This beautiful farmstead cottage boasts a harmonious blend of contemporary and country styling, with exposed Cotswold stone walls and beams and a hot tub set in a spacious private garden with an outside dining area, raised beds, overhanging mature trees and an artificial grass lawn. Stable Cottage sleeps up to six guests across one king-size bedroom, one twin and a double sofa bed in a garden Summer House. Downstairs the cottage features a bright yet cosy Living Area, with a wood burning stove, and fully equipped Kitchen and Dining Area, while upstairs the two bedrooms sit either side of a well-appointed Family Bathroom with walk-in shower and bath. Stable Cottage accepts two well-behaved dogs.
Set within the owner’s 230-acre arable farm, The Dovecote is one of five outstanding properties that comprise Avon Farm Estate Holiday Cottages, all decorated to a very high standard and each with its own hot tub positioned in a private patio or garden. All Avon Farm Cottages can be booked separately or together to accommodate larger groups and families; hen parties are also welcome – please see below for more information.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Hot Tub
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - Private parking for up to 3 cars
- Bedding & towels
Updated 5 Feb 2020
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Set within the owner’s 230-acre arable farm, Stable Cottage is one of five outstanding properties that comprise Avon Farm Estate Holiday Cottages, all decorated to a very high standard and each with its own hot tub positioned in a private patio or garden. Stable Cottage is directly attached to neighbouring Tythe Barn and is accessible through a connecting garden gate (which can be locked), making the two ideal partners for large groups. All Avon Farm Cottages can be booked separately or together to accommodate larger groups and families; hen parties are also welcome – please see below for more information.
Stable Cottage is perfectly situated with easy access to the South West’s two most vibrant cities, Bristol and Bath, yet located away-from-it-all in beautiful countryside with stunning views across the Avon Valley.
There are goats and chickens on the farm, so if you are up early enough, you can help yourself to some fresh eggs or wander around the stables!
Stable Cottage’s wisteria-clad, stone walls and wooden porch is the perfect picture of a luxurious countryside retreat, drawing guests inside where they will discover a cottage furnished to a very high standard with a contemporary and old-world blend of furnishings and features.
To the rear of the cottage, is a large, private garden with a hot tub on a raised deck, a summer house, with a double sofa bed, a seating/dining area, and an artificial-grass lawn where you can relax on deckchairs and enjoy an evening drink. Parking for up to three cars is available at the front of the cottage.
Once you have settled into Stable Cottage you can decide what you want to do, probably a mix of relaxing in your comfortable space and testing out the hot tub, enjoying the flora and fauna surrounding the farm and just soaking up the atmosphere. However, if you wish to explore you can walk around the estate and stroll along the Avon River to the local pub on the riverbank. Or for the more active, you can hire a bicycle from Clive and Serena (pre-booking required) head down the cycle path, which was once the old train track, to either Bath or Bristol – only 2 minutes from your accommodation. Both cities are full of interesting places to visit and activities for all ages! (See the ‘Bristol & Bath Guidebook’ at the end of the Welcome Guide.)
Guests have access to the 230 acres of land, which includes access to the River Avon, where you can do a spot of fishing (a personal licence is required). Take a walk through the farmland and you reach the local pub, which is situated on the bank of the river less than 1 mile away. The farm is also two minutes away from the Bristol and Bath cycle track, perfect for cyclists and walkers. The property is also close to Saltford Sailing Cluband Saltford Golf Club. Surrounded by open countryside, the village of Saltford is also known for its history and has a conservation area, with a restored brass mill (dating to 1720), a Norman manor house and a church with a Saxon tower. Just 6 miles away is the vibrant heritage city of Bath, which boasts the famous Roman baths, Thermae Bath spa,and the famous Royal Crescent, one of Bath’s most iconic landmarks. There are also several National Trust areas nearby, including Dyrham Parkand Stourhead House.
- Sleeps 4+2 in 2 bedrooms across 1 king-size bedroom, 1 twin, plus 1 double sofa bed in private summer house
- 1 bathroom: bath, walk-in shower, WC and washbasin. (Note: guests may also use the Farm toilet located beside the garden.)
