The Dovecot is a fabulous, open-plan, single-storey, contemporary retreat, with everything you need for a romantic break, including a hot tub. The king-size bedroom with en-suite walk-in shower, the fully equipped kitchen with bar and dining area and the spacious living area with a free-standing wood burning stove are immaculately presented. Step out on to the private patio where you’ll find an outdoor dining area and a hot tub, bubbling and ready for your arrival. Two well-behaved dogs are welcome.
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.
The Dovecote 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.
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- Open Fire / Wood Burner
- Hot Tub
- Pub within 1 mile
- Shop within 1 mile
- Parking - 2
- Bedding & towels
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As you step through the front door, you’ll be instantly struck by The Dovecote’s generous proportions, made even more impressive by its soaring ceiling, exposed A-frame beams and Velux window, allowing lots of light to stream in. Yet, The Dovecote is cosy and welcoming too, with its sink-in sofas, wood burning stove and inviting king-size bedroom at the far end of the open-plan living area.
Once you have settled into The Dovecote 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 Club and 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 Park and Stourhead House.
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 Cottages have secured 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.
Avon Farm rules: 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 DOVECOTE in the delivery instructions.
The Dovecote is decorated throughout with a relaxing blend of whites, greys, and taupe with pops of colour from eye-catching modern art. The ash-grey, wood-effect flooring is made cosy with a silver-grey, deep pile rug in the living area, while the en-suite shower room features sparkling white floor tiles.
One step up through the front door into the beautiful Living Area, featuring a 6-seater, cream-coloured corner sofa and a fabulous, free-standing woodburner. Complementing the seating is a low, contemporary coffee table, a long sideboard and table lighting, providing welcoming pools of light. It’s the perfect space to relax and unwind while watching the TV and enjoying the glow from the woodburner.
The large, fully equipped kitchen has an extensive preparation area with sparkling Corian worktops, lots of cupboard space for all the crockery, glassware and utensils, a breakfast bar with two stools, and everything you need for a self-catering holiday, including an oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and washing machine.
Alongside the kitchen is a rectangular dining table with four comfy seats.
Head through the frosted glass door next to the kitchen and into the sumptuous white and dove-grey bedroom with its king-size bed and en-suite shower room.
Complementing the King size bed is a double wardrobe, a chest of drawers with a large wall mirror above and free-standing make-up mirror, a bedside chest of drawers with a reading lamp and Blaupunkt radio, and a feature floor lamp providing subtly atmospheric lighting. A corner cupboard houses a vacuum, ironing board and iron.
The Dovecote’s en-suite features a large, walk-in rain shower with polished limestone wall tiles. The shower room has a washbasin, dual-flush WC, a large mirror with shaver point and a heated towel rail, plus a long shelf providing plenty of space for guests’ personal items.
Bi-fold doors in the Living Area lead to a private flagstone patio, with a table and seating for four, plus its own inviting hot tub – ready and bubbling for your arrival!
The Dovecote has parking for two vehicles directly outside the cottage’s front door, and plenty of room to store bicycles too.
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 2 cars in front of The Dovecote.