Sleeps: 5 Bedrooms: 2 Area: Outskirts Bathrooms: 1 Parking: 2
Weekly: From £847.00 Short breaks: Please call
This quaint 14th Century Cottage and former Bake House is set within its own private walled garden in the picturesque town of Bradford on Avon. It sleeps two couples or a family of five in comfort with designer fabrics and thoughtful touches throughout. The log burning stoves makes for snug evenings in if you choose not to walk to a local pub. In the summer you can sit in the garden and listen to the cluck of hens as they lay you a free range egg! Unlimited use of the state of the art gym and sauna is also included in the price.

Leigh Bake House

This Grade II listed ancient dwelling dates back to the 14th Century. The old bread oven and meat/ fish smoking oven are still evident and the old stone floor bears the marks of the axe where the wood was cut to fuel the fires. Leigh House is believed to date from 1574 and was part of a farm estate given by Elizabeth I to Robert Leigh. The property extends over 4.5 acres and includes the Tithe Barn and the Bake House. It was a wealthy estate in its day and the depth of the well in the courtyard indicates that it was a property of significant importance. In the early Eighteenth Century it was owned by Robert Taylor who lived in the main house and manufactured cheeses in the cheese loft, now a bedroom over the kitchen. It was converted in 2006 and has been completely refurbished by the current owners who have retained the original features, selected fine furnishings and original works of art.

The Bake House (sleeps 4-5)

The Bake House is reached through an old latchet gate beneath arched boughs and opens into a courtyard with topiary trees, lavender beds and a pretty fountain tumbling into a pond of water lilies. Beautifully furnished, this compact cottage style home has been painted throughout with Farrow and Ball paints and has a comfortable 'L' shaped sofa and armchair to seat 5 and large TV with DVD. There is a cosy wood burning stove in the old fireplace with a window seat and curtains in Ian Mankin fabrics. There is a pull out dining table with 5 chairs The downstairs double bedroom has beamed ceilings and its own original fireplace (no longer in use). One window opens onto the courtyard whilst the other overlooks the potager and walled garden. There is an oak wardrobe, an oak framed bedstead and a little hand basin with fluffy white towels. The triple room upstairs has a spacious king sized bed along with a single bed under oak beamed ceilings, two oak bedside tables, chest of drawers and hanging space. A hand basin under the window looks down across the Victorian green house to the vegetable garden..
The little kitchen overlooks the central courtyard and has a gas hob, with electric oven and grill, a microwave and small fridge. A small tiled bathroom has a bath (with shower over), a hand basin and WC.

The Old Dairy

The old dairy has been renovated and boasts a fabulous sauna to seat 8 people, a shower, and a utility area with washer/dryer in one area. There is also some exercise equipment including stepping machine, treadmill and rowing machine. If exercise doesn`t excite you then you can relax on one of the 2 sofas and enjoy listening to music or watching TV. The state of the art gym and sauna is shared with those renting the barn and also the Owners.

The Grounds

In this rural setting, The Barn, The Bake House and Leigh House, (the owner's residence) are clustered in a 'u' shape around an idyllic planted courtyard with the original well that supplied the farm. These wonderful old buildings are surrounded by cobbled paths, gardens, orchard, paddocks and fields with southerly views towards Salisbury Plains and The Whitehorse at Westbury . Behind the Bake house is a large secure walled garden with a lavender walkway leading to a rose arbour and plans for a pottager with flowers, fruit, veg and herbs. There are outdoor tables and benches dotted all around the grounds so as to relax and take in the country air. Pick your own apples, pears and plums from the Orchard or head towards a large south facing paddock with lovely views, seating and BBQ area. Bring wellies for lovely local walks into Bradford-on- Avon (just 10 mins. away)or longer walks to South Wraxhall.

Helpful Information

Local Babysitters are available and come with the recommendation of the owners who use them for their own family.

Services Included

  • Welcome pack
  • Linens and towels
  • Weekly clean (min 11 night stay)
  • Weekly linen change (min 11 night stay)
  • Free internet access
  • All utilities (except telephone charges)

Leigh House along with The Barn and Bake House are 1 mile from Bradford-on-Avon and 7 miles south-east of Bath. The nearest railway station is Bradford-on-Avon with links to Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, the South west, London Paddington or London Waterloo. Taxis are available from here, call Bradford-on-Avon Taxis Tel 01225872277. The nearest convenience store and petrol station is Texaco towards Bradford-on-Avon.