- Parking for 3 cars
- Private enclosed garden
- Hot tub – seats 5
- Summer House – with double sofa bed, insulated and heated
- Fireplace with wood burner – 1 bag of logs, fire starter and lighter (from Oct – April),
- All bed linen, bath towels and tea towels provided
- Welcome Pack: loaf of bread, cereal, biscuits, jam, butter, milk, tea, coffee, sugar.
- Kitchen essentials: dishwasher tablets, scourer, cloth, washing up liquid, bin bags, kitchen paper, baking foil, cling film
- Toiletries: Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, hand soap and toilet paper
- Heating and hot water via electric central heating with individual thermostat controls.
- Free Wi-Fi
- Amazon Alexa
- TV – JVC, flat screen, Smart TV
- Games (please ask)
- Dog friendly – 2 well-behaved dogs welcome
- Fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, cafetiere, utensils, crockery, cutlery, glassware (champagne flutes, tumblers and wine and water glasses), saucepans, bakeware, food preparation (grater, jug, sieve) bread bin
- Oven/hob with extractor fan (Hotpoint)
- Washing machine
- Ironing board, iron, clothes airer, clothes pegs
- Vacuum cleaner
- Outdoor patio/seating area
- Garden furniture – seats 6
- Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, fire blanket, carbon monoxide monitor, smoke alarm.
One of the biggest benefits about staying on a farm is there’s loads to see and do without even leaving the site, it’s great for families, friends and couples alike!
Avon Farm Estate has fishing rights for their stretch of the river, just a short walk from the holiday cottages. Guests are welcome to fish in the river, own equipment and license required.
Bicycles are available to hire from Clive and Serena.
Please help yourselves to chicken eggs. The chickens are beyond the car park through the opening onto the fields.
Not far from the chickens is a family of goats. They like being fed vegetables, fruit, even bananas!
Walk past the goats, follow the path down to the river and take a riverside walk either way along the public foot paths.
The horses do not belong to the farm and are looked after by their owners who come daily to see them. Please do not feed the horses, but they are always happy for a stroke on the nose and a hello.
Next to the chickens is the poly tunnel, and when there is fresh produce, you’ll find some in your welcome pack, and can refill this when there is plenty. Feeling green fingered? The grounds of the farm are always in need to something, so feel free to help us keep the farm looking lovely. Whether that be a bit of weeding, dead heading, or just advice, we will welcome any help!
All around this field are many blackberry bushes, please help yourselves when they are ripe.
There are some tenants on the farm who either live on-site in the converted barns, or who just let a stable and field. They are all very nice, and always happy to answer any questions.
Step through from the covered front porch into the open-plan Kitchen/Dining and Living Area decorated to a very high standard with white walls, exposed beams, birch wood effect flooring and colourful, contemporary artwork.
Stable Cottage’s kitchen/dining area is equipped with all the amenities you’d expect from a luxury, self-catered holiday cottage, including a Hotpoint cooker and hob, Kenwood microwave, Miele fridge-freezer, a dishwasher, and a large capacity washing machine. At the centre of the kitchen is a rectangular dining table with seating for six, surrounded by sparkling white Corian worktops and dove-grey kitchen cabinets, housing everything you need to prepare your meals. A complimentary basket of goodies will be waiting for you, including a loaf of bread, cereal, biscuits, jam, butter, milk, tea, coffee and sugar.
The Living Room
The Living Area features a fabulous freestanding wood burner, with a three-seater, soft velvet sink-in sofa and armchair and a large wall-mounted JVC smart TV with a DVD player. A cosy rug sits on the birch-wood effect flooring, which contrasts perfectly with the white walls, feature stone walls and exposed beams. Decorated with just the right amount of ornaments and artwork, the Living Room is a cosy yet contemporary space to relax in with lots of light from windows to the front, back garden and side patio.
Between the Kitchen and Living Area is an open, wooden spiral staircase leading upstairs to two bedrooms and the family bathroom.
