The Blue Cottage nestles beneath a hill, surrounded by a large sunny garden with rough-cut grass, plenty of trees, and views across pasture land. It is approached by a very short track, shared by one other house, and feels completely secluded, although it is very near the village centre with its church and pub. The main part of the cottage was built in the 16th century, with thick cob walls and a large inglenook fireplace. An extension was built in the 17th century, which has resulted in a most unusual layout to the second bedroom, which is partly divided in two by the original end wall of the cottage. A further one-storey extension was built in the first half of the 20th century at the back, which includes the kitchen and bathroom. It is available for holiday lets from Saturday to Saturday throughout the year and for short lets during the autumn, winter and spring, when you can curl up in front of the wood-burning stove and the thick walls keep out the cooler weather.
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Cottage in Ebbesbourne Wake, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK - Peaceful Location In An Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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About Jessica Holding
I live in Yorkshire with my husband and family.
Why Jessica Holding chose Wiltshire
I inherited the Blue Cottage from my parents, who bought it shortly after the 2nd World War. It was then in a very derelict condition. We lived abroad when I was a child and we used it whenever we came back to England. We started letting it out about 20 years ago. I love it, which is why we have kept it, despite not being able to get down there as often as we would like. The Chalke Valley is very quiet and unspoilt, with wonderful views from all the hills.
What makes this Cottage unique
The cottage has an awful lot of charm. It is on the edge of the village, but is only a few minutes walk from the centre, with its church and very popular pub!
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Nice kitchen & bathroom, the rest was pretty awful. Not worth the money.
We stayed as a group of 3 adults for 4 nights, I’d read the reviews on here & seen the one bad review plus the other good ones but was open minded, you can’t please everyone, right?
The cottage looks lovely from the outside, very picturesque. There are lovely old trees in the garden, beautiful climbing roses. It also has a lovely, well equipped kitchen and a really nice bathroom in an extension, these really were lovely. This is a house of extremes however and that’s where the positive aspects end.
The negatives. Firstly and maybe this is personal to our stay and maybe there are reasons for this, the bedding on all of the beds had a terrible smell to it which made the rooms stink, to the point that I thought about washing the bedding but as we wanted to be doing holiday type things instead we settled for wrapping the pillows in our t-shirts. In hindsight I’m not sure if the rooms made the bedding smell or vice versa. This may have been because the cottage hasn’t been let for some time but its something that made being in the bedrooms really unpleasant.
Secondly, the cottage was really dirty! The windows & windowsills were filthy, there was dust & dirt in all of the corners, behind the TV in the living room & under the heater in there were quite disgusting. There was a filthy sock behind the TV!
Thirdly, & I think this would be an issue if planning to visit the cottage with children, the garden is a health & safety nightmare! There are nettles everywhere, 6 feet high around the front window. The furniture in the garden is falling to pieces & dangerous. This had a negative impact on our holiday, we had to go & buy some picnic blankets so we could sit outside!
Lastly, for the first couple of days the TV aerial didn’t work, to be fair the owners sorted this very quickly, but this meant that a hose pipe containing the aerial was trailing across the garden for the rest of the stay - even more of a health & safety nightmare.
All in all we thought that the cottage was poor value for money at best & hazardous to health at worst. There are better cottages for the same or less money. I feel slightly guilty for writing this review as the owners seemed lovely & were very helpful with the aerial problems but things were so bad here that it doesn’t feel very ethical to sugar coat it. We expected a 16th century feel but it really isn’t acceptable to omit the basics & then pass it off as some kind of historical experience!
cosy cottage, good walks, great local pub
Basic bedroom, kitchen, bathroom. The lounge was great, cosy sofas,lovely fire. Plenty of logs.local shop 5 mins drive. Would you believe it. The church is a shop and cafe, which had everything.
Hi. Thank you very much for reviewing the cottage. I'm really glad you liked the lounge so much! We love the pub and the community shop in Broadchalke too.
Poor value for your money. Dirty and damp place.
We rented several cottages this year, all comparable or cheaper than this one. But all those rentals were far better in terms of space, furniture and cleanliness. The outside of the cottage looks beautiful and got our attention, but the inside is worn-out, furniture and bathroom old and dirty, worn-out beds, and overall it is a smelly, dark and damp place (admittedly we had quite some rain, but that is not uncommon here). The garden is not very nice either; hard to find a place which is flat enough to sit. We were with two adults and two teenagers, but bed number 4 was in a extremely tiny space, not much more than a closet. I would certainly not recommend it for 4 persons. In fact, I would not recommend this place at all, it is poor value for your money. Really too bad that the owner does not put more effort in renovating the interior of the cottage. How hard can it be to get some new furniture and thoroughly clean the place when asking this high rental price?
