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Classic Country Style. Quintessential English Village. Bath Stonehenge Salisbury

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Single storey 2 bedroom cottage 4 guests 4* Gold Award Village WiFi Gdn Parking

Coachmans Cottage is a stunning English Country Cottage in the centre of the picturesque award winning conservation village of Steeple Ashton in Wiltshire close and to the Somerset border. 4* GOLD AWARD only awarded to top cottages.100% for cleanliness.

COACHMANS COTTAGE, STEEPLE ASHTON, WILTSHIRE First listed on HomeAway in 2012 Due to the changes being made at HomeAway we will not renew our subscription in September but hope that we will continue to hear from you. You will still be able to book Coachmans Cottage at

Coachmans Cottage all ground floor, self catering accommodation sleeps 4 guests in 2 bedrooms, children over 12 years old are welcome. With comfortable sofas and beds, a real log fire, full central heating and double glazing. Wifi, Freeview TV with a DVD player. Private parking for one car and a small pretty secure courtyard garden. The beautifully furnished and immaculate cottage has all home comforts, modern conveniences. The cottage has an annual decorate and spring clean to maintain the exceptional high standard.

One well behaved dog may be welcome but you MUST speak with me before booking on 01380 870764.

Call Penny on +44(0)1380 870764 and visit for in depth information. /

Steeple Ashton was granted a charter to hold a market in 1266 and retains many 16th and 17th Century buildings today. A well stocked Award Winning Shop, “The Longs Arms”, a traditional English pub with a beer garden, good food and featured in "The Good Pub Guide", and the magnificent “St Mary's” Church are all a short stroll from Coachmans and there are beautiful country walks from the cottage gate.

Within easy reach are the cities of Bath, Salisbury and Wells. World Heritage Sites Stonehenge and Avebury. Longleat House and Safari Park; Stourhead Gardens; the National Trust Village of Lacock and Bradford on Avon. A day trip to the Cotswolds, a visit the south coast, or a day in London by train are all popular with guests.

The single storey cottage accommodation is accessed from the entrance hall.

BEDROOMS: The 16’ Master Bedroom has a 1500 Pocket Sprung mattress, Freeview T.V. and clock radio. A pretty, cosy Twin Room with 3' beds. Luxury beds ensure a good nights sleep, cotton bed linen, duvets and extra blankets, built-in wardrobes, chests of drawers, bedside tables/lamps and hair dryers in both rooms.

18' Sitting/Dining room with a real log fire, comfortable sofas, flatscreen T.V and DVD player, Wifi internet access, CD's, games, books and local information .

Bathroom with power shower over the full size bath, w.c. and basin. Loan of cotton towels and bathrobes provided. Toiletries.

A separate, SMALL galley Kitchen, well equipped with dishwasher, washer/dryer, oven, hob, microwave/grill and fridge with ice box.

The cottage has guest controlled central heating and constant hot water

Private off-street Parking for one car.

The pretty, private, enclosed courtyard with table & chairs for alfresco dining.

More Details

Penny Hornsey
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

About Penny Hornsey

Our family, with 2 Golden Retrievers, moved to Steeple Ashton in 1976 and now we really can't imagine living anywhere else. In the past we had shops in Bath and Bradford on Avon selling early antique country furniture and offering interior design advice. Hence the comfortable and co-ordinated interior at Coachmans Cottage.

Penny Hornsey purchased this cottage in 1986

Why Penny Hornsey chose Wiltshire

Coachmans Cottage was purchased in 1986 for my Grandmother. . She spent 6 very happy years living here. Now we would not want to part with the cottage next door, it is too much a part of our lives, and meeting all of the special guests that come to stay over the years is such an added bonus.

What makes this cottage unique

Coachmans Cottage is situated in the heart of this beautiful, award winning, conservation village, on a quiet lane just off the village green. The Longs Arms pub, serves good food. Pick up hot croissants for breakfast and a daily paper from the Award Winning village shop, both are only 100/200 metres away. St Marys Church is a short stroll in the opposite direction. The friendly villagers make visitors very welcome and as a past guest wrote in the Visitor Book 'like Midsummer without the murder'! For those who enjoy walking the 'Friends of Steeple Ashton' have compiled a number of walks starting from St Marys church, ranging from 2 to 8 miles, copies are in the cottage for guests use.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Really enjoyed our stay in the cottage and felt at home as soon as we arrived, with a lovely welcome pack and home made chocolate cake to greet us on our arrival. The cottage is very cosy, well equipped and comfortable for three to four people. It also benefits from a small courtyard at the front, which acts as a sun trap during the late afternoon / early evening. The kitchen is very small & narrow, so you need to be well organized if you are cooking an evening meal due to the limited space. However, If you don't fancy cooking, there are plenty of excellent pubs & restaurants in the local area, all within 15 minutes of the cottage. Penny the owner was also so helpful during our stay, offering advice if needed on certain locations or just saying hello after walking her two dogs. I would gladly recommend the cottage and hope to return in the future.