This attractive, spacious, clean-white room with grey exposed beams and stone walls is furnished with a sink-in, king-size bed, bedside chest of drawers with reading lamps, a half-height wardrobe with plenty of hanging space, a large mirror with power points directly below and a thick and luxurious marl-grey carpet. Light streaming through a window overlooking the garden and a Velux window in eaves to the front of the property makes this a lovely bright bedroom.
Perfectly complementing the master bedroom, Stable Cottage’s twin bedroom also features clean-white walls with grey exposed beams, feature stone walls and a thick and luxurious marl-grey carpet. The room is furnished with two single pine beds with bedside chest of drawers and reading lamps, a half-height wardrobe and a large mirror with power points directly below.
At the top of the spiral staircase, between the two bedrooms, is the Family Bathroom, featuring a full-length bath, with a mixer tap to one end, a walk-in corner shower with fixed overhead shower, a washbasin with vanity unit, a tall storage unit with a full-length mirror and a dual-flush toilet. The bathroom has a heated towel rail and wood-effect flooring.
The garden’s wooden Summer House is both stylish, with its zebra ‘skin’ rug and colourful fluffy cushions, as well as practical, with a double sofa bed, bedside table and lamp, a mirror and hanging hooks, insulated walls (to keep it warm at night and cool in the day), an electric radiator and power points. The ideal place for teens, couples or someone with mobility restrictions who may not be able to climb the cottage’s spiral staircase. The cottage’s WiFi works well in the Summer House.
Garden + Hot Tub
Stable Cottage’s secluded and large garden (approx. 11 metres x 9 metres) sits at the back of the property and is accessed via a side door off the Living Room. The garden features a raised decking area with a five-seater hot tub and long garden bench. Step down to the artificial grass lawn with raised beds and mature shrubs and plants and relax on a deckchair or sit on the sofa in the summer house while you enjoy the sound of birds tweeting in the trees overhead. A back gate (with lock) opens from the garden to the entrance of Avon Farm Estate. From here you can walk through to a farm WC, which guests sleeping in the Summer House are free to use if the Family Bathroom is occupied.
Guests may park up to three cars at the front of the cottage.
Hen parties are permitted; however, we ask that Avon Farm rules are respected (see below) and where possible members of the group travel together to avoid extra traffic on the farm lane.
Avon Farm rules: This property is on a working farm, therefore all children must be accompanied and supervised by adults at all times around the farm as heavy machinery is often in use. Please respect the 10mph limit around the farm; keep to the 20mph limit on Avon Lane; no outside noise after 10pm; no hot tub use after 10pm; and lastly, please notify the owners if any outside services have been booked (e.g. a chef or supermarket delivery). When ordering a supermarket delivery choose Avon Farm on the drop down address menu, and clearly write the property name in the delivery instructions.
Saltford is a vibrant community of more than 4,000 residents situated on the A4 between Keynsham and Bath, alongside the River Avon and the Bath-Bristol cycle-path. Its location makes Saltford the perfect hub for activities in the Avon Valley. The village is surrounded by open countryside, with lanes, riverside walks and lovely views across the Avon Valley.
Saltford is widely known for its history, with the ‘old village’ lying within a Conservation Area and including St Mary’s Church (over 1,000 years old with a Saxon tower); Saltford Manor House, a Grade II listed building estimated to date to the Norman era and thought to be the oldest continuously occupied private house in England; and the restored Ancient Brass Mill (1720), which is a gem of industrial heritage.
At its heyday, the Brass Mill was at the cutting edge of technological and economic development. Today Saltford is a thriving community of over 200 successful businesses, many run as work-from-home enterprises. Saltford is also known for its wealth of activities and community involvement, all centred on the Saltford Community Association (www.saltfordhall.co.uk/links.html)
There is a thriving Saltford Environment Group and Saltford has been awarded Fairtrade Village Status. Saltford Golf Club has hosted the prestigious English Ladies Open Tournament and Saltford Lawn Tennis Club is a friendly, welcoming club where non-members are invited to play.
The biennial Saltford Festival in June showcases all that is best about Saltford, including music, dance, poetry, drama, comedy, exhibitions, talks, guided walks, competitions, and, of course, food and drink.