I am really sorry you didn't enjoy your holiday at the Blue Cottage. I have to say that the vast majority of our holiday makers love it and don't complain about its cleanliness. In fact, we have several guests who visit every year. It's a shame that you didn't contact us when you arrived, if you had concerns about the cleanliness, and we might have been able to help. We couldn't, of course, have done anything about the garden, which is large. No one has ever complained before about not finding anywhere flat to sit. The end of the second bedroom is one of the highlights of the cottage and is carefully described. Most people are delighted by its quaintness. That part of the cottage was added on in the 17th century and you can see the original 16th century end wall with its little beams where the thatch was attached. I certainly wouldn't want to change most of the furniture in the cottage - much of it is antique (for instance, the beautiful dresser, the Victorian kitchen chairs, the rocking chair, the chests of drawers) and the high quality sofas are brand new this year. I'm sorry you had rain during your stay and hope that you still managed to enjoy the wonderful countryside and the many places to visit.
Thatched roof cottage in quaint countryside village.
The village of Ebbesbourne Wake in Wiltshire, England, is beautiful, seculded, ancient and has an old church and great pub. Was more off the beaten path than I expected as it took us almost a half hour to get to Salisbury on basically one-lane roads ... to be expected for travelers from the U.K., a little ore exciting for those of us from the U.S. Blue Cottage is undoubtedly as 16th century as described, and as such was a unique experience, tucked away on a wooded lot with birds, flowers and assorted wildlife. Staying there you can just imagine what village life was like long, long ago.
Thank you very much for the lovely review! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your extended holiday in the UK. We also really love the wildlife there.
The cottage was charming, higgledy piggledy, cosy and full of character. Local pub excellent food!
We wanted piece and quiet and wonderful walks. The cottage was chocolate box pretty and not overly renovated. You felt like you had stepped back in time with the low beamed ceilings, wonky floors and creaky boards. The garden was ideal for the dog who spent most of the time running around outside. The traffic in April was quiet, so we were quite happy walking along the pretty lanes.
The owners were very considerate having left some basic groceries and some luxury biscuits so we could have a cuppa when we arrived. Be aware there is nowhere in the village to buy groceries, so worth stopping off for supplies on the way (nearest supermarket 12miles).
The local pub serves excellent quality food which is reasonably priced. It is very popular so worth booking. The host and staff are very welcoming. We had the most amazing homemade scotch eggs one lunchtime.
Recommend you visit Shaftesbury which is charming and has stunning views. It is peppered with plenty of coffee shops, independent shops and real ale public houses.
We would love to visit again.........Sue, Barry and Finn (Hertfordshire).
Hi Sue, Barry and Finn.
Thank you very much for the great review. We agree - the scotch eggs at the pub are delicious!
The village shop closed some years ago, but there's now an excellent community shop and cafe in the chapel at Broadchalke (the next proper village towards Salisbury). It's run mainly by volunteers and has lots of choice and lovely home-made cakes.
Glad you enjoyed the biscuits!
The property was gorgeously charming, basic facilities but everything you would need. Warm and comfy beds. Lovely circular walks just long enough for the kids Very nice pub at the bottom of the lane Cant wait to go again
Hi Tracy. Thank you very much for such a lovely review - we can't wait to hear from you again! Jessica
Coast/Beach: The stunning Dorset coast, with its sandy beaches, rocky coves and fossils is about an hour's drive away. Travel: A car is useful but not necessary. There is a bus service to Shaftesbury and Salisbury. There are airports at Bournemouth and Southampton, just under an hour away. The nearest passenger ferry is Poole, just under an hour away. Distances: Salisbury and Shaftesbury are both 10 miles away. There are village shops in Sixpenny Handley (6 miles), Tisbury (5 miles) and Wilton (7 miles). Stonehenge is 20 miles away. Further Details: The Blue Cottage is in the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is ideally situated to explore not only the surrounding area, with its unspoilt villages and hill-top walks, but also the wonderful old towns of Salisbury and Shaftesbury, the stately homes of Longleat and Wilton House and the archaeological monuments of Salisbury plain. Many of our visitors use it as a base to visit the Dorset coast, the New Forest, Glastonbury and Bath and Wells.
Changeover Day: Usually Saturday for weekly lets, but any day for shorter lets. We are very flexible - just ask! Notes on prices: The price includes linen, towels, electricity,wood and wireless broadband. Please contact me or consult my website for fuller price information and prices of short lets. I accept 2 night bookings, but they are usually £25 extra. Please contact me if you wish to start Christmas or New Year bookings on a different night! I am generally very flexible!