My Response

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this review on Owners Direct and I am very pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Coachmans Cottage and visiting this area which has so much to offer. I am sorry that you found the size of the kitchen challenging, we have equipped it with everything a guest would expect and more, I do stress in adverts that it is a "small separate galley kitchen" and show a photo and floor plan. I am pleased to read that you hope to return in the future and look forward to welcoming you back to Steeple Ashton. Best, Penny
Aug 2016
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Steeple Ashton Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Bicycles can be stored in the courtyard, not inside the cottage please.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The bathroom has a full size bath with power shower over, loo and wash basin. Constant hot water. The loan of one hand towel, one bath towel and one bathrobe per guest provided. Toiletries.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin Room with full size 3' beds
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Master bedroom
  • Master Bedroom, luxury bed, Freeview T.V., clock radio, large built-in mirrored wardrobe, chest of drawers, chair, bedside tables and lamps. Twin bedroom with 3' luxury beds, pair of single built-in wardrobes, chest of drawers, stool, bedside table and lamp, alarm clock. All beds have cotton bed linen, seasonal duvets and extra blankets. Both bedrooms have hair dryers.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Get a taste of village life, use the shop and pub, you can meet and chat with the locals who have a wealth of local knowledge. Visit the alpaca farm in Steeple Ashton, arrange a private tour around the village, learn about campanology, or join in if you are already a ringer. Hop on a bus to Trowbridge and catch a train into Bath or if preferred we have a local taxi you can book. More details on our website.


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Classic Country Style. Quintessential English Village. Bath Stonehenge Salisbury
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 50 reviews

Overall fabulous.

  • 4 of 5

Super clean, great location, charming as it comes, Very nice owners.

If we had one slightly negative comment I would say the kitchen is really only suitable for light meals and breakfast as its fairly small but as we typically eat out on vacation, or have cheese, bread & wine when staying in, it was not an issue.

On that note, you MUST try the local pub for meals and friendly staff, and the local shop has about everything you will need.

Close to may great attractions. Try renting a canal barge for a day. we did and had a fantastic time!

Fabulous job Penny and many thanks!

The Culpan family.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for taking the time to write this review. I am delighted that you had such a good visit to the area and the weather was great too. As you point out the kitchen is small as we state in all of our advertising, I am sorry that you found this challenging, regrettably we are unable to "push the walls out" but as you say it is more than adequate for a holiday being well equipped with a dishwasher, washer/dryer, microwave/grill, oven, hob and fridge, in addition to a full range of good quality cooking utensils, crockery, glasses and cutlery. I have cooked a four course meal for 8 in Coachmans on numerous occasions but it does take a little organisation! I hope that this will not put you off returning to see more of Wiltshire on your next visit to the UK. Best, Penny.
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Perfect and Beautiful

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a week in Coachmans Cottage which is a perfect cottage in the beautiful village of Steeple Ashton. Penny and Peter are warm and wonderful hosts. The cottage felt like home right away. It is beautifully decorated, extremely comfortable, and wonderfully functional. The local pub, The Longs Arms, is a short stroll from the cottage and was a great place for catching dinner when we were too tired to cook.

We found Coachmans Cottage to be a great central point to visit Wells Cathedral, Bath, Glastonbury, and my favorite, Great Chalfield Manor. We highly recommend Coachmans Cottage - thank you Penny for everything!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for posting this glowing review and I am so pleased that you had such a good time exploring this area. We really will have to get you back again, as you loved Gt. Chalfield Manor then just down the road is Westwood Manor, another gem, and of course the nearby National Trust village of Lacock is an absolute must see. Warm regards, Penny
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A relaxing visit

  • 5 of 5

We had a really lovely 9 days at Coachmans Cottage and both agreed it was a fantastic place to stay. Penny had set out a welcome tea tray with homemade brownies and there was also a hospitality hamper on arrival. We were met with a small tour of the house and we felt all our needs were catered for. The house was immaculate and yet it felt a real home from home.

Our visits included: The Bath Pump room restaurant to celebrate our 26th wedding anniversary, Wells Cathedral for the one wet day and Stourhead Gardens.

The local pub The Longs Arms was a very friendly venue for a good evening meal and we were fed well. Also on several nights in the cottage we lit the wood fire which made it very cosy.

We both felt we would struggle to find fault with this accommodation and agreed we had had a perfect getaway.

Thank you so much to Penny & Peter.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Another lovely review from more of our 5* guests. Thank you. You picked the nicest time of year (I think!) to visit Stourhead Gardens and this year the autumnal colours are especially spectacular. Sadly you didn't manage to visit Westonbirt Arboretum, hopefully on your itinerary for your next visit. I am so pleased that Coachmans Cottage proved so successful for your anniversary. We look forward to your return. Best, Penny.
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Spent a fantastic holiday in Coachmans Cottage

  • 5 of 5

When I found this great accomodation on the internet, I immediately fell in love with it. The pictures of the house, of its luxury interior and of the village convinced me from the very first moment that this was THE place to spend my next holidays. The first contact (by phone) with Penny, the landlady of the cottage, was very pleasant which was already a good start for me! So I booked it right away. And I must say, I do not regret it. To the contrary, reality bested all expectations. I have spent a most wonderful week in Coachmans Cottage and in the very warm and inviting community of Steeple Ashton. Everything, and I really mean everything, was perfect. As written on the website, the cottage is most certainly immaculate, individual, comfortable and furnished to a very high standard. The beds were luxurious and comfortable. I was also very happy to find a well fitted kitchen with all accessories to cater for myself.