Pubs and Restaurants

There are 3 pubs within a short walking distance. The Castle is a gastro pub, The Bunch of Grapes is renowned for Sunday roasts and award winning pies and The Dandylion which is a good for a pint and pub fare. In Bradford-on-Avon, The Café Amichi is very convivial Italian restaurant, The Bridge tea rooms are famous for its 3-tiered afternoon teas. Try the Thai Barn for delicious food with great service, or Avon Spice for Indian Cuisine that can be delivered.

Local Shops and Supermarkets

The nearest convenient store with good fresh produce is Co-op, 2 mins by car towards Winsley.
There is a large Sainsbury's Supermarket in Bradford-on-Avon.

Places of Interest

Bradford-on-Avon is a pretty market town built from warm bath stone, on the River Avon. The history of the town can be traced back to Roman origins and it has several buildings dating to the 17th century, when the town grew due to the thriving English woollen textile industry. The town Library has a little museum charting its interesting history. Longboats and canoes are for hire to explore the river or bikes can be hired to explore The Kennet and Avon Canal which flows to Bath or Bristol. Call the Tourist Information Centre in Bradford-on-Avon Tel. 01225 865797. The train station is a 15 minute walk from the properties.

Only 7 miles away, Bath is a beautiful world heritage city with many historic places to visit, as well as fascinating museums, galleries, wonderful shops and a great selection of restaurants. Open-top city bus tours are a great introduction to all the sites. You could book a show at The Theatre Royal, Komedia comedy club, or a relaxing soak in hot mineral waters of the Thermae Spa. There are frequent trains from Bradford-on-Avon. (approx. every 15 mins. until 11.30pm) There are hot air balloon flights available in Bath, as well as bicycle and boat hire. Call the Bath Tourist Information Centre Tel. 0906 711 2000.

There is a great history of shipping to explore at Bristol, with fascinating docks, ferry rides, art centres, Theatres and plenty of shopping. There are fast comfortable trains from Bradford-on Avon taking 15 mins.

There are many beautiful National Trust gardens to visit nearby, including Lacock Abbey and The Courts in Holt. Bowood House has extensive grounds including a large adventure playground for children. There are ancient stone monuments in Avebury and giant chalk horses carved into hillsides around Wiltshire along with mysterious crop circles. Further a field is the extraordinary Stonehenge, beautiful Stourhead Gardens and Magnificent Longleat House and Safari Park.

Key Features

Area: Outskirts
Double Bedrooms: 1
Twin Bedrooms or Double: 0
Twin Bedrooms: 0
Single Bedrooms: 0
Family Bedroom: 1
Sleeps: 5
Children: Welcome
Parking Spaces: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Pets: Negotiable
Weekly Price: £847.00 - 1061.00
Short Break from: £449.00
Rating N/A

Facilities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron
  • Fireplace
  • Washer/Dryer
  • TV & DVD
  • Garden Furniture
  • Microwave
  • Wifi
  • Stereo
  • Games Room
  • Sauna

Floor Plans & Access Statements

You can download floor plan and access statements for this property from the links below.

Floor Plan

Testimonials

Very good for my 94 year old mother, who has reasonable mobility. An annual holiday with my mother, revisiting where we used to live, and taking in the gardens and history in the area.
Leigh Bake House Martin - 2017-06-20
Fabulous.

Perfect place for first trip to England. Property was lovely, town beautiful and friendly. Hosts couldn't have been more accomodating and informative. For a uniquely British experience, stay here!
Leigh Bake House New Jersey - 2016-09-26
We had a great time. House was comfortable and had lots of character with a very attractive courtyard which gave a warm feeling each time we came back to property. Host very welcoming
Good time had by all
Leigh Bake House Griffiths Family - 2016-01-05
The booking for the Bake House was a good decision - my two children and their respective partners stayed there and had a wonderful time. I stayed with my sister and her family in the Barn which was also delightful.
It worked really well for us as an extended family get together. the accommodation in both places was perfect for us and of course we were able to make use of the games facilities and play cricket in the evening on the grass behind and eat together which was lovely as we are not able to get together often enough.
I would say for it fitted the bill perfectly for us.

