – to make the most of the lovely views – and the bedrooms – one super-king ensuite double and one twin (can be super-king) are on the first two floors. This bright and spacious hideaway has a family bathroom with bath and shower, private parking for two cars and welcomes one well-behaved dog.
The Leat is a peaceful riverside hideaway within 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.
In the 19th century Wynyard Mill on the edge of the popular Cotswold town of Malmesbury, The Leat is 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 is 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. (Note: the Leat is an old property and has some low beams, notably in the family bathroom and living area.)
- Sleeps 4 in 2 bedrooms across 1 super-king (can be converted to twin); 1 twin (can be converted to super-king double)
- 2 bathrooms: 1 en-suite shower room, 1 family bathroom with bathtub and shower
- Parking: 2 private parking spaces
- Pubs and shops within walking distance
- Balcony dining area overlooking the river below
- Dog friendly: one well-behaved dog
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Hairdryer in each bedroom
- Kitchen Starter Pack: teabags, instant coffee, sugar, condiments and oils.
- Cleaning Starter Pack: scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper.
- Bathroom starter pack: hand soap, toilet paper, shampoo, shower gel
- Heating and hot water via gas central heating with individual thermostat controls.
- Free Wi-Fi
- TV – 45″ flat screen
- DVD player / large selection of DVDs
- DAB/FM radio with Bluetooth and plug-in for phones
- Games and jigsaws
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, Nespresso coffee machine, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses) cafetières, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve, saucepans, kitchen foil, cling film)
- Oven/hob – electric
- Washing machine
- Ironing board, iron
- Vacuum cleaner
- Baby/Child Equipment: highchair, travel cot (cot linen not supplied)
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm, First Aid kit.
Full Property Description
Guests enter The Leat through a hallway at the street level where there is room to hang coats.
Head up a short flight of steps to:
The first room you come to as you ascend the staircase when entering the cottage is the master bedroom; a snug double perfect for couples, with a 6 foot 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 with hand basin and toilet 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 to:
The cottage’s second bedroom is 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 a large bay window; the perfect spot to watch the river as it flows beneath.
Head up the stairs to The Leat’s main living space:
The Kitchen/Dining/Living Area
Found up the winding staircase on the cottage’s top floor is the 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 a washing machine and freezer tucked out of sight in a small utility room at the top of the stairs.
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 mean 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; the perfect place to enjoy the views of the river below, tuck into an al fresco feast or watch a traditional game of bowls, courtesy of Malmesbury Bowls Club next door.
An attractive white-tiled family bathroom, at the stairs end of the living area, features 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 sights 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 on the driveway at the end of the Mill building.
Although a car is beneficial for guests wanting to explore the wider Cotswolds area, The Leat’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 The Leat a breeze. For a special treat in the morning, head to Hobbs House Bakery (5-minute walk) for a fresh loaf, pastry or piping hot coffee, before heading to Thomas of Malmesbury butchers (10-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 buy all their groceries in one place, 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 2-minute drive or 5-minute walk from the cottage. Tetbury, 15-minutes in the car from The Leat, 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
- The Wild Food Company – 22 High Street Malmesbury, Malmesbury SN16 9AU
- Hobbs House Bakery – 3 High St, Malmesbury SN16 9AA
- Thomas of Malmesbury – Triangle, Malmesbury SN16 0AH
Malmesbury boasts an impressive variety of great pubs, cafés and restaurants to suit whatever you fancy, many of which are within walking distance of The Leat’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 5-minute walk from the cottage on Malmesbury’s High Street – 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.
Come the evening, there’s plenty to choose from to whet your appetite in the town centre and slightly further afield. 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.
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.
The Leat is perfectly placed for a host of walks no matter what your age or ability. We recommend the Malmesbury River Walk, a fantastic circular walk which you can join directly from the cottage’s front door. Following the River Avon as it meanders its way around the outskirts of the town, this gentle 2-mile stroll through Malmesbury’s streets and picturesque fields takes in a host of the town’s ancient landmarks, including Daniel’s Well, Malmesbury’s 19th Century Silk Mills, The Old Courthouse and the pretty Abbey House Gardens, as well as giving you the opportunity to experience the beauty of the riverbanks and the wildlife it attracts. The perfect way to discover this Saxon hilltop town’s rich history whilst enjoying as much fresh Cotswold air as you can. (On booking, guests receive a copy of the Malmesbury River Walk instructions and map.)
Walking & Cycling Guides
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The postcode for The Leat is SN16 9BS
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 turn right into St John’s Street leaving the Rose and Crown Pub on your left. Drive along St John’s Street crossing the humpbacked bridge. Malmesbury Bowls Club will be on your left, a tributary to the River Avon on your right.
Wynyard Mill is the building at the end of the bowling green on the left. The entrance to The Leat can be identified easily by its nameplate and double fronted full-length glazed doors and keypad entry system midway along the Mill building.
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. Other stations to consider include Kemble and Swindon.
From here, simply hop in a taxi to The Leat, 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.
- Malmesbury Taxis – 01666 801801
- Abbey Taxis Malmesbury – 01666 823366
- S.A Taxi – 07515 868691
- Swift Taxi (Chippenham) – 07933 394883
There are two private parking spaces, which are clearly marked, and can be found on the driveway at the far end of the building. Guests are asked to park close to the wall to allow neighbours easy access to get further up the driveway.