Here are some of the attractions and amenities close to Avon Farm Estate and Saltford: (see Saltford Community Association for more information)
- Historic Conservation Area (“Old village”) including St Mary’s Church and the restored Ancient Brass Mill (1720)
- Access to the Bristol and Bath railway cycle-path (13 miles of off-road cycling open to walkers and cyclists with pubs en-route)
- Access to the River Avon (Saltford Marina, Avon County Rowing Club, canal boating)
- Avon Valley Country and Wildlife Park (Pixash Lane, Keynsham)
- Open countryside and riverside walks in beautiful countryside directly from the Avon Farm Estate.
- Several character pubs and restaurants (see below)
- Sports facilities: floodlight tennis courts at Saltford Lawn Tennis Club; football and cricket at Saltford Playing Field (with licensed bar, live music and TVs) and golf at Saltford Golf Club.
- Theatre productions and other activities at Saltford Hall (Saltford Community Association)
- Library and Post Office: See www.saltfordhub.org/for opening hours.
Pubs and Places to Eat in walking distance of Avon Farm Estate
Golden Moments – Fine Bengal Cuisine. Best Curry house for miles, friendly staff and super tasty food. (1 mile). Website: goldenmomentsbristol.co.uk/
The Crown in Saltfordhas great reviews for food, friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere, it also does the perfect gin and tonic. (1 mile from Avon Farm opposite the bus stop to Bristol and Bath). Website: thecrowninsaltford.com/
The Riverside Inn is 1 mile away, great location on the banks of the River Avon. The Shallows, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EZ. (1mile) Website: riverside-saltford.co.uk/
The Thai Cafe– not a public house, but an extremely tasty, efficiently run Thai café with great reviews about their tasty food. Alternatively order a takeaway. (0.9miles/5mins drive). Website: thaicafesaltford.co.uk/index.html
Tesco Express: Bath Rd, Saltford, Somerset, BS31 3HQ
Tel: 0345 674 6403
Waitrose: Broadmead Lane, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1ST
Best route into Bath: take the ‘Park and Ride’ bus service at Newbridge, postcode: BA1 3NB which operates every 10-15 minutes during the day, Monday to Sunday (and on certain bank holidays). The service operates every 20 minutes after 7.30pm in the evening. It does not operate on 25th/26thDecember; 1st January; or Easter Sunday.
Local shops and bus stops to Bath and Bristol can be found on the A4/main road.
The postcode for Avon Farm Estate is: BS31 3ET (please note this only takes you half way up the lane, follow Avon Lane till you see two large gates)
Avon Farm Estate is in the village of Saltford, just off the A36 (Bath Road), 6.5 miles north-west of Bath and about 8 miles south-east of central Bristol.
From London, take the M4 to junction 18 then follow the A46 towards Bath. At the village of Pennsylvania, take the A420 to Warmley. At Warmley turn left onto the A4171 towards Keynsham. At the A4/Bath Road turn left and stay on this road for approx. 2 miles. As you enter Saltford, turn left on to Norman Road and then continue straight on to High Street. Follow the hill down, passing the Bird in Hand pub on your right, continue under the railway bridge then take the first turning left onto Avon Lane. (If you continued straight on here you would come to the Jolly Sailor pub in a beautiful setting on the River Avon.) Continue along Avon Lane – an unlit country lane – for approx. half a mile until you reach the Avon Farm Estate sign, which directs you straight ahead to a black gate with an electronic keypad.
There are number of well-connected train stations within easy reach of Avon Farm Estate. Bath Spa is 6 miles away, 20 mins by car, and operates a very regular service from London Paddington, duration approx 90 mins. Keynsham is the closest station, 3.5 miles away, 10 minute drive and connects from Bath Spa or Bristol Parkway. Bristol Temples Meads is 8 miles away, 25-30 min drive and operates a regular service from London and Birmingham.
- Fallows of Saltford: 07825 153568
- Keynsham Cabs: 0117 9868 444
- Southwest Minibuses: 0117 965 0000
There is parking for up to 3 cars in front of Stable Cottage.