We hope to visit again in the future.
Leigh Bake House rosemary - 2015-08-18
Hi, the stay in the Leigh Bake House was very very great. Sue and her family was very friendly and we enjoy everything
Leigh Bake House Andrea - 2015-07-31
Out stay at the Leigh Baker house was amazing. The house is in great shape with a beautiful garden, gracious hosts and easy access to Bath and the country side. The property has a de attached game room with sauna, ping pong table, exercise machine and football table. It is a great way to chill with the family after a full day of exploring. The house is comfortable and we felt at home. My kids like to run around and we enjoyed having breakfast in the front yard surrounded by beautiful flowers in the manicure garden.
Leigh Bake House Guiliana - 2015-06-30
From start to finish it was a wonderful stay, the cottage has so much character but also all the amenities you need. We had 2 evenings in, cooked a wonderful meal and relaxed in he delightful courtyard/garden. Then went to the local pub The Castle, recommended by our ever so knowledgeable and super hosts! We will be coming back.....!!
Leigh Bake House Roy - 2014-09-26
What can I say?!? Our family (my wife Jill, our daughter Brittany & our son Brandon) had an absolutely delightful time at The Leigh Bake House! The cottage was absolutely charming, and was the perfect “home-away-from-home” to use as our home-base for exploring the Cotswolds. The cottage was cozy & inviting. The welcoming touches of fresh flowers + a fresh-baked cake was lovely. The location was wonderful. And Sue & Teddy were absolutely great at recommending adjustments to our itinerary, pub recommendations, and making us feel totally welcomed and at-home. It was all “brilliant”! We were all sad to be leaving the cottage that day, and hoped that we would all return someday. Brittany is already talking to some friends back at home about heading back to Bradford-on-Avon & the Leigh Bake House!

Thank you for all your assistance with our visit, for your restaurant & sights recommendations, and for your efforts in making our time in your region of England so memorable.
Leigh Bake House Rick R - 2014-09-18

Thanks so much for the wonderful stay in the Leigh Bake House. Our family of two adults and three children had a great time. The house was spacious, the kids love the game room, and the location was just a few minutes walk from a great and family friendly pub. Best of all, Sue and her family were so welcoming - it really felt like we were staying with relatives! She gave us the best recommendations for locations to visit, to include Lacock Abbey and gave us a great tip about taking the train to Bath. I can't say enough great things about this property!

Leigh Bake House harold W - 2014-07-01

- beautiful typical english cottage

-good service

-nice peole and great hospitality

-beautiful place and surroundings

-sauna and gym were great!

-good facilities in the neighbourhoud like a pub and a supermarket

Leigh Bake House Mariska L - 2014-05-23
We have had an unforgettable week at the Bake House, where we had all the comfort and facilities we needed. After visiting beautiful places in the area every day, it was wonderful to return to the cosy and relaxing atmosphere of the house for the evening. We particularly enjoyed sitting in the magnificent and excellently maintained garden. We are sad to leave, but we do so full of memories of a lovely holiday and looking forward to another stay at the Bake House
Leigh Bake House David A - 2013-07-25
The owners, Sue and David Thompson, could not have made us more welcome. While David was a fund of knowledge about the surrounding hostelries (too many to mention), Sue was the ever-helpful hostess . Her preparation of the Bake House has been impeccable. She has created a little gem that is a perfect repose from the hurly-burly. Farrer and Ball paintwork complements the well-worn stonework and the high-quality furnishings are as comfortable as they are stylish. The wonderfully crisp bed-linen and fluffy towels would be a credit to any five-star hotel. But by far, the most important factor for us was Sue's friendly charm and determination that we enjoy a much-needed break. She certainly succeeded.
Leigh Bake House Jock G - 2010-04-15

Services Included

  • Welcome pack
  • Linens and towels
  • Weekly clean (min 11 night stay)
  • Weekly linen change (min 11 night stay)
  • Free internet access
  • All utilities (except telephone charges)

Chargeable Services Available

  • Additional cleaning, £30 per 2 hours
  • Additional linen changes £30 per bedroom
  • Admin fee
  • Dogs
  • High Chair
  • Travel Cot (Sheet/bedding not included - Please note, base mattress is a standard thin travel cot mattress)
Concierge Service Available