I expect from a vacation home that I am comfortable and feel at home. I did.

Penny and Peter did everything to make me feel at home. When I arrived I found butter, milk, bread, eggs and grounded coffee in the kitchen! They gave me lots of very useful tips for excursions in the area. And we had our chitchat (in a very pleasant way!) every day (I wanted it that way, and I appreciated it too). It was so nice. You must know that Peter and Penny live next door. So, when I needed something or just had questions with regards to the cottage or needed some nice hints for a daytrip, I just rang their bell and we talked.

The village: Steeple Ashton is a very small village. There is a lovely little village shop on the main street, run by volunteers from the community. So nice people too. They put aside the daily newspaper and croissants for me every morning. And when I collected those, I had a coffee in the shop (which is served by very friendly people). I was taken up the belltower of the village church and visited the bell ringers. The church warden invited me also up on the roof of the bell tower and showed me the great view from up there over the area. My idea of holiday is connecting with the people of the community. And I must say that the contacts with all the people of Steeple Ashton, including Peter and Penny, was one of my nicest experiences here.

The area: You should really go out and make daytrips. The area is wonderful.

I can certainly recommend Coachmans Cottage to all those who would like to spend a nice and relaxing holiday.

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh my goodness, what a glowing review. We enjoyed hearing all about the area that you are from too. I have mentioned before that as we live next door to Coachmans we tread the fine line between giving our guests privacy and being helpful with our local knowledge. Whilst we spoke with you daily thank you for respecting our privacy too. Best, Penny
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Tranquillity in Steeple Ashton

  • 5 of 5

We first discovered Coachman's Cottage 3 years ago and after such an idyllic stay in a peaceful location central to everything we wanted to see in the West Country we decided to go back.

They say that you cannot go back without disappointment but we found that Penny and Peter had the cottage even more comfortable. It confirmed our view that you are not just renting a luxury cottage, but joining a friendly, tight knit community.

Penny and Peter were perfect hosts giving us travel tips and a comprehensive list of local pubs to savour the local fare. In short we could not recommend Coachman's Cottage more highly and will provide details to any Australian friends wanting to see the West Country.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this glowing review. It is always a delight to welcome back returning guests / "old friends", the super people that we meet make this business so worthwhile. We work hard at keeping up the standard of Coachmans Cottage and to this end make constant improvements. Since you left 2 weeks ago we have taken advantage of a gap in bookings to undertake work needed, in addition to smaller additions and decorating, the twin bedroom has new carpet and pictures and the master bedroom now has an upgraded 1500 sprung mattress. Now in the 11th year as a holiday cottage, guests attracted to Coachmans appreciate the personal and caring service that we is a very fine line between being helpful but not intrusive hosts!
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A Well Appointed Cottage in a Good Location

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is furnished and decorated to a high standard. It is in a quiet cul-de-sac with its own private courtyard and with parking for one car on a drive behind a gate, so is secure. It is centrally located in this award winning village. A welcome pack was provided by the friendly and helpful owner who lives next to the cottage and she is on hand if help is required. We enjoyed our stay here and would happily return as there is a great deal to see in the vicinity. We would definitely recommend this cottage to anyone considering renting it.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to post this review. I am delighted that you were pleased with the cottage and would consider both to return and to recommend it to others. I hope to welcome you back in the future. Best, Penny
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Longs Arms
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Longs Arms
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The beautiful Georgian City of Bath for shopping, restaurants, theatre and the Thermae Spa, is only 12 miles away. Cathedral City of Salisbury home to a copy of The Magna Carta. Longleat House with the famous Safari Park. Bowood and Wilton Houses. World Heritage Sites of Stonehenge, and Avebury Circle. The National Trust village Lacock, Harry Potter and many period dramas have been filmed here. Beautiful Gardens at Stourhead, Iford Manor, Malmesbury and The Courts. Quirky towns, Saxon Bradford on Avon, Devizes with a thriving market and a flight of locks on the Kennett and Avon canal and Marlborough. Pretty villages Castle Coombe and Biddestone. Small Manor Houses, Great Chalfield, Westwood and Sheldon, and so much more too numerous to mention....all an easy drive away.

NB Fabulous Autumn Colour at Stourhead and Westonbirt Arboretum.

In depth details on the Coachmans Cottage website, see the live link.

A week in Coachmans Cottage, Steeple Ashton is simply not long enough


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Call +44(0)1380 870764 or email for further details
Sorry no children under 12 years old (incl babes in arms). All bookings taken subject to Coachmans Cottage "Terms & Conditions"

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.