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16th Century Thatched Cottage With Large Garden

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage in Ebbesbourne Wake, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, UK - Peaceful Location In An Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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.

Jessica Holding
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

About Jessica Holding

I live in Yorkshire with my husband and family.

Why Jessica Holding chose Salisbury

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!


Salisbury Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • The cottage is thatched. No bonfires or fireworks allowed in the garden. Barbecues must be supervised and a safe distance from the house.
  • In case of a problem, contact me immediately so we can try to resolve it. No refunds will be considered if we have had no chance to sort things out.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Bathroom with bath/shower over and WC.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with twin beds.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Lawn / Garden
Notes on accommodation: The cottage now has free wireless internet access. Outside: There is a large sunny garden, with lots of trees, many of them old, providing shade. There are sun-beds and a table and chairs. The cottage is at the bottom of a hill, much of it on a slope, with views over pasture land. There is off-street parking for one car. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels included. Cottage cleaned before arrival. Other: Hall with lots of room for coats and boots. Cupboard with toys and games.


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16th Century Thatched Cottage With Large Garden
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 18 reviews
Lymington Hampshire

cosy cottage, good walks, great local pub

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Poor value for your money. Dirty and damp place.

  • 1 of 5

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?

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Thatched roof cottage in quaint countryside village.

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi. 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. Best wishes, Jessica
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The cottage was charming, higgledy piggledy, cosy and full of character. Local pub excellent food!

  • 4 of 5

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).

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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! Best wishes, Jessica
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Amazingly charming

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tracy. Thank you very much for such a lovely review - we can't wait to hear from you again! Jessica
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Utterly charming!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Blue Cottage and can't wait to return. It was incredibly peaceful, set on the edge of a small village with a friendly pub that serves generous meals, and backing onto farmland, this oasis of 16th century charm is rustic and cosy.

The woodstove and supply of wood, and the pre-laid fire were an added bonus.

Comfy memory-foam mattress in the double bedroom, combined with the peace and quiet, ensured we slept like logs.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm really glad you had such a good time and loved it so much! We're looking forward to having you back!
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The stunning Dorset coast, with its sandy beaches, rocky coves and fossils is about an hour's drive away.


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.


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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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