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A relaxing rural retreat with Hot Tub

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

Single story former stable situated within beautiful, country surroundings

This single story former stable block adjoining the owner’s home provides a charming holiday cottage amongst beautiful surroundings. All on the ground floor, bespoke kitchen with dining area, sitting room with patio doors opening onto decking area, one king size bedroom, shower room with wc.

All essential amenities including oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels, free-view television and DVD, small library including DVDs, books and games, wi-fi, electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer. Enclosed private garden area, with hot tub and tropical planting, outdoor decking area with table, chairs and sun loungers. Available access to the use of owners spacious natural grounds, including seating areas located alongside a free running brook which looks across to the stunning views of the chalk downs. Enjoy all this whilst being surrounded by wildlife and pet ducks Justin and Colin.

Footpaths and the award winning conservation village of Steeple Ashton with its 16th century church are a short stroll through the grounds. The village also boasts an award winning shop and local pub which has featured in the ‘good pub guide’ with small restaurant and accompanying enclosed beer garden.

Having run this property as a successful holiday rental for three seasons we decided to close the winter of 2015 for a complete refurbishment. We now close every December and January to enable us to maintain our high standards of decoration in the cottage.

More Details

Lee Ruddle
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Lee Ruddle

The last 5 generations of our family have lived in Steeple Ashton. Having lived in Australia for two years we were still 'drawn' home.

We thoroughly enjoy the rural aspect of our home and consider ourselves very privileged to live here. It has afforded us the opportunity to ‘live our dream’ with our family and much loved pets.

Lee Ruddle purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Lee Ruddle chose Steeple Ashton

My husband and I purchased this property in 2007, having fallen in love with it some 30years previous, it needed full renovation to become what we feel is the perfect family home. Following our children ‘flying the nest’ we decided to utilise the space and spilt the property in two and create a self contained holiday home. Prior to owning this property we had renovated another holiday home in the heart of Steeple Ashton and thoroughly enjoyed this experience.

What makes this cottage unique

For many of us the hustle and bustle of everyday life is constant. However both we and our guests get to enjoy the relaxing, rural environment that this home has to offer with the added bonus of relaxing in the hot tub and gazing up at the stars. Its situation means we are surrounded by wildlife at its finest, enhanced by a brook running through the centre of the garden. Yet all of this is within a short walk of Steeple Ashton and all its amenities.


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: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Max speed on entering premises 5 mph due to free range pets and children.
  • Hot Tub Can be used between the hours of 10.00 - 22.00 Before use please read safety rules.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Walk in shower with adjustable settings, sink set into vanity unit, mirror cabinet and WC. Towels provided on heated towel rail.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King Size pine bed, seasonal bedding included. Antique pine wardrobe, chest of draws, bedside tables with lamps, full length mirror. Hair dryer provided. Solid oak flooring throughout with rugs for added comfort.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Yard
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Upon arrival holiday guests are welcomed with a complimentary basket of tea, coffee, luxury biscuits,, jug of milk, jar of home made produce (such as jams, a product of our own garden) and if the 'ladies' are feeling generous a few fresh eggs.


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A relaxing rural retreat with Hot Tub
average rating of 4.946429 based on 56 reviews

Lovely home from home cottage lovely surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in the cottage. The cottage itself is a home from home with everything needed for a self-catering holiday and the private garden area and hot tub were an added advantage. The owners were really welcoming and had left a welcome basket of tea, coffee, biscuits, eggs and fresh apples from the garden which really gave a personal touch. Well located for easy access to Bath, Salisbury, The Cotswolds and Stonehenge to name a few. We had a lovely relaxing week and would definitely consider another stay here in the future!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have had some lovely reviews this year and would like to thank all our guests for taking the time to write them. We will be closed in a few weeks for a couple of months so we can decorate the cottage ready for opening again in February 2018. I hope to have more fruit and veg to share with you all next year as the veg garden is now up and running also fresh eggs as we have recently hatched more chicks! We look forward to welcoming you back in 2018. Many thanks Lee and David
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Lovely, relaxing and homely feeling cottage

  • 5 of 5

Had a great long weekend break. Greeted by our host who were very welcoming and gave great recommendations on places nearby to visit. Definitely had a great opportunity to relax both in the hot tub and in front of the wood burner. Without a doubt would recommend the hosts, cottage and area for a getaway

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Really nice place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Can’t fault it at all. Would definitely stay again

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A relaxing rural escape

  • 5 of 5

We were warmly greeted on arrival by Lee and were made to feel very welcome. She gave us a personal tour of the cottage and recommendations of local places to visit based on our interests.

The cottage was lovely everything was thought of, and even in October it felt like we were on a tropical holiday in our own private hot tub hideaway!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage with everything you need

  • 5 of 5

Lovely property once you find the place, the hot tub was a great added bonus. Pretty village and lots to see in the area

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and immediately felt at home. The cottage has been finished to a very high standard and with great attention to detail. We really appreciated the welcome basket in the kitchen. We loved going in the hot tub in the evenings and the grounds were lovely. Plenty to see and do in the area and just wish we had booked for longer than three nights. Lee and David were friendly and welcoming and we can understand why they love living there. Would love to visit again and would definitely recommend. Many thanks to you to you both, Lee and David.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Bristol Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Longs Arms
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Longs Arms
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
South Coast
Car: necessary

Steeple Ashton is central to a host of beautiful and historical sites and attractions. This includes the wonderful Longleat House & Gardens with its infamous Safari Park and stunning grounds and the beautiful Georgian City of Bath offering shopping, restaurants, theatre, galleries, museums and of course, the Ancient Roman Baths and Thermae Spa.

The National Trust Heritage Site of Stonehenge, Woodhenge and the Avebury Stone Rings are a must see. The wonderful White Horses of Wiltshire and the Chalk Downs (Salisbury Plain), all offering great views, wildlife and scenic walks.

Visit the Caen Hill flight of locks which boasts one of many cycle and foot paths along the Kennet and Avon Canal leading through many towns and villages such as the Saxon town of Bradford on Avon, Devizes and Malborough .

Other nearby local attractions include Bowood and Wilton Houses, Stourhead Gardens, Iford Manor, Salisbury Cathedral and Bath Abbey. Also within a short drive are the historical villages of Lacock and Caslte Combe; the location for many films and TV dramas including the world famous Harry Potter.

So much to see within a stones-throw of this beautiful rural location.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $138.49

Please be advised that once you have submitted any enquiry you can reply to by replying directly to my